Monday, May 17, 2010

Work outfits inspired by....

Hi Friends,

I wasn't kidding when I posted a bit back about trying to reinvent my closet by recreating my clothes to mimic others'. I've been utilizing this technique quite a bit lately, especially in the workplace.

Here's a sample of inspired work outfits in the last week or so:

Inspired by:

Jackie Kennedy.

The Look:

Worn to What: To the office on Friday, May 14, 2010.

Thoughts: I fell in love with this dress the second I saw it. Perfect shade of blue and appropriate enough for the office without being too stifling. And... it was cheap. Only downside? It wrinkled like a mother...

Dress: Target Belt: Nordstrom

Inspired by:

Carolina Herrera: both her designs and style

The Look:

Worn to What: To the office.

Thoughts: As I've stated many times before, I'm a big fan of menswear, especially in the office. Thus, I paired my black, pleated skirt with an embellished oxford and garnished it with one of my favorite belts I've ever purchased. I thought the suede of the belt toned down the formal look and gave it a little something extra.

Shirt: Nordstrom Rack Belt: Banana Republic Skirt: Thrifted

Inspired by:

The Look:

Worn to What: Work

Thoughts: Obviously this is not the exact same outfit as "career barbie" but the elements are the same: big, flowy, wispy blouse paired with an over the knee pencil skirt and a belt. I love it.

Skirt: Banana Republic Blouse: Nordstrom Belt: Urban Outfitters

Sidenote: That black briefcase was a college graduation gift from my stylish and beloved Aunt in Pennsylvania. It is my lifeline and I think it's quite possibly the prettiest bag in the world. I've gotten more compliments on that bag than anything else I own I believe.

Inspired by:

Katie Holmes

The Look:

Worn to What: Office

Thoughts: The "tie at the neck" blouse might be my favorite go-to office look. Completely conservative, uber-girly and radiantly effortless.

Blouse: I don't remember! Might have been a consignment store. Skirt: Vanilla Boutique in Bend, Oregon.

Inspired by:

The Look:

Worn to What: Office...

Thoughts: Differing from the Oxford look, this white/black combo is a bit more laid-back and trendy. I love the tight white shirt (shirt material is thick as to not see my bra- important for an office) and I simply paired it with a different black pleated skirt and a big bangly necklace. Fun, simple, easy.

Skirt: Nordstrom Rack Necklace & top: F21

I hope I leave you all a little inspired to make better use of your own closet! I'm certainly having fun with it!

Have a wonderful Tuesday, I'll be reading Blogs tonight. Was planning on getting to it right after posting but this stupid post took me about 70 light years so I'll do it after work!

(PS: yes in my video log below, I don't know why I felt the need to say 500 times that I'm not going to be a video blogger, ugh- I cringe watching videos of me! Also did anyone notice I wrote the title completely wrong? It makes no sense! I think I was tired last week)

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LadyBugSays ... said...

Fab looks, favourite has to be the oxford shirt look :)

Sher said...

I seriously love this post! You look so fabulous in all the outfits that I really cannot pick a favourite! I Love them ALL:)


Amanda @ Life with A.Co said...

LOL - so cute. I never noticed the title on your VLOG, but am now laughing... not AT you... WITH you ;)

Great outfits, I like the inspiration meets real life.

I was thinking about you this morning, while getting ready, thinking how it's been SO LONG since you blogged. BAH! I HATE IT!!

So you work in an office (me too! - lol), what do you do exactly? (or maybe that's confidential?)

A.Co @ A.Co est. 1984

PS - I'm having another give-away, so, hop to it.

Jaime @ laviejaime said...

I love the Carolina Herrera inspired look! Now I am inspired! :) Hope you are doing well!!

{andthisiswhatshesaid} said...

Very cute outfits!

Froso M. said...

That was such a smart idea for a post! You look lovely hun! Kisses!

Unknown said...

wow - someone has been shopping!

Rohini said...

Love all these looks! Have to say that the first one is my favorite though. :)

Leah said...

Keep on doing this kind of post... I absolutely love it. My fave is your Carolina Herrera interpretation... so classy and elegant. xoxo

Unknown said...

fabulous post x

Julia, the Thanksgiving Girl said...

Wow, I really like your work outfits! I can't even choose what I like best, seriously. I was going to pick my fav but damn it, I can't!! lol

bananas. said...

Love it! You have now inspired me to care about how i look when i go to work. Haha.

Scrummys said...

You are so dang cute! I love the blue dress and can't believe it's from Target. That store is amazing :)

Alison Kinsey said...

Caitlin you are so freaking adorable!!! I love each and every one of these looks, it has certainly inspired me! You have great taste in clothes and were able to pull these off so well! Lately I'm loving skirts with pretty tops tucked into them.

Sweetly Surprised said...

Halo Missy,
Check this out (it's my first time doing this, and I feel like a dork) haha. Love you!
Sweetest Surprise: Beautiful Blogger Award

Claire Kiefer said...

Okay, you look adorable in all of these pics . . . amazing style inspirations! I really love the Carolina Herrera look. :) And you're right--that blue dress is such a great color, as is the blue skirt from Banana Republic! Nice work, lady. ;)

mariska said...

hot blue dress..


Audrey Allure said...

Gorgeous inspirations & loved the way you worked it into your wardrobe; absolutely love that first dress!

Lisa Lisa Lisa said...

These outfits are so perfect for you; you look lovely! I love all of your inspiration outfits and they way you made them into your own. Great post!

mirmirzimzim said...

love the outfit posts, you are so cute! seeing that makes me jealous i've never had a job where it was appropriate to wear those types of fits to the office. womp.

Panty Buns said...

Wow! You write some tremendous posts! Given your inclination to overdress rather than underdress, combined with the fact that you have included First Ladies amongst your inspiration, your wardrobe can't help but be amazing - and it is! i love that puffy sleeved blouse from Nordstrom's with all the ruffles around the neckline. i couldn't help but wonder whether you've eyed some of First Lady Michele Obama's outfits. You look fantastic in the photos in this post.

Sierra said...

Girl your outfits are all fabulous, you are inspiring me to spruce up my work wardrobe, I love all of your different styles! You look gorgeous too. :)

ellinelle said...

..wooow look so gorgeous and stunning in every picture ..this classic style suits you so much , I love all outfits , but I fall for white blouse outfit and I love your pleated skirt , I cant find something like that anywhere ..also I love the print blouse , so sophisticated ..

hope you had a great weekend : )))
Ellinelle xxx

Holly Lefevre said...

Cute outfits...inspired by fave! Love the blue on that dress it all!

Tamanna A. Shaikh said...

You look drop dead gorgeous in each photo!