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Breaking the Rules: Wearing Leggings to Work

Office Appropriate Outfits - Fall

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You guys, I did it. I wore leggings to work. Something I swore I would never do. Although, to be honest, they’re actually running tights, not traditional leggings, but still. I wore them. And I kind of liked it.

plaid-letote-shift-dress-1Dress – Le Tote (same) | Leggings – Old Navy (same) | Scarf -gift (similar) | Shoes – Payless (same) | Cardigan – Nordstrom Rack (similar) | Necklace – The Limited (similar)

plaid-letote-shift-dress-3Of course, I wore them under a dress and not with a short shirt or something. I still can’t endorse that. But wearing them as footless tights? Okay, maybe that I can get behind.  I hate to say it but they ARE pretty comfy.

So, what do you think? Are leggings worn like this okay for the office or am I on a slippery slope to wearing my pajamas to work?



Last of Le Tote

Casual Friday · Office Appropriate Outfits - Fall

I read an article this week from the Independent Fashion Blogger website about how you shouldn’t take your photos at lunch because the lighting is bad. This made me laugh because sometimes lunch is the only free time I have!

Although yesterday my lunch hour was especially nice because it started off with a 30 minute chair massage courtesy of work. Nice perk, eh?

In an effort to make the most of my first Le Tote box, I’m wearing another piece from it today. This black and white chevron top.

letote-chevron-top-1Top – Le Tote (same) | Cardigan – Nordstrom Rack | Jeans – Express (similar) | Shoes – MIA (similar) | Scarf – H&M via Poshmark (similar)

As I mentioned, Le Tote sends you five items. You guys have now seen three. The necklace, the plaid top, and now this shirt. They also sent me a dress that was way too tight and way too dressy for my current job as well as a bangle bracelet that, while cute, would probably drive me crazy at work.

Still, I enjoyed getting this box and trying out new pieces I wouldn’t necessarily purchase. Or, at least, getting to try them out, wear them, and then decide if I want to purchase anything. For example, this top is insanely comfortable but, like the last one, it’s a little boxy on me. Plus, I already have a black and white patterned top and I don’t really think I need two.

Red shoes, though, I might need a new pair of those some day. Although, this particular pair has outlasted three jobs and a marriage. Not my marriage, though. I bought them to wear to a wedding and those people are now divorced.

letote-chevron-top-2I don’t plan to buy anything from this particular Tote, but I’ll definitely be trying it again. Especially since it’s a good way to get out of the “I hate my closet” doldrums without dropping a ton of money on a new wardrobe.

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The Bradamant Bodysuit

Office Appropriate Outfits - Spring

Chicago style blogger, Bradamant bodysuit


Cardigan – Nordstrom Rack (similar) | Top – Bradamant (same) | Pants –  LOFT via clothing swap (similar) | Belt – Target (same) | Shoes – Bandolino (same) | Earrings – The Limited (similar)

Aaaaand we’re back to real life. It sounds like you all really enjoyed my Chicago Boutique Week last week, though! I hope I can find more local boutiques to partner with. If you know of one, let me know!

After a week of fun in the sun I’m happy that the Chicago weather is cooperating and allowing me to ease back into the chilly temperatures. I mean, look, it’s even warm enough for me to finally break out this sleeveless top I won from Engineering in Style!

I admit, I ordered this top because I thought it looked stunning on the model. And then I put it on and remembered I am not a model. It’s interesting; this top is actually a bodysuit. Anyone else remember those? Remember how we struggled with the crotch snaps? Or is that just me?

Anyway, Bradamant wants to make the bodysuit more luxurious. This one definitely has unique styling and all of their bodysuits have adjustable hook and eye closures (similar to a bra strap) instead of snaps. This top is very well constructed but I think I lack A. the long neck and B. the correctly sized torso to really pull it off. I may try it with higher waisted pants or a skirt next time, even though that may make me look like I have even less of a torso.

At least now I have a tan so that I’m not the same color as the fabric?


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The Leopard and the Sweater

Office Appropriate Outfits - Spring

Chicago style blogger Loop Looks wears leopard print blouse, black pants and black cardigan

Chicago style blogger Loop Looks wears leopard print blouse and brown bow belt

Cardigan – Target via clothing swap (same) | Shirt – J. Crew Factory via ebay (similar) | Pants – The Limited (similar) | Belt – Target (same) | Shoes – Bandolino (same)

Here’s the deal. Just because you see something on Pinterest that catches your eye doesn’t mean you have to recreate it exactly. Take, for example, the prompt for today.


I don’t own anything coral (yes, the orange sweater I mentioned on Tuesday has been returned) and I can’t wear jeans on a Thursday. But, I actually own that exact same top so I paired it with black dress pants and a cardigan that I’m pretty sure I got from Sierra at the clothing swap I went to on Saturday. Pants + leopard print blouse + cardigan + brown belt = similar outfit.

Don’t have a leopard print blouse? Just wear something printed! Cardigan + prints = fun outfit!

And in case you’re wondering why this post is kind of short, well, you can thank the Library Bar at the Public  Hotel for that. Complimentary drinks and food for the Windy City Bloggers Collective Happy Hour on Wednesday night? Let’s just say I took full advantage.


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Shades of Gray

Office Appropriate Outfits - Summer

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Shirt – Old Navy (similar) | Skirt – The Limited (similar) | Shoes – Vince Camuto (same) | Cardigan – Nordstrom Rack (similar) | Necklace – Macy’s (similar) | Bracelet – House of Gemmes (same)

I love today’s inspiration photo from Two Birds Inspiration Monday.  A striped shirt under a tweed or boucle jacket, distressed jeans, a scarf tied to her purse.


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Unfortunately, our cool spell seems to be ending so I skipped the fun jacket and went for a boring cardigan. However, this inspiration photo made me think about wearing my gray pencil skirt instead of black one which I normally would have gravitated towards with this shirt.

So, I mean, my outfit is pretty typical office wear. A pencil skirt, a shirt, and a cardigan. Nothing groundbreaking. But I’d like to think the gray skirt gives it a little bit more visual interest than a plain black and white one! You know, shades of gray and all that.


I Always Hated Geometry

Office Appropriate Outfits - Summer

Geometric print shirt, black pencil skirt, black cardigan, Vince Camuto heeled sandals

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Shirt – The Limited (similar) | Skirt – Banana Republic Outlet (similar) | Belt – The Limited (similar) | Cardigan – Nordstrom Rack (similar) | Shoes – Vince Camuto (same)


So, it’s Thursday. It’s actually the third Thursday of August. Do you know what that means? It mean’s it’s time for the Third Thursday Threads link-up at Work Clothes, I Suppose which this week is geometric prints! I admittedly wracked my brain trying to figure out if I had anything geometric and all I came up with was this shirt. I suppose I tend to gravitate towards smaller prints. Or less abstract prints? I don’t know. Regardless, I think this is the only vaguely geometric top I own.

Although, come to think of it, if I own patterned tops they’re typically polka dots or stripes. Or leopard. Funny how we tend to get in a groove, huh?

Are there any patterns that are overly represented in your closet? Any that don’t show up at all?


P.S. I honestly did always hate geometry. In fact, when I took it in high school our teacher said if we had an A in the class before the final then our final exam score wouldn’t count. I worked my butt off and got that A. So I didn’t study for the final. And got a D on the exam. Thank goodness it didn’t count! That’s the lowest grade on anything I’ve ever gotten in my life.

P.P.S.  You might also notice something different about my hair. Yep, I got it cut last night! Shortest it’s been in almost 5 years!


This Leopard Print Has More Spots

Office Appropriate Outfits - Summer



Cardigan – Nordstrom Rack (similar) | Shirt – Old Navy (similar) | Skirt – NY & Co (similar) | Necklace – J. Crew via Poshmark (similar) | Heels – TJ Maxx (similar) | Bracelet – Gorjana (same)

Yes, yes, I know I just wore this leopard top recently but I figured that wearing it again today was perfect. Why? Because not only is today’s Trend Link-Up animal prints but it’s also One Piece Many Ways at Putting Me Together. And since I can pair this top with just about anything in my closet I’m wearing it again today. And reposting my graphic of 8 other ways I’ve worn it.


Leopard goes great with both other neutrals (white, tan, black) and with brights (blue, green, pink). In fact, considering that I love pairing my leopard heels with pink or this pink necklace with this leopard top that it’s taken me this long to put it with my pink pencil skirt. Definitely a “duh” moment. See, this is why it’s not a bad thing to have multiple types of items in colors that you like. Like pink? Then it’s okay to have a pink skirt, pink blazer, and pink necklace in your closet. You can mix and match them with one others items, in this case leopard print, and have a multitude of outfits for all seasons.


From Friday Casual to Business Casual

Office Appropriate Outfits - Spring

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Cardigan – Nordstrom Rack (similar) | Shirt – The Limited (same) | Pants – The Limited (similar) | Scarf – NYC street vendor (similar) | Shoe – Bandolino (similar) | Bracelet – gift (similar)

Apologies for the indoor photos today. Chicago has decided that we don’t get summer yet and I just wasn’t in the mood to brave the chilly, drizzly weather to get a photo this morning.  But, hey, at least it’s cool enough that I can keep wearing my favorite scarf. In fact, this black, white and leopard outfit is basically just a dressed up version of one I wore last October. Swap the white jeans for white dress pants and the riding boots for heels (and take out the turtleneck because I refuse to wear one in June) and you’ve gone from Friday casual to business casual.

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FYI – I’m out of the office tomorrow because I’m running the Madison to Chicago Ragnar Relay. But that doesn’t mean you should skip Friday’s post! Nope! It’s time for my favorite outfit of May and your turn to vote for your favorite. So come back tomorrow and cast your vote.


Mutually Inspired Series Day 4: Burgundy Pants

Office Appropriate Outfits - Spring



Cardigan – Nordstrom Rack (similar) | Shirt – The Limited (similar) | Pants – Target (similar) | Shoes – Anne Klein | Scarf – H&M via Poshmark (similar)

When these pants debuted on my blog Jen told me she had actually bought the same pants!  After yesterday’s mind-meld of both wearing our striped blazers (totally not planned, I promise!) and the fact that we own the same pair of pants I feel we were destined to find one another in the blog world! And, of course, that meant I had to wear these pants at least once during our Mutually Inspired Series.



I took my cue from the comfy but fun pairing of patterns and textures that Jen put together and the fact that not only did I have the exact same pants, but I had a ridiculously similar striped long-sleeved shirt and, of course, a polka dotted scarf. Here’s Jen’s original outfit. Crazy that I basically had all the same pieces, right? I know this is more of a copycat than an inspiration, but I couldn’t not.



I think this is the perfect outfit for a slight casual outfit. The textures and patterns keep it from being boring and you could easily do this with just about any mixture of colors. Alternately, if you needed to be more dressed up, you could swap the cardigan for a blazer and the striped t-shirt for a blouse like this one. In fact, I just might do that in the near future!

Tomorrow is the last day of the Mutually Inspired Series! I’m sad to see it end. Especially because I had even more outfits of Jen’s that I wanted to recreate. And if you haven’t clicked over to see what outfits of mine have been inspiring Jen you need to do so right now!


Similar Is as Similar Does

Office Appropriate Outfits - Spring



Scarf – Target (similar for $10) | Cardigan – Nordstrom Rack (similar) | Top – Target (similar and only $15!) | Pants – The Limited (similar) | Shoes – Nine West (similar)

One of the first style blogs I started reading was Jill’s Good Life for Less.  At the time she was putting together outfit ideas for people who contacted her and asked for her help. She was nice enough to share many of those outfits with her readers. One outfit with a black blazer, gray slacks, and a purple scarf caught my eye. And, I admit, I spent the next year looking for slate gray dress pants.

Until it hit me – practice what you preach! Okay, so I don’t have dark gray pants. But I do have light gray pants so why not go with that? Duh, Erin.  And, yes, I have a black blazer but sticking with the inspiration not recreation vibe, I decided I wanted to be a bit more casual today and tossed on the cardigan instead. Sometimes you just can’t deal with a blazer, you know? Especially when the only thing on my calendar for today is a coworker’s birthday and more trapeze classes!

Remember, when you see an outfit you like, try first to see if you already have items similar to it in your closet. They may not be exact but I bet in many cases you were drawn to that outfit because you like those colors or styles. And if you already like them, you probably already own something like it!

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