March 16, 2011

Guest Post: Kristine. Or Polly.

I interrupt your normal 26 and Counting jibber-jabber to bring you a series of guest posts. While I am away at a conference for work, let me introduce you to a few of my favorite bloggers. Today's guest post? The adorable and oh so nice Kristine. Or Polly.

Hi there! I'm Kristine from Kristine. Or Polly.


I'm a 21-year old newlywed currently living in Phoenix, AZ (and preparing to move to Toyama, Japan)! I like brownies, holidays, bright colors, bunnies, big glasses, and lemon zinger herbal tea. Oh yeah, and I also like clothes and personal style, which is what my blog is all about. I absolutely adore Liz and was so thrilled when she asked me to guest post :)

Liz is the queen of corporate chic. I'm not very corporate anything, so I thought I'd combine her corporate aesthetic with one of my great loves - patterns. I absolutely adore patterns. I would say they are a quintessential element of my wardrobe. However, I know how hard it is to wear them in the office without feeling like you are, well, not being taken seriously. The trick to maintaining a professional image is to wear one bold patterned item at a time! (But let's be honest... I would definitely prefer to pile them all on.)

Here are a few of patterned pieces that I would love to have in my work wardrobe!

This top from ModCloth is perfect for the office. You can't get more classic than black and white. The pattern is comprised of simple polka dots- a very non-offensive print for the easily distracted. This would look great with a sleek black pencil skirt or tucked into cropped pants.Or add a pop of red with a red skinny belt and some red pointy-toed pumps!

I love fun, work appropriate skirts! This skirt from Anthropologie, while very bright and bold, can easily be toned down with a simple white blouse, a brown belt, and brown heels. Such a great variation from the standard black pencil skirt! For those of you on a budget, I find that skirts with longer lengths are abundant in vintage shops.

Shoes are such a great, subtle way to add patterns! I chose these leopard print pumps from Forever 21. Leopard print heels are a great way to spice up a neutral colored outfit. Wear them with some black cropped pants to show them off!

Liz is great at incorporating scarves into her work wardrobe. I chose this mustard polka dot scarf from Topshop, which would definitely add a nice pop of color to any outfit. I find that mustard is one of those colors that somehow just looks good with everything. If you're feeling gutsy, after work, pair it with the black blouse above. I love the polka-dot-on-polka-dot look!

Well, there you have it! Good luck making the office a more patterned-filled place!

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  1. Dots and stripes! Genius!

  2. Love the ModCloth blouse and the leopard pumps! The scarf is cute as well :) xo

  3. Great guest post, K. I love all the stuff you picked. I am not corporate anything, either, so I would wear all this stuff together for sure :)

  4. Oh how I love Kristine. Most faboulous taste EVER.

  5. These are great ideas, awesome post!!

    Lidi @ Eclectic Flair

  6. Kristine~Majorly fun 9 to 5 wear! Liz~You have THE BEST guest bloggers.

  7. Love this outfit, Kristine! Just checked out your blog for the first time and looove it. You have amazing taste!

  8. I love this girl, she's too cute I follow her blog.


  9. Great suggestions! I especially love the skirt and would wear it to work in the spring. Patterns are a challenge in an office environment, but they are also fun!

  10. Not sure anyone can rock the prints as well as Kristine!

  11. i'm a big fan of patterns too and always turn to Kristine for inspiration on that front. thanks for all the pattern ideas!

    cute & little

  12. Great pics! I especially love the scarf!

  13. i have that first polka dot blouse!! i get SOOO many compliments on it :)