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The Sleeveless Blazer Returns

Office Appropriate Outfits - Fall

Cobalt blue, CAbi sleeveless blazer, vest, stripes, Chicago fall style

Cobalt blue, CAbi sleeveless blazer, stripes, Chicago fall style

Sleeveless blazer – c/o Holly Haley, CAbi (same) | Shirt – LOFT (similar) | Pants – LOFT (similar) | Shoes – Anne Klein (similar)

So far this is the week of taking items I wore earlier this fall and turning them into cooler weather appropriate outfits. When I last wore this sleeveless blazer I paired it with a tank top and sandals and kept it safe with an all black and gray color palate. This time, though, I went with recreating an outfit I saved on Pinterest. I’ve paired this top with cobalt blue before so it was easy to swap the blue from the top to the bottom. I like that the sleeveless blazer gives it a bit of a different vibe, though. since it shows off the sleeves of the shirt and adds some interesting texture to the outfit.

By the way, if you’re a blogger in the Chicago area and want to get this blazer (or another CAbi piece) for FREE just check out this event that my friend Holly is sponsoring. Attend the CAbi kick-off keynote with Geena Davis, blog about it, and Holly  will send you a CAbi item of your choice.

Also, funny story: this building is basically across the street from my apartment. It has a fence all the way around with gates that are locked outside of 9-5 business hours. The building has no sign on it and we had no idea what they do. Until I decided to do a bit of Google research and discovered it’s the headquarters of what appears to be a pretty major construction firm. Still, there’s a part of me that wants to keep thinking it’s a super-secret government test facility.

Question: Would you like it if at the bottom of each post I included a collage of two or three ways I’ve reworn the items in the main outfit photo? Let me know!

P.S. If you want to see yet another way I wore last week’s purple dress and another dress-as-a-blouse outfit, head over to Work Your Wardrobe where I’m this week’s contributor.

Wearing the Blues

Office Appropriate Outfits - Summer

Striped tank top, cobalt blue pants, nude heels

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Tank Top – Marshall’s (similar) | Pants – LOFT (similar) | Necklace – NY & Co (similar) | Shoes – Bandolino (same)


Today I was not going to let a heat advisory change my outfit plans! I was wearing these cobalt blue pants for today’s Trend Spin Link-Up no matter what.

I’m kind of regretting it.

I rolled up the bottoms of these pants as a nod to the fact that it was already almost 80 degrees at 8:30 AM but it’s not helping. Today I am thankful for air conditioning and the fact that I don’t have to leave my office at all today if I don’t want. Does that count as something to be grateful for, Katie?

In fact, I’ve been debating purchasing a cobalt blue skirt so I can still wear cobalt when it’s hot outside but I didn’t think I needed a skirt and a pair of pants in the same color. I’m rethinking that decision as well.

Hey! Do you wonder what I do when I’m not standing in front of the camera? I’ve got a list of upcoming running-related events I’m participating in over at my fitness blog.

Striped tank top, cobalt blue pants, nude heels

Blue is the Color of Hope

Office Appropriate Outfits - Spring



Jacket – Gap (similar)| Shirt – The Limited via Poshmark  (similar) | Pants – LOFT (similar) | Shoes – Sole Society (similar)

Actually, I have no idea if blue is the color of hope or not. All I know is that I hope that today it actually gets as warm in Chicago as they claim that it will or I will be wearing my denim jacket all day even if I don’t want to. Why is that? Because ever since I bought this tie-neck top I have been wanting to pair it with these pants. I’ve been waiting patiently but now I’m tired of waiting. I’m wearing it!



Yes, it’s sleeveless. So the temps better reach the 80s like Tom Skilling says it’s going to! Or more parts of me than just my clothing will be blue!

Do you get impatient to wear new items?

This Leopard’s Got the Blues

Office Appropriate Outfits - Winter

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Blazer – old (similar) | Shirt – Old Navy (similar) | Pants – LOFT | Necklace – The Limited | Shoes – Sole Society

You already know I own red pants.  And green pants.  Now?  Now I own blue pants.  I got these for a steal from LOFT (they’re cheaper in the store than they are online, FYI).  Not only do they fit great, they are actually the right length to wear with flats without needing to be hemmed!  And since I’m only 5’4” on a good day, this is exciting for me.  PLUS!  They come in petite and tall.  And in lots of other colors.  Seriously.  These are amazing pants.  Especially when you pair them with a leopard top.

I sort of threw this outfit together knowing I wanted to wear the blue pants with the leopard top.  But other than that I didn’t know what to put on with it.  Enter the trusty tan blazer and my new nude flats.  I’d like to think these keep this outfit from looking too “old lady” but I’ll let you be the judge.

What do you think?  Would you wear blue pants?