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Spring Neutrals for Summer

Office Appropriate Outfits - Spring

Lace shirt, pleated polka dot cream skirt, brown heels


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Shirt – The Limited (similar) | Skirt – The Limited (same) (similar) | Shoes – Anne Klein via Marshall’s (similar) | Navy necklace – J. Crew via Poshmark (similar) | Gold bar necklace – The Limited (same)


So, uh, Chicago. In June. It’s a fickle time of year. The sun is out and warm but the air temperature is cool. So even if I wanted to wear a dress as summery as the one in today’s Inspiration Monday to work it was not going to happen today.


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But that’s okay. Because that means I got to wear my new skirt (details coming on Wednesday)!

Lace shirt, pleated polka dot cream skirt, brown heels

After feeling like I was all pencil skirts all the time I’ve been looking to branch out. The key, though, is making sure that the skirt isn’t too full or too long lest I feel like a ballerina or like it’s accentuating my hips. This one was an online purchase that worked out in my favor. I’m already looking forward to other ways to wear this skirt.

Although, I realized when putting this outfit together that I don’t own any brightly colored heels! I think I will be using my Sole Society credit to remedy this situation. What color do you think I should get?

Full Skirts and Full Weekends

Office Appropriate Outfits - Winter

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Blazer – The Limited (similar, use code HOTPERK for 40% off) | Top – The Limited (similar) | Skirt – The Limited (similar) | Booties – Liz Claiborne via DSW (similar) | Necklace – The Limited (similar)

Full disclosure: I am working from my couch today.  I had an amazing weekend full of a tour at Half Acre brewery, running my fastest 5K race time ever, and an awesome Oscar’s party hosted by the Chicago Blogger Network (full post on Wednesday). I need a day to recover.  But, I already had this outfit planned for Inspiration Monday.  Plus, my hair is straightened so I wasn’t going to pass up the opportunity to take some pics.

Today’s Inspiration Monday involved a full skirt and a jacket as worn by one of the Olsen sisters.

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You may notice that any time an inspiration photo features a full skirt I wear this purple pleated one.  That’s because it’s the only full skirt I own.  I definitely gravitate towards the pencil skirt silhouette but ever so often it’s nice to break out of the box.

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Inspiration Monday: The Silhouette

Office Appropriate Outfits - Winter

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Turtleneck – The Limited (similar)| Skirt – The Limited (similar) | Booties – Liz Claiborne via DSW (similar) | Necklace – The Limited (similar)

Today’s inspiration photo is a simple black v-neck dress.  Seems easy enough, right?

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I actually think the purple dress I wore last Tuesday is a better fit for this inspiration image, but I decided to try something different.  Plus, considering the weather there was no way I was  A. going bare legged or B. wearing a v-neck.  So, I decided to stick with the silhouette of the slightly flared skirt.  This pleated skirt is really the only one I own the fit the bill so here it is.

Also, I attempted to dragoon my husband into take my outfit photos and he wasn’t super thrilled with doing it on our icy (and cold) roof.  Hence the ridiculous look on my face.

Or maybe that’s just my disgust at having to go to work today.  After a weekend celebrating my birthday that started with a painting outing with friends on Thursday and culminated with a wine tasting tour in Michigan with my mom yesterday you can probably understand my reluctance to get back to regular life!


Inspiration Monday – Pleats

Office Appropriate Outfits - Fall

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Blouse – Alfani via Macy’s | Skirt – The Limited | Boots – Liz Claiborne via DSW | Necklace – Macy’s

It’s another Inspiration Monday from Two Birds! Today’s inspiration photo includes a blouse, a pleated skirt and boots.

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Since I only own one skirt that is A. work appropriate and B. not a pencil skirt I went with a black and purple color scheme as opposed to black and brown.

I’m also not super jazzed about the booties with the skirt so in order to feel more comfortable I’m swapping out the boots for regular ol’ pumps.

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Which shoe do you prefer?  How would you interpret this outfit with items from your closet?

Purple Majesty

Office Appropriate Outfits - Fall

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Cardigan, Top & Skirt – The Limited | Belt – Target | Necklace – Macy’s | Shoes – Anne Klein via Bergner’s

You know what’s funny about this skirt?  When I bought it I honestly didn’t really think about what I would wear with it.  But already I’ve found that lots of things in my closet match it perfectly!  Like this cardigan.  I did not buy them at the same time but I realized this morning that they go together as if they were purchased as a set.

I tossed on the leopard print belt to break up the sea of purple and immediately got compliments on it when I was in the elevator on my way to my office.  An unexpected pattern or color in an accessory can really catch people’s eye!  In a good way, of course.

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Also, I’m getting my hair cut tonight for the first time in…um…a long time.  I have no idea what to do with it.  Suggestions are welcome!

Pleat Bleats

Office Appropriate Outfits - Summer

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Top – THML via Stitch Fix | Skirt – The Limited | Belt – The Limited | Necklace – Overstock.com | Shoes – Tahari via TJ Maxx

I recently ordered this skirt from The Limited when they were having an extra 40% off all their already marked-down items.  I wasn’t sure how I’d feel about pleats considering I carry most of my weight in my hips.

I’m still not sure how I feel about it but I do love that it’s way out of the box in terms of what I normally wear.  This outfit feels very frilly and feminine and I’m usually a bit more tailored.  I think I’ll hang onto the skirt and see how else I’m inspired to wear it.

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Also, don’t forget that tomorrow is You Pick Wednesday!  Send your questions and suggestions to looplooks@gmail.com!