Making Your 9 to 5 Style Look Chic, Feel Comfortable, and be Ethical

Making Your 9 to 5 Style Look Chic, Feel Comfortable, and be Ethical

When I dress for work, my goal is to look chic and feel comfortable. But, because I’m a conscious consumer, I make sure to buy clothes that I intend to have during my entire career.

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My Elevenses velvet joggers from Anthropologie have been with me for years and are perfect for work. They feel comfortable like sweatpants, but they’re also professional because of the fabric. You can find a similar style on sale here!

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To match my patterned velvet joggers, I opted for my burnt orange blouse from Handle with Care, a boutique in the Old Town neighborhood of Chicago. I love purchasing my clothes from local businesses like Handle with Care. Not only do they have adorable clothes and accessories, but they have the sweetest associates, too! This blouse is a wardrobe staple because I can dress it up for work and dress it down with distressed jeans and Superga sneakers.

Since my blouse and joggers were so colorful, I kept my footwear simple with my nude BP. open toe heels. Over accumulating clothes is something I avoid, so I only own one pair of nude open toe heels. Getting dressed has become so much easier since minimizing the amount of options I have in my closet!

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This J. Crew coat has kept me toasty this winter. I needed a classic professional coat I would have for a long time. This coat by J. Crew has been ideal!

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To accessorize, I matched my orange David Yurman bracelet with my blouse and pants. I also accessorized with my simple heart-shaped ring by WE SEE STARS from Babel Fair, a boutique in NYC, and my TOMS sunglasses.

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With a lot of heart,

Carly

Photos by Ali Stone Photography

Hipster Cowgirl

Hipster Cowgirl

What do you get when you combine a flannel button up shirt, floppy brimmed hat, figure hugging skirt, and Birkenstocks? A hipster cowgirl- or, at least, my version of one! And, this hipster cowgirl look would be nothing without my trusted button up.

I absolutely LOVE button ups because they can be worn in so many styles. You can unbutton ’em, tuck ’em in, or tie ’em in a lil’ knot. You get the picture : ) . Plus, they can be worn with skirts, over dresses, or with jeans. That’s what I call versatile!

In this look, I’m wearing a button up in one of my fav ways- tied in a knot.

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Click to learn about this look on Hippie and Heart!

Click to learn about this look on Hippie and Heart!

To show how a button up can be worn with something other than jeans, I’m pairing my button up with a figure hugging skirt by MIMU MAXI. In spring and summer, I love wearing a hat to protect my skin from the beautiful bright sunshine, so I’m wearing my loyal Rag & Bone hat. To keep the look casual, I’m wearing comfortable Birkenstock shoes.

Now, time for some country music and whiskey cocktails!

With a lot of heart,

Carly

Outfit Deets: Top by Frank & Eileen (Similar Style Here). Skirt by MIMU MAXI. Hat by Rag & Bone. Shoes by Birkenstock. Bracelets by Alex and Ani.

Photography by Alexanna Cox

Rock Out Ready Style

Rock Out Ready Style

Alternative rock is my favorite kind of music. I love listening to bands, like Cage The Elephant, The Lumineers and The Arcs, while getting ready for my day or night out. What’s even better than having my most loved bands jamming on my speakers? Going to concerts, of course!

Recently, I saw The Arcs perform. The band was incredible. I even got to meet them after the show! It was a night filled with great music and even better people. Besides watching the amazing performance, I loved planning what I was going to be wearing to the show.

I’ve learned a lot about what to wear and not to wear to concerts. So, whether you’re going to see Beyonce at her “Formation” world tour or your favorite indie band at a small local venue, here are a few tips to make sure you have a rock-out ready outfit:

Shoes

Keep these babies flat. You want to get your dance on and be comfortable, so this is not a night to bring out your heels-no matter the height.

Bag

Put your lipgloss, wallet, and phone in a small cross body bag. My current obsession is my Ceri Hoover cross body bag. I also invested in a small wallet by FASHIONABLE that I can easily transfer from bag to bag. Pack light, so you can dance through the night.

Jacket

The only time you might be outside is when you’re getting to the venue and waiting to get inside. Even if it’s super cold, I highly suggest you keep your sub zero winter jacket at home. You want something you can easily hold, so opt for, let’s say, a leather/faux leather jacket, fur/faux fur jacket, or a camo jacket.

Outfit

Have fun with your look. Whether I’m going to a black-tie gala or the airport, I use any reason to play dress-up!

Inspiration

Rock Concert Ready Style Featured on Hippie and Heart!

Rock Concert Ready Style Featured on Hippie and Heart!

Rock Concert Ready Style Featured on Hippie and Heart!

Rock Concert Ready Style Featured on Hippie and Heart!

With a lot of heart,

Carly

Outfit Deets: Top by Eileen Fisher. Jeans by Levi’s from Urban Outfitters (similar styles found here). Jacket by Free People. Shoes by Minnetonka. Hat by Rag & Bone. Necklace by WorldFinds.

Photography by Alexanna Cox

 

Valentine’s Day Outfit Part II

Valentine’s Day Outfit Part II

Dressing for the temperature in Chicago is a never ending battle. During the winter, us Chicagoans have to consider clothes that’ll keep us both cozy outside and cool inside.

This little black dress by Reformation is PERFECT for a crisp Valentine’s Day. It has the warmth of a sweater and all that bare leg to keep you comfortable. It also uses surplus materials, which would otherwise end up in landfills. Surplus fabric disposed of in landfills is so not cute. But, this dress made from it sure is!

Valentine's Day Outfit Inspo on Hippie and Heart!

Valentine's Day Outfit Inspo on Hippie and Heart!

Since it’s a bit chilly and dreary in Chicago, I opted for fun, colorful tights. I’m accessorizing with the belt because it matches the tights so well.

Valentine's Day Outfit Inspo on Hippie and Heart!

One of my favorite color combos is black and gold. There’s something sophisticated and alluring about those colors together. That’s why I’m combining the Stella McCartney bag, Ways of Change choker and Jeffrey Campbell booties, to add sleekness to this Valentine’s Day outfit.

Valentine's Day Outfit Inspo on Hippie and Heart!

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With a lot of heart,

Carly

Outfit Deets: Dress by Reformation. Tights by J. Crew. Necklace by Ways of Change. Belt by Anthropologie. Purse by Stella McCartney.

Photography by Alexanna Cox.