Awhile ago I got some requests for more casual outfits. Well, to be honest, I am one of those people who tends to wear mostly workout clothes on weekends or, if I’m feeling spunky, I’ll put on jeans, a tank top, and a cardigan. Nothing too crazy.
But, today is a holiday for me and I took this casual outfit a few weeks ago before we left for vacation so I thought I’d share it with you. It’s too casual for my office but it’s perfect for a day I’m not at work.
So, here you go. A casual outfit!
Or, if you’re really just here for the work-appropriate stuff, head over to Basic Training – Corporate Style where I’m being interviewed about my job and my work-wear.
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.
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:
Second, you may or may not notice that I categorize all my outfit posts with the season. I’ve got Summer, Fall, Winter and Spring. Today’s outfit, though? I’m putting in both Winter and Spring. Why? Because technically you can put March into meteorological spring. But it was snowing when I left the house on Monday morning. And I had to layer a shirt, sweater and a blazer since the air temperature was something like 8 degrees.
So, yes, it’s kind of spring. But it’s also mostly winter. Hence both categories.
Also, I’ve decided that it’s a good thing that Hollywood is in California. I attended an Oscars shindig last night with the Windy City Blogger Collective (you can see pictures of my outfit and hair on Facebook) and trying to navigate the snow, slush and ice in 4” strappy heels was quite the challenge.
And speaking of challenges (gee, I’m just knocking these segues out of the park today, right?), H&K Style Journey and some buddies are currently doing a month long challenge where everyone participating interprets the same outfit each day. As you know, I plan my outfits out a week in advance so I’m not participating this week, but I will be for the rest of the month!
Hey, you guys did tell me you wanted to see more fashion challenges and more Pinterest interpretations! Should be a fun time. Feel free to play along!
P.S. I recently wrote an article about SEO (search engine optimization) for bloggers from a non-expert perspective (meaning in plain language) that you might find helpful! It should be up on the Windy City Blogger’s website today.
Jacket – J. Crew via ebay (similar) | Turtleneck – The Limited (similar) | Pants – Ann Taylor (similar) | Shoes – Bandolino (same)
First, before I get to the outfit, I want to ask you to take the Two Year Anniversary Reader Survey if you haven’t already. It would mean a lot to me! I have 25 responses so far and would love to hear more feedback.
Now, on to the outfit. I know I’ve discussed wearing navy and black together in the past. And even if you’re still not sure about it, I have to say this jacket would make you change your mind. Why? Not only did I get two compliments on it in less than 4 hours but it also has both black AND navy already in the fabric.
If that doesn’t tell you that navy and black are okay together than I don’t know what will. And if you want your own navy and blue jacket, you can still find this one on eBay.
Anyway, I tend to pair this jacket with navy or black when I wear it. I’m thinking I need to branch out soon!
Jacket – Old Navy via Poshmark (similar) | Shirt – The Limited (similar) | Skirt – J. Crew Factory (similar) | Tights – Target (same) | Shoes – DSW (same)
It’s been awhile since I’ve done some serious in-your-face pattern mixing such as stripes with polka dots but today is the day I finally recreate an outfit I’ve had saved for almost a year! This gorgeous stripes, polka dots, and military jacket outfit from Bows & Sequins. I’ve most of the pieces in my closet for awhile but it was the shoes I needed to finish off the outfit. I’m really surprised at how much having a pair of navy pumps had really opened up my outfit options!
Sweater – Banana Republic Outlet (similar) | Shirt – Gap (similar) | Skirt – Jones New York (similar) | Tights – Target (same) | Shoes – Audrey Brooke via DSW (same) | Necklace – Express (same)
So, if you follow me on Facebook you know that this weekend I was on the hunt for a pair of navy blue pumps. Why? Because I only owned navy blue heeled sandals (seen here) and that just wasn’t going to work now that I’m wearing navy tights. I suppose I could have worn black shoes but, hey, I’m down for an excuse to fill a hole in my closet.
Which meant off to the stores I went. My new Fitbit (birthday present from my mom) tells me I walked over 5 miles on the hunt for navy heels. I finally located these, which I loved because of the ankle strap, but the DSW I was at didn’t have my size. Thankfully the salesperson was nice enough to locate them for me at another DSW and off I went.
Also while I was out, I picked up this necklace at Express. With a $10 customer reward plus a $15 off my purchase coupon this $35 necklace came to $10 plus tax. SCORE!
All of that because I fell in love with this outfit and wanted to recreate the emerald green and pink combo for today’s Trend Spin Link-Up. But, lest you think I just went shopping so I could recreate the outfit, that’s not entirely true. Both the necklace and the shoes were items I’d had on my wish list for awhile. The outfit was just the impetus to actually purchase them. Well, that and coupons. The shoes were actually 40% off in the store and I had a $5 birthday coupon there as well.
And the snow? That’s just par for the course around here.
Still staying strong and not wearing any black today. But, I admit, if the challenge was no black and no navy I would be SOL. I mean, look at yesterday and today. So much navy.
Today, though, I am also wearing colors in my scarf. In fact, in honor of today’s Trend Spin Link-Up of scarves, I thought I’d show you a fun way you could change up this entire outfit just by changing the scarf.
As you can see, the simple outfit of a white and navy base gives you lots of different scarf options. Solid colors, other florals or even leopard are all viable options. How do you chose?
First, pick a scarf where the main color goes nicely with your base color. If your base is black or navy you’re pretty much safe with just about any color.
Next, if you want pattern on your scarf make sure that it’s of a different scale than the one on your shirt. Small stripes on the shirt mean big pattern on the scarf and vice versa.
Tie your scarf however you want and voila! You have almost as many outfits as you have scarves. Speaking of which, I have a lot of scarves.
The last time I wore this skirt I commented that I envisioned wearing it with my navy sweater. So, here it is. I decided to try and bring this skirt into fall with some darker colors, closed-toe shoes and my new pearl and rhinestone necklace.
As part of my goody-bag from the Midwest Style Bloggers Chicago Brunch two weeks ago I received a $50 gift card to Langford Market which has two locations in Chicago. One of them was on the way home from a blogger clothing swap I attended on Saturday (more on that at a later date) so I decided to stop on in. If you follow me on Instagram you saw a picture of the skirt I picked up with my gift card. Of course, as I was checking out I saw this necklace in the display case and it decided to come home with me. It just adds a little something to this otherwise simple sweater, doesn’t it?
This morning as I was leaving the train station to walk to work a guy ran past me yelling, “Mike! Mike! Hey, Mike!” I wanted to tell him that Hump Day was two days ago.
And THANK GOODNESS it’s Friday! This week has been crazy busy. I actually love being busy but I also love sleeping in and having my outfits planned out in advance. I didn’t get a chance to do that this week so thank goodness for Pinterest. Some mornings, like today, my brain is so on autopilot it can’t even think to put gray and navy together. So, thank you, Marionberry Style for helping me get dressed on this decidedly non-Hump Day.
This is the week that all of my family decided to visit at once! Albeit on different days. Anyway, my mother-in-law visited first over the weekend and today I’m off work because my dad is in town. So, in the spirit of being off work I decided to share with you a casual outfit my mother-in-law brought me all the way from Italy! She was in Siena for a few months earlier this summer while my father-in-law taught a study abroad class. My MIL went shopping with some of the college students, saw this outfit on a mannequin, and thought of me.
I wore it to a day at the Chicago Botanical Gardens and it was actually quite comfy! The skirt is shorter than I typically wear but for a casual day I figured why not? And of course I love the pattern mixing. Great job, Italian mannequin. Great job, mother-in-law!
Of course I paired it with my silver boat shoes since the colors and stripes have a fun nautical look and I had my denim jacket in the car in case it got cool. Overall it was a great outfit for wandering around the gardens!