Two Ways: A Stretchy, Wide Belt

Jan 26, 2012

Belt: Twist Detail Waist Belt (BCBG, $38)

From Left, Earrings: Druzy Studs ($95) Ring 1: Seed Bead Ring ($19) Ring 2: Melinda Maria Nail Head ring ($40) Purse: Medium Flannel Satchel ($109) Sweater: Max Mara Long Cardi ($267) Shoes: Coach Gema Sneaker ($48) Tee: James Perse Tee ($50)  Jeans: AE Boyfriend Jean ($40)

From Right, Necklace: Anton Heunis Chunky Turquoise Necklace ($355) Bag: Trouve Metal Corner Tote ($198) Dress: J.Crew Marielle Dress Superfine Cotton ($178) Shoe: Glitter Patent Pump ($195)

For Winter Casual Days.  When it gets cold and wet like it was earlier this week, I just want to be comfortable.  I want to wrap myself in a wool sweater, a pair of loose-fitting jeans and some comfortable shoes.  But that doesn’t mean that you can’t be comfortable and stylish.

For this outfit, I layered a belted cardigan over a simple white tee and boyfriend fit jeans.  Instead of using the limp, lifeless belt provided, I would use the stretchy, leather belt.  I just love grey and camel or grey and cognac together.

Add in a pair of rose gold sequin sneakers and rose gold jewelry to soften the look.  I love the hammered nail ring.  The bad carries some of the colors from the belt and shoes, but also ties in to the grey in the sweater.

For the hair, I would suggest a high, teased ponytail.  For the makeup, a light tinted moisturizer, a cheek stain, mascara and some lip balm. 

For Spring Workdays. I don’t know about you, but I am ready to start thinking about spring.  I’m over the winter blahs and it’s not even February. 

Here, I belted a vibrant blue dress with short sleeves to define the waist.  I also added a turquoise chain necklace to play with the color palette.  You can skip the necklace if you’re a minimalist, but add a colored stone earring, instead. 

A basic neutral pump in patent leather will be your best friend this spring/summer.  Also, how great is this tan leather bad with the metal corners?  That’s a lot of style for under-$200.

For the hair, I would say a loose updo or half up-half down with a loose wave.  For the makeup, a pink cheek, some illuminating highlighter on the cheekbones and light bronzer.  Emphasis on the light.

Three Ways

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  1. Ellie says:

    Love that dress, especially the sleeve length. Perfect for work.

  2. MB says:

    Belle, love this dress you posted, I wanted to get your opinion… What is the “right” length of sleeve on a work dress that's short sleeved, as in what do you think is the most universally flattering? Thanks – Mary Beth

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