Casual Friday

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Basics aren’t bad

Casual Clothes · Casual Friday · Office Appropriate Outfits - Fall

In a fit of absolute lack of imagination and total basic-ness, I wore a very simple outfit to work on Monday. And then I photographed it. Because, I guess, that’s the whole point of this blog, right? I’m not aspirational. I’m…realistic? Anyway, here’s what I wore:

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Cardigan – The Limited (similar) | Jeans – Old Navy (similar) | Shirt – Le Tote (same) | Boots – Sam Edelman c/o Shopbop (same) | Scarf – c/o Moonfish

This scarf is one of the ones Sarah from Moonfish gave me. It’s so soft and the colors are so rich. I’m actually glad it’s scarf weather again so I can wear it.

Speaking of Moonfish, their next pop-up shop is November 10th-13th at Beermiscuous. Shopping and beer? Yes, please. Unfortunately I wasn’t able to make their last pop-up but I’m really hoping to make this one. Why? Because the scarves Sarah gave me when we met hang on the back of my kitchen chairs so I can throw them on on the way out of the door. And the leggings are getting worn way more than I thought. So clearly Sarah knows how to pick good stuff!

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So, if you’re in Chicago and want to join me for some beer and some shopping, let me know! Or, if you’re free this evening, the 26th, I’m hosting an event at the main Shoe Drop retail location and 353 N Clark Street from 6-8PM. Free drinks, apps and shoe shines! These riding boots are going to get some love, let me tell you. Yes, women need to get our shoes shined, too. And I’m totally going to take advantage.

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SIA: Not as good as chocolate

Casual Friday · Office Appropriate Outfits - Fall · Style Imitating Art

I really struggled this week to come up with an outfit for the Style Imitating Art challenge. I don’t know why, but I just wasn’t feeling that inspired to A. come up with an outfit B. find someone to take pictures or struggle with the tripod or C. blog.

In the end, though, I managed to pull together some basics that fit the color scheme.

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Blouse – thrifted Ann Taylor (similar) | Jeans – Henry & Belle (similar) | Shoes – Dr. Scholl’s (same) | Watch – c/o Jord (same)

I had dreams of wearing a tan cardigan or even my blanket scarf but it was 80+ degrees on Monday (when I wore this). I didn’t even need either of those things in my office. And because I was hoping to wear a scarf I totally blanked on jewelry.

Speaking of jewelry, would anyone be interested in attending a Stella & Dot party if I hosted one? Just tossing around the idea but I don’t want to do it and have no one come or people feel pressured.

Anyway, I’ve been debating getting rid of these jeans but I kind of like them with this top and these shoes. And eventually that scarf. Eventually.  In the mean time, you can see how other people interpreted this week’s art over on 14 Shades of Grey.img_1659

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Who else remembers Talbots?

Casual Friday · Office Appropriate Outfits - Fall

When I was in junior high and high school I remember my mom going into Talbots a few times looking for “work” clothes. I remember thinking that I couldn’t wait until I had a job where I got to dress up for work in button-up shirts, skirts, and blazers. Well, I got my wish when I moved to Chicago to work at a university. Strangely, I never thought to shop at Talbots.

Recently, though, I was approached to work with Talbots for the blog. Wait, I thought, I don’t work in a business or even business casual environment anymore. I work in a SUPER casual environment. I figured I’d check out the website anyway and see what there was that would fit my current life.

Turns out there’s more than I thought! Boyfriend jeans and sweaters are just two of the options.

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Sweater – c/o Talbots (same) | Jeans – c/o Talbots (same) | Shoes – c/o Shopbop (similar)

I chose these boyfriend jeans because I’ve been curious about the style. Still not sure how I feel about them, but they are definitely comfy compared to some skinny jeans. These do run a bit big, though. I’m wearing them in the smallest size but still needed a belt. I also bought them in the longer length but I probably could have gotten away with regular.

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The sweater is actually the olive color pictured on the website but it was so sunny on the day I wore it and we took these pictures that it looks a little washed out. I ordered this in a size small and I would say it runs true to size. I’m a little worried that the sleeves will stretch out since I tend to push them up all the time but that’s pretty par for the course for sweaters, I think.

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The calf hair on my shoes has worn off in a few spots so I’m looking for a replacement pair. These from Talbots might fit the bill! I’m thinking about ordering them. Never would have thought to check Talbots before now.

Other items they sell that would work for a casual lifestyle? Believe it or not, they sell activewear, too! Like this cowlneck tunic that I would love to have. Or this striped cardigan that would be perfect with leggings and a tee. Yes, I just said leggings.

Long story short, if you thought you could only shop at Talbots if you needed suits and dress shirts, think again. I know I will!

The jeans and sweater were provided to me at no cost via my affiliation with Rakuten Marketing. Links in this post are affiliate links. All opinions are my own. 

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One last thing before I go

Casual Friday · Office Appropriate Outfits - Summer

As I ran through my neighborhood last evening I noticed that so many of the restaurants still have their outdoor seating up. We hang onto summer for as long as possible here in Chicago!

So, in that spirit, here’s an outfit I wore last month before summer officially ended.

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Top – The Limited (similar) | Jeans – Old Navy (similar) | Sandals – Seychelles (similar) | Necklace – Le Tote (same)

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Crazy how just one thing, a necklace, can take a simple outfit up a notch, right?

For fall, though, I’d probably just add a cardigan (maybe in cobalt blue?) or wear a black sweater and black ballet flats. Too bad I already sent this necklace back to Le Tote!

I’m waiting just a bit longer to bust out my riding boots, though. I have this weird self-imposed limit where I won’t wear them until the high for the day is under 60 degrees. For now I’m wearing flats, occasionally booties, and sneakers. I have a feeling the boots will be coming out soon, however.

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SIA: Colors and Patterns

Casual Friday · Office Appropriate Outfits - Summer

When it’s my turn to pick a piece for the Style Imitating Art challenge I swear I don’t pick pieces that work with photos I’ve taken and haven’t posted. It just seems to work out that way sometimes!

For example, take this week’s challenge. I picked a Detroit street art piece that has a ton of color and pattern to it. And guess what? I have an outfit photo saved that includes a top full of color and pattern!

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Top – Le Tote (same) | Jeans – 3×1 c/o Shopbop (similar) | Shoes – Sam Edelman c/o Shopbop (same)

I kept this top from one of my recent Le Tote orders because I loved the versatility of the colors and I actually have very little in the way of patterns in my closet. It’s perfect for warm weather and can easily be worn under a cardigan this fall.

Or, you know, when acting silly on the golf course behind your parents’ house. Harassing birds. As you do.

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This outfit might not have any street art in it, but I think it still embodies the playfulness of the piece I picked for this week.

If this week’s art inspired you to come up with a fun outfit don’t forget to email me a picture to looplooks@gmail.com before 8PM central time tonight! Then come back for the round-up tomorrow. I’m excited to share all of the outfits.

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So nice I wore it twice

Casual Friday · Office Appropriate Outfits - Summer

I actually wore this outfit a few weeks ago, but instead of wearing it with my gold sandals I wore it with my blush flats (seen here). Those silly flats. I keep thinking I should replace them since I bought them YEARS ago from Target and the toes are all scuffed up and I don’t know how to polish colored shoes. And then I don’t because otherwise they’re in good shape. In fact, they’re in better shape than some of my more expensive shoes.

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Top – Le Tote (same) | Jeans – AG (similar) | Shoes – Sam Edelman c/o Shopbop (same)

Actually, I think I’ll be asking that question of the Shoe Drop people on Friday. How the heck do you polish shoes that aren’t black or brown?

I also wore this top and sandals with white shorts last Thursday to get dinner and drinks during Nellcote’s pizza and a beer happy hour. Sadly, their happy hour special no longer includes just any beer on the menu. It’s now just pizza and a Modelo Especial for $10. It’s still a good deal, though. And Modelo Especial is a nice summer beer. Although, apparently not all the bartenders got the message since the guy next to us ordered the happy hour special and the bartender let him pick any beer he wanted. As someone who trains people as part of my day job I find situations like that to be an interesting case study in how different places cascade (or not) information.

Nellcote also has a doggy happy hour from 3-5pm on Saturday and Sunday that I really want to try and take Chewie to at some point. Although, as you can see from the picture below, Chewie’s idea of happy hour is being left alone to eat the flora in the planters at the park.

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Three times as nice

Casual Friday · Office Appropriate Outfits - Summer

After basically a week straight of dresses I finally got a chance to re-wear (and take photos of) this top and necklace I’ve been loving from Le Tote. Also, these jeans that I showed in my June Shopping Summary.

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Necklace – Le Tote (same) | Top- Le Tote (same) | Jeans – 3×1 c/o Shopbop (same) | Shoes – DSW (similar)

I really enjoy when I get two items from Le Tote that go together perfectly. It makes getting dressed really easy when I’m not feeling creative.

I’m also debating whether or not to keep this top. It’s super comfortable and it reminds me of a top I bought years ago and wore to death. I used to have a lot of items in my closet this color but now I barely have any. Weird, right?

Anyway, I think I’ve worn this outfit three different times and each time I wore it with different shoes. Once I wore it with my Bucketfeet sneakers. One day I wore it with a different pair of sandals. And yesterday, when I got home, I paired it with my new flat sandals to go to a meeting.  I’ve also been wearing those over and over again. I’m even thinking I might get another pair. I don’t know why I held out for so long!

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Cool in the Summer

Casual Friday · Office Appropriate Outfits - Summer

Okay, okay, it might not be so cool today but, hey, I wore this outfit a while back when it was one of our cooler days. However, you will never hear me complain about how hot it is! I’ve grown to love the heat. Maybe it has something to do with not running as long of distances in the summer? I don’t know.

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Shirt – clothing swap (similar) | Necklace – clothing swap (similar) | Jeans – American Eagle (same) | Shoes – DSW (similar) | Watch – c/o JORD (same)

Or maybe it’s just that I’m not cool enough for my neighborhood anymore! Seriously, you guys. When I moved to Chicago’s West Loop the street about half a mile north of me was known as “Restaurant Row” but now it seems that the entire neighborhood is getting trendier by the minute! A new restaurant opens up every week it seems. We have two new boutique hotels going up. So many new condos and apartments that are already out of my price range. It’s crazy.

Oh, and McDonald’s is moving their headquarters to a few blocks from me. Not to mention Google has their building across the street from where we board Chewie.

Sometimes I feel bad for not taking advantage of all these new places but, hey, I’m not making “new” money so I guess I’ll just have to continue to be warm and not cool.

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It was a weird day

Casual Friday · Office Appropriate Outfits - Summer

You know how you have those days when you just want to be comfy but you still have to go to work? How about those days when you pretend that because your pants have back pockets that they’re actually pants and not leggings?

Yeah, I know. I wore leggings.

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Shirt – Le Tote (same) | Pants – Le Tote (same) | Necklace – Le Tote (same) | Jacket – Langford Market (similar) | Shoes – Sole Society (similar)

I wore these pants (I’m calling them pants. Live with it.) for a half day at work. I was having one of those days where I just couldn’t make it a full day. I came home, took a bunch of ibuprofen, and curled up on the couch.

And then I wore this outfit to try the Italian lemonade that everyone talks about: Mario’s. I got banana and, well, I have to say I didn’t think it was all that. Maybe it was because it wasn’t hot out. Maybe I just didn’t get the right flavor. Maybe I just wasn’t in the right mood.

I don’t know. It was a weird day. I wore leggings and didn’t love dessert. I don’t even recognize myself.

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Stamped Out

Casual Friday · Office Appropriate Outfits - Summer

Normally I write my blog posts in the evening but lately I’ve been writing them in the morning. The tough thing about that is that I am NOT a morning person. Never have been and I doubt I ever will be.

My alarm goes off at 5AM but I don’t usually drag myself out of bed until 6AM. And the first hour of so of my workday is just lost time as I start at my computer screen trying to wake up.

Of course, I don’t want to come to work later because that would mean having to stay later. Such a dilemma.

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Jacket – Velvet c/o Shopbop (same) | Tee – Out of Print Clothing (same) | Jeans – LOFT (same) | Shoes – Sperry (same)

It’s also a dilemma to figure out what to wear this time of year. You have to check the weather everyday, plan for air conditioned offices and possibly sweltering outdoor temperatures. For some reason I’ve been avoiding wearing my utility jacket like a cardigan even though it’s definitely light enough to do so. But last week I decided that I wanted to wear my new library due date tee and needed something to throw over it when in the office. Hence the utility jacket.

This tee is super soft but, warning, it runs SMALL! I’m wearing a medium and probably could have gone up to a large. It’s much more fitted than some of my other tees so that’s probably why I’m not used to the sizing.

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Jason asked if the numbers and dates mean anything but I don’t think they do. They’re just an homage to the days when libraries stamped the due date on the card in the back of the book. Now most libraries use little printed out slips of paper. Which, I suppose, is nice since it gives you an automatic bookmark. But I fully admit I miss the stamp.