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I needed a pair of heels to wear for a bachelorette party last month and when I tried these on at DSW, I knew I found a winner. They’re so cute and ultra-comfortable. I danced the night away without a single problem. Here I am re-purposing them for work!

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Sunglasses: RayBan Cats via Amazon.com
Dress & Belt: TJ Maxx
Heels: Naturalizer via DSW

Boom & Clap

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It was raining when I snapped these photos…and now it’s full on thunder-storming. Thunderstorms are perhaps the only good thing about summer. I hate hot weather, but love hanging out in the A/C while thunder booms outside. Unless the power goes out. Which it’s thinking about doing.

Our deck faces west and since that’s where the weather usually comes from, we almost always get a pretty cool look at approaching storms. Excuse me while I go watch this one!

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Shades: RayBan Cats
Necklace: Amazon.com
Handbag: Coach
Tee: Target
Skirt: H&M
Wedges: Steve Madden via DSW

Body-Con Steal

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I was in Nordstrom Rack hunting for the perfect dress to wear to my friends’ wedding and I came across this one. I loved the print and when I looked at the tag and saw that it was marked down to $3.74 I knew I was buying it. Seriously less than $4 for a dress originally priced at $70! Even if I didn’t fit I probably would have bought it on principle alone. Not really, but I’m really happy it does fit!
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Wearing
Cardigan: H&M
Dress: WAYF
Belt: Forever21
Heels: Payless

Find your Perfect Bow-Neck Blouse

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Back in the 70’s and 80’s, when women first started landing corporate jobs, there weren’t many examples of business casual attire for ladies. The bow-neck, tie-neck or pussy-bow blouse came into play as women reinterpreted men’s fashion (i.e. a suit with a button-down and a tie). This throwback has become an essential piece in my closet. This sheer black blouse with its fun floral print gives an old shirt a cool new feel. This one has feminine vibes that add softness to these leather-patchwork leggings.

Look for sheer fabrics, pastels or bold prints to add to your closet this season. To keep this look from being too prim, tie an imperfect bow, or just leave it untied!

Here are a few of my favorites from around the web!
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TripleMeter | ModCloth | Target

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Wearing
 Blazer: Target
 Tie-Neck Blouse: Alloy
 Leggings: H&M
 Flats: Payless

Quintessential Business Casual

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This shift dress was one of the first pieces of clothing I purchased when I got my real job and had to transition from dressing like an undergrad student to dressing like an adult. This is by far one of the best purchases I ever made. The dress fits perfectly and the color is neutral so it works with lots of items from my wardrobe.

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Wearing
 Blazer & Belt: Target
 Dress: Kohls
 Flats: Payless

Patchwork Faux Leather

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Thank you to this pin for giving me my outfit inspiration. You probably wouldn’t think patchwork pleather pants are necessarily business casual, but that’s what my blazer is for. In my book, blazers are a magical closet staple that turn basically any outfit work appropriate.

Seeing this outfit photographed, I don’t love the proportions (I wish my blazer was slightly more cropped and my blouse slightly longer), but I like the all-black with a couple pops of color, so that’s why I’m sharing it here.

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Wearing
Blazer: Forever21
Blouse: Target
Leggings: H&M
Pumps: Payless

Check and Mate: My Favorite Transitional Piece of Clothing

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I bought these crops at the end of last winter and I must say: cropped pants are probably one of my favorite transitional pieces.

Being a relatively tall girl, I never in a million years thought I’d think those words, let alone write them. You’d think the ongoing trauma of trying to find pants that are actually long enough would turn me off from anything cropped, but frankly I’m thankful they’re in style.

The great thing about cropped pants is that they look great for work and they keep you comfortable during chilly morning walks to the office. I have these awesomely versatile navy ones and another with a really fun print. If you’re in the market, I definitely suggest buying a pair (or two).

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Wearing
 Blazer: H&M
 Necklace: Amazon.com
 Button-Down & Crops: Old Navy
 Flats: Payless

Tribal and Mint

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I fell in love with this dress the first time I saw it in Target. I wrote about that the last time I wore it (remix link below).

What I didn’t write about is the challenge of owing a dress like this. Yes, it’s cute. Yes, the pattern pops. And, yes, it’s generally pretty darn awesome. However, because the pattern is so striking and recognizable, I have found it can be difficult to remix without looking like I’m wearing the same thing over and over. Fortunately this dress has a ton of color and I can pull a bunch of different things to wear it with from my current wardrobe. As you can see, the dress looks decidedly summery here, but by pairing it with all back and boots, I made it work for winter (again, below).

Do you have any pieces that are very recognizable and difficult to remix? I’d love to read your tips for remixing these statement pieces.

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Wearing
 Cardigan: Abound via Nordstrom Rack
 Dress: Target
 Heels: Payless

Cold-Weather Remix
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Long and Flowy Maxi

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This was the first maxi dress I ever purchased. Before this one, I always struggled with maxi-anything because I could never find them in long enough lengths. Fortunately, Old Navy makes tall sizes and when I saw this baby online in my size (a couple years ago!) I scooped it up immediately. The length is perfect and so is the pretty, light fabric. We all know how I feel about ruffles and as far as I’m concerned, they’re an added bonus on this dress!

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Wearing
Cardigan: Abound via Nordstrom Rack
Dress: Old Navy
Sandals: GoJane

RufflesXCore

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Remember the last time I wore this skirt? The outfit made me feel like a housewife. I don’t generally think looking like a housewife is a good thing, but I’ve gotta give a nod to this skirt’s versatility. I love that without one particular necklace with the addition of some darker/jewel-toned pieces, this skirt transforms into something really rocker-esque. Soft rocker, obviously. I mean, it’s ruffly. But still more hardXcore than housewife, amirite?

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Wearing
 Cardigan: H&M
 Top: Target
 Belt: Forever21
 Skirt: NY & Company
 Heels: Rocketdog via DSW