Teal + black remixing

This week’s “Inspiration Monday” challenge featured Michelle Dockery in a sheer teal blouse + black skirt combo. (BTW, Michelle plays Mary in Downton Abbey, a TV show that I happen to looooooove.) At first, I wasn’t that inspired by her combo, because (a) me wearing a sheer blouse and visible black bra is NEVER going to happen and (b) it seemed too simple.

But then I had the idea of doing another two-fer post, like this one, featuring both casual and work-appropriate versions. So here goes:

Librarian for Life + Style | teal + black remixing collage

Casual remixing

For this casual look, I paired my teal shirt with my new black shorts and sporty black flats. I also wore  gold hoops, like Michelle, but I added a red belt to echo her red lippie. Plus I just feel like her outfit needs a belt.

Librarian for Life + Style | Teal + black remixing, casual version

Details:  Teal t-shirt:  Nordstrom Rack, last winter  /  Black shorts:  Macy’s, gift-carded this summer  /  Sporty flats:  Payless, last summer  /  Red patent leather skinny belt:  Target, winter  /  Gold hoops:  Birthday gift set from in-laws, last year  /  Vintage sunglasses:  My mom’s, prescription updated this spring

Work remixing

The work version is definitely closer to the inspiration photo, with the black skirt + black patent leather heels. I kept the gold hoops but also added another belt, this one a wide black belt with a dark purple placket. I can see myself wearing this combo to work, but I would probably feel more comfortable adding a cardigan or blazer with it, or perhaps a scarf.

Librarian for Life + Style | Teal + black remixing, work version

Details:  Black skirt:  Maurice’s?, old  /  Black patent leather heels:  Payless, winter  /  Wide black belt:  Kohl’s, old

My husband really liked the casual version, while I preferred the work version with the dark purple accent. Which version do you prefer? Please leave a comment and let me know. 🙂

And if you haven’t voted yet, the poll to vote for your favorite outfit of mine last month is open through this week — I’d love to hear your opinion. Thanks in advance!

Link ups:  Inspiration Monday  /  Fashionably Employed Link Up  /  Real Girl Style  /  Style Sessions  /  Wardrobe Wednesday  /  What I Wore to Work  /  Working Girl with Style  /  Friday Fashion Remix  /  Friday’s Fancies  /  Pinned and Did It Link Up


24 thoughts on “Teal + black remixing

  1. Paula

    I like the work version. You could wear it summer through early fall. The belt is cute too. I really need to work on adding more wider belts to my wardrobe. Sometimes, the skinny belts don’t look right with pants.

  2. Amber @ Section 391

    I prefer the work version, but I think it’s because I’ve been very into skirts/dresses lately. I wonder how the work version would look with a cardigan and the red belt over the cardigan. Is that too much? =)

  3. Ann

    Hi Jen, I like the teal and black. I’m going to remember this combination. Both outfits look great but my favorite is the skirt. I think the belt looks perfect and the length of this skirt is just right. I also like the simplicity of the shoe yet it has a bit of a heel. Thanks for your sweet comment on my blog today.


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