Blazer – old (similar) | Shirt – clothing swap (similar) | Pants – The Limited (similar) | Shoes – Karen Scott via Macy’s (similar) | Necklace – J. Crew via Poshmark (similar)
Welcome to Thursday aka my last day in the office before VACATION! Yes, I’m just a wee bit excited. I was not excited, however, about this inspiration outfit. I’ll be honest, it seemed awfully similar to Tuesday’s and just kind of blah. Still, it gave me an excuse to wear another one of my new-to-me pieces that I picked up at the clothing swap a few weekends ago.
I felt as though my closet was lacking in simple, black, work-appropriate tops so when I saw this one I grabbed it up. I’ve really been into more flow-y tops recently and this one was perfect. And as for the outfit? I suppose it has two more things going for it. One, it made me break out of my box and put these pants with black. They are a brown, black and cream plaid and yet I’ve never worn them with black. And two, it gives me an excuse to participate in Bri’s Third Thursday Threads topic of showing you how to wear something multiple ways. What is that something? These plaid pants!
Next week I actually have several fun posts coming up so even though I’ll be off getting a tan (after running 13.1 miles, mind you) I hope you’ll still come by to see what’s happening. There will still be outfit posts since you all clearly told me those were your favorites in the reader poll, so no worries there, either!
And in a case of getting something new and not wanting to wait to wear it, I received this sweater as part of my latest Stitch Fix order (full post to come on Wednesday) and I immediately wanted to pair it with my brown plaid pants.
Would you believe that for years I thought the only colors I could wear with these pants were brown and cream? The first time I wore them with chambray I was so happy. Now that I’ve got this green sweater I’m thinking of even more colors I can pair with them! Navy? Burgundy? Black? So many ideas!
Sometimes an outfit is all about the patterns and the textures of the items in it. Take, for example, today’s Inspiration Monday photo:
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Her sweater is textured, her jacket is plaid, and if you zoom in you can see that her leggings are quilted. If she’d worn all creams and browns with no texture or pattern this outfit would look rather drab. But by adding the visual interest of patterns and textures it’s more interesting.
I tried to keep my earth-toned outfit interesting with the collared shirt (which is actually sleeveless because I sometimes dislike the bulkiness of layering a regular button-up under a sweater), the plaid pants, and the pearls. Overall it’s still a simple outfit but it’s perfect for a chilly fall Monday morning in the office.
Pairing the polka dot chambray shirt with these plaid pants has been an outfit on my mind for a few months. I loved the idea of mixing the two patterns but breaking it up by wearing the tan blazer over the top. A great way to do pattern mixing is to do two subtle prints but add in some solids so you don’t look too crazy.
I even mentioned wanting to wear this outfit the last time I paired these plaid pants with a plain chambray shirt. Yes, I own two chambray shirts. No, I don’t think that’s too many. Chambray is just so versatile. Wear it with black jeans and boots and a scarf and you have a casual weekend outfit. Pair it with dress pants and a blazer and you’re ready to attend a monthly meeting of your professional organization (at least, that’s what I’m doing today. Your mileage may vary).
The original plan was to wear my camel colored blazer with this outfit. But, really, I would have been too warm and the rolled sleeves on the top just weren’t working with it. So, I have grand plans to recreate this outfit with my polka dot chambray top at another time and wear the blazer with that.
In the mean time, since it’s still strangely warm in Chicago I was able to get away with just wearing my fur vest! Crazy. Also, I wanted to point out that this is yet another outfit that I would have never thought to create with my plaid pants. Chambray and plaid? It seems so obvious now. Breaking out of your “these pants go with this top” routine can lead to some really fun outfits.
I recently purchased a brownish-red pencil skirt but I wasn’t in a skirt mood today. So, I pulled out these plaid pants instead. I’ve actually never worn them with anything other than brown or, once upon a time, an off-white turtleneck. They were strictly winter pants. Even though they are lightweight.
Which just goes to show how an inspiration photo can make you rethink the things you already have in your closet.