Monday, January 21, 2013

Red Alert



For the most part, I have no problem putting outfits together quickly - but for some reason, when it comes to dressing for church, I struggle every single Sunday.  I want to look stylish & polished, dressed up but not over-the-top...while still staying true to my own personal taste.  This particular outfit seemed to be the perfect compromise - I'm still wearing trendy pieces (bright trousers + printed peplum), but the overall look is simple (just one statement accessory) & sophisticated.  Maybe those of you who work in a conservative office environment can relate?  If so, I'd love to hear your solutions & favorite outfit combinations in the comments below.

 


What I'm wearing:
H&M top (similar), Mossimo blazer (here), LOFT trousers (similar here or here), Marc Fisher heels (similar), ASOS clutch (on sale here), Ann Taylor cuff (similar here or here), Target sunnies (similar), Nails: OPI A Roll in the Hague

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Kate H said...

Ohh, I just love your clutch!!

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thingstoholdandstir said...

Loving the scalloping on that blazer. Very chic.

amanda
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jenn~the stylish housewife said...

i STILL have not found a pair of red pants that i love. yours look fab on you! and of course i love the top. =)

xoxo, jenn
the stylish housewife

Lauren said...

You did a great job of dressing conservatively but also very fashionable! I love everything about this outfit and would probably even wear it outside of church. The peplum top looks great under the short jacket and that clutch is too cute! I am excited for when target hits Canada this spring! Have a great Monday xo

Elo said...

I love your outfit and how you made the colors red and black and white work. It's chic and classy.

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Elo said...

I love the mix of red and white/black. classy and chic!

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Shira said...

Such a fun look!
I'm actually starting my job as a therapist this week and I was actually just thinking about this! I want to remain true to my style but of course be appropriate and professional. I decided that actually similar to your outfit post, I'm going to allow myself to wear bright, fun colors, because that's who I am and wearing color makes me happy:). I'm just going to make sure the rest of my outfit is clean and simple and that the bright pieces are still professional. For example, today I went into work just to get myself acquainted with everything, and I wore a bright purple pencil skirt, but a simple black sweater, black tights and black pointy bow flats.

Avenue Ahline said...

love the bold red .. great look !

xoxo
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Hannah said...

I love how perfectly your nails match your pants! Great colour.

CC said...

I love this outfit! And as a pastor's wife - I think it is perfect for church. Truthfully though, I've been following you for a while and haven't ever seen you wear something inappropriate. :)

Amy said...

I LOVE those pants on you Kimberly! Perfect look for church!

xx Amy
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Natali said...

I like your pants and clutch so much!

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CoolGreenDays said...

Saucy Glossy is wearing that blazer this week too!

Debora said...

Those pants look amazing on you. Such a a great length for you. Your bag is also super cute!

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JULIETTE said...

I love this outfit, it's super chic and the pants really make the illusion of endless lengs!

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Styleclouds said...

Perfect look! It's sophisticated and chic! Love it! xo, Christina

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Neris / Fashion Fractions said...

such a fabulous photos Kim! and i love those red pants :)

xoxo,

Fashion Fractions

Melissa Myers said...

Love the outfit! I absolutely am in the situation of needing to dress conservatively since I work as an environmental engineer at a manufacturing facility. Can't really do heels. My usual outfit is pants and a cardie with a cami or top underneath. I try to dress it up with accessories but not over the top.

Nicolene Richards said...

Lovely outfit, very elegant!
FF

Taramixandmatch said...

Very cute, I love the red pants!

For All Things Lovely said...

This look is beautiful! It would be perfect for my church, too, but especially for work! Love the print and the pop of color! xo.
Megan

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Caitlin Wilson said...

I have the same problem with dressing for church. I don't want to wear anything too outrageous that would draw attention, yet I always like to look stylish and put-together. I find that blazers are typically what I went up wearing to church as a mean of "tempering" the rest of whatever I'm wearing.

Caitlin
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Christina, Esq. said...

yes! im a lawyer so i always struggle to find the right balance of personal style and office professional (especially since I used to be a buyer for ann taylor before becoming a lawyer!). your outfit is perfect- id wear it to work for sure!

xo

Christina,. Esq.
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Jaclyn said...

I think this is a gorgeous church outfit! I am not necessarily a church-going person but I think you look very respectful and stylish.

Especially love the red pants - I think wide leg trousers are coming back into style!

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Alyson said...

are those "our" LOFT pants? They look red in the photos. The whole outfit is so pretty and adore the shape of the top. what's best of all here is the fit. I love.

Ashleigh said...

I don't have the problem, but I know when I was younger and went to church that we always wore our best clothes that we could sit comfortably in for 3 hours. You look like you can do that in this! It's a win for me.
-Ash
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The Curvy Girl said...

This is a PERFECT look for church...love it!

Amy Shaughnessy said...
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Amy Shaughnessy said...

I have those pants... Oh man I'm so mad because I bought them right after having a baby and now they are too big. I guess they will fit when I have another baby! I will have my 'church wear' post up on Wednesday. You can see what I typically wear. This is perfect though - I would wear it.

Amy

Fashion and Beauty Finds

LyddieGal said...

I tend to get pretty overdressed for church, usually opting for dresses and cardigans, and lately I've been going for maxi skirts.

Love the scalloped edge of your jacket!
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Alissa said...

That clutch and the detail on it is stunning! It is so cool!

Cathy, your Poor Little It Girl said...

Love the bold red trousers...I really need to get a pair of those!

xoxo
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Kayla Gilbert said...

I can totally relate. I want to dress cute at work but try to be as conservative as possible. It's hard not to let a little shine out though! : )
I think this outfit works perfectly!

Kayla
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clpatters said...

Love this outfit! I work in a somewhat conservative office environment (no jeans, shorts, capris, sleeveless tops, sandals, or open-toed shoes) where wearing red pants would probably be a stretch, but I would definitely wear that top with black pants and a red jacket or cardigan! To add excitement to my outfits, I keep most items neutral and add one standout piece... whether it be a colorful cardigan, printed top, statement necklace, or a bright scarf!

Rachel Lynne said...

Oh! These pants are fabulous! Love them :)

Berty Morales said...

You look stunning! Great pants and in love with your clutch as well.

Amy said...

Love thsoe red pants Kimberly! They look great with your dark hair!
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Maria Chloe said...

This is beautiful, great pants!

xo,
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Sarah said...

This looks fabulous!!!

Bentley Fessler said...

Maybe those of you who work in a conservative office environment can relate? If so, I'd love to hear your solutions & favorite outfit combinations in the comments below. YES!!! You are absolutly correct. This is what I wear to work at a conservative investment banking group. My red pants are one of my favorite solutions to dressing for me and the job. Looking forward to more Sundy church blogs...to find inspiration for the week ahead.

teacups + B cups said...

This is so Cruella of you - but in a good way.

You nailed it... classic cuts, one bright color, and a print are perfect for church (or work).

. said...

I love this look so much!
It's so classy, looks good on you

Sam said...

omg those red pants are TOO cute!

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silvergirl said...

What a lovely outfit
That top is just so great and paired with the red pants is just fabulous
Brett

Anna D Kart said...

you look absolutely stunning!


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Sthephany said...

I think the red and black really compliment the leopard! Such a gorgeous look. xo

Jeans and a Teacup said...

That blazer is really cute! I love the shape!
~Jessica
Jeans and a Teacup

Brooke Reagan said...

Love the pants! Work it girl!

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Adiel Cloud said...

Great clutch and cuff!

xo.Adiel
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Lady of Style said...

Your look is very sophisticated, really amazing!
It is an outfit I'd love wearing at the office.

Love from Germany,
Annette
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Alyssa said...

I struggle with the exact same thing when getting ready for church...I usually just end up throwing on a dress and jacket/sweater because I spend so much time trying to get the "perfect" outfit I end up running late! Epic fail on my part! haha

xo,

Alyssa
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Kacie said...

Your pants look amazing on you!


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Erica said...

love the jacket! did you find that it ran quite small? (target did not have anything near my size, so I never did try on my usual size.)

Kimberly said...

Hi Erica,

Yes, the jacket did run about 1 full size too small - there may be some left online! :)

xo,
Kimberly

Judy said...

I love this outfit so much. It's so chic and sophisticated, and the color combination is actually my favorite one, ever.

@Glam__Slam said...

What an awesome combo black and white polka dots and red is! What a trendy, cute and polished outfit this is - perfect for the office, church or even a night out. One of my fav parts is that clutch; it's so great and edgy!

Stephanie :)
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Lauren Gordon-Thomson said...

You look divine. What a stunning, elegant outfit. Very impressive!

Lauren x
Gordon + Gold

Coulda shoulda woulda said...

the bracelet is gorgeous

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