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?
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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!
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!
I only have about a 15 to 20 minute commute door to doo via a combination of walking and train. I am supposed to be at work at 9:00 AM. Normally I set my alarm for 7:00 AM and drag myself out of bed any time before 7:30 (I am NOT a morning person). Anyone want to guess what time I woke up today? Try 8:26 AM. Uh, yeah. Not sure what happened there.
Thankfully my boss is rarely in at 9:00 so I have some leeway. Also, I had my outfit all planned out for today. Except, when I put on the black blazer I was originally going to wear I didn’t like the way it looked. Thank heavens for also having a black cardigan! Also, this shirt is like wearing comfy pajamas so it’s perfect for a day when obviously my body didn’t want to get out of bed.
I also had grand plans to create a post about all my earrings and tell you all about how I used to only wear one pair. That was it. And then show you how my collection has grown over the past year. But, I ran out of time so all you get is this sentence.
On the plus side, I think this post is a testament to the benefit of planning out your outfits in advance. Sure helps when you have to go from pajamas to plaid in less than 30 minutes!
Cardigan – Nordstrom Rack | Top – Old Navy | Necklace – J. Crew via Poshmark | Jeans – The Limited | Boots – Ciao Bella via DSW
Yep, the boots came out today. A gray, cloudy, windy day in Chicago? Perfect boot weather. I’m also working from home and then helping out with prep for the large conference I’m attending next week so I can go a little bit more casual than normal, even on a Friday.
This outfit mixes both black and blue which I’m sure many people think is a no-no. But, actually, as long as they aren’t too similar in shade, you can wear them together. It’s when they look like you couldn’t tell that one was a different color that it starts to get questionable. Same with chambray or denim on denim. You don’t want the colors to be too close to one another.
Oh! I’m adding a new series to the blog on Saturdays and it starts tomorrow. I hope you’ll check back! Here’s a sneak peak: