Tag Archives: polka dots

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.

  

Stripes and Polka Dots

•• Office Appropriate Outfits - Summer

After my minor freak out on Friday, I was able to carve out some time this weekend to run 7 miles, attend my first Milwaukee Brewers game, get in a great workout at Crosstown Fitness, and take some outfit photos!

I didn’t want to miss today because it’s another Style Imitating Art pick, this time by Animated Cardigan.

Luggage Barcode Sunset No. 4, by Douglas Coupland

Interestingly enough, the outfits that came to mind when I saw this were ones I’ve already worn. One was even for another Style Imitating Art post and the other was for a different style challenge I used to do. So, I figured, why mess too much with a good thing?

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striped_tank_polka_dot_skirt-2Scarf – Nordstrom (similar) | Tank – Marshall’s (similar) | Skirt – J. Crew Factory (similar) | Shoes – MIA (similar)

This outfit is actually quite comfortable and even though it’s something I would have worn to my less-casual office job in the summer, it still works for my current job. Albeit, I’m probably one of the most dressed up people in the office (seriously, cargo shorts and flip flops are the norm for guys and let’s not even talk about what some of the women on the phone sales team wear). Still, I feel good in this outfit and, for me, that’s part of the reason I get dressed. Sure, I could wear a ratty tank top and jeans to work, but why?

Although, this winter I’m pretty sure I’ll be all about the jeans. Which means I need to go shopping for jeans. Ugh. I’d rather go swimsuit shopping!

Linking up with More Pieces of Me and On the Daily Express

  

Subtle Pattern Mixing

•• Office Appropriate Outfits - Spring

Chicago style blogger, polka dot dress, striped shirt, pattern mixing, black and white

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Dress – The Limited (similar) | Shirt – The Limited via Poshmark (similar) | Cardigan – The Limited (similar) | Shoes – Bandolino (same) | Necklace – The Limited (similar)

Welcome to Monday, everyone! How was your weekend? I have a lovely low-key three days (yes, remember, I had Friday off) that basically consisted of running, grilling, and watching the first season of The Glades. I lead an exciting life, don’t I? Oh, I also taught someone how to use Facebook.

I also put together this outfit as inspired by this Erté painting chose by Salazar for this week’s Style Imitating Art.

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Originally I was thinking my green pants with my polka dot chambray shirt but then I remembered that today I have a meeting with some auditors at work and decided that green pants and chambray might be a bit too casual.

So, instead, I went with subtle pattern mixing with polka dots and stripes and brought in some purple and green in the cardigan and the necklace. I also tried to find some art deco architecture to stand in front of but, alas, I could only find Victorian.

First world problems, right?

Linking up with Fizz & Frosting | On the Daily Express | More Pieces of Me | Basic Training Corporate Style

  

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:

5 ways to wear a  short sleeved polka dot sweater

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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

Linking up with Walking in Memphis in High Heels | The Fashion Canvas

  

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!

Linking up with Vodka Infused Lemonade | H&K Style Journey| Stylin in St. Louis

  

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

Gree sweater, gold polka dot shirt, leopard print watch Stitch Fix Katherine Barclay sweater with plaid pants

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