Work and Back to School Essentials

I know that many people who follow along are not teachers, but my mind right now is in back to school mode.  School begins on Monday, and I can’t believe that we are starting already.  Do you remember being in school and loving getting new notebooks and pens?  I still get excited over shopping for new supplies.  When school supplies arrive in stores, I still search for the perfect notebook and planner. Of course as a self-proclaimed shopaholic I love shopping for back to school clothes.  Here are some closet staples that I think every professional female needs in their closet!  It doesn’t matter if you are a teacher or work in an office.  If you have to dress up these items are a must.  Most of my picks come from my 3 favorite stores Loft, Old Navy, and Nordstrom.

When picking out what categories I felt were closet staples, I thought about pieces that have been in my closet through multiple seasons.  I also tried to choose pieces that could be easily mixed and matched with each other to help expand your closet.  What are your closet staples you can’t live with out?

Disclaimer:  This post contains affiliate links.  All thoughts and opinions are my own.

Dress Pants

 

Blouses

 

Cardigans

 

Dresses

 

Blazers and Jackets

The Power of the Cardigan

The power of the cardigan is amazing.  They are perfect for all seasons and can make an outfit totally different.  It always amazes me how often I find myself grabbing for a cardigan.  When I look at the different areas of my closet, the biggest section of my closet is hands down cardigans.  They are a closet staple that I feel gets the most use for me.  In my mind you can never have to many!  This section is also the hardest for me to get rid of anything.  You never know when you need a certain color, length, or weight!

Disclaimer:  This post was done in collaboration with Gray Monroe and contains affiliate links.  All thoughts and content are my own.

Outfit Details || Dress: c/o Gray Monroe || Cardigan: Similar|| Sandals: Old Navy || Necklace: Purple Peridot || Earrings: Sugar Fix via Target || Sunglasses: Oakley ||

When shopping I love to find clothes that can pull double duty for me.  What I mean by that is clothes that can be worn to work and at home!  This dress from Gray Monroe fits this profile perfectly for me!  I love the fun and carefree print along with the flowy fit.  The best part about this dress is the fact that it has pockets!!!

 

While this dress is perfect for a summer day it is not perfect for school.  The spaghetti straps are just a bit to small to be work appropriate.  Here lies the power of a cardigan.  I love how just adding one pieces make it perfect for the work environment!  I could have added a plain black cardigan or a fun color, but I wanted to play around with some pattern mixing.  The monochromatic colors are perfect for tying the look together.  Since the cardigan is mainly black with this white stripes it helps to enhance this dress versus compete with it.

 

 

Unfortunately, this dress is sold out already.  When searching the website though I found so many dresses that can pull double duty just by throwing on a cardigan!  Here are some of my favorite styles!  You can shop all the cute styles here.  Which one is your favorite?

 

Huntley Dress

 

Mikah Maxi Dress

 

Pepper Dress

 

 

 

 

 

Summer Trends: Distressed Denim Shorts

SALE Alert:  These shorts are currently 50%!  All shorts at Loft are either 40, 50 or 60% off!

I have been wanting a pair of distressed denim shorts for a few summers now.  I have not been able to find a pair though that fit my requirements.  One I didn’t want to much distressing.  I didn’t want all of my bits hanging out for the world to see!  Two I needed a pair that were long enough!  I hate the feeling of not being fully covered and having to pull down my shorts constantly.  The last requirement was of course the overall fit!  I have always loved Loft shorts so I was excited when I saw they had some with distressing.  I knew I had to try this pair!

Disclaimer:  This post contains affiliate links.  All thoughts and opinions though are my own.

Outfit Details || Shorts: Loft[](50% off) || Shoes: Sperry|| Necklace: Target || Bracelets: c/o Centered Jewelry || Tank: Lane201 ||
I ordered these shorts originally through my friend Kristin (@Kleightstyle) over the phone at her Loft.  I went with my normal size 4, and waited anxiously for them to arrive.  I was hoping to take them on spring break with me!  They ended up arriving in time, but they were a tad snug.  I wanted a looser fit and for the shorts to sit at my hips.  I ended up taking them back and found them in my store!  I tried a size 6 and the fit was exactly what I wanted.

 

 

Outfit Details || Shorts: Loft[](50% off) || Shoes: Sperry|| Necklace: Purple Peridot via Outer Grace || Kimono: Outer Grace || || Bracelets: c/o Centered Jewelry || Tank: Lane201 || Shoes:  Macys ||
I knew I would love these shorts, but I never thought I would want to wear them all the time!  I have to force myself some days to choose another pair!  They are incredibly comfortable, and I love the way they look with so many of my current clothes.  They have definitely become a closet staple! How do you like to wear your distressed denim shorts?

 

Outfit Details || Top: c/o Shein || Shorts:  Loft (50% off ) || Shoes: Convere || Bag:  c/o Vera Bradley ||

 

Anorak Jacket: Closet Staple + Life

Life has been extremely crazy over the last few weeks!  We’ve had state testing going on at school, birthday celebrations, and just normal crazy life.  I had to take a step back from blogging for a few weeks to stay ahead of everything at home.  We are going to be starting baseball and soccer soon so I know that my posts may be sparse.  My hope is to post 1-2 times a week, but we will see.  Please check in over on Instagram and Facebook to keep up with daily outfit inspiration!  Once summer arrives I should have more time to blog regularly!

Outfit Details || Sweater: Similar || Booties: Nordstrom || Earrings: Kendra Scott || Necklace: c/o Sugar Fix via Target (BOGO 50%)

This week I found myself reaching for my Anorak Jacket two different times. This jacket is one of those closet staples that I can wear pretty much all year.  It can be dressed up with a sweater, accessories, and a pair of booties.

 

Nike Shoes: Option 1 || Option 2 || Option 3 ||

It can also worn casually with leggings and a pair of athletic shoes.  This is one of my favorite ways to be comfortable, yet still look put together.

 

The anorak jacket is also the perfect piece for layering on a day that starts off cool and ends warm.  The olive green is a neutral and goes with just about every color out there.  It pairs perfectly with other neutrals, brights, and pastels. What is your favorite way to wear your anorak jacket?

If you don’t have one, but are looking for the perfect one I have linked a few below!

 

Shop this Post

 

Disclaimer:  This post contains affiliate links.  All content and opinions are my own.