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A little gray angel [SIA Post]

Office Appropriate Outfits - Fall · Style Imitating Art

The last time I went to the Moonfish pop-up I tried on a lot of different things and almost came home with a dark teal cowl necked sweater. And then I saw this beauty and I knew I wanted it instead. Because, as I mentioned, I’m all about the grays and blacks right now. Hence this week’s Style Imitating Art challenge!

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scarf – Moonfish | top – Moonfish | same jeans | same booties

Speaking of Moonfish, the next pop-up is in the city at my friend Annabelle’s store front on November 18th and 19th! That’s right! I love Moonfish so much that I basically brought it to me.

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In other news, work is crazy busy right now and we’re moving towards the busier season for the half marathon I also work for. I’m still helping out Annabelle with her LuLaRoe business and we’re thinking about pivoting a little bit to also use her store front for events (stay tuned for that information).

I’m also still volunteering in a leadership position for Toastmasters and that takes up some time, too. I have a few other things on my plate that I think I need to step back from, though. Do you say “yes” to everything? I’m still working on not doing that!

However, I did say “yes” to attending a magic show event this coming Thursday. We’re supposed to wear cocktail attire! I’ll finally get a chance to bust out a dress I haven’t worn in awhile. Now I just have to pick which one.

And don’t forget you can still submit your outfit inspired by this week’s artwork pick. Just snap a photo and email it to me at looplooks@gmail.com by Tuesday evening. You don’t have to use a fancy camera; a camera phone works just fine! Chewie told me he wants you to participate.

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A different pop of green

Casual Friday · Office Appropriate Outfits - Winter

It’s been all about green here on the blog lately so here’s an outfit without any green in it. I mean, it’s surrounded by green, but the outfit itself is mostly gray.

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Jacket – Macy’s (similar) | Sweater – Express (similar) | Jeans – American Eagle Outfitters (same) | Boots – H by Hudson c/o Shopbop (similar)

Yes, these are the last of my photos from the Garfield Park Conservatory. For now, anyway, I definitely want to go back in the summer and get some outdoor photos, too!

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And, in case you needed it, here’s some proof that I actually wore this outfit to wander around the conservatory. Sans jacket, of course. I think I mentioned it was warm in there!

I also wore this outfit to work. I like this moto jacket because it functions more like a blazer than a jacket. This way I can wear it over something but still take it off and have a complete outfit underneath. In this case I kept the outfit simple with just my watch as my jewelry. In the past, though, I’ve also paired it with pearls, pink, and professional looks.

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Outfit Fail

Casual Clothes · Casual Friday

Ever put on an outfit and then realize, after the fact, that it is just NOT working for you? Yeah, that was this one.

I tried to emulate this casual outfit that seems to be made of simple pieces: button up, sweater, scarf, jeans and flats.

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Sweater – Old Navy (similar) | Shirt – The Limited (similar) | Scarf – Kohl’s (similar) | Jeans – Old Navy (same) | Shoes – J. Crew Factory (similar)

I think, though, that is one of those cases where it really comes down to the fit of the individual pieces. Especially, in this outfit, the length of the white shirt. Mine is just too short. Maybe if I had this one it would have balanced out the squareness of the sweater.

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Or maybe if I hadn’t worn my jeggings and instead stuck to regular jeans I wouldn’t feel like a toothpick with a marshmallow on top.

Either way, I think this is an outfit that I will be trying again but with other pieces. What do you think?

 

The White Jeans Whale

Casual Friday · Office Appropriate Outfits - Spring

About two years ago I decided I needed white jeans. However, I wanted the PERFECT white jeans. My criteria? Not so tight in the thighs that they looked painted on. Not too tight in the ankles (no jeggings, please). And not see-thru.

You would not believe how difficult it was to find a pair that fit all these criteria! I think I went to almost every store in Chicago. And then I ventured into Bloomingdale’s. I felt really, REALLY out of place in there but, lo and behold, I found my perfect white jeans. And paid an arm and a leg for them. Or, I guess, two legs.

gray-sweater-white-jeans-2Jeans – Adriano Goldschmied via Bloomingdale’s (same) | Sweater – Old Navy (similar) | Scarf – DSW (similar) | Boots – Sam Edelman c/o Shopbop (same)

I love these jeans, though. I paid full price for them and, while at the time I thought it was a ridiculous amount to pay, I’ve worn them enough that I’m pretty sure the cost-per-wear is pennies by this point.

That’s why I chose them for my Top 10 Remix. White jeans may not be the most crazy item in my closet and they might not scream “Erin” like, say, my leopard print flats, but I did search high and low for them and would be super duper upset if they got ruined.

Thank goodness I found another pair that ticked all the boxes at LOFT. Those are now my extra pair in case something does happen to this! But, let’s all keep our fingers crossed that these particular jeans last a good while longer.

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This is real life

Casual Clothes

Chicago finally thawed out this weekend so now it’s rain boots and slightly lighter jackets. Before all the snow melted, though, it was definitely still heavy duty winter boots season. Especially when you take the dog to the dog park.

gray-sweater-black-scarf-2Sweater – Old Navy (similar) | Scarf – gift (similar) | Jeans – Express (similar) | Boots – Sorel (similar) | Belt – Old Navy (similar)

This outfit may not be the most interesting, the most put-together, or the most fashion forward. In fact, it’s kind of frumpy and schlubby. However, it IS functional. I had on a long-sleeved top underneath the sweater and leggings under my jeans and BAM I’m perfectly comfy to stand outside while my dog plays.

And, to be honest, I really liked this outfit. Sure, I could have worn jeans and a hoodie, but I’m actually more uncomfortable when I dress like that. So, sweater and scarf it is.

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Pinterest Parallels [Vol. 5]

Casual Friday · Office Appropriate Outfits - Winter · Pinterest Parallels

If you use Pinterest you know that it tells you when people have also “pinned” something you’ve pinned. Over the past few months I have two pins in particular that have exploded with being “re-pinned.” Both are outfits I saved as inspiration from other blogs and both are quite simple. So, I figured that today I’d show you one of them and how I decided to make it a reality with my wardrobe.

This pink gingham shirt, gray sweater, and black dress pants outfit as originally see on Outfit Posts isn’t that earth-shattering. I mean, I wear a sweater over a button-up at least once a week. In fact, I just wore this pink gingham shirt last week!

But, today, I paired it with a solid gray sweater and black jeans (instead of dress pants) as my homage to MK.

pink-gingham-shirt-gray-sweater-1Shirt – J. Crew Factory (similar) | Sweater – Gap (similar) | Jeans – American Eagle Outfitters (same) | Booties Sam Edelman c/o Shopbop (same) | Necklace – Express (similar)

pink-gingham-shirt-gray-sweater-3At my previous job I would have rocked the dress pants and the heels. But at my current gig black jeans and booties felt more appropriate.

And looking at MK’s original outfit and my parallel I have to say the the wider leg dress pants really help balance out the layers on top. Also, I think her darker gray sweater helps with the color balance between the black pants and the pink. It’s a nicer transition than my lighter gray sweater. Admittedly, I tried this outfit with a darker gray sweater that I have but that one is a v-neck and I just wasn’t feeling the v-neck with the button up and a necklace.

Still, I clearly like the concept and it’s not one that too foreign to me. But trying to parallel the original outfit helps me figure out why some outfits work and some just miss the mark.

What are your thoughts on this particular parallel?

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Post-Christmas Greens

Casual Clothes · Casual Friday

I hope everyone is enjoying the end of their year! This is the first time in six years that I haven’t had the week between Christmas and New Year’s off and trying to fit in all the things I  used to do during that time is….interesting. I was so spoiled!

Anyway, I had a great time celebrating Christmas with my family and thankfully my stomach bug cleared up so I was able to eat whatever I wanted. Which is why I was grateful for this incredibly comfy sweater.

olive-vest-gray-sweater-1Vest – Old Navy (swapped with Jen) (similar) | Sweater – Old Navy (same) | Jeans – American Eagle Outfitters (same) | Booties – Sam Edelman c/o Shopbop (same) | Scarf – gift (similar)

I bought this sweater on a whim at Old Navy one day and hadn’t really worn it much. But when I layered it over a white tank top I never wanted to take it off.

This outfit isn’t particularly ground-breaking or anything but it’s a good example of my casual style. Also, I’ve really been into vests this winter. And sweaters. But, I mean, winter in Illinois means sweaters.

It also means gifts. How’s that for a segue? I’m hoping to get my usual budget/gift post up this week (I know. You’ll just die without it.) but remember that previously mentioned no time off work? Yeah.

Maybe I’ll put it up on New Year’s Day when no one’s reading anyway 🙂

One Piece, Many Ways: Gray Sweaters

Office Appropriate Outfits - Fall · Office Appropriate Outfits - Winter

This week Jen at Fashionably Employed has been talking about being a conscious consumer and shopping thrift stores, adding classic pieces that will last many years, and learning more about where your clothes come from. To celebrate her week of thinking about all of this she invited readers to participate in a One Piece, Many Ways link-up.

I admit that I do buy “fast fashion” but I also have items in my wardrobe that were purchased second-hand or have been around for years and still get worn. Some of those ancient items include my gray sweaters. I have two gray turtlenecks and one gray crewneck sweater, all of which were purchased YEARS ago. The gray turtlenecks in particular are probably close to 10 years old and still going strong.

Nine gray sweater outfits

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I also think it’s appropriate that I’m highlighting my gray sweaters today because I’m actually re-wearing the gray sweater and white jeans outfit today to have my picture taken for Crain’s Chicago!  I’ll be sure to post the link when the article goes live.

Gray sweater with white jeans and black boots

Gray Pall

Office Appropriate Outfits - Fall · Style Imitating Art

I had every intention of participating in this week’s Style Imitating Art challenge but man, sometimes life just gets in the way. For example, I had visions of wearing my black sweater with my faux leather pants and black booties but I couldn’t find my black sweater. So then I switched it up with this outfit, took pictures, but then didn’t have time to blog until now!

Gray sweater with white jeans and black boots

Sweater – Gap (similar) | Shirt – The Limited via Poshmark (similar) | Jeans – Adriano Goldschmeid (same) | Boots – Cole Haan (similar) | Necklace c/o fibi & clo (same in maroon

And then I had all kinds of issues with this outfit. The jeans bunched up at my knees with these boots. I feel that the boots are too pointy for what’s in style right now (although, since these are the most expensive shoes I own, I don’t think I’ll be replacing them any time soon). And then I was having troubles taking pictures because it was so sunny.

Sigh. Difficulties all around. Ah, well. I suppose if that’s the worst part of my life right now I’m doing pretty well, don’t you think?

Grey sweater with striped blouse and black boots

Neutral Day

Office Appropriate Outfits - Winter

Chicago Style Blogger Loop Looks wears a gray turtleneck sweater with camel faux leather skirt
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Sweater – H&M (similar) | Skirt – The Limited (similar) | Necklace – The Limited (similar) | Tights – Walmart (similar) | Shoes – 6pm.com (similar)

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!

Gray turtleneck with tan faux leather skirt, tights, and heels. Chicago style blogger.

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