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I swear it’s navy

Casual Friday · Office Appropriate Outfits - Winter

Do you know the most difficult color to photograph? It’s navy. I swear it is.

schoolboy-blazer-gray-jeans-2Blazer – J. Crew (same) | Tee – Target (similar) | Scarf – J. Crew Factory (similar) | Jeans – Henry & Belle via Stitch Fix (same) | Booties – H by Hudson c/o Shopbop (same)

jcrew-plaid-scarfIt’s the navy J. Crew Schoolboy blazer but it NEVER photographs as navy. I don’t know why!

I know, I know. First world problems. Other first world problems? I’m flying to Florida tomorrow to visit my dad and I haven’t packed or even thought about what to pack. Or what to wear on the plane. Or finished running all my errands.

I need a personal assistant.  Preferably one who can figure out how to photograph navy.

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Smoke on the Roof

Office Appropriate Outfits - Spring · Style Imitating Art

Chicago style blogger, cobalt blazer, gray pants, black blouse

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Blazer – Forever 21 (similar) | Blouse – clothing swap (similar) | Pants – LOFT via Clothing Swap (similar) | Shoes – J. Crew Factory (same) | Necklace – The Limited (similar)

Welcome back to Monday, everyone! How was your weekend? Did you have a weekend? Mine was one of my busier weekends of the year. As the volunteer marketing director and member of the group that puts on the Good Life Race 5K I spent yesterday at the race working my butt off.

Hence the flats today. My feet are more tired than if I’d run an entire marathon. Volunteering at a race is no joke.

However, I didn’t just choose this outfit so I could wear flats. Nope, I chose it because it’s another edition of Style Imitating Art and this week’s selection, chosen by Jess is a mixture of blues, grays, reds, and yellows.

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The blue in the smoke really drew my eye which is why I made it the focal color of my outfit. And I’m just going to go with the fact that the smoke is being blown by the wind as the reason my hair is in my face in today’s photo. It’s windy on the roof of my building!

Now, if you’ll excuse me, I’m going to sit at my desk and enjoy not being on my feet.

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

The Bradamant Bodysuit

Office Appropriate Outfits - Spring

Chicago style blogger, Bradamant bodysuit

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Cardigan – Nordstrom Rack (similar) | Top – Bradamant (same) | Pants –  LOFT via clothing swap (similar) | Belt – Target (same) | Shoes – Bandolino (same) | Earrings – The Limited (similar)

Aaaaand we’re back to real life. It sounds like you all really enjoyed my Chicago Boutique Week last week, though! I hope I can find more local boutiques to partner with. If you know of one, let me know!

After a week of fun in the sun I’m happy that the Chicago weather is cooperating and allowing me to ease back into the chilly temperatures. I mean, look, it’s even warm enough for me to finally break out this sleeveless top I won from Engineering in Style!

I admit, I ordered this top because I thought it looked stunning on the model. And then I put it on and remembered I am not a model. It’s interesting; this top is actually a bodysuit. Anyone else remember those? Remember how we struggled with the crotch snaps? Or is that just me?

Anyway, Bradamant wants to make the bodysuit more luxurious. This one definitely has unique styling and all of their bodysuits have adjustable hook and eye closures (similar to a bra strap) instead of snaps. This top is very well constructed but I think I lack A. the long neck and B. the correctly sized torso to really pull it off. I may try it with higher waisted pants or a skirt next time, even though that may make me look like I have even less of a torso.

At least now I have a tan so that I’m not the same color as the fabric?

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

Stripes and Checks

Office Appropriate Outfits - Spring · Office Appropriate Outfits - Winter

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Chicago style blogger Loop Looks wears striped blazer, navy gingham shirt and gray pants

 Blazer- Express (similar) | Shirt – Gap (similar) | Sweater – Forever 21 (similar) | Pants – The Limited (similar) | Necklace – JF&A Show (similar) | Shoes – 6pm.com (similar)

First, have you voted for your favorite outfit of February yet? I’ll be posting the winner on my Pinterest board next week so get your vote in now!

Second, you may or may not notice that I categorize all my outfit posts with the season. I’ve got Summer, Fall, Winter and Spring. Today’s outfit, though? I’m putting in both Winter and Spring. Why? Because technically you can put March into meteorological spring. But it was snowing when I left the house on Monday morning. And I had to layer a shirt, sweater and a blazer since the air temperature was something like 8 degrees.

So, yes, it’s kind of spring. But it’s also mostly winter. Hence both categories.

Also, I’ve decided that it’s a good thing that Hollywood is in California. I attended an Oscars shindig last night with the Windy City Blogger Collective (you can see pictures of my outfit and hair on Facebook) and trying to navigate the snow, slush and ice in 4” strappy heels was quite the challenge.

And speaking of challenges (gee, I’m just knocking these segues out of the park today, right?), H&K Style Journey and some buddies are currently doing a month long challenge where everyone participating interprets the same outfit each day. As you know, I plan my outfits out a week in advance so I’m not participating this week, but I will be for the rest of the month!

Hey, you guys did tell me you wanted to see more fashion challenges and more Pinterest interpretations! Should be a fun time. Feel free to play along!

P.S. I recently wrote an article about SEO (search engine optimization) for bloggers from a non-expert perspective (meaning in plain language) that you might find helpful! It should be up on the Windy City Blogger’s website today.

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Warmest Work Sweater

Office Appropriate Outfits - Winter

Chicago style blogger, wear to work, purple shawl sweater, gray pants

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Sweater – LOFT (similar) | Shirt – The Limited (similar and super cute!) | Pants – The Limited (similar) | Necklace – The Limited (similar) | Shoes – Nine West (similar)

I shared this outfit last week on Instagram but since it features my warmest sweater and my warmest pair of pants I had to re-wear it again today, the coldest day so far this week.

Also, I need to ask you all a question. See, I don’t wear lipstick on a regular basis, but this week’s Trend Spin was to feature a bold lip. I put on some Red Apple Lipstick before I left the house but then spent my entire commute with my scarf up over my nose and mouth worrying that I was smearing lipstick all over my scarf. So, do you just put on lipstick after you get wherever you’re going?  Please school me in the way of lip color!

Oh, and I know I’m wearing black shoes even though it’s still the January Black Out Challenge. I hope you will all forgive me.

Red Hot Sparkles

Office Appropriate Outfits - Fall

Red blouse, gray dress pants, rhinestone necklace, Chicago office style

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Blouse – Express (similar) | Pants – The Limited (similar) | Shoes – Gabriella Rocha via 6pm.com (similar) | Necklace – JF&A Show (similar)

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….

Other ways I’ve worn these pants and this blouse

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Chicago Bike to Work Week: What to Wear

Office Appropriate Outfits - Summer

Polka dot cardigan, with gray ankle pants and bubble necklace for Bike to Work Week

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Cardigan – The Limited (similar) | Tank – The Limited (similar) |Pants – The Limited (similar) | Necklace – JF&A Show (similar) | Shoes – 6pm.com (similar)

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.

Do you bike? How do you get to work?

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Mutually Inspired Series Day 2: Navy Blazer

Office Appropriate Outfits - Spring

Navy blazer, striped shirt, gray pants, burgundy shoes, gold necklace

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Blazer – J. Crew (similar) | Shirt – The Limited (similar) | Pants – The Limited (similar) | Shoes – Bandolino (similar) | Necklace – The Limited (similar) | Earrings – Stella & Dot via Poshmark

On Day 2 of the Mutually Inspired Series, my nautical-themed outfit echoes Jen’s post “Working the navy” where she paired her navy blazer with stripes and gray pants. And, of course, red shoes!  Without Jen’s influence I probably would have just put on gray shoes and moved on. But the red shoes add some fun color to an otherwise neutral outfit.

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Since I have a professional association meeting today I wanted to dress up a bit. But pairing this blazer with these pants is a bit more fun than wearing a regular suit, don’t you think? Or maybe I just look like I’m going to a Navy event.

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Navy: The Dark Horse of My Closet

Office Appropriate Outfits - Spring

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Blazer – Express (similar under $35) | Top – Gap (similar under $18) | Pants – The Limited (similar under $30) | Shoes – Gabriella Rocha via 6pm.com (similar under $40) | Necklace – JF&A Show (similar under $25)

Do you ever get an idea in your head and you can’t wait to implement it? That’s what happened with this gray and navy outfit.  I realized I hadn’t worn my striped blazer in awhile and got the idea to put it with my gray pants. So I created a Polyvore board to remind me to put the two together. The hardest part? Decided if I wanted to wear my navy crewneck sweater or my navy and white polka dot top.

Obviously I went with the polka dots. But you know, for someone who once despised navy I am continually surprised at how much of it I now have in my closet. Also, believe it or not, a few years ago I bought these pants to wear with one top. Now I want to wear them all the time (although looking at these pictures they need a date with the iron before I wear them again). Crazy how that happens.

Have you ever found yourself wearing a color you didn’t used to wear?

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Similar Is as Similar Does

Office Appropriate Outfits - Spring

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Scarf – Target (similar for $10) | Cardigan – Nordstrom Rack (similar) | Top – Target (similar and only $15!) | Pants – The Limited (similar) | Shoes – Nine West (similar)

One of the first style blogs I started reading was Jill’s Good Life for Less.  At the time she was putting together outfit ideas for people who contacted her and asked for her help. She was nice enough to share many of those outfits with her readers. One outfit with a black blazer, gray slacks, and a purple scarf caught my eye. And, I admit, I spent the next year looking for slate gray dress pants.

Until it hit me – practice what you preach! Okay, so I don’t have dark gray pants. But I do have light gray pants so why not go with that? Duh, Erin.  And, yes, I have a black blazer but sticking with the inspiration not recreation vibe, I decided I wanted to be a bit more casual today and tossed on the cardigan instead. Sometimes you just can’t deal with a blazer, you know? Especially when the only thing on my calendar for today is a coworker’s birthday and more trapeze classes!

Remember, when you see an outfit you like, try first to see if you already have items similar to it in your closet. They may not be exact but I bet in many cases you were drawn to that outfit because you like those colors or styles. And if you already like them, you probably already own something like it!

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