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SIA: An outfit for The Homecoming

Office Appropriate Outfits - Summer · Style Imitating Art

Last week I posted the art Jen chose for our inspiration this week: The Homecoming. Normally when I use art to create an outfit I gravitate towards the colors. This time, though, I went more for the lines in the painting. The grid structure of the bridge paired with the waviness of the water come together in this black and white outfit.

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Top – The Limited (similar) | Skirt – The Limited (similar) | Shoes – Kate Spade c/o Shopbop (similar)

Also, I apologize for the lack of outfit photos last week. It’s funny: you’d think that with summer and more daylight getting outfit photos would be easier. But, really, by the time I get home from work lately I’m more interested in throwing in my favorite shorts (which, sadly, The Limited is not carrying this season) and a tee or tank and lounging.

Weekends are usually full or, lately, full of staying indoors in the air conditioning!

That’s okay, though. I know that you’ll still read when I post and that summer is a busy time for lots of us! If you have a moment tomorrow, though, I recommend heading over to Jen’s blog to see how other people used this same art to create what I’m sure will be completely different outfits!

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How you know your outfit is a winner

Office Appropriate Outfits - Winter

I had a hair appointment last week to get a trim and the instant my hair dresser saw me in this outfit he said, “Your outfit is so cute!”

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I told him that originally I was going to pair this sweater with my smaller houndstooth print skirt but decided at the last minute that I didn’t like them together and threw this skirt on as a last resort.

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I can’t decide if his gushing over my outfit means it’s a total winner or if it’s just his job to gush. Regardless, I’ll take the compliments and put this outfit on the winner list. houndstooth-sweater-pleated-skirt-3Linking up with Fashionably Employed | More Pieces of Me | On the Daily Express

Patterned Skirt Summer Edition Blogger Collaboration

Office Appropriate Outfits - Summer

Printed Skirt - Summer Collaboration CollageGreater Than Rubies | I do deClaire | Loop Looks | Fashionably Employed

Jen from Fashionably Employed had a great idea: get some bloggers together to show you multiple ways to wear a patterned skirt in various seasons. Today we’re showing you the Summer Edition!

I chose my off-white pleated polka dot skirt because I thought it would be the biggest challenge to style for multiple seasons. Turns out I already have some ideas on how to wear it in the winter!

My biggest challenge for this particular post, though, was figuring out how to make this skirt look more casual for my office. My solution? A tee shirt.

White tee with a pleated skirt and polka dot scarfTee – Target (same) | Skirt – The Limited (similar) | Scarf – Nordstrom (similar) | Shoes – Express (similar)

Dressing down a pleated skirt with flat sandals and a tee shirtA tee shirt basically makes any outfit casual. Also, pairing it with flat sandals helps out, too.

Of course, my original outfit that I wore when I was at my previous job was still pretty casual with the denim jacket. More of a Casual Friday kind of vibe going on there. Either option, though, is a great choice when you have a semi-fancy skirt that you want to dress down.

Simple but Good

Office Appropriate Outfits - Summer

As I mentioned yesterday, I’m still figuring out how to make time for everything in my life now that my husband and I both have new jobs and we have this new, crazy, neurotic puppy. One of the ways I’ve figured out is that I can get my workout in during my lunch hour at the gym in my building.

Striped shirt with black pleated skirt

striped-shirt-pleated-skirt-3Necklace – Express (same) | Shirt – LOFT (similar) | Skirt – The Limited (similar) | Shoes – Jessica Simpson via DSW (similar)

The gym isn’t included as one of our perks or anything, it just happens to be one of the gyms included in my Gymphoria membership. Works out well for me, right?

And, of course, on days I work out at lunch I need the fastest, easiest to throw on clothes. Which means that this outfit is pretty simple but gets the job done. Stripes, pleats leopard and pearls. Sounds good to me.

Especially after I kill myself in a kettlebell class. I took it last week and could barely walk for three days. Hurts so good.

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De-Pleated

Office Appropriate Outfits - Spring

After yesterday’s meat extravaganza I was feeling a little, well, ill. Which means I wanted something that was forgiving and loose and easy to wear. Is this my favorite outfit of all time? No. But this skirt was the perfect remedy to feeling bloated from a meat hang over.

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I got the idea for this outfit from this photo I pinned over a year ago. Turns out it was so warm today that I didn’t even need the jacket. As for while I was in the office, I also brought a cardigan to wear in case I got chilled. Of course, my boss was so busy today with her own stuff that I don’t think she would have noticed nor cared if I wore my denim jacket all day.

Admittedly, a denim jacket isn’t the most professional topper for work, but sometimes it doesn’t matter. Like the day after you eat and drink way too much and just want something easy.

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Jewel Tones and Black Boots

Office Appropriate Outfits - Fall

Green sweater, purple scarf, black pleated skirt, knee high boots, patterned tights

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Sweater – Banana Republic Outlet (similar) | Scarf – Target (similar) | Skirt – The Limited (same) | Tights – Express (same) | Boots – Cole Haan (similar) | Watch Groopdealz (similar)

 

So, this week’s Trend Spin is Jewel Tones. I admit, I had to Google which colors were considered jewel tones. Turns out, there’s not really a consensus. I suppose technically they are colors that resemble gemstones, such as emerald, dark red, purple, and dark blue. The opposite of a jewel tone would be a pastel or lighter version of the darker colors.

I tend to gravitate toward jewel tones but strangely I was having a difficult time coming up with an outfit today. See, I also wanted to participate in Sarah’s Take One, Pass It On challenge 2.0. I did this in February as well and it was a good exercise in remixing items in my closet. However, since I didn’t wear any jewel tones yesterday I decided to take the boots and pass them on to today!

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So, which item will I pass on from today’s outfit? Guess you’ll have to keep reading to find out!

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

Light and Breezy

Office Appropriate Outfits - Summer

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Top – The Limited via Poshmark (similar) | Skirt – The Limited (similar) | Shoes – 6pm.com (similar) | Bracelets – Joe Fresh & Gorjana (similar & same)

 

Well, it’s approximately the same temperature as the surface of the sun and the same humidity as a sauna so I stood in front of my closet for about 5 minutes before deciding on pairing two of my lightest weight clothing pieces. Thankfully they also work for today’s Trend Spin Link-Up of Prints & Patterns!

Doesn’t mean I wasn’t already sweating while waiting for the train. My hair lasted about 2 seconds down and is now in a ponytail. Remind me of this when I’m sad in February and wishing for warmer weather, okay?

And while normally I would irritated by the breeze that showed up while taking these photos, it’s actually quite welcome today. Dear breeze, please stick around! Thanks!

Oh, and if you love this skirt, why don’t you vote for it? I’m over on Chippmunk talking about the great deals I get from The Limited, featuring this skirt, and I would love it if you voted for me! Not only is it awesome blog exposure for me but there’s chance I could win a $100 gift card. And you know I’d pick The Limited and show you how to get the most for $100! Just click on the “Love it” button.

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Also linking up with Style Elixir

Chambray and Cream

Office Appropriate Outfits - Summer

Polka dot chambray knotted over a pleated, full, polka dot cream skirt

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Shirt – Old Navy (similar) | Skirt – The Limited (similar) | Necklace – J. Crew via Poshmark (similar) | Shoes – Bandolino (same)

Good morning, chambray; Monday says hello. You polka dot above us, and there’s polka dots below.

Okay, I’ll stop now. Kudos if you know what lyrics I’m spoofing.  Anyway, yes, it’s a polka dot chambray sort of day. Why? Because Two Birds gave us this Inspiration Monday photo and while I could have gone with a plain chambray over my lace dress I decided that double polka dots with a chambray shirt and my pleated skirt were better.

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Why better? See, today I am meeting Jen from Librarian for Life and Style for the first time! And since she’s one of the reasons I bought this skirt (she has an adorable twirly pleated skirt I love) I thought it appropriate that I wear it for our very first meeting.

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Tucked in or knotted? I couldn’t decide.

There are lots of other fun things going on this week! First, today and tomorrow I’m also doing Sarah’s Real Life Pin to Real Life Pinterest challenge. Why only today and tomorrow? Well, Wednesday I’ll be posting my June shopping summary and then Thursday and Friday I’m out of the office for the Fourth of July holiday.

Never fear, though, if you need a Loop Looks fix later this week I do have some non-outfit posts coming up. Consider it my Fourth of July holiday gift to you.

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P.S. It was really windy on the roof.

Colorblock and Stripes

Office Appropriate Outfits - Summer

Stripes, colorblock skirt, belt

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Shirt – Old Navy (similar) | Skirt – The Limited (similar) | Shoes – Nine West (similar) | Necklace – Gordman’s (similar) | Bracelet – House of Gemmes (same) | Belt – The Limited (similar)

Sometimes you see an outfit on someone and you think, “That works, but I don’t know why.” That’s what I thought when I saw Rachel from Suburban Style Challenge put a striped shirt with her patterned a-line skirt. I immediately thought about putting my black and white striped shirt with my purple, black, and pink pleated skirt. This skirt has no white in it but yet the two seem to go together.

Already I’ve gotten two compliments on this outfit. One from my husband who told me it was cute and another from a worker who said she liked my “dress”.

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I think it’s because this outfit has repeating bands of color but they are separated by a large section of solid purple that your eye is tricked into seeing it as a cohesive outfit. Also, for anyone who is afraid of horizontal stripes, wearing a belt at your narrowest spot (typically your natural waist) will keep you from feeling like the side of a barn.

How do you feel about horizontal stripes?