Office Style…

It appears I am actually enjoying my job these days.  With that, I have more and more been wanting to let my office world be intertwined with fashion.  With the new year, means new office clothes.  The goal is professional, yet still cute and fashion forward, as well as affordable.  The key is to buy pieces that can mix and match well to give you more options.  The other day I got a few great pieces at Gap.  I also love the LOFT, Ann Taylor, J. Crew, New York & Co, and Express when looking at mainstream stores.  Though, my real secret is the little boutiques we have scattered across the Twin Cities – so many affordable, trendy pieces that add a fun flare to my office look.

What is your office style?

Much love,

B

 

Living in Technicolor…

I’m glad I am not the only one obsessed with color lately.  I am totally loving this new project called, Wear Color – every day she collects so many beautiful and colorful images.  Adds some brightness to my day – you should check it out.  Women and men across the world – embrace the beauty that is color.

Do you wear bold and bright colors?  Or does it intimidate you?  What is your favorite color to wear these days?  I have been loving my bright yellow J. Crew chinos for work – adds a little sunshine to the office.

Much love,

B

Gone “Hollywood” – Precious and Pricy meets Frugal and Feisty…

Oh, J.Crew. How I love your clothes. Unfortunately, your gorgeous clothes don’t love my bank account. Sigh…

J.Crew recently did another one of their glamorous ad campaigns – Gone Hollywood – and displayed their impeccable clothing around Tinseltown’s iconic landmarks.  These fashions, however, come at a price.  When comparing them with similar items, it’s clear that J.Crew is not the most high-priced ready-to-wear line, but for someone like me with a limited budget, my favorite brand seldom makes it into my closet.  So, with the gracious hosting of B., I bring to you comparable items to J.Crew’s Hollywood campaign – all at lower prices.

J.Crew tends to use unique colors and high-quality materials, so some comparisons were difficult to find. I’ve also noted whether some of these items are on sale (they will go fast!).

As I’ve researched this blog, I’ve realized that, while many of these alternate items would be wonderful to have, J.Crew is still my favorite choice in awesome and relatively affordable ready-to-wear apparel.  These other options are great, too, so enjoy the blog and happy shopping (or dreaming)!

J. Crew
Comparison

Finding a comparable silk shirt was difficult.  Thankfully, the Madewell brand is a common feature on J.Crew’s site, and this cotton light blue number has the same double patch pockets and comfortable, casual feel.

J. Crew

Comparison

While the LOFT version of this sweater doesn’t have the pearl buttons, it does have the long length and double pockets.  I like the J.Crew option for its collar style and 100% cotton blend, while the Loft has a nice shape with the loose bottom hem.

J. Crew

Comparison

The J.Crew option has its advantages with the cotton twill fabric and the features of having a hood, belt, and metallic buttons.  The LOFT version, which I’ve worn for a full afternoon (a little “gift” from my friend Emily while I helped her move into her new house on a somewhat dreary day), is both chic, comfortable, and keeps out the wind with its polyester material.

J. Crew

Comparison

By far my most difficult challenge.  The Matchstick is my favorite J.Crew fit, but apparently most other companies don’t make this exact cut – that, or they don’t style it to look that way!  I chose these Gap jeans because of their legacy for good fit, color, and wearability.

J. Crew

Comparison

I know this may seem like a stretch for a proper comparison, but between the pocket style, the color options, and the price (the PRICE!!!), I had to go with this number from Old Navy.  I like how its pockets seem to lay flat against the chest instead of billowing out, but I do like how J.Crew’s option is a sweater.  What can I say – I’m a sucker for cardigans.

J. Crew

Comparison

Again, another Old Navy find.  I can only speak for myself, but O.N. has given me the best luck when it comes to jeans and pants.  Also, they lay flat, have a straight leg, and come in many colors, similar to J.Crew.  I think J.Crew’s option will look sleeker and last longer, though (if you have better laundry skills than me, that is!).

J. Crew

Comparison

No, not the biggest bargain here, but the color is right-on, and the Ann Taylor shirt is also comfortable and more formfitting.

J. Crew

Comparison

Both are cashmere, both come in several colors, both made of light-weight cashmere.  The Gap option seems to be a little longer, while the J.Crew option looks more form-fitting and comes in 14 colors.

J. Crew

Comparison

The biggest difference with these two pants: the ankle opening (minor), and the zipper fly locations.  With J.Crew, the shiny zipper fly is in the back, while the Limited option has a traditional front fly with back pockets.

J. Crew

Comparison

I’m not a quitter, but finding a true comparison to the Maritime Dress was almost impossible.  I settled for this cute dress from Dr. Jay’s, which has the same relaxed feel and uses navy instead of a “sail” blue.  It also has a longer hem – good for the summer, or wear it in the spring with a cover-up sweater or blouse.  The J.Crew option, however, is hands-down classier; I may have to save up for this lovely piece.

J. Crew

Comparison

No, not an exact match, but easy wear since both of these sandals eliminates the need to scrunch your toes and the possibility of losing your shoe down a flight of stairs. I like how the LOFT version doesn’t require tying (tricky to keep tied with leather laces).

J. Crew

Comparison

Both are cute tops for spring and summer looks.  The Gap look is JUST a shell, as it’s meant to be layered over tanks and camis.  It’s still a stylish, versatile option for a lower price.

Total costs if you would buy all these looks

J.Crew: $1218

Others: $694.17

Savings: $523.83

So there you have it, folks.  I hope you’ve enjoyed this little comparison shopping adventure!

-Laura, of Feisty: Like I Ought to Be

Casual Friday…

One of the best perks about working in an office.  Casual Friday.  Though, some people in my office take the liberty of casual Friday every day of the week, most of us do not – but come Friday we bust out those jeans.  Or in my case, I bust out the more B like outfit, meaning I look trendy.  I love the freedom I have on Fridays to wear what I like to wear – in some ways I feel like I am letting my co-workers get to see more of the real me.  Sometimes I am a fan of the skinnies with boots or fun heels, but sometimes I want to wear my tights with shorts or a fun skirt.  Basically, I want to dress to make myself have a little more fun at work.  Here are some of the looks I am loving for casual Friday…

I love that these looks can translate to a low key evening out of the town.  I love Fridays, but am normally not up for getting all dolled up for something extravagant after a long week of work.  But I am always up for something more low key with friends – and love when I want to wear what I wore to work to be what I wear out.

Do you have casual Fridays?  What is your favorite thing you get to wear to the office on Fridays? Have a wonderful weekend, loves!

Much love,

B