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My White Whale

Office Appropriate Outfits - Spring

Chicago style blogger, mint cardigan, red necklace, brown pants

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Cardigan – Van Heusen (similar) | Tank – Old Navy (same) | Pants – The Limited | Necklace – The Limited (similar) | Shoes – Anne Klein (similar)

Today I want to talk about tank tops. Specifically wearing a tank top to the office. Personally, I am not a fan of wearing a jersey knit tank top to work. But, clearly, people do it all the time. In fact, this outfit in today’s Pinterest challenge is what prompted me to try it out.

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I swapped the coral for red and used it in my necklace and put the mint in the cardigan. Mint and brown is a lovely combination so I wanted that to be the focal point.

However, I feel that a jersey knit tank like the one I’m wearing from Old Navy is just too casual for work. I have one plain white shell that I wear all the time instead. In fact, I wore it yesterday. But, as with all things white, it’s probably a good idea to have more than one since they can stain so easily.

Which lead me on the hunt for another white shell I felt was dressy enough for the office.

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First up, I went to Express. Actually, speaking of Express, I’ve got a little feature over at On The Daily Express showcasing my current wishlist of items from there. I actually put top number one on my list and even ended up buying it navy. The white, though, was too much of a cream color and since the keyhole hits me a little low it would need a camisole underneath. And trying to match that cream color was going to drive me nuts so I said PASS.

Tops number 2 and 4 I ordered during the 50% off and free shipping sale from Ann Taylor and they haven’t arrived yet. Fingers crossed one of them works out!

Top number 3 I originally saw on Marion of Marionberry Style but haven’t tried it on or gone in search of it. If it goes on sale, though, I’ll be there!

Finally, top number 5, also from Express, looked promising on the hanger but when I put it on the rolled sleeves were so bulky and uncomfortable! Bummer. Otherwise I loved that the fabric was a bit less sheer than white tops usually are.

Searching for the perfect white shell is tough! Even now when the stores are carrying summer clothes and whites and pastels seem to be all the rage. So here’s what I say to that:

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P.S. It occurs to me that I’m wearing my sunglasses in all my posts this week. I’m not trying to look like a spy or something. It’s just it was sunny when I was taking my photos and it was either the sunglasses or squinty eyes. Speaking of sunglasses, I discovered I had three of the exact same pair in the bottom of my purse. I guess when you finally find some that fit your tiny head you buy them in bulk!

 

Brown Bear

Office Appropriate Outfits - Winter

Tan sweater, brown dress pants, animal print scarf

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Sweater – Gap (similar) | Pants – The Limited (similar) | Shoes – Anne Klein (similar) | Scarf – NYC street vendor (similar) | Watch – Groopdealz (similar)

I think I’m turning into a bear. My body basically shut down this weekend and I slept a ridiculous amount. Only fitting that I would wear all browns and animal print today, huh?

Inspired by the celebrity photo that Two Birds chose for Inspiration Monday I added the scarf to keep my outfit from looking too plain.

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Also, I tried a pole dancing class for the first time on Saturday (details later this week on my fitness blog) and I have some EPIC bruises on the backs of my knees and on the tops of my feet. Good thing the weather is basically telling me that skirts without thick tights are a bad choice right now. I mean, I’m used to bruises from trapeze classes but they’re still not a great accessory. At least, not as great as an animal print scarf.

Sequined Sweater

Office Appropriate Outfits - Fall

Red sequined shoulder cardigan, gold shell, brown pants, Fall in Chicago

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Cardigan – Target (same) | Top – The Limited (similar) | Pants – The Limited (similar) | Shoes – Anne Klein via Marshall’s (similar) (same in red)

Yesterday I asked which part of my outfit I’d be passing on as part of the Take One, Pass It On challenge and, well, as you can see, it was the cardigan! Yes, I chose to wear this sequined sweater again because today’s Trend Spin theme is sweaters. Plus, pairing it with gold and brown instead of black and white is a great way to see how versatile red actually is. It’s just too bad that my photographer is busy with finals because it’s REALLY difficult to get a photo of the sequins on the shoulder of this cardigan by myself.

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Which look with this cardigan is your favorite? Black and white or brown and gold?

An Attempt at Linen

Office Appropriate Outfits - Spring

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Cardigan – The Limited (similar) | Blouse – The Limited via Poshmark (similar) | Pants – The Limited (similar) | Shoes – Anne Klein via Marshall’s (similar) | Bracelet – Gorjana

Ever have one of those days when an outfit looks better in your head than it does when you put it on? Yep, that was today. I wanted to participate in today’s Pantone link-up with The Modern Austen and wear something linen colored but my outfit just wasn’t doing it for me. Original plan? This top, untucked, with a linen (or oatmeal, as I prefer to refer to it) colored boyfriend cardigan and the brown pants. But the untucked top and the long cardigan just weren’t doing it for me. So, I tucked in the top. Nope, that just looked weird. So I swapped out the cardigan for the navy one. Better, but not great.

As a last resort I buttoned up the cardigan leaving the tie on the neck of the blouse sticking out. But now I just look lumpy.  Sigh. Win some, lose some.  This will definitely not be one of my favorite outfits of the month.

Speaking of which, Kelsey suggested that I start doing recaps of my outfits each month and tell which ones are my favorite. Since I’m not in the office tomorrow I will be sharing that information with you! The best part, you get to vote on YOUR favorite outfit from April! So, if you’re stopping by from Work Your Wardrobe or the Pantone link-up, I hope you stick around and share your opinion.

A Leopard in Neutral

Office Appropriate Outfits - Spring

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Blouse – Old Navy (similar) | Cardigan – The Limited (similar) | Pants – The Limited (similar) | Shoes – Anne Klein (similar) | Bracelet – Joe Fresh (similar) | Necklace – Groopdealz (similar)

I admit that I purchased this leopard print top from Old Navy last year with very little idea of what I was going to wear it with.  Turns out that leopard is so versatile that I’ve worn it with white, brown, black, pink, green, and purple just to name a few. And just sitting here writing this post I came up with a few more items in my closet that I want to pair it with.  Crazy, huh?

I’ve had people ask me if it’s okay to wear leopard print to the office. Yes, it is. If your office is more conservative I would stick to using leopard as a layering piece and pair it with neutrals like I did here with the burgundy and brown. However, if your office is a little more laid back then you could put it with brighter colors like red or bright pink or make it the focal point of your outfit.

Leopard is definitely one of my favorite patterns so it’s no wonder it’s a go-to pattern in my closet when I feel as though an outfit needs a bit of a pick-me-up.

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Linking up with Mix & Match Fashion

Also, because I wanted to link up with Trusty Chucks and Texas Lovebirds here’s an inspiration photo for you.

Wind Beneath My Bubble Necklace

Office Appropriate Outfits - Winter

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Cardigan – The Limited (similar on sale!) | Shirt – Gap (similar) | Pants – The Limited (similar 40% off with code HOTPERK) | Belt – Target | Necklace – JF & A Show (similar) | Shoes – Karen Scott via Macy’s (similar) | Round earrings – Stitch Fix | Star earrings – gift

Apparently there was some concern among my faithful readers when my post didn’t go up this morning that I might have gone to work naked.  I promise you, that did not happen (although now I’m going to get even MORE weird searches, I bet).

Truthfully, my crazy weekend just meant that I didn’t get a chance to take pictures ahead of time and am now doing it on the fly.  And today I had an early meeting in a Chicago suburb so I had to snap pictures and write this post afterward.  On the plus side, I was able to get in the pictures before the snow started coming down.

Also, I know that so many people in the style blog world are tired of the bubble necklace but I’m here to say that people who don’t read style blogs LOVE this thing!  Seriously, a woman at my meeting today gushed over how cute she thought it was.  I love this grayish purple colored one because it almost seems to take on the color of whatever it’s next to.  Plus, it’s just such a huge statement that it adds personality to whatever you’re wearing.

You Told Me Wednesday: Reader Survey Results

Office Appropriate Outfits - Winter

First, thanks to the 37 of you who filled out my reader survey!  I was hoping for a few more but, hey, that’s about 20% of my daily page views and my psychology degree tells me that 20% is a good number to hit!  So that’s pretty awesome!

And, of course, since it’s no fun to fill out a survey if you don’t get to see your responses in action, I want to share the results with you along with my thoughts (and if you’re here for the outfit photos just skip to the bottom of this post).

 

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Since the biggest goal of Loop Looks is to provide you with outfit ideas, I’m thrilled that those are the reasons most of you are coming here.   Some of my favorite “Other” responses reinforce this since they stated “The style you exhibit is practical (both aesthetically and financially) and I can actually apply the inspiration” and “To get ideas on how to dress in Chicago winters”.

 

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And it appears that most of you love everything I’m doing!  Hooray!  I wasn’t surprised to see the Saturday Shots posts weren’t as popular since I admit many times I skip over those myself when reading other blogs.  I was a bit surprised at the one response that said the daily outfit posts were their least favorite.  Maybe they just come for my eloquent writing?  (Where’s the sarcasm font?)

 

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Again, I’m not totally surprised at the responses about wanting to see more casual outfits.  I’m still figuring out how to reflect my weekend wear on the blog since that’s typically the only time you’ll find me in casual clothes since I spend most of my evenings in fitness attire.  Speaking of which, I do have a fitness blog that I try to post in a few times a month if you’re interested in that.  It didn’t rank too highly in the survey so I probably won’t be adding too many fitness-only posts here.

As for shopping suggestions, I do always include links to items that are similar to what I’m wearing but I can try linking to more sales information and discussing why I frequent certain stores more than others. What are your thoughts on that?

 

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I’m happy to see most of you both look at the pictures and read the text!  Lets me know that those words I put here aren’t in vain.

Most of you didn’t care one way or another about seeing Loop Looks posts on the weekends which is good since I like not having that pressure.  Also, no one cared that I use affiliate links.  Chances are good that I’m never going to make a living from this blog but being able to pay for itself (or pay for me to purchase more items for giveaways!) would be lovely.  Right now my only source of income is the affiliate links so I’m glad they don’t bother you.

 

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One of you mentioned that you wanted to see recaps of the closet consultations I do.  Well, I do try to post links to the reviews and write-ups on other bloggers’ sites when I do one for another blogger.  For example, this weekend I did one for Kelsey and posted a link  on Facebook to her recap on her blog.  So, that’s one bonus to following Loop Looks on Facebook!  But I’m also glad to know that you don’t mind seeing the outfit photos in both places.  Probably makes it easier for you!

 

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It appears that most of you think that doing a 30×30 would be fun.  I agree, it’s not the most original thing out there, but I think it can be a useful tool for those of you who are working with a limited wardrobe.  Seeing how someone takes a small set of clothing and makes it work for them for a month could be helpful, right?  Something for me to think on.

 

Of course, many of you took the chance to share your opinions in the open-ended questions, too, and I love that!  All the compliments made me feel amazing!  And just reminded me that the reason I do this is to help YOU and it sounds like it’s working. So yay!  I wanted to take a moment to address some of the comments, too, so you know I read ALL of them.

My feed reader doesn’t always show your posts right away! Sometimes it shows three at a time and I know you didn’t post them all at the same time.

When I switched from looplooks.wordpress.com to looplooks.net I tried to change my RSS feed.  The one you should be using is http://looplooks.net/feed/  If you are using that one that should take care of most of your issues.  I hope.  I’m still working out all that fiddly technology stuffs.

I think an overall blog redesign would freshen up the look of your style blog.

I will take anyone up on the offer to help me redesign the blog!  Or, you know, if you have a WordPress theme you particularly love, show me the way!

There’s no “Like” button for WordPress.

I do have a plug-in that adds a “Like” button at the bottom of each post.

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However, it is tied to Facebook.  Which means I will be looking for a additional plug-in that allows you to “Like” something without having it tied to Facebook!

Photos taken in the same locations – I like the more varied ones 🙂

So, for the past three weeks my husband has been taking my outfit photos instead of me hauling my tripod all over the place.   Since the weather has been iffy lately we haven’t been venturing far from home.  But, as the weather warms up you can bet we will be checking out locations around the city.

It might be nice to see some collaborations with other academic/professional style bloggers, like “4 ways to style [insert item/trend]…”

Love this idea!  Thank you! I will be reaching out and seeing what I can concoct.  And if other bloggers read this and want to collaborate, let me know!

Would love to see more responses to reader questions and more posts on affordable fashion.

I do answer every reader question I get although sometimes it takes me a few weeks to write a post on it.  That’s what You Pick Wednesdays are for!  If you have a question, any question, leave it in a comment or send it to looplooks@gmail.com and I WILL answer it in a You Pick Wednesday post.  I’m currently working on one about when to wear nude shoes since a reader asked me that in a comment a few weeks ago.

As for affordable fashion, I try my hardest to pick similar items to link to that are under $100.  Perhaps some of you have questions about how to put together an outfit on a budget?  Tell me your budget and you’ll get an entire You Pick Wednesday post to yourself!

And with that, I want to thank you again for taking the time to fill out the survey!  It means a lot to me to know what I’m doing is worthwhile and to get ideas on how to mix it up a bit.

And now what you’ve all come here to see: hardcore nudity!

No, not really.   It’s just today’s outfit for the Take One and Pass It On challenge from Sarah’s Real Life.

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Sweater – Gap (similar) | Shirt – Forever 21 | Pants – The Limited (similar) | Shoes – Karen Scott via Macy’s (similar) | Bracelet – gift (similar)

So, yes, the item carried over from yesterday is the leopard print shoes!

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What do you think will make a repeat appearance tomorrow?

You Pick Wednesday–Brown & Gold

Office Appropriate Outfits - Summer

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Top – The Limited | Pants – The Limited | Shoes – Unisa via 6pm.com | Earrings – via StitchFix

It was a close race, but in the end most of you told me you wanted to see the brown and gold look!

Gold sequins and spaghetti straps are probably a little tough to pull off for work but a gold shimmery shell?  Not as difficult.  No sleeveless allowed in your office?  Throw a cardigan or a blazer over the top and you’re good to go.

Next week I have a reader request post lined up.  How do you wear shorts when you’re really tall?  I have some answers!

Also, tomorrow while I’m out of the office taking a professional exam I’ve got a fun giveaway scheduled!  Have you heard of Because I Shop Too Much?  No?  Well tomorrow you will!

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Black and Tan

Office Appropriate Outfits - Spring

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Blazer – Macy’s

Tops & Pants – The Limited

Necklace – Jeans & a Cute Top Shop Boutique

Earrings – Gift

Shoes – Unisa via 6pm.com

My pants and camisole are actually brown, not black, but a colleague referred to me as a “black and tan” today.  That’s some kind of drink, right?  Something to do with Guinness?

As you can probably tell, I mostly stick with wine.

Also, remember how yesterday I promised you actual photos of my outfit?  Well, check out the Loop Looks Facebook page to see them!

Pink Leopard

Office Appropriate Outfits - Spring

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Cardigan – Lucky Brand

Blouse – Old Navy

Pants – The Limited

Shoes – Bandolino via Amazon.com

Necklace – Macy’s

Funny story:  I wear almost exclusively silver/platinum/white gold jewelry.  For years I refused to wear anything yellow gold.

Then I found my wedding dress.  It was off-white.  It was lace.  And for some reason silver just didn’t go with it.  A friend of mine had a beautiful golden pearl pendant that inspired me to find something similar for my wedding.  Thus, this necklace made it into my jewelry box.  I actually have matching earrings, too.

It’s still the only gold necklace I wear on a regular basis.  And every time I do it reminds me of my wedding.