Approximately a gazillion years ago (okay, it was actually 9 months) I pinned an outfit featuring a navy blazer, a polka dot blouse, and a pink skirt. At the time I had a pink skirt and a polka dot top. That was it. Then I when I finally got my navy blazer for my birthday in January it was too cold to wear the pink skirt. But not today! No, today I finally put the three of them together and I feel pretty awesome.
It’s like, I’m wearing a suit but it’s so much more fun. I’m all preppy up top but having a party on the bottom. I think this is what I love about bright skirts. They add life to an outfit that might otherwise be super traditional. I mean, there’s nothing wrong with traditional but every so often I look in the mirror and want something a little different.
Which is why I bought a pink pencil skirt. And it’s why I think everyone should have at least one bright skirt in their closet. For those days when you just want to wearing something fun but you still have to look professional. A structured bright skirt totally fits the bill.
On Day 2 of the Mutually Inspired Series, my nautical-themed outfit echoes Jen’s post “Working the navy” where she paired her navy blazer with stripes and gray pants. And, of course, red shoes! Without Jen’s influence I probably would have just put on gray shoes and moved on. But the red shoes add some fun color to an otherwise neutral outfit.
Since I have a professional association meeting today I wanted to dress up a bit. But pairing this blazer with these pants is a bit more fun than wearing a regular suit, don’t you think? Or maybe I just look like I’m going to a Navy event.
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”!
I recently read this editorial in the Chicago Tribune about the differences between urban snow and, well, non-urban snow. I think my favorite line is:
Urban snow is what we have here, now. It is snow where it does not belong, where it is dangerous, incongruous and despised, like an urban coyote or an urban cowboy. No one ever wrote “Stopping by ‘L’ Platform on a Snowy Evening.”
But I thumb my nose at the slushy, wet, gray snow currently blanketing much of the city. I wore my white pants. Well, they’re technically winter white or cream or off-white or whatever you want to call them. Many people fear white pants when the weather is perfect. And it’s definitely a risk to wear them when the chances of getting snow sludge on them is high. Still, I can let the snow beat me or I can beat the snow!
I choose the latter.
Especially since I came across this photo on Pinterest and thought it looked really classy.
I mean, I could wait until spring to wear this outfit, but technically meteorological spring starts tomorrow so I figure that’s close enough. Sure, it’s still cold in Chicago. Sure, there’s still a chance of snow. But I’m declaring these my snow pants and I’ll wear them whenever I want.
In the apartment building where my husband and I live there are three floors of parking. Jason and I park our car on the second floor. But after taking outfit photos there last week we decided to check out the third floor to see if there was anything interesting there. We felt like parking structure interlopers trespassing on floor three! Of course we weren’t really trespassing.
Turns out that apparently floor three is where all the people with swanky vehicles park. There were at least two Porsches, a big honkin’ Harley, a Pontiac GTO and this Ducati. I don’t know much about motorcycles but my husband informed me that a Ducati is an expensive bike. I just thought it made a good backdrop to my incredibly preppy outfit.
This outfit is also a copy of a photo that has been floating around Pinterest for awhile.
I have no idea what the original source of this photo is (I even used Google Image Search to try and figure it out). But I do know that many, many people have pinned it or blogged it so my outfit isn’t all that original. But I’m down with that. I think it’s great to see different people and different body types copy an outfit so you can see what it looks like on everyone. And, of course, unless you have the EXACT same pieces as the original outfit you’re going to put your own spin on it. And that’s the whole fun of using a photo to get inspired.
I never would have worn this many layers before seeing this photo but now that I have it’s a look I’m enjoying. Especially in the winter when layers are key to keeping warm!
Back in October I started following Franish’s blog when she featured me on her Behind the Blog series. One of the first things she wore that I fell in love with was the metallic polka dot top from Forever 21. Amazingly, even though Forever 21 has a super fast turn-over of the items in their stores this top was still available (and continues to be so!) so I snatched one up for myself in November. And seeing her pair it with the navy J. Crew blazer just solidified my need for a navy blazer.
Which is odd, because, as I’ve mentioned, I never thought I was one to wear navy. But sometime in 2012 I decided I wanted a navy blazer. But perhaps you know how it is. You fall in love with something and none of the knock-offs are quite up to par. You could settle but you keep holding out, just waiting for that miracle to happen and your dream boat to fall into your lap.
And although I feel a little bit guilty for asking my dad and my husband to splurge on me for my birthday, I ended up with my dream blazer. Aside from my wedding dress and my Cole Haan boots this blazer is the most expensive item I’ve ever owned. And I have a feeling it will be around for a long, long time.
Because, as I mentioned a few Fridays ago, I’ve decided to embrace my current preppy phase. And what’s more preppy than a navy blazer with gold buttons? Of course, a true prepster would probably pair this outfit with some boat shoes or something but I also fell in love with the idea of glitter-embellished ankle boots. Not sure why. So, yes, preppy but with a bit of spunk.