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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.

  

Not Easy Being Green

Office Appropriate Outfits - Spring

Chicago style blogger, cardigan, green shirt, black pants

Chicago style blogger, tan and green, pearl necklace

Cardigan – Target (similar) | Shirt – Ann Taylor Outlet (similar) | Necklace – Express (similar) | Pants – Ann Taylor (similar) | Shoes – Bandolino (same)

So, in addition to still doing the Pinned It and Did It Challenge, there’s also a theme going on this week. Can you guess what it is? No?

Okay, I’ll tell you.

The theme is GREEN! Yep. Green. All of the Pinned It and Did It inspiration outfits this week have some green in them.

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For today’s outfit I went pretty literal. Black pants, green blouse, and a tan cardigan. Simple enough, right? Also, standing in front of this giant pile of ugly leftover snow just makes me even happier that on Friday I leave for Puerto Rico! Yes, that’s right. I’m going on vacation!!

Which means that you should enjoy this last week of Pinned It and Did It outfits. Next week I have some other fun stuff lined up for you, including a fun collaboration I did with a local boutique.

Obviously I’m getting excited for my trip if I’m already talking about next week and it’s only Tuesday. I mean, really? Who am I kidding.

Whatever. I’m excited.

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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.

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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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Yes. Seriously.

Office Appropriate Outfits - Spring

Chicago style blogger Loop Looks wears a pink blazer with black and white

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Blazer – H&M (similar) | Shirt – The Limited (similar) | Pants – Ann Taylor (similar) | Shoes – Nine West (similar) | Earrings – Bauble Bar (similar) | Necklace – New York jewelry store (similar)

Sometimes an outfit is a no-brainer. Sometimes you see pink and black and know exactly what you’re going to wear.

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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.

Am I the only person who does this??

Chicago style blogger Loop Looks wears a pink blazer with black and white

  

A Wrinkled Perspective

Office Appropriate Outfits - Winter

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

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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.

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Navy and Black is Back

Office Appropriate Outfits - Winter

J. Crew Navy Tweed Jacket with black turtleneck and black pants, Chicago style blogger

J. Crew Navy Tweed Jacket with black turtleneck and black pants, Chicago style blogger

Jacket – J. Crew via ebay (similar) | Turtleneck  – The Limited (similar) | Pants – Ann Taylor (similar) | Shoes – Bandolino (same)

First, before I get to the outfit, I want to ask you to take the Two Year Anniversary Reader Survey if you haven’t already. It would mean a lot to me! I have 25 responses so far and would love to hear more feedback.

Now, on to the outfit. I know I’ve discussed wearing navy and black together in the past. And even if you’re still not sure about it, I have to say this jacket would make you change your mind. Why? Not only did I get two compliments on it in less than 4 hours but it also has both black AND navy already in the fabric.

If that doesn’t tell you that navy and black are okay together than I don’t know what will. And if you want your own navy and blue jacket, you can still find this one on eBay.

Anyway, I tend to pair this jacket with navy or black when I wear it. I’m thinking I need to branch out soon!

Three ways to wear the J. Crew navy tweed jacket via Chicago Style Blogger Loop Looks

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Valentine’s Day Outfit From Day to Night

Office Appropriate Outfits - Winter

Chicago style blogger, red tweed jacket, red turtleneck, black pants, Valentine's Day outfit

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Jacket – The Limited (similar) | Turtleneck – Express (similar) | Pants – The Limited (similar) | Tights – Express (same) | Shoes – Bandolino (same) | Necklace – Express (similar)

Gotta love the PPE accessory. That’s “personal protective equipment” for all of you who don’t have a chemist in your life.

I suppose you’re all aware that Valentine’s Day is coming up. And while my husband and I don’t plan to do anything special other than order Thai food and sit on our couch I thought it might be fun to show you how I would transform this outfit from a day in the office (or, in this case, my husband’s chemistry lab) to a night on the town!

Valentine's Day Date Outfit

Just swap out the black dress pants for a fun mini skirt (sequins optional but I always go for sparkly) and you have a fun date night look! It’s just that easy. In fact, it’s so easy that the rest of this week I’ll be showing you fun and quick ways to transform a work look to a date look. Just let me get out the lab…

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The Moto Jacket That Almost Wasn’t

Office Appropriate Outfits - Winter

Gray moto jacket, black dress pants, scarf

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Jacket – Ellen Tracy via Macy’s (similar) | Pants – The Limited (similar) | Necklace – The Limited (similar) | Scarf – DSW (similar) | Shoes – Nine West (similar)

When I was out shopping before Thanksgiving I saw this gray knit moto jacket on the clearance rack at Macy’s. “I don’t need it,” I told myself. “I don’t need to spend the money.” But then I found myself thinking about it for over a week and wishing I’d bought it. That’s how you know you should go back for something, right? So, I did. And it was even more on sale. Which means I got this $159 jacket for under $45.  Yep.

Of course I couldn’t wait to wear it. Which is why I was so excited that it works perfectly with this week’s Style Interpreting Art inspiration photo chosen by 14 Shades of Grey

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Click above to see the full painting and artist information

The gray color is perfect. The lines of the jacket echo the lines in the painting. And, of course, since it’s still below freezing outside (-1 when my alarm went off this morning, thank you very much) I grabbed a scarf that has the oranges and yellows of the painting as well.

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This jacket is SO comfortable and I’m really glad I ended up buying it. I’m looking forward to pairing it with skirts once the weather stops being so brutal. Or, you know, wearing it with jeans. Or anything, really.

  

Another Day, Another Vest

Office Appropriate Outfits - Winter

Faux fur vest, J. Crew Blackwatch Plaid shirt, black dress pants, red heels

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Vest – Express via Poshmark (similar) | Shirt – J. Crew Factory (similar) | Pants – The Limited (similar) | Shoes – Anne Klein via 6pm.com (same) | Belt – The Limited (similar) | Necklace – JF&A Show (similar) | Bag – Target (similar)

When I was getting dressed yesterday morning I grabbed this plaid shirt because I thought it would look festive with my new red heels (which are still only $25 with free shipping, by the way). Originally I planned to wear a different pair of black pants because these are actually a tad too short for these heels, but you know how it is. The dry cleaning pile just grows and grows and suddenly you’re out of pants.

Or is that just me?

Anyway, I also wasn’t originally planning to wear this vest but then I realized it would make a good comparison to the last time I wore this same vest and shirt.

Two Ways to Wear the J. Crew Blackwatch Plaid Shirt

This time I paired it solely with black and red (and a little bit of necklace bling) and left it open instead of putting the belt over it. I like that it shows off more of the shirt but still gives the outfit some texture. And, as I type this, I realize I’ve now worn a vest two days in a row.

Also, hopefully this two outfits show you that if you have the same color bottoms in both skirts and pants you can change up an outfit just by swapping pants for a skirt and changing your shoes. Easy, right?

  

An Unexpected Suit Find

Office Appropriate Outfits - Fall

 

Black suit with snakeskin print chiffon shirt, fall, Chicago style

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Blazer –The Limited (similar) | Pants – Ann Taylor (similar) | Shirt – Kohl’s (similar) | Necklace – Overstock.com (similar) | Shoes – Bandolino via Macy’s (same)

As I mentioned on Tuesday, I actually wore this snakeskin print shirt and a black suit to work instead of this same shirt and my pink pencil skirt. This black suit outfit may seem incredibly simple but the fact that I’m wearing a printed chiffon shirt instead of regular cotton button up makes it feel less like a traditional suit and a little more fun while still being professional and conservative. Also, believe it or not, but the pants and the jacket were not bought together. Nope. The pants came from Ann Taylor last year and the blazer is from The Limited several years ago. Amazingly, they work together quite well which isn’t always the case with black items.

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And, actually, this top works quite well with the black suit which makes me excited. I honestly didn’t have a lot of ideas on how to wear it when I got it but putting it with a suit turned out to be a great find. So, the lesson in this? Don’t be afraid to branch out and try different tops the next time you have to wear a suit. You’ll be surprised at what you find!

Chicago style blog, West Loop, Mary Barthelme Park

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