Two Ways: Splendid Mint Striped Tee

Feb 23, 2012

 

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From the Left, Necklace: Kate Spade Triple Row Chain ($99) Bag: Dooney Large Pocket Satchel ($298) Shoes: Bandolino Caresse Boot ($112) Shirt: White Button Down ($30) Jeans: Roxanne Skinny Jeans ($169)

From the Right, Bracelets: Tryste Callie Bangles ($48) Bag: Zara Patent Leather Shopper ($50) Shoes: Dolce Vita Sachi Sandal ($149) Scarf: LoveQuotes Scarf ($88) Jeans: Seven Skinny Jeans ($159)

Winter Casual Friday.  Mint is very big for spring, as are all pastels.  I, personally, can barely stomach pastels.  So when I found this top, which I like, I decided to add it to a casual attire set.

Layering a striped tee over a white button up is a good way to keep your casual Friday attire work-appropriate.  I also like a dark wash skinny jean for work or a dark wash trouser jean, but the deeper color just feels more professional.  Add a necklace for a bit of glamour, a coordinating handbag and a pair of basic flat boots to finish off the look.  

You can button the top button or leave it undone, that’s a personal preference.  Given that the tee is a 3/4 length and the shirt is a full length sleeve, I would recommend rolling the sleeve.  

For hair, this is a casual outfit, so down and natural or a simple ponytail would be best.  For the makeup, I’d stick with a light coat of rose gloss on the lips, a pink cheek and fresh looking skin.  That means under-eye concealer and highlighter applied sparingly to the cheekbones.

Spring Casual Friday.  I like white denim in the warm weather months.  Unlike white chinos, they have some structure to them, which makes them feel a little more professional to me.  Also, while I like skinny jeans, if you don’t there are some great bootcut and trouser cut pairs for sale.  If you want to skip the jeans entirely, I would recommend white suiting pants with lining.  Lining is critical.

I like to wear scarves to pull an outfit together.  For this ensemble, I added an ivory LoveQuotes scarf.  And to jazz it up, I added a cool stack of bangle bracelets.

The shoes and bag for this outfit are very simple.  I love the metal detail on the sandals, and I like that they come up high on the foot for comfort.  The bag is a simple shopper that’s great for travel, errands or the work day.

For the hair, I would recommend wearing it up.  I think that when wearing a scarf, pulling the hair up is usually the white choice.  For the makeup, I would recommend a sheer, bright lipgloss and a gold or warm copper wash of eyeshadow.  I’d also apply a hint of bronzer.

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  1. KC says:

    My love for Splendid knows no bounds, so thank you Belle for showing me a way I can wear this to the office!

  2. Caitlin says:

    love love these two outfits! casual & put together

  3. Ellie says:

    As much as I hate D&B, I LOVE that green bag!

  4. BN says:

    Belle, I was surprised to see the shoe selection for the spring set. Don't you think it seems a bit flip-floppy? I know you said casual, but isn't the shoe TOO casual? I'd love to hear your thoughts on why you choose the shoe.

  5. LS says:

    KC – could you elaborate on your love for Splendid? More than $50 for a t-shirt is extremely expensive by my standards. What makes them so great?

  6. norwegianette says:

    BN, I was thinking the same thing. I don't know that I would have reacted to anyone else wearing them for a casual Friday if your office is relatively casual, but personally I probably wouldn't wear shoes like that to the office – they're just a bit too… I don't know… barefoot for me 🙂

  7. Belle says:

    BN and Norwegianette: For my office it would be fine, but if you're uncomfortable with it, try a cognac flat or a wedge. I think these are better than flip flops or basic sandals because of the metal and structure, but it's up to you if it's good for your office.

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