Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Graphic Tee Print Mix

Jacket- Gap (similar), Tee- J.Crew, Pants- H&M, Heels- Michael Antonio, Bag- Kate Spade, Necklace- Forever 21 (similar), Watch- Fossil

As promised, here is the second way I styled these easy breezy trousers. I was going out to dinner the day that I wore these to work, and something told me not to throw on my typical skinny jeans and heels outfit when I got home. I love the idea of pairing a graphic tee with printed bottoms, and this was my chance to try it out. I ended up really liking this combo since it felt a little different than something I would normally wear.

I think a little bit of hemming is in order for these pants, though. I'm not liking the way they cap off my ankles. Why is it that every pair of pants I buy is one inch too long!? I need to invest in a sewing machine.

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Work Wear: Fancy Pants

 Blazer- Primark (similar), Blouse- Express, Pants- H&M, Heels- Charlotte Russe (similar), Bag- Coach, Necklace- Baublebar (similar), Watch- Fossil

A couple weeks back, I posted three outfit ideas for work, along with the promise that I'd try them out ASAP. This is my first real life version of those looks.

These pants. are. SO. COMFY! I'm so glad I stumbled across these drapey trousers at H&M. Okay, so maybe they slightly resemble pajama pants, but with the addition of a blazer, I felt perfectly dressed up enough for my business casual workplace. I'm pretty sure my coworkers agreed. I didn't even get any "you're wearing that?!" looks, at least. 

After work, I normally change into comfy clothes, or jeans if I'm going out somewhere. But the day I wore these pants? I didn't want to take them off. I threw on a t-shirt and a different pair of sandals and I was set for dinner out. (You can catch that look here next week.)

So here's my advice. If you want to be incredibly comfortable in your nine to five, snatch up a pair of loose fitting trousers. Even some with a drawstring like mine. Pair them with a structured top or blazer to combat the flowiness on bottom, and voila. Most comfortable work outfit, ever.

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Inspired by Alexa

Jacket- H&M (similar on sale $44), Sweater- Old Navy (similar on sale $17), Shirt- Target, Skirt- Peter Pilotto for Target, Heels- Charlotte Russe (identical)

Before shopping the Peter Pilotto for Target collection, I had decided on the red printed wrap skirt. Until I saw Alexa Chung wearing the black one, that is. I figured the black was more wearable anyway, and I loved how she paired it with a pastel sweater. I meant to recreate this outfit so many times, but after hanging my skirt in a random place in my closet, I never saw it, so I never wore it.

Well, thank goodness for the random cold Sunday we had this weekend. I figured it was finally time to break out this skirt for church, AND it was cold enough to pair it my own pastel blue sweater. I added a white button up underneath just because it felt right. I didn't need tights, and I opted for white shoes instead of black to make it a little more spring-like.

If you missed out on the Peter Pilotto collection, check your store's clearance racks. I found several items from the collection there over the weekend. I also found some other printed wrap skirts on the web, all under $40!

Linking up with:  Style Sessions

Thursday, April 3, 2014

Work Wear: A New Skirt

Blazer- Gap (similar), Blouse- Asos (similar), Skirt- Ann Taylor, Sandals- Zara (similar), Bag- Zara, Bracelet- identical

After keeping track of my clothing purchases for three months in a row, I realized that I really don't like spending money on work clothes. I'd so much rather buy a dress or a skirt to wear on the weekends, or a cute pair of not-so-work-appropriate heels. But spending all my money on things I wear two days out of the week instead of the other five left me really wishing I had some new skirts and pants to play with. I'm trying to spice things up a bit to keep from getting bored!

This striped skirt seemed like a great piece to invest in, and since I got it 40% off, it wasn't even quite an investment. I love the colors in it and figured it would be really easy to match with tops I already own. But when I tried to pick a top to pair it with, I got stuck. Apparently I reallllly like printed tops, almost as much as I like printed bottoms. I weeded through all of my patterned tops and finally settled on this one- a very classic, feminine, and professional piece. My favorite navy blazer was the perfect finishing touch. What I ended up with was a much cuter version of what I've been wearing, and something I felt a lot more confident in!

I used to post work outfits on a weekly basis, and I'm going to make an attempt to get back to that as motivation to keep finding ways to enjoy my 9 to 5 looks a little more.

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Tuesday, April 1, 2014

The Lookalike Dress

Dress- Gap (similar), Sandals- Zara (similar), Bag- Zara, Necklace- Express (similar), Bracelet- Express, Sunglasses- similar

A year or so ago, I remember seeing a striped shift dress with pockets from Club Monaco and loving it. Unfortunately, Club Monaco is basically always out of my budget, so I had to pass. I'm really glad I caught this Gap version before it sold out! It's the perfect spring dress. It took me from Saturday errands to date night without having to change any piece of my look (well, maybe that's because I'm a wear heels everyday kind of girl so I didn't have to change my shoes).

Do you guys ever find yourself wearing the same color constantly? March was kind of the month of pink for me, and I'm starting to think blue will be my favorite color for April, as evidenced by my new Zara bag and two blue outfits in a row. I didn't think I would like carrying my blue bag with a blue dress, but since it matched the color of the pockets, I couldn't resist!