As I shared on Monday, I’m going to be mixing things up a little on the blog and that means, at least for now, Thursdays = fashion/outfit inspirations. I feel waaay out of my element with this post, but I’m hoping it will feel a bit more normal once I get a few posts under my belt.
I’ve always been a “creative” type when it comes to fashion. My mom let me choose my own clothes pretty much as soon as I could walk, and that resulted in a lot of, let’s say, interesting outfits. I think I spent half of my childhood in knit leggings and baggy graphic t-shirts and the other half in princess dresses. Go figure. In middle and high school, I experimented with everything from preppy stripes to the punk rocker look (complete with purple Dr. Martens) to skin tight tank tops.
Luckily, I’m a bit more streamlined in my style these days, but I still don’t like to be boxed in to one set style. Still, if I had to label my style, it would probably be something like put-together comfy casual classic with hints of preppy/ glam, depending on my mood. That clears it up, right? It’s like that show on HGTV where the designer has home owners choose their favorite objects out of a pile and then comes up with some wordy, adjective-heavy phrase to describe them. Of course, she’s usually spot on, so what do I know.
Onto the first outfit (ever!) post which I’ve creatively titled: casual blazer. I actually purchased this blazer the night before a job interview where I literally had about 30 minutes to clothing shop before I had to go home and prepare for the actual interview itself. I was willing to spend upwards of $100 if I found something that worked, but luckily for me, I chanced Talbot’s for the first time and they were having a crazy good sale, and I was able to find the perfect navy blazer for about $35 dollars. I almost always shop during sales–I don’t think I’ve paid full price for something in years. The blazer is also a knit cotton that allows for a lot of movement, a must for me in a structured jacket.
I wear this blazer constantly with skirts and dresses for work, but I’ve also been looking for ways to wear it for more casual nights out on the weekend a la Jennifer Aniston. I paired the blazer with my favorite boyfriend jeans I got for $5 at Loft a few years ago, a striped J.Crew Factory 3/4 sleeve tee, a turquoise bubble necklace, and Sole Society nude pumps. I was pretty pleased with how the look turned out overall and have since worn the same outfit with metallic flats and low-top tennis shoes since, as you know, I tend to walk pretty much everywhere and me + walking in heels = never going to happen.
The bubble necklace is a J.Crew imitation that I got on eBay for $20. Although it’s made out of a thick plastic instead of metal, the original is over $150, so I was pretty happy to settle for the look-a-like. Plus, I get compliments on it all the time, so I don’t think anyone can notice!
Striped T-Shirt: J.Crew Factory, $20
How do you get more use out of work appropriate pieces?