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DIY Animal Print Dress

•• Office Appropriate Outfits - Fall

White jacket, animal print dress, black ankle boots, Chicago style blogger

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Jacket – Forever 21 (similar) | Dress – Target (similar) | Shoes – Liz Claiborne via DSW (similar) | Necklace – The Limited (same)

Two things you need to know about this dress:

1. It originally looked like this

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2. I turned it into more of a sheath dress by removing the elastic from the waist and gave it a higher neckline by wearing it backward.

Yes, this is about a DIY as I get. And why did I go to all that trouble? Because I wanted to recreate today’s Inspiration Monday look.

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White jacket? Yep, I got that. Animal print sheath dress? Well, kind of. I never liked the original waistband of my dress all that much so this gave me the perfect excuse to see if I could alter it. And pairing it with this jacket gave me a new way to wear each item!

White jacket, animal print dress, black ankle boots, Chicago style blogger

By the way, this is the last week of the Take One, Pass It On challenge and I’ll be participating today and tomorrow. Wednesday I’m planning on a review of the boots I ordered from Sole Society and then I’m taking Thursday and Friday off to enjoy the Thanksgiving holiday.

  

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.

  

Belated Red, White and Blue

•• Office Appropriate Outfits - Spring

Navy lace pants, white blazer, red and white polka dot shirt, nude heels

Navy lace pants, white blazer, red and white polka dot shirt, nude heels

Blazer – Forever 21 (similar) | Shirt – The Limited (similar) | Pants – Ann Taylor (similar) | Shoes – Bandolino (similar)

Total outfit cost = $130

After a weekend of go-go-go that caused me to pass out in bed on Sunday afternoon for an epic nap I decided to take Monday off from the blog. I was already off work so there was no real reason to get dressed up. Planting flowers on our balcony and doing ALL THE LAUNDRY didn’t really warrant the adorable red, white and blue Memorial Day outfit that Two Birds chose for Inspiration Monday.

 

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However, this outfit was so adorable that I didn’t want to pass up a chance to use it as an inspiration. Hence, today’s belated red, white, and blue ensemble!

Navy lace pants, white blazer, red and white polka dot shirt, nude heels

 

Yes, my pants are navy blue. We’re still working on figuring out how to get that to show up consistently. Any suggestions?

  

The Word of the Day Is…

•• Office Appropriate Outfits - Spring

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Blazer – Forever 21 (similar)| Sweater – Old Navy  (similar) | Jeans – Express via Poshmark | Scarf – Gift (similar) | Necklace – NY&Co (similar) | Shoes – Eric Michael (similar under $30)

So, there was a sort-of unintentional theme to my outfits this week.  Can you guess what it was?  Here’s a different picture of my outfit that might help.

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Still stuck? What if I told you that this week’s Friday’s Fancies theme is…..

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Polka dots!

Yes, I seriously wore something with polka dots four out of five days this week. How did that happen?  Well, I knew that Friday I wanted to wear polka dots. And Monday was my polka dot dress because it fit the Inspiration Monday outfit so well.  After that I thought, hey, why not wear something polka dotted every day this week (minus Wednesday when I had already sent in my contribution for Work Your Wardrobe). So, I did. Turns out that I went from hardly owning anything polka dotted to owning enough items that I could wear polka dots every day for a week. Seriously. This isn’t even everything I own! There’s still a shirt and a scarf and another dress that I didn’t wear. Crazy, huh?

Which was your favorite polka dot outfit this week? The dress? The blue suit? The pencil skirt? Or today’s casual Friday look?

And don’t forget, next week I’m pairing up with Jen from Librarian for Life & Style for our Mutually Inspired Series!  Be sure to follow both of us to see how two different woman inspire one another.  Jen’s also giving away a $25 Old Navy gift card so be sure to get entered before Monday.

  

Copycat Friday–White on White

•• Casual Friday - Office Appropriate Outfits - Summer
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Blazer – The Limited | Tank Top – Marshall’s | Jeans – AG Adriano Goldschmied via Bloomingdale’s | Necklace – New York & Co | Shoes – Karen Scott via Macy’s
Today I’m linking up with Frills for Thrills for her Copycat series.
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I admit, I did my copying a little backwards.  I had pieces of an outfit in mind so I just Googled until I found something that would tie it all together.

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At first I was a little annoyed by how all the ‘”whites” in my outfit didn’t match exactly.  But after looking at the picture I see hers don’t either!  One of those fashion “rules” it’s okay to break: colors don’t have to match exactly!

A few other interesting notes:

  • I do own a white blazer, but since it’s another warm summer day (and the air conditioning in my office was on the fritz yesterday afternoon) I decided to go with this short-sleeved option.
  • And speaking of this short-sleeved option, it actually goes with the shorts I had on last week.  Don’t you love things you can wear as separates?
  • Don’t want to wear leopard print heels when it’s hot outside?  I don’t really, either.  Here’s what I wore on my commute.

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Adjustments

•• Office Appropriate Outfits - Spring

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Blazer – Forever 21 | Pants – Express | Shirt – Old Navy | Necklace – Gordman’s | Earrings – Gift | Shoes – Nine West

I planned to wear the blazer today.  I put it on and then sweated my way through my commute.  It came off the moment I got into my office and has stayed off since.

So here’s what I actually look like.

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Still pretty cute.  Believe it or not, I picked this shirt up on a whim in Old Navy in NYC in March and I’ve already worn it quite a few times.  Even though my husband refers to me as the Hamburglar when I wear it.   What does he know?

  

The Versatile Dress

•• Office Appropriate Outfits - Spring

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Blazer – Forever 21

Dress – BCBG outlet

Shoes – Bandolino

Necklace – The Limited

Our warm weather has finally arrived (again) so I’m breaking out the dresses!  I actually wore this outfit last Thursday to the Dots Spring & Summer Style Party but since I spent most of that event trying on other clothes I feel that it didn’t really get a chance to shine.

Dresses are great because, as evidenced by this one, you can wear them to work AND you can wear them to fun events.  Don’t have a job that is conducive to wearing a dress?  You can always dress them down with casual footwear and a cardigan or denim jacket.  See? Versatile!

  

Brighten Up

•• Office Appropriate Outfits - Spring

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Blazer – Forever 21

Top – Old Navy

Necklace – Gordman’s

Pants – Gap

Shoes – Nine West

 

Whew!  Today has been a busy, busy day.  It’s also been a gray rainy day so I’m glad I wore my bright pants to help take some of the gray out of it.  I noticed on the train to work this morning that everyone was wearing black but me.

Just a few short months ago I was in a black-pants rut.  I wore black pants almost every day.  Now I still wear a lot of dark colors but I’m slowly branching out.

When’s the last time you wore something bright?

P.S. I suppose if I’m going to be taking close ups of my shoes this summer I should invest in a pedicure so I don’t subject you all to my nasty runner’s feet, huh?

  

Career vs Comfort

•• Office Appropriate Outfits - Spring

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Blazer – Forever 21

Cardigan & Necklace – The Limited

Shirt – Stitch Fix (<—Note: if you sign up using this link I get the referral credit)

Pants – Gap

Shoes – Nine West

I love blazers.  I love they way they look.  I love that they can take an outfit from BLAH to WOW.  They add polish and professionalism to almost any outfit.

That being said, some days I just can’t handle the feel of the blazer collar on my neck or the restriction on my shoulders.  Perhaps this means my blazer doesn’t fit as well as I’d like.  Or maybe it just means my body is craving a bit of comfort.  Hence the cardigan.

Which look do you like better?  Blazer or cardigan?  What do you wear when you want to look professional but feel comfortable?

  

Simple Sparkle

•• Office Appropriate Outfits - Spring

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Blazer – Forever 21

Top – The Limited

Jeans – Old Navy

Shoes – Nine West

Sequins in the daytime?  Sure, why not?  By pairing them with a white blazer and plain denim they’ve gone from night on the town to Friday office meeting.  A black blazer and black pants would make this a little too “nighttime” but the lighter colors make it more daytime appropriate.

This evening, though, I won’t be transitioning the sparkle.  Instead, I’ll be throwing on a fun t-shirt under my blazer:

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I’m going to see The Nerdist tonight and thought “What better place to wear a nerdy t-shirt”?”  Yes, sometimes t-shirts with funny things on the front are stylishly appropriate.