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Friday Stripes

Casual Friday · Office Appropriate Outfits - Spring

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Blouse – The Limited via Poshmark (similar) | Jeans – The Limited (similar) | Cardigan – The Limited (similar) | Shoes – Jessica Simpson via DSW (same) | Necklace – clothing swap (similar)

Hello there, Friday! Hello there, schizophrenic weather! Hello there, post-run ponytail!

I actually took these photos on my way to my Thursday evening class and had every intent of showing you how the outfit looked with the cardigan on, but it was way too hot outside. And considering I went for a run at lunch and it took me forever to stop sweating (even after taking a cool shower!) I was not about to make myself hot again.

Thankfully, the cardigan came in handy once I was in class since it’s A. in a computer lab and B. I sit directly underneath a vent. AKA it’s FREEZING in there.

By the way, I’m not getting a third college degree. I’m just taking classes for fun. Unfortunately, this class isn’t going over exactly what I wanted to learn (CSS, by the way) but I have learned a few WordPress tweaks and am in the middle of building a site for the Wurst Running Club Ever for my final project.

I lead an exciting life, don’t I?

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Monday Tweed

Office Appropriate Outfits - Spring

Chicago style blogger, J. crew tweed jacket, navy and burgundy

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Jacket – J. Crew via ebay (similar) | Top – Express (same) | Pants – LOFT | Shoes – DSW (similar; same in other colors)

Hello and welcome to another week of work! Are you excited? Be honest. I’m planning to look on the bright side this week even if the rainy and cold weather means I still have to wear a coat and rain boots. At least I got to wear my new top from Express and pair it with this jacket. Normally I wear this jacket with black so it was fun to try something new. Unfortunately the rainy weather means indoor photos for now.

Hilarious to think that on Saturday it was in the 70s in my hometown. And that I was doing this:

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Yep, that’s me running the Illinois Half Marathon. I’ll be writing about it over at my fitness blog if you’re interested in knowing more. Let’s just say I had a good time.

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

Fixing a Boxy Shirt

Casual Friday · Office Appropriate Outfits - Spring · Office Appropriate Outfits - Winter

Chicago style blogger Loop Looks wears an olive grean jacket, burgundy faux leather shirt, jeans, and TOMS cheetah wedges

Chicago style blogger Loop Looks wears an olive jacket and a faux leather burgundy shirt

Jacket – Old Navy via Poshmark (similar) | Shirt – Amazon.com (same) | Jeans – Express via Poshmark (similar) | Shoes – TOMS (same) | Scarf – gift | Hat – gift

How do you fix a boxy fitting shirt? Well, short of getting it tailored you wear a jacket over it. I swear, is there anything a jacket or a blazer can’t do?

As I mentioned the last time I wore this shirt it’s rather boxy on me. But, I loved the way it looked with this olive green jacket so by pairing the two I was able to tone down the square shape of the shirt. Oh, I also ironed it, too, in case you were curious.

All of that to say, if you have a shirt that fits kind of strange try wearing a jacket with it. If the jacket is tapered in at the waist a bit you’ll find that it gives you more shape than the shirt alone.

Oh, wait. I can’t end this post without mentioning my hat. One of my best friends, Rae, made it for me and I’ve been wearing it pretty much non-stop since December. It’s super warm, cover my ears, and looks cute, too.  So, thanks Rae!

Chicago style blogger Loop Looks wears an olive green jacket with a burgundy faux leather shirt, skinny jeans, and TOMS cheetah wedges

A Wrinkled Perspective

Office Appropriate Outfits - Winter

Chicago style blogger Loop Looks wears a burgundy faux leather shirt and leopard print cardigan

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Cardigan – Gap (similar) | Blouse – Collide Boutique (similar) | Shirt – Amazon.com (same) | Pants – Ann Taylor (similar) | Booties – Liz Claiborne via DSW (similar) | Necklace – JF&A Show (similar)

Admittedly, one of the downsides of reading personal style blogs is that I tend to fall in love with outfits or specific pieces of outfits and then I end up hunting them down. This burgundy faux leather shirt falls into that category. I basically saw this exact same outfit on Penny Pincher Fashion (aside: I’ve been loving her style the past few weeks) and when she linked to this similar shirt I had to find it.

Thankfully it’s available for under $30 on Amazon.com and I had Amazon gift certificates I could use. The downside? It’s a little boxy and has some weird creases from the packaging. But, I’m hoping that once I remember to take an iron and a damp cloth to it (remember, I hate the iron) and figure out a few other ways to wear it I’ll have found a fun shirt that didn’t break the bank.

P.S. In case you missed it, I shared the results of the Reader Survey yesterday.

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Monochrome Burgundy

Office Appropriate Outfits - Winter

Chicago Style Blogger Loop Looks wears monochrome burgundy

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Cardigan – The Limited (similar) | Shirt – The Limited (similar) | Pants – LOFT (similar) | Necklace – The Limited (similar) | Shoes – Bandolino (similar)

Happy Monday! I hope you had an enjoyable weekend. Mine was full of running (2nd place in my age group in a 5K!), napping, and working on a project for my graduate class I’m taking for fun at work. I’m slowly learning how to use our DSLR which is both fun and frustrating.

Today, though, I’m going into the office for a bit and then driving to my hometown and graduate school alma mater to present at an Archives Administration class and then have dinner and spend the night at my parents’ house. Nothing like a little bit of home cooking to start the week, right?

So, since I’ll be in the car for almost three hours I wanted to wear something comfortable that wouldn’t wrinkle and would also look put together when I stand in front of a class of grad students. I hope this fits the bill and doesn’t look too much like an old lady wearing a velour track suit.

Actually, if it looks like a velour track suit, don’t tell me, okay? Or maybe tell me. I can take it. I think.

Or maybe I should have worn this cardigan or these pants one of these ways.

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P.S. Last chance to take the Two Year Anniversary Reader Survey! Results go up on Wednesday.

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

The Great Cargo Vest Swap

Casual Friday · Office Appropriate Outfits - Fall

Old Navy cargo vest, purple sweater, jeans, burgundy suede kitten heels, scarf, belt. Perfect for a Chicago fall!

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Cargo Vest – Old Navy via Librarian for Life & Style (similar) | Cardigan as a sweater – The Limited (similar) | Jeans – The Limited (similar) | Belt – The Limited (similar)| Scarf – gift (similar) | Shoes – Bandolino via DSW (similar)

A few weeks ago I mentioned that I had ordered an Old Navy cargo vest (the one linked above) but that I wasn’t sure it was the right fit for me. I even posted a picture on Facebook asking for opinions. See, I knew which vest I wanted. It’s the one that Jen from Librarian for Life & Style had been wearing for a year and it made me drool over how cute it was every single time. Sadly, the new one from Old Navy was just too long on me.

But, wait! Jen is taller than me! She suggested we try swapping them and lo and behold the swap worked! My new one was the right length on her taller frame and her shorter one was great on my short self.

So, in homage to Jen and her amazing vest that is now mine (!!) I present you my recreation of one of Jen’s cargo vest outfits.

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 Click here for Jen’s original outfit

And now I have my very own cargo vest that I am so excited to wear! So, thank you, Jen for suggesting this swap. I will do my best to make your vest proud.

P.S. This is the same cardigan I wore last Friday! Can you tell? I’m only telling you this so I can link up with AJ and her Friday Remix series.

Extra Casual Friday

Casual Friday · Office Appropriate Outfits - Spring

Burgundy cardigan, striped top, jeans, ballet flats

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Shirt – LOFT (similar) | Cardigan – The Limited (similar) | Jeans – Express (40% off through Monday!) | Belt – old (similar) | Necklace – NY & Co (similar & 15% off) | Shoes – Target (similar)

Total outfit cost = $146

Let’s see. Today is Friday, my boss is out of the office,  I have no meetings, and we’re on the cusp of a three day weekend. This calls for an extra casual Casual Friday outfit! My default Friday outfit tends to be jeans and a blazer but I just wasn’t feeling the blazer today.  Thank goodness for this inspiration photo I had pinned with a striped shirt and a burgundy cardigan.

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For those of you looking for casual outfit inspiration, this one’s for you! This outfit would be perfect for a weekend. Pair it with riding boots in the winter or wear a striped tank top instead of a long-sleeved shirt for warmer weather. Add heels or sandals to change up the look a bit, too. This is a great canvas to work with! Heck, you could even put it with shorts instead of jeans.

I, however, will be spending much of this weekend in workout clothes. Tonight I have trapeze. Tomorrow I will be running 10 miles, Sunday I’ll be biking 30 miles, and on Monday we’ll hopefully be planting flowers on our balcony.

What do you have planned for the weekend? What will you be wearing?

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P.S. Linking up with AJ Wears Clothes so here’s a link to the last time I wore this cardigan.

Mutually Inspired Series Day 1: The Argyle Sweater

Office Appropriate Outfits - Spring

Argyle sweater vest with striped button down, jeans, and burgundy shoes

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Shirt – Macy’s (similar) | Sweater vest – The Limited (similar) | Jeans – The Limited (similar) | Shoes – Bandolino (similar) | Necklace – Overstock.com (similar)

Welcome to the first day of the Mutually Inspired Series where Jen from Librarian for Life & Style and I use outfits one another has posted in the past to create new outfits for this week!

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My outfit today comes courtesy of Jen’s post “Purple suede and pattern-mixing” where she paired an argyle sweater with a pinstriped button-up, jeans, and suede shoes.  Since I’m working from home today I got to wear jeans, too!

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Here’s the amazing thing: everything I’m wearing today I’ve had for YEARS. Seriously, this shirt is older than my college best friend’s marriage. I know because there’s a picture of me wearing it the day she got engaged.

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Same shirt, back in the day

Just goes to show you that there are certain items and patterns that just never go out of style. Are they trendy? Nope. Just classic. Argyle sweaters and striped oxford shirts and two of those patterns.

Now, don’t forget to head over to Jen’s blog to see which of my outfits inspired her today!

P.S. Full disclosure: I took all my outfit photos on Sunday since it is supposed to rain all week in Chicago. My rain boots will be getting a workout this week. But I promise I really am wearing these outfits this week!!

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.

Busy from Top to Bottom

Office Appropriate Outfits - Winter

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Shirt – Target (similar) | Tank – The Limited (similar) | Skirt – The Limited (similar) | Shoes – Karen Scott via Macy’s (similar) | Necklace – JC Penney (similar)

For everyone who guessed the necklace in yesterday’s post as my Take One and Pass It On item, you win!  Not sure what you win.  Bragging rights, maybe?  Anyway, yes, I chose to wear the necklace again.  It’s such a statement piece so I wanted to show how it could be toned down a bit.

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However, the rest of my outfit just isn’t working for me.  I think I just prefer to wear black shoes when I wear black tights.  The shoes are just jarring to my eyes.  I think there’s just a big too much going on in this outfit for me.  Thoughts?

Also, what do you think I’ll be wearing from today’s outfit tomorrow?