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Patriotic Polka Dot Pride

Office Appropriate Outfits - Fall

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Jacket – Target (similar) | Shirt – Gap (similar)| Skirt – J. Crew Factory | Necklace – J.Crew via Poshmark | Shoes – Karen Scott via Macy’s | Belt – Target

I’ve been wanting a polka dot skirt for months.  MONTHS, I tell you.  When I saw this one in a set on Polyvore I clicked on it thinking, “Oh, it’s probably sold out.”

When I realized it was actually available via the new J. Crew Factory website and was on sale for only $40 I practically ran to my wallet.

I ordered it in two sizes and was a little bummed when it arrived because the smaller size was a hair too small and the larger size was a hair too big.

So, I took a cue from Stylish Petite and washed and dried larger size of the 98% cotton skirt to see if it would shrink.  And you know what?  It did!  Now it fits perfectly.

There are a lot of polka dots going on in this outfit and along with the red jacket it feels very Fourth of July.  Still, I don’t care that the leaves are falling and it’s October, not July.  We have a warmer than usual day today so I’m wearing my new skirt with pride.

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When the Cat’s Away

Casual Friday · Office Appropriate Outfits - Fall

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Sweater – Old Navy | Jeans – AG Goldschmeid via Bloomingdale’s | Belt – Target | Boots – DSW | Bracelets – Joe Fresh (gift) | Scarf – Street Vendor in New York City


Let’s see.  My boss is out today.  My only meeting is with IT people who dress casual every day anyway.  I’m leaving work at noon to get ready for a girl’s weekend at the ZOOMA Half Marathon.

Weekend casual at work?  You bet.

I’ve also been playing around with ways to keep wearing my white jeans this fall.  Pairing them with a sweater, scarf and boots keeps them from looking too much like spring or summer.  The more wear you can get out of an item the better investment it is.  No sense in hiding something away in your closet for half the year if you can make it work for multiple season!

Plus, it’s totally cool these days to wear white after Labor Day.

So, the next time you have the opportunity break a few rules!

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Burgundy is Back

Office Appropriate Outfits - Fall

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Blouse – TJ Maxx | Cardigan – Lucky Brand (similar) | Pants – Target | Shoes – Bandolino | Necklace – Overstock.com


Years ago I had a pair of burgundy/oxblood/wine colored pants from The Limited.  I wore those things like crazy. But, I almost always wore them with a black top.  I got rid of them when that color went out of style and because they no longer fit.

Funny how things come back around, isn’t it?  When I realized burgundy was going to be one of the trendy colors this fall I went out and bought a burgundy skirt and then decided I need a new pair of burgundy pants.  When I saw these at Target I decided they fit the bill perfectly.  And for less than $30?  Sold!

This time, though, I’m planning to wear them with more than just black.  I have lots of ideas on my Pinterest inspiration board that I’m looking forward to trying.

Are you planning to wear burgundy this fall?

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Summer’s Last Meow

Office Appropriate Outfits - Fall

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Top – Old Navy | Pants – The Limited | Necklace – J. Crew via Poshmark | Shoes – Unisa via 6pm.com

Yesterday seemed like one last hurrah for summer (although, you never know in Chicago) so I wore sleeveless and sandals.  And white.  Although these pants are a bit more of a “winter white” than stark white so I think they transcend the calendar.

In fact, I wore a very similar outfit in June but I recently purchased this pink and gold J. Crew necklace and I think the different accessory paired with a slightly different colored pant changes the outfit up just enough.

Also, yes, I got my hair cut.  I’m trying to embrace my wave which excited my hairdresser to no end (speaking of which, if you’re in Chicago and want a hairdresser recommendation my guy is pretty fantastic and only charges $35).  Basically it’s shorter with more layers, especially around my face.  Now I just have to figure out the best shampoo and conditioner to use!

Purple Majesty

Office Appropriate Outfits - Fall

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Cardigan, Top & Skirt – The Limited | Belt – Target | Necklace – Macy’s | Shoes – Anne Klein via Bergner’s

You know what’s funny about this skirt?  When I bought it I honestly didn’t really think about what I would wear with it.  But already I’ve found that lots of things in my closet match it perfectly!  Like this cardigan.  I did not buy them at the same time but I realized this morning that they go together as if they were purchased as a set.

I tossed on the leopard print belt to break up the sea of purple and immediately got compliments on it when I was in the elevator on my way to my office.  An unexpected pattern or color in an accessory can really catch people’s eye!  In a good way, of course.

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Also, I’m getting my hair cut tonight for the first time in…um…a long time.  I have no idea what to do with it.  Suggestions are welcome!

You Pick Wednesday–Brown & Gold

Office Appropriate Outfits - Summer

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Top – The Limited | Pants – The Limited | Shoes – Unisa via 6pm.com | Earrings – via StitchFix

It was a close race, but in the end most of you told me you wanted to see the brown and gold look!

Gold sequins and spaghetti straps are probably a little tough to pull off for work but a gold shimmery shell?  Not as difficult.  No sleeveless allowed in your office?  Throw a cardigan or a blazer over the top and you’re good to go.

Next week I have a reader request post lined up.  How do you wear shorts when you’re really tall?  I have some answers!

Also, tomorrow while I’m out of the office taking a professional exam I’ve got a fun giveaway scheduled!  Have you heard of Because I Shop Too Much?  No?  Well tomorrow you will!


Change of Plans

Office Appropriate Outfits - Summer


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Cardigan – Lucky Brand | Top – Banana Republic Outlet | Pants – Gap | Shoes – Nine West Outlet | Earrings – Francesca’s (gift)

This is not the outfit I originally wanted to wear today.  Nope.  I had something a little different in mind when I went to bed last night.  But when I put that outfit on this morning I just wasn’t feeling it.  So, this is what I ended up with.

And while I’ve worn these red pants with leopard print accessories I was surprised to realize I haven’t worn it with this particular leopard cardigan.  Funny how that happens, isn’t it?

P.S. Today is the last day to vote on Wednesday’s outfit!  Right now Brown & Gold is winning.  Is that what you want to see?

Wild Kingdom

Office Appropriate Outfits - Summer

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Blouse – Old Navy | Skirt – The Limited via MJR Sales | Necklace – Jewelry trade show | Shoes – Unisa via 6pm.com

Today I paired my sleeveless leopard blouse with my mixed metal feather necklace.  Two animals in one outfit?  Wild!

I was in The Limited last weekend and almost bought a white pencil skirt.  I know, you’re probably thinking, “But, Erin, you have a white pencil skirt!”  Well, this skirt is a little more A-line than pencil.  But I decided I didn’t need another white skirt.  Look at me, showing restraint.  I did, however, buy a black peplum top that I will probably unveil next week.  I couldn’t show that much restraint.  I just had to go a little wild.

Professionally Pink

Office Appropriate Outfits - Summer

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Cardigan – Target | Blouse – Gap | Necklace | The Limited | Belt – Target | Skirt – New York & Co | Shoes – Unisa via 6pm.com

Today’s outfit might be one of my favorites over the past few months.  Why? Something about the bright skirt paired with neutrals just screams professional but fun.

Also, I used a lot of my “tricks” in this outfit.

Trick one?  Searching Pinterest for ways to wear a pink pencil skirt and finding this:


Trick 2? Using a large safety pin as a belt loop to keep my belt in place.

Trick 3?  Making my necklace longer by using a bracelet as a chain extender!


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What’s your favorite part of this outfit?

White Leopard

Office Appropriate Outfits - Summer

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Top – Old Navy | Pants – The Limited | Necklace – Jewelry Palace (NYC) | Shoes – SE Boutique via DSW

Summer is still bringing us warm weather so even though I’m wearing pants I stuck with a lightweight, sheer shirt to help combat the heat.  Also, I think the white pants with the leopard print top is an unexpected but sophisticated combination.  Sometimes leopard and black gives off a little  bit too much of a streetwalker vibe so the white tones that down a lot.

Leopard print actually goes with a surprising amount of colors.  Here are some examples of what I’ve worn it with so far this year.

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