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Red and Black is Back

Casual Friday · Office Appropriate Outfits - Summer

After my latest Stitch Fix when they sent me a top with a red and black pattern (that I sent back because it was too big), I decided it was time to re-wear my red and black plaid tank that I bought last fall. So far I’ve only ever worn it with my faux leather pants with a cardigan or a blazer although I’ve also been meaning to wear it with my red pants.

But, the red pants are in the dry cleaning pile so here it is with black jeans and a red camisole.

Plaid print shell with black jeansTop – Langford Market (similar) | Camisole – The Limited (similar) | Jeans – The Limited (similar) | Shoes – Payless (same)

I know, man. I’m SO original.

I actually bought this exact same top for my mom last Christmas and she wore it out for our birthday celebration in January with a red pencil skirt and black knee high boots. It looked great!

Admittedly, I’m having some trouble coming up with other ways to wear this top. I’m open to suggestions!

Plaid tank top with black jeansP.S. I don’t mean to match my outfits to my dog, I swear!

 

  

Casual Friday Christmas

Casual Friday · Office Appropriate Outfits - Winter

Red blazer with plaid shirt and jeans, casual Friday outfit, Chicago style blogger

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Blazer – The Limited (similar) | Shirt – J. Crew (similar) | Jeans – The Limited (similar) | Shoes – Karen Scott via Macy’s (similar) | Bracelet – gift (Armani Exchange) | Necklace – The Limited (similar)

Since this is my last day in the office until January I wanted to wear something Christmas-y!  And in this outfit not only are the colors very holiday-esque but the shirt was a Christmas gift from my dad last year and the bracelet was a Christmas gift from my boss that I got yesterday. Isn’t she the best? She’s definitely one of my style icons so I love it when she gives me jewelry. I think she actually has this same bracelet!

Anyway, because I’m not in the office next week and will instead be spending the days with my family I don’t expect to be posting. So, if I don’t chat with you before January, have a great holiday (or a great rest of December if you’re already done celebrating).

See you next month!!

Red blazer, plaid shirt and jeans for casual Friday at work for Chicago winter

Flashback to the first time I wore this plaid shirtso I can link up with AJ Wears Clothes and her Friday Favorites

  

Another Day, Another Vest

Office Appropriate Outfits - Winter

Faux fur vest, J. Crew Blackwatch Plaid shirt, black dress pants, red heels

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Vest – Express via Poshmark (similar) | Shirt – J. Crew Factory (similar) | Pants – The Limited (similar) | Shoes – Anne Klein via 6pm.com (same) | Belt – The Limited (similar) | Necklace – JF&A Show (similar) | Bag – Target (similar)

When I was getting dressed yesterday morning I grabbed this plaid shirt because I thought it would look festive with my new red heels (which are still only $25 with free shipping, by the way). Originally I planned to wear a different pair of black pants because these are actually a tad too short for these heels, but you know how it is. The dry cleaning pile just grows and grows and suddenly you’re out of pants.

Or is that just me?

Anyway, I also wasn’t originally planning to wear this vest but then I realized it would make a good comparison to the last time I wore this same vest and shirt.

Two Ways to Wear the J. Crew Blackwatch Plaid Shirt

This time I paired it solely with black and red (and a little bit of necklace bling) and left it open instead of putting the belt over it. I like that it shows off more of the shirt but still gives the outfit some texture. And, as I type this, I realize I’ve now worn a vest two days in a row.

Also, hopefully this two outfits show you that if you have the same color bottoms in both skirts and pants you can change up an outfit just by swapping pants for a skirt and changing your shoes. Easy, right?

  

Nanook of the North

Office Appropriate Outfits - Fall

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Shirt – J. Crew (similar) | Skirt – The Limited (same) | Vest – Poshmark (similar) | Tights – Banana Republic (similar) | Booties – Liz Claiborne via DSW (similar) | Belt – Target (same)

Comments I’ve gotten today on my faux fur vest and plaid shirt outfit include “Nice vest!” “You look very ‘Nanook of the North today.” and “Cute vest!” I’m going to go with the idea that the Nanook comment was a compliment. Turns out this is the perfect outfit for the first day with temperatures hovering around freezing while I wait for the train. My core is nice and toasty therefore the rest of me feels just fine.

I recently purchased this skirt from The Limited and even though it’s described on their website as a “mini” it hits me at a perfect length. I bought it a size larger than normal so that it would sit lower on my hips and I suppose it also helps that I’m only 5’4”. But I have long legs! So, if you’re eying this skirt (which is currently on sale) and thinking it might be too short, I’m here to say it’s probably not. And, as you can see, it totally dresses up a Nanook of the North outfit.

Linking up with the Fur & Wool Trend Spin Link Up

  

Little Red Pants

Office Appropriate Outfits - Spring

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Sweater – Gap (similar) | Shirt – J. Crew (similar) | Pants – Gap (similar) | Boots – Bandolino via 6pm.com (similar) | Bracelet – gift (similar)

When I saw Laura wear her cropped red pants with boots and a sweater I knew I wanted to recreate the outfit with items in my own closet.  Sadly, after I put it on and took pictures I realized that marathon training (and my subsequent desire to EAT ALL THE THINGS) has not been kind to me.  Plus, it’s been awhile since I wore these pants and now they’re a little too tight in certain areas.  I ended up swapping out the crewneck sweater for a long oatmeal colored cardigan so I would feel less exposed.

But the point of this post is not to talk about pants that are a tad too small.  Nope, it’s to talk about the many ways I’ve worn these pants since “Pants” are the topic of the second day of 5 Days, 5 Ways.  Actually, this post is kind of a cop-out because I did a past post showing 9 different ways I’ve worn these red pants!

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Still, other than a quickie photo from last year’s trip to New York City this is the first time I’ve showcased these pants for cold weather wear.  See, if your cropped pants are narrow enough at the ankle you can wear them all year round by putting boots over them!  Pretty neat, huh?

Want your own cropped red pants?  Here are a few that might fit the bill!

  

Plaid Pajamas

Office Appropriate Outfits - Winter

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Shirt – J. Crew (similar)| Cardigan – Nordstrom Rack (similar) | Skirt – J. Crew Factory | Tights – Banana Republic (similar)| Shoes – Anne Klein | Necklace – Groopdealz (similar and on sale!)

I only have about a 15 to 20 minute commute door to doo via a combination of walking and train.  I am supposed to be at work at 9:00 AM.    Normally I set my alarm for 7:00 AM and drag myself out of bed any time before 7:30 (I am NOT a morning person).  Anyone want to guess what time I woke up today?  Try 8:26 AM.  Uh, yeah.  Not sure what happened there.

Thankfully my boss is rarely in at 9:00 so I have some leeway.  Also, I had my outfit all planned out for today.  Except, when I put on the black blazer I was originally going to wear I didn’t like the way it looked.  Thank heavens for also having a black cardigan!  Also, this shirt is like wearing comfy pajamas so it’s perfect for a day when obviously my body didn’t want to get out of bed.

I also had grand plans to create a post about all my earrings and tell you all about how I used to only wear one pair.  That was it.  And then show you how my collection has grown over the past year.  But, I ran out of time so all you get is this sentence.

On the plus side, I think this post is a testament to the benefit of planning out your outfits in advance.  Sure helps when you have to go from pajamas to plaid in less than 30 minutes!

  

New Year, New You: Embracing the Prep

Office Appropriate Outfits - Winter

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Plaid Shirt – J. Crew (similar)| Sweater – Gap (similar)| Pants – The Limited (similar) | Shoes – Bandolino (similar)| Necklace – JF&A Tradeshow (similar) | Hat – Boutique in Sausalito, CA

It’s 2013, I have a closet full of new items, and I’ve decided to embrace my preppy side.  I’ve always been studious, getting straight As, beating everyone at Trivial Pursuit, reading books the way some people eat potato chips.  Over the years my personal style has ranged from wearing all black (junior high) to wearing an assortment of items that were too big or too small (high school) to basic jeans or black pants and a plain shirt.  For the past few years, though, I’ve been working on developing my personal style into what makes me feel good at work.  And I think 2013 is the year I find it:  the year of preppy.

How do I define preppy?  Tailored, classic items.  Mixing traditional patterns but keeping the silhouette professional.  And occasionally tossing in a fun and unexpected item (zebra print heels, anyone?).

This means I’ll most likely be purging my closet of items that I don’t think are “me” anymore.  Which means all the better for you if your style differs from mine since they’ll be up for sale!

I may extend my preppiness from just my clothes and look towards learning something new.  Whether that’s playing around with my camera, learning some Photoshop skills or just experimenting with different technologies I don’t know yet.  Whatever way I choose to express my prep, I’m sure by the end of 2013 we’ll have all learned something!

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