Two Ways: Splendid Mint Striped Tee
Feb 23, 2012
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)
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.