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Dress and Boots

Office Appropriate Outfits - Winter

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Coat – Calvin Klein (similar) | Shirt – Gap (similar) | Dress – The Limited (similar) | Boots – Cole Haan (similar) | Necklace – Gordman’s (similar)

Another Inspiration Monday is upon us and another inspiration photo that didn’t work with today’s plans of presenting to a graduate school class about the field of records management (trust me, it’s a scorcher!).  So I took the idea of a dress with boots and went with that.


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I also wanted to link-up with Kimmie at Blue Paper Lanterns and her “Oh, This Old Thing” link-up.  Can you guess what the oldest item in my closet is?  I’m wearing it in this outfit.

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It’s the purple collared shirt!  I’ve had this shirt since high school, which means it’s at least 15 years old.  My dad gave it to me as a gift with a gray sweater.  The sweater is long gone but this shirt keeps on trucking.

What’s the oldest item in your closet?

Also, have you taken the first anniversary reader survey yet?  Results announced soon!


Monochromatic Purple

Office Appropriate Outfits - Fall

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Shirt – Gap (similar) | Skirt – The Limited (similar) | Tights – Target | Shoes – Gabriella Rocha via 6pm.com (similar)| Necklace – JF&A Trade Show

I’ve been pinning monochromatic looks for awhile now and I love the idea of wearing one color head to toe.  At first I didn’t think I had anything that could recreate these looks except for black.  And all black can go one of two ways: classy or witch.

But then last night I remembered, wait, I have a purple skirt and I have a purple blouse.  I pulled them both out and realized they are definitely in the same color family!

Wearing the same color on top and bottom is easier than you’d think.  They don’t need to match perfectly.  As long as they are similar in hue you’re good to go.  And make sure they have slightly different textures.  My skirt has a slight tweed pattern and the top is cotton.  The two different fabrics break up the color so that it doesn’t look too matchy-matchy.

And, of course, no look in Chicago is complete without a jacket these days.

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What do you think?  Would you wear the same color all over?