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The last of the sandals

Office Appropriate Outfits - Fall

When you live in the Midwest, there comes a time every year when you realize you’re seeing the last of your sandals for a few months. And that always makes me sad.

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Shirt – Gap (similar) | Skirt – The Limited (similar) | Shoes – c/o Alterre (same)

There’s also a time of year (at least for me) when I realize that my hair is getting way too long and unruly. The question is always, though, what do I do? Do I cut it short (like I did last year) or do I keep it long? The longer it is the curlier it can be so it actually requires less work. Although, by the end of the day, it doesn’t always look great.

But, let’s be honest, whose hair does look great at the end of the day? Especially if you go to the gym on lunch and, uh, don’t shower. And if you says yours always looks amazing, well, then, I hate you.

Not really. But I do envy you a bit.

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Navy Not Black

Office Appropriate Outfits - Spring

Chicago style blogger Loop Looks wears an oatmeal cardigan, navy polka dot top, navy pencil skirt and brown heels. navy_polka_dots_navy_pencil_skirt_2

Cardigan – Target (similar) | Shirt – Gap (similar) | Skirt – The Limited (similar) | Shoes – Anne Klein (similar) | Necklace – NY&Co (similar)

Argh! For some reason I am unable to access my blog from my home network so posts this week might be a little sporadic until GoDaddy gets their act together. Thankfully Jason, who worked in IT for 10 years doing mostly computer networking stuff, was able to give me the lingo so I could explain what’s happening to the GoDaddy support team. But, we’ll see how long it takes to get resolved.

But enough about that. As I mentioned last week, I’m planning to spend the rest of this month (at least until I go on vacation to Puerto Rico!) participating in the Pinned It and Did It event I learned about via H&K Style Journey. Heather and her friends put together a calendar full of outfits to recreate each day this month. And today’s outfit? Navy, turquoise and tan.

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It occurred to me after the fact that my cobalt blue dress is probably a better match than the navy top and skirt I have on (and, yes, they are both navy not black), but I liked the cardigan better with the pencil skirt.

Also, the weather may be acting better this week but it’s definitely not sandal weather!! So, brown heels it is.

Overall, I like the neutral tones in this outfit with just a bit of color from the necklace. What do you think? How would you interpret this outfit with what you have in your closet?

Here are a few more outfits I’ve worn with these pieces:

outfit_collageLinking up with Fizz & Frosting | On the Daily Express | More Pieces of Me | Basic Training Corporate Style

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The Office to a Tee

Office Appropriate Outfits - Fall · Office Appropriate Outfits - Summer

Tropical floral print t-shirt, navy pencil skirt, purple cardigan, wedge sandals

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Cardigan – The Limited (similar) | Shirt – The Limited (similar) | Skirt – The Limited (similar) | Shoes – Vince Camuto Outlet (similar and SUPER CUTE!) | Necklace – The Limited (similar)

 

Bri from Work Clothes, I Suppose said to dress up a t-shirt. So I did. What? You don’t always do what Bri tells you? Bri, however, did NOT tell me to wear all items from The Limited. That was all me and my Limited closet. Har har. See what I did there?

ANYWAY! I admit, I never would have thought to wear this t-shirt with a pencil skirt unless Bri brought it up as an option. Even though I did an entire post that basically included t-shirts with pencil skirts. Funny how that works, huh? And speaking of wearing a t-shirt to work, I think the key is to pair it with other structured pieces if you work in a business or business casual office. Don’t wear them with denim, don’t wear sneakers, but definitely  add some bling!

Of course, if you work in a super casual office you can wear your t-shirts with whatever you want. Except short shorts. Those are never office appropriate. Unless your office involves a pole and you’re not a firefighter.

How to wear a t-shirt to the office

Also linking up with Simply Just Lovely

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Make Me Blush

Office Appropriate Outfits - Summer

Stitch Fix Blush cotton shirt, white cardigan, navy pencil skirt, nude pumps

Stitch Fix Blush cotton shirt, white cardigan, navy pencil skirt, nude pumps

 

Cardigan – The Limited (similar) | Blouse – Stitch Fix (similar) | Skirt – The Limited (similar) | Shoes – Bandolino (same) | Necklace – Jeans & a Cute Top Shop (similar)

Welcome to another work week! So far nothing has made me blush today but you know what would make me smile? If you voted for your favorite outfit from July! And even though I’m not personally blushing, I am wearing blush today as inspired by today’s Inspiration Monday photo.

 

Brandy wears a blush top with a white blazer and jeans

Click the picture to see the full outfit

I received this top from a Stitch Fix order last year and it might be one of my favorite things I’ve gotten from them. Unfortunately, the last time I washed it some of the stitching on the neckline came unraveled and I don’t know how to fix it. I’m hoping it’s not too noticeable, though, because I don’t want to have to relegate this shirt to the “wish I could wear” pile.

Also, I have a white blazer I almost wore today, but decided at the last minute that it wasn’t a blazer kind of day. That’s the benefit to having solid colored cardigans and solid colored blazers. You can swap them out when you want to change your look or, in my case, feel a bit more comfortable.

And speaking of comfortable, I bought my first pair of Vince Camuto shoes this weekend at the Fashion Outlets of Chicago! I’ll be doing a review of this new mall later this week, as well. Stay tuned!

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Snakeskin Print for the Office

Office Appropriate Outfits - Summer

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Shirt – Kohl’s (same) | Skirt – The Limited (same) | Shoes – Bandolino (same) | Bracelets – Joe Fresh & Gorjana (similar & same) | Necklace – Overstock.com (similar) | Earrings – Stella & Dot via Poshmark (same)

There’s just something about pairing a flowing snakeskin print shirt with a traditional navy pencil skirt that makes my heart go all aflutter. The top is a little bit edgy yet the skirt is totally preppy, right? Plus, the fitted skirt really offsets the slightly oversized top. Pairing something fitted with something not quite so fitted is perfect for the office.  Too tight pieces would look too much like you were going to a club. Two oversized pieces can make you look larger than you actually are.

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Plus, the fact that this snakeskin print is cream and tan instead of black and white and that I paired it with a navy skirt instead of a black skirt tones it down and brings it into office-appropriate territory versus night out on the town territory.

I have to give a shout-out to Valerie who picked up this top for me from Kohl’s after I saw it on both her and Audrey. This is my first time wearing it and I think it’s going to become a regular in my wardrobe because of how comfortable it is and the versatility of the neutral color scheme. It even has a built-in camisole! An excellent top for the office? You bet!

Also linking up with Mix & Match Fashion

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Copycat or Copyright?

Office Appropriate Outfits - Summer

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Tank – Marshall’s (similar) | Skirt – The Limited (same) | Cardigan – The Limited (similar) | Necklace – J. Crew via Poshmark (similar) | Star Earrings – Gorjana (similar) | Shoes – Bandolino (similar)

Even though yesterday I managed to forget half my jewelry when leaving the house, thus feeling a bit naked, I was able to get a lot done. I even got in a great workout when I got home from work.

All of that changed, however, when I checked my mail on the way back from the gym. In the mail I received a letter from an attorney’s office threatening to take me to court for using a photo of Jennifer Lawrence on one of my Inspiration Monday posts.

The photo has been removed. I’ve let the attorney’s office know. But in the letter they wrote multiple times that removing the photo doesn’t absolve me of anything. In fact, it appears the company that claims to hold the copyright wants me to pay them for the monetary damages they incurred by having their photo used without paying for the rights.

Me. My little blog that gets MAYBE 100 unique visits a day.

It got me thinking. Today’s outfit is my own spin on an outfit I originally saw on Pinterest that came from A Fashion Deliberation.  It’s nothing groundbreaking. A navy skirt with a navy and white striped tank and a green cardigan. Did I really need an inspiration photo to put that together? People have probably been wearing outfits like this for years.

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From A Fashion Deliberation – Used with permission

 

Yet, it wasn’t until I saw the photo that the lightbulb went off in my head. “Oh,” I thought, “I have those pieces! I can wear them together! And I’ll wear them on Tuesday since it’s ‘Stars & Stripes’ Trend Spin at The Fashion Canvas and Walking in Memphis.”

Using inspiration photos is a part of many personal style bloggers repertoires. I use them and when I know I got my inspiration from another photo I do my best to credit the original source. It’s fun to see how I can make the items I already own work in ways I hadn’t thought of before. But maybe I don’t need to use them? Maybe it would be better if I was able to use my own creativity when putting together an outfit. Be original instead of a copycat and all that.

I don’t know the answer. But I do know that I will be paying more attention in the future to the challenges I participate in and what photos I use as inspiration, if any.

In the mean time, anyone know a good attorney?

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For the Love of Tweed

Office Appropriate Outfits - Spring

Navy pencil skirt, J. Crew tweed jacket, gray heels

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Jacket – J. Crew via ebay (similar for $21 w/code SUNSHINE) | Shirt – Gap (similar for under $10 w/code ONSUMMER) | Skirt – The Limited (similar under $30) | Shoes – 6pm.com (similar under $35) | Chandelier earrings – The Limited (similar under $8)

Total outfit cost = $104

Apologies for the indoor pictures. You can’t even tell that my skirt is navy! But it’s just too cold and windy out today to stand outside. Seriously, I almost got blown over while walking from the train. Ridiculous. I am totally underdressed.

However, I’ve decided I LOVE this outfit. The tweed jacket is black, blue, white, gold, and silver so it goes with SO MUCH. So far I’ve worn it with black jeans and regular blue jeans but pairing it with the skirt makes me love it even more.  Nothing is classier to me than tweed and a pencil skirt. Now, if the weather would just go back to normal so that I’m not freezing to death in this outfit, I’ll wear it all the time.

 

Navy pencil skirt, J. Crew tweed jacket, gray heels

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Chicago Lumberjack

Office Appropriate Outfits - Spring

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Blouse – J. Crew (similar) | Skirt – The Limited| Necklace – JF&A Show (similar) | Earrings – Macy’s | Shoes – Gabriella Rocha via 6pm.com (similar)

Originally I had on a gray crewneck sweater over the top of my plaid shirt.  You know, to tone down the lumberjack look a bit.  But then a part of me liked the juxtaposition of the more casual plaid shirt with the professional pencil skirt and necklace bling. Although, for those of you who don’t like in-your-face plaid then perhaps you would have preferred it with the sweater!

Either way, it’s supposed to snow up a storm here (yay for March? Definitely in like a lion) so this outfit will be worn with snow boots during my commute for sure.  Plaid and snow boots.  Totally  lumberjack inspired.

Thoughts on plaid? Love it or hate it?

One More Warm Weather Look

Office Appropriate Outfits - Fall

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Jacket c/o CAbi consultant Holly Haley | Sweater – Old Navy | Skirt – The Limited | Necklace – The Limited | Belt – The Limited | Shoes – Gabriella Rocha via 6pm.com

I’ve been dying to wear this outfit since I bought this sweater back in August.  The navy pencil skirt was a September purchase (post coming on Sunday!) that I specifically envisioned wearing with this sweater along with a few other ideas.

Today, though, was the first day I felt like the weather was perfect for this outfit.  In fact, as the women in my office were discussing this morning, it might be our last day of bare legs.  Which meant I wanted to rock the short sleeves and the bare-legged skirt one more time.

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The wind makes it look like I have a lot more hair than I actually do!