You will never see me dressed like this in any month with a “u” in it.  January and February are just too dang cold for pencil skirts and pumps and June, July, and August…well, come on now, as Alice Cooper would say school’s out for summer! So no work wear for this girl! Elle from Living In Color Style and Jacqueline from Stylin In St. Louis are hosting a Professional Dress: Work Style Link Up today so I thought it would be good practice for the inevitable rapidly approaching first day of school.
     To be perfectly honest, as you will see in the upcoming months I don’t typically dress quite like this for work.  I don’t dress inappropriately, but I do like to push the envelope a little bit.  I guess I’m a rebel at heart… I mean really, how many elementary teachers do you know with seven tattoos?
     In case anyone was wondering, yes, the glasses are real. Unfortunately, they aren’t a fashion statement.  I’m supposed to wear them all of the time, but I hate anything on my face, so I pretty much don’t wear them.  It’s only really a problem when oh, I don’t know…I need to see!
     Also linking up with Tara at Mix and Match Fashion for her Summer Style Link Up and Meghan and Bethany for their Three-fer Thursday Link Up.

Style Tip:  Always be yourself.  You can dress appropriately for the occasion, but still be unique through the use of colors, textures, patterns, and accessories.

          

                                                   

Top: KMart (old);  Skirt: Newport News (old);  Pumps: Target (old) Necklace: Very Jane

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     One of the nice things about doing this blog, is it has made me look at my clothes in a different way and wear things that I haven’t worn in awhile.  Case in point…the pink skinny jeans.  I love the color and they are really comfortable, but they aren’t super flattering to the bum.  You know how some skinny jeans kinda flatten you out instead of perking you up? That’s what I’m talking about.  The last time I wore them I paired them with flat ankle booties.  This time I thought I’d throw on some heels because we all know what heels do for the rear view.  Still not fabulous, but an improvement.  I’m thinking maybe these will be jeans I pair with longer tops to cover the butt from now on…or maybe I’ll sell them on Ebay and they will be kinder to someone else’s bum. What do you think?  Keep or sell?
     Today I’m linking up with Alison at Get Your Pretty On. Stop by and check out what everyone else is wearing today.

                     

                                              
Jeans: GAP (old);  Top: old;  Sandals: Just Fab

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     I decided to build an outfit around my bright blue GAP broken in straight khakis because I haven’t worn them for quite awhile.  I have them in probably a gazillion colors and I love them.  I have so many because they’re so freakin’ comfortable and they fit me perfectly.  To be honest, the first few pairs I bought had to be exchanged a few times before I landed on the right size. GAP’s sizing is all over the place!  Once I found the right size though I hoarded these bad boys like a squirrel with nuts.  I believe if you find a wardrobe staple that fits you well and you love it, you should stock up.
     I paired them with my metallic wedges and belt and my “Love is Love.” tribal heart tee.  This is one of my favorite tees because the graphic is so pretty, but primarily because of what it says.  I’m a huge supporter of gay rights and if that offends anyone, feel free to click elsewhere. I would one day very much like to be able to call my son’s boyfriend my son-in-law.  I love graphic tees, but my favorites are the ones that mean something.
     Today’s link ups are:  Trend Spin Link Up Week 10-Metallics with Laura, Erin, and Megan, Style Sessions:Fashion Link Up with Lauren, and the Real Girl Style Fashion Link Up with Amber.

Style Tip:  When deciding what to wear, it makes it easier if you start with one piece and then build the rest of your outfit around it.

         

                               

                                          

Pants: GAP;  T-shirt: Cafe Press;  Shoes: Steve Madden (old);  Necklace: Sassy Steals

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     I love pretty much everything about this dress…the colors, the cut, the fabric and most of all, the versatility.  At first glance it might seem to be a very spring/summer dress because of the bright floral print. But I can’t wait to style it with a blazer or cardigan and then a chunky cable knit pull over, tights, and boots when it’s colder.  Don’t get me wrong, I’m not a lunatic wishing for cold weather, but ya gotta admit, fall and winter clothes offer a lot more styling options than summer. Am I right?
     I paired it with black pumps and just threw on a couple of strands of faux pearls and then my denim vest and nude flats.  Because there is so much going on with the dress, I kept the accessories at the bare minimum.  I think the next time I’ll go with nude or pink pumps because I’m not sure I’m loving the black.
     I’m linking up with Patti at Not Dead Yet Style for Visible Monday and Claire at Clairejustineoxox for the Creative Monday Blog Hop.

Style Tip:  Try to add clothing to your wardrobe that offers a lot of versatility in regard to styling options and seasonal wear.

                  

           

Dress: sheinside;  Pumps:  Rampage (old) similar;  Flats: Target

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      I just found these fab camo flats at Target last week for $7.48.  Jackpot!  I had to wear them asap, so I built an outfit around them. I kept it simple with a white tank, ankle zip cropped jeans and a few layered necklaces.
      I’m pretty sure I’ve got the camo thing covered now…shoes, skirt, top, jacket, pants…oh, wait…camo jeans might be nice.  I really don’t know what my problem is, I’m not in the military nor do I hunt so my ongoing hoarding of camo has no explanation.  I’ve been reading a lot of post-apocalyptic novels this summer, maybe it’s my subconscious preparing me for survival after the fall of civilization as we know it. Ya, a camo pencil skirt will be really useful…
     Linking up with Two Thirty-Five Designs Casual Friday Link UpStyle Elixir Friday’s Fab FavoritesRachel and Lena’s Passion For Fashion Friday Link Up, the Three-fer Thursday Link Up and Clairejustineoxox.com Welcome To The Weekend Blog Hop.

Style Tip:  Sometimes simple is better. Basics done right can be just as stylish as something trendy.

 

 

 
Flats: Target;  Top: Sears;  Jeans: JCPenney;  Necklace: Love Stylize

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