Entries Tagged as 'Three Ways'
Necklace: Spring Signs Necklace ($38)
From Left, Sunglasses: Ray Ban Cat’s Eye Sunnies ($150) Bracelet: Cut Geo Cuff ($9) Bag: Zara Bowling Bag ($70) Shoes: Nine West Drusilla Pump ($79) Top: Iris and Ink Silk T-Shirt ($95) Skirt: Tibi Isosceles Print Skirt ($175)
From Right, Sunglasses: Ray-Ban Aviators ($155) Ring: Gabriel Artigas Ring ($198) Bag: Blumarine Shoulder Bag ($79) Shoes: Sandal with Ankle strap ($49) Top: Otte Chloe Top ($252) Pants: J.Crew Scout Chino ($50)
For Casual Monday. This skirt isn’t for everyone, but I’m trying to branch out a bit with my wardrobe and pull a few great pieces that are a little outside my comfort zone. Plus, I love the mix of grey, black and citron. If you like the idea of a geometric print, but want something a bit safer, try this black and white pencil skirt.
I like the monochromatic look of pairing a grey blouse with a grey-accented necklace. And this blouse from Iris & Ink, with its basic shape and variety of colors, will quickly become a wardrobe staple. If you’re looking to spend a bit less on the blouse, I love this punchy coral silk t-shirt for $69.
Forever21 has some great bracelets right now. This cuff picks up the triangle pattern in the skirt, but I also love this chunky hinge cuff and this awesome layered cuff. And if you like the open-work bracelets that are trendy right now, this simple bracelet is $7.
Need help keeping your cheaper jewelry pieces looking new? Spray them with clear coat from Krylon to prevent them from wilting on you.
To complete the outfit, I added a simple pair of round pumps and a basic bowler bag. Zara has some great handbags right now with basic shapes and colors that aren’t boring, so give them a look if you’re in the market.
For the hair, I would wear it down. Wearing it up might be too severe with such a bold, printed skirt. For the makeup, I would keep it simple with a natural looking lip color (shade 003) and some black liner.
For Casual Friday. I don’t wear pants very often. And I haven’t owned a pair of chinos since 2005, but I would buy these pants tomorrow if I wasn’t taking a little break from shopping. Slightly longer than a capri with a bright, summery color, I think they’re a great choice for cooler climates or chilly offices.
Otte makes the greatest blouses. I love all of them. This is their Chloe blouse, but I also ardently endorse their Alex top, their Momo blouse and their Sophie top. They’re not cheap, but if you like silk blouses, you’ll get your wear out of these great basics.
How great is this tote? It’s the perfect casual work bag, and $79? Awesome.
I bought these sandals from Zara in gold last summer and wore them to death. They weren’t super comfortable for long distances, but for every day wear, a good choice. Plus, the covered toe makes them a good choice for the office. I bought these Maiden Lane sandals from Gilt as replacements.
I added some aviators (my fave) and a classic dome ring to complete the look. If you’d like a less-expensive alternative, try this pyramid dome ring or this absolutely fab two-tone, hammered ring from Chico’s.
For the hair, I would wear it in a low side ponytail or a down and wavy. For the makeup, I’d wear a pink gloss, some grey nail polish (Essie Smokin’ Hot is my new favorite) and a pop of pink blush on the cheeks.
Dress: Dorothy Perkins Broderie Dress ($69)
From Left, Ring: Trina Turk Orange Ring ($59) Bracelet: Ralph Lauren Hinge Bracelet ($58) Clutch: Sophie Hulme Clutch ($393) Shoes: Trump Ariell Pump ($75) Coat: Burberry Gabardine Trench ($1.895)
From Right, Earrings: Kit Heath Rings ($95) Belt: Kate Spade Bow Belt ($68) Bag: Coach Legacy Haley ($358) Sweater: J.Crew Jackie Cardi ($55) Shoes: Nine West Drusilla ($79)
For Cocktails. Why a trench in June? Because a white dress and the potential for rain do not mix. This Burberry is my dream trench, but I think my first car cost less than that, so how about this less expensive J.Crew Trench (my favorite) or this London Fog, instead?
I absolutely adore this orange clutch, sadly, it’s sold out. However, this Banana Republic tube clutch or this under-$50 faux leather clutch are good options as well. And since we have an orange clutch, we need an orange ring to pull it all together. If this one is out of your price range, this inexpensive faceted stone ring is nice too.
The pierced leather on this sandal is chic and summery. Though the heel might be a bit high for me. I also like these tan shoeboots, but decide they would be better for the fall.
For the hair, I would wear it down, provided the weather cooperates. If not, up in a low twist. For the makeup, I would wear a rose blush and some sable eye shadow and brown liner.
For the Office. A belted cardigan over a sundress is a great choice for recess days when you have meetings or casual Mondays. If you work in a less conservative office, this is a summery outfit that can brighten your mood on a dreary work day.
I like the mix of navy and yellow for this outfit. You can wear the belt over the top if you need structure or underneath for color and definition. If yellow isn’t your thing, and you would rather have a neutral, try this dark tan skinny belt with a bow. If you’d rather wear your color in the cardigan, I like this deep emerald from Gap.
Coach is really hitting the mark with their legacy collection. I love this bag, and the Candace, and the Tanner, and the huge Weekender. Frankly, they’re all great. I vastly prefer them to the fabric totes. And if you sign up for Coach’s website, they send you 20-percent-off coupons every so often.
The earrings for this outfit might be my favorite thing in the whole set. I love the delicate wire work and the scale of them. I selected them over these Bittar hoops, and I think I made the right choice. You could also go with simple pearls.
For the hair, I would wear it half-up/half-down with a wave if you can manage it. For the makeup, I think a pink gloss and highlighter on the brow bone would be nice.
Skirt: Topshop Lime Pleat Skirt ($60)
From Left, Earrings: Gold Square Studs ($40) Bracelet: Carson Cuff ($185) Belt: Covered Buckle Belt ($23) Bag: Braided Handle Shopper ($80) Top: Loose Fit Sheer Blouse ($50) Shoes: Call Me Pumps ($99)
From Right, Hat: Melissa Obadash Hat ($160) Earrings: Slice Bolt Hoops ($58) Sunglasses: Ray Ban Wayfarers ($150) Bracelet: Stretch Wood Bracelet ($27) Bag: Bucket Shopper ($149) Top: Cotton Voile Top ($40) Shoes: See by Chloe Sandal ($260)
For Casual Monday. A slim blouse tucked into a pleated of full skirt is a great summer look. And the navy really tones down the lime.
I originally had this outfit paired with a wood-heeled mule sandal, but I thought for the office, a “nude” pump would be best. I also chose a darker belt because a belt that matched the shoes would have gotten swallowed up by the colored skirt. Prefer something with a metal buckle? I like this Ralph Lauren stretch belt.
The jewelry and the belt all have square accents to keep things uniform. I love the way these simple square studs pair with the geometric-accented bracelet. Need a navy bangle for less? I like this Banana Republic bracelet for $24.
Both bags in today’s post are from Zara. If you want a simple, sturdy, stylish leather bag for under-$150, you want Zara.
For the hair, I would wear it down for a softer look. For the makeup, I would keep everything very neutral with sable or taupe shadow on the eye, a plum or rose blush and, if you wear lipstick, a deeper color in a sheer formulation.
For the Farmer’s Market. I’m trying to do a better job of limiting the amount of sun I get on my face, and since I love cruising farmer’s markets and flea markets for hours, my SPF 30 sunscreen isn’t making the grade. So I’ve decided to invest in a few hats. I like this wide-brim Melissa Obadash hat, but I’m also considering a simple fedora or this less expensive straw hat that looks perfect for the beach or pool.
This cotton voile top is airy and light for outdoor wear, but not too sheer. Because of the sleeveless style, I chose this stretch wood bangle, but I also liked this simple wood bracelet from Max & Chloe.
I like the look of these bolt hoop earrings, but you could go for a simpler pair. I also spotted these “half hoops” that are pretty chic for $18.
As for the sandals, I am totally in love. But I keep telling myself dropping three bills on sandals is crazy. I also like these Ivanka Trump sandals and these $40 Report sandals with a gold front strap.
For the hair, I’d pull it into a low bun on account of the hat. For the makeup, I’d keep it light and natural with a bit of bronzer and some pink gloss.
Skirt: Black Peplum Skirt ($35)
From Left, Earrings: Tribal Fusion Studs ($20) Ring: Minkoff V Stackable Ring ($78) Bag: Z Spoke Eartha Satchel ($495) Cardigan: Tippi Cardi ($85) Top: Sorcha Printed Top ($128) Shoe: Nine West Quinty Pump ($47)
From Right, Earrings: Loft Teardrops ($25) Bracelet: Jules Smith 5 Bangle Set ($98) Bag: MK Selma Satchel ($358) Shirt: DKNYC Floral Blouse ($49) Shoe: Miri Midheel Pump ($198)
I posted this ruffled peplum skirt on the blog last Thursday and didn’t post the Two Ways due to having too much fun on Wednesday night, so I thought that I would post it today.
For the Office. Originally, I had just the blouse and skirt with a pair of colored high heels. Then, I remembered that it’s air conditioning season in D.C. and re-worked it to include a sweater.
Black and white prints are everywhere this season, which is odd since summer is usually the season for color. If you want to indulge, I love this Theory top but this Madewell top is nice too. Under-$50, we have this ring-printed top. For petites, I adore this long-sleeve top and for plus-sizes, I like this ikat top.
I went with a teal cardigan because the buttons were black and the color was deep enough to stand up to the black. If you prefer a sweater in cotton, I would choose the J.Crew Jackie Cardigan in white.
The textured gold on these earrings is really nice and the stack rings are really versatile. And the Zac Posen bag is to die for, but if you need something cheaper, try this $34 ASOS satchel.
For the hair, I would wear it up in a Gibson roll or twisted bun. Gibson rolls are my primary mechanism for having decent hair on humid days. For the makeup, I would choose a slightly darker lip color, like a sheer berry stain. And I would paint my toenails (peep toes!) a deep aubergine.
For the Office. Wearing black with summery colors, like pink, can be a challenge. I find the best way is to incorporate them in to a pattern, like this DKNYC blouse. This DvF blouse mixes yellow and black and this Peter Pilotto top brings the pale blue, just for a few more examples.
To pull it all together, I chose the pink drop earrings. They’re dainty and pretty and a great price. (Wear them with white dresses all summer!) And while this bag looks white, it is actually pearl grey. Prefer the darker shade? Click here. (The medium size, no top handle, is $228.)
These shoes are really comfortable. I wear them all day and my feet never hurt a bit. This is the miracle of the sub-3″ heel, because it is not the padded insole (ie. there is no padding) that’s doing it. Need a pair for less? Check out the peep toes above or these Drusilla pumps.
For the hair, I would wear it down, but not too straight since there’s a lot of volume and ruffle in the outfit. For the makeup, a pinky-peach lip gloss with some bright pink polish (Bikini Pink, $9) would look lovely. I’d also break out a bit of black pencil liner.
Shorts: J.Crew 4″ Chino Short ($45)
From Left, Sunglasses: Ray-Ban Aviators ($145) Necklace: Rebel Pendant ($79) Bag: Rebecca Minkoff Cherish Tote ($57) Top: Theory Striped T-Shirt ($172) Shoes: Keds Basic Sneaker ($40)
From Right, Earrings: Honeycomb Earrings ($30) Rings: Sugar Bean Three Stone Ring ($50), Love Ring ($42), Melinda Maria Poppy Ring ($95) Bag: Coach Leather Penny Purse ($198) Top: DvF Mallegra Blouse ($245) Shoes: Lennon Flat Sandal ($60)
For the Park. This time of year, I receive a lot of e-mails about how to dress for barbecues, vacations and summer weekends. I swear by dresses, but I know some of you love shorts. So as I said this morning, if you’re going to wear shorts, you need to put in the extra effort to make them look good. I see a lot of women wearing shorts with just a polo (fine for golf) or a t-shirt and some flip-flops, and they look unfinished to me.
I like a brightly-colored short like this pink pair from J.Crew (the indigo are also lovely). Here, I paired them with a standard striped t-shirt for a relaxed look. I like to roll or “jujj” the sleeve, but you may just want to wear a short sleeve tee. For plus size ladies, I like this short sleeve tee with the navy yoke. And for petites, this long sleeve shirt caught my eye.
Let’s talk about Keds. If you’re searching for a simple summer shoe that is both comfy and chic, why would you choose a clunky pair of TOMS, when the original canvas Keds shoe is available to you? If you’re looking for an alternative to sandals, I think a pair of Keds is the way to go. I especially like these perforated ones; they’re so feminine.
For the jewelry, I would keep it simple with a long pendant necklace. If you prefer the look of a bracelet, try something with color. I like this pink resin bangle, or go for contrast with a turquoise bracelet.
I chose a pair of aviators (my faves) and a sharp canvas tote. I like this bag because it’s great for the pool, the beach, the park or the farmer’s market. If you don’t like the logo, it also comes in NY, LA, Paris and London themes. (Why no D.C., I wonder? *wink*)
For the hair, I would think a teased up ponytail would be nice. I might even try a slightly bouffant side ponytail. For the makeup, I would keep the eye makeup natural with a hint of bronzer, a pink cheek and some darker pink gloss. And a good, healthy coat of mascara never hurt anyone.
For a Casual Dinner. I like the look of cotton voile in the summer. It’s light and airy and chic. This DvF top is the perfect representation of that, with its tunic shape and dramatic sleeve. I also like this swiss dot henley from Gap and this voile camp shirt. And if you want to splurge, this Tory Burch tunic also grabbed my attention.
I chose these sandals (available for less at DSW, as pointed out in the comments) because I loved the metal detail. But I also considered using a pair of huaraches.
I went with these fun honeycomb earrings because the pattern is really on trend and the color was great. (I also loved these simple studs.) And I opted for a collection of small rings because I wanted to keep things understated.
For the bag, I went with a cross body–small-ish but still stylish. I also LOVED this multi-colored resin clutch. And if you’re looking for something larger, this Minkoff woven leather bag is to die for.
For the hair, I would either wear it down and wavy or up in a halo braid or twist. It just depends if you want beachy California or 70s flower child to match your cotton voile top. For the makeup, I would go with a shimmery gold eye and a sheer berry lip.