Dress – The Limited (similar) | Shirt – The Limited via Poshmark (similar) | Cardigan – The Limited (similar) | Shoes – Bandolino (same) | Necklace – The Limited (similar)
Welcome to Monday, everyone! How was your weekend? I have a lovely low-key three days (yes, remember, I had Friday off) that basically consisted of running, grilling, and watching the first season of The Glades. I lead an exciting life, don’t I? Oh, I also taught someone how to use Facebook.
I also put together this outfit as inspired by this Erté painting chose by Salazar for this week’s Style Imitating Art.
Originally I was thinking my green pants with my polka dot chambray shirt but then I remembered that today I have a meeting with some auditors at work and decided that green pants and chambray might be a bit too casual.
So, instead, I went with subtle pattern mixing with polka dots and stripes and brought in some purple and green in the cardigan and the necklace. I also tried to find some art deco architecture to stand in front of but, alas, I could only find Victorian.
Look! The bow dress is back! I’m wearing it to a meeting today with my professional organization on the 63rd floor of the Sears (it will always be the Sears to me) Tower. Which means I kept it simple today with a black and gold palette. My husband said I looked very fancy.
Oh, you know what else is back? These heels. See, I was walking home from work one day last week when the heel of the right one got caught in a sidewalk crack and was ripped all to hell. Thankfully I’ve found a Shoe Hospital by my work and they were able to recover the heel in the exact same material. You can’t even tell! Well, until I catch it in another sidewalk crack.
Sweater – J. Crew Factory (similar) | Pants – LOFT via Poshmark (similar) | Shoes – Anne Klein via 6pm.com (similar) | Necklace – The Limited (similar)
Why, yes, I am in Puerto Rico. Thanks for asking. So what am I doing posting an office-ready outfit photo? Well, see, here’s what happened:
Jen chose Chicago’s famous Flamingo sculpture as her pick for this week’s Style Imitating Art. And considering this sculpture is literally at the top of the stairs when I get off the train for work I knew I couldn’t skip this week.
Plus, I’d just gotten these pants back from the tailor and they fit with the theme perfectly. And I know you’re thinking, how do windowpane pants go with the Flamingo sculpture?
Let me tell you: the sculpture is located in Federal Plaza. Everything in Federal Plaza is built on a grid. See those lines in the granite? They extend throughout all the buildings in the plaza. According to Wikipedia (and my friend who is a Chicago architecture docent):
The entire complex is based on a 28 ft (8.5 m) grid pattern so that seams of the granite pavers in the plaza extend into the building lobbies and up the sides to create unity among the three structures.
Pretty neat, huh?
So, of course grid patterned pants fit perfectly with this week’s SIA choice! And I kept the rest of the outfit simple as a nod to Mies Van der Rohe, the architect who designed the plaza. And the touches of red to echo the Flamingo, of course.
I wore this outfit to work on Thursday and immediately came to the conclusion that these heels are sitting heels, not walking heels. I will be wearing this outfit again, but this time I’ll go with my trusty black heels.
Sometimes an outfit is a no-brainer. Sometimes you see pink and black and know exactly what you’re going to wear.
Actually, in this case I didn’t have a pink and black polka dot top. Yes. Seriously. So I went with just a patterned black and white top. I have five of those. Yes. Seriously.
I might have a black and white patterned top problem.
You know what else I have a problem with? These shoes! They are completely falling apart. I may be the only person I know who can wear a pair of shoes until they literally fall apart. For example, in college I had this pair of platform boots (similar to these but with a side zipper instead of laces). I bought them in Finland on vacation and wore them basically every day until the platform on one actually split across the middle. And then I wore them for awhile after that. Yes. Seriously.
It may almost be March but the weather in Chicago is still throwing sub-freezing temperatures our way. Which means that today I’m wearing double sweaters. Yes, that’s right, I have on a cardigan sweater over a turtleneck sweater. And I’m nice and toasty.
Seriously, I honestly never thought about putting a cardigan sweater over another sweater. Other than those sweater twin-sets that were all the rage when I was in high school, I mean. Anyway, this particular cardigan works well because it’s almost like a jacket. Which means it’s not too clingy with the sweater underneath.
I actually really ended up liking this outfit. I can even recreate it for a non-Friday and just wear it with black dress pants, too! Or I could wear a different colored turtleneck underneath. Maybe blue? See? Sweaters upon sweaters can be super versatile!
Second, this cobalt and black faux fur outfit is almost an exact duplicate of an outfit I saw on Penny Pincher Fashion over a year ago. I already had the blazer and the pants, the top I added to my closet last month, and the faux fur vest jumped out at me when I was Comfort Me boutique last week for an event. In fact, that store is so adorable that I’m planning a fun collaboration with them next month!
I’ll be honest, though, I loved the way this looked on PPF but on me I felt it made me top heavy. I think my vest is a tad bit more robust than hers. I rather wished I’d had a cobalt cardigan instead of a blazer to cut down on some of the bulk. However, I still like the idea of wearing a vest over a blazer so I think I’ll play around with it. Never fear, though, I have other ideas on how to style this vest since it appears winter will be back in full force next week.
You know what I don’t have any ideas on, though? Make up. When Bri from Work Clothes, I Suppose announced this months’ Third Thursday Threads Theme as “beauty” I knew I was in trouble.
See, here’s my current make up routine.
And you want to know something interesting? I don’t think I’ve EVER bought lipstick! Nope. I just keep getting it for free.
I hardly ever remember to wear it, though, so I suppose it’s a good thing I don’t spend money on it!
Do you have a make up routine? Sometimes I feel like I failed “girl” because I can barely do my own hair and eyeliner scares me.
I’m writing this post after a very long day so guess what? I hope you like bullet points!
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2. This outfit was inspired by Stylin’ in St. Louis. Her outfit is so classy, though. All white and a faux fur vest to die for. Since my winter white wool skirt has that strip of black I paired it with my black sweater. And my (at the time) only faux fur vest.
Then I drank some wine, laughed at some hilarious greeting cards, chatted with fellow bloggers, and ended up purchasing an all black faux fur vest! You know I love my vests so of course I’m excited to wear this one soon.
4. Because I knew I’d be walking a lot today and most of my boots are currently at the shoe hospital getting their heel tips replaced, I wore these embellished black flats from fibi & clo. fibi & clo is a unique online retailer that focuses mostly on ballet flats and sandals (although they also have some fun jewelry). Their flats are designed to mold to your foot as you wear them. I have to say, they do a pretty good job. I originally ordered a size 8 but they were too big. Their website does say to size down on these shoes which apparently I ignored since I wear between a 7.5 and an 8. I re-ordered the 7s and at first they felt too tight. But after wearing them around the house they fit perfectly! And the embellishment on the toe is fun. Now I’m eying the same pair in leopard!
Shirt – Macy’s (similar) | Vest – Target (same) | Skirt – The Limited (similar) | Tights – Banana Republic (similar) | Shoes – Bandolino (same) | Bracelet – House of Gemmes (similar) | Necklace – ONecklace (same)
A few weeks ago my friend Kelsey asked me what were the top 4 clothing items I felt I was missing in my closet. One of the items I listed was a knit moto jacket. I love the juxtaposition of the asymmetry and the “rock” style of the moto jacket with a pencil skirt and heels. However, it occurred to me that while a knit moto jacket could be more like a cardigan in the winter it might look kind of silly to wear one all day long. So when I found this knit moto vest at Target, well, I knew it was the solution to my dilemma.
I also had a $25 Target gift card and this vest is on clearance so, well, duh. It adds a little extra something to the otherwise simple blouse and skirt combo that is a staple of offices pretty much everywhere. Sometimes it’s the simple extra item that makes an outfit more visually interesting and keeps you from falling into that outfit rut where getting dressed is painful.
Oh, and yes, I’m wearing my hair straight. At this shorter length I’ve decided it looks better if I straighten it. Not as hat-friendly as my curly hair but I feel better about it so here we are.
Two things I wanted to mention to you today. The first, the weather is horrible. Yet I stood outside in it to take pictures. All for you! Okay, for me, too. Because I hate taking photos indoors. Also, in full disclosure, I wore my Uggs during my commute and packed my flats to change into. Yes, I’ve become one of THOSE women. The ones who wear Uggs. I don’t care. They’re warm. And comfy. And on a cold, gray, wet day like today you need some of that while waiting for the train, you know?
The other thing I wanted to mention is that it’s actually kind of difficult to make a black crewneck sweater seem interesting. I actually have several ideas saved on my Pinterest boards but several of them involve also wearing a blazer over the sweater. I just wasn’t in the mood for that kind of layering today (in fact, even the scarf is kind of driving me crazy) so I looked for other ideas. So, the black on black outfit might be kind of boring but it’s doing the job for me today. And it just goes to show that you can wear a black sweater with crazy animal print one day and tone it WAY down the next.
And thus brings us to the end of Take One, Pass It On week three. You know, if you want to see how lots of other bloggers are remixing the pieces in the closet from day to day don’t forget to follow Sarah’s Real Life. She’s the one who created this challenge and she’s the one who does the round of up all the participants every week. It’s a lot of fun to see how other people make new outfits out of the pieces they pass on from day to day.
I’m not going to write about ALL of those things today, though. Today I’m going to give you a tease of the 7×7 remix. What is it? Well, the challenge is to take 7 pieces of clothing (shoes and accessories don’t count) and make 7 outfits. Seriously.
Click on the picture to see the full inspiration outfit
Black and white pants, some leather, a black top, black pointed shoes? This is right up my alley! Especially since I just got this faux leather shell from Express. It’s adorable but it runs really small and you’ll definitely need a racerback bra to wear it, FYI.
Also, tomorrow’s Trend Spin is dresses and skirts so I needed to included at least one of those. And then, of course, I wanted to include both work and weekend looks.
So, I hope you’ll stick around this week so you can get all the details on each of the seven outfits and hear my stories from Social Media Week and blogger brunch!
P.S. I know. I cheated. If you count the cardigan I’m wearing today and my (faux) leather moto jacket I have 9 pieces. But I’m counting them as accessories. So there.