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Crazy Weather, Crazy Pants

•• Office Appropriate Outfits - Summer

Earlier this week you would not have believed it was August. I was wearing a sweater, In August. In Chicago. This is crazy.

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Sweater – Loft via Goodwill (similar) | Pants – The Limited (similar) | Shoes – DSW (similar) | Necklace – clothing swap (similar)

Oh yeah, I also got my hairs cut. I hadn’t done anything to my hair since November and I figured it was time. I seem to be back in the rut of letting it grow out and then getting it all chopped off. I’m kind of digging it short, though.

I was worried that it would look ridiculous after a lunch-time sweat-fest (aka the gym) but it turns out that when it’s short like this it just sort of does it’s own thing and I kinda like it!

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Very Little Orphan Annie meets The Great Gatsby, no?

Anyway, I honestly can’t remember the last time I wore my black cropped pants. Let me check. Hold on….

Oh wait. It was here. I highly recommend you don’t click that link. It’s pretty horrible. Anyway, it’s been over a year. Crazy to think that black cropped pants used to be  a work wardrobe staple!

  

Simple but Good

•• Office Appropriate Outfits - Summer

As I mentioned yesterday, I’m still figuring out how to make time for everything in my life now that my husband and I both have new jobs and we have this new, crazy, neurotic puppy. One of the ways I’ve figured out is that I can get my workout in during my lunch hour at the gym in my building.

Striped shirt with black pleated skirt

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The gym isn’t included as one of our perks or anything, it just happens to be one of the gyms included in my Gymphoria membership. Works out well for me, right?

And, of course, on days I work out at lunch I need the fastest, easiest to throw on clothes. Which means that this outfit is pretty simple but gets the job done. Stripes, pleats leopard and pearls. Sounds good to me.

Especially after I kill myself in a kettlebell class. I took it last week and could barely walk for three days. Hurts so good.

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Limited Edition

•• Office Appropriate Outfits - Spring

Some times I put on an outfit and don’t even realize until after the fact that it’s all from the same store. Case in point: today’s outfit. Everything but the shoes (and my watch. and the Fitbit, of course) is from The Limited. I guess when you like something you really like something.

Black blazer with black shell and red pants, Chicago style blogger, how to wear red pants to the office

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Blazer – The Limited (same) | Shirt – The Limited (similar) | Pants – The Limited (similar) | Shoes – Jessica Simpson via DSW (same) | Necklace – The Limited (similar) | Earrings – The Limited (similar)

I’ve actually worn a very similar outfit to work before but in that case I wore my black and white striped tee instead of going for the all-black look. Today I wanted to be a bit more streamlined. Sometimes mixing up patterns is fun and other times you want to be a bit more classic.

I also wanted to wear flats. As you saw yesterday, I ran another half marathon and my feet just needed a break from heels. Plus, I actually wore this outfit yesterday which was my office’s annual outing to Fogo de Chao aka The Meat Olympics. If you’ve never been to a Brazilian Steakhouse you are missing out on the gut-busting gluttony of all you can eat meat, salad, and sides. The waistband of these pants is actually a tad bit too big. Which, of course, makes it perfect for housing a food baby.

Chicago style blogger wears red pants to work

  

Friday Stripes

•• Casual Friday - Office Appropriate Outfits - Spring

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Blouse – The Limited via Poshmark (similar) | Jeans – The Limited (similar) | Cardigan – The Limited (similar) | Shoes – Jessica Simpson via DSW (same) | Necklace – clothing swap (similar)

Hello there, Friday! Hello there, schizophrenic weather! Hello there, post-run ponytail!

I actually took these photos on my way to my Thursday evening class and had every intent of showing you how the outfit looked with the cardigan on, but it was way too hot outside. And considering I went for a run at lunch and it took me forever to stop sweating (even after taking a cool shower!) I was not about to make myself hot again.

Thankfully, the cardigan came in handy once I was in class since it’s A. in a computer lab and B. I sit directly underneath a vent. AKA it’s FREEZING in there.

By the way, I’m not getting a third college degree. I’m just taking classes for fun. Unfortunately, this class isn’t going over exactly what I wanted to learn (CSS, by the way) but I have learned a few WordPress tweaks and am in the middle of building a site for the Wurst Running Club Ever for my final project.

I lead an exciting life, don’t I?

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Black Denim Leopard

•• Casual Friday - Office Appropriate Outfits - Fall

Casual Friday Outfit, Chicago fall, chambray, leopard print, jeans, black blazer

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Blazer – The Limited (similar) | Shirt – Target (similar) | Jeans – The Limited (similar) | Scarf – NYC street vendor (similar) | Shoes – Lucky Brand (similar) | Watch – Groopdealz (similar)

Oh, I know. Let’s not go too crazy and wear a black blazer in a different outfit! But, hey, admittedly, yesterday’s outfit didn’t leave me a lot to work with for the Take One, Pass It On Challenge. I mean, there’s only so many things you can do with black pants, a black blazer, and black heels, right? However, I love the idea of wearing a blazer for a casual outfit. In fact, I do it WAY too often. But, really, a blazer can take a weekend outfit and turn it into a Casual Friday outfit with minimal effort. I know, it’s not ground breaking. But not every outfit or tip can be.

Besides, I decided that in honor of Just Another Smith’s leopard challenge this week I was going to try and wear ALL my leopard print accessories. Scarf? Check. Watch? Check. Shoes? Check. Admittedly I couldn’t figure out how to wear both my leopard flats AND my leopard heels so I went with flats. I mean, it is Friday after all.

And speaking of Friday, here’s the round-up of the outfits for the second week of the Take One, Pass It On Challenge!

Take One, Pass It On Challenge Week 2

P.S. This door I’m standing in front of? It used to be red. I miss my red door.

Casual Friday Outfit, Chicago fall, chambray, leopard print, jeans, black blazerAlso linking up with AJ Wears Clothes

  

Green with Envy

•• Office Appropriate Outfits - Spring

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Blazer – Macy’s (similar) | Shirt – Gap (similar) | Pants – Express (similar) | Shoes – Lucky Brand via Marshall’s (similar) | Necklace – JF&A Show (similar)

First, I need to get a shout-out to Katie for inspiring me to put together my camel blazer with my green pants. She wore it first and wore it well, I must say. My outfit is basically a blatant copy but, hey, that’s the sincerest form of flattery, right? Or is that just what we tell ourselves when we’re feeling uninspired? Anyway, I loved the color pairing so much that I wanted to wear it, too.

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I also used my own trick of adding an ankle bracelet between the clasps of my necklace to make it longer. Such a great way to get more use out of a necklace. And, yes, I’m one again pairing leopard print with brightly colored pants. I don’t know why I love to combine the two, but it always looks great to my eye. Especially when paired with neutrals on top.

  

Bright Colors, Bright Pants

•• Office Appropriate Outfits - Spring

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Cardigan – Target (similar) | Shirt – The Limited (similar) |Pants – LOFT (similar) | Shoes – Lucky Brand via Marshall’s (similar for $12!) | Bracelet – Gorjana

Today I’m actually contributing over at Work Your Wardrobe with some hints about how to wear colored pants. Since I’m featuring my cobalt blue pants over there I thought I’d show you a few more looks here.

 

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Outfit 1 | Outfit 2 | Outfit 3

Still not a fan of colored pants? What about colored skirts? All the same advice applies!

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Have cobalt pants or a skirt in your closet and looking for some other outfit inspirations? Here are a few of my favorites that I will be recreating in the future!

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And don’t forget! Any time you have a style question you can ask and I’ll feature it on You Pick Wednesday!

  

How I Get Dressed

•• Casual Friday - Office Appropriate Outfits - Spring

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Blazer – J. Crew (similar under $35) | Shirt – The Limited (similar) | Scarf – JF&A Trade Show (similar) | Earrings – The Limited | Jeans – Gap Factory Outlet (similar) | Shoes – Lucky Brand via Marshall’s (similar)

Hooray for Friday! Seriously, this week has felt 1,000 years long, am I right? At least I had one piece of this outfit planned out when I heard that today’s Friday Fancies theme was lace. Throw on my lace top with jeans and a blazer and I’m good to go. At least, I thought I was.  I originally planned to wear this outfit with either my nude heels or my nude, gold studded flats, but I feel like I’ve been wearing those nude flats all the time! I  wanted to give some love to something else in my closet. Hence the leopard print flats.

And then I was struggling with what necklace to wear. Finally it struck me: wear a scarf. Wear this floral scarf, actually. It hasn’t gotten love on the blog and I thought it contrasted nicely with the lace and the leopard.

So, there you go. My thought process when getting dressed.  Seriously, throw a scarf and a blazer on with just about anything and your outfit will go from “eh” to “yeah”!

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Also linking up with Two Thirty-Five Designs

  

Gingham and Sparkle

•• Casual Clothes - Office Appropriate Outfits - Winter

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Shirt – H & M (similar on sale!) | Sweater – Gap (similar) | Jeans – Express | Shoes – Lucky Brand via Marshall’s (similar) | Necklace – JF&A Tradeshow (similar)

I bought this shirt because I wanted something in pink gingham.  I got this sweater as a gift and never knew what to wear it with.  I bought this necklace because I’d seen something similar online and loved the way it looked with various outfits.  But it wasn’t until I saw images on Pinterest that I got the idea to wear them all together.

Some people will tell you that you should only buy pieces if you know exactly what you’re going to wear them with.  Can you make three outfits with it off the top of your head?  Then you should get it.  I sort-of subscribe to this theory.  But, I also love finding new ways to wear the items in my closet that I didn’t think of when I purchased or received the items.  There is so much inspiration available that I don’t think you should leave something out of your closet just because you couldn’t think of a way to wear it. Just commit to looking for ideas and you’re bound to find that it works in your wardrobe perfectly.

Also, you may notice that I’m wearing jeans on a Thursday.  That’s because this is my  Friday.  I’m off work starting this afternoon until January 2nd.  I’ve got some fun guest posts scheduled for next week, though, don’t you worry!

P.S.  Thanks to my girlfriends who suggested I try Express for “skinny” jeans that aren’t as tight on my ankle or calves.  The Stella fit are perfect if you’re looking for something similar!

  

The Fingertip Rule

•• Office Appropriate Outfits - Fall

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Dress – Express (similar) | Necklaces – J. Crew via Poshmark (similar) | Shoes – Lucky Brand via Marshall’s (similar)

 

After yesterday’s dress code discussion I admit I felt a bit odd going to work in what is essentially an outfit that pushes the envelope of a professional dress code.  But, considering my only work obligation was a meeting on our more casual campus and then I was off to the JF&A Show (post on Sunday!) I felt I could get away with it.

Plus, the dress does meet the fingertip criteria.  What’s that?  If a dress or skirt is longer than your fingertips when your arm is hanging by your side then it’s not too short.

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Okay, maybe it’s still too short for work for many people but for the day I had planned it worked okay.

Also, did you notice the pattern mixing with the stripes and the leopard print?  I have a post coming up next Wednesday on pattern mixing!