Casual Chic Outfit

I am not teaching a summer class this year, so my days no longer entail going to my office and classroom.  As a result, I have not been feeling driven to get “dressed up” everyday.  For my first week off, I literally wore two pairs of jeans all week.  You know, I just rotated them.

This week, I challenged myself to carve out a casual chic style, a uniform of sorts for my off-campus days.  Here is a look that I am currently excited about.

A diagonal stripe, tiered tank is paired with denim walk shorts.  These two items are so versatile too.  You will probably see me mixing them in with many outfits this summer.  To personalize the basic pieces, I tucked the tank in the shorts and added a green skinny belt for a splash of color.  Since I get cold in air-conditioned spaces, a bright orange cardigan is mixed in to keep me warm and also to warm up the look with an additional splash of color.

Cardigan—Talbots Outlet
Belt—Talbots Outlet
Shoes—BCBG Paris via DSW

See this look featured on the Loft facebook fanpage, in its Memorial Day Weekend Style album


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  1. May 26, 2011 / 2:55 pm

    I know it must be nice to be casual for a change. Nice fit.

  2. May 26, 2011 / 2:56 pm

    I love the stripes! I've found a couple of striped shirts that work well for me.

  3. Aisha
    May 26, 2011 / 3:35 pm

    LOVE IT!!!

    Are the shorts a regular or petite size? I have trouble sometimes with the crotch sticking out. A look that I DON'T like. 🙂

  4. May 26, 2011 / 3:36 pm

    Love that top and the extra pop of color from your belt is fantastic!

  5. May 26, 2011 / 10:57 pm

    love your red cardigan

  6. May 26, 2011 / 11:26 pm

    you look amazing!!!!
    What do you teach?

    May 27, 2011 / 12:56 am

    coming out of lurkville – I LOVE this look!

  8. May 27, 2011 / 3:09 am

    It sure is @Sing! I felt like I was out of my element for a minute there, but I am now loving these casual days.

    That's great @Laila! You sound like me. I just can't get enough stripe items.

    @Aisha: These pants are a Loft regular size 4. I am 5'4", so I can sometimes wear petite sizes in their pants, but I often have to size up to a 6 in the Loft petite bottom. The pants are also from the Julie collection that is cut for curvier women.

    @Kimberly: Cute, right? The top is probably my favorite item in this outfit. It is fairly long too, so I have lots of options in styling it.

    Thanks @Lady D! That orange cardi is one of my super cheap Talbots outlet finds! The quality of the knit is remarkable.

    Thanks @Amina! I teach undergraduate and graduate courses on social welfare policy analysis and graduate research methods courses. Child poverty and social policy are my specialized areas of interest though.

    Thanks! Now that you are out, you gotta stay out @Kimmie!!! 🙂

    Thanks for stopping by @Stacey!

  9. Anonymous
    June 10, 2011 / 4:04 pm

    love your color combo!