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5 Ways to Wear a Short Sleeved Sweater

•• Office Appropriate Outfits - Spring

Chicago style blogger, polka dot sweater, pencil skirt

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Sweater – Old Navy (similar plain; similar printed) | Skirt – The Limited (similar) | Belt – The Limited (similar) | Shoes – 6pm.com (similar)

A few years ago I thought to myself, “Why would anyone want to own a short sleeved sweater? When would you even wear such a thing?” Turns out you can wear it quite a bit as evidenced here:

5 ways to wear a  short sleeved polka dot sweater

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Layered over another shirt, under a blazer or jacket, or just all on it’s own, the short sleeved sweater is great for those in-between months where it might be cooler in the morning but warmer in the afternoon. Basically, spring in Chicago.

  

Return of the Floral Skirt

•• Office Appropriate Outfits - Spring

Wait! Before you scroll down to look at pretty pictures, please take a second and vote for your favorite outfit(s) of March! Okay, now you can read this post.

Chicago style blogger, floral pencil skirt, cobalt blue blouse

Chicago style blogger, floral pencil skirt, cobalt blue blouse

Shirt – Express (similar) | Skirt – LOFT via Poshmark (similar) | Heels – DSW (similar) | Bracelet – Armani Exchange (same in other colors)

It’s been awhile since the floral skirt made an appearance! The last time was in October. I had visions of wearing it while standing in the snow but it didn’t happen this winter. I mean, we had plenty of snow, but the skirt just never made an appearance. Of course, just because it’s April doesn’t mean it couldn’t still happen.

I totally just jinxed us and we’ll be having a snow storm next week, right?

Anyway, so far I’ve stuck with wearing this skirt with blue, black, and white but this skirt has so many other fun colors in it. I’m thinking that as soon as it warms up a bit more I’ll be pairing it with my pink sleeveless blouse. Although, looking at that old post, wearing it with the pink blouse and the navy cardigan might not be a bad idea!

By the way, you know how you know when vacation is officially over? When you go to a 6:00 AM class at CrossTown Fitness and get your butt handed to you. Well, actually, my butt is fine. My shoulders on the other hand? Ouchie. I love it, though.

Chicago style blogger, floral pencil skirt, cobalt blue blouseLinking up with  Vodka Infused Lemonade

  

Springing Up Green

•• Office Appropriate Outfits - Spring

Chicago style blogger, pink pencil skirt, green sweater, denim jacket

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Jacket – Langford Market (similar) | Sweater – Banana Republic Outlet (similar) | Skirt – Jones New York (similar) | Necklace – Langford Market (similar) | Shoes – Bandolino (similar)

When I saw today’s Pinterest Inspiration photo from H&K Style Journey and crew I immediately thought “Crap! I already wore that outfit!”

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But, never one to shy away from mixing up the items in my closet, I broke out the green textured striped sweater and the pink pencil skirt again. Only this time I paired them with my nude heels (and nude fishnet tights), my fancy pearls, and my new denim jacket.

As I mentioned in my February Shopping Summary, I purchased this jacket during a blogger event at Langford Market Diversey for 40% off.  Will I wear it around the office all day? Maybe, maybe not. I do love how it looks with the pearls and the pencil skirt, but sometimes I actually get hot in my office (I know? An office that’s too warm??) so it will probably come off.

It’s okay if I go sans jacket, though. The outfit is cute enough on its own.

And in case you’re wondering, I did indeed wear two jackets today. This denim one and then a heavier one over the top. Chicago isn’t kind enough to let me get away with just a denim jacket. Not yet, anyway.

Disclosure: This is a sponsored post. I received compensation from Langford Market in exchange for blogging about the brand.

  

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

  

Black, White and Fur

•• Office Appropriate Outfits - Winter

Black sweater, black and white skirt, faux fur vest, Chicago style blogger  black_sweater_faux_fur_vest_4 fibi_and_clo_flats

Vest – Express via Poshmark (similar) | Sweater – J. Crew Factory (similar) | Skirt – J. Crew Factory (similar wool; similar sequin) | Tights – Banana Republic (similar) | Necklace – Langford Market (similar) | Shoes – c/o fibi & clo (same)

I’m writing this post after a very long day so guess what? I hope you like bullet points!

1. Please take the reader survey. It’s your birthday present to Loop Looks!

2. This outfit was inspired by Stylin’ in St. Louis. Her outfit is so classy, though. All white and a faux fur vest to die for. Since my winter white wool skirt has that strip of black I paired it with my black sweater. And my (at the time) only faux fur vest.

3. Which brings me to: last night I attended a lovely gathering at a local boutique called Comfort Me hosted by Megan of Stylish and Scatterbrained. First, I got this adorable braid put in my hair by Liz of Salon Soca.

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Then I drank some wine, laughed at some hilarious greeting cards, chatted with fellow bloggers, and ended up purchasing an all black faux fur vest! You know I love my vests so of course I’m excited to wear this one soon.

4. Because I knew I’d be walking a lot today and most of my boots are currently at the shoe hospital getting their heel tips replaced, I wore these embellished black flats from fibi & clo. fibi & clo is a unique online retailer that focuses mostly on ballet flats and sandals (although they also have some fun jewelry). Their flats are designed to mold to your foot as you wear them. I have to say, they do a pretty good job. I originally ordered a size 8 but they were too big. Their website does say to size down on these shoes which apparently I ignored since I wear between a 7.5 and an 8. I re-ordered the 7s and at first they felt too tight. But after wearing them around the house they fit perfectly! And the embellishment on the toe is fun. Now I’m eying the same pair in leopard!

Black sweater, black and white skirt, faux fur vest, Chicago style blogger

Linking up with Vodka Infused Lemonade | H&K Style Journey

  

Two Pieces, Two Way – Day 2

•• Office Appropriate Outfits - Winter

Two Pieces, Two Ways- Day 2

For Day Two of the Two Pieces, Two Ways remix, Valerie and I are showing you how to wear this snakeskin print top two different ways. Valerie went with a great casual look with a pink accent scarf while I stayed true to my office style but kept the overall look neutral.

Amazingly, I’ve never thought to pair this top with a pair of jeans and my brown riding boots! Adding that to the list of outfits to try for sure. Be sure to visit The Style Files for Valerie’s thoughts on our outfits!

As for my outfit, I almost felt like some kind of office safari guide! Something about all the browns and khakis paired with this belt, I guess. Thoughts?

Snakeskin print blouse, khaki pencil skirt, brown belt and accessories, Chicago style blogger, wear to work

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Shirt – Kohl’s (similar) | Skirt – Target (same) |Tights – Target (same) | Shoes – Anne Klein (similar) | Bracelet – gift | Necklace – The Limited (same) | Belt – The Limited (similar)

Linking up with Walking in Memphis and The Fashion Canvas

  

The Shoes Make The Woman

•• Office Appropriate Outfits - Winter

Miliarty Jacket, Utility Jacket, Olive Jacket, Navy stripes, navy polka dot skirt

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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!

Olive military jacket, navy and white stripe shirt, navy and white polka dot skirt

Linking up with H&K Style Journey | Vodka Infused Lemonade | Simply Just Lovely

  

That Monday Morning Cat

•• Office Appropriate Outfits - Winter

Green sweater with leopard print pencil skirt

Sweater – Stitch Fix (similar) | Collared Shirt – Collide Boutique (similar) | Skirt – Target (same) | Tights – Target (same) | Boots – Bandolino via 6pm.com (similar) | Necklace – Express (same)

Wow. Okay. So, it’s Monday. And, just like Garfield, Mondays and mornings are very difficult for me. I had an amazingly fun weekend but it basically left me with no time to prep anything for this week. Including taking any blog photos. So these were snapped on my way out the door by my husband who wasn’t fully awake either and had the settings on our camera all wrong. Oh well.

Anyway, this outfit was inspired by the latest Style Imitating Art choice by Salazar, “Louison and Raminou” by Suzanne Valadon:

I couldn’t pose with a cat since I’m terribly allergic to them. Also, as we know, I don’t own anything orange. So, here’s my ode to the painting. A green sweater and my leopard print skirt. That’s close enough to an orange kitty, right?

Oh, and in case you’re wondering, yes, I did commute to work via train in the sub-zero temps this morning. I wore a pair of yoga pants over my tights along with my snow boots. And, of course, my down coat, scarf, gloves and hat. Sigh. Some day I’ll be able to leave the house without taking 15 minutes to add extra layers, right?

In fact, here are two outfits featuring today’s sweater and skirt that did not require the addition of 6 other pieces of clothing.

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Linking up with Fizz & Frosting | On the Daily Express | More Pieces of Me| Thirties Two Cents

  

A Little Edge, A Little Lace

•• Office Appropriate Outfits - Winter

Monochrome outfit with gray knit moto jacket, gray pencil skirt, Chicago style blogger, wear to work

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Jacket – Ellen Tracey via Macy’s (similar) | Shirt – Banana Republic Outlet (similar) | Skirt – The Limited (similar) | Shoes – 6pm.com (similar) | Necklace – JF&A Show (similar)

I’m not sure there’s anything particularly spectacular about this outfit. I mean, it’s monochrome gray with a jacket, a pencil skirt, and a lace tee. However, I still got two compliments on this outfit. One coworker said he loved my necklace and another said he loved my jacket (yes, both were compliments from guys. Guys who do not bat for my team, if you get my drift). I think it must be the combination of the moto jacket style with the tailored skirt. That gives a little edge to a more traditional item. Plus, when paired with the girly lace and pearls you get an overall look that says feminine but not boring.

I actually got the idea to wear this outfit from this pin.

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Of course, my jacket is knit, not leather and my skirt is a knee-length pencil skirt not a knit midi skirt. But overall I think I made this look work for my purposes. Plus, you know, compliments. Those are always nice.

Thoughts on monochrome outfits? Would you wear all gray?

Linking up with Vodka Infused Lemonade, Simply Just Lovely, and H&K Style Journey

  

One Shirt, Five Scarves

•• Office Appropriate Outfits - Winter

Striped shirt with floral scarf, Chicago, wear to work

striped_shirt_navy_skirt_floral_scarf_2Cardigan – The Limited (similar) | Shirt – The Limited (similar) | Skirt – The Limited (similar) | Tights – Target (same) | Shoes – 6pm.com (similar) | Scarf – JF&A Show (similar)

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.

How to change up your outfit by changing your 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.

scarf_hangerThanks to Kim for this awesome scarf hanger!