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5 Ways to Wear Plaid Pants

Office Appropriate Outfits - Spring

Chicago style blogger, plaid pants, camel blazer, black blouse, leopard heels

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Blazer – old (similar) | Shirt – clothing swap (similar) | Pants – The Limited (similar) | Shoes – Karen Scott via Macy’s (similar) | Necklace – J. Crew via Poshmark (similar)

Welcome to Thursday aka my last day in the office before VACATION! Yes, I’m just a wee bit excited. I was not excited, however, about this inspiration outfit. I’ll be honest, it seemed awfully similar to Tuesday’s and just kind of blah. Still, it gave me an excuse to wear another one of my new-to-me pieces that I picked up at the clothing swap a few weekends ago.

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I felt as though my closet was lacking in simple, black, work-appropriate tops so when I saw this one I grabbed it up. I’ve really been into more flow-y tops recently and this one was perfect. And as for the outfit? I suppose it has two more things going for it. One, it made me break out of my box and put these pants with black. They are a brown, black and cream plaid and yet I’ve never worn them with black. And two, it gives me an excuse to participate in Bri’s Third Thursday Threads topic of showing you how to wear something multiple ways. What is that something? These plaid pants!

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Clockwise from top left: 1/2/3/4/5

Plus, a bonus sixth that didn’t make the collage!

Next week I actually have several fun posts coming up so even though I’ll be off getting a tan (after running 13.1 miles, mind you) I hope you’ll still come by to see what’s happening. There will still be outfit posts since you all clearly told me those were your favorites in the reader poll, so no worries there, either!

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Not Easy Being Green

Office Appropriate Outfits - Spring

Chicago style blogger, cardigan, green shirt, black pants

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Cardigan – Target (similar) | Shirt – Ann Taylor Outlet (similar) | Necklace – Express (similar) | Pants – Ann Taylor (similar) | Shoes – Bandolino (same)

So, in addition to still doing the Pinned It and Did It Challenge, there’s also a theme going on this week. Can you guess what it is? No?

Okay, I’ll tell you.

The theme is GREEN! Yep. Green. All of the Pinned It and Did It inspiration outfits this week have some green in them.

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For today’s outfit I went pretty literal. Black pants, green blouse, and a tan cardigan. Simple enough, right? Also, standing in front of this giant pile of ugly leftover snow just makes me even happier that on Friday I leave for Puerto Rico! Yes, that’s right. I’m going on vacation!!

Which means that you should enjoy this last week of Pinned It and Did It outfits. Next week I have some other fun stuff lined up for you, including a fun collaboration I did with a local boutique.

Obviously I’m getting excited for my trip if I’m already talking about next week and it’s only Tuesday. I mean, really? Who am I kidding.

Whatever. I’m excited.

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Navy Not Black

Office Appropriate Outfits - Spring

Chicago style blogger Loop Looks wears an oatmeal cardigan, navy polka dot top, navy pencil skirt and brown heels. navy_polka_dots_navy_pencil_skirt_2

Cardigan – Target (similar) | Shirt – Gap (similar) | Skirt – The Limited (similar) | Shoes – Anne Klein (similar) | Necklace – NY&Co (similar)

Argh! For some reason I am unable to access my blog from my home network so posts this week might be a little sporadic until GoDaddy gets their act together. Thankfully Jason, who worked in IT for 10 years doing mostly computer networking stuff, was able to give me the lingo so I could explain what’s happening to the GoDaddy support team. But, we’ll see how long it takes to get resolved.

But enough about that. As I mentioned last week, I’m planning to spend the rest of this month (at least until I go on vacation to Puerto Rico!) participating in the Pinned It and Did It event I learned about via H&K Style Journey. Heather and her friends put together a calendar full of outfits to recreate each day this month. And today’s outfit? Navy, turquoise and tan.

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It occurred to me after the fact that my cobalt blue dress is probably a better match than the navy top and skirt I have on (and, yes, they are both navy not black), but I liked the cardigan better with the pencil skirt.

Also, the weather may be acting better this week but it’s definitely not sandal weather!! So, brown heels it is.

Overall, I like the neutral tones in this outfit with just a bit of color from the necklace. What do you think? How would you interpret this outfit with what you have in your closet?

Here are a few more outfits I’ve worn with these pieces:

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Monochrome Winter White

Office Appropriate Outfits - Winter

Loop Looks, Chicago style blogger, winter white pants, tan sweater, and leopard heels

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Sweater – LOFT via Goodwill (similar) | Shirt – Forever 21 (similar) | Pants – The Limited (similar) | Shoes – Karen Scott via Macy’s (similar) | Necklace – Express (similar)

I don’t know what it is about monochrome looks but I really like them. Yesterday was burgundy and today is winter white and neutrals.  I’m in the car again today but I have a 3:00 PM meeting back at my office so, once again, I need to go from a three hour car trip to work with minimal fuss. This outfit combines all the things I need for that. Comfortable, warmth, classy, but with a bit of sass.

Plus, you know how you might believe that wearing all black makes you feel taller and thinner? I actually think it’s even more true for white and neutrals. I feel super tall and super powerful in this outfit. Maybe winter white is my power color!

Loop Looks, Chicago style blogger, winter white pants, tan sweater, and leopard heels

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Neutral Day

Office Appropriate Outfits - Winter

Chicago Style Blogger Loop Looks wears a gray turtleneck sweater with camel faux leather skirt
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Sweater – H&M (similar) | Skirt – The Limited (similar) | Necklace – The Limited (similar) | Tights – Walmart (similar) | Shoes – 6pm.com (similar)

When I first saw this faux leather skirt at The Limited back in the fall I fell in love with it. However, I admit I wasn’t entirely sure how I would wear it. Of course, one of the sales associates was wearing it with a gray turtleneck sweater and that gave me the idea for this outfit.

I mean, it’s basically a tan skirt, right? So, what do you wear with a tan skirt? Just about anything! It’s a neutral so it will match so many items I already have in my closet. Also, my boss, who is one of my style icons, immediately exclaimed upon seeing me in it, “CUTE skirt!! So cute!” Which means it’s basically a keeper for sure.

That’s the nice thing about neutral pieces. Black, brown, navy, and gray can all be mixed together. And then, of course, you can pair them with more colorful items as well. See, they do double duty!

Gray turtleneck with tan faux leather skirt, tights, and heels. Chicago style blogger.

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It’s in My (White) Jeans

Casual Friday · Office Appropriate Outfits - Winter

Chicago style blogger on Casual Friday wearing faux fur vest, tan sweater, white jeans, and brown knee high boots

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Vest – Express via Poshmark (similar)(similar) | Shirt – Collide Boutique (similar) | Sweater – LOFT via Goodwill (similar) | Jeans – AG Adriano Goldschmied (same) | Boots – Bandolino via 6pm.com (similar) | Necklace – The Limited (similar)

You guys! I’ve been waiting all week for this outfit. No, not just because jeans means it’s Casual Friday. No. It’s because I LOVE this outfit!! This was one of those weeks when I took all my outfit photos on Sunday (and, yes, I do wear every single outfit that you see) but I put this outfit together at the last minute. I’m still doing the no black in January challenge and I wanted something different than regular blue jeans. So, white jeans in winter it is!

The last time I wore these white jeans after Labor Day you guys loved them. So I hope you love today’s look just as much. The collared shirt was a last minute addition and I think it adds just a bit more sophistication as well. It’s also sleeveless chiffon which makes it the perfect layering piece. Less bulk and no sleeves to roll up.

Basically, I think this outfit just really screams my style. A little something edgy and trendy paired with something a little classic and structured.

Chicago style blogger on Casual Friday wearing faux fur vest, tan sweater, white jeans, and brown knee high bootsLinking with AJ Wears Clothes| Walking in Memphis

Wearing Brown with Black

Office Appropriate Outfits - Winter

Tan sweater with black and white striped shirt, black pencil skirt, tights, and brown riding boots. Chicago style blogger, what to wear to work in Chicago winter

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Sweater – LOFT via Goodwill (similar) | Shirt – The Limited via Poshmark (similar) | Skirt – The Limited (similar) | Boots – Bandolino via 6pm.com (similar) | Necklace – c/o fibi & clo (same)

A coworker recently told me there’s no way he would wear brown and black together. Which is too bad. Because it’s totally okay now. Although, to be honest, I probably would have paired black boots with this outfit instead of of my dark brown boots if it hadn’t been for today’s Inspiration Monday photo.

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Brown, tan and black all being worn together. Cats and dogs living together! Mass hysteria! Okay, not really. But I know pairing brown and black (just like pairing navy and black) and be a bit of a dividing line with some people. Obviously I don’t mind.

Where do you fall on the brown with black issue?

Brown Bear

Office Appropriate Outfits - Winter

Tan sweater, brown dress pants, animal print scarf

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Sweater – Gap (similar) | Pants – The Limited (similar) | Shoes – Anne Klein (similar) | Scarf – NYC street vendor (similar) | Watch – Groopdealz (similar)

I think I’m turning into a bear. My body basically shut down this weekend and I slept a ridiculous amount. Only fitting that I would wear all browns and animal print today, huh?

Inspired by the celebrity photo that Two Birds chose for Inspiration Monday I added the scarf to keep my outfit from looking too plain.

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Also, I tried a pole dancing class for the first time on Saturday (details later this week on my fitness blog) and I have some EPIC bruises on the backs of my knees and on the tops of my feet. Good thing the weather is basically telling me that skirts without thick tights are a bad choice right now. I mean, I’m used to bruises from trapeze classes but they’re still not a great accessory. At least, not as great as an animal print scarf.

Patterns and Textures

Office Appropriate Outfits - Fall

Tan sweater with plaid pants, pearls, and nude shoes

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Sweater – Gap (similar) | Collared shirt – Collide Boutique (similar) | Pants – The Limited (similar) | Shoes – Bandolino (similar) | Necklace – JF&A Show (similar)

Sometimes an outfit is all about the patterns and the textures of the items in it. Take, for example, today’s Inspiration Monday photo:

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Her sweater is textured, her jacket is plaid, and if you zoom in you can see that her leggings are quilted. If she’d worn all creams and browns with no texture or pattern this outfit would look rather drab. But by adding the visual interest of patterns and textures it’s more interesting.

I tried to keep my earth-toned outfit interesting with the collared shirt (which is actually sleeveless because I sometimes dislike the bulkiness of layering a regular button-up under a sweater), the plaid pants, and the pearls. Overall it’s still a simple outfit but it’s perfect for a chilly fall Monday morning in the office.

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Pink Is Not Just For Spring Anymore

Office Appropriate Outfits - Fall

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Shirt – J. Crew Factory (similar) | Sweater – LOFT via Goodwill (similar) | Skirt – NY&Co (similar) | Shoes – Sole Society (similar) | Necklace – J. Crew via Poshmark (similar) | Purse – Tyler Rodan via ebags.com (similar)

I bet a lot of you would think this outfit would be more appropriate in the spring. I mean, pink is a bright color and as we move towards cooler weather we should be gravitating towards darker colors, right?  I say no! Well, okay, I say no to the pastel floral flared jeans I saw out and about on Saturday night, but I don’t say no to pink. In fact, I think paired with a sweater this is a great fall outfit. And when it gets cooler? Put on some knee high boots! In brown, of course.

So, what do you think? Is pink just for spring and summer or can we wear it in the fall too?

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