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Short Suit

•• Casual Clothes - Office Appropriate Outfits - Summer

You know when you see things in a magazine as being on-trend and you think, “Who the heck can wear those things to work?”

I now have the answer.

I can. And I’ll still be more dressed up than some of the people there. Like the girl I saw yesterday whose dress barely covered her butt. Black blazer with black shorts and red blouse

Blazer – The Limited (similar) | Shorts – The Limited (similar) | Shirt – Express (same) | Shoes – c/o Fibi & Clo (same)

I’ve seen that shorts suits are apparently in style right now and it turns out I can actually wear one to work! Although, to be honest, this one didn’t turn out quite how I envisioned. It feels a bit frumpy to me and I think it’s because the jacket is too long for the shorts. And my shirt is tucked in funny.

But, hey, when you’re trying to take outfit photos while wrangling a bratty dog who won’t listen you take what you can get.

Although, this isn’t the first time I’ve worn shorts to work! Nope! I actually wore them at my old job, too.  Of course, those were longer. And, come to think of it, I haven’t worn them in a long time. I should break them out again. And then be sad at how I’m pretty sure they won’t fit.

Sigh. Anyone want some adorable pinstriped walking shorts? How about an adorable but bratty puppy?

Black shorts suit with red shirt

Linking up with Work Clothes, I Suppose for her Third Thursday Threads and SHORTS!

  

Casual Professional

•• Office Appropriate Outfits - Spring

Apologies for the lack of outfit posts this week. Holiday weeks just throw me for a loop. Not that I’m complaining about four day weeks at all. Trust me.

Anyway, I don’t even have that exciting of an outfit for you today. It’s a suit. A black suit. At least I added some stripes?

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Blazer – The Limited (similar) | Pants – The Limited (similar) | Shirt – Old Navy (similar) | Necklace – The Limited (similar) | Shoes – Bandolino (same)

I had a meeting today at a location with a “casual” dress code but I didn’t want to show up in jeans. So, in order to make my suit more casual I added a tee shirt and rolled up the sleeves of the jacket.

Admittedly, it took me a lot longer than it should have to come up with this outfit! I’ve gotten so out of the rut of wearing my black pants that I honestly forget what to pair with them. Something so simple shouldn’t be so difficult, right?

Anyway, if I had wanted to wear jeans I would have kept everything else the same and just swapped out the black dress pants for my bootcut jeans. See? Easy casual Friday look all set for you for tomorrow.

Speaking of tomorrow, I’ll be posting my Favorite Outfit of May round-up so don’t forget to come back and vote!

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P.S. There might not be any close-up shots of my left side for awhile. I, uh, accidentally gave myself a black eye on Saturday morning while hurriedly pulling on my arm warmers before going for a run. My hand slipped and I literally punched myself in the face. See? Bloggers are not perfect.

  

Suited up with nowhere to go

•• Office Appropriate Outfits - Spring

You guys, I did it again. I wore almost an entire outfit from The Limited. It’s getting kind of ridiculous, don’t you think? Although, to be honest, it’s not like you couldn’t put together a gray pencil skirt, black blazer, and white top outfit from just about any store. I’m certainly not the first person to do it.

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Blazer – The Limited (similar) | Top – The Limited (same) | Skirt – The Limited (similar)  | Shoes – Bandolino (same) | Necklace – Overstock.com (similar)

I wore this outfit because we were supposed to be leading two training sessions at work this week. However, since where I work doesn’t actually mandate or require employees to attend any trainings, our registration numbers were so low that we had to cancel at the last minute. Sad.

But, hey, at least I look nice and professional while I sit at my desk, right?

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Limited Edition

•• Office Appropriate Outfits - Spring

Some times I put on an outfit and don’t even realize until after the fact that it’s all from the same store. Case in point: today’s outfit. Everything but the shoes (and my watch. and the Fitbit, of course) is from The Limited. I guess when you like something you really like something.

Black blazer with black shell and red pants, Chicago style blogger, how to wear red pants to the office

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Blazer – The Limited (same) | Shirt – The Limited (similar) | Pants – The Limited (similar) | Shoes – Jessica Simpson via DSW (same) | Necklace – The Limited (similar) | Earrings – The Limited (similar)

I’ve actually worn a very similar outfit to work before but in that case I wore my black and white striped tee instead of going for the all-black look. Today I wanted to be a bit more streamlined. Sometimes mixing up patterns is fun and other times you want to be a bit more classic.

I also wanted to wear flats. As you saw yesterday, I ran another half marathon and my feet just needed a break from heels. Plus, I actually wore this outfit yesterday which was my office’s annual outing to Fogo de Chao aka The Meat Olympics. If you’ve never been to a Brazilian Steakhouse you are missing out on the gut-busting gluttony of all you can eat meat, salad, and sides. The waistband of these pants is actually a tad bit too big. Which, of course, makes it perfect for housing a food baby.

Chicago style blogger wears red pants to work

  

Trophy Attire

•• Office Appropriate Outfits - Spring

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Blazer – The Limited (same) | Dress – The Limited (similar) | Necklace – clothing swap (similar) | Shoes – Bandolino (same) | Tights – Express (same)

Today I got to do one of the best things I’ve done all year: I awarded a trophy to a department that had done some amazing things and ended up going almost completely paperless. You should have seen the excitement in their faces when I handed them their giant trophy at our annual appreciation breakfast. Made my entire day.

One of the things I love about my job is training people to take control of their environments and make their lives easier. Unfortunately this is just a small piece of my job. I’d love to do it full time! Helping people is a passion of mine.

Because I don’t get to do that full time is one of the reasons I have this blog. Am I the best dresser on the planet? Nope. Do I expect you will run out and copy every single outfit I wear? Nope. But when people tell me that my blog has inspired them to look at their closet in a new way it gives me the same feeling I got when I saw how thrilled that department’s staff was to have that trophy.

So, thanks to those of you who give me those trophies. It makes what I do here more worthwhile.

  

Chicago Boutique Week with Comfort Me Boutique: Making the Most of Your Closet Staples Part 3

•• Office Appropriate Outfits - Spring - Shopping

Tuesday I introduced you to Comfort Me Boutique and showed you the original items from my own closet I was using as a base with which to incorporate the beautiful items Comfort Me carries.  Yesterday I gave you three more outfit options including some trendy silky jogger pants.

Today we’re going back to skirts and dresses starting with this super comfortable knit skirt.

Comfort Me Boutique knit skirt, black blazer

Comfort Me Boutique knit skirt, black blazer

Squasht by Les skirt – made in Chicago | Snug tank – made in USA |Jojo & Sofia necklace – made in Chicago |Ali’s Collection agate cuff – made in Chicago

This jersey knit skirt has a pull-on waist and pockets! I know you like pockets. This skirt could also easily transition from work to play just by ditching the blazer and adding sandals.

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Finally! The dress that came home with me. I wasn’t even originally going to put it on but something about it just called out to me. Maybe it was the bows.

Comfort Me Boutique Bow Dress

Comfort Me Boutique Bow Dress

Comfort Me Boutique Bow Dress with black blazer

Eva Franco bow dress – made in LA | Elise M belt | Tania Rodamilans agate necklace – made in Chicago

I don’t own anything like this and admittedly it was more money that I normally spend (even with 30% off) but it’s SUPER well made and just so adorable. See, that’s what you get when you boutique shop. They hand pick the cute items and even though you may pay a bit more for them, if you find a good boutique you know they also pick for quality.

Plus, as you can see, Comfort Me does a great job sourcing their items from the United States or even Chicago locally when possible.

So, there you have it! My first Chicago Boutique Week (a term I made up, by the way) is over! I hope you got some new ideas on how to break up those closet staples and mix them with new pieces. Or, at the very least, you found out about a new place to shop when you’re looking for something unique for you, a friend, or your home.

Comfort Me Boutique Chicago Outfits

And don’t forget if you see something you just HAVE to know more about, you can always email Comfort Me Boutique directly at info@comfortmeboutique.com, Tweet at them at @ShopComfortMe or check out their online store.

Note: Comfort Me Boutique did not ask me to write these posts. I’m doing it because I thought the store was adorable, Alyssa was super nice, and their clothes are unique and excellent quality. The only compensation I got was 30% off my purchase.

  

Boutique Week with Comfort Me Boutique: Making the Most of Your Closet Staples Part 2

•• Office Appropriate Outfits - Spring - Shopping

Yesterday I introduced you to Comfort Me Boutique and showed you the original items from my own closet I was using as a base with which to incorporate the beautiful items Comfort Me carries.

Today I have three more outfits for you, two of which include the incredibly on-trend silky jogger pants.

Now, I fully admit that I can’t decide how I feel about this trend. Can they be worn to work? Are they too casual? Do they look ridiculous? Am I channeling MC Hammer? So many questions.

Still, I went out of my comfort zone and tried on two pairs. And you know what? I really liked one of them.

Comfort Me Boutique, printed silky jogger pants, black blazer

Pants (available for purchase online) | Only Hearts top – made in LA | Snug Tank – made in USA | Stylish Girl by Laila necklace – made in Chicago

Comfort Me Boutique, olive green silky jogger pants, black shirt

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Madeline pants | Only Hearts top – made in LA |Snug Tank – made in USA |Ali’s Collection necklace – made in Chicago

The colorful printed pants? I actually really, really like them! In fact, I could totally see myself wearing them to work with the blazer and the again on a weekend with a black tank top and sandals. Throw on a denim jacket if the evening is cool and you’d be good to go.

Also, I know it’s just a basic piece, but the tank top I have on underneath the sheer shirt was super soft and SUPER long. If you have a long torso and can’t find camisoles that don’t pull out of your pants every time you bend over, these are for you!

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Now, if the silky jogger pants are too out there for you here’s a calmer outfit that I love.

Comfort Me Boutique Burgundy Shirt and silk scarf

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Rho by Cortney Rhodes handpainted silk scarf – made in Chicago (I’ve actually met this artist!)

The burgundy top I have on is also from Comfort Me but it was the last one on the sale rack so it might be gone by now. Maybe I should have snatched up these two items as well because I LOVE the way they take my plain black suit from drab to fab.

One more day of Chicago Boutique Week left! Tomorrow I’ve got the world’s most comfortable skirt and the world’s cutest dress.  So I hope you’ll come back for more of Comfort Me Boutique. And if you see something you just HAVE to know more about, you can always email Comfort Me Boutique directly at info@comfortmeboutique.com or check out their online store.

Note: Comfort Me Boutique did not ask me to write these posts. I’m doing it because I thought the store was adorable, Alyssa was super nice, and their clothes are unique and excellent quality. The only compensation I got was 30% off my purchase.

  

Chicago Boutique Week with Comfort Me Boutique: Making the Most of Your Closet Staples Part 1

•• Office Appropriate Outfits - Spring - Shopping

Welcome to my first ever Chicago Boutique Week! What is Chicago Boutique Week? It’s where I show you how to take closet staples and mix them up with adorable pieces from local Chicago boutiques. For the next three days I’m going to be featuring a wonderful Chicago boutique called Comfort Me.

Comfort Me Boutique’s main location is 701 W Armitage in the Lincoln Park neighborhood and they have an additional “pop-up shop” in Hyde Park at 5241 S. Harper Avenue. Comfort Me Boutique is owned by Alyssa and her mother and together they aim to have you experience the true meaning of retail therapy. Not only do they carry clothing, but they carry candles, housewares, jewelry, lotion, socks, and art. Many of it is made by local Chicago artists as well!

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But I was there for the clothes and the jewelry!  I showed up in my most basic of closet staples: a black suit, white collared shirt, and black pumps. I also brought a pair of nude pumps, just in case.

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I quickly got work finding items that I could mix and match with these  pieces.

First up, this adorable and comfortable navy knit dress.

Comfort Me Boutique Navy Dress with white collared shirt

Comfort Me Boutique Navy Dress with white collared shirt

Dress – Made in LA, eco-friendly line, made of organic cotton  | Necklace – Tania Rodamilans quartz and pearl necklace,  made in Chicago

This dress would be adorable on its own with sandals and simple jewelry as a fun summer outfit or you can do like I did and put a collared shirt underneath and pair it with heels and wear it to work!

Cards at Comfort Me Boutique Chicago

Next up, I found another dress that could also be worn to work using the layered collared shirt.

Comfort Me Boutique Black Dress with white collared shirt

Comfort Me Boutique Black Dress with white collared shirt and hot pink earrings

Yumi black dress | Veronica Riley Martens tagua nut earrings (made in Chicago)

And that’s just the first two outfits! I’ve got even more on the way including some on-trend printed jogger pants, a super comfortable skirt, a beautiful locally made scarf, and the dress that ended up coming home with me! I hope you’ll come back tomorrow for more of Comfort Me Boutique. And if you see something you just HAVE to know more about, you can always email Comfort Me Boutique directly at info@comfortmeboutique.com or check out their online store.

Note: Comfort Me Boutique did not ask me to write these posts. I’m doing it because I thought the store was adorable, Alyssa was super nice, and their clothes are unique and excellent quality. The only compensation I got was 30% off my purchase.

  

A Black Blazer Makes Everything Better

•• Casual Friday - Office Appropriate Outfits - Winter

Black blazer, gray sweater, jeans on Casual Friday

Blazer – The Limited (same) | Sweater – Gap (similar) | Scarf – DSW (similar) | Jeans – Express (similar) | Boots – Macy’s (similar)

I know, I know, it’s so cliché. Wear a blazer with jeans on casual Friday so that you still look professional. But it’s cliché for a reason. A black blazer really does make any outfit better! See?

One outfit, two ways for Casual Friday and for the weekend

There’s nothing wrong with the outfit on the right, it’s just more something I would wear on the weekend. But toss on the blazer and the outfit is perfect for work! You know where else a black blazer works well? On your Valentine’s Day date night!

Black blazer and black tank top for a Valentine's Day outfit

I have on a black tank top under my sweater, so just strip off the sweater, add a fun necklace instead of a scarf and you’re ready to meet your Valentine for drinks and dinner.

By the way, if you missed yesterday’s office-to-date-night outfit swap I posted it on the Loop Looks Facebook page.

And with that, I’m off to spend my Friday counting down the hours until my Valentine and I can sit on the couch, eat Thai food, and watch the last two episodes of season two of Fringe. Romantic, huh?

  

Blue, Black and Sequins

•• Office Appropriate Outfits - Winter

Black blazer with silver sequin shirt and cobalt blue pants, Chicago style blogger, holiday office outfit

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Blazer – The Limited (similar) | Shirt – The Limited (similar) | Pants – LOFT (similar) | Shoes – Bandolino (same)

For anyone who thinks you shouldn’t wear sequins to work let me just tell you: When my boss walked into the office this morning and saw me wearing this she stopped in tracks and exclaimed, “CUTE shirt! Really cute! I love it! It looks amazing with the blue pants.”

Other interesting things that happened to me already today?

1. I had very first full-body mole and skin check appointment this morning. As he used the extra-long q-tip to check my scalp for moles and such all I could think was, “My hair! I haven’t taken my pictures yet today!” As if the dry air, my winter hat, and the commute hadn’t already caused it to go super flat.

2. I realized that I own black tights and black dress socks but no black knee-highs. Thank goodness there is a Walgreens on every corner (only slightly exaggerating there) so I could dash in and get some.

3. In the interest of full disclosure, this outfit is a recreation of this one that I pinned. But it follows all my rules for wearing sequins to the office and I haven’t worn this combination yet.  And since sequins totally remind me of the holidays, it works perfectly for today’s Trend Spin Link Up of Holiday Inspired outfits.