A Pretty Plaid Skirt for Work

Details: J.Crew Turtleneck / J.Crew Factory Skirt / Everlane Loafers / BaubleBar Earrings

Wow! Just like that Christmas is almost here. Along with last-minute shopping, wrapping, and eating lots of cookies, I am trying to finish up a few things at work so I can enjoy a nice, relaxing vacation at home with my family in Cleveland. But before I hang up my loafers for slippers, I wanted to share this pretty plaid skirt I found for work. It can be so hard to look cute in the office during the cold, gray winter months, but a fun skirt in a bold pattern like this one can really brighten up those dreary days. Here I’m wearing it with a black turtleneck, but I could totally see this working with a pink or navy sweater or button down. The ruffle detail is the icing on the cake. What have you been wearing to the office lately? I hope you’re winding down for the year and get to celebrate the holidays with friends and family very soon!

A Great Fall Color Combo: Light Blue and Dark Red

CeCe by Cynthia Steffe Blouse (Similar) / Limited Skirt (Similar) / Everlane Loafers / J.Crew Factory Necklace 

When I first bought this blouse, I was only planning on wearing it for spring and summer. But when fall rolled around, I knew I wasn’t done wearing it. (The poofy sleeve is my favorite!) Instead of pairing it with the bright pink skirt I wore it with earlier this year, I wore it with my dark red pencil skirt to work last week. It looks just as a good, and gives it that fall vibe. I love playing with unexpected color pairings to keep things fresh. How do you keep your wardrobe looking new year after year?

Summer to Fall Stripes

BR Factory Sweater (Similar) / J.Crew Factory Skirt (Similar) and Necklace / Madewell Flats (Similar

I’m trying to slowly transition my wardrobe from summer to fall. As much as I love fall, I want to appreciate summer for as long as I can. I started this outfit with a navy blue sweater, which is lightweight and great for any season, and added this summery striped skirt. A pop of red is perfect for this all blue ensemble and the gold necklace adds that extra bit of polish for work. What are you wearing to transition from summer to fall?

Jean Jacket and a Pencil Skirt

Old Navy Jean Jacket from High School (Similar) / Limited Top (Similar) / J.Crew Factory Necklace / Banana Republic Factory Skirt (Similar) / Nine West Shoes (Similar)

I love a good jean jacket. I have for a long time. As you can see I’m still wearing the same one from high school. If you can comfortably avoid taking yourself too seriously at work, a jean jacket is a nice way to switch up your typical work wear. I like how it tames this bright pink pencil skirt and keeps me warm in our frigid office during the summer months. I’d love to hear about what you’ve been wearing lately.

Striped Midi Skirt

 Details: Banana Republic Factory Skirt (Similar) / Gap Shirt / Nine West Sandals 

After what felt like a century-long winter and months of wearing the same sweaters and pants, this striped midi skirt is giving me and my wardrobe life. The length makes it easy to style with a tucked in t-shirt or blouse and the vertical stripe is elongating. I don’t have a lot of black in my wardrobe, but I made an exception for this skirt because I loved it so much. Plus it’s perfect to pair with pink heels for a little pop of color. And I definitely feel more confident and creative when I’m wearing this outfit at work. Sadly it looks like this is sold out on the Banana Republic Factory website, but I found a similar skirt at Loft and linked it above.

Blouson Sleeve Top

 CeCe by Cynthia Steffe Blouse / Banana Republic Factory Skirt / Madewell Ava Slingback Flat

I’m a sucker for a dramatic sleeve and this one had me at hello. With its sweet, light blue pattern and pintuck detail, it’s a nice daytime option for either work or play. As soon as I saw it, I knew I wanted to contrast the voluminous sleeves with a more fitted silhouette like this BR Factory skirt. I love playing with proportions. The cherry on top of this outfit is really this pair of Madewell slingback flats. Aren’t they fun?

If you love the blouse, you maybe be able to find it at TJ Maxx. I got mine there for $24. If you can’t find it there, it’s also available via Nordstrom Rack at the link above for less than $35.
 

Work Pants

I’m slowly starting to overhaul my wardrobe, gradually getting rid of things I don’t wear anymore and replacing them with smarter choices. Getting dressed in the morning was starting to feel like a frustrating task. My wardrobe was bursting at the seams yet it felt like I had nothing to wear. This was probably because I was buying individual pieces that didn’t always play well together. It was clear to me that I needed to take a more holistic approach. So I’ve started identifying my signature “looks,” the outfits that always make me feel good when I wear them.

One of my favorite looks for work is pairing leggings with my Everlane loafers. This is definitely one of my “looks” that I want to start building my wardrobe around, so I stocked up on work leggings when Banana Republic Factory was having a sale. I love this pair especially because of its herringbone pattern. They feel elevated compared to your regular pair of leggings. And right now they’re only $38.99. I can see myself adding a sweater blazer, like this J.Crew factory one, to my wardrobe next to go with this look. What are your go-to looks? How do you keep your wardrobe full of options?