Awhile ago I got some requests for more casual outfits. Well, to be honest, I am one of those people who tends to wear mostly workout clothes on weekends or, if I’m feeling spunky, I’ll put on jeans, a tank top, and a cardigan. Nothing too crazy.
But, today is a holiday for me and I took this casual outfit a few weeks ago before we left for vacation so I thought I’d share it with you. It’s too casual for my office but it’s perfect for a day I’m not at work.
So, here you go. A casual outfit!
Or, if you’re really just here for the work-appropriate stuff, head over to Basic Training – Corporate Style where I’m being interviewed about my job and my work-wear.
This is the week that all of my family decided to visit at once! Albeit on different days. Anyway, my mother-in-law visited first over the weekend and today I’m off work because my dad is in town. So, in the spirit of being off work I decided to share with you a casual outfit my mother-in-law brought me all the way from Italy! She was in Siena for a few months earlier this summer while my father-in-law taught a study abroad class. My MIL went shopping with some of the college students, saw this outfit on a mannequin, and thought of me.
I wore it to a day at the Chicago Botanical Gardens and it was actually quite comfy! The skirt is shorter than I typically wear but for a casual day I figured why not? And of course I love the pattern mixing. Great job, Italian mannequin. Great job, mother-in-law!
Of course I paired it with my silver boat shoes since the colors and stripes have a fun nautical look and I had my denim jacket in the car in case it got cool. Overall it was a great outfit for wandering around the gardens!
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.
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.
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.
Ever notice how guys have it so easy on casual Friday at the office? Jeans and a nice button up shirt and they’re good to go! I decided to borrow from the boys and do the same. Jeans and a button up shirt. Add some fun accessories to glam it up a bit and I’m ready to take on my casual Friday nemesis in style.
This top has been in my closet for years and years. Every now and then I think about getting rid of it but then I decide not to. Wearing it tucked into jeans is new for me but I think I like it!
Thanks again to Molly for playing photographer for me this week! Not only did I get to hang out with her but she also showed me a new part of Chicago that I’d never been to. If you live in Chicago and haven’t wandered down Prairie Avenue or visited the oldest house in Chicago I suggest you do.