Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Dress it Up & Dress it Down

I think I made it pretty clear on Monday that it takes tiny tweaks to bring an outfit from casual wear to work wear by keeping the look in the same color family. Look at how lucky you are. Today, we're taking a look at how hats and shoes make a big difference in an outfit's overall vibe. I make things simple. Flats for day, something with a bit of a heel for night. Hats for day, no hat at night. But maybe you wear your sunglasses at night. (If you started singing that song, I love you. If you don't know the song, educate yourself.) If it gets stuck in your head, you're welcome.

Every now and then, I take a look at what images from my blog get the most pins. Everyone's favorites seem to come from my Teacher Wardrobe Series, and this pin has received a bit of love. Anyway, that's not my point, which I am taking too long to reach. The point is that I just realized the skirt in the top right of the picture in this pin is one I recently bought on thredUP! HAHA. What a fun coincidence. I don't know why I told you this information, but do with it what you will.
(P.S. If you want to search the images people pin from your blog, type the following into the URL box: BLOG URL minus the http business. For example, searching pins pinned from my blog would be the following URL:
You're welcome.  

Today, I learned a fun bit of information from one of the science teachers. He told me that they're doing studies right now which show how zig zag black and white patterns confuse sharks, so they avoid them. Apparently, sharks will just swallow up someone wearing a black wet suit (I assume it makes you look like a seal); however, they see the black and white zig zag pattern as "unnatural" and won't attack it. Additionally, poisonous water snakes have the same kind of coloring, which is further reasoning for them to avoid that pattern. Moral of the story? 
You're welcome. Again.

You have so much to be thankful for after reading this post. 

Look #1: Ready for Play

The Look:
Shirt: Mudd via Kohl's 
Blazer: via Marshall's (love this Target option)
Skirt: J.Crew Factory 
Flats: Steve Madden via DSW (similar)
Necklace: The Limited (love this one from Francesca's)
Hat: Target...I think (love this men's version)
Belt: Old Navy

Look 2: Ready for Work

(I love how comfortable these shoes are, so I'm waiting on them in black. I wait until they have a 50% off sale, and they seem to have one once a month.)

Disclaimer: I wore neither of these outfits to work because a cold front blew through town. As a result, I had to opt for black tights and black boots, a look I still loved. 

I also wore the skirt this way:

The wedges this way:

The blazer this way:

Linking up with
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For the record, my inspiration for this combination came from Tara over at Mix and Match Fashion :)


  1. Yes. I am singing that song. :-) I appreciate all your fashion tips. Thank you! Oh, and the shark tip, I have to share that with my brother pronto.

  2. I love both these looks, you look adorable. I, on the other hand, look ridiculous in hats.

  3. That is one of the best music videos I've ever seen. My boyfriend and I just watched it and I was saying how I couldn't even understand what he was saying. Was he arrested for not wearing his sunglasses at night? That's just great.

    I absolutely love both of these looks. You have me convinced to get those wedges but I have such bad luck with keeping closed heels like that on my feet and the heel stoppers gave me terrible blisters. How do you keep your feet from slipping out?

  4. That J.Crew Factory skirt gets it every time! I love my cobalt one! And by the way, you look so adorable in hats (I just look awkward).

  5. That J.Crew Factory skirt gets it every time! I love my cobalt one! And by the way, you look so adorable in hats (I just look awkward).

  6. I love outfits like this that you can change out shoes and accessories and it creates a whole new look! You look adorable in a fedora! I wear mine every weekend in the summer because A I don't have to wash my hair and B I don't have to wash my hair. And I guess they jazz up any outfit too ;)


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