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!
This weekend I spent a lot of time tromping around in the snow. So I figured it was only appropriate that today’s Style Imitating Art painting chosen by Jen is “Snowy Owl”.
However, I don’t own anything owl print so I went with a black and silver zebra print sweater with my black and white striped blouse. Pair that with cream pants and I feel just like one of those owls!
This is probably another one of those outfits that will make a lot of you go “oh, I could never wear white pants in winter! They’d just get too dirty!” And I say to you, that’s why the universe invented dry cleaners. And snow boots. Is it ironic that we worry about keeping our snowy whites out of the snow?
And in case you need more winter white inspiration, here are three other ways I’ve worn these pants in the winter.
First, before I tell you all about this colorful top I want to ask you a favor? I’m over on Chippmunk talking about the great deals I get from The Limited and I would love it if you voted for me! Not only is it awesome blog exposure for me but there’s chance I could win a $100 gift card. And you know I’d pick The Limited and show you how to get the most for $100! Just click on the “Love it” button.
Anyway, speaking of The Limited I bought this colorful tank top several years ago via a website that is no longer around. It was called MJR Sales and they sold overstock and slightly damaged items from Express, The Limited, Victoria’s Secret and a few other stores that were owned by the same parent company. Considering I love The Limited I was thrilled to find this top of theirs for $7. It has a small hole near the bottom right hand side that was obviously made when someone use a box cutter to open the box it was in, but I don’t mind. You can’t even see it when I have the top on.
Wearing this tank to the office, though, might not work for everyone. It could probably be considered a spaghetti strap tank and those are usually bad ideas for work. However, it also looks adorable with a cardigan and sometimes I wear it without one anyway. Such a rebel, right?
Apologies for the indoor photos today. Chicago has decided that we don’t get summer yet and I just wasn’t in the mood to brave the chilly, drizzly weather to get a photo this morning. But, hey, at least it’s cool enough that I can keep wearing my favorite scarf. In fact, this black, white and leopard outfit is basically just a dressed up version of one I wore last October. Swap the white jeans for white dress pants and the riding boots for heels (and take out the turtleneck because I refuse to wear one in June) and you’ve gone from Friday casual to business casual.
FYI – I’m out of the office tomorrow because I’m running the Madison to Chicago Ragnar Relay. But that doesn’t mean you should skip Friday’s post! Nope! It’s time for my favorite outfit of May and your turn to vote for your favorite. So come back tomorrow and cast your vote.
Hello, Monday! After a long and crazy weekend (that included me sleeping through someone’s birthday party because I’m a horrible friend who had been up since 3:45 AM) I was not feeling that inspired this morning. Thank goodness for Two Birds and their Inspiration Monday post! I haven’t done one of these in awhile but today the combination of white and gray was what I needed to put together my own outfit.
Since I won’t be wearing a see-through maxi skirt (or are those pants??) to work I swapped Jennifer Lawrence’s skirt for white pants. I kept the t-shirt vibe, though, by wearing a white t-shirt with some shiny embellishments. And, of course, the gray blazer to mimic her gray top and to take the t-shirt up to a more professional level.
I firmly believe a blazer makes just about anything office appropriate. Well, okay, maybe not ANYTHING, but close enough.
I recently read this editorial in the Chicago Tribune about the differences between urban snow and, well, non-urban snow. I think my favorite line is:
Urban snow is what we have here, now. It is snow where it does not belong, where it is dangerous, incongruous and despised, like an urban coyote or an urban cowboy. No one ever wrote “Stopping by ‘L’ Platform on a Snowy Evening.”
But I thumb my nose at the slushy, wet, gray snow currently blanketing much of the city. I wore my white pants. Well, they’re technically winter white or cream or off-white or whatever you want to call them. Many people fear white pants when the weather is perfect. And it’s definitely a risk to wear them when the chances of getting snow sludge on them is high. Still, I can let the snow beat me or I can beat the snow!
I choose the latter.
Especially since I came across this photo on Pinterest and thought it looked really classy.
I mean, I could wait until spring to wear this outfit, but technically meteorological spring starts tomorrow so I figure that’s close enough. Sure, it’s still cold in Chicago. Sure, there’s still a chance of snow. But I’m declaring these my snow pants and I’ll wear them whenever I want.
Faux fur vests were everywhere earlier this fall and winter. And I totally see why. They keep you warm without causing you to overheat. Similar to the concept of wearing a wind-blocking vest when running in the winter. Keeps your core warm! I’ve worn my faux fur vest to work at least one other time and I also wore a belt with it then. The belt helps define your waist so you don’t get swallowed up by the vest.
I actually saved an inspiration photo for this outfit almost 3 months ago.
I loved the fur and the animal print with the stripes and the neutral pants. Apparently this is Joanna Hillman, the senior fashion market editor for Harpers Bazaar and she is known to be quite fashionable. The fact that I was easily able to recreate her outfit tells me that it can’t be too difficult to emulate looks that you love. In fact, this outfit may be one of my current favorites!
Of course, it helps that my husband took some rocking pictures!
Yes, strangely, the parking garage of our building has the best indoor lighting. Who knew?
Just to show you that I actually wear the outfits I put together in my collage posts, here’s me actually wearing my Work Luncheon outfit from last Wednesday. I really love all the different textures in this outfit and I think it’s a great way to showcase a monochromatic look. It’s all the same basic winter white color but the gold in the blouse and the sparkle and texture of the jacket keep it from looking too bland or too much like a uniform.
Speaking of this jacket, if you have a spare $29.80 I would order it STAT from Forever 21 (free shipping today!) It’s really good quality, fits nicely, and will class up just about any outfit. It’s a Chanel look for a non-Chanel price. Seriously, can you just picture it with jeans and just about any color shirt underneath? Or over a black dress? Or, you know, kick out the additional $19.80 for the shirt I’m wearing and you can pair them together with just about anything and look fabulous.
And just so you don’t think this is all I wore on my commute:
The gray wool coat makes an appearance! Not pictured (yet): my hat and my gloves.
Top – Old Navy | Pants – The Limited | Necklace – J. Crew via Poshmark | Shoes – Unisa via 6pm.com
Yesterday seemed like one last hurrah for summer (although, you never know in Chicago) so I wore sleeveless and sandals. And white. Although these pants are a bit more of a “winter white” than stark white so I think they transcend the calendar.
In fact, I wore a very similar outfit in June but I recently purchased this pink and gold J. Crew necklace and I think the different accessory paired with a slightly different colored pant changes the outfit up just enough.
Also, yes, I got my hair cut. I’m trying to embrace my wave which excited my hairdresser to no end (speaking of which, if you’re in Chicago and want a hairdresser recommendation my guy is pretty fantastic and only charges $35). Basically it’s shorter with more layers, especially around my face. Now I just have to figure out the best shampoo and conditioner to use!