A 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.
So, for some reason my comment notification emails are no longer showing up in my inbox. I’m not sure what’s up with that and I hope you guys are still getting my responses. Because I do try to respond to every comment I get! Even if today they are about how leggings are not pants.
Top – Gap (similar) | Pants – Gap (similar) | Scarf – The Limited (similar) | Shoes – J. Crew Factory (same) | Hat – Taste of Randolph street festival vendor (similar)
Or maybe your comments will be about how my smile looks a little crazed. I took these pictures on Sunday and it was HOT and I just wanted to be done. I was sweating like crazy. But this outfit is actually perfect for my office and the weather today. Mainly because these are pants, not leggings. I swear! And the weather has cooled off substantially so wearing a scarf in July isn’t totally odd.
Although, just typing that seems odd. I swear, am I the only person who checks the weather a hundred times before deciding what to wear? You just never know in Chicago!
For example, like I said, on Sunday when I took these photos it was ridiculously warm outside and people were pressing the mist button on this sculpture at the park like crazy. Yes, this sculpture has a mist function. It’s super fun and I’d actually never seen it in action until Sunday.
See it in the background? And see the guy staring at it? That was basically everyone’s reaction. So, if you ever come to Chicago and want to see the misting sculpture, let me know. I’ll hook you up.
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?
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!
For everyone who says that blazers aren’t their thing I just want you to know you can still get plenty of outfit ideas from photos of people wearing blazers. Take this outfit from Skirt The Rules, for example. I don’t have a blazer that color but I do have this cardigan! So I decided to recreate her look with pieces I’ve had in my closet for awhile.
I added the scarf because this particular top is kind of low-cut and it’s cold outside. The scarf keeps me covered up, warm, and office-appropriate. Plus it adds some nice visual interest to my outfit.
Okay, enough talk about clothes. Let’s talk about my weekend. I actually wore this outfit to the office on Wednesday because today I’m on my way to Cleveland!! Why? Because my friend Rachel is running her very first half marathon on Sunday and I’m running with her. I’m super excited for her. We’re going to have a great time. And I then I hear we’ll be going to some place called Melt for lunch. I believe they are the land of grilled cheese sandwiches? I’m definitely down with that.
I’m off work again today as I travel to my hometown to run the Illinois Half Marathon tomorrow. So this Friday you get another outfit that I wouldn’t necessarily wear to my office. However, it is an outfit that I wear on the weekends. In fact, I’ve worn this outfit to brunch and to a meeting where I helped a former colleague set up a Facebook page for her new business.
There are two things I really like about this outfit. One is that it’s perfect for days when it’s chilly in the morning but warms up in the afternoon. Why? Because underneath that sweatshirt is a full maxi dress!
Put your sweatshirt in your bag, keep the scarf, and ta da! You’re ready for warmer weather. The other thing I like about this outfit is the scarf. Why do I like this scarf so much? Because of its shape.
This isn’t folded in half. Nope. It’s actually a triangular scarf. It makes it super easy to wear without worrying about how to tie it or fold it or finagle it. My mother-in-law brought this back to me from Italy a few years ago and Linda, if you’re reading, a few more of these would be great!
Now, this isn’t to say I haven’t worn this dress to work before because I definitely have as you can see here. So, whether you need a casual or a dressier outfit, I’ve got you covered. In a maxi dress.
Blazer – old (similar) | Shirt – LOFT (similar) | Scarf – NYC Street Vendor (similar) | Jeans – Express via Poshmark (similar) | Shoes – Jessica Simpson via DSW (same)
So clearly I put this outfit together before I realized the weather was going to skyrocket to almost 70 degrees! Still, it doesn’t mean all is lost. Nope, I’ll just ditch the blazer and roll up my sleeves when I’m outside. I’ve got a doctor’s appointment this morning anyway so the fewer things I have to take off the better.
Also, it’s been awhile since I’ve paired stripes and leopard. I used to wear this combination all the time but gave it a break because I was pretty sure you were sick of seeing it. But guess what? It’s baaaack!
In other news, Wednesday night I had the best time with the Windy City Blogger Collective and Blaze Pizza! Blaze was amazing and treated us like rockstars. We even got to go behind the counter and make our own pizzas. Complete with aprons and hats.
Check me out in the foreground. Thanks to WCBC for the photo!
Blaze Pizza is an awesome concept. You can order straight off the menu or, just like Subway or Chipotle, you can tell them what ingredients you want. Gluten free or regular crust? White, pesto, spicy or regular red sauce? Your choice of five different cheese (or mix and match), tons of veggies and lots of meat. The crust is super thin so each pizza takes minimal time to cook. Great for when you want to grab something on your way home or just need a quick meal.
Blaze even has a liquor license now so you can have your pizza with a beer or some wine.
Yesterday I introduced you to Comfort Me Boutique and showed you the original items from my own closet I was using as a base with which to incorporate the beautiful items Comfort Me carries.
Today I have three more outfits for you, two of which include the incredibly on-trend silky jogger pants.
Now, I fully admit that I can’t decide how I feel about this trend. Can they be worn to work? Are they too casual? Do they look ridiculous? Am I channeling MC Hammer? So many questions.
Still, I went out of my comfort zone and tried on two pairs. And you know what? I really liked one of them.
Pants (available for purchase online) | Only Hearts top – made in LA | Snug Tank – made in USA | Stylish Girl by Laila necklace – made in Chicago
Madeline pants | Only Hearts top – made in LA |Snug Tank – made in USA |Ali’s Collection necklace – made in Chicago
The colorful printed pants? I actually really, really like them! In fact, I could totally see myself wearing them to work with the blazer and the again on a weekend with a black tank top and sandals. Throw on a denim jacket if the evening is cool and you’d be good to go.
Also, I know it’s just a basic piece, but the tank top I have on underneath the sheer shirt was super soft and SUPER long. If you have a long torso and can’t find camisoles that don’t pull out of your pants every time you bend over, these are for you!
Now, if the silky jogger pants are too out there for you here’s a calmer outfit that I love.
Rho by Cortney Rhodes handpainted silk scarf – made in Chicago (I’ve actually met this artist!)
The burgundy top I have on is also from Comfort Me but it was the last one on the sale rack so it might be gone by now. Maybe I should have snatched up these two items as well because I LOVE the way they take my plain black suit from drab to fab.
One more day of Chicago Boutique Week left! Tomorrow I’ve got the world’s most comfortable skirt and the world’s cutest dress. So I hope you’ll come back for more of Comfort Me Boutique. And if you see something you just HAVE to know more about, you can always email Comfort Me Boutique directly at firstname.lastname@example.org or check out their online store.
Note: Comfort Me Boutique did not ask me to write these posts. I’m doing it because I thought the store was adorable, Alyssa was super nice, and their clothes are unique and excellent quality. The only compensation I got was 30% off my purchase.
Dress – Neiman Marcus Last Call (similar) | Turtleneck – The Limited (similar) | Scarf – gift (similar) | Booties – Liz Claiborne via DSW (similar)
Although you wouldn’t know it since the city of Chicago turned into a giant frat party on Saturday, today is actually St. Patrick’s Day. Or at least that’s what I’m told. I’m also told that if you don’t wear green on St. Patrick’s Day you get eaten by snakes. Or pinched. Or something.
Anyway, this is the outfit that H&K Style Journey and her friends chose for us to interpret for the holiday.
It took me a long time to come up with something to wear today that was inspired by this. Our Chicago temperatures are not going to allow for bare legs or short sleeves today so this summery outfit will have to wait.
Instead I decided to layer this dress with a sweater, tights, and a scarf. I don’t think this particular dress has made it to the blog before beyond a quick snapshot from last October. And I don’t think I’ve ever worn it to work. But it layers well and the faux leather accents add some extra visual interest so I have a feeling that it might show up more often now that I can think of more ways to wear it!
Jacket – Old Navy via Poshmark (similar) | Shirt – Amazon.com (same) | Jeans – Express via Poshmark (similar) | Shoes – TOMS (same) | Scarf – gift | Hat – gift
How do you fix a boxy fitting shirt? Well, short of getting it tailored you wear a jacket over it. I swear, is there anything a jacket or a blazer can’t do?
As I mentioned the last time I wore this shirt it’s rather boxy on me. But, I loved the way it looked with this olive green jacket so by pairing the two I was able to tone down the square shape of the shirt. Oh, I also ironed it, too, in case you were curious.
All of that to say, if you have a shirt that fits kind of strange try wearing a jacket with it. If the jacket is tapered in at the waist a bit you’ll find that it gives you more shape than the shirt alone.
Oh, wait. I can’t end this post without mentioning my hat. One of my best friends, Rae, made it for me and I’ve been wearing it pretty much non-stop since December. It’s super warm, cover my ears, and looks cute, too. So, thanks Rae!
I know, I know, it’s so cliché. Wear a blazer with jeans on casual Friday so that you still look professional. But it’s cliché for a reason. A black blazer really does make any outfit better! See?
There’s nothing wrong with the outfit on the right, it’s just more something I would wear on the weekend. But toss on the blazer and the outfit is perfect for work! You know where else a black blazer works well? On your Valentine’s Day date night!
I have on a black tank top under my sweater, so just strip off the sweater, add a fun necklace instead of a scarf and you’re ready to meet your Valentine for drinks and dinner.