I took these outfit photos almost two weeks ago now but, as it turns out, they work well with this week’s Style Imitating Art challenge. My favorite thing about this challenge is that you have so much freedom to interpret the art. For example, this week Jen chose this painting by Bartolomé Esteban Murillo.
And then I realized that my outfit, with its mixture of brown and black, worked out pretty well!
I know, I just said I don’t like leggings. So these aren’t leggings! They have a zip fly and belt loops and everything. But, they don’t have back pockets and with this shirt I admit that made me a bit self conscious. I think I spent a good part of the day pulling my shirt down to make sure it wasn’t riding too high on my behind.
However, this outfit was perfect for running errands after work. I rode a Divvy bike to the library to pick up the One Book, One Chicago choice The Amazing Adventure of Kavalier & Clay by Michael Chabon. Then I walked home from the library through Chicago’s Little Italy neighborhood which, to be honest, is one of my favorites.
And of course I stopped for some pictures.
Also, I have to say that these boots are on the verge of being replaced by the Sam Edelman ones linked above. These boots have holes in the heels that I’m not sure can be fixed. I might take them to the cobbler just to see if they’re fixable but sometimes it might just be time to let go. Sigh. These were my very first pair of riding boots and I think they’ve lasted me about 5 years. I got them for a steal on the DSW clearance rack and I was so excited that they fit my calves. So, maybe it is worth it to get them fixed? Thoughts?
So, for some reason my comment notification emails are no longer showing up in my inbox. I’m not sure what’s up with that and I hope you guys are still getting my responses. Because I do try to respond to every comment I get! Even if today they are about how leggings are not pants.
Top – Gap (similar) | Pants – Gap (similar) | Scarf – The Limited (similar) | Shoes – J. Crew Factory (same) | Hat – Taste of Randolph street festival vendor (similar)
Or maybe your comments will be about how my smile looks a little crazed. I took these pictures on Sunday and it was HOT and I just wanted to be done. I was sweating like crazy. But this outfit is actually perfect for my office and the weather today. Mainly because these are pants, not leggings. I swear! And the weather has cooled off substantially so wearing a scarf in July isn’t totally odd.
Although, just typing that seems odd. I swear, am I the only person who checks the weather a hundred times before deciding what to wear? You just never know in Chicago!
For example, like I said, on Sunday when I took these photos it was ridiculously warm outside and people were pressing the mist button on this sculpture at the park like crazy. Yes, this sculpture has a mist function. It’s super fun and I’d actually never seen it in action until Sunday.
See it in the background? And see the guy staring at it? That was basically everyone’s reaction. So, if you ever come to Chicago and want to see the misting sculpture, let me know. I’ll hook you up.
For everyone who says that blazers aren’t their thing I just want you to know you can still get plenty of outfit ideas from photos of people wearing blazers. Take this outfit from Skirt The Rules, for example. I don’t have a blazer that color but I do have this cardigan! So I decided to recreate her look with pieces I’ve had in my closet for awhile.
I added the scarf because this particular top is kind of low-cut and it’s cold outside. The scarf keeps me covered up, warm, and office-appropriate. Plus it adds some nice visual interest to my outfit.
Okay, enough talk about clothes. Let’s talk about my weekend. I actually wore this outfit to the office on Wednesday because today I’m on my way to Cleveland!! Why? Because my friend Rachel is running her very first half marathon on Sunday and I’m running with her. I’m super excited for her. We’re going to have a great time. And I then I hear we’ll be going to some place called Melt for lunch. I believe they are the land of grilled cheese sandwiches? I’m definitely down with that.
So, since Wednesday is not a jeans day at my office I decided I’d go with the black faux leather pants. But putting heels with them just seemed too over-the-top for work. Hence the flats!
Adding flats to these faux leather pants and toning them down with more feminine pieces up top makes it seem less like I’m going out to a club and more like I’m going to the office. Which I am. So I think that works out.
On a separate note, I went to the BEST wine bar on Monday night! I’ve always wanted a nice wine bar that wasn’t too loud, served items other than wine, and was close to my apartment. Turns out that there is one. At least on Monday nights Paola’s Vinum on Jefferson and Van Buren is a great spot to buy a bottle of wine and just chill with your friends.
Blazer – The Limited (similar) | Tunic – Langford Market (similar) | Camisole – The Limited (similar) | Leggings – Vince Camuto via Macy’s (similar) | Shoes – MIA (similar) | Red bracelet – gift (similar) | Black bracelet – House of Gemmes (similar)
Do ever buy something and think “This would go great with X! If only I had X…” Yeah, that happened to me when I purchased this plaid tunic. I’d been wanting a pair of faux leather pants or leggings and when I bought this top I knew it would go perfectly with them. The only problem? I didn’t have any! I bought a pair via Poshmark but they were way too small so a few days before Thanksgiving, when I was off work, I went on the faux leather leggings hunt. I must have tried on 20 pairs. I really wanted a legging/pant hybrid so I could wear them to work without feeling ridiculous. I finally found this pair by Vince Camuto at Macy’s for 50% off. They have belt loops, a real fly, and back pockets. And, since the back of the pants is stretchy ponte material, they are super comfy. Of course, I had to go to two different Macy’s to find them in my size but I’m lucky enough that I can do that easily in Chicago.
So, I wore them to usher at the first performance of the annual Christmas concert where I work. I also wore this same outfit on Thanksgiving but wore my red sequined shoulder cardigan instead of the blazer.
I’m super excited that I found these pants. I’ve always wanted leather or faux leather pants in my wardrobe for as long as I can remember (even when they weren’t “on-trend” like they are now) and I finally have some! I have lots of other ideas on how to wear them to work this winter so hopefully you guys don’t get sick of seeing them.
Sleeveless blazer – c/o CAbi (same) | Tank top – The Limited (similar) | Leggings – Gap (similar) | Shoes – Vince Camuto (similar) | Necklace – The Limited (similar)
So my friend Holly who does personal styling and in-home shopping consults for CAbi offered to send me one piece from the fall collection to feature on the blog. I admit, I actually had a difficult time choosing! But, in the end, I went with this sleeveless blazer. Or, I suppose, vest. Vests (aka sleeveless blazers) popped up this summer as a great layering piece that adds extra interest to an outfit without adding extra warmth or bulk.
On an end of summer/beginning of fall day it was actually the perfect piece to pair with pants and sandals. When it’s cool enough in the morning to need a jacket but warm enough to ditch it by the afternoon a sleeveless blazer is a great compromise.
I suspect I will be wearing this one with dresses, skirts, and other colors of pants throughout the fall and winter! Plus the length is great for wearing with leggings.
It’s Friday!!! Who’s excited??? This girl right here. After a really long week at work I needed to celebrate Friday by wearing something comfy yet put-together for work. I know you can’t really tell from the photo, but these are NOT leggings. They’re actually skinny dress pants. But they’re comfy like jeans so they’re really a win-win situation.
Flat boots, a boyfriend cardigan that covers my butt, and a soft scarf round out my casual Friday outfit. For many people there’s no way this would fly in the office, but I recently read somewhere that you should take your cues from your boss. If your boss wears it then consider it fair game (caveat: your boss wears embroidered sweatshirts. Please don’t wear those to the office). And my boss has worn outfits almost exactly like this so I’m in the clear!
Speaking of being in the clear, I’m still attempting to stick to my goal of giving you all budget-friendly options for items you might need to round out your closet. And in this week’s edition I give you this entire outfit for $128.62 including the boots!
So, if your Friday needs a pick-me-up, throw on a comfy but cute outfit. And if you don’t have one, then use the links above to partake in some retail therapy. I won’t judge.
P.S. I mentioned that I was going to trapeze class last night. Well, I learned a new trick (called a set whip). Here are some photos:
Still, I struggled with this outfit. It’s strangely warm and rainy in Chicago today so I wanted to wear boots. But I don’t really have a black top that I like wearing with these pants. And my turtleneck is at the dry cleaners even if it had been cool enough to wear it.
Kate’s sweater looks as though she has a running race bib on it so I actually toyed with the joke idea of wearing one of my many race bibs for the photos. But, this weekend was crazy with no chance to take outfit photos. So I’m sneaking them in before work wherever I can and this AM I didn’t have the chance to take a silly photo. So I subbed the white of the print with my new pearl necklace.
All of this to say, I love the idea of this outfit but not my execution. But I’ll still keep playing around with it until I find something I like. Because, again, black and leopard? What could be easier?
Welcome back to the real world! Or, at least, back to work for those of us who have been off for the Thanksgiving holiday. Going back to work is always such a rude awakening after several days off which is why I’m thrilled that Mondays mean Inspiration Monday from Two Birds! Usually this makes it easy to figure out what to wear. Although, I admit, I struggled a bit with this week’s ultra casual choice of plaid and denim.
Which means you’re probably looking at my black and white outfit and wondering how in the world the two are related. Well, here’s how: oversized shirt over tight pants? Yep. Booties? Yep. A black accessory (mine’s in the form of a jacket)? Yep. Sunglasses? Got ‘em.
There you go. One inspired outfit that looks nothing like the original.
Thanks to all of you, Loop Looks got over 200 page views for 5 days out of the past two weeks. Which means that anyone who left at least two comments over the past two weeks gets one entry per comment into the drawing. And everyone who likes Loop Looks on Facebook gets an additional entry. So….drumroll please….
Welcome to another Monday installment of Inspiration Monday from Two Birds!
Lauren Conrad tends to get emulated a lot in style circles. The outfit for today isn’t anything particularly special. Boots, leggings, a big sweater, and a scarf but she always manages to make whatever she puts on super-chic, am I right?
This outfit is perfect for traipsing about on the weekend but not so perfect for a Monday morning in the office. So, I broke a few rules. I went a little bit more casual than I normally would for a Monday. I like to think the heel on the boots dresses it up a notch. And speaking of the boots, I stuck with brown shoes with black pants.
Although, black and brown is okay now, so it’s not really breaking a rule anymore.
Actually, when you look at it, they’re all neutral colors so why not wear them together?
P.S. Huge thanks to this week’s guest photographer, Molly!
P.P.S. Like my scarf? Pretty sure you’ll be able to pick up the exact same one at the next JF&A Show. If you’re in the Chicago area mark your calendars for the afternoon of December 2nd. I’ll be leading an outing to the show.