Business Casual – Fall

Hello Hello!!!  So as some people may know I have moved to Chicago.  Mostly to be closer to my family and really close friends but after living in a small city for so long it feels really good to live in a large city again.  (One that has more going on).  So I have spent some time getting acclimated to the new city and trying to make friends here.

So I travel back to the main office once a month to have way to many meetings and meet with my bosses.  So I figured on that week I can do a what is business casual edition.
(With a bonus of the last day being a travel business look).

Also I would like to note that the last time I was in the office it was ice berg cold and I had to barrow a blanket from the hotel in order to survive.  So when I went this past week my plan was to be as warm as possible, lots of sweaters and tights.

Monday –

So this was probably my favorite outfit of the week.  I absolutely love this skirt, I bought it last year from Modcloth and it is one of my best investments.  The A-line skirt in this subtle brown tweed looks good with almost anything.  I paired it with a white sweater to add some pop and to stay warm.  The sweater kind of pushed the bounds of what I am normally comfortable with, it has more of an open back and wider neckline then I normally wear.  Given how conservative the front in as how conservative the rest of the outfit is, I went with it.

I paired it with tights and booties.  I just got these bootiess, they lace up the front and go to just above the ankle.  The lace ups have a really cute button detail.  I have been dying to wear these and am loving how they look with this outfit.

Tuesday –

This was probably my longest day full of meetings.  I didn’t know how many until I got into town so I was actually super happy I brought pants.  I usually dislike work pants and almost never wear them.  I had originally planned to wear the boots from above with this outfit but last minute went with flats.  I wore these stretchy work pants, with a this shirt tucked in.  I added this large cardigan since I was super worried about being cold.

Wednesday –

Ahh this is a standard for my fall/winter work wardrobe, a [sidewalk skirt[(https://factory.jcrew.com/p/womens-clothing/skirts/mini/wool-sidewalk-skirt/95435) with a top tucked in tights and boots.  Love this!!  Very comfortable and I have already talked about my love of these J. Crew sidewalk skirts in previous posts.  I tucked in this sweater, since I was worried about the coldness of my office.  The sweater is currently on sale, and is warmer then it looks.

Thursday –

This was the first day that I fully planned before flying out.  It was the one I thought about most since I was going to be catching a flight after work.  I wanted to make sure the outfit was work appropriate and was comfortable enough to travel in and sit on a flight in.  This dress has been in my closet for years and I still wear it all the time, the tweed is a timeless classic, which makes this dress great.  The dress has always paired well with boots and tights.  I added my cardigan to keep warm both in the office and on the flight.

So when I am flying directly after work I typically look for an outfit that allows some stretch.  As well as one that would not cause problems getting through security, so shoes that are easy to get off.  I liked this outfit because it was easy and warm.  I also paired with my trench coat which has the pockets I appreciate when travelling.

Let me know your thoughts or if you have any questions

Later!

Tailoring is Key

Hello Hello!!!  So as some of you may know or have noticed I am a short person.  I am 5’2 and a half.  Being this short I have perfected climbing on the counters in order reach things, jumping in grocery stores in order to get what I want.  But clothing for the most part is not too much of an issue.  Tops are super easy because I just have short legs.  Pants I don’t have too much of an issue because you can buy those with a specific inseam.

Skirts I have to be a little bit more careful about because they tend to be styled for a taller person in mind.  I have been looking for a pleated skirt in a metallic color, not sure why.  I found this skirt, it is designed to be a midi so I was kind of concerned because midis tend to be maxis on me.

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So it basically looks like a short maxi, so my worry was valid.  But this skirt was pretty cheap so I just intended on hemming it myself.  The hem on this skirt is pretty unfinished so I figured I could straight cut it and have no issues, and if it frayed it would only get shorter which I did not have issues with.  (if it continued to fray it might end up as a mini and I think I like the look of that)  Anyways I decided to cut 3 inches off (I am not typically a sewer so if I can fix this skirt you can too).

I personally think it looks so much better as an actual midi length.  So do not be afraid to hem anything or go to the tailor to get something professionally hemmed, it is worth it.  Now I love this skirt, and I cannot wait to wear it out.  The left was just for comparison sake to show you the same outfit again.  The right was right after I finished hemming it so ignore the straps of my sports bra under the shirt.

Let me know your thoughts.

Later!