Creative Business Casual Outfit

December 19, 2014

Creative business casual

Blouse: Piperlime | Pants: NY & Company | Pumps: Bandolino | Necklace: Forever 21 (similar)

Let’s get real for a minute here: getting dressed for work everyday can get OLD. Maybe you’re tired of the same clothes, maybe your office’s dress code is cramping your style. Whatever the reason, I’m going to guess once a month you look in the closet and say, I have nothing to wear. Yulp, been there, said that.

[Insert my hubby stating the obvious: but you have a million pieces of clothing in that closet! Yeah, yeah, honey, but nothing looks good today!]

After a recent clothing crisis of my own, I picked up a good trick that I wanted to share: take something blah that you haven’t worn in awhile and pair it with something new, something you’ve never worn with it before. A fashion remix, if you will.

Take these blue dress pants from NY & Company (most of my dressier business-wear is from there). I don’t wear them often given my casual office environment. But they’re perfectly good pants! So I should wear them! Instead of the usual tank and cardi pairing, I decided to top them with this fun patterned blouse, which I picked up during my last Piperlime purchase.

Add an old pair of black pumps and I felt like a sassy corporate woman. Well, hello there creative business casual!

Pattern mixing

Piperlime Collection Mix Print Blouse

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If I ever need a professional headshot, this will do! ^^

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Linking up with: Mix & Match Fashion and Style Elixir.

Wish List Wednesday: Sweater Dresses

December 17, 2014

Sweater dresses

Yesterday, my coworker and I tackled the important topic of winter fashion (always a fun distraction from the day-to-day grind!). Is it just me or do outfits tend to get a bit masculine in the middle of old man winter? Especially work attire. Wool pants, structured blazers, closed-toe shoes, dark colors. I love an occasional menswear-inspired outfit, but I still like feeling like a lady!

To break up all those trouser days, I love throwing on a sweater dress during the cold months. They’re just as easy to wear as pants but bonus points are awarded in the feminine department. Here are a few I have my eye on — that plaid sweater dress is calling my name!

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Casually Festive

December 15, 2014

Casual holiday party

Skirt: Ann Taylor | Shirt: Old Navy | Tights: similar | Booties: Bandolino | Necklace: similar | Lips: Make Up For Ever

No, that’s not deja vu you’re feeling. Yes, you’ve seen this sequin mini skirt before when I wore it to my husband’s office holiday party. I’d wear it all day, everyday if I could get away with it — it’s the perfect fit and perfect amount of sparkle. So perfect, in fact, that I decided to forgo purchasing another new item (which is big for me) and instead wore this skirt again to my friend’s party this weekend. (Next, you might even see me wearing it to work!)

Since this party was on the more casual side, I was expecting there would be a lot of jeans and festive tops (always a solid party uniform). I decided to flip it and wear the opposite: a denim shirt and party skirt. Add in patterned tights and a statement necklace and we had ourselves a casually festive party outfit!

Let’s break the outfit down in 4 steps — happy holidays!

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Casual holiday party outfit

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