Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Outfit Inspired by...

Happy Thursday!

Lately, I've been super inspired by all the blogging senoritas out there who do cute little outfit posts. That idea coupled with one of my own created what you're about to see.

I have been trying my hardest not to shop lately, supremely hard. The last few months have been super expensive for me for a variety of reasons and so I really have no reason to be shopping right now.

So lately I have tried to make my own clothes come together in an outfit that channels someone else or some idea... it helps me to see and appreciate my wardrobe.

Thus here's a few from the last month. I am really not too good at all those grand photoshoots y'all do so mind all the camera, mirror shots..

(Since phone shots aren't the best, you can click all images if you can't tell what the h*ll I'm even talking about. It will enlarge.)

Inspired by:

Cruella DeVil, Charlotte York, Flight Attendants

The Look:

Worn to What?:

To the office! I need lots of layers due to varying heat distribution in my cubicle.


I am always in love with a good headband. I like the preppiness of this outfit and the way the shirt blends so well with the basic black skirt. The Red zip-up seriously was perfect for maintaining that office appropriateness as well as keeping warm. Totally felt like a flight attendant (specially with my work ID badge) but I very much enjoyed this.

Skirt, Shirt: Banana Republic Red Zip-Up: Nordstrom Rack Headband: Nordstrom

Inspired by:

Gwen Stefani

The Look:

Worn to What?:

Book Club with my girlfriends at a Moroccan restaurant. I wrapped a pashmina around my neck as well.


I love leggings, I love red shoes, I love long tank tops... not much to say except this was a fun outfit for dinner with girlfriends.

Inspired by:

My Grandma

The Look:

Me and My Grandma again above.

Worn to What?:

To mingle with relatives the days after my Sis' wedding.


Easy to put together and extremely comfortable. My Grandma has always been a wonderful dresser so it's fun to emulate what she used to wear. She always notices such things- "Oh, you look darling Caitie." I love it.
Dress: F21 Belt: Nordstrom

Inspired by:

The Look:

Worn to What?:

To the office. It's been cold lately.


I love menswear. Love, love, love Menswear. Katharine Hepburn perfectly pulled off said look. This outfit reminded me of her and believe it or not, my Papa in the 60s. Though you can't see them, my trousers are wide and cuffed at the bottom and besides the cowl neck on the sweater, it's a very shapeless, draping sweater. I totally felt at ease and comfortable all day in this and I so much enjoyed the balance of femininity laced with masculinity.

Inspired by:

The Look:

Worn to What?:

Apartment hunt in a trendy neighborhood in downtown Portland.


That skirt and tank top were actually both quite expensive. The Tank from Nordy's and the Skirt from a boutique in Central Oregon. But you know what? So worth the money. I adore them both and can't even begin to tell you how great I feel when I slip either on. Isn't that skirt just the best?

Inspired by:

The Look:

Worn to What?:

The office!


Well, purple is my favorite color in the world. That skirt looked like gasoline and I loved every bit of it. It also fused so well with the lace-patterned top. I felt girly, sophisticated, appropriate and wonderful at work. Besides, soon I can't wear those boots anymore!

So that's how I've been staying away from the stores lately.

PS: My work has blocked all social sites from our network and I go to the gym after work every day... so I no longer can be on computer til about 7:30 or later. Please understand that annoyance and know that I may take a little longer but I'll always get back to ya!

So anyway... me and Roger (see above) are out!

Happy Thursday!

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ellinelle said...

..wooow.. that's a big post : )

.. the first outfit , honestly , it just screams 'Charlotte' , I can imagine her in this outfit all day long look so beautiful and this classic 60's style suit you so much ..
..the 2nd outfit is cool as well , like you said , I love leggings and simple vests as well , you just can't go wrong with that and pashmina sounds good as well , big scarves always make the look more sophisticated ..
..awww , that's so sweet about granny , you both look sweet ..and your dress is gorgeous ..
love the trouser look as well , classy and simple ..
and again , the blue skirt outfit , so much 60's - you look so great ..
Ellinelle xxx

LadyBugSays ... said...

Amamzing looks! Well done on working with what you already own!! I am on a little shopping ban myself, damn its difficult! My fovourite outfit has to be a preppy flight attendant inspired one!

Alison Kinsey said...

this post was such a cute way to share all of the looks you've put together! i love them all and think you have fabulous taste, but my favorite is the first look :)

Unknown said...

cute outfits - iv been trying not to shop lately but i have been failing miserably xxxx

Sher said...

Oh I love how you wear all these different kind of styles! I'm a girl who does not only stick to one style so I really identify with you on these:)

I wish I could be as adventurous to the office!


Amanda @ Life with A.Co said...

YIPEE!! Outfit posts! FUN!

I like the belt in your last (car) pic! Smokin'.

The leggings look is a fave for sure too.

Your grandma is so cute!!! Aw! So nice she notices little things. My grammy is similar, she'll be like, 'Oh Amanda! You look soo beautiful!' and I'm wearing like, the simplest outfit that I don't even feel is that great. Aw! :)

A.Co @ A.Co est. 1984

Amanda @ Life with A.Co said...

PS - bummer about work blocking the sites! FRIG!

daisychain said...

what an awesome post!

Leah said...

I love your outfit inspirations... and I was laughing at the first. Cruella? You rock Caitlin!

This is a good way to create outfit posts... so original. xoxo

{andthisiswhatshesaid} said...

Cute looks, I love it.

Cruellla my fav!

Kara said...

Cuuuuute! Loving all your outfits, but my faves are the Gwen look and the menswear look. You are a hot lil thang!

Slamdunk said...

Fun pics and yea for grandmas.

Anonymous said...

A girl after my own heart! You know I used to be a stew, back in the day. Our uniforms weren't as cute as your outfit though! I'm a total classic prepster, so I'm loving the Katherine Hepburn outfit as well.
Also, LOVE-ING the apartment shopping outfit - DIE!
And HELLO fab boots!
I need to you zip over here and be my personal shopper - ya in?

Mari said...

OMG! OMG! OMG! I love this!! I think I'm gonna stow away to Oregon and live in your closet! Those purple boots are to kill for...I love that you were inspired by Cruella Deville! Gwen?? Uh honey I'm positive your body is just if not more rocking than hers and G-ma?? LOVE! Yo are insane with the fashion girly! I am in fashion envy over it all here!

Scrummys said...

You are so dang cute! Love this post.

Holly Lefevre said...

You need to make this a regular feature and inspire the rest of us to do the same thing...I love to shop but have zero reason too (other than the obvious..LOVE!) I have three+ closets full of clothes...I must stop.

Fleur said...

You're lucky that you can let yourself be inspired by your grandma! It would be a fashion disaster if I tried to dress like mine! :D

Nathalie said...

Yay... absolutely love this post. Your outfits are gorgeous, especially seeing the inspiration behind it :) I love flight attendant inspired outfits... but I lack the name badge, haha.
My favourite has to be the purple one... which girl can live without pruple :)
I wish you a great weekend

Gia said...

What an inspiring post dear, I absolutely love the idea, I love the positive energy you always seem to have and your cute style of course:)
Exams period fo me, so less blogging for me.


Graham I. Haynes said...

This has got to be my favorite post of yours yet!
Citing Cruella DeVil as inspiration is absolutely brilliant. You look amazing in all these looks.

bananas. said...

such a cute post!!!

i'm alway inspiring my outfits after things (ie: glee, SATC, people watching, blogs, etc).

i think my favorite of your looks is the sophisticated menswear though you don't looks "manly" at all. you look saucy!

Sarah from 20somethingcupcakes said...

LOVE the Gwen Stefani. Your hair looks amazing! xxSAS

Brianna! said...

such a lovely post!
and...the outfit for the book club with the girls
I LOVE particularly the shirt