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Casual Layered Maxi Dress

•• Casual Clothes - Casual Friday

Chicago style blogger, maxi dress

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Maxi dress – New York & Co (similar) | Sweatshirt – Old Navy (similar) | Scarf – gift (similar) | Sandals – Old Navy (similar)

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!

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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.

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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.

  

Monochrome Burgundy

•• Office Appropriate Outfits - Winter

Chicago Style Blogger Loop Looks wears monochrome burgundy

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Cardigan – The Limited (similar) | Shirt – The Limited (similar) | Pants – LOFT (similar) | Necklace – The Limited (similar) | Shoes – Bandolino (similar)

Happy Monday! I hope you had an enjoyable weekend. Mine was full of running (2nd place in my age group in a 5K!), napping, and working on a project for my graduate class I’m taking for fun at work. I’m slowly learning how to use our DSLR which is both fun and frustrating.

Today, though, I’m going into the office for a bit and then driving to my hometown and graduate school alma mater to present at an Archives Administration class and then have dinner and spend the night at my parents’ house. Nothing like a little bit of home cooking to start the week, right?

So, since I’ll be in the car for almost three hours I wanted to wear something comfortable that wouldn’t wrinkle and would also look put together when I stand in front of a class of grad students. I hope this fits the bill and doesn’t look too much like an old lady wearing a velour track suit.

Actually, if it looks like a velour track suit, don’t tell me, okay? Or maybe tell me. I can take it. I think.

Or maybe I should have worn this cardigan or these pants one of these ways.

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Linking up with Fizz & Frosting | On the Daily Express | More Pieces of Me | Basic Training Corporate Style

  

Blue, Black and Sequins

•• Office Appropriate Outfits - Winter

Black blazer with silver sequin shirt and cobalt blue pants, Chicago style blogger, holiday office outfit

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Blazer – The Limited (similar) | Shirt – The Limited (similar) | Pants – LOFT (similar) | Shoes – Bandolino (same)

For anyone who thinks you shouldn’t wear sequins to work let me just tell you: When my boss walked into the office this morning and saw me wearing this she stopped in tracks and exclaimed, “CUTE shirt! Really cute! I love it! It looks amazing with the blue pants.”

Other interesting things that happened to me already today?

1. I had very first full-body mole and skin check appointment this morning. As he used the extra-long q-tip to check my scalp for moles and such all I could think was, “My hair! I haven’t taken my pictures yet today!” As if the dry air, my winter hat, and the commute hadn’t already caused it to go super flat.

2. I realized that I own black tights and black dress socks but no black knee-highs. Thank goodness there is a Walgreens on every corner (only slightly exaggerating there) so I could dash in and get some.

3. In the interest of full disclosure, this outfit is a recreation of this one that I pinned. But it follows all my rules for wearing sequins to the office and I haven’t worn this combination yet.  And since sequins totally remind me of the holidays, it works perfectly for today’s Trend Spin Link Up of Holiday Inspired outfits.

  

Four Simple Rules for Wearing Sequins to the Office

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How to wear sequins to work, office style

It’s the holiday season which for many people, me included, means it’s time for all things sparkly! But, I actually love sequins all year round and I don’t think they should be relegated to just those evening and weekend holiday parties. And after wearing my sequin skirt to work yesterday and getting so many compliments that I lost count (including from the baristas at Starbucks and the security staff of my building) I think everyone should try to wear something sequined to work and get their own compliments!

There are some rules to wearing sequins to the office appropriately. Fail to follow these and you’ll look like you belong in Las Vegas and not leading a meeting.

The Four Simple Rules for Wearing Sequins to the Office

1. Stay away from black sequins

Go with silver, blush, light gold or, if it’s Christmastime, red. Black is for night clubs, not offices.

2. Wear your sequins with tailored pieces

Notice I pair mine with plain blazers, pencil skirts, turtlenecks and cardigans along with simple shoes.

3. Keep the accessories minimal

Sequins don’t need a lot of accessorizing. They’re pretty awesome all on their own.

4. Nothing too tight, short or low-cut

Save those sequin mini skirts and skin-tight shirts for Vegas, please.

Need some shopping ideas? Here are 14 of my picks that are office appropriate! Note: the black Old Navy tank comes in lots of colors. I just couldn’t get anything other than black to show up in the slideshow below.

  

Sequins in the Snow

•• Office Appropriate Outfits - Winter

Black turtleneck and sequin skirt outfit

Turtleneck – The Limited (similar) | Skirt – The Limited (this year’s version) (similar in pink) | Shoes – Bandolino via Macy’s (same) | Belt – The Limited (similar) | Necklace- JF&A Show (similar)

Tonight I have a holiday dinner to attend as part of my role in a professional organization (the Association of Records Managers and Administrators, if you must know) and I was a little stuck on what to wear. I like to use the holidays as an excuse to wear all things sparkly but I thought I’d ask on Facebook and Instagram whether I should go with this sequined skirt or my black and green dress.

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The overwhelming consensus was the sequin skirt. What I failed to take into account is that apparently Chicago decided to turn into Antarctica and it’s single digit temperatures out there! So, um, I’m a bit cold. Although, a guy in the elevator this morning said, “Look at you! You’re just gonna wear a metallic dress and not care that it’s winter!” So, there’s that.

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Also, apologies for the florescent light office photos. It’s just too freaking cold to take photos outside right now!

Linking up with Trend Spin Tuesday

  

Sequined Sweater

•• Office Appropriate Outfits - Fall

Red sequined shoulder cardigan, gold shell, brown pants, Fall in Chicago

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Cardigan – Target (same) | Top – The Limited (similar) | Pants – The Limited (similar) | Shoes – Anne Klein via Marshall’s (similar) (same in red)

Yesterday I asked which part of my outfit I’d be passing on as part of the Take One, Pass It On challenge and, well, as you can see, it was the cardigan! Yes, I chose to wear this sequined sweater again because today’s Trend Spin theme is sweaters. Plus, pairing it with gold and brown instead of black and white is a great way to see how versatile red actually is. It’s just too bad that my photographer is busy with finals because it’s REALLY difficult to get a photo of the sequins on the shoulder of this cardigan by myself.

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Which look with this cardigan is your favorite? Black and white or brown and gold?

  

Style Imitating Art: Uniform Style

•• Office Appropriate Outfits - Fall

Target sequined shoulder cardigan, The Limited striped top, The Limited pencil skirt, Chicago style blog

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Cardigan – Target (same) | Shirt – The Limited via Poshmark (similar sleeveless) | Skirt – The Limited (similar) | Tights – Target (similar) | Shoes – Bandolino via Macy’s (same) | Belt – The Limited (similar)

I swear to you I was at Target to get light bulbs and toothpaste, not a cardigan! Okay, that’s not entirely true. I always check the Target coupons and Cartwheel before I go to Target and since there was a $5 off an apparel purchase plus 15% off a sweater with Cartwheel AND I’ve been wanting to get a new red cardigan, well, I had to at least look, right?

Plus, the color and placement of the sequins on this one just go so perfectly with the Style Imitating Art piece that Jen picked for this round!

The coppery gold color reflects the uniform embellishments and the placement on the shoulders reminds me of uniform epaulettes. And of course red, black and white to echo the other major colors in the painting.

I also think it’s fitting that I took these outfit pictures outside the Art Institute of Chicago which is where Jen originally saw this painting. Nice symmetry, yes?

And, yes, I am still doing the Take One, Pass It On challenge but, as a reminder, I use Mondays as a reboot. And I already have some fun outfits planned for the rest of the week. Starting with….actually, you get to guess. Which piece from today do you think I’ll be using tomorrow?

  

The Office Version of Jeans and a Band Shirt

•• Office Appropriate Outfits - Summer

White blazer, purple floral tee shirt with sequins, navy lace ankle pants, silver boat shoes

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Blazer – Forever 21 (similar) | Shirt – Express (similar) | Pants – Ann Taylor (similar) | Shoes – Nine West (similar) | Earrings – House of Gemmes (similar)

I am TIRED this morning, y’all. So, so tired. Which is why I’m ever so thankful I already had this outfit picked out for Inspiration Monday. Now, jeans and a band shirt aren’t exactly office-appropriate so I went with the idea of blue pants and a printed top instead. And since I’m not a hat girl I brought in a bit of the manliness of the fedora with my white blazer.

Also, flats. So thankful for flats today. See, I rode 65 miles on my bike yesterday and for much of that I was riding faster than I normally ride. Today my legs are destroyed. And while I love the feeling I get after a hard workout, I also want to take it a bit easy the next day. Which means nice, comfy, flat shoes.

 

White blazer, purple floral tee shirt with sequins, navy lace ankle pants, silver boat shoes

Now, if you’ll excuse me, I need to go find some caffeine to keep me awake through my three meetings this Monday.

  

A Little Friday Fun

•• Office Appropriate Outfits - Spring

Blush sequined skirt, tan cardigan, nude heels

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Cardigan – Target (similar) | Shirt – Gap (similar) | Skirt – The Limited (similar) | Shoes – Bandolino (similar) | Necklace – The Limited (similar)

Total outfit cost = $146

Yes, it’s Friday and yes, I could be wearing jeans. But I’m not. Instead I decided to break out my sequined pencil skirt. Why? Well, I have a luncheon to attend at the Chicago Cultural Center for my job’s Distinguished Service Awards. At first I was super excited thinking that I’m getting some kind of awesome recognition. Turns out it’s just because I’ve been at my job 5 years. Still, it’s an excuse to wear something a little out of the box, don’t you think?

Plus, this afternoon Kim and I are going to trapeze class together! It will be her first time and I’m so excited to share my new-found trapeze love with a friend. That calls for a celebration in my book!

Pairing the fancy sequined skirt with a neutral colored cardigan and nude heels helps keep it from being too bling-y or overwhelming. Just like the last time I wore it, I wanted it to be part of the outfit, not an in-your-face statement piece.

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Linking up with AJ for Friday Favorites since if you click the link in the post you can see another way I’ve worn this skirt!

  

Mutually Inspired Series Day 5: Sequins

•• Office Appropriate Outfits - Spring

Gray blazer, silver sequined shirt, jeans, gray heels

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Blazer – The Limited (similar) | Shirt – The Limited (similar) | Jeans – The Limited (similar) | Earrings – Macy’s | Bracelet – JF & A Show (similar) | Shoes – Gabriella Rocha via 6pm.com (similar)

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On the last day of the Mutually Inspired Series I decided to glam it up. Jen scored an adorable sequined top in a clothing swap and toned it down for work with a gray cardigan and jeans.

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I don’t  own a gray cardigan so I decided to wear my gray blazer instead. Add a pair of heels, my new favorite jeans (after you all told me how amazing they looked on Monday) and simple earrings and I have an outfit for the office! Okay, it might not fly if your office is uber-conservative, but it definitely works for mine. I love the idea of wearing sequins during the day and I think the key is to keep them in softer colors like gray, pink, or white.

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Also, please excuse me while I go on a slight rant. This shirt is sequined. Not “sequenced”. Or “sequence”. Or anything other than sequined or sequin. I see it misspelled all the time, particularly on Poshmark (<—click for proof), and it drives me batty!

Anyway, with that, Jen and I have reached the end of our week of showcasing our interpretations of one another’s outfits.  However, I had so much fun and have so many more ideas that I have a feeling we’ll be doing this again.  Or, if you’re a style blogger out there who wants to get in on the series, let me know! It would be great fun to have you!

P.S. I’ll be in Phoenix for part of next week for work. Apologies if posting gets a little sporadic.