Before I had a style blog, before I even knew what Pinterest was, I saved an image on my computer from the Banana Republic website. I loved the preppy, equestrian vibe it had going on. I even sent the picture to another style blogger I read at the time to see if she would be willing to show me how to interpret it with items that didn’t require dropping a whole paycheck at Banana Republic. She told me she didn’t wear much red and that was that.
I recently re-discovered this image saved on my computer and THEN I learned you can upload photos to Pinterest! That they don’t have to already be on another website to “pin” them. Look, I may be book smart but I’m still learning about all these new-fangled Internet things.
Anyway, while perusing my pins for something to recreate for today’s Copycats Friday
from Frills for Thrills
I saw this pin and the light bulb went off. I now have all those items! In fact, I’ve had the gray blazer since September
and all the other items for much longer but this week was when they finally all came together in my head.
Which is why you should totally save images of outfits that catch your eye even if you don’t have the items to recreate them at that exact moment!
You probably have a sleeveless dress in your closet, right? Have you ever worn it in winter? Sure, you could wear it over a button-down collared shirt but what about wearing it over a turtleneck? I have no idea why it took me so long to pair these two items together, but now that I have I think I’ve opened up an entirely new area of my closet. You mean I don’t have to buy long-sleeved dresses for the winter??
Now, this doesn’t necessarily mean every single dress can be worn with something underneath. It probably works better with more tailored dresses. Although, admittedly, I haven’t tried this pairing with any other dresses in my closet.
Still, I’m excited to find new ways to wear my “summer” dresses in the colder months of the year.
By now you probably all know my rule of three: wearing three things makes your outfits look more put-together. However, I’m breaking my own rule today and wearing just this simple purple dress. And why, exactly, am I doing that?
I’ve actually had an outfit with a similar purple dress saved on my computer for at least a year and I recently uploaded it to Pinterest. Then I was in The Limited this past weekend with some friends. I saw this dress on the final sale rack but decided that it probably wouldn’t look good on me. Too shapeless, perhaps. But Kelsey tried it on and fell in love with it…but it was too short on her! Someone else try it on, she pleaded! It needs a good home! So, on it went. And in love I fell.
The design on the neckline gives it enough interest that I felt as though a necklace would be competing with it. So I went with bigger earrings and my usual black boots and kept the dress plain and simple.
Unfortunately, our weather in Chicago today is pretty chilly so cropped pants with cute flats, sandals or strappy heels was just not going to cut it. So, I employed my usual fix for cropped pants in chilly weather: knee high boots! This is a great way to extend the wearability of cropped pants when you live in a climate that isn’t warm enough to wear them alone year-round.
Also, if you’re feeling gun shy about colored pants green is probably a good color to start with. It’s not as bright as red or orange but it’s still fun. Pair it with a neutral colored top like black, navy or white and you’ll be good to go!
BONUS: I attended the Dots
spring and summer launch party last night and took some pics of the outfits I created. I’ll do a full recap when the professional photos are released but until then check out my album on my Facebook page!
In honor of today’s What I Wore challenge
I decided to go a little stripe crazy here at Loop Looks! Today you can check out a whole bunch of other looks featuring stripes over at What I Wore! I submitted two of my more recent stripes outfits.
Actually, almost all my outfits with stripes are recent seeing as I owned exactly one article of striped clothing (not counting pinstripes) prior to this year.
But now stripes are one of my favorite things to wear. So here’s a little tribute to the stripes in my closet I’ve worn over the past few months.
Today was the annual Chicago Area Runners Association awards banquet. It was actually a luncheon, though, so I had no idea what to wear! I didn’t want to be too dressy but I also didn’t want to be too casual. Once again, my nightmare scenario. I originally had on a black and white dress with a black cardigan, black knee high heeled boots, and a belt. I felt way too matronly. After pondering my options I ended up with the outfit above. More “fun” even if it was a bit dressier than I was going for.
How about you? If you had a lunch-time awards banquet to attend what would you wear?