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Crotchless Yoga Pants

Office Appropriate Outfits - Summer

 

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Black maxi dress with black obi belt, sandals, and gold jewelry

Dress – NY & Co (similar) | Belt – The Limited (same and 40% off plus free shipping for The Limited fans on Facebook) | Necklace – The Limited (same & also 40% off) | Sandals – Old Navy (similar)  | Earrings – The Limited (similar)

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Yes, I did just go there with the title of this post. Actually, I got it from Whitney at Along the Lines of Style who posted the following image on her blog this week:

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Although, to be honest, I don’t know how I feel about maxi skirts and dresses being as comfortable as yoga pants. Actually, with both I always have the underwear question (yes, I’m going there too). I feel like no matter what kind of underwear I put on you can see some kind of panty line. Maybe this means my maxi dresses and yoga pants are too clingy or they’re all being manufactured by the same company that made the see-through Lululemon pants. I don’t know. But I do know I always feel a bit self-conscious in both maxi dresses and yoga pants. Which is too bad because this particular maxi dress is great for when it’s hot outside. A little bit of a hi-lo cut, a crocheted back but enough coverage everywhere else to wear it to work.

And, yes, I’ve worn it to work before.

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Outfit 1 | Outfit 2

Anyway, what are your thoughts on maxi dresses or skirts? What about yoga pants?

Linking up with AJ Wears Clothes and her Friday Favorites Remix.

Colorblock and Stripes

Office Appropriate Outfits - Summer

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Shirt – Old Navy (similar) | Skirt – The Limited (similar) | Shoes – Nine West (similar) | Necklace – Gordman’s (similar) | Bracelet – House of Gemmes (same) | Belt – The Limited (similar)

Sometimes you see an outfit on someone and you think, “That works, but I don’t know why.” That’s what I thought when I saw Rachel from Suburban Style Challenge put a striped shirt with her patterned a-line skirt. I immediately thought about putting my black and white striped shirt with my purple, black, and pink pleated skirt. This skirt has no white in it but yet the two seem to go together.

Already I’ve gotten two compliments on this outfit. One from my husband who told me it was cute and another from a worker who said she liked my “dress”.

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I think it’s because this outfit has repeating bands of color but they are separated by a large section of solid purple that your eye is tricked into seeing it as a cohesive outfit. Also, for anyone who is afraid of horizontal stripes, wearing a belt at your narrowest spot (typically your natural waist) will keep you from feeling like the side of a barn.

How do you feel about horizontal stripes?

The Best Chambray Shirt

Casual Friday · Office Appropriate Outfits - Spring

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Shirt – Target (similar) | Belt – The Limited (similar) | Skirt – BCBG outlet (similar) | Shoes – Mia (similar) | Bracelet – JF&A Show (similar) | Necklace – NY&Co (similar)

Total outfit cost = $123

Today I  have a lunch meeting to meet a new department head so I decided to forgo my usual Friday Casual jeans and instead wear this pleated jersey skirt (with pockets!) with my very first chambray top. Today is the day to showcase your favorite Target score for Whitney and Heidi’s  “We Love Target” link-up.

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I bought this chambray shirt almost two years ago off the clearance rack at Target. I don’t remember how much I paid for it but I do know it was probably my best Target purchase in awhile (other than my red trench coat that also came off the clearance rack).  Unfortunately the Target closest to my apartment – the one I can walk to – doesn’t have the best clothing section, clearance or otherwise, so I haven’t gotten any good deals recently.

This skirt, though, I bought in 2009 at an outlet mall in Napa, California for a song. It’s super comfy and has held up amazingly well for jersey material. It has a slightly casual feel to it but it’s also easy to dress up, as evidenced by the time I wore it to work with heels.

However, to keep with the Target love theme, the shirt, skirt, and shoes listed in the links above are all from Target! Because, really, who couldn’t use a black skirt, a chambray top, and a pair of red ballet flats?

 

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Also linking up with AJ Wears Clothes

To Bare or Not to Bare

Office Appropriate Outfits - Spring

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Dress – Stitch Fix (similar)| Camisole – The Limited (similar) | Necklace – JF&A Show (similar) | Belt – The Limited (similar) Booties – Old Navy via Threadflip (similar)| Tights – Target (similar)

Welcome to another Monday morning! How was your weekend? Did you have Friday off or was it just like any other week? I ran 22 miles (yay marathon training), hung out with friends, and tried my hand at making a glass paperweight.

And now it’s Monday and back to work. I’m glad I have Two Birds and their Inspiration Monday series to help me pick out something to wear. I admit, when I first saw this photo I thought, “Yeah, right.”  Turns out, though, it was just the thing I needed to remind me to wear this dress.

 

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However, I still can’t love the look of booties with bare legs on myself. So I have to give you the photo of what I prefer.

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Which look do you prefer?  Heels or booties?

Also, I want to give you a head’s up on a fun series I’ll be doing next week with Jen from Librarian for Life and Style.

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We’re going to be sharing our own takes on outfits inspired by one another! This should be a great way to see how you too could use someone else’s style to remix your wardrobe!  Be sure to follow both of us so you can see all the outfits.

What to Wear When Your Weekend Starts Early

Casual Clothes

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Shirt – The Limited (similar) | Scarf – JF&A Show (similar) | Jeans – Express | Belt – Target | Boots – Macy’s (similar)

As I mentioned yesterday, I’m off work for a few days. So today you get a weekend casual outfit from me instead of a regular casual Friday outfit! Yes, yes, I know I’m wearing boots with a heel, but flat boots like the similar ones I linked above or even boat shoes in warmer weather would also work with this outfit.  The key here is that I kept the visual interest with the striped shirt and the patterned scarf.

Next week I’m participating in Whitney’s and Franziska’s 5 Days, 5 Ways Link-Up so get ready to see how I’ve remixed pieces in my wardrobe into many different outfits.

Until then, I’m off to enjoy my weekend.  I hope you enjoy yours!  See you Monday!

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Plaid Meets Polka Dots

Office Appropriate Outfits - Winter

 

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Blazer – ?? (similar) | Shirt – Old Navy (similar) | Belt – The Limited (similar) | Pants – The Limited (similar) | Shoes – Ann Klein (similar)

 

Pairing the polka dot chambray shirt with these plaid pants has been an outfit on my mind for a few months.  I loved the idea of mixing the two patterns but breaking it up by wearing the tan blazer over the top.  A great way to do pattern mixing is to do two subtle prints but add in some solids so you don’t look too crazy.

I even mentioned wanting to wear this outfit the last time I paired these plaid pants with a plain chambray shirt.  Yes, I own two chambray shirts.  No, I don’t think that’s too many.   Chambray is just so versatile.  Wear it with black jeans and boots and a scarf and you have a casual weekend outfit.  Pair it with dress pants and a blazer and you’re ready to attend a monthly meeting of your professional organization (at least, that’s what I’m doing today.  Your mileage may vary).

 

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Borrowing from the Boys

Casual Friday · Office Appropriate Outfits - Fall

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Blouse – J. Crew Outlet (similar)| Necklace – JF&A Trade Show (similar) | Belt – Target | Jeans – The Limited (similar)| Shoes – Anne Klein

Ever notice how guys have it so easy on casual Friday at the office?  Jeans and a nice button up shirt and they’re good to go!  I decided to borrow from the boys and do the same.  Jeans and a button up shirt.  Add some fun accessories to glam it up a bit and I’m ready to take on my casual Friday nemesis in style.

This top has been in my closet for years and years.  Every now and then I think about getting rid of it but then I decide not to.  Wearing it tucked into jeans is new for me but I think I like it!

Thanks again to Molly for playing photographer for me this week!  Not only did I get to hang out with her but she also showed me a new part of Chicago that I’d never been to.  If you live in Chicago and haven’t wandered down Prairie Avenue or visited the oldest house in Chicago I suggest you do.

Simplicity

Office Appropriate Outfits - Fall

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Blouse – Alfani via Macy’s | Skirt – Banana Republic | Belt – The Limited | Shoes – Via Spiga via Loehman’s | Necklace – Overstock.com | Jacket – Wilson’s Leather

My new camera arrived yesterday afternoon.  And you know what else arrived with it?  A tripod!!  So now I can take pictures in all kinds of new and exciting places.  Provided I don’t care if people look at me funny.

I’m still using a Canon point-and-shoot but I think it takes pretty decent pictures.  Sure, it doesn’t have all the fancy options and I can’t make the background all blurry, but it works.  And it’s easy to use.

Changing subjects, I fell in love with this top at Fashion’s Night Out and my mom got it for me as a gift a few weeks ago.  I’m really loving the rolled tab sleeve chiffon-esque blouses this year.  This one in particular is so lovely in it’s simplicity that I’m pretty sure I’ll be wearing it a lot.

And, yes, I had to wear a jacket today.  Welcome to fall!

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Inspiration Monday–Brown & White

Office Appropriate Outfits - Fall

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Blouse – Gap | Pants – The Limited | Belt – The Limited | Necklace – Jeans and a Cute Top Boutique | Shoes – Bandolino via Macy’s

It’s Inspiration Monday from Two Birds!    Today’s inspiration?

Original Inspiration: Source

White blouse?  Check.

Belt?  Check.

Printed bottom in a brown pallet?  Check.

Beige shoes?  Check.

Puppy?  Sadly, no check.

I recently purchased a brownish-red pencil skirt but I wasn’t in a skirt mood today.  So, I pulled out these plaid pants instead.  I’ve actually never worn them with anything other than brown or, once upon a time, an off-white turtleneck.  They were strictly winter pants.  Even though they are lightweight.

Which just goes to show how an inspiration photo can make you rethink the things you already have in your closet.

How would you interpret this photo?

P.S.  I need some suggestions for You Pick Wednesday.  What do you want to see?

Coat from the Coast

Office Appropriate Outfits - Summer

Don’t forget about the BISTM giveaway!  The tote bags are totally worth it!

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Blouse – Gap | Pants – Gap | Shoes – Lucky Brand via Marshall’s | Necklace – Accessories Palace in NYC | Belt – came with a top from The Limited | Jacket – c/o Holly Haley, independent CAbi consultant

Holly Haley, a friend of mine from way back, recently became a CAbi consultant.  She generously sent me this jacket because she thought I could pull off the unique color and style.

I admit, when I pulled a short-sleeved trench coat out of the box I was a bit stymied.  Perhaps a short-sleeved trench works in California (where Holly lives) but I didn’t know about Chicago.  But then I realized that for those few days we have when it’s 55 degrees in the morning and 80 by the time you leave the office a short sleeved trench is the perfect accessory.

And since today was one of those days, I took my inspiration from What I Wore and threw it on over a simple black and white outfit.

CAbi has some really cute options and their website even allows you to play virtual dress up!  Here are some of my favorite outfits I put together.

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If you’re interested in shopping the CAbi catalog, contact Holly and she’ll get you set up!  Or, if enough Chicago-area people are interested I’m sure we could convince her to come out and do our own shopping party.

Until then, I’ll be figuring out new ways to wear my California-inspired jacket.

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