September 23, 2012

Today's Everyday Fashion: Work and Play


I was so excited to find this inspiration photo of my same H&M pants! Excited because I would have never thought of wearing these pants with flats and a t-shirt. My first instincts were definitely work attire and high heels (see below), but I love being able to wear these casually too. I wound up getting a smaller size since my original post, which fixed the loose waistband and allowed me to wear them this way - I wouldn't have been able to tuck in a shirt before. I'm surprised how much I like this look though and think a loose racerback tank (like this one) would also work well. Would you wear printed pants casually? 

Inspiration photo: FabSugar
T-shirt: Forever 21, $8 (similar)
Pants: H&M, $18 
Belt: H&M, $18
Shoes: Michael Kors c/o Marshall's, $50 (similar)
Purse: c/o Karen Millen, $235 (similar, vegan)
Necklace: My Stella & Dot website, $79
Watch: Michael Kors, family gift
Ring: My Stella & Dot website $69 and $49
Bracelets: My Stella & Dot website $59 and $32 and $39

Original post
1. Limited 2. Old Navy 3. Topshop 4. Chico's

41 comments:

  1. These trousers sold out QUICKLY in the UK! Luckily I was able to get my lucky paws on one pair! xo

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  2. Love those pants! They are already a fashion fake-out because of the similar pair J.Crew had for sale for waaayyy more than Target, I'm sure. As always, love your posts!


    -Brittany
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  3. I love both ways you styled those pants, very cute!

    www.beautyandbows.com

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  4. Wow, I'm so surprised how well these pants transition from work to daytime-casual!! Lucky you that you found great inspiration to make them work beautifully for both types of wear :)

    http://thriftthick.blogspot.com/

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  5. I love this look. It looks great! I think I would have initially seen them as work attire pants, too, but these are great afternoon out pants.

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  6. Yes!  I loved your work outfit the first time, and I love your casual look here!

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  7. I love them dressed up and dressed down! I am scared of the printed pants, but I really need to step out and just try them. Thanks gal!

    -AJ
    FitTravelerAJ.blogspot.com

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  8. Honestly, I like the pants worm casually than for work! :) great outfit!

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  9. I love the casual look on you.  You look amazing and the vibe of the whole outfit totally suits you.  

    I bought a pair of black and white printed pants from H&M, with the intention of wearing it in a more dressed up way with black heels and a black or white blouse.  But then I saw an inspiration photo that totally got me to wear it in a more casual way and with colours I would never thought of.  Here is a pic: http://coverupchic.blogspot.ca/2012/09/casual-fall-attire-burgundy-and-spots.html

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  10. I almost tried on those pants at the limited!!! I love the pattern :)

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  11. I like both outfits. It's nice to have such versitale pieces in your closet. I' want to try the printed pants, but I'm a little afraid it'll draw to much attention to my athletic thighs. Oh well, you only live once, right?!

    Tiffany
    http://shoeschampagne.blogspot.com

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  12. I think they look great both ways, but I slightly prefer the casual look - I love how they add excitement to a plain white tee.
    It's always exciting to find out your clothes are more versatile than you had expected :)

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  13. I would definitely wear these dressed down! They are wonderful both ways!

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  14. i love the first look how cute and casual it is!

    http://emmastyleguide.blogspot.com

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  15. Hey J,
    What about a post on fall essentials. Weather is getting cooler in the Midwest!!
    Love your posts- inspiration to all

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  16. You look amazing..if I wore pants I'd totally rock those printed ones. They're so prada-esque!!
    xo
    Sharon

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  17. Love those pants! Def a good casual outfit

    Xo, Rachel

    http://www.glitzyblues.com

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  18. love it casual and work! I wear mine both ways as well!! xx Sarah

    http://fromcoasttocloset.blogspot.com

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  19. whoa, awesome printed pants!
    kendrrat
    kendrrat.blogspot.com

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  20. Great look...I don't see why you wouldn't wear printed pants as a casual look.  

    Alice
    www.happinessatmidlife.com

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  21. Wow i LOVE the tshirt w/ printed pants!  Looks so effortless. Hmm , my fiance is out of town this weekend, I'll be heading to the mall to find some of those pants! Looks easy to dress them up for work too.

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  22. How ironic that when I'm reading your post, I'm wearing printed pants!  I have a pair of tribal-inspired burnt orange and white printed pants and I'm wearing them with a cobalt blue blouse and blue flats.  The pants I own are extremely versatile because many colors/neutrals can complement the pants and they also be easily switched from casual to dressy.

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  23. Just saw your post on The Daily Dani and I am in love with your style! Great blog!

    Hilary
    theyoungandthenaive.com

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  24. I love these pants!  They look great with everything!

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  25. Liz @ Southern CharmSeptember 24, 2012 at 11:43 AM

    LOVE the pants!!

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  26. Thank you Hilary! Dani is adorable and I'm honored to be featured on her blog! :-)

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  27. That's a beautiful casual outfit. I like it a lot. The pants seem to be so versatile that they work for running errands at the weekend with a simple top and flats as well as for a meeting at work with heels. I have a neutral pair of pants like the ones you wearing and I dress them up or down, too. When I don't know what to wear, I always turn to them because they go either way. 
    Very good look for you. I especially like how you accessorized the casual look. :-)

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  28. I LOVE the first outfit, except for the shoes. i think maybe some sandals or flats would look better :)

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  29. I really love the print as a causal look. It looks awesome! www.dreamboatfashion.com

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  30. That's so funny! I just picked this pair up on sale for $15!! I was planning on wearing them with my tan ankle boots since Canadian fall weather is cool already. Thanks for a few other options!

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  31. OMG, can we just be best friends already? You look amazing! I realize it's just a plain white tee and printed pants, but that's exactly how I would wear them! Love it!

    http://ajourneyinstyle.blogspot.com

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  32. Cropped pants can often make you look shorter, so I would've always gone with heels. Surprised at how much I liked it though! That's the beauty of using inspiration photos - they give ideas to girls like me who aren't that creative!

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  33. Funny you mention that - I tend to wear heels with my cropped pants for work.  But on the weekends when I am wearing my cuffed boyfriend jeans...I am wearing flats.  They are both the same length but I think it looks too casual to wear flats with cropped pants at work.

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  34. Gaaah! LOOOVE these H&M pants, especially the casual look.  So cute.

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  35. Lovely pics, You are looking outstanding, I really fan of your style and must say your selection of accessories and outfits are wonderful. I  just want to wear this style.

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  36. J, I love these pants! (I've seen them on other bloggers too - I like this version with the burgundy sweater as well http://www.weinspire.us/2012/09/burgundy-sweater-with-printed-pants.html ) 
    How do these pants fit? Do you feel like they are TTS? Thank you! 

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  37. Thanks Lena! H&M is European sizing so I generally wind up with 2-3 sizes bigger than my usual on the bottom. I'm only one size up in these pants though (I got a 4), so for H&M I think they run pretty big!

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