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Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Menswear inspired



Necklace: Banana Republic (option) | Sweater: JCrew Factory (option)  | Blouse: JCrew Factory (option) | Bracelet: Express (in other colors here) | Pants: JCrew (option) | Bag: Kate Spade (option) | Shoes: Aldo (option)

This is probably the closest to a dress pant you guys will ever see me in. My previous job was strictly business casual - I lived in slacks and button ups. Now that I can basically dress "corporate creative," I have never looked back. Nowadays, I normally wouldn't even be drawn to today's pants, but I've hung on to them because I've always loved the fit. They're pretty old - I'd say at least 6 years? They're the equivalent to the current versions known as the Minnie/Winnie. I was pretty amazed that they still fit me because my weight has fluctuated so much over the last few years, I thought for sure these would be too small. But when the pants I originally wanted to wear  were dirty, I reached for these and was pleasantly surprised when they zipped with ease AND with no muffin top. That right there makes me want to eat a tub of buttered popcorn for my victory!

To keep this anchor sweater from looking too costumey nautical, I decided to do a menswear inspired look with the oxford shirt as my under layer and these heeled brogues to finish off the look. Pretty snazzy, eh?


SHOP THE LOOK:


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    1. Thank you! Definitely what I was going for!

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  2. Love the sweater! Visiting from WIWW. Hope over to my blog to participate in a scarf swap! http://bybmg.blogspot.com/

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    1. Thanks for popping over, Becky! Will check it out!

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  3. LOVE that Kate Spade bag. Adorable!! :)

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    1. Thanks! I snagged it from a surprise sale awhile ago, but it's the perfect cross body size!

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  4. Such a fun sweater and shoes! Totally chic
    xo, Lee

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    1. Thanks, Lee! I loved the simple pieces!

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    1. Isn't it?! Not sure why I struggled styling it until now!

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  6. Ooooh I love the bag and bracelet. I would definitely rock that sweater too!
    Love your style!

    Kelsey Dina <3

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    1. Thanks so much, Kelsey! You should snag the bracelet with Express' 40% off sale now! :)

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  7. Love the layering of the stripes with the anchor sweater, love the scroll hinge bracelet, and love the red nails! The shoes are so cool, too. I am never buying another pair of shoes without consulting you. :)
    On the Daily Express

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    1. I am honored to be your shoe consultant! anytime!
      And thanks, lady! Sometimes I wonder "would gina like this?" when I get dressed!

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  8. Love your layering and how nautical, preppy it is! :)
    You have such great style and your nails are so hot! xx
    Thanks for such a lovely comment on my blog, Carylee!

    ♥ ♡ ♥ ♡ Creme de la Chic ♥ ♡ ♥ ♡

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    1. I appreciate your support, too!
      Thank you for reading and commenting!

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  9. I seriously love everything about this look! THe layering is perfection and those shoes are adorable! Great outfit, Carylee!!
    www.amemoryofus.blogspot.com

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    1. Thanks so much, Darcy! I love how layering can add interest to simple pieces!

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  10. I have several pairs of those and love them. They look great on you!

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  11. Yeah, i say celebrate all accomplishments with food! :) Regarding your look, I want the shoes, jewelry, sweater and red purse! I also believe that is an Express bracelet? (Gina has totally brain washed and reprogrammed me to identify all the Express items I see...sigh) :)

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    1. Hahaha! That's awesome! Yes, I blame Gina for any Express related phenomena!
      Thanks for the sweet note!

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  12. I love this carylee! That anchor sweater is so darling, and I love the red details. I'm all about red these days :)

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    1. Me too! Little pops of red are the best! And I know Valentine's week had something to do with it, too!

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    1. It's weird how sometimes I like being preppy, even though I don't think that's my "norm!"
      Thanks for stopping by!

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  14. I love anchors and navy/coral combo's - really on trend right now!

    I'm stopping by from The Pleated Poppy's WIWW and from my own website alyssabarnettbeauty.com

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    1. I used to have an aversion to navy, but I'm loving it more and more!
      Thank you so much for stopping by!

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