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5 Ways to Make the Most of Your Dresses

•• Office Appropriate Outfits - Winter

Navy J. Crew Schoolboy Blazer with Stitch Fix Polka Dot Dress, Chicago Style Blogger, what to wear to work

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Blazer – J. Crew (same) | Dress – Stitch Fix (similar) | Camisole – The Limited| Necklace – The Limited (same) | Boots – Bandolino via 6pm.com (similar)

For those of you who thought I purchased new legs when I did my January Shopping Summary you’ll be pleased to know I’m wearing them in this outfit. Well, I’m wearing the nude fishnet tights from Express, anyway.

I’m also wearing this dress that hasn’t gotten much love recently. My husband actually asked me, “Hey, what happened to that long-sleeved polka dot dress? You haven’t worn it in awhile.” I guess this dress made an impression on him!

He’s right, though. I hadn’t worn it in awhile. Dresses can sometimes be difficult to wear more than one way. Although, there are some ways you can keep them from feeling stale. In fact, here are five ideas for making the most of the dresses in your closet.

5 Ways to Make the Most of Your Dresses

As you can see, for this outfit I went with option 5 and layered my navy J. Crew blazer over the dress. I like the air of professionalism it gives to this particular dress. Not all the options above will work for every dress so be sure to pay attention to whether or not the dress has sleeves, the dress’s neckline, the length, and how it fits overall. All of that plays a role when choosing how to make the most of your dresses!

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That Monday Morning Cat

•• Office Appropriate Outfits - Winter

Green sweater with leopard print pencil skirt

Sweater – Stitch Fix (similar) | Collared Shirt – Collide Boutique (similar) | Skirt – Target (same) | Tights – Target (same) | Boots – Bandolino via 6pm.com (similar) | Necklace – Express (same)

Wow. Okay. So, it’s Monday. And, just like Garfield, Mondays and mornings are very difficult for me. I had an amazingly fun weekend but it basically left me with no time to prep anything for this week. Including taking any blog photos. So these were snapped on my way out the door by my husband who wasn’t fully awake either and had the settings on our camera all wrong. Oh well.

Anyway, this outfit was inspired by the latest Style Imitating Art choice by Salazar, “Louison and Raminou” by Suzanne Valadon:

I couldn’t pose with a cat since I’m terribly allergic to them. Also, as we know, I don’t own anything orange. So, here’s my ode to the painting. A green sweater and my leopard print skirt. That’s close enough to an orange kitty, right?

Oh, and in case you’re wondering, yes, I did commute to work via train in the sub-zero temps this morning. I wore a pair of yoga pants over my tights along with my snow boots. And, of course, my down coat, scarf, gloves and hat. Sigh. Some day I’ll be able to leave the house without taking 15 minutes to add extra layers, right?

In fact, here are two outfits featuring today’s sweater and skirt that did not require the addition of 6 other pieces of clothing.

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It’s in My (White) Jeans

•• Casual Friday - Office Appropriate Outfits - Winter

Chicago style blogger on Casual Friday wearing faux fur vest, tan sweater, white jeans, and brown knee high boots

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Vest – Express via Poshmark (similar)(similar) | Shirt – Collide Boutique (similar) | Sweater – LOFT via Goodwill (similar) | Jeans – AG Adriano Goldschmied (same) | Boots – Bandolino via 6pm.com (similar) | Necklace – The Limited (similar)

You guys! I’ve been waiting all week for this outfit. No, not just because jeans means it’s Casual Friday. No. It’s because I LOVE this outfit!! This was one of those weeks when I took all my outfit photos on Sunday (and, yes, I do wear every single outfit that you see) but I put this outfit together at the last minute. I’m still doing the no black in January challenge and I wanted something different than regular blue jeans. So, white jeans in winter it is!

The last time I wore these white jeans after Labor Day you guys loved them. So I hope you love today’s look just as much. The collared shirt was a last minute addition and I think it adds just a bit more sophistication as well. It’s also sleeveless chiffon which makes it the perfect layering piece. Less bulk and no sleeves to roll up.

Basically, I think this outfit just really screams my style. A little something edgy and trendy paired with something a little classic and structured.

Chicago style blogger on Casual Friday wearing faux fur vest, tan sweater, white jeans, and brown knee high bootsLinking with AJ Wears Clothes| Walking in Memphis

  

Wearing Brown with Black

•• Office Appropriate Outfits - Winter

Tan sweater with black and white striped shirt, black pencil skirt, tights, and brown riding boots. Chicago style blogger, what to wear to work in Chicago winter

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Sweater – LOFT via Goodwill (similar) | Shirt – The Limited via Poshmark (similar) | Skirt – The Limited (similar) | Boots – Bandolino via 6pm.com (similar) | Necklace – c/o fibi & clo (same)

A coworker recently told me there’s no way he would wear brown and black together. Which is too bad. Because it’s totally okay now. Although, to be honest, I probably would have paired black boots with this outfit instead of of my dark brown boots if it hadn’t been for today’s Inspiration Monday photo.

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Brown, tan and black all being worn together. Cats and dogs living together! Mass hysteria! Okay, not really. But I know pairing brown and black (just like pairing navy and black) and be a bit of a dividing line with some people. Obviously I don’t mind.

Where do you fall on the brown with black issue?

  

Snake in the Pink

•• Office Appropriate Outfits - Fall

Snakeskin print shirt paired with a bright pink skirt and brown knee high boots for a fall day in Chicago

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Shirt- Kohl’s (similar) | Skirt – NY & Co (similar) | Boots – Bandolino (similar)

First, I have to give a shout-out to Valerie of The Style Files for giving me the idea to wear this snakeskin print top with my pink skirt. I needed something to wear for this week’s Trend Spin Link Up of brights and I’m pretty sure this skirt is the brightest thing I own. But I also needed to wear the brown boots I had on yesterday for the Take One, Pass It On Challenge. So, I went with brown and pink. It’s a fun combination, yes?

Two ways to wear brown knee high heeled boots

These two outfits show you that wearing knee high boots under pants is a great way to get two uses out of one pair of shoes. Plus, in the winter the extra height of the boots gives you some extra warmth on your legs, too! So, don’t think that just because you have knee high boots you can only wear them skirts or over skinny jeans. Wear them under your dress pants, too!

Oh, and speaking of this bright pink skirt, while searching for a similar one to which to link, I realized that Jones New York was having a 40% off everything sale. I love the color of this skirt but it’s always been a little irritating. It’s not lined which makes it difficult to wear over tights and it’s gotten a bit too tight recently. So, I ordered a new pink skirt. I’ve never bought anything from Jones New York before, though, so we’ll see how it fits! Hopefully better than my current one so I can wear bright pink more often.

Snakeskin print shirt paired with a bright pink skirt and brown knee high boots for a fall day in Chicago

P.S.  In the interest of full disclosure, I did NOT wear this to work today. I put this outfit together and took photos before I looked at my calendar for the week (or checked the weather). I am, however, wearing this snakeskin print top with a black suit to a professional organization meeting. You’ll see that outfit on Thursday. Which is probably when I’ll actually wear this skirt outfit.

  

What To Wear With Plaid

•• Office Appropriate Outfits - Fall - Uncategorized

Stitch Fix Katherine Barclay sweater with plaid pants

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Sweater – Katherine Barclay via Stitch Fix (similar) | Shirt – Forever 21 (similar) | Pants – The Limited (similar) | Boots – Bandolino (similar) | Watch – Groopdealz (similar)

I know, I know, I just wore a sweater over a collared shirt last week. But the look is classic for a reason. It even got chosen as this week’s Inspiration Monday photo:

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And in a case of getting something new and not wanting to wait to wear it, I received this sweater as part of my latest Stitch Fix order (full post to come on Wednesday) and I immediately wanted to pair it with my brown plaid pants.

Would you believe that for years I thought the only colors I could wear with these pants were brown and cream? The first time I wore them with chambray I was so happy. Now that I’ve got this green sweater I’m thinking of even more colors I can pair with them! Navy? Burgundy? Black? So many ideas!

Also, you may have noticed that I did not take something from Friday’s outfit to pass on to today. Nope. I decided that Monday’s are a reset on the Take One, Pass It On challenge for me. Cheating? Maybe. Do I care? Nope!

Stitch Fix Katherine Barclay sweater with plaid pants

  

Little Red Pants

•• Office Appropriate Outfits - Spring

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Sweater – Gap (similar) | Shirt – J. Crew (similar) | Pants – Gap (similar) | Boots – Bandolino via 6pm.com (similar) | Bracelet – gift (similar)

When I saw Laura wear her cropped red pants with boots and a sweater I knew I wanted to recreate the outfit with items in my own closet.  Sadly, after I put it on and took pictures I realized that marathon training (and my subsequent desire to EAT ALL THE THINGS) has not been kind to me.  Plus, it’s been awhile since I wore these pants and now they’re a little too tight in certain areas.  I ended up swapping out the crewneck sweater for a long oatmeal colored cardigan so I would feel less exposed.

But the point of this post is not to talk about pants that are a tad too small.  Nope, it’s to talk about the many ways I’ve worn these pants since “Pants” are the topic of the second day of 5 Days, 5 Ways.  Actually, this post is kind of a cop-out because I did a past post showing 9 different ways I’ve worn these red pants!

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Still, other than a quickie photo from last year’s trip to New York City this is the first time I’ve showcased these pants for cold weather wear.  See, if your cropped pants are narrow enough at the ankle you can wear them all year round by putting boots over them!  Pretty neat, huh?

Want your own cropped red pants?  Here are a few that might fit the bill!

  

The Perfect White Shirt

•• Casual Friday - Office Appropriate Outfits - Spring

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Jacket – J. Crew via ebay (similar) | Blouse – Gap (similar) | Jeans – The Limited (similar) | Boots – DSW (similar) | Necklace – NYC (similar)

 

Another casual-ish outfit for you today since I’m still off work and traveling home from visiting friends. However, I had two great reasons to take photos for today. The first, it’s Inspiration Monday and Two Birds was extoling the virtues of dressing up a plain white shirt with this inspiration photo.

 

 

Inspiration Photo Source

I bought this shirt over a year ago from the Gap.  Originally it was ridiculously overpriced for a polyester white blouse with a little bit of shoulder detail, but it turns out I’ve worn it so often that even if I had paid full price for it (I didn’t) I would have definitely gotten my monies worth.  Which is why I also chose to feature it today as part of the 5 Days, 5 Ways link-up with Franish and Along the Lines of Style since today’s topic is “Tops”.

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As you can see, this blouse works with almost everything in my closet and across all seasons.  A white shirt that can be dressed up or down and can be worn untucked or tucked in turned out to be a major work horse in my wardrobe.

Want one of your own?  Here are a few options that I think would work.

  

Layer Cake

•• Casual Friday - Office Appropriate Outfits - Winter

First thing’s first: have you taken the one year anniversary reader survey yet??

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Blazer – J. Crew | Striped top – The Limited | Chambray top – Old Navy (similar) | Jeans – The Limited | Boots – Bandolino (similar) | Necklace – JF&A Show (similar)

In the apartment building where my husband and I live there are three floors of parking.  Jason and I park our car on the second floor.  But after taking outfit photos there last week we decided to check out the third floor to see if there was anything interesting there.  We felt like parking structure interlopers trespassing on floor three!  Of course we weren’t really trespassing.

Turns out that apparently floor three is where all the people with swanky vehicles park.  There were at least two Porsches, a big honkin’ Harley, a Pontiac GTO and this Ducati.  I don’t know much about motorcycles but my husband informed me that a Ducati is an expensive bike.  I just thought it made a good backdrop to my incredibly preppy outfit.

This outfit is also a copy of a photo that has been floating around Pinterest for awhile.

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I have no idea what the original source of this photo is (I even used Google Image Search to try and figure it out).  But I do know that many, many people have pinned it or blogged it so my outfit isn’t all that original.  But I’m down with that.  I think it’s great to see different people and different body types copy an outfit so you can see what it looks like on everyone.  And, of course, unless you have the EXACT same pieces as the original outfit you’re going to put your own spin on it.  And that’s the whole fun of using a photo to get inspired.

I never would have worn this many layers before seeing this photo but now that I have it’s a look I’m enjoying.  Especially in the winter when layers are key to keeping warm!

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Copycats Friday: A Light Bulb Moment

•• Casual Friday - Office Appropriate Outfits - Winter

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Blazer – The Limited (similar) | Turtleneck – Express (similar) | Jeans – The Limited (similar) | Boots – DSW (similar) | Necklace – store in NYC (similar)

Before I had a style blog, before I even knew what Pinterest was, I saved an image on my computer from the Banana Republic website.  I loved the preppy, equestrian vibe it had going on.   I even sent the picture to another style blogger I read at the time to see if she would be willing to show me how to interpret it with items that didn’t require dropping a whole paycheck at Banana Republic.  She told me she didn’t wear much red and that was that.

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I recently re-discovered this image saved on my computer and THEN I learned you can upload photos to Pinterest!  That they don’t have to already be on another website to “pin” them.  Look, I may be book smart but I’m still learning about all these new-fangled Internet things.

Anyway, while perusing my pins for something to recreate for today’s Copycats Friday from Frills for Thrills I saw this pin and the light bulb went off.  I now have all those items!  In fact, I’ve had the gray blazer since September and all the other items for much longer but this week was when they finally all came together in my head.

Which is why you should totally save images of outfits that catch your eye even if you don’t have the items to recreate them at that exact moment!

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