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Finally, an eShakti dress!

Office Appropriate Outfits - Fall · Office Appropriate Outfits - Spring · Office Appropriate Outfits - Summer

Two things to note before I get on with the rest of this post.

1. I wore this dress and took these photos before fall decided to descend on Chicago. I am definitely not wearing it today! But I did wear it twice in the past two weeks. Once to a bridal shower and once to work. These photos are from when I wore it to work.

2. eShakti sent me this dress free of charge with the only stipulation that I use their “customize” feature.

Now, with that out of the way…

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Dress – eShakti (same style, different colors) | Shoes – Sole Society (same) | Jacket –  Langford Market (similar)

For at least a year I’ve admired eShakti dresses on Librarian for Life and Style and was a teeny bit jealous that eShakti kept contacting her to try out their customize a dress option. So, I finally decided I’d spend my own money on one when they were having their Buy One, Get One Free sale. I even added some to my cart but had to wait until I got paid. Then, lo and behold, they contacted ME!

So, I went to their site and found a few that I could see wearing either dressed up or down. I just had to decide how I wanted to customize it. With eShakti each dress has a series of customization options that include things as simple as changing the sleeves, neckline or length all the way to being as complicated as entering your specific measurements.

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I went with the simpler option and took a dress with elbow-length sleeves that was supposed to hit below the knee and made it sleeveless and asked that it hit above the knee.

I know from reading Jen’s blog that eShakti tends to err on the side of making their dresses and skirts a little longer than what you ask for which is why I asked for above the knee. As you can see, it’s a perfect length! eShakti customized knit dress

The one measurement they don’t ask for that I wish they did was torso length. As in, the distance from the tops of your shoulders to your natural waist. I find that those of us with short torsos tend to end up with shoulder straps that are too long. The dress does pull and bunch a bit strangely across my chest and I’m not sure if that’s because the shoulder straps are too long or too short.

Regardless, it’s SUPER comfortable because it’s knit AND it has pockets. Pockets! In fact, most of their dresses do. It’s also really high quality and has definitely made me an eShakti convert. The next time I want to buy a dress I’m pretty sure I’ll be going there.

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SIA: Scarves and Dresses

Office Appropriate Outfits - Fall

First, before you keep reading, don’t forget to A. vote for your favorite outfit from August and B. enter my giveaway to win my watch’s twin,

When Jen picked this painting for this week’s Style Imitating Art challenge I admit I was stumped. I had no idea what I could wear that came even close to anything this lovely ladies are wearing. Especially since I knew that Jen would nail it and get all the little details just right. She’s good at that!

“The Serenade” – 1910 – Eugene de Blaas

“The Serenade” – 1910 – Eugene de Blaas

But then I remembered that it’s not about how I interpret it as a competition with the other ladies who participate. Nope, it’s all about what makes me feel good. And what made me feel good last week was a maxi dress with a cardigan and a scarf.

Navy maxi dress for fall with cardigan and scarf

Scarf – JF&A Show (similar) | Cardigan – Nordstrom Rack (similar) | Maxi Dress – Nordstrom Rack (similar) | Shoes – TJ Maxx (similar)

It was almost 90 degrees with humidity the day I wore this outfit but my office is freezing so the scarf and the cardigan were necessary. However, it also transitioned perfectly to riding a Divvy bike home from work once removing the cardigan and scarf. And thanks to Maggie’s suggestion I was able to use a hair tie to “knot” my dress at my knees and bike with only minimal flashing of other people.

Maxi dress for fall

In the end I thought this outfit was a nice modern homage to the 114 year old painting. A long dress, a scarf, and layers.

In other news, we took Chewie to doggie daycare for the first time last week and they said he did great! He was pretty sleepy for the rest of the evening, too. We’re taking him again tomorrow so fingers crossed it goes well again.

Also in Chewie-related news, he seems to have developed a weird bump next to his left eye.

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He’s still super handsome but I think it’s beginning to mar his good looks! Unfortunately, the vet told us they’d have to sedate him to biopsy it and figure out what it is. We’ll probably be doing that before the end of the month. Ah, puppies. It’s never end with them, isn’t it?

  

Thank Goodness for Cardigans

Office Appropriate Outfits - Summer

Yesterday was the weirdest weather day I’ve experienced in awhile. It took me forever to figure out what to wear because it was hot and humid when I left for work. I ended up with a tank and a skirt and grabbed a cardigan just in case.

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Top – Banana Republic Outlet (similar) | Skirt –White House Black Market (similar) | Shoes – Vince Camuto (similar) | Necklace – Etsy (similar)

It ended up raining mid-morning which cooled everything down so that by the time I left work early so I could get ready to go to an outdoor concert (American Authors, The Script and One Republic, all of which were amazing) I was chilly even with the cardigan!

At the outdoor concert I wore jeans, boat shoes, a tee, a scarf, a hat, and a jacket and was still bundled up under a blanket! Crazy.

Thankfully the rain stopped as soon as we sat down on the lawn at Ravinia because even though I was prepared with an umbrella and a rain jacket I don’t know how long I would have lasted in the chilly rain. The bands were good but I’m just a wuss sometimes!

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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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Cardigans and Librarians

Office Appropriate Outfits - Spring

Chicago style blogger, Chicago botanic garden, little black dres with a cardigan

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Dress – The Limited (similar) | Cardigan – The Limited (similar) | Necklace – Groopdealz (similar) | Shoes – Bandolino (same)

Today I’m doing a presentation on what types of jobs you can get with a Masters in Library Science so I figure it’s only appropriate that I wear a cardigan. I mean, what else do you associate with librarians other than cardigans?? Just kidding. I hope you associate things like books and education. Not just cardigans!

Although, in the interest of full disclosure, I do not consider myself a librarian (I’m a records manager) and I actually took these pictures yesterday at the Chicago Botanic Garden.

Actually, I love the Chicago Botanic Garden so much I think I need to do an entire photo shoot there. It’s so beautiful no matter what time of year you visit. In fact, I have taken photos there once before, when I showed you this casual outfit my mother-in-law brought me from Italy!

The only downside is that this time I was there sans photographer; so welcome back to the land of the point-and-shoot camera. And the land of me wearing another comfy dress outfit. Apologies for both.

Black dress with a purple cardigan at the Chicago Botanic Garden

  

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?

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Can you use a vest as a pillow?

Office Appropriate Outfits - Spring · Office Appropriate Outfits - Winter

Chicago style blogger Loop Looks wear a purple dress with a black faux fur vest

Chicago style blogger Loop Looks wears a purple dress with a black faux fur vest

Dress – The Limited (similar) | Vest – Comfort Me Boutique (similar) | Tights – Express (same) | Boots – Liz Claiborne via DSW (similar) | Bracelet – House of Gemmes (similar)

So, I will fully admit that I had a different outfit planned. But then the weather people lied to me and it snowed and was cold and Style Up told me to wear a colorful dress with some faux fur and here I am.

Now that I look at these photos I think this outfit would have benefitted from my black obi belt and solid black tights but such is life. When Jason took these pictures he told me I looked tired. I am tired. I could have easily used my vest as a pillow and taken a nap on the floor of my office yesterday afternoon.

Seriously, why don’t we get nap time as adults?? Huge oversight on someone’s part.

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Warmest Work Sweater

Office Appropriate Outfits - Winter

Chicago style blogger, wear to work, purple shawl sweater, gray pants

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Sweater – LOFT (similar) | Shirt – The Limited (similar and super cute!) | Pants – The Limited (similar) | Necklace – The Limited (similar) | Shoes – Nine West (similar)

I shared this outfit last week on Instagram but since it features my warmest sweater and my warmest pair of pants I had to re-wear it again today, the coldest day so far this week.

Also, I need to ask you all a question. See, I don’t wear lipstick on a regular basis, but this week’s Trend Spin was to feature a bold lip. I put on some Red Apple Lipstick before I left the house but then spent my entire commute with my scarf up over my nose and mouth worrying that I was smearing lipstick all over my scarf. So, do you just put on lipstick after you get wherever you’re going?  Please school me in the way of lip color!

Oh, and I know I’m wearing black shoes even though it’s still the January Black Out Challenge. I hope you will all forgive me.

  

That Old Thing

Casual Friday · Office Appropriate Outfits - Winter

Leopard print cardigan with purple scarf, white button up shirt, jeans, nude shoes. Casual Friday, Chicago style blogger

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Cardigan – Lucky Brand (similar) | Scarf – Target (similar) | Shirt – TJ Maxx (similar) | Jeans – The Limited (similar) | Shoes – Bandolino (same)

 

Okay, so, if I can’t find my dream leopard print shoes I mentioned yesterday I suppose I shall console myself by wearing my leopard print cardigan today. It’s not the same thing at all. But, it’s what I’ve got.

Also, this white collared shirt is what I’ve got. I bought it YEARS ago. I don’t even remember when. In fact, I think I might have bought it because I needed it for a work uniform or a costume. I just hung onto it because, hey, a white collared shirt doesn’t really go out of style. But every time I put it on I think, “I wish I had a different white collared shirt.” So maybe I’ll make that one of my goals this year. Figure out what in my closet I don’t really love and replace it with something better.

I’ve read that the non-iron dress shirts from Brooks Brothers are amazing but, dang, they are pricey. However, I suppose that  just like this not-so-pricey one that I have it will last for longer than I can remember and, if I really love it, that’s worth the price, right? Decisions, decisions.

As a testament to how much I don’t love this shirt, I could only find two other times I’ve worn it. I have another white collared shirt that has metallic silver pinstripes that I wear a lot more often, but this plain white one just doesn’t get that kind of love.

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Also, apparently I really like to wear it with this leopard cardigan and these shoes. Who knew?

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Tights Tip

Office Appropriate Outfits - Winter

Purple dress with black tights and leopard heels for Chicago winter office style

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Dress – The Limited (similar) | Shoes – Karen Scott via Macy’s (similar) | Chandelier earrings – The Limited (similar) | Watch – Groopdealz (similar)

Let’s talk about tights. They are a necessity in the winter here in Chicago. At least, if you don’t want to spend the entire winter in pants. I mean, there’s nothing wrong with pants but, dang, sometimes you just want to wear a pretty dress and not freeze to death you know?

Finding tights that fit can be a challenge. I always buy mine a size larger than the size chart on the packaging dictates and even then I typically take scissors to the waistband and cut four vertical slits (front, back and sides) to cut down on the sausage-casing squeeze so many tights produce.

And then, I almost always match my shoes to my tights. Black tights? Black shoes. Gray tights? Gray shoes. Brown tights? You get the picture. Why? Because I think it elongates the leg and keeps the outfit more streamlined. But today I threw caution to the wind and wore my leopard prints shoes with my black tights. And actually kind of liked it.

I’ve done this once before and I didn’t like it that time. I think because the rest of the outfit was too busy for me visually. But this time with the solid purple dress and simple gold jewelry it’s much less jarring.

So, there’s my tip for the day. Match your shoes to your tights or, if you’re not going to, keep the rest of your outfit a solid color and let the shoes be the star.

 Purple dress, leopard print heels, black tights, gold jewelry, wear to work, Chicago style blogger

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