We’re having really warm weather in Chicago this week but back when it wasn’t so warm I needed some layers! Bring on the vests, I say. And the turtlenecks. And the boots. And the stairwell that hopefully you won’t need to see for much longer since Daylight Saving Time starts on Sunday!
Vest – Groopdealz (similar) | Turtleneck – Express (similar) | Pants – Old Navy (same) | Boots – Sam Edelman c/o Shopbop (same) | Earrings – The Limited (similar) | Beer – Sam Adams
I go back and forth between beer and wine. I like to have something when I get home from work and while I’m making dinner. I’m also easily suggestible when it comes to what to drink. Take this “prop” for instance. I saw a guy on the elevator one day with an assorted pack of seasonal Sam Adams beer so I bought it the next time I was the store.
Right now I’m on a red wine kick. But, as warmer weather gets closer I might move back to beer. We’ll see.
Oh, and because it’s not a stairwell photo shoot without a Chewie cameo, here you go.
In case you’re new to my life, let me tell you something about me. I am NOT a morning person. I love sleep.
However, my current job starts at 8 AM and I end at 5 PM. I’m lucky in that there is a gym in my office building so I can usually sneak away at lunch and get in my workout.
Lately, though, my schedule hasn’t allowed for lunch time workouts. And since my evenings are devoted to husband, dog, dinner, and chores (and I don’t get home until after 5:30 most nights), I was left with one choice if I want to keep up my current strength/half-marathon/triathlon training: workout before work. Which means getting up at 5AM. Blurgh.
On days when I’m packing my bag to shower and get ready for the office at the gym, I try to pack the fewest number of pieces that still make a put-together outfit. My normal solution? Just add bling.
Sweater – Express (similar) | Jeans – American Eagle Outfitters (same) | Shoes – Steven c/o Shopbop (similar) | Necklace – Le Tote (same)
Turtleneck sweater, jeans and flats are all fine and good but I think a blank canvas like this sweater is just calling out for something. Thankfully I had this Le Tote necklace handy. It adds just a little extra interest to an otherwise simple outfit.
In fact, it added so much interest that I got several compliments from people at work!
Trying to think in the morning is virtually impossible for me so I pack my gym bag the night before. Top, bottom, shoes and bling is an easy combination to remember. Try it. I promise you’ll like it even if you’re like me and hate mornings.
On Tuesday I put this outfit on, went to work, and was at my desk less than two hours when my husband texted me to ask where the thermometer was.
Turtleneck – Express (similar) | Vest – Express via Poshmark (similar) | Necklace – clothing swap (similar) | Jeans – AG Adriano Goldschmied (similar) |Boots – Sam Edelman c/o Shopbop (same)
Yep, my husband caught a stomach bug. So, I left work and came home to take care of him (and Chewie). The white jeans went back in the closet and I put on regular ones. I did, however, put the white jeans back on to go to the Milk Handmade pop-up shop I mentioned yesterday.
I really liked this outfit, though, and I feel that it didn’t get the screen time that it should. So, I have a feeling I will be wearing it again closer to the holidays. I mean, it IS the perfect casual outfit to wear to work and still feel festive.
Saturday was another one of those days when the stars aligned and I was able to accomplish lots of fun things. Including a brunch at Chicago Q with various people, one of which was Erin from Color Me Styled who was able to snap some outfit photos for me.
Sweater – Gap (similar) | Scarf – NYC street vendor (similar) | Jeans – Express via Poshmark (similar) | Boots – Sam Edelman c/o Shopbop (same) | Bracelet – gift (similar)
I started the book on my Kindle on Saturday morning and was interested to chat with Meredith about the process of writing a novel. It took her 5 years! The book itself is the story of a relationship between high school seniors, Becky and Brian, told from two different points in time: one before a huge event in their lives and the other after. So far I’m enjoying it and I’m looking forward to seeing where it goes. If you’re interested in reading it and can’t find a hard copy (in case you don’t have a Kindle) let me know and I’ll hook you up with the author herself to purchase a copy!
Of course, the other thing that made me accidentally happy on Saturday was realizing that once again I’d subconsciously put together an outfit that works for today’s Style Imitating Art challenge. The colors this week were an orange-red, teal, and brown from a painting called “The Canyon“.
So, red sweater, blue pants, and brown shoes fit the bill, right? Also, this is my first attempt at bootsocks. Clearly I need to embrace jeggings if this is going to be a thing. Right now it looks like I’m wearing some kind of knickers!
As I sat at my desk eating my lunch yesterday I kept thinking to myself “don’t spill, don’t spill, don’t spill!” Because, you see, I’m wearing the same red sweater as yesterday and if I’d spilled something on it then I’d be without my take one, pass it on piece for today!
Yes, I chose the red sweater to pass on. Did you guess that’s what I’d wear?
Although, let’s be honest, I totally stole this outfit idea from Jen at Librarian for Life Style. She also paired her polka dot dress with a red sweater and a black and white polka dot scarf and I thought, hey, I have all those pieces!
So here they are. And huge thanks to Jen for the idea! I’m still wrapping my brain around wearing dresses as skirts but this one works perfectly.
Also, in response to your comments on my reader survey I made sure that every piece listed today as a similar item is under $30! In fact, if you wanted to recreate this outfit with all the items I linked it would cost you $120.49 (excluding tax and stuff). And every single piece here can be worn multiple ways so they would all be great additions to your wardrobe.
And speaking of wearing items multiple ways, which item do you think I’ll be passing on to tomorrow?
First, thanks to the 37 of you who filled out my reader survey! I was hoping for a few more but, hey, that’s about 20% of my daily page views and my psychology degree tells me that 20% is a good number to hit! So that’s pretty awesome!
And, of course, since it’s no fun to fill out a survey if you don’t get to see your responses in action, I want to share the results with you along with my thoughts (and if you’re here for the outfit photos just skip to the bottom of this post).
Since the biggest goal of Loop Looks is to provide you with outfit ideas, I’m thrilled that those are the reasons most of you are coming here. Some of my favorite “Other” responses reinforce this since they stated “The style you exhibit is practical (both aesthetically and financially) and I can actually apply the inspiration” and “To get ideas on how to dress in Chicago winters”.
And it appears that most of you love everything I’m doing! Hooray! I wasn’t surprised to see the Saturday Shots posts weren’t as popular since I admit many times I skip over those myself when reading other blogs. I was a bit surprised at the one response that said the daily outfit posts were their least favorite. Maybe they just come for my eloquent writing? (Where’s the sarcasm font?)
Again, I’m not totally surprised at the responses about wanting to see more casual outfits. I’m still figuring out how to reflect my weekend wear on the blog since that’s typically the only time you’ll find me in casual clothes since I spend most of my evenings in fitness attire. Speaking of which, I do have a fitness blog that I try to post in a few times a month if you’re interested in that. It didn’t rank too highly in the survey so I probably won’t be adding too many fitness-only posts here.
As for shopping suggestions, I do always include links to items that are similar to what I’m wearing but I can try linking to more sales information and discussing why I frequent certain stores more than others. What are your thoughts on that?
I’m happy to see most of you both look at the pictures and read the text! Lets me know that those words I put here aren’t in vain.
Most of you didn’t care one way or another about seeing Loop Looks posts on the weekends which is good since I like not having that pressure. Also, no one cared that I use affiliate links. Chances are good that I’m never going to make a living from this blog but being able to pay for itself (or pay for me to purchase more items for giveaways!) would be lovely. Right now my only source of income is the affiliate links so I’m glad they don’t bother you.
One of you mentioned that you wanted to see recaps of the closet consultations I do. Well, I do try to post links to the reviews and write-ups on other bloggers’ sites when I do one for another blogger. For example, this weekend I did one for Kelsey and posted a link on Facebook to her recap on her blog. So, that’s one bonus to following Loop Looks on Facebook! But I’m also glad to know that you don’t mind seeing the outfit photos in both places. Probably makes it easier for you!
It appears that most of you think that doing a 30×30 would be fun. I agree, it’s not the most original thing out there, but I think it can be a useful tool for those of you who are working with a limited wardrobe. Seeing how someone takes a small set of clothing and makes it work for them for a month could be helpful, right? Something for me to think on.
Of course, many of you took the chance to share your opinions in the open-ended questions, too, and I love that! All the compliments made me feel amazing! And just reminded me that the reason I do this is to help YOU and it sounds like it’s working. So yay! I wanted to take a moment to address some of the comments, too, so you know I read ALL of them.
My feed reader doesn’t always show your posts right away! Sometimes it shows three at a time and I know you didn’t post them all at the same time.
When I switched from looplooks.wordpress.com to looplooks.net I tried to change my RSS feed. The one you should be using is http://looplooks.net/feed/ If you are using that one that should take care of most of your issues. I hope. I’m still working out all that fiddly technology stuffs.
I think an overall blog redesign would freshen up the look of your style blog.
I will take anyone up on the offer to help me redesign the blog! Or, you know, if you have a WordPress theme you particularly love, show me the way!
There’s no “Like” button for WordPress.
I do have a plug-in that adds a “Like” button at the bottom of each post.
However, it is tied to Facebook. Which means I will be looking for a additional plug-in that allows you to “Like” something without having it tied to Facebook!
Photos taken in the same locations – I like the more varied ones 🙂
So, for the past three weeks my husband has been taking my outfit photos instead of me hauling my tripod all over the place. Since the weather has been iffy lately we haven’t been venturing far from home. But, as the weather warms up you can bet we will be checking out locations around the city.
It might be nice to see some collaborations with other academic/professional style bloggers, like “4 ways to style [insert item/trend]…”
Love this idea! Thank you! I will be reaching out and seeing what I can concoct. And if other bloggers read this and want to collaborate, let me know!
Would love to see more responses to reader questions and more posts on affordable fashion.
I do answer every reader question I get although sometimes it takes me a few weeks to write a post on it. That’s what You Pick Wednesdays are for! If you have a question, any question, leave it in a comment or send it to firstname.lastname@example.org and I WILL answer it in a You Pick Wednesday post. I’m currently working on one about when to wear nude shoes since a reader asked me that in a comment a few weeks ago.
As for affordable fashion, I try my hardest to pick similar items to link to that are under $100. Perhaps some of you have questions about how to put together an outfit on a budget? Tell me your budget and you’ll get an entire You Pick Wednesday post to yourself!
And with that, I want to thank you again for taking the time to fill out the survey! It means a lot to me to know what I’m doing is worthwhile and to get ideas on how to mix it up a bit.
And now what you’ve all come here to see: hardcore nudity!
No, not really. It’s just today’s outfit for the Take One and Pass It On challenge from Sarah’s Real Life.
Before I had a style blog, before I even knew what Pinterest was, I saved an image on my computer from the Banana Republic website. I loved the preppy, equestrian vibe it had going on. I even sent the picture to another style blogger I read at the time to see if she would be willing to show me how to interpret it with items that didn’t require dropping a whole paycheck at Banana Republic. She told me she didn’t wear much red and that was that.
I recently re-discovered this image saved on my computer and THEN I learned you can upload photos to Pinterest! That they don’t have to already be on another website to “pin” them. Look, I may be book smart but I’m still learning about all these new-fangled Internet things.
Anyway, while perusing my pins for something to recreate for today’s Copycats Friday from Frills for Thrills I saw this pin and the light bulb went off. I now have all those items! In fact, I’ve had the gray blazer since September and all the other items for much longer but this week was when they finally all came together in my head.
Which is why you should totally save images of outfits that catch your eye even if you don’t have the items to recreate them at that exact moment!
It’s 2013, I have a closet full of new items, and I’ve decided to embrace my preppy side. I’ve always been studious, getting straight As, beating everyone at Trivial Pursuit, reading books the way some people eat potato chips. Over the years my personal style has ranged from wearing all black (junior high) to wearing an assortment of items that were too big or too small (high school) to basic jeans or black pants and a plain shirt. For the past few years, though, I’ve been working on developing my personal style into what makes me feel good at work. And I think 2013 is the year I find it: the year of preppy.
How do I define preppy? Tailored, classic items. Mixing traditional patterns but keeping the silhouette professional. And occasionally tossing in a fun and unexpected item (zebra print heels, anyone?).
This means I’ll most likely be purging my closet of items that I don’t think are “me” anymore. Which means all the better for you if your style differs from mine since they’ll be up for sale!
I may extend my preppiness from just my clothes and look towards learning something new. Whether that’s playing around with my camera, learning some Photoshop skills or just experimenting with different technologies I don’t know yet. Whatever way I choose to express my prep, I’m sure by the end of 2013 we’ll have all learned something!
You know how sometimes you look in the mirror and you think, “Oh yeah, this looks gooood!” And then you take a picture of yourself and start to think, “Hmm, maybe not.” Or does that just happen to me?
In the interest of full disclosure, I have worn this outfit before and not photographed it. Now that I’ve photographed it, though, I’m not so sure it should be worn!
Let’s deconstruct. Of course, it could just be the angle of the camera or the way I’m standing but to my eye this outfit does nothing to hide my super-short torso or my hips. But you know what? I have a super-short torso and hips. So if I want to wear my red sweater with my light gray (and slightly sparkly although the camera didn’t really catch that) pants I will. So there.
Although maybe next time I’ll work on my posture and tug down the sweater a bit.