May 2, 2012

Today's Everyday Fashion: Retail Inspiration














































I snapped this picture at J.Crew with my phone last summer and decided to re-create it with my own clothes this week. The purple and blue tones go great together, but I think it's the unexpected mix of the gray cardigan and brown leopard accents that make it oh-so-J.Crew (and chic). Pencil skirts work way better for my body type, so that was one thing I wanted to change about the look, but otherwise I dig the way they styled it. How would you modify this look for your own office?

Inspiration photo: J.Crew, snapped w. my phone
Cardigan: Banana Republic, $30 (similar)
Shirt: Victoria's Secret c/o MJR Sales, $14 (same shirt)
Skirt: Limited, $35
Belt: Urban Outfitters, $20 (similar)
Shoes: Banana Republic, $60 (similar, similar)
Rings: LOFT pink ring $11, My Stella & Dot website $49
Watch: Michael Kors, family gift
Left bracelets: My Stella & Dot website $49, My Stella & Dot website $59
Right bracelets: Banana Republic $10, Kohl's $9


1. Limited pencil skirt, $39.99
2. Express pencil skirt, $48.93
3. Charlotte Russe pencil skirt, $16.99

29 comments:

  1. I would wear this color combination to work!  It's conservative and stylish. I would probably wear an a-line skirt.  My lower half is on the curvy side, so pencil skirts tend to look risque on me.  (unless I got up a size!)

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  2. Love the pink and blue with leopard!

    Maria

    www.daintyanddecadent.com

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  3. http://goo.gl/056Se

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  4. My initial instinct would not be to pair all of those colors together, hence why I started following your blog ;-) BUT I must say I love the combination, it works so well, especially the leopard. I too would go pencil skirt vs. the fuller skirt from J Crew for the office. The pencil skirt just seems more fitting an office and more versatile. I had been looking for a pair of leopard shoes for months now, debating if they are worth the investment for being somewhat limited, but after seeing them here, I think I know I will be purchasing.

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  5. I'm loving the hot pink and cobalt blue contrast -- especially with the leopard print belt!!

    http://allthingsprettyandlittle.blogspot.com/

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  6. I love your cardigan with the ruffles very cute. 

    http://kikiscornerfunfashionandfrivolity.blogspot.com/ 

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  7. Jess {The In-Between}May 2, 2012 at 10:08 AM

    I love the look both ways. Now if only I had the pieces to complete it.

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  8. I agree with you on pencil skirts. They are my wardrobe staple as they work fabulous on curvy figures - really any figure! They give curves and minimize existing curves.
    Niki
    www.fashionatforty.blogspot.com

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  9. I think I have all the pieces for this outfit - going to have to give it a try!

    http://trendyintexas.blogspot.com

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  10. The cardigan is my favorite- so cute! I would wear basically the same outfit but probably a white shirt instead of pink- I don't LOVE standing out TOO much at work ;-)

    www.leopardandlavender.com

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  11. You had me at the leopard accessories!! haha love it!!

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  12. I love this one! This is my favorite of your most recent posts. I like the pencil skirt better than the J Crew version.

    Everydaywitharedhead.blogspot.com

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  13. oh my gosh i love this! that cardigan and skirt are fabulous 

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  14. very cute! I love the grey with leopard look..definitely a great recreation! 

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  15. I love all the places you draw your inspiration from! Amazing blue skirt :)

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  16. The purple, blue and leopard look amazing together but I'm not sure about the gray cardigan.  It would probably grow on me, though!

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  17. Great re-style!!  I like your look better than the J Crew one.  Adorable as always!

    xoxo,
    Rachael
    www.rachaelkhawkins.blogspot.com

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  18. I love this outfit its so perfect for the office environment, but fun and colorful at the same time!

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  19. oh my, I wear this color combination a lot, but in reverce - my sweater is cobalt and the skirt is magenta))) What a great idea is to add skinny leopard belt - I need to remember this too))

    http://tri-skelos.blogspot.com/ 

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  20. I love this color combination! I'll have to try it out, thanks for the inspiration! 

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  21. I love your take on this so much more!!!!!!!!!!

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  22. I would rock your take on it for the office, only with a necklace instead of all of those bracelets.  Bracelets annoy me when I'm working at my computer.  

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  23. YOUR look is way less frumpy! The mannequin in the window looks shapeless to me. I love the color combo...I am going to copy this!

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  24. Throughout the year, we have so many dreary/gray/rainy/"blah" days where I live, (in Central Pennsylvania);  so your outfit would really be *gorgeous*............ DURING those long gray days of gentle rain!!    (And, by the way, I *genuinely wish* that the regions in the U.S. currently suffering from serious, longterm drought conditions could also receive this amount of rain, too!!) 

    Sometimes, it seems as if a really brightly-colored (indoor) outfit, all-by-itself, on a dreary, rainy day is almost "too much of a jolt" TO the senses, you know............ so a "J.'s Everyday Fashionable Way" to BRIDGE that gap............ (i.e., between the dreary/gray/rainy/"blah" skies;  AND our Basic, Primal Need For Bright  *C.o.l.o.r.s.*  During Rainy Days!!)............ is to COMBINE the two............ by bringin' the Gray Skies *right-inside* with a gray cardigan............ to *meet-up-with* those (who are wearin') Bright Colors, particularly on............ Rainy Days and Mondays!!

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  25.  I like that your shirt is a little brighter than the mannequins!

    http://fiveminutefashions.blogspot.com/

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  26. Love it.  Unexpected but it totally works.  I could wear this to work on a more casual day.  Great inspiration.  I would've walked by that window thinking it looked frumpy and never would've tried it.

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  27. This is a great color combination! I love the leopard touches
    work-it-blog.blogspot.com

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  28.    
    That shirt is crazy dope. Love
    the cap too!!! Great look from this view

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  29.  

    Love the looks, you put them
    together quite well!

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