From Left, Necklace: Enamel Necklace ($93) Ring: Lola Rose Julianna Ring ($45) Sunglasses: Chloe Square Frame Sunnies ($154) Bag: Dooney & Bourke Small Mitchell Satchel ($368) Shoes: Cole Haan Talia Pump ($198) Blouse: Silk Pintuck Blouse ($128)
From Right, Sunglasses: Michael Kors Sicily Aviator ($99) Bracelet: Karla Deras Bracelet ($88) Bag: Foley + Corinna Petra Tote ($550) Scarf: Sand Circle Scarf ($175) Boots: Halogen Brianna Boot ($220) Sweater: Merino V-Neck Sweater ($80)
Commenters often ask why there is so much J.CREW on this blog. Given that all of the substantive pieces in this set are from J.CREW, I thought I would take a moment to respond. J.CREW is one of only a handful of retailers selling well-made basics for working women, which is why so many D.C. women wear J.CREW. And they are the only one of those retailers who make their items Polyvore ready, ie. no model. I don’t know why more retailers (I’m looking at you Ann Taylor and Banana Republic and The Limited) haven’t figured out that losing the model brings more attention to your items from style and fashion bloggers.
For Casual Monday. The weather in D.C. may be overcast and rainy, but it’s still 80 degrees. So I am just.not.ready to start wearing black tights yet. If you are, then be my guest, but the idea of donning tights in this humid, warm weather makes my skin crawl. So while this outfit was supposed to be a black blouse, black tights and black boots, it’s just.too.soon.
Instead, I chose this navy blouse, which I recently purchased. As with most J.CREW items, it needed to be taken in (their vanity sizing is out of control), but after the alterations, I fell in love with it. The sheer sleeve is really a lovely touch, and adding this bold, blue necklace would definitely bring it up a few notches.
As for the other accessories, I went with a coordinating shade of chocolate brown. These pumps from Cole Haan have Nike Air technology, so their comfortable for many women (my high arches aren’t well suited to the brand, sadly). Need a lower heel or a lower price? Zappos has the mid-height for under $150.
I also added a chocolate Dooney satchel to coordinate with the shoes. And I chose a simple but substantial statement ring for under $50. You could also add a dark brown belt if you wanted. I am a big fan of this belt.
For Casual Friday. I receive a lot of questions about what color tights to wear with a camel skirt and cognac boots. I prefer not to wear tights with this look, unless the boots are chocolate, and then I’d wear chocolate brown tights. Instead, I either go bare-legged or wear small weave nude fishnets.
I chose the ivory v-neck for this outfit, because this sweater is one of my winter staples. I wear it under blazers, with scarves and over blouses. It is so versatile, I don’t know how I would get by without it. Need a less expensive version? This sweater from Pink Mascara is just $48.
I added a orange hues in the scarf to coordinate with the cognac boots. I also think rust may be my second favorite fall shade after eggplant. To finish out the look, I added a cool bracelet, a pair of aviators and a chocolate brown tote bag. I also liked this Tahari tote for $278.
For the hair, I would wear it up in a bouncy ponytail. (Oribe Texturizing Spray helps lift the roots.) And for the makeup, I would keep it simple but add a good amount fo black eyeliner and a pop of pink blush to the cheeks.