Layered over another shirt, under a blazer or jacket, or just all on it’s own, the short sleeved sweater is great for those in-between months where it might be cooler in the morning but warmer in the afternoon. Basically, spring in Chicago.
When I first saw this faux leather skirt at The Limited back in the fall I fell in love with it. However, I admit I wasn’t entirely sure how I would wear it. Of course, one of the sales associates was wearing it with a gray turtleneck sweater and that gave me the idea for this outfit.
I mean, it’s basically a tan skirt, right? So, what do you wear with a tan skirt? Just about anything! It’s a neutral so it will match so many items I already have in my closet. Also, my boss, who is one of my style icons, immediately exclaimed upon seeing me in it, “CUTE skirt!! So cute!” Which means it’s basically a keeper for sure.
That’s the nice thing about neutral pieces. Black, brown, navy, and gray can all be mixed together. And then, of course, you can pair them with more colorful items as well. See, they do double duty!
I have to say, I’m very grateful that I love these cobalt blue pants so much. Not only do they keep me from resorting to my black pants during the January Black Out Challenge but they also fill in nicely when there is an inspiration photo with jeans. Like the one today from Two Birds with jeans and a rather comfy-looking gray sweater.
Originally I was going to wear my white collared shirt under the sweater but at the last minute decided on this red one. I thought it added a nice sense of depth to the outfit. Mixing up colors is a great way to break out of a rut or keep from looking like you’re wearing a uniform.
In fact, here’s 10 ways you can mix up your colors. Cobalt and green? How about cobalt and leopard?
Jacket – Ellen Tracey via Macy’s (similar) | Shirt – Banana Republic Outlet (similar) | Skirt – The Limited (similar) | Shoes – 6pm.com (similar) | Necklace – JF&A Show (similar)
I’m not sure there’s anything particularly spectacular about this outfit. I mean, it’s monochrome gray with a jacket, a pencil skirt, and a lace tee. However, I still got two compliments on this outfit. One coworker said he loved my necklace and another said he loved my jacket (yes, both were compliments from guys. Guys who do not bat for my team, if you get my drift). I think it must be the combination of the moto jacket style with the tailored skirt. That gives a little edge to a more traditional item. Plus, when paired with the girly lace and pearls you get an overall look that says feminine but not boring.
I actually got the idea to wear this outfit from this pin.
Of course, my jacket is knit, not leather and my skirt is a knee-length pencil skirt not a knit midi skirt. But overall I think I made this look work for my purposes. Plus, you know, compliments. Those are always nice.
Thoughts on monochrome outfits? Would you wear all gray?
Still staying strong and not wearing any black today. But, I admit, if the challenge was no black and no navy I would be SOL. I mean, look at yesterday and today. So much navy.
Today, though, I am also wearing colors in my scarf. In fact, in honor of today’s Trend Spin Link-Up of scarves, I thought I’d show you a fun way you could change up this entire outfit just by changing the scarf.
As you can see, the simple outfit of a white and navy base gives you lots of different scarf options. Solid colors, other florals or even leopard are all viable options. How do you chose?
First, pick a scarf where the main color goes nicely with your base color. If your base is black or navy you’re pretty much safe with just about any color.
Next, if you want pattern on your scarf make sure that it’s of a different scale than the one on your shirt. Small stripes on the shirt mean big pattern on the scarf and vice versa.
Tie your scarf however you want and voila! You have almost as many outfits as you have scarves. Speaking of which, I have a lot of scarves.
I actually wore this outfit yesterday and it’s the first time I’ve ever tucked something into these pants. I ended up liking this outfit quite a bit. It’s another case of two simple pieces being combined with accessories and texture to make the outfit more interesting. The pants have a slight glittery aspect to them and this necklace always takes an outfit up a notch.
On another note, tonight I’m going to a 50th Anniversary celebration at The Limited in Chicago and as of this writing I have no idea what I’m wearing. If you’ve read this blog longer than a week you know that a good chunk of my wardrobe is from The Limited and I want to wear items from there to the celebration. But trying to decide what, exactly, to wear is hurting my brain! Hopefully I’ll have it figured out soon and can share some photos from the event with you later. I hear there will be champagne….
The last time I wore this skirt I commented that I envisioned wearing it with my navy sweater. So, here it is. I decided to try and bring this skirt into fall with some darker colors, closed-toe shoes and my new pearl and rhinestone necklace.
As part of my goody-bag from the Midwest Style Bloggers Chicago Brunch two weeks ago I received a $50 gift card to Langford Market which has two locations in Chicago. One of them was on the way home from a blogger clothing swap I attended on Saturday (more on that at a later date) so I decided to stop on in. If you follow me on Instagram you saw a picture of the skirt I picked up with my gift card. Of course, as I was checking out I saw this necklace in the display case and it decided to come home with me. It just adds a little something to this otherwise simple sweater, doesn’t it?
This morning as I was leaving the train station to walk to work a guy ran past me yelling, “Mike! Mike! Hey, Mike!” I wanted to tell him that Hump Day was two days ago.
And THANK GOODNESS it’s Friday! This week has been crazy busy. I actually love being busy but I also love sleeping in and having my outfits planned out in advance. I didn’t get a chance to do that this week so thank goodness for Pinterest. Some mornings, like today, my brain is so on autopilot it can’t even think to put gray and navy together. So, thank you, Marionberry Style for helping me get dressed on this decidedly non-Hump Day.
This week is Bike to Work Week in Chicago and since I only live 1.5 miles from my office I do occasionally bike there. The most difficult part for me, though, is figuring out what to wear while on my bike. Do I wear my regular work clothes? Do I wear workout clothes and change once I get to work? I’ve done it both ways and it really depends on the weather.
For example, today was supposed to be cool in the morning. So I decided to wear running tights, a t-shirt and a jacket (and bike shoes, of course) on my bike and change into my work clothes when I got to work. Except it was actually quite warm on my bike! Which means even though I overdressed, I’m glad I didn’t wear my office outfit because I sweated in my Chicago Marathon shirt instead of my polka dot cardigan.
Riding my bike to work can be quite a challenge and requires a bit of planning the night before. Deciding what to wear, what to pack, and making sure I don’t forget anything. Still, it’s a nice way to start my morning and Bike to Work Week always reminds me to get out on my bike more often.
Jacket – J. Crew via ebay (similar for $21 w/code SUNSHINE) | Shirt – Gap (similar for under $10 w/code ONSUMMER) | Skirt – The Limited (similar under $30) | Shoes – 6pm.com (similar under $35) | Chandelier earrings – The Limited (similar under $8)
Total outfit cost = $104
Apologies for the indoor pictures. You can’t even tell that my skirt is navy! But it’s just too cold and windy out today to stand outside. Seriously, I almost got blown over while walking from the train. Ridiculous. I am totally underdressed.
However, I’ve decided I LOVE this outfit. The tweed jacket is black, blue, white, gold, and silver so it goes with SO MUCH. So far I’ve worn it with black jeans and regular blue jeans but pairing it with the skirt makes me love it even more. Nothing is classier to me than tweed and a pencil skirt. Now, if the weather would just go back to normal so that I’m not freezing to death in this outfit, I’ll wear it all the time.