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New Series! Workin’ It Wednesday: A Nautical Approach

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Anything goes for a regular day at my office, but my job often requires me to dress business or business casual. I got great feedback from my recent post about making business attire not so boring, so I’ve decided to make a regular column on incorporating color, patterns, textures, and jewelry into a business professional wardrobe. I think these outfits can get you through most work scenarios, but would also work well for brunch with family, wedding/baby showers, church, or any other day when you want to step it up a notch. Look forward to frequent “Workin’ It Wednesday” features! πŸ™‚

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The navy striped top and azure blue blazer gave this look a nautical feel, but the tweed and nude pumps anchored it (pun intended!). I splashed in color with my pink bag and orange bracelet. You could make this more neutral with a brown or black bag, a solid-colored blouse, or pearls. Or if you wanted to make it bolder, you could add a leopard print shoe and more bracelets! Depending on where I was going or who I was going to meet, I would make those types of adjustments. But the underlying concept–tweed, stripes, and a colorful blazer–is just as work appropriate as a black pencil skirt and button down shirt, but a lot more fun πŸ™‚

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Blazer: J. Crew (similar, last seen here) // Top: J. Crew (old, similar) // Skirt: J. Crew (old, last seen here) // Shoes: Cole Haan (old, similar) // Necklace: Stella & Dot (on sale!) // Bracelet: JewelMint // Bag: Longchamp (pink no longer available)

I also threw on this scarf to play up the pink and orange since it was quite chilly this morning!

A Look Back at 2012

I only started Christine In Color in October, but it seems like so much has happened already! I’m looking forward to sharing outfits with you in 2013! Here’s a look back at some of my favorite looks of 2012. Thank you for reading!

End of Year Recap

Black, White & Red

What’s black, white, and red all over? My Christmas Day ensemble!

I didn’t originally tag this dress as a “wear 3 ways” item, but this is my third post in it and I think each way I’ve worn it has been pretty different so I’m going to tag it after the fact πŸ™‚ Β Check out the other two ways I’ve styled it in this post and this post.

In light of the holidays and my recent milestone of hitting 1,000 Instagram followers (thank you!), I’m doing a giveaway for some cute Gap winter accessories and a matching OPI nail polish. Check out my Instagram feed @ChristineInColor for the easy entry rules. Runs through the end of the year!

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Dress: Old Navy (old, similar here and here) // Heels: Zara (not that similar but very cool) // Necklace: ILY Couture // Bracelets: Stella & Dot (old, similar pearl bracelet) // Bag: Kate Spade (borrowed from mom), similar here // Coat : J. Crew (old, similar)

I hope you all had a wonderful holiday! I had a very nice break from work (and from blogging). Posts will be a little slow while I’m still on vacation with family, but I’m looking forward to sharing new outfits with you in 2013!

Tweed + Stripes

I don’t usually do cropped jackets because I don’t think the boxy cut or cut-off length is flattering on me. But I loved this tweed pattern, and I don’t think it’s too boxy so I went for it.Β I added a top with longer sleeves and torso so I wouldn’t visually appear so cut off. I kept my accessories lady-like, but the relaxed fit jeans and casual striped cotton turtleneck keep the outfit from being too stuffy. The oatmeal color in both the turtleneck and the jacket pull the look together.

How do you wear tweed?

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Turtleneck: J. Crew (old, similar here) // Blazer: J. Crew (recent sale find, similar here) // Jeans: Target // Shoes: Me Too via Marshall’s (similar here) // Bag: Kate Spade (similar) // Bracelets: J. Crew and Stella & Dot // Watch: Michael Kors

Wardrobe Remix

I did some serious wardrobe remixing! I made my dress into a top, and I’ve worn everything in today’s post in a prior post (except the ring): Dress, skirt, shoes, necklace and earrings, clutch.

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Dress: Old Navy (similar) // Skirt: J. Crew (on sale!) // Shoes: ShoeMint (almost sold out!) // Necklace: Baublebar (similar here) // Earrings: Stella & Dot // Ring: J. Crew (old, very similar here) // Clutch: J. Crew (similar here)

In case you don’t believe me that I’m wearing a dress under that skirt πŸ™‚

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The skirt was just long enough πŸ™‚

The Blue Blazer

I grabbed this school boy blazer over the fall, and then couldn’t figure out what to wear it with. (You know my rule of 3). I thought about taking it back, then I realized it was final sale (oops). I wore it once with a khaki suit dress and it looked nice, but I knew I could do better. As it turns out, I can’t. But Kendi Everyday can! I don’t usually see looks on other bloggers that I want to exactly duplicate, but when I saw her post last week in a look-alike blazer, I thought, I have to steal that! Thanks, Kendi πŸ™‚

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As a side note, something about having a blue blazer makes me think of that episode of Friends where Joey works as a docent at the museum and tries to save Ross a seat at his table at lunch and Ross shuts him down because people in white coats sit together and people with blue blazers sit together. Anyone else? Just me? Cool.

Blazer: J. Crew (on sale!) // Shirt: J. Crew (old) (similar here and here) // Jeans: Paige Denim via Marshall’s (similar here) // Booties: Target // Snood: Gap (sold out online but available in store // Bag: J. Crew (old) // Bracelets: Stella & Dot, Francesca’s (old, similar here)

Daytime Holiday

I’ve seen many posts about holiday party dresses (including some ideas of my own here), and I’m planning to share my office holiday party dress soon. But not all holiday parties are cocktail dress attire. You may have an office holiday luncheon or other daytime event. Dressing for such an occasion can be tricky. You want to get in the holiday spirit, but how do you toe the line between festive and over-the-top?

Today’s outfit is one I would wear to either a daytime work holiday function, or maybe an event immediately after work. The basic pieces are classics–a tailored skirt, crew neck cardigan, tall black boots, and a mess of pearls. The glittery thread of the cardigan and holiday color combo make it seasonally appropriate (although I would wear this other times of the year, too).

What do you think? How are you dressing for more casual holiday events this year?

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Top: Old Navy (similar here and here) // Cardigan: Express // Skirt: Express // Tights: similar // Boots: J. Crew (old) (similar here) // Necklace: Stella & Dot (old, similar here) // Earrings: DIY out of the necklace πŸ™‚ // Bracelets: J. Crew (old, similar here) and Stella & Dot (old, similar here)