Some times I put on an outfit and don’t even realize until after the fact that it’s all from the same store. Case in point: today’s outfit. Everything but the shoes (and my watch. and the Fitbit, of course) is from The Limited. I guess when you like something you really like something.
Blazer – The Limited (same) | Shirt – The Limited (similar) | Pants – The Limited (similar) | Shoes – Jessica Simpson via DSW (same) | Necklace – The Limited (similar) | Earrings – The Limited (similar)
I’ve actually worn a very similar outfit to work before but in that case I wore my black and white striped tee instead of going for the all-black look. Today I wanted to be a bit more streamlined. Sometimes mixing up patterns is fun and other times you want to be a bit more classic.
I also wanted to wear flats. As you saw yesterday, I ran another half marathon and my feet just needed a break from heels. Plus, I actually wore this outfit yesterday which was my office’s annual outing to Fogo de Chao aka The Meat Olympics. If you’ve never been to a Brazilian Steakhouse you are missing out on the gut-busting gluttony of all you can eat meat, salad, and sides. The waistband of these pants is actually a tad bit too big. Which, of course, makes it perfect for housing a food baby.
Blazer – J. Crew (same) | Shirt – Target (similar) | Pants – The Limited (same) | Shoes – MIA via Macy’s (similar) | Necklace – The Limited (same)
Yes, I am still sticking to the #blackoutstyle challenge by wearing a navy (yes, this blazer is navy) instead of a black blazer. I figure that it’s only appropriate to wear today, the day after my birthday, since this navy J. Crew Schoolboy blazer was a joint birthday gift from my father and my husband last year.
I haven’t worn this blazer much recently but today was the perfect day to pair it with my new red ankle pants. I’m always wary of wearing ankle pants in the winter but since it’s supposed to be a bit warmer this week I thought, hey, why not. I didn’t want these pants to have to stay hidden until spring!
Welcome to today’s Trend Spin monochromatic look in all red! Yes, I wore just about every red thing I have in my closet to create this bright and cheery look. Unfortunately the weather was not cooperating when I took these pictures which is why it looks like I’m standing in a dungeon. Hey, at least I found a red friend to stand next to!
Speaking of picture taking, I’ve been asked (in person) a few times about when I take my pictures. Well, if I have time on the weekends I plan out all my outfits for the week and have my husband and his DSLR take all the pictures in one afternoon. That’s what I did this week. And of course it was raining ALL FREAKING DAY on Sunday when I had scheduled photo time. Which necessitated getting creative with photo shoot locations.
If I don’t have time during the weekend (or I’m feeling super lazy) then I take my photos with my point-and-shoot camera, the timer, and a tripod on my way to work or on my lunch break. That probably would have been the better bet this week since it hasn’t rained since Sunday. Win some, lose some, I guess.
Back in May we had a You Pick Wednesday post about different ways to pair the color red. Everyone’s favorites? Red with lavender and red with mint! Well, considering I’d never worn red with mint before I decided to give it a try for this week’s Trend Spin Link-Up of color-blocking.
Color-blocking is really just fancy way of describing complementary or analogous colors worn next to one another. This article from Corporate Fashionista does a good job of describing the different ways you can incorporate color-blocking into your wardrobe. It’s definitely not for everyone and it’s something I definitely don’t do very often. Of course, that might be because I actually don’t own a lot of colorful shirts so I tend to wear one bright piece and then the rest neutrals.
Today is the Third Thursday link-up at Work Clothes, I Suppose and I had grand plans of recreating an outfit that Bri herself had inspired me to wear. However, I totally failed and recreated the wrong red pants outfit! Instead, I put together an outfit similar to one I saw last fall on Lily Says Go. Either way, it’s red pants and a camel blazer with leopard shoes. I just wore chambray instead of my gold polka dot top. And now I have that outfit to look forward to!
Anyway, today’s Third Thursday theme is “Work Wear”. Considering I wear what I think of as “work wear” every day, this isn’t a stretch. But I think the fact that I paired two pieces that could be considered slightly casual (cropped pants, chambray-ish shirt) but added heels and a blazer that my outfit is work appropriate without being traditional.
I mean, I own several suits (and have even worn them on the blogonoccasion) but I think that’s an easy cop-out! One of my goals for this blog is to help women dress for work without feeling constrained by traditional work outfits! So, wear those red pants, add those leopard heels, wear something other than black! You can do it, I promise.
When I saw Laura wear her cropped red pants with boots and a sweater I knew I wanted to recreate the outfit with items in my own closet. Sadly, after I put it on and took pictures I realized that marathon training (and my subsequent desire to EAT ALL THE THINGS) has not been kind to me. Plus, it’s been awhile since I wore these pants and now they’re a little too tight in certain areas. I ended up swapping out the crewneck sweater for a long oatmeal colored cardigan so I would feel less exposed.
But the point of this post is not to talk about pants that are a tad too small. Nope, it’s to talk about the many ways I’ve worn these pants since “Pants” are the topic of the second day of 5 Days, 5 Ways. Actually, this post is kind of a cop-out because I did a past post showing 9 different ways I’ve worn these red pants!
Still, other than a quickie photo from last year’s trip to New York City this is the first time I’ve showcased these pants for cold weather wear. See, if your cropped pants are narrow enough at the ankle you can wear them all year round by putting boots over them! Pretty neat, huh?
Want your own cropped red pants? Here are a few that might fit the bill!
Since on the last Sunday Remix I did my green pants, I thought it only appropriate that this time I do my red pants!
You know, taking pictures of your outfits and then putting ones with similar or the same items side by side really makes you realize just how you wear certain items. For example, these pants. Apparently I almost always pair them with black and white.
That’s it. My new goal is to figure out what else to wear with these pants that ISN’T black or white.
Blazer – The Limited | Blouse – The Limited | Pants – Gap | Necklace – Macy’s (gift) | Shoes – Nine West
I used to wear this blouse all the time. In fact, I even wore it on my first day at my current job! However, I only ever wore it with black pants. It wasn’t until I saw this post by Emily that I had an “ah ha!” moment.
This is why I love the Internet. I love getting ideas from other people and trying them out myself. Sure, I may not have the exact same items, but chances are good I have something similar. Maybe you don’t have red pants and a gray blazer, but do you have gray pants? How about a red cardigan? Or a red sweater? Something with stripes? Something black and white? There are so many possibilities!
Cardigan – Lucky Brand | Top – Banana Republic Outlet | Pants – Gap | Shoes – Nine West Outlet | Earrings – Francesca’s (gift)
This is not the outfit I originally wanted to wear today. Nope. I had something a little different in mind when I went to bed last night. But when I put that outfit on this morning I just wasn’t feeling it. So, this is what I ended up with.
And while I’ve worn these red pants with leopard print accessories I was surprised to realize I haven’t worn it with this particular leopard cardigan. Funny how that happens, isn’t it?
Today is Inspiration Monday over at Two Birds. I definitely needed some inspiration today. I was dragging. So I was pleased when the inspiration photo popped up with this:
Hey, I thought. I’ve pants that are the same color. And I’ve got several white button down tops.
But then when I was standing in my closet (stay tuned tomorrow for a closet tour!) debating which white button down top to wear this polka dot top jumped out at me. Ashlee’s top is a more flow-y and blousy than any of my more structured white button downs so I thought the billowiness of this polka dot top was more appropriate.
Turns out I really like this outfit! And the best part? I’m actually working from home today so I’ll be able to wear this into the office another day and no one will be the wiser! Except you all. And you won’t tell, right?
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