Tag Archives: black booties

Erin Go Scarf

Office Appropriate Outfits - Spring · Office Appropriate Outfits - Winter

Chicago style blogger, green scarf, black dress, faux leather

Dress – Neiman Marcus Last Call (similar) | Turtleneck – The Limited (similar) | Scarf – gift (similar) | Booties – Liz Claiborne via DSW (similar)

Although you wouldn’t know it since the city of Chicago turned into a giant frat party on Saturday, today is actually St. Patrick’s Day. Or at least that’s what I’m told. I’m also told that if you don’t wear green on St. Patrick’s Day you get eaten by snakes. Or pinched. Or something.

Anyway, this is the outfit that H&K Style Journey and her friends chose for us to interpret for the holiday.

image

It took me a long time to come up with something to wear today that was inspired by this. Our Chicago temperatures are not going to allow for bare legs or short sleeves today so this summery outfit will have to wait.

Instead I decided to layer this dress with a sweater, tights, and a scarf. I don’t think this particular dress has made it to the blog before beyond a quick snapshot from last October. And I don’t think I’ve ever worn it to work. But it layers well and the faux leather accents add some extra visual interest so I have a feeling that it might show up more often now that I can think of more ways to wear it!

Linking up with Fizz & Frosting | On the Daily Express | More Pieces of Me | Basic Training Corporate Style

  

Can you use a vest as a pillow?

Office Appropriate Outfits - Spring · Office Appropriate Outfits - Winter

Chicago style blogger Loop Looks wear a purple dress with a black faux fur vest

Chicago style blogger Loop Looks wears a purple dress with a black faux fur vest

Dress – The Limited (similar) | Vest – Comfort Me Boutique (similar) | Tights – Express (same) | Boots – Liz Claiborne via DSW (similar) | Bracelet – House of Gemmes (similar)

So, I will fully admit that I had a different outfit planned. But then the weather people lied to me and it snowed and was cold and Style Up told me to wear a colorful dress with some faux fur and here I am.

Now that I look at these photos I think this outfit would have benefitted from my black obi belt and solid black tights but such is life. When Jason took these pictures he told me I looked tired. I am tired. I could have easily used my vest as a pillow and taken a nap on the floor of my office yesterday afternoon.

Seriously, why don’t we get nap time as adults?? Huge oversight on someone’s part.

Linking up with H&K Style Journey | Vodka Infused Lemonade

  

A Wrinkled Perspective

Office Appropriate Outfits - Winter

Chicago style blogger Loop Looks wears a burgundy faux leather shirt and leopard print cardigan

faux_leather_shirt_black_pants_2

Cardigan – Gap (similar) | Blouse – Collide Boutique (similar) | Shirt – Amazon.com (same) | Pants – Ann Taylor (similar) | Booties – Liz Claiborne via DSW (similar) | Necklace – JF&A Show (similar)

Admittedly, one of the downsides of reading personal style blogs is that I tend to fall in love with outfits or specific pieces of outfits and then I end up hunting them down. This burgundy faux leather shirt falls into that category. I basically saw this exact same outfit on Penny Pincher Fashion (aside: I’ve been loving her style the past few weeks) and when she linked to this similar shirt I had to find it.

Thankfully it’s available for under $30 on Amazon.com and I had Amazon gift certificates I could use. The downside? It’s a little boxy and has some weird creases from the packaging. But, I’m hoping that once I remember to take an iron and a damp cloth to it (remember, I hate the iron) and figure out a few other ways to wear it I’ll have found a fun shirt that didn’t break the bank.

P.S. In case you missed it, I shared the results of the Reader Survey yesterday.

Linking up with H&K Style Journey | Vodka Infused Lemonade

  

DIY Animal Print Dress

Office Appropriate Outfits - Fall

White jacket, animal print dress, black ankle boots, Chicago style blogger

white_jacket_print_dress 019

Jacket – Forever 21 (similar) | Dress – Target (similar) | Shoes – Liz Claiborne via DSW (similar) | Necklace – The Limited (same)

Two things you need to know about this dress:

1. It originally looked like this

fuschia_cardigan_print_dress 001

2. I turned it into more of a sheath dress by removing the elastic from the waist and gave it a higher neckline by wearing it backward.

Yes, this is about a DIY as I get. And why did I go to all that trouble? Because I wanted to recreate today’s Inspiration Monday look.

image

White jacket? Yep, I got that. Animal print sheath dress? Well, kind of. I never liked the original waistband of my dress all that much so this gave me the perfect excuse to see if I could alter it. And pairing it with this jacket gave me a new way to wear each item!

White jacket, animal print dress, black ankle boots, Chicago style blogger

By the way, this is the last week of the Take One, Pass It On challenge and I’ll be participating today and tomorrow. Wednesday I’m planning on a review of the boots I ordered from Sole Society and then I’m taking Thursday and Friday off to enjoy the Thanksgiving holiday.

  

Nanook of the North

Office Appropriate Outfits - Fall

faux_fur_vest_plaid_shirt 007

faux_fur_vest_plaid_shirt 014faux_fur_vest_plaid_shirt 016

 

Shirt – J. Crew (similar) | Skirt – The Limited (same) | Vest – Poshmark (similar) | Tights – Banana Republic (similar) | Booties – Liz Claiborne via DSW (similar) | Belt – Target (same)

Comments I’ve gotten today on my faux fur vest and plaid shirt outfit include “Nice vest!” “You look very ‘Nanook of the North today.” and “Cute vest!” I’m going to go with the idea that the Nanook comment was a compliment. Turns out this is the perfect outfit for the first day with temperatures hovering around freezing while I wait for the train. My core is nice and toasty therefore the rest of me feels just fine.

I recently purchased this skirt from The Limited and even though it’s described on their website as a “mini” it hits me at a perfect length. I bought it a size larger than normal so that it would sit lower on my hips and I suppose it also helps that I’m only 5’4”. But I have long legs! So, if you’re eying this skirt (which is currently on sale) and thinking it might be too short, I’m here to say it’s probably not. And, as you can see, it totally dresses up a Nanook of the North outfit.

Linking up with the Fur & Wool Trend Spin Link Up

  

How to Wear Ankle Boots

You Pick Wednesday

So, I know it’s spring in Chicago and for many of us our thoughts are turning towards sandals and open-toed shoes. But for anyone who is dealing with cooler temperatures this post is for you!

A reader recently contacted me and asked for help with a pair of ankle boots she just bought.

 

black_booties

 

Shop

Here’s what she had to say:

My problem: So the Nine West store here had booties on sale. I loved a pair but as soon as I opened the shoebox at home, I started freaking out. Although I appreciate looking a few inches taller, these booties scare me to death LOL. What kind of outfit can I wear them with?

I bought my first pair of ankle boots in fall 2011.

pink_skirt_gray_sweater3

Admittedly, I didn’t know what to wear with them, either! But it turned out that they are quite a staple in my wardrobe now. So here are my suggestions on how to wear ankle boots.

1. Putting them with black tights or even sheer black textured tights/nylons will help ease you into wearing ankle boots with skirts and dresses.

blue_dress_black_blazer 021pink_skirt_gray_sweater (1)

Original                                                                     Original

 

2. If you like the look of bare legs with booties, you could wear them with a skirt and no tights.

pleated_skirt_blouse 003polka_dot_dress_bubble_necklace 3

Original                                                                Original

 

3. Wear jeans or pants over the top of the booties.

polka_dot_sweater_blazer 1blue-pants-white-blouse 2

Original                                                                             Original

 

4. Tuck skinny jeans into them or roll the bottom of the jeans up so they hit the top of the booties.

leopard_cardigan 004_croppedpolka_dots_blue_blazer 002

Original                                                              Original

 

Want more ideas? I have to give a shout-out to Katie from Alaskan Weredork who does the best job I’ve seen of wearing her many pairs of ankle boots with almost any outfit you can imagine.

Do you have ankle boots? How would you wear them?

YouPickWednesdayicon.jpg

Don’t forget you can always submit your own questions for You Pick Wednesday!

 

  

Wear All The Dresses

Office Appropriate Outfits - Spring

gray_dress_red_cardigan_1

gray_cardigan_red_dress_2

Dress – Nordstrom Rack (similar) | Cardigan – The Limited (similar) | Booties – Liz Claiborne via DSW (similar)

Today’s 5 Days, 5 Ways challenge is…dresses! Although, as it turns out, I don’t think I’ve worn the same dress five times in five different ways. Although, I’ve worn a lot of my dresses two or three different ways. So, I thought I’d give you a taste of how I transform summer dresses into cooler weather dresses in today’s post.dress_collage

dress_collage_2

Today’s outfit was inspired by this pin which I saved when I saw it and immediately realized, hey, I have a dress that color and a cardigan that color! Why did I never think to put the two of them together?

Wearing a summer dress in the winter is actually pretty easy.  Wear a shirt underneath, wear a cardigan or sweater over, or throw on a blazer. Add tights and boots or closed toe shoes and you’re done!  Double the wardrobe, half the cost.

Want to see more ways I’ve worn dresses? I’ve tried to tag all of them here.

Also linking with Texas Lovebirds, Frills for Thrills and Vodka Infused Lemonade

 

 

  

Trying to be Inspired

Office Appropriate Outfits - Spring

lace_dress_military_jacket 1

lace_dress_military_jacket 2 military_jacket_necklace

black_booties_tights

Jacket – Old Navy via Threadflip (similar) | Dress – Marshall’s (similar) | Tights- Banana Republic (similar) | Booties – Liz Claiborne via DSW (similar) | Necklace – Jeans & A Cute Top Shop (similar) | Earrings – The Limited

Today’s Inspiration Monday photo just screams spring.  A lace dress, a colorful blazer and adorable strappy shoes? Spring. Sadly, it’s still too chilly here for bare legs and strappy shoes so I did my best to winterize my lace dress with some additional inspiration from Katie.

 

Original Inspiration Photo

Still, there’s something about this outfit I’m not loving.  Maybe I should have worn the jacket open and belted the dress underneath? Maybe I just like the look of a lace dress with black tights better on other people?  Thoughts?

Would you wear either of these outfits?

  

Polka Dot Sweater? I Hardly Know Her!

Office Appropriate Outfits - Spring

polka_dot_sweater_blazer

 

polka_dot_sweater_blazer 2

Blazer – The Limited (similar under $20) | Sweater – Old Navy (similar under $30) | Collared Shirt – TJ Maxx (similar under $30) | Pants – Ann Taylor (similar under $30) | Booties – Liz Claiborne via DSW (similar) | Necklace – Macy’s (similar under $30)

Today’s Inspiration Monday photo should have been easy.  Skinny pants and a polka dot sweater?  Polka dot sweaters have been everywhere this past season so of course I have one in my closet.

Inspiration Photo Source

 Of course, Hilary Duff’s is ADORABLE while mine required a bit of finagling.  See, mine is actually short sleeved. So in order to give it some more interest under the blazer I added the collared button-up white shirt. I like that the sweater gives is a slightly casual vibe while the button-up and the blazer make it definitely office appropriate. And I incorporated the black and gray color scheme which promptly drove my photograph-taking husband nuts. “Can’t you wear something with color? Now we need to find a colorful background!” Mission? Accomplished.

Do you own a polka dot sweater? Don’t you love the one in the inspiration photo?

polka_dot_sweater_blazer 1

P.S. If you bought all the items linked to above (minus the shoes), your total outfit cost would be $122.41 (excluding tax and shipping). And the blazer, black pants, and collared shirt would become closet staples so you’d definitely get your money’s worth!

  

Full Skirts and Full Weekends

Office Appropriate Outfits - Winter

black_blazer_pleated_skirt 005

black_blazer_pleated_skirt 011 black_blazer_pleated_skirt 012

Blazer – The Limited (similar, use code HOTPERK for 40% off) | Top – The Limited (similar) | Skirt – The Limited (similar) | Booties – Liz Claiborne via DSW (similar) | Necklace – The Limited (similar)

Full disclosure: I am working from my couch today.  I had an amazing weekend full of a tour at Half Acre brewery, running my fastest 5K race time ever, and an awesome Oscar’s party hosted by the Chicago Blogger Network (full post on Wednesday). I need a day to recover.  But, I already had this outfit planned for Inspiration Monday.  Plus, my hair is straightened so I wasn’t going to pass up the opportunity to take some pics.

Today’s Inspiration Monday involved a full skirt and a jacket as worn by one of the Olsen sisters.

Inspiration Photo Source

You may notice that any time an inspiration photo features a full skirt I wear this purple pleated one.  That’s because it’s the only full skirt I own.  I definitely gravitate towards the pencil skirt silhouette but ever so often it’s nice to break out of the box.

black_blazer_pleated_skirt 007