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The Classic and the Trendy

Office Appropriate Outfits - Spring

Chicago style blogger, J. Crew Schoolboy blazer, printed pants



Blazer – J. Crew (same) | Shirt – Gap (similar) | Pants – Gap via clothing swap (similar) | Shoes – DSW (similar) | Short necklace – The Limited (same) | Long necklace – J. Crew via Poshmark (similar)

You know, sometimes certain things are meant to be. Like, take these pants for instance. I had a very similar pair saved on my Pinterest wish list (the ones linked above, actually) but couldn’t bring myself to spend money on them. I loved the print but I wasn’t sure if I could justify another pair of black and white bottoms.

And then I attended Maggie’s clothing swap and saw these in the pile. Same cut, similar pattern, but different colors! Thankfully the fit was perfect and they came home with me.

I’ve actually worn this outfit once before but it only made the blog in a small snippet of the Blaze Pizza recap. So, since I loved it so much the first time I knew it needed to get a chance to be in the spotlight. I really enjoy pairing fun and trendy pieces with more classic traditional pieces. Like, in this case putting these printed pants with this classic navy blazer.

Chicago style blogger, J. Crew schoolboy blazer, printed pants

Smoke on the Roof

Office Appropriate Outfits - Spring · Style Imitating Art

Chicago style blogger, cobalt blazer, gray pants, black blouse

red, cobalt blue and black, Chicago style blogger

Blazer – Forever 21 (similar) | Blouse – clothing swap (similar) | Pants – LOFT via Clothing Swap (similar) | Shoes – J. Crew Factory (same) | Necklace – The Limited (similar)

Welcome back to Monday, everyone! How was your weekend? Did you have a weekend? Mine was one of my busier weekends of the year. As the volunteer marketing director and member of the group that puts on the Good Life Race 5K I spent yesterday at the race working my butt off.

Hence the flats today. My feet are more tired than if I’d run an entire marathon. Volunteering at a race is no joke.

However, I didn’t just choose this outfit so I could wear flats. Nope, I chose it because it’s another edition of Style Imitating Art and this week’s selection, chosen by Jess is a mixture of blues, grays, reds, and yellows.

image Bonfire, Andrew Wyeth
Watercolour on paper, 1992

The blue in the smoke really drew my eye which is why I made it the focal color of my outfit. And I’m just going to go with the fact that the smoke is being blown by the wind as the reason my hair is in my face in today’s photo. It’s windy on the roof of my building!

Now, if you’ll excuse me, I’m going to sit at my desk and enjoy not being on my feet.

Linking up with More Pieces of Me | On the Daily Express | Basic Training Corporate Style

5 Ways to Wear Plaid Pants

Office Appropriate Outfits - Spring

Chicago style blogger, plaid pants, camel blazer, black blouse, leopard heels


Blazer – old (similar) | Shirt – clothing swap (similar) | Pants – The Limited (similar) | Shoes – Karen Scott via Macy’s (similar) | Necklace – J. Crew via Poshmark (similar)

Welcome to Thursday aka my last day in the office before VACATION! Yes, I’m just a wee bit excited. I was not excited, however, about this inspiration outfit. I’ll be honest, it seemed awfully similar to Tuesday’s and just kind of blah. Still, it gave me an excuse to wear another one of my new-to-me pieces that I picked up at the clothing swap a few weekends ago.


I felt as though my closet was lacking in simple, black, work-appropriate tops so when I saw this one I grabbed it up. I’ve really been into more flow-y tops recently and this one was perfect. And as for the outfit? I suppose it has two more things going for it. One, it made me break out of my box and put these pants with black. They are a brown, black and cream plaid and yet I’ve never worn them with black. And two, it gives me an excuse to participate in Bri’s Third Thursday Threads topic of showing you how to wear something multiple ways. What is that something? These plaid pants!

what to wear with plaid pants, Chicago style blogger

Clockwise from top left: 1/2/3/4/5

Plus, a bonus sixth that didn’t make the collage!

Next week I actually have several fun posts coming up so even though I’ll be off getting a tan (after running 13.1 miles, mind you) I hope you’ll still come by to see what’s happening. There will still be outfit posts since you all clearly told me those were your favorites in the reader poll, so no worries there, either!

Linking up with H&K Style Journey | Vodka Infused Lemonade

The Case of the Missing Blue Cardigan

Office Appropriate Outfits - Spring

Chicago style blogger Loop Looks wears a cobalt blue blazer with a gray pencil skirt


Blazer – Forever 21 (similar) | Shirt – Gap (similar) | Skirt – The Limited (similar) | Shoes – Bandolino (similar) | Necklace – Express (similar)

Welcome to day two of my participation in the Pinned It and Did It challenge. Believe it or not, today’s cobalt and gray outfit was kind of a struggle for me to put together.


Why? Here’s why.

1. I only own one pair of gray pants. Okay, technically I now own two after picking up a second pair at a clothing swap this weekend. However, both pairs are more of a bootcut or flared leg as opposed to a straight leg. And right now I’m more into wearing blazers with straight legged pants. I plan to get the pair I grabbed this weekend altered but, obviously, that wasn’t going to happen before today.

2. Which means I was really excited when the cobalt blue cardigan I ordered from the massive J. Crew sale last week arrived earlier than expected. “Yes!” I thought. “I can wear that with my gray pants!” Sadly, when I opened the package this is what I saw instead:


That is NOT cobalt blue! I immediately called J. Crew but the cobalt blue one was sold out. She offered to replace it with this one for the same price. It’s also blue but not quite as saturated. I decided to go for it but it hasn’t arrived yet.

Which is when I realized that, hey, I own a gray skirt! And since it’s actually above freezing so far this week I can wear it and not die of exposure. So that’s what I did. Obviously.

Also, I was totally going to wear my leopard print heels to echo the inspiration photo’s leopard print flats, but at the last minute I decided my zebra print shoes needed some love. They’re still animal print, though, so it totally counts.

Chicago style blogger Loop Looks wears a cobalt blue blazer with a gray pencil skirt and zebra print heels

Red Blazer Day

Casual Friday · Office Appropriate Outfits - Winter

Red blazer with red striped tee and jeans for Casual Friday


Blazer – The Limited (similar) | Shirt – gift (similar) | Jeans – Express (similar) | Boots – DSW (similar) |Necklace – The Limited (similar)

Can you believe it? It’s the last day of the January Black Out Challenge! And you know what? I didn’t wear any black pants, skirts, blazers, or shirts all month!! This was actually a really fun challenge because it kept me from falling into my usual rut and got me wearing some items in new ways.

I know that many of you think there’s no way you could go an entire month without wearing black, but maybe try a few days? There’s nothing inherently wrong with black but it can cause us to just wear the same things over and over again. And you know what happens when you fall into that trap? You tend to feel like you have nothing to wear!

Which is totally not true. In fact, here are two ways I’ve reworn both this top and this blazer for two completely different outfits.


If I thought that the blazer could only be worn with that plaid shirt or that the striped tee could only be worn with that skirt then I never would have put the two together. So, start thinking about how you could wear items in your closet without resorting to pairing them only with black and I bet you’ll have an entirely new perspective!

Casual Friday Christmas

Casual Friday · Office Appropriate Outfits - Winter

Red blazer with plaid shirt and jeans, casual Friday outfit, Chicago style blogger



Blazer – The Limited (similar) | Shirt – J. Crew (similar) | Jeans – The Limited (similar) | Shoes – Karen Scott via Macy’s (similar) | Bracelet – gift (Armani Exchange) | Necklace – The Limited (similar)

Since this is my last day in the office until January I wanted to wear something Christmas-y!  And in this outfit not only are the colors very holiday-esque but the shirt was a Christmas gift from my dad last year and the bracelet was a Christmas gift from my boss that I got yesterday. Isn’t she the best? She’s definitely one of my style icons so I love it when she gives me jewelry. I think she actually has this same bracelet!

Anyway, because I’m not in the office next week and will instead be spending the days with my family I don’t expect to be posting. So, if I don’t chat with you before January, have a great holiday (or a great rest of December if you’re already done celebrating).

See you next month!!

Red blazer, plaid shirt and jeans for casual Friday at work for Chicago winter

Flashback to the first time I wore this plaid shirtso I can link up with AJ Wears Clothes and her Friday Favorites

Faux Leather Dilemma

Office Appropriate Outfits - Fall



Blazer – Express (similar) |  Shirt – Gap (similar) | Skirt – The Limited (similar) | Necklace – JF&A Show (similar) | Shoes – Bandolino (similar)

I’ve been dying to wear this striped blazer and faux leather skirt outfit ever since I pinned a similar inspiration photo almost a year ago. Today’s Trend Spin Link-Up theme of leather seemed like the perfect opportunity!

Unfortunately, either something happened to me or something happened to this skirt since I wore it last and I’m having a “bad texture” day. What does that mean? It means that when I put this skirt on I just couldn’t stand it. Also, the back kickpleat seems to be doing something weird. Which means that as much as I love the look of this outfit, I’m going to have to figure out what’s going on with the skirt ASAP! Because faux leather is DEFINITELY in for fall and the fact that this skirt isn’t black makes me feel like it’s easy to wear to the office. And I want to wear it!

Am I the only person who puts on a piece of clothing and then just can’t wear it because of how it feels on? Please tell me I’m not alone!

That Comfy Dress

Office Appropriate Outfits - Spring



Blazer – The Limited (similar) | Dress – BCBG Outlet (similar) | Necklace – NY & Co (similar) | Shoes – TJ Maxx (similar)

Total outfit cost = $134

A few weeks ago I was lamenting the fact that I didn’t have a comfy dress to wear to work. Um, hello! What about this one? It’s jersey. It has an empire waist. And it looks great with a blazer. And considering tonight is our annual work dinner at a Brazilian steakhouse (we affectionately call it the “meat Olympics”) I needed something that would work for the office and for the impending food baby.

Also, here’s a fun tip – if you work in an office that doesn’t allow sleeveless tops but can’t stomach the idea of wearing a blazer in the summer, try a short sleeved one. All the sophistication, half the warmth.



Linking up with Vodka Infused Lemonade

The Word of the Day Is…

Office Appropriate Outfits - Spring



Blazer – Forever 21 (similar)| Sweater – Old Navy  (similar) | Jeans – Express via Poshmark | Scarf – Gift (similar) | Necklace – NY&Co (similar) | Shoes – Eric Michael (similar under $30)

So, there was a sort-of unintentional theme to my outfits this week.  Can you guess what it was?  Here’s a different picture of my outfit that might help.



Still stuck? What if I told you that this week’s Friday’s Fancies theme is…..


Polka dots!

Yes, I seriously wore something with polka dots four out of five days this week. How did that happen?  Well, I knew that Friday I wanted to wear polka dots. And Monday was my polka dot dress because it fit the Inspiration Monday outfit so well.  After that I thought, hey, why not wear something polka dotted every day this week (minus Wednesday when I had already sent in my contribution for Work Your Wardrobe). So, I did. Turns out that I went from hardly owning anything polka dotted to owning enough items that I could wear polka dots every day for a week. Seriously. This isn’t even everything I own! There’s still a shirt and a scarf and another dress that I didn’t wear. Crazy, huh?

Which was your favorite polka dot outfit this week? The dress? The blue suit? The pencil skirt? Or today’s casual Friday look?

And don’t forget, next week I’m pairing up with Jen from Librarian for Life & Style for our Mutually Inspired Series!  Be sure to follow both of us to see how two different woman inspire one another.  Jen’s also giving away a $25 Old Navy gift card so be sure to get entered before Monday.

I Blued Myself

Office Appropriate Outfits - Spring



Blazer – Forever 21 (similar) | Pants – LOFT (similar) | Shirt – Gap (similar) | Necklace – NY&Co (similar) | Shoes – Eric Michael 

In the horrible lighting in my closet these two blue pieces looked similar enough to pass as a crazy colored suit.  In actual sunlight, though, they are just a bit off. I’m not entirely sure how I feel about that.  Maybe it’s cool because then it looks less like I put on a blue suit? Or maybe it’s cool because everything is in the same color family and it’s just a great monochromatic look. Yeah, I’m going with that one.

Also, it was FINALLY nice enough to go take pictures down by Lake Michigan. I’m lucky in that my office is less than half a mile from the lakefront so on nice days it’s lovely to go for a lunch time run along the water or just sit nearby. Sometimes you have friends who will join you.


Hello there, Goose Friend!

So, what do you think? Too much blue?  Not enough blue? I actually have another outfit in mind for these two blue pieces with a different top that I just got via Poshmark so hopefully we decided the blazer and pants look okay together.

Finally, can I ask you another favor? Can you go to the BlogTrends website and vote for me to be chosen as their featured blogger for next week? All you have to do is click “Like” on my entry, which is #32 in the list. Simple!