I love a good dress up and down combo. The laid back feel of a t-shirt made work appropriate with a blazer, slacks, and heels. Throw on a couple of long necklaces, a pair of stud earrings and you’re good to go!
I should say, this post is brought to you by how to buy clothes on the cheap because every clothing item here is from Target or Costco. That’s right, Costco. I picked up the teal cardigan from there last fall and I have never regretted it. It’s on par with the quality of JCrew’s sweaters and it is a heavier weight material, so it doesn’t bunch up when you wear it (which sadly some of my JCrew ones do bunch up a bit). And it hasn’t drawn up at all despite multiple washings. The power of Costco.
When I was doing some fall work shopping at the end of the summer, I was motivated to find more dresses to add to my closet. Some mornings it is more daunting to try to put together separates rather than sticking on a dress and pairing it with a cardigan. Per my usual mantra I tried to find similar pieces to match the outfit. However, I fell flat with the cardigan! I would say the color is probably a bit easier to find in the summer, so if you find a good match, let me know and I’ll share!
Let’s say the weather is turning colder. We could also say that my office is typically 10 to 20 degrees below the temperature in my upstairs classrooms. Either way, I love layering and I look forward to those months (that are sometimes preciously short in the south) that we get to do it.
So I was inspired by this look that I featured on my Friday Favorites a few weeks back and from it I pulled together this:
I was on a time crunch so I grabbed my phone and snapped a quick picture. Per most of my outfits, a lot of these pieces are old. I was especially excited because the top I had gotten from H& M few years back and could never figure out what to wear it with. Tada! Outfit inspiration.
And….we have air conditioning! And not a moment too soon. I was pretty sure B was about to melt, and I was starting to get warm, so you know it was dire straights around here for a few days. Anyway, back to business. When my students have speech days I tend to wear pants because I have to sit through multiple classes of many speeches, and I have been known to prop my feet up after round two of speaking at the end of the day. I also try to blend in to the crowd a bit to make my students less anxious. One of the things that makes this work for work (to be a bit redundant) is the shirt being a thicker weight material. You want one that is fitted not loose, or you risk looking like you stuck on a pajama top with your work pants. And of course with most of my looks, a lot of these pieces I have had a long time, so I have found similar examples for you! Enjoy!
*I’m starting to get craftier with my camera work…as you can see I have some added kisses on the mirror from J (He REALLLY loves himself. HA!).
I’m going to start off by telling you absolutely everything in this outfit is at least over a year old. I tend to “collect” clothes and I have a real difficulty parting with stuff (as my closet can attest to). I have re-created the “look” as close as I can with the links below. Enjoy!
I love sharing where I got my clothes. If you tell me that you like something I will tell you where I got it. Kind of like sharing a food recipe, except better because you can wear it. HA! Anyway, since I am dressing it up for work right now, I thought I would share a bit of what I am wearing (and maybe sometimes what J is wearing since he is quite intent on photobombing all my pictures).
(Piperlime Dress -similar here), (Anthropologie Belt), (Boots-Old, similar here), (Watch-Target discontinued La Mer collection, similar here), (Banana Republic earrings-similar here), (Hair Style) (Nailpolish-Essie Stylenomics)
Back to school for the boys also means back to school for me, both at work and with their various activities. I complied some of my favorites (and upcoming favorites!), for easy transitions between room mom to college instructor if you would like to see….
I should probably have entitled this post: The Tale of Two Ninja Turtle backpacks…as it certainly was. But first, a little more about this very J approved outfit….