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Jewel Tones and Black Boots

Office Appropriate Outfits - Fall

Green sweater, purple scarf, black pleated skirt, knee high boots, patterned tights

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Sweater – Banana Republic Outlet (similar) | Scarf – Target (similar) | Skirt – The Limited (same) | Tights – Express (same) | Boots – Cole Haan (similar) | Watch Groopdealz (similar)

 

So, this week’s Trend Spin is Jewel Tones. I admit, I had to Google which colors were considered jewel tones. Turns out, there’s not really a consensus. I suppose technically they are colors that resemble gemstones, such as emerald, dark red, purple, and dark blue. The opposite of a jewel tone would be a pastel or lighter version of the darker colors.

I tend to gravitate toward jewel tones but strangely I was having a difficult time coming up with an outfit today. See, I also wanted to participate in Sarah’s Take One, Pass It On challenge 2.0. I did this in February as well and it was a good exercise in remixing items in my closet. However, since I didn’t wear any jewel tones yesterday I decided to take the boots and pass them on to today!

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So, which item will I pass on from today’s outfit? Guess you’ll have to keep reading to find out!

  

Black and Green

Office Appropriate Outfits - Summer · Office Appropriate Outfits - Winter

For some reason I thought I had this post scheduled for yesterday. Apparently not. So, here it is today.

Good morning, everyone! I’m actually out of the office today because my mother-in-law is visiting (and I’m taking her to trapeze class with me!) but when I saw today’s Inspiration Monday photos I couldn’t NOT post something!

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Click the photo to see the full outfit

I immediately thought of my black and green dress that is almost these exact colors. I’ve never posted it on the blog with bare legs and minimal accessories so I was going to wear it today. But, it’s a little dressy for trapeze. Instead, here are four outfits I’ve worn over the past two years that also have the same color scheme.

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Outfit 1 | Outfit 2 | Outfit 3 | Outfit 4

As you can probably tell, I like this color combination. And, in fact, the inspiration photo for today has given me ideas for even more black and green combos!

What do you think? Is this a color combination you would wear?

  

The Best Chambray Shirt

Casual Friday · Office Appropriate Outfits - Spring

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Shirt – Target (similar) | Belt – The Limited (similar) | Skirt – BCBG outlet (similar) | Shoes – Mia (similar) | Bracelet – JF&A Show (similar) | Necklace – NY&Co (similar)

Total outfit cost = $123

Today I  have a lunch meeting to meet a new department head so I decided to forgo my usual Friday Casual jeans and instead wear this pleated jersey skirt (with pockets!) with my very first chambray top. Today is the day to showcase your favorite Target score for Whitney and Heidi’s  “We Love Target” link-up.

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I bought this chambray shirt almost two years ago off the clearance rack at Target. I don’t remember how much I paid for it but I do know it was probably my best Target purchase in awhile (other than my red trench coat that also came off the clearance rack).  Unfortunately the Target closest to my apartment – the one I can walk to – doesn’t have the best clothing section, clearance or otherwise, so I haven’t gotten any good deals recently.

This skirt, though, I bought in 2009 at an outlet mall in Napa, California for a song. It’s super comfy and has held up amazingly well for jersey material. It has a slightly casual feel to it but it’s also easy to dress up, as evidenced by the time I wore it to work with heels.

However, to keep with the Target love theme, the shirt, skirt, and shoes listed in the links above are all from Target! Because, really, who couldn’t use a black skirt, a chambray top, and a pair of red ballet flats?

 

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Also linking up with AJ Wears Clothes

  

Blazing in Pink

Office Appropriate Outfits - Spring

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Blazer – H & M (similar under $35) | Blouse – The Limited via Poshmark (similar) | Skirt – Banana Republic Outlet (similar) | Shoes – Eric Michael (similar)

 

Full disclosure: this photo of me in a bright pink blazer on a sunny day was taken on Sunday. Because today? It’s raining. Again. Also, it is almost May and I’m still wearing hosiery. There is something really wrong with this.

Actually, you can be honest, there might be more wrong with this outfit than the fact that I still have to wear hose. For some reason (I think it’s because I’m currently “enjoying’” being a woman if you catch my drift) none of my clothes feel right this week. Probably a mistake to wear pencil skirts right now, huh? Ladies, can you commiserate?

And now that you’ve gotten way more information about me than you wanted you can go back to your regularly scheduled Tuesday. I’ll be over here tugging down my skirt and trying to figure out if I should unbutton my blazer or not. Thoughts?

  

Woman in Black

Office Appropriate Outfits - Summer

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Top – The Limited | Skirt – Banana Republic Outlet | Necklace – JC Penney | Shoes – Nine West

When I was in seventh grade I wore black (or black and white) probably 90% of the time.  I wasn’t goth.  I just really liked black and white.  I still do, actually.  And all black can be a really classic look.  Why do you think most women have a “little black dress” in their closet?

But all black can be badly done, too.  Many people think all black is slimming.  If you wear black clothes that are faded, too big, or too tight it just makes you look frumpy, not classy.

My suggestions?  Toss the old, faded, pilled black pieces.  Stick to flattering shapes no matter the color.  Look for items that are current in terms of shape and silhouette.  And remember, when in doubt, add a statement necklace or fun shoes.  That will definitely keep you looking from looking too funereal.

  

Twirling Toward the Weekend

Office Appropriate Outfits - Summer

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Top – Banana Republic Outlet | Skirt – BCBG Outlet | Necklace – The Limited| Shoes – Tahari via TJ Maxx

 

Friday in my neck of the woods means casual.  Typically I wear jeans on Fridays since that’s the only day of the week they’re technically allowed.   But since Chicago is on its third day of record breaking heat there was no way I was leaving the house in jeans.

So, I put on my most casual, comfortable skirt.  This full jersey knit skirt is as comfortable as a t-shirt and can be dressed up with heels and a necklace or dressed down with a tank-top and flat sandals. 

Full, pleated skirts are very on trend right now.  This is actually the only full skirt I own!  Although, I just ordered some on crazy clearance from The Limited to try out.

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We’ll see how I feel about those.  I doubt either of them will quite as comfy as the one I have on today!

What’s your go-to casual Friday outfit?

  

What the Leopard Dragged In

Office Appropriate Outfits - Summer

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Top – Ann Taylor Outlet | Skirt – Banana Republic Outlet | Shoes – Karen Scott via Macy’s | Necklace – New York & Company

I’m dragging this morning.  I had what I’m referring to as a “lost weekend”.  It was fun, don’t me wrong, but partying a bit too hard on Friday night followed by staying up all night on Saturday night (and riding my bike 25 miles) has left me a bit worse for wear this Monday AM.

So, here we are back at my uniform of black pencil skirt and interesting top.  This blouse is a teensy bit peplum so it’s got that going for it.  The necklace is more visually appealing than just the plain silver or pearl one I would normally wear.  And the shoes?  A last minute decision to break up the simplicity of the outfit.

But, really, I think it just goes to show you that even if you’re not feeling 100% you can still look put together.

P.S.  I added all my June looks over on Facebook? Let me know which one is your favorite!

  

Summer Romantic

Office Appropriate Outfits - Summer

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Top – THML via Stitch Fix | Skirt – Banana Republic Outlet | Necklace – Overstock.com | Shoes – Tahari via TJ Maxx | Earrings – gift

If I had my way today I wouldn’t leave the house.  I’d crank up the AC in my apartment and sit on the couch watching old episodes of Supernatural.  The heat and humidity was already stifling at 8:30 AM.

Alas, I not only have to go to work I also have to facilitate a professional organization meeting this evening.  What do you wear when it’s going to be a scorcher outside?

Something lightweight!  This top that arrived in my latest Stitch Fix fit the bill perfectly.  It’s 100% cotton and the top is just a little bit sheer.  Unfortunately I need to wear a camisole under it to make it totally work appropriate but otherwise the material is perfect for a hot, summer day.

Sadly, the blazer I plan to wear with this for the meeting this evening is not so summer appropriate.

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That will definitely be going on at the last minute, for sure.

Is it hot where you are?  What do you wear when the mercury climbs?

  

My Own Advice

Office Appropriate Outfits - Summer

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Top – The Limited | Skirt – Banana Republic Factory Outlet | Shoes – Nine West | Necklace – gift from my husband | Earrings – Bergner’s

Last night I did a closet consultation with the goal of helping her break out of the rut of neutral bottoms and a plain top.  As someone whose uniform consisted of very similar things for years it was fun to help someone else see how to jazz up plain items.

Which is why I found it funny that this morning I was drawn to the very  mold I was trying to break my consult out  of!  However, I stuck to the “rule of three” I taught her last night.  Neutral bottom (black skirt), colored top (with some fun details), and simple but funky jewelry (big hoop earrings).  We also talked about not wearing two blousy things together.  That just makes you look frumpy!

It can be difficult, though, to talk office appropriate and fashionable outfits when it’s almost 100 degrees Fahrenheit outside!  When it’s this hot a skirt, tank  and simple jewelry are about all I can handle.

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Accessory Update

Office Appropriate Outfits - Spring

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Chambray shirt – Target | Skirt – Banana Republic Outlet | Belt – The Limited | Necklace – Overstock.com | Shoes – Karen Scott via Macy’s

This is the second time I’ve paired this shirt with this skirt but, as you can see, I’ve totally changed the accessories to make it seem like an entirely new outfit.  Different necklace, different belt, and different shoes.

Sometimes changing up the accessories is all you need to make the same pieces seem new again.