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Leopard Cardigan: Casual Edition


Leopard CardiganIf you got a chance to read my last post highlighting leopard print, you know I’m a little obsessed. While it’s a sassy addition of office ensembles, I can throw this cardigan over almost any casual outfit, especially because mine almost always exclusively consist of jeans and a tee. I probably wouldn’t wear it with a patterned tee like this one, but this particular cardigan goes with almost any solid-colored top! In my book, an animal print cardi is as good as a neutral one ūüôā

Leopard Cardigan 2This weekend was so beautiful, no? The weather was perfect for enjoying the last lingering days of fall. The leaves outside my window are all turning shades of orange and yellow and slowly falling to the ground… which means it’s really time for me to invest in some sweaters! Over the past year I’ve compiled quite a collection of cardigans, but I could use some hearty, chunky knits. I haven’t gotten one yet because of a few key issues. First is fit: I’ve had difficulty finding the perfect chunky knit sweater that actually makes me look good (i.e. not like a rag-a-muffin). Second is texture: a sweater that I’ll actually wear needs to feel good, and so many of them this season are scratchy and itchy (why?!). And last but not least, price. Naturally, the ones that feel, fit and look great are so expensive! With winter right around the corner, I’m leaning toward making the investment. What do you guys think? Is it worth the splurge?

Leopard Cardigan 3

Leopard Cardigan 4Whether I go with the chunky knit or not, I’m looking forward to working this sweater into many more office appropriate and casual outfits.

Lindsay’s Look:

Leopard Cargidan: Ann Taylor, $56 (on sale)

Top: Cheap Monday, $16 (on sale)

Jeans: AG Denim, $85 (on sale)

Necklace: H&M, $12

Boots: Frye, $250

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Animal Print for the Office

Those who have known me forever (Hi Mom!) know that leopard print has always been a staple in my life – not just my wardrobe. I’ve had leopard print bedspreads, towels, sheets, rugs, curtains, desk ornaments, trash cans, pencils… you name it. I was/am obsessed. As you can imagine, I am stoked to see that animal prints are all the rage for fall. Although this is a little more like a cheetah print, and therefore easier to pull off, I was a little anxious to wear this cardigan to my conservative-leaning office, but it was well received!

I’m also surprised that I can still rock this dress. My dad bought it for me YEARS ago to wear when I was inducted into the National Honor Society my sophomore year of high school (eek – about seven years ago, I feel old!). It used to be too form fitting to wear to the office, but the fabric has slacked with age, making for a much more appropriate look. I’d wear it on a warmer day because it’s quite light and airy. I think it would work well as a basic interview piece, too.

What do you think – will you be trying animal print this fall?

Lindsay’s Look:

Dress: Express, a gift from Dad

Cardigan: Ann Taylor, $56 (on sale)

Tights: H&M, $4

Shoes: Nine West, $24

Necklace: Banana Republic, $12 (on sale)

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The 5 Working Wardrobe Basics

To be fully prepared to dress for the working world, there are a few basics that all career ladies should have in their closets. They are your foundation. From this base you can mix and match and add the fantastic accessories that make the outfit.

It’s important to have a strong foundation, so in this post we show you our five office wardrobe essentials: the pencil skirt, the solid button-up shirt, the suit (pant suit or skirt suit are both fantastic options) and the dress (both sheath dresses and wrap dresses meet the criteria). To see how each of us jazzes up our looks, check back tomorrow for a surprise!

The Pencil Skirt:


The Button-Up Shirt:


The Suit:


The Sheath Dress:

The Cardigan:

Missing a few of these items? We’ve compiled a list of links to some affordable options for you to complete your basics collection!

Corporate Wardrobe Basics

Pencil Skirt: J.Crew, $118

Solid Button-Down: Gap (on sale), $15

Suit: Banana Republic, $278

Sheath Dress: Calvin Klein, $99

Cardigan: Ann Taylor, $40

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Emma Pillsbury’s Style

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One of the (many) great reasons to watch Glee is to see what¬†Emma Pillsbury will be wearing. Played by Jayma Mays, Emma is the soft-spoken and impeccably dressed guidance counselor who has captured Will Schuester’s heart and our attention with her colorful and whimsical work style. Emma is known for her cardigans, but she also has amazing shoes, creative skirts and some impressive jewelry.¬† One of the CC founders was once so in love with one of her necklaces,¬† she went frantically searching for my phone so that she could snap a pic in the hopes of recreating it one day.¬† Alas, her stunning flower pendant eludes us!

Photo Credit: WWEPW

As we think about what items to add to my own wardrobe for summer 2010, we find ourselves thinking of Emma’s cardigans and bold use of color.¬† Although all her looks might not be quite right for the office, her style can definitely inspire, and office girls like us can integrate some of her individual pieces into our wardrobes.

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Color and pattern… Emma makes them work together to create the adorable outfit above. Shirts with birds are everywhere this summer and would go nicely with a black pencil skirt, or a cute skirt in a summer color would be a fun way to add variety to a mostly black and gray pencil skirt collection.¬† As for the lovely dress below, worn with a black cardigan and black shoes, this would be quite the classy work look.

Photo Credit: Your Daily Dose of Jaymamazing

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Jewelry… Emma frequently wears some great pieces. ¬†Two ornamental items you don’t see very often these days are brooches and sweater chains, and Emma rocks both.¬†¬†In the above image, Emma’s brooch jazzes up a simple shirt to make the look whimsical (the brooch is a telephone) and creative.

Emma also incorporates sweater chains into her outfits. The basic idea of sweater chains strike me as old lady, but Emma makes them work! The example below is a discrete ornamentation that adds some minimal bling to her outfit. What is your take on sweater chains as an accessory?

Photo Credit: Your Daily Dose of Jaymamazing

You can’t discuss Emma’s style without looking at her cardigans, so below you can find¬†a small collection of some of her best.

Image Credit: Your Daily Dose Jaymamazing

Photo Credit: WWEPW

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After loving Emma’s wardrobe for so long, it was very exciting to come across What Would Emma Pillsbury Wear a couple of weeks ago.¬† If you want to know exactly how to replicate her style,¬†Danielle provides you with the necessary¬†links to that Anthropologie cardigan or Milly striped top.¬†Plus, there are outfits ideas that simply emulate Emma’s style so that you can dress like her without looking like her twin.

Even if you aren’t a fan of Emma Pillsbury’s style, you should be watching Glee if you aren’t already!

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A Skirt with Pockets

I’m going to be sad when this skirt dies.¬† It’s my favorite spring/summer skirt option in my closet because it’s lightweight, creates a polished look and … has pockets! It’s a pencil skirt with a twist, so although it has a classic silhouette, it feels like something new because of the pleating, pockets and belt.

More fun with closeups.¬† When we realized the power of Lindsay’s camera, we just couldn’t stop.¬† Doesn’t this ring look fabulous?¬†It comes from the best bead shop in the country: The Beadin’ Path.¬† Located in Freeport, Maine, it is light-years beyond any other bead store I’ve ever visited in presentation, creativity, inventory and customer service.¬† Now that I’m living in NYC, I miss the lovely ladies of The Beadin’ Path and all of their inspiring creations!

Please note that both the shoes and the skirt have buckles.¬† Accessory matchy match… ta da!¬† Plus, can you see the little Lindsay in the shoe buckle?

Meredith’s Look:

Skirt: Banana Republic, $45

Shirt: H&M, $20

Sweater: H&M, $30

Shoes: Nine West, $45

Ring: The Beadin’ Path, $40

Necklace: Branché Jewelry Design

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