common threads challenge: week 4

We’ve made it to the end of the Common Threads Challenge! This last week wasn’t much of a struggle actually, mostly because colder weather finally arrived–that opened up all sorts of layering options!

Monday: chambray shirt

I had an important presentation to give on this day, so I wanted to wear a dress, but I also wanted to wear my chambray shirt…so I wore both! I think this ended up being a nice balance between being “put together” but still casual. I need to remember to layer with dresses more often.

chambray shirt: J.Crew, exact // striped dress: J.Crew Factory, similar // cognac leather strap watch: Wristology, exact // cognac wedges: Jessica Simpson, exact

Tuesday: black knit blazer

Red is an accent color I typically wear quite often, but I’ve been neglecting it for this whole challenge. So, I decided to bust out my bright red pants for a change of pace. I love the vibrant color of these pants (I think Loft called them “fireball red”), but it means I need to keep the rest of the outfit pretty neutral.

black knit blazer: Caslon, similar // white lace top: J.Crew Factory, similar // red pants: Loft, similar // black wedges: Jessica Simpson, exact // gray tortoise sunglasses: Warby Parker Banks, similar

Wednesday: cognac booties

I find myself pinning a lot of looks that involve pink, ivory, and olive, so I decided to put that color palette into action. I’m pretty psyched that it’s finally blanket scarf season 😉

ivory open cardigan: Merona, similar // ivory tee: Banana Republic Factory, exact // olive pants: Banana Republic, similar // pink blanket scarf: Ann Taylor, similar // cognac booties: Jessica Simpson, almost exact

Thursday: olive tee

I wasn’t totally pleased with my olive tee outfit last week, so I decided to try again with slightly different pieces. This time, I subbed the skinny jeans for white jeans and traded the cardigan for my field jacket. I like this look much better!

olive tee: Banana Republic Factory, exact // purple field jacket: J.Crew Factory, similar // white skinny jeans: Loft, similar // taupe booties: Dolce Vita, exact

Friday: burgundy skirt

Camel is one of my favorite colors to wear this time of year, particularly because it pairs well with so many other fall colors, including burgundy. And it delights me to no end that my sweater matches my leopard flats so perfectly.

camel sweater: J.Crew, similar // burgundy skirt: Loft, similar // leopard flats: Dr. Scholl’s, exact // gold tassel necklace: Forever 21, similar

Monday: burgundy skirt

Another Monday, another “professional occasion”–this time, a conference on metabolism and cancer. I wanted to try a new color combination involving burgundy, so tried out gray.

gray sweater: J.Crew, similar // polka dot shirt: J.Crew Factory, similar // burgundy skirt: Loft, similar // black wedges: Jessica Simpson, exact // black dial watch: Wristology, exact

Tuesday: chambray shirt

Seeing as it was Halloween and all, I decided that I needed some orange in my outfit. I’ve had this pin sitting on my “what to wear” board forever, and this seemed like a good occasion to try it out.

chambray shirt: J.Crew, exact // orange cardigan: J.Crew, similar // black pants: Banana Republic Factory, exact // pearl stud earrings: gift, similar


I had a lot of fun choosing this week’s outfits–so that’s definitely a win! I plan on posting a final re-cap with all 22 of my CTC outfits and a few reflections on the experience.

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common threads challenge: week 2

I’m back for another Common Threads Challenge check-in! (If you have no idea what I’m talking about, this post should help!) I’m really starting to enjoy the challenge, as it simplifies getting dressed in the morning. Evidently, limiting my options is key to streamlining the process.

Monday: cognac booties

I just recently got this chambray shirt dress, so naturally, I’ve been eager to wear it. I knew I wanted to wear the dress with my cognac booties, but those two items alone seemed a bit too plain. It was really too warm to wear a scarf, but I wore one anyway. I’m just going to pretend it’s fall now, OK?

chambray shirt dress: Old Navy, exact // blue tapestry scarf: Old Navy, similar // cognac booties: Jessica Simpson, almost exact

Tuesday: olive tee

Once again, I knew I wanted to wear two specific pieces together: my olive tee and this black + ivory skirt. Technically, I wore those two exact pieces together last summer (during my first Take One, Pass It On challenge), so I tried to “fall-ify” the outfit a bit with some booties and a light jacket. I really liked the end result–I think this might be my favorite look from the week!

olive tee: Banana Republic Factory, exact // denim jacket: Old Navy, exact // tribal skirt: Loft Outlet, similar // taupe booties: Dolce Vita, exact // gold locket necklace: J.Crew, similar

Wednesday: burgundy skirt

As predicted in my last week, I struggled with this item a bit this time around. I like the combination of ivory, burgundy, and cognac, but I couldn’t quite find the right pieces to execute what I had in mind. Next time, I might try mixing in camel and blue, as shown in this pin.

ivory tee: Banana Republic Factory, exact // burgundy skirt: Loft, similar // cognac wedges: Jessica Simpson, exact // pearl tassel necklace: Loft, similar

Thursday: chambray shirt

This look is the most boring one of the week, for sure…but at least I tried to add some interest with my gold flats.

chambray shirt: J.Crew, exact // black ankle pants: Banana Republic Factory, exact // gold flats: Summit by White Mountain, exact// black leather strap watch: Kate Spade, similar // gray tortoise sunglasses: Warby Parker Banks, similar

Friday: black blazer

I always like looks that involve a chic blazer with jeans, but I’m not terribly at pulling off such looks myself. I gave it a go for casual Friday, adding in some red stripes and leopard for fun. The outfit kind of fell apart by the end of the day though–I had to take off my blazer once the temperature reached the 80s, and I traded my heels for flats after work to go grocery shopping. So I guess this type of outfit is not terribly practical for my current lifestyle.

red stripe tee: J.Crew Factory, similar // black knit blazer: Caslon, similar // skinny jeans: BP, similar // leopard pumps: I.N.C., almost exact // black round sunglasses: Amazon, similar


Except for the burgundy skirt, I haven’t had too much trouble generating new outfit ideas. One thing I am conscious of is mixing up which day of the week I wear each item, as I tend to see the same people on various days of the week. For example, I attend a weekly seminar every Tuesday, and I want to be sure I’m not wear the same skirt four weeks in a row! I doubt anyone would notice (or care!), but I’m just a little obsessive like that.

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monochrome-ish

For whatever reason, I rarely stick to a single color when I’m putting together an outfit. I’ve been seeing several “monochrome” outfits that I like on Pinterest, however, so I decided to give it a go recently, with a simple black top and black pants.

Obviously, I couldn’t resist adding a little more interest though, so I pulled out my new-to-me mustard bag and leopard sandals. The all-black ensemble worked just fine for a run-of-the-mill workday…but was a bit problematic once I came home and encountered dog hair (which is pretty abundant in our house…always). Maybe I should try a different color next time…

black blouse: Loft via ThredUp, similar, similar // black ankle pants: Loft, almost exact, similar // leopard wedge sandals: Sam Edelman, similar, similar // mustard crossbody bag: Phillip Lim for Target, similar, similar // black round sunglasses: Amazon, similar, similar

staying neutral

It’s been a while since I wore my trusty black ankle pants–they’re pretty much on constant rotation in the winter months, but once summer hits, I’m all about skirts and dresses. Anyway, I’m at a loss as to where to look for ankle pants these days. This pair is OK, but a bit tight (I bought them while I was still breastfeeding and thus a few pounds slimmer) . I tried the next size up of the Marisa fit “essential skinny ankle pant” at Loft (my former fave work pant), but the waist was way too big. Ugh. Why is finding work pants so friggin’ difficult?

This form-fitting pair will have to do for now. On this particular day I (once again) kept things pretty neutral by pairing the pants with an ivory peplum top and a simple statement necklace. Admittedly, this is way more dressed up than I need to be as a graduate student, but “dress for the job you want,” right?

ivory peplum tank: Loft, similar, similar // black ankle pants: Loft, exact, similar // black wedge sandals: b.o.c., similar, similar // crystal cube necklace: J.Crew Factory, very similar, similar