Three Ways: Grey TopShop Blouse
Aug 30, 2011
I see a lot of women walking around Capitol Hill in tweed business suits. This is wrong. Like its patterned pal seersucker, tweed should be worn one piece at a time. Either the blazer or the skirt, not both.
Here, I paired the studded tweed jacket with a simple pencil skirt and coordinating blouse. Add a sassy earring, a structured bag and a purple shoe and you’re ready for the office.
Last week, I received a reader e-mail asking how to transition from the office to cocktail hour. So this outfit has the same foundation pieces as the first look, but I removed the jacket and switched up some of the accessories to make it appropriate for a night out.
The small, grey clutch can be carried in your larger work bag on the way to work, and then your larger bag can be left in your desk after work. Mix the purple pumps with a strong, cuff bracelet with a lavender stone for a chic combo.
Add some more eyeliner, a touch of lipstick and a spritz of perfume and you’re ready to hit the happy hour.
I like to dress up for brunch, probably because I would rather go out for Sunday brunch than go out for Saturday cocktails. I know, I’m weird. But this outfit is perfect for sipping Mimosa on the patio while enjoying a generous slab of French toast.
I loved this printed skirt the second I saw it, so I decided to play up its best features. The grey blouse pulls the grey from the floral print. The orange bag and orange bracelet pull from the prints colorful details.
Add in a funky earring (I’ve featured these before, and I still love them), a simple slingback flat and a pair of cool sunglasses and call it a day. You’ll be the best looking lady at brunch, esp. since DC women wear Juicy Couture sweats to brunch. So keep me from weeping into my Mimosa and dress up.