Thursday: Winner’s Choice

Top: Bellatrix
Tank: H&M (similar)
Boyfriend jeans: Gap
Bracelet: c/o IN PINK
Necklace: c/o Kristin Biggs, Stella and Dot
Shoes: Target
Bag: Sabina (similar)
Sunglasses: Ray-Ban

I usually put together my outfits in the morning – while brushing my teeth I will think about what I own and possible pairings. Then I see if they look on as they did in my head. The other night, Emerson went to bed early, my husband was teaching late and I had a decadent hour to play dress-up in my closet all by myself. I put on Spotify and tried on a bunch of different things and decided on two outfits I really liked with these new jeans. Posted them on Instagram and asked followers their opinion and this ensemble came out the winner!

And speaking of these jeans… the brilliant Angie at YouLookFab said these were a great choice for boyfriend jeans and suggested going a size larger. I think I tried these before in a 12 petite and couldn’t get them over my calves, in a 14 regular they are comfortable and slouchy in a good way. Boyfriend jeans always make me look ridiculous but I love how they look with heels, blazers and such. Glad to have found a pair that works!

And no, your eyes are not deceiving you, I dyed my hair. I have needed to get to the salon for eons but haven’t had the time. Yesterday out of desperation I ran to CVS and bought a box of Natural Instincts in Medium Brown. This was my go-to color before I started getting my hair colored professionally and I know it’s a good match to my roots and washes out in a couple of weeks. By then I hope to have time to get my hair properly cared for by my stylist!

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  • http://www.stylefortheseasons.com/ Sara

    I LOVE your darker hair! It looks great! I am about ready to get mine ready for fall and tone down the blonde. I am too scared to do it at home but yours looks great! Also, I love this oufit!

  • http://www.wardrobeoxygen.com/ Allie at Wardrobe Oxygen

    I don’t realize how much my hair fades until I match it to my roots. Oh yeah, I AM a brunette! :) I rarely do DIY color any more but I know Natural Instincts is ammonia-free and fades nicely without stripping my hair.

  • lexalemmy

    Love the top…I was eyeing to myself.

    I have been working the ombre look and have been loving it, but the dark hair makes me want to go back to my roots…or…er, my ends.

  • http://twitter.com/theaofa DWJ

    Okay, I kind of want to replicate this entire outfit. I love it. Plus that shade of pink/rose in the tunic and on your cheeks if phenomenal on you. Love all of it!

  • http://www.wardrobeoxygen.com/ Allie at Wardrobe Oxygen

    LOL, I’m not an ombre sort of person and I have been rocking it from pure laziness. Feels good to get back to my roots, even if my roots have some silver in them! :)

  • http://twitter.com/RebeccaHansen_ Rebecca Hansen

    Love those jeans. I’ve been eyeballing them at Gap for a while now.

  • http://www.wardrobeoxygen.com/ Allie at Wardrobe Oxygen

    I got them with one of their 25% off promotions and I know they’re having another one of them today!

  • Jane G.

    gorgeous! I love everything about this outfit. I love love love the shirt. I have such a hard time picking tops with prints/stripes/anything that’s not a solid color – that I feel comfortable in (and that I think looks good on me). I would love to try on this top and see that it looks as good on me as it does on you! I also love your darker hair color. Everything came together so well for this outfit! Gorgeous!

  • Guest

    Wow, I love that color on you! Beautiful blouse – wish it came in a size 16! And I love how you styled it with the necklace, and your hair color looks so pretty. Everything looks so nicely put together. Altogether gorgeous today!

  • tiger1962

    You look awesome! Love this outfit ~ Marie

  • Sonia

    Those come hither eyes again–love it! The whole outfit just works so well and you look super slim in those boyfriends jeans paired with the heels and relaxed fit top.

  • laura

    Do you really consider this “career wear”?

  • http://www.wardrobeoxygen.com/ Allie at Wardrobe Oxygen

    Today is my Friday since they are moving our offices tomorrow. On Fridays, I can wear jeans. I am going to a blogger event after work so I did amp it up some. Today I am packing boxes, wrapping up cables, and other glamorous things so jeans are appropriate career wear for today. The “Career Wear” tag is because I had high hopes by now to have new search features on this blog but they are not yet there. But I still use certain tags for that day when I will finally get the time and my act together to have it happen.

  • Sarah

    I don’t know why you would waste time and money at the salon when the Natural Instincts works this well … your hair looks awesome!

  • drjennyp

    I love the blouse especially! I clicked over to the store and I must say that it looks MUCH better on you than the model. I don’t think I would even consider it if I just saw the pic from Nordtroms. Love seeing it on a “real person” – thank you :)

  • http://www.wardrobeoxygen.com/ Allie at Wardrobe Oxygen

    I like having the variety of color – the highlights and lowlights and all that jazz. But I was pleasantly surprised by how this turned out, I may have to alternate between salon and a box to save fundage!

  • http://physwalkofcats.wordpress.com/ Pastel Lady

    I also prefer this outfit over the one with the yellow blazer, the red striped blouse suits you so well, and love how you combine it with the necklace and leopard pumps. You look gorgeous,
    wish my face was less sharp, ‘have to stick to my natural dark blonde/light brown hair :)

  • http://www.facebook.com/catsilverman Cat Silverman

    If I may comment – it really depends on your “career”. I’m in IT and might end up on kneeling on the floor in a warehouse to check a computer cable or wall jack. Or I might have a project meeting with the assistant vice president. I have both in one day, I might throw a jacket over an outfit just like yours.

  • http://www.wardrobeoxygen.com/ Allie at Wardrobe Oxygen

    Good point! When I worked at a different job, I wore jeans almost every day because I often had to get down on the ground, visit construction sites and often came home pretty dirty, even though I did have an office job!

  • Jenny

    Are these jeans supposed to be cropped, or did you cuff them yourself to get this look? They look very cute, I’m just curious.

  • http://www.wardrobeoxygen.com/ Allie at Wardrobe Oxygen

    They are supposed to be cropped and came cuffed just like this :)

  • http://walkingwithcake.com/ Catherine Harper

    Love your hair! You look like a rock star! :)

  • April

    I have really been wanting a pair of cuffed boyfriend jeans, but didn’t want to spend the money (Weight Watchers… hoping to fit into some of my clothes soon). I was at the local Goodwill last weekend and grabbed a pair of jeans one size up for $5. They give me the baggy look, and I just rolled them up to cuff them. I’ve been thinking of cutting them a little to get rid of the bulkiness when I cuff though… I’m looking forward to wearing them! Great outfit, I love the top!

  • Starlit Nights

    You look fabulous!

  • Emily

    I know I commented on your other cuffed jeans so thought I would tell you I really like these ones and I think the look really works. There’s a lot going on but it doesn’t seem to be ‘wearing you’.

  • http://www.wardrobeoxygen.com/ Allie at Wardrobe Oxygen

    Thanks!

  • L

    Love it!!!

  • http://hemsforher.com/ Hems for Her, a.k.a. Katie

    I love boyfriend jeans and this pattern mixing is great! Thanks for sharing my blog post by the way- I love that we are so supportive and kindred souls :)

  • laure

    Sure. But when I think of career wear and what I expect to find on a search, this isn’t it. Don’t get me wrong. Love the outfit. I’d totally wear it on a weekend. It’s just that when I think of “career wear” this isn’t it…

  • http://twitter.com/whatiwore2day Kasmira Kit

    You are stunning!

  • Lisa

    I just have to say you are stunning!

  • Rosimar

    Hello, darling, I am new at you blog, and sorry my english, I”m a brazilian woman. I’m very impressed with your style, I love it. You’re so fresh and have a happy style. Wonderful.

  • Kat

    Um, you are looking HAWT today, lady! I mean, the outfit is fun – but the hair/makeup? Yeah. Awesome!

  • Sonia

    You misspelled your name laura. Allie shows us her own dress wear ideas that are not 100% for everybody, but definitely on spot for me and alot of other ladies. Why not use her suggestions to create your own special Friday outfit.

  • http://wendybrandes.com/blog/ WendyB

    I would happily wear this outfit!

  • http://weallgrowuponeday.blogspot.com/ MJ

    I like the tunic a lot, it looks like a really good transition piece (seasonally). Judging by your instagram feed, it looks like you had a great time on Thursday!

  • http://www.wardrobeoxygen.com/ Allie at Wardrobe Oxygen

    It really was a fun time!

  • Keleigh Austin-Novell

    Yowza! hot mama!

  • Southernliberal

    Allie, I may copy-cat this look, too. I have the CAbi Johnny crop jeans from Spring 2012 that are similar. I agree that the blouse looks much better on you than on the model. I would not have given it a second glance if you had not put it on. I have no idea why you think boyfriend jeans look “ridiculous” on you – this is cute as can be. In the blouse, I see they have a PM and a PL. Did you get petite or regular?

  • http://www.wardrobeoxygen.com/ Allie at Wardrobe Oxygen

    I got the regular but wish I got the petite as the sleeves are a bit long. I agree these boyfriend jeans are cute, but this was the first pair out of several that looked stumpy. :)

  • eye4style

    You look hot, lady! Love the hair and the way you’ve styled these jeans.

  • http://www.wardrobeoxygen.com/ Allie at Wardrobe Oxygen

    Thanks Dina!

  • http://twitter.com/KimberleeVDW Kimberlee VDW

    Love the pattern on this blouse!! The dark brown color looks pretty on you :) I know my mom loves the root touch up in between her salon visits hehe

  • http://hollydollyfashion.blogspot.com Holly Mackenzie Cupp

    This outfit rocks! Your hair looks fantastic! Sexy, casual, chic =) I love how many different ways you’ve managed to wear those leopard print shoes as well. Opens doors to whole new outfits from my own closet. Your blog is truly one of my most favorites. I find it informative, inspiring, and real. I love your writing voice. I know from experience that it is hard work to maintain a blog as a mom and wife. You’re doing awesome and I wanted to say thank you!

    http://hollydollyfashion.blogspot.com

  • http://www.facebook.com/stylin.profilin Stylin’ Profilin’

    Your hair is extra fabulous in these pics. Loving the top too!

  • http://www.wardrobeoxygen.com/ Allie at Wardrobe Oxygen

    Thanks Holly!!