I don’t know what it is about monochrome looks but I really like them. Yesterday was burgundy and today is winter white and neutrals. I’m in the car again today but I have a 3:00 PM meeting back at my office so, once again, I need to go from a three hour car trip to work with minimal fuss. This outfit combines all the things I need for that. Comfortable, warmth, classy, but with a bit of sass.
Plus, you know how you might believe that wearing all black makes you feel taller and thinner? I actually think it’s even more true for white and neutrals. I feel super tall and super powerful in this outfit. Maybe winter white is my power color!
Sometimes when you’re getting dressed you have a vision. A vision of exactly what an outfit should look like. When I put this outfit on I wanted to look as effortless as Fran in her similar outfit. However, I also had a vision of what shoes I wanted to wear. And I wanted these. I wanted them so badly.
THEY ARE SO CUTE! And they don’t have my size anywhere. I even called Macy’s all over the country trying to locate them. No luck. So, I turn to you hive mind of the internet. If you can locate the Lucky Brand Swayze Wedge Bootie in leopard in a size 8 I will give you….something amazing. Of course, I will reimburse you for shipping and purchase price if you find them in person.
Needless to say, I’m on the hunt for [faux] leopard.
Blazer – The Limited (similar) | Shirt – J. Crew (similar) | Jeans – The Limited (similar) | Shoes – Karen Scott via Macy’s (similar) | Bracelet – gift (Armani Exchange) | Necklace – The Limited (similar)
Since this is my last day in the office until January I wanted to wear something Christmas-y! And in this outfit not only are the colors very holiday-esque but the shirt was a Christmas gift from my dad last year and the bracelet was a Christmas gift from my boss that I got yesterday. Isn’t she the best? She’s definitely one of my style icons so I love it when she gives me jewelry. I think she actually has this same bracelet!
Anyway, because I’m not in the office next week and will instead be spending the days with my family I don’t expect to be posting. So, if I don’t chat with you before January, have a great holiday (or a great rest of December if you’re already done celebrating).
Dress – The Limited (similar) | Shoes – Karen Scott via Macy’s (similar) | Chandelier earrings – The Limited (similar) | Watch – Groopdealz (similar)
Let’s talk about tights. They are a necessity in the winter here in Chicago. At least, if you don’t want to spend the entire winter in pants. I mean, there’s nothing wrong with pants but, dang, sometimes you just want to wear a pretty dress and not freeze to death you know?
Finding tights that fit can be a challenge. I always buy mine a size larger than the size chart on the packaging dictates and even then I typically take scissors to the waistband and cut four vertical slits (front, back and sides) to cut down on the sausage-casing squeeze so many tights produce.
And then, I almost always match my shoes to my tights. Black tights? Black shoes. Gray tights? Gray shoes. Brown tights? You get the picture. Why? Because I think it elongates the leg and keeps the outfit more streamlined. But today I threw caution to the wind and wore my leopard prints shoes with my black tights. And actually kind of liked it.
I’ve done this once before and I didn’t like it that time. I think because the rest of the outfit was too busy for me visually. But this time with the solid purple dress and simple gold jewelry it’s much less jarring.
So, there’s my tip for the day. Match your shoes to your tights or, if you’re not going to, keep the rest of your outfit a solid color and let the shoes be the star.
Cardigan – The Limited (similar) | Shirt – Banana Republic (similar) | Jeans – Old Navy (similar) | Shoes – Karen Scott via Macy’s (similar) | Bracelet – Chicago blogger clothing swap (similar)
Another day, another Pinterest-inspired outfit. But, really, I don’t think the outfit is the star of the show here. I mean, are you really looking at me? Or are you looking at the big green monster glaring menacingly out at you?
This is the Big Monster Toy Company and it’s located within walking distance of my apartment building. One of my favorite parts about being a runner is that I find all kinds of neat places in my neighborhood when I’m out for a run. Or, heck, even when I’m just out for a walk or a bike ride to Goodwill, one of the fitness studios, or to a friend’s place. I come across places like this and decide they need to be the backdrop for an outfit photo. This week just happened to be the day that worked out to head over there and take pictures.
But, okay, I’ll talk about my outfit. I admit that it took me a long time to figure out how to wear a button-up shirt underneath a cardigan. I always felt like it would be too lumpy or the arms would be too tight or something like that. The key? Making sure you don’t buy your cardigans super skin-tight! I think that it’s a tough transition to make from junior’s to “women’s” clothing. Junior’s clothing is cut to fit tighter so even after we’re out of the Junior’s we keep buying clothes that don’t allow for layering. At least, I know I’m guilty of this. Thankfully I’ve finally figured out that it’s okay to buy some things one size larger to allow for a better fit. Ignore the number, go for how it fits you!
Of course, we’re all still kids at heart, right? Even if our clothes no longer come from the Junior’s department.
If you follow me on Instagram (which I am TRYING to remember to use more often) you might remember that I basically wore this same outfit last Friday. However, I was working from home so I figured that it needed an actual office outing. So, for work I added the bubble necklace, the bracelet and swapped out my leopard print flats for leopard print heels. And when it gets cooler outside? I’ll add my leopard print scarf!
I really don’t know what it is about stripes that make me think to pair them with leopard print, but I still contend that it’s the easiest way to get into pattern mixing.
P.S. The above picture is to show you why I don’t take pictures in my apartment if I can help it. The lighting is HORRIBLE.
I’m still recovering from my crazy two day, 195-mile, 12 person relay race which means I completely forgot my camera this AM. And my photographer is studying for finals (yay for being married to a college student!) so we didn’t take pictures in advance. But, thankfully, you don’t have to be left with this sorry photo collage of what I’m wearing today. Nope, you can head over to the other Chicago Erin at Color Me Styled and read my guest post on what I’m planning to pack for vacation next week!
Good morning! How was your weekend? Mine was super busy. It included, in no particular order: running with Anne, riding my bike, getting a new tattoo, making cookies for a bake sale, re-decorating Kelsey’s kitchen with pictures of Nicholas Cage (don’t ask), having brunch with my parents, and helping Valerie with blog stuff. So, as you can see, I didn’t have a lot of time to think about what to wear for the week.
So, once again, I depended on Two Birds and their Inspiration Monday photos. If only we could all look like Gwen Stefani every day, right?
I’ve had all of these clothing pieces in my closet for a long time. I keep wavering on whether or not to keep the cardigan and then it keeps staying. The top is starting to feel too short and I may be looking to replace it soon. Funny, isn’t it, how items can feel perfect for years and then one day you put them on and you think, “Eh, this isn’t really what I like any more.”
Still, for a sleepy Monday morning an easy all black outfit with a few interesting accessories was simple to pull together. I used to love wearing all black and now it’s not really my style, either. But for the sake of not having to think, I’ll just go with Gwen.
Today is the Third Thursday link-up at Work Clothes, I Suppose and I had grand plans of recreating an outfit that Bri herself had inspired me to wear. However, I totally failed and recreated the wrong red pants outfit! Instead, I put together an outfit similar to one I saw last fall on Lily Says Go. Either way, it’s red pants and a camel blazer with leopard shoes. I just wore chambray instead of my gold polka dot top. And now I have that outfit to look forward to!
Anyway, today’s Third Thursday theme is “Work Wear”. Considering I wear what I think of as “work wear” every day, this isn’t a stretch. But I think the fact that I paired two pieces that could be considered slightly casual (cropped pants, chambray-ish shirt) but added heels and a blazer that my outfit is work appropriate without being traditional.
I mean, I own several suits (and have even worn them on the blogonoccasion) but I think that’s an easy cop-out! One of my goals for this blog is to help women dress for work without feeling constrained by traditional work outfits! So, wear those red pants, add those leopard heels, wear something other than black! You can do it, I promise.
First, thanks to the 37 of you who filled out my reader survey! I was hoping for a few more but, hey, that’s about 20% of my daily page views and my psychology degree tells me that 20% is a good number to hit! So that’s pretty awesome!
And, of course, since it’s no fun to fill out a survey if you don’t get to see your responses in action, I want to share the results with you along with my thoughts (and if you’re here for the outfit photos just skip to the bottom of this post).
Since the biggest goal of Loop Looks is to provide you with outfit ideas, I’m thrilled that those are the reasons most of you are coming here. Some of my favorite “Other” responses reinforce this since they stated “The style you exhibit is practical (both aesthetically and financially) and I can actually apply the inspiration” and “To get ideas on how to dress in Chicago winters”.
And it appears that most of you love everything I’m doing! Hooray! I wasn’t surprised to see the Saturday Shots posts weren’t as popular since I admit many times I skip over those myself when reading other blogs. I was a bit surprised at the one response that said the daily outfit posts were their least favorite. Maybe they just come for my eloquent writing? (Where’s the sarcasm font?)
Again, I’m not totally surprised at the responses about wanting to see more casual outfits. I’m still figuring out how to reflect my weekend wear on the blog since that’s typically the only time you’ll find me in casual clothes since I spend most of my evenings in fitness attire. Speaking of which, I do have a fitness blog that I try to post in a few times a month if you’re interested in that. It didn’t rank too highly in the survey so I probably won’t be adding too many fitness-only posts here.
As for shopping suggestions, I do always include links to items that are similar to what I’m wearing but I can try linking to more sales information and discussing why I frequent certain stores more than others. What are your thoughts on that?
I’m happy to see most of you both look at the pictures and read the text! Lets me know that those words I put here aren’t in vain.
Most of you didn’t care one way or another about seeing Loop Looks posts on the weekends which is good since I like not having that pressure. Also, no one cared that I use affiliate links. Chances are good that I’m never going to make a living from this blog but being able to pay for itself (or pay for me to purchase more items for giveaways!) would be lovely. Right now my only source of income is the affiliate links so I’m glad they don’t bother you.
One of you mentioned that you wanted to see recaps of the closet consultations I do. Well, I do try to post links to the reviews and write-ups on other bloggers’ sites when I do one for another blogger. For example, this weekend I did one for Kelsey and posted a link on Facebook to her recap on her blog. So, that’s one bonus to following Loop Looks on Facebook! But I’m also glad to know that you don’t mind seeing the outfit photos in both places. Probably makes it easier for you!
It appears that most of you think that doing a 30×30 would be fun. I agree, it’s not the most original thing out there, but I think it can be a useful tool for those of you who are working with a limited wardrobe. Seeing how someone takes a small set of clothing and makes it work for them for a month could be helpful, right? Something for me to think on.
Of course, many of you took the chance to share your opinions in the open-ended questions, too, and I love that! All the compliments made me feel amazing! And just reminded me that the reason I do this is to help YOU and it sounds like it’s working. So yay! I wanted to take a moment to address some of the comments, too, so you know I read ALL of them.
My feed reader doesn’t always show your posts right away! Sometimes it shows three at a time and I know you didn’t post them all at the same time.
When I switched from looplooks.wordpress.com to looplooks.net I tried to change my RSS feed. The one you should be using is http://looplooks.net/feed/ If you are using that one that should take care of most of your issues. I hope. I’m still working out all that fiddly technology stuffs.
I think an overall blog redesign would freshen up the look of your style blog.
I will take anyone up on the offer to help me redesign the blog! Or, you know, if you have a WordPress theme you particularly love, show me the way!
There’s no “Like” button for WordPress.
I do have a plug-in that adds a “Like” button at the bottom of each post.
However, it is tied to Facebook. Which means I will be looking for a additional plug-in that allows you to “Like” something without having it tied to Facebook!
Photos taken in the same locations – I like the more varied ones
So, for the past three weeks my husband has been taking my outfit photos instead of me hauling my tripod all over the place. Since the weather has been iffy lately we haven’t been venturing far from home. But, as the weather warms up you can bet we will be checking out locations around the city.
It might be nice to see some collaborations with other academic/professional style bloggers, like “4 ways to style [insert item/trend]…”
Love this idea! Thank you! I will be reaching out and seeing what I can concoct. And if other bloggers read this and want to collaborate, let me know!
Would love to see more responses to reader questions and more posts on affordable fashion.
I do answer every reader question I get although sometimes it takes me a few weeks to write a post on it. That’s what You Pick Wednesdays are for! If you have a question, any question, leave it in a comment or send it to firstname.lastname@example.org and I WILL answer it in a You Pick Wednesday post. I’m currently working on one about when to wear nude shoes since a reader asked me that in a comment a few weeks ago.
As for affordable fashion, I try my hardest to pick similar items to link to that are under $100. Perhaps some of you have questions about how to put together an outfit on a budget? Tell me your budget and you’ll get an entire You Pick Wednesday post to yourself!
And with that, I want to thank you again for taking the time to fill out the survey! It means a lot to me to know what I’m doing is worthwhile and to get ideas on how to mix it up a bit.
And now what you’ve all come here to see: hardcore nudity!
No, not really. It’s just today’s outfit for the Take One and Pass It On challenge from Sarah’s Real Life.