Friday, July 3, 2015

outfit post: no-brainer work outfits "The Printed Skirt Formula"

There are so many mornings when I wander bleary-eyed into my closet and stare at the clothing zombie-like with zero motivation to be creative with my outfit. I just want to get myself dressed and out the door quickly while still looking presentable for work.

This brain dead "I have no idea what to wear" scenario is when I depend on my tried and true "outfit formula" that was deeply ingrained into my wardrobe psyche by Stacey & Clinton during my many years loving to watch TLC's What Not to Wear.  The formula says: basic piece + interesting piece + cardigan/jacket/completer piece = outfit. This is forever the formula in my brain for getting dressed for work while looking reasonably put together.

Over time that general WNTW formula has developed into a few specific formula patterns in my wardrobe. And since I use this method so regularly - I thought it would make a good set of infographics to share here on the blog. I've been going back through my blog archives to grab some outfit examples of each of those specific formulas I use to share with you.


One of my absolutely favorite things to wear to work is a printed skirt. When I first started working I had two basic & super functional pencil skirts - one black and one grey.  Since I had a good set of basics in my work wardrobe, I started to branch out and I bought a  polka-dot patterned pencil skirt. At the time I was really unsure if I would actually get that much use out of such a 'fun' work skirt. Wouldn't I get tired of the skirt's pattern pretty quickly and end up just wearing my neutral ones instead?

It turned out to be the exact opposite. By wearing the printed skirt I found that I wanted to wear all my existing solid color tops more frequently and suddenly felt like I had a whole new set of outfit s in my closet. So, the formula I'm sharing today I call, "The Printed Skirt Formula":

Black & White Printed Skirt + Solid Color Top + Fun Necklace = Outfit

1. Black & White Printed Skirt:
This outfit starts with a fun printed skirt. (I said black & white print but it could really be any neutral & white pattern.) First, for the bottom, choose your printed skirt. My favorite prints are stripes and polka-dots but other examples might be a cool geometric pattern or pretty floral print.

2. Solid Color Top:
Next add a solid color top. Any color that you are drawn to and like to wear. (You can see I have almost every color of the rainbow above.) It can be a basic blouse or bonus points for texture with a tie-neck or ruffle on the shirt.

3. Fun Necklace:
Finally, I add a fun necklace in a metal or matching color to my top to break up the solid color on top. Nothing too crazy because I already have a print on the bottom. Just something to add some interest. Easy peasy professional.

When I get dressed using this formula I'm not trying to be a fashion standout - it's just more about looking presentable for work in a hurry. So there is no need to figure out an amazing statement necklace or perfectly coordinating scarf. The pants are the pop in the outfit and everything else is background. I feel like this outfit formula can easily be used over and over again for pulled together professional looks for work.  Just sticking with the same blueprint and switching out the individual pieces - the outfits possibilities are endless!

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You can find all "formulas" I've posted using this link.




Thursday, July 2, 2015

outfit post: printed green crepe shirt dress, brown sandals

Inspiration - Target

I picked this dress up on impulse at Target and had high hopes for it. I love my other green shirt dress and wear it all the time in slightly cooler weather. But because it has sleeves and Florida is approximately the temperature of the surface of the sun - I thought finding a sleeveless shirt dress would be a good substitute for super hot summer months.

I was wrong. This dress was a total fail. While I don't look that disheveled in the picture, I felt like I was a big mess the entire day. I was miserable. The belt rode up or was falling down. The elastic of the waist couldn't find a spot to sit on my body and went wherever the belt wasn't. It had too much fabric running around bunching in the middle and the lined underlayer of the skirt kept doing different things then the top layer. I was constantly pulling, tucking and adjusting myself the entire time I had it on.

And then I caught a look at myself in the mirror at work and when I wasn't posing intentionally for a picture the dress was hanging in a way that was really adding bulk and lumps in places I don't have them. I definitely don't need that.

Am I a jerk if I take it back to Target now that it's been worn? I only wore it in the a/c at work- but it still feels a little crummy to return it now that it's used.

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Wednesday, July 1, 2015

outfit post: grey sweater, skinny jeans, nude cutout flats, cobalt pendant necklace

Inspiration - Rosie Huntington-Whiteley

Today was an, "I'm going to get a bunch of $#!% done at my desk all day" sorta day. That meant super comfortable outfit of soft lightweight sweater and stretchy jeans. Added in cute flats and a fun necklace so I didn't look like a total bum. (Perfect compliment to that statement is Audrey's fun accessories make the outfit post she put up today.)

Goals - Week 16 update:

  1. Start eating healthier - Got sick last week and lost my appetite. (Who am I?) But pretty much everything I did eat was healthy. 
  2. Walking lots - Exercise fell off the radar in place of laying flat on the couch when I got home from work. Tried to rest while my little monkey used me as a jungle gym - really cute little monkey.
    • Weight:
      • Weight - lost 1.6  lb
      • Total weight lost - 18.4 lbs (43.4 lbs since my top pregnancy weight!)
      • 14.6 to go
  3. Post at least 4x a week-
    • Post 4x: Fail. Sick & busy. Only one post.
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Tuesday, June 30, 2015

outfit post: navy pencil skirt, olive green portofino shirt, leopard belt, nude wedges

Inspiration - Lulu's.com

Sorry I've been MIA. I got sick last week but had a ton high pressure stuff going on at work. Being under the weather meant I couldn't juggle my normal fifteen thousand home/work/life obligations - so I give myself just two priorities - don't die and don't screw up at work. I was successful at both of those tasks but that meant zero outfit posts after Wednesday. Good news is that work even keeled again this week and I'm feeling much better.

Feeling a little safari chic in this outfit. Really really like the olive green paired with the navy. I feel like one of those InStyle color charts that give you advice on color combinations and says stuff like, "navy pairs great with peach, olive and teal blue!" (Just searched on Pinterest and this combination did not make the charts I found... oh well!)

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