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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:

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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.

  

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

  

Monochrome Winter White

•• Office Appropriate Outfits - Winter

Loop Looks, Chicago style blogger, winter white pants, tan sweater, and leopard heels

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Sweater – LOFT via Goodwill (similar) | Shirt – Forever 21 (similar) | Pants – The Limited (similar) | Shoes – Karen Scott via Macy’s (similar) | Necklace – Express (similar)

I don’t know what it is about monochrome looks but I really like them. Yesterday was burgundy and today is winter white and neutrals.  I’m in the car again today but I have a 3:00 PM meeting back at my office so, once again, I need to go from a three hour car trip to work with minimal fuss. This outfit combines all the things I need for that. Comfortable, warmth, classy, but with a bit of sass.

Plus, you know how you might believe that wearing all black makes you feel taller and thinner? I actually think it’s even more true for white and neutrals. I feel super tall and super powerful in this outfit. Maybe winter white is my power color!

Loop Looks, Chicago style blogger, winter white pants, tan sweater, and leopard heels

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5 Ways to Make the Most of Your Dresses

•• Office Appropriate Outfits - Winter

Navy J. Crew Schoolboy Blazer with Stitch Fix Polka Dot Dress, Chicago Style Blogger, what to wear to work

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Blazer – J. Crew (same) | Dress – Stitch Fix (similar) | Camisole – The Limited| Necklace – The Limited (same) | Boots – Bandolino via 6pm.com (similar)

For those of you who thought I purchased new legs when I did my January Shopping Summary you’ll be pleased to know I’m wearing them in this outfit. Well, I’m wearing the nude fishnet tights from Express, anyway.

I’m also wearing this dress that hasn’t gotten much love recently. My husband actually asked me, “Hey, what happened to that long-sleeved polka dot dress? You haven’t worn it in awhile.” I guess this dress made an impression on him!

He’s right, though. I hadn’t worn it in awhile. Dresses can sometimes be difficult to wear more than one way. Although, there are some ways you can keep them from feeling stale. In fact, here are five ideas for making the most of the dresses in your closet.

5 Ways to Make the Most of Your Dresses

As you can see, for this outfit I went with option 5 and layered my navy J. Crew blazer over the dress. I like the air of professionalism it gives to this particular dress. Not all the options above will work for every dress so be sure to pay attention to whether or not the dress has sleeves, the dress’s neckline, the length, and how it fits overall. All of that plays a role when choosing how to make the most of your dresses!

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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

  

Pink and Polka Dots

•• Casual Friday - Office Appropriate Outfits - Winter

Pink blazer, gray polka dot sweater, jeans, boots, Chicago style blogger, Chicago winter style, Casual Friday outfit

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Blazer – H&M (similar) | Sweater – Old Navy (similar) | Jeans – Express (similar) | Boots – Macy’s (similar) | Necklace – Langford Market (similar) | Earrings – birthday gift

On this Friday I’m participating in another Style Imitating Art style challenge. In addition to not wearing any black again today, I’m using this photo, chosen by Jess of Animated Cardigan to come up with my outfit.

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So, of course there’s the pink in the blazer. And I added the polka dot sweater and the pearls as an homage to the dots on the painting. This outfit is actually perfect for today’s weather because the sweater is short-sleeved which means I won’t get too hot with our heat wave of 32 degrees!

Also, pairing pink with neutrals such as gray or black make it a lot more appropriate for wearing in the winter. The last time I wore this blazer it was still chilly outside and I paired it with black to keep it from looking too much like spring.

So, if you’re looking to add some color to your winter wardrobe, don’t forget about pink. It’s not just for spring and summer anymore!

Linking up with AJ Wears Clothes

  

What To Wear With Plaid

•• Office Appropriate Outfits - Fall - Uncategorized

Stitch Fix Katherine Barclay sweater with plaid pants

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Sweater – Katherine Barclay via Stitch Fix (similar) | Shirt – Forever 21 (similar) | Pants – The Limited (similar) | Boots – Bandolino (similar) | Watch – Groopdealz (similar)

I know, I know, I just wore a sweater over a collared shirt last week. But the look is classic for a reason. It even got chosen as this week’s Inspiration Monday photo:

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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!

Also, you may have noticed that I did not take something from Friday’s outfit to pass on to today. Nope. I decided that Monday’s are a reset on the Take One, Pass It On challenge for me. Cheating? Maybe. Do I care? Nope!

Stitch Fix Katherine Barclay sweater with plaid pants

  

Yes, I Am Wearing Navy and Black Together

•• Casual Friday - Office Appropriate Outfits - Fall

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Jacket – J. Crew via ebay (similar) | Shirt – Gap (similar) | Jeans – The Limited (similar) | Boots – Ciao Bella via DSW (similar)

I know I just said that the polka dots on this top are navy and not black but here I am wearing the top with black jeans. Why? Because this tweed jacket has both blue AND black in it (not to mention both silver and gold threads) so it’s totally okay that I’m wearing navy and black together.

Also, are you really surprised that I chose this shirt for the Take One, Pass It On challenge?

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It’s Friday and that means JEANS! So of course I had to find a way to wear something from yesterday with jeans.

Anyway, I don’t have much to say today. Except that last night I went to an AWESOME workout session and I’ll be writing about it on my fitness blog next week. If you don’t already, you can follow me over there or like Eri-thon on Facebook.

And stay tuned next week to see what items from my closet I remix into new outfits!

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Day 1 | Day 2 | Day 3 | Day 4

Also linking up with AJ Wears Clothes

  

Emerald and Cobalt

•• Office Appropriate Outfits - Fall

Wear to work in Chicago fall: Emerald green sweater with cobalt pants and polka dot shirt

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Sweater – Banana Republic Outlet (similar) | Shirt – Gap (similar) | Pants – LOFT (similar) | Shoes – J. Crew Factory (same) | Necklace – JF&A Show (similar)

I know you’ve slept since then, but remember on Tuesday when I wore a green sweater? Well, that’s the piece I chose to “pass on” to today’s outfit as part of the Take One, Pass It On challenge. Admittedly, I struggled with whether or not to wear the emerald green sweater with the cobalt pants and the polka dots because I was afraid it would look too clownish. But in the end I obviously went with the two bright colors and just decided that I would be vibrant today.

I also think this would look good with tan, gray, or navy bottoms. Or, if the polka dots on my top were black instead of navy, black pants or skirt. Or, you know, if you had some, you could wear it with purple bottoms. Or jeans. But since it’s Thursday and not Friday no jeans for me.

But, speaking of jeans, you can probably guess what I’ll be taking from this outfit to wear on Friday, yes?

Wear to work for fall in Chicago: emerald gree sweater, cobalt blue pants, polka dot shirt, red trench coat, gray flats

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Also linking up with Vodka Infused Lemonade

  

Thank Goodness It’s Not Hump Day

•• Casual Friday - Office Appropriate Outfits - Fall

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Blazer – The Limited (similar) | Blouse – Gap (similar long sleeved) (similar sleeveless) | Jeans – The Limited (similar) | Shoes – 6pm.com (similar) | Necklace – The Limited (similar)

 

This morning as I was leaving the train station to walk to work a guy ran past me yelling, “Mike! Mike! Hey, Mike!” I wanted to tell him that Hump Day was two days ago.

And THANK GOODNESS it’s Friday! This week has been crazy busy. I actually love being busy but I also love sleeping in and having my outfits planned out in advance. I didn’t get a chance to do that this week so thank goodness for Pinterest. Some mornings, like today, my brain is so on autopilot it can’t even think to put gray and navy together. So, thank you, Marionberry Style for helping me get dressed on this decidedly non-Hump Day.

Other ways I’ve worn this blazer: 1 / 2 / 3 /4

Other ways I’ve worn this top:  1 / 2 / 3 / 4

Linking up with AJ’s Friday Favorites Remix