Welcome to day two of my participation in the Pinned It and Did It challenge. Believe it or not, today’s cobalt and gray outfit was kind of a struggle for me to put together.
Why? Here’s why.
1. I only own one pair of gray pants. Okay, technically I now own two after picking up a second pair at a clothing swap this weekend. However, both pairs are more of a bootcut or flared leg as opposed to a straight leg. And right now I’m more into wearing blazers with straight legged pants. I plan to get the pair I grabbed this weekend altered but, obviously, that wasn’t going to happen before today.
2. Which means I was really excited when the cobalt blue cardigan I ordered from the massive J. Crew sale last week arrived earlier than expected. “Yes!” I thought. “I can wear that with my gray pants!” Sadly, when I opened the package this is what I saw instead:
That is NOT cobalt blue! I immediately called J. Crew but the cobalt blue one was sold out. She offered to replace it with this one for the same price. It’s also blue but not quite as saturated. I decided to go for it but it hasn’t arrived yet.
Which is when I realized that, hey, I own a gray skirt! And since it’s actually above freezing so far this week I can wear it and not die of exposure. So that’s what I did. Obviously.
Also, I was totally going to wear my leopard print heels to echo the inspiration photo’s leopard print flats, but at the last minute I decided my zebra print shoes needed some love. They’re still animal print, though, so it totally counts.
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?
Shirt – Old Navy (similar) | Skirt – The Limited (similar) | Shoes – Vince Camuto (same) | Cardigan – Nordstrom Rack (similar) | Necklace – Macy’s (similar) | Bracelet – House of Gemmes (same)
I love today’s inspiration photo from Two Birds Inspiration Monday. A striped shirt under a tweed or boucle jacket, distressed jeans, a scarf tied to her purse.
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Unfortunately, our cool spell seems to be ending so I skipped the fun jacket and went for a boring cardigan. However, this inspiration photo made me think about wearing my gray pencil skirt instead of black one which I normally would have gravitated towards with this shirt.
So, I mean, my outfit is pretty typical office wear. A pencil skirt, a shirt, and a cardigan. Nothing groundbreaking. But I’d like to think the gray skirt gives it a little bit more visual interest than a plain black and white one! You know, shades of gray and all that.
Did you know that my very first You Pick Wednesday post was helping Jen figure out fun ways to wear her striped blazer? She’s gone on to create some fun outfits with hers so I thought I would give a nod to history for today’s Mutually Inspired Series post and showcase a way that she created to wear her striped blazer.
I kept the same silhouette with the pencil skirt and blazer and also stuck to the same color palate with gray and magenta. At first I was struggling a bit to figure out how I was going to recreate this outfit because while I have similarly colored tops I didn’t know how to make any of them work. But then it struck me: wear a tank top over a collared shirt! So, that’s what I did.
Yes, this is a tank-top that has almost gone to the donation pile a few times. In this case, though, I’m glad I held into it because it was fun to give it new life as a vest! Sure, I could have worn the tank top by itself but I thought that layering it over the white shirt gave it more visual interest and dressed it up a bit more just like Jen did by adding that little bit of white to her original outfit.
What do you think? Would you ever turn a tank top into a vest?
So, today is Valentine’s Day. Are you celebrating it in any way? My big plan for the day is to go to work, come home, go to the gym, and then make Italian Wedding Soup for dinner. However, on Friday evening my husband and I are going to a trapeze class!
As you can probably tell, we’re not big into a romantic, mushy Valentine’s Day display over here. I still like to wear a little something to acknowledge the holiday, though. Last year I wore pink. This year I decided on red. But by pairing it with navy and gray it keeps it from screaming “I’m dressed up for the holiday!”
This could be a very blah outfit. Just a cardigan, a pencil skirt, and a blouse. But the pattern on the blouse amps it up a little bit. Keep that mind when you’re shopping or getting dressed. A little bit of pattern can go a long way.
You know what else goes a long way? Wind. It was SO WINDY when I was taking these photos. My husband caught my frustration with the wind on camera.
Jacket – Express via MJRsales.com (similar)| Turtleneck – Old Navy (similar) | Skirt – The Limited (similar) | Boots – Cole Haan (similar) | Necklace – Gift
Tonight I’m planning on attending the House of Gemmes Holiday Soiree and wanted to wear something a little bit fun. So I decided to make sequins office-appropriate! Okay, maybe this wouldn’t fly in a more conservative office, but by pairing the sequined jacket with a simple turtleneck and a gray skirt it goes from night to day without looking too ridiculous.
Now, if I’ve paired this jacket with a black skirt and a more low-cut top then it would fall into the evening wear category. But just by toning down what it’s paired with you can extend the items in your wardrobe and make them work for multiple occasions.
I chose to wear simple jewelry for the same reason. Well, that and I received this necklace as a gift from my friend Kim on Tuesday night and haven’t wanted to take it off since.
P.S. It was cold and windy in my photo studio today.
P.P.S. I’m being featured on Franish today in her “Behind the Blog” series where you can learn a bit more about why I started blogging and other behind-the-scenes stuff!
I originally had on a skinny belt with this outfit but at the last minute took it off. I just felt more streamlined in the outfit sans belt.
Also, I can’t believe I’ve never worn this combination of sweater and skirt before. I always wore this sweater and shirt with black pants. But now I love it with the gray skirt! Just goes to show you that breaking out of your clothing rut results in some awesome finds!
Another warm day, another skirt sans tights. And another day where a good chunk of my outfit came from the same store. The Limited just makes it so easy since so many of their pieces coordinate nicely!
Do you gravitate towards the same stores over and over again? Where’s your favorite place to shop?
See that strip of sunlight on my file cabinet? Leap Day has gifted downtown Chicago with sun! In fact, it’s so nice here today that I was able to leave my winter coat at home and, instead, just throw on my blue blazer.
Blazer – Forever 21
The black and gray starred top is a little too blousy for my tastes but since I bought it on super clearance with a gift card I couldn’t pass it up. I love stars! Maybe I’ll take some of that money I saved and it get it tailored.
Finally, it’s probably warm enough outside to go bare-legged. But, after months of it being too chilly to go out sans legwear it’s hard to get out of that habit!