For Day Two of the Two Pieces, Two Ways remix, Valerie and I are showing you how to wear this snakeskin print top two different ways. Valerie went with a great casual look with a pink accent scarf while I stayed true to my office style but kept the overall look neutral.
Amazingly, I’ve never thought to pair this top with a pair of jeans and my brown riding boots! Adding that to the list of outfits to try for sure. Be sure to visit The Style Files for Valerie’s thoughts on our outfits!
As for my outfit, I almost felt like some kind of office safari guide! Something about all the browns and khakis paired with this belt, I guess. Thoughts?
Shirt – Kohl’s (similar) | Skirt – Target (same) |Tights – Target (same) | Shoes – Anne Klein (similar) | Bracelet – gift | Necklace – The Limited (same) | Belt – The Limited (similar)
Welcome to Two Pieces, Two Ways: A Chicago City and Suburbs Remix that my fellow blogger Valerie of The Style Files and I are doing this week. When she mentioned that we both had this snakeskin print top from Kohl’s* and these burgundy LOFT pants we knew we had to show you our own take on how to wear them.
Valerie lives and works in the Chicago suburbs while I live and work in the city. But, as you can see, both places can be fashionable!
Today is simple. The pants and the top together. Valerie added a perfect camel blazer and seeing that I wish I had thought to throw mine on. Next time! I went with easy and just wore the top with the pants.
Top – Kohl’s (similar) | Pants – LOFT (same) | Shoes – Bandolino (similar) | Bracelet – gift | Necklace – gift
Tomorrow we’ll be showing you how we each styled this same top two different ways. Then Wednesday? The pants get to shine! I hope you’ll visit each of our blogs for outfit details and to see what we think of each other’s outfits.
*Valerie generously sent me this top last year so of course she knew I had it!
Blazer –The Limited (similar) | Pants – Ann Taylor (similar) | Shirt – Kohl’s (similar) | Necklace – Overstock.com (similar) | Shoes – Bandolino via Macy’s (same)
As I mentioned on Tuesday, I actually wore this snakeskin print shirt and a black suit to work instead of this same shirt and my pink pencil skirt. This black suit outfit may seem incredibly simple but the fact that I’m wearing a printed chiffon shirt instead of regular cotton button up makes it feel less like a traditional suit and a little more fun while still being professional and conservative. Also, believe it or not, but the pants and the jacket were not bought together. Nope. The pants came from Ann Taylor last year and the blazer is from The Limited several years ago. Amazingly, they work together quite well which isn’t always the case with black items.
And, actually, this top works quite well with the black suit which makes me excited. I honestly didn’t have a lot of ideas on how to wear it when I got it but putting it with a suit turned out to be a great find. So, the lesson in this? Don’t be afraid to branch out and try different tops the next time you have to wear a suit. You’ll be surprised at what you find!
First, I have to give a shout-out to Valerie of The Style Files for giving me the idea to wear this snakeskin print top with my pink skirt. I needed something to wear for this week’s Trend Spin Link Up of brights and I’m pretty sure this skirt is the brightest thing I own. But I also needed to wear the brown boots I had on yesterday for the Take One, Pass It On Challenge. So, I went with brown and pink. It’s a fun combination, yes?
These two outfits show you that wearing knee high boots under pants is a great way to get two uses out of one pair of shoes. Plus, in the winter the extra height of the boots gives you some extra warmth on your legs, too! So, don’t think that just because you have knee high boots you can only wear them skirts or over skinny jeans. Wear them under your dress pants, too!
Oh, and speaking of this bright pink skirt, while searching for a similar one to which to link, I realized that Jones New York was having a 40% off everything sale. I love the color of this skirt but it’s always been a little irritating. It’s not lined which makes it difficult to wear over tights and it’s gotten a bit too tight recently. So, I ordered a new pink skirt. I’ve never bought anything from Jones New York before, though, so we’ll see how it fits! Hopefully better than my current one so I can wear bright pink more often.
P.S. In the interest of full disclosure, I did NOT wear this to work today. I put this outfit together and took photos before I looked at my calendar for the week (or checked the weather). I am, however, wearing this snakeskin print top with a black suit to a professional organization meeting. You’ll see that outfit on Thursday. Which is probably when I’ll actually wear this skirt outfit.
Top – Kohl’s (same) | Jeans – AG Goldschmied (same) | Necklace- gift | Shoes – Bandolino (same)
Pants! I’m wearing pants! Okay, technically jeans but still. After over two weeks of only outfits with skirts and dresses I decided to wear pants today. Why? Well, it’s Friday. Which means I can wear jeans. But I couldn’t decide what to wear with them. Only that I wanted, no NEEDED, to wear jeans. Finally I pulled on my white jeans and my tan snakeskin print top and my nude heels. Kept the jewelry super simple, though.
Jeans can be difficult to wear to work, even on casual Friday. You don’t want to look like you’re going out on a date or just running to the grocery store. For me, pairing well-fitting jeans with heels or dressy flats is the first key to making them look more work appropriate. Then, if you’re wearing skinny jeans, wear a loose-fitting shirt. Bootcut jeans? Wear something a bit more tailored on top. It’s taken me a long time to fee comfortable on casual Friday and even then I struggle with putting together an outfit I feel both professional and casual in.
Do you have casual days at your office? What do you usually wear? Those of you that get to work from home can refrain from answering this question.
There’s just something about pairing a flowing snakeskin print shirt with a traditional navy pencil skirt that makes my heart go all aflutter. The top is a little bit edgy yet the skirt is totally preppy, right? Plus, the fitted skirt really offsets the slightly oversized top. Pairing something fitted with something not quite so fitted is perfect for the office. Too tight pieces would look too much like you were going to a club. Two oversized pieces can make you look larger than you actually are.
Plus, the fact that this snakeskin print is cream and tan instead of black and white and that I paired it with a navy skirt instead of a black skirt tones it down and brings it into office-appropriate territory versus night out on the town territory.
I have to give a shout-out to Valerie who picked up this top for me from Kohl’s after I saw it on both her and Audrey. This is my first time wearing it and I think it’s going to become a regular in my wardrobe because of how comfortable it is and the versatility of the neutral color scheme. It even has a built-in camisole! An excellent top for the office? You bet!
Yes, that’s right. You’re invited to celebrate the first birthday of this blog! Did you know Loop Looks has only been around since February 2012? That’s right! And look how far this little blog has come.
So, in honor of making it one year I want to hear from you about what you’ve liked (or not liked) over the past 12 months. To be honest, in the first few months of Loop Looks I thought, “Well, maybe I’ll do this for a full year and then shut it down.” But now I can’t imagine doing that! Every comment I get from someone who says they got an idea from my blog or tried something new because of what they saw on Loop Looks makes me light up.
And of course I want to be a useful as possible for you! My goal has always been to help women who work in an office (or who just want to wear what they have differently) break out of their routine and feel better about themselves. When you feel good about how you look your confidence will show! And there’s not much better than being a confident employee.
With that being said, the best way I can think to help you is to ask about what you want to see. Which is why I created my first reader survey! Please, please, please fill this out so we can continue to make outfit magic together! Can’t see the survey below? Click here to access it.
P.S. I really wanted to take these anniversary photos outside but, as you can see, it was a little wintery out there.
Necklace – Gift from Jason (jewelry store in Cabo San Lucas)
So, as you know, I work in downtown Chicago. When you work in downtown Chicago there is some outdoor commuting that must take place. And on days like today, when it’s snowing, you certainly don’t leave the house looking at cute as you do when you get to the office and strip off the layers and change out of your snow boots.
Instead, this is what I looked like so I could make it to work as dry as possible:
I’ve been looking around and I don’t see many fashion bloggers set in Chicago who also work in more traditional offices. J is in Orlando and she hates dress pants. Uh, well, I live and work in Chicago so I pretty much wear pants a good portion of the year. Jessica at Bows and Sequins lives in Chicago but apparently works in a slightly more laid-back industry because her outfits are definitely more casual.
A lot of other fashion blogger are also either A. too casual or B. live in a climate that allows them to dress a little differently than we do in Chicago. So, I’m hoping to fill a gap in the market. Not that I’m a fashion guru. Just, you know, a 30-something woman who works in an office and tries to look nice day-to-day.