Light Blue and Coral

Details: NY&C Company Cardigan / H&M Dress /Vintage Earrings / Tommy Hilfiger Shoes

During the warmer months, I gravitate toward happy and bright color combos. This outfit is no exception with this light, almost muted blue dress playing the perfect contrast to the rich coral of this cardigan. I’m always looking for new ways to mix my wardrobe, and I just happened upon this combination as I was getting dressed this morning. I will certainly be repeating this look. I also love the cut of this dress from H&M. It feels very demure and sophisticated — a great look for work.

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Sheer Floral Print Blouse

 Details: Thrifted HD Paris Blouse / Thrifted J.Crew Skirt / J.Crew Factory Necklace / Michael Kors Watch and Cuff / Calvin Klein Shoes / Loft Cardigan

A sheer blouse is a bold choice for work wear. That’s why I always make sure to layer heavily anytime I am wearing one. But, anytime I wear a white tank top under a sheer top it sticks out like a sore thumb. Note to self: invest in a nude tank top. The dark pattern of this blouse is enough to cancel out its “sheernish.” so I opted out of the tank top underneath and hoped a nice cardigan and a nude bra would do the trick. It seems to have worked. Also, I love how well the skirt and blouse go together even though I found them on completely separate thrifting trips. Brights and floral print always make me happy!

Bright Lace

Outfit details: Target shirt / Loft skirt / Sole Society shoes via Nordstrom / J.Crew Factory necklace / Michael Kors watch and cuff

Here’s to it officially being skirt and dress season. I haven’t had to wear tights for the last few weeks and I am quite happy about it. To help ring in the warmer weather, I am longing for brights like this skirt I scored at Loft over the weekend for only $18! It’s still on sale and there are plenty of sizes left. I love how the traditional lace is paired with such a bright color. It works really well with this denim top for an updated business casual look, but could just as easily be paired with a silk top.

Green and Purple Wear to Work

Summer is still alive and kicking so I am not yet abandoning this tried and true formula: floral prints + brights = fashionable yet easy wear to work outfit. With this outfit in particular, I was proud of myself for trying the mix of purple and green — a color combination I don’t try that often but really like. The green flower print pattern definitely elevates this look past your typical color blocking. It’s like color blocking on caffeine. This look was relatively inexpensive to create when you consider I purchased the top at Goodwill for about $4 and the skirt at a consignment shop for $20.

Details: Thrifted Old Navy blouse / J.Crew skirt via Avalon Exchange / Nine West Pumps / J.Crew Factory necklace

Bright on Bright Work Wear

After being on vacation for a week, I needed something simple for my first day back to work. I chose this dress because it never requires ironing. It’s a $20 purchase from Gap that will continue to more than pay for itself in time saved. This jacket that I purchased from Goodwill years ago was a last minute decision as I was rushing out the door. These colors just complement each other so well that the bright colors do not feel overdone. Not to mention, I have complementary burn tan.

Details: Goodwill jacket; Gap dress; Fergie sandals via Shoe Department; Ily Necklace

Black and White Paisley with Brights

I found this black and white paisley top when sorting through racks for the Goodwill fashion show. Work blouses are something that I’m low on in my closet, and I could see the pattern livening things up a bit. Worried that the paisley print might be a little dated, I paired it with some current brights. I love the contrast of the black and white with the turquoise necklace.

Also, I’m kind of proud of myself for putting together a work outfit for less than $100. A positive side effect of shopping for the Goodwill fashion show is that I am back in my thrifting groove. I was out of it for a while, but I have been seeing a lot more potential in things lately. I guess practice makes perfect.

J.Crew necklace via eBay ($15) / Thrifted Ralph Lauren shirt ($3.99) / Calvin Klein shoes via Marshalls ($34) / J.Crew skirt via Avalon Exchange ($19)

Spring Style: Navy Blue and Brights

Details: Gap sweater / Jack Wills shirt c/o / Consignment J.Crew skirt / H&M tights / Halogen boots via Nordstrom

The little teases of warm weather we’ve had lately have left me wanting more. They have also left me breaking out into song “The hills are alive with the sound of music!” — and wearing all of my spring clothes despite how not warm it actually is. So maybe you want to try wearing your brights too, but you don’t want to look like you just stepped off of the set of Miami Vice? If you aren’t ready to break out into song quite yet, temper your brights with navy and a warm pair of shoes like these riding boots. Stay warm. Spring is almost here!