Wear to Work: Polka Dots and Jewel Tone

Details: Marshalls top and skirt / Gap sweater / Thrifted Ann Talyor shoes / J.Crew necklace / Michael Kors watch / Stella & Dot bracelet

Green and navy are an easy go to combination when you need an outfit fast as was the case yesterday morning when I had not laid out anything to wear for work the night before. Also, it wasn’t snowing yesterday, but I could have easily worn my riding boots with this outfit if that was the case. As it was the emerald jewel tone of this skirt was the perfect rich color for a fall day. I stuck with mostly navy otherwise to make the polka dots pop and I chose gold jewelry to go with the warm hues of this outfit. The brown loafers always make such a perfect statement with navy and green. What is your quick go-to outfit combination when you are running out the door?

Mix Prints Unabashedly

This skirt goes with many things in my closet, but I can’t help but love the intentional mash up of this impressionist print skirt and stately polka dot blouse. My rule for mixing here: Navy blue and white go with the different colors of the skirt on their own so why not all together? The more the merrier! That logic might not apply in all instances of print mixing, but I’ve found it’s at the very least a good rule of thumb.

Club Monocao sweater
TJ Maxx blouse
J.Crew Factory skirt and necklace
Thrifted Ann Taylor shoes
Michael Kors watch (gift

Polka Dots and Emerald

When life hands you more winter, I say you should wear more polka dots. The day I put together this outfit, I was mustering all of my strength not to throw on a garbage bag and call it a day. I could not be more sick of my winter wardrobe. This week I have gone into complete survival mode. I locate anything that is warm and goes together relatively well and I throw it on with little consideration for style. It’s just like Man vs. Wild over here. How are you fairing in the final stretch of winter?

Old Navy sweater
J.Crew polo and necklace
Max Studio skirt from TJ Maxx
Michael Kors watch (gift)
Thrifted Ann Taylor shoes

Striped Cardigan and Polka Dot Blouse

Details: H&M blouse / TJ Maxx cardigan / Sears pants / Nines West shoes / Ray Ban wayfarers (Purchased with an Amazon gift card) / Michael Kors watch (gift)

I’m getting to that point when everything in my summer wardrobe is starting to feel blah and old. Introduce some of my lesser worn wardrobe items. This polka dot blouse is one such item. It’s a little too big so I have a hard time styling it. I decided to deploy a fall trend — mixing prints — and at the same time hide the bagginess of this blouse with this new striped cardigan I picked up at the Maxx. I originally pictured this outfit with colorful skinny pants, but when I tried it with these navy blue trousers, I ended up liking the way the different blues looked together.

In other news, I have been studying for my GMAT and relearning math skills I haven’t used in a good 6-7 years. Yay for being a writer! 

Black or white: MJ tribute and day 15!

This was when I officially got to the bottom of my pile of clothes for the 30 for 30 challenge and it was day 15. So I accomplished my goal of wearing every piece at least once, even though I had to throw all of the black and white colors together at once. I feel like this is my Michael Jackson tribute of the 30 for 30. From this point on it is my strategy to not repeat an outfit I have worn already. Despite the simplicity of this outfit, I always love the clean lines of pairing black and white and having a little fun with that by using a white polka dot bow tie blouse. I love that the bow tie just peaks out of the top of this cardigan. This is definitely something I see myself pairing with a bright skirt in the spring time. Speaking of spring, it has been so warm lately that the hills are alive with music…except that we don’t have hills in Ohio. Despite this heat wave, I couldn’t be more excited by the heavy fabrics and deep colors walking down the runways at Fall 2011 NYC Fashion week. I have been wanting to highlight my favorites, but I have not had time this week, so I might provide an update this weekend. Stay tuned!
BP Nordstrom cardigan; H&M blouse; The Limited pants; Gap ballet flats; Ray Ban Wayfarers, Nars Heatweave, Silver Mine Jewelry; Vintage marquee rhinestone earrings via ebay

Girly details in the great tundra that is Cleveland…

Ok so this is kind of the look we came up with together last week when I said I wanted to pair this polka dot top with flare jeans. The boots and the sweater kind of take away that 70s feel, but that’s because it was probably one of the coldest days of the year last Friday. I really wanted to see what this shirt would look like tucked into a pair of pants, and it turns out I love it just the same. The polka dots can do no wrong. And a healthy dose of red lipstick doesn’t hurt either. There is just something fun about pairing a big chunky sweater with a feminine little bow tie shirt.
H&M sweater, top, earrings; Gap jeans; Wanted Royalty boots (Piperlime); H&M; Nars Heatwave lipstick

70s lady

Lady like looks are not only influenced by the long poofy skirts of the 40s and 50s, but also the long-sleeved billowy blouses and high-waisted wide-leg pants of the 70s. I am not wearing said pants here, but they would be an excellent compliment to this polka-dot bow-tie blouse, which is sheer by the way. And what is more lady like than a cardigan, pearls, and a pencil skirt. The cardigan was a gift from my sister that I unfortunately had to return because of a missing button, but instantly felt OK returning when I saw this coral version.

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NY&Co. cardigan (gift); H&M top; Arden B pencil skirt; Vintage Ann Taylor shoes; Banana Republic pearl bracelet