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Two Ways: Ikat Print Skirt

 

Skirt: Ikat Print Pencil ($98)

From the Left, Earrings: Astley Clarke Pebble Earrings ($210) Bracelet: Satin Gold Cuff ($112) Bag: Rebecca Minkoff Cupid ($495) Shirt: similar Bow Blouse ($88) Shoes: Liorah Slingback ($135)

From the Right, Earrings: Bamboo Hoops ($132) Shirt: Gap Tank ($15) Bag: Yasmin Clutch ($148) Sweater: Jackie Cardigan ($62) Shoes: Georgica Sandal ($149)

For the Office.  I love a printed skirt with a feminine blouse.  It’s one of my favorite work combinations.  It’s a little unexpected on Capitol Hill, because this is a place overrun with solid colors, but it’s not too out there.

I’m really into mixing colors this season.  So for this set, I paired a coral bow slingback with a bluish-green drop earring. 

I kept the rest of the jewelry simple with a wide cuff.  I like to wear these on the outside, over the cuff of my sleeve.  I’ve been wearing a similar bracelet of my own like that, and I like the modern look that it gives.  Plus, it guarantees that you see the bracelet.

Also, if your office is more conservative, you can easily add a white blazer over the blouse and switch out the shoes for a grey slingback.  Muted color palettes are also very big this season, so you’ll just be working with a different trend.

For the hair, I would wear it up, especially if you choose to wear a blazer.  I’d probably choose a slightly less structured updo over a French twist or a tight bun.  For the makeup, I would wear coral nails to play off the shoes and I’d keep the rest of my makeup neutral, except my eyes which I would play up with a touch of shimmer near the tear duct and under the brow.

For Sunday Brunch. Yes, this is the same yellow sweater from last week.  I added it for no other reason than I am addicted to the yellow/white/grey color combination.  It is just so bright and chic, and this sweater is the perfect shade of yellow.

This look is great for a post-Church brunch or a casual Friday (though probably sans sandal).  I don’t do silver accessories often, because I prefer warmer metals, but I like these bamboo hoops.  If $132 is too much to spend on a pair of earrings, try this $4 pair from Forever21. 

The sandals are Jack Rogers, but I think this style is more stylish than the traditional Jacks.  I like the cobalt purse with the yellow, but you could also do green, orange or metallic.  The added color just gives the look a little something extra.

For the hair, I would wear it down.  You could do a light wave or a straight style, curled under at the ends.  For the makeup, I would say a neutral eye with defined brows (key with bright colored clothes) and lots of mascara.  I might also wear a pinky gloss, not electric, more rosy. 

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  1. Helena says:

    Great outfits but eek on those sandals. They look like the sort of shoes you'd see paired with the capris we all love to hate.

    March 27, 2012/Reply
  2. LS says:

    I love these! I have a very similar skirt in black and white ikat. Do you think I could swap that out for the gray one here? Maybe a pink sweater instead of yellow?

    March 27, 2012/Reply
  3. Kady says:

    Love this skirt. Am a tad concerned that the color is “chocolate” instead of a word that might actually suggest gray. Might still pull the trigger on this one just to see.

    March 27, 2012/Reply
  4. Belle says:

    Kady: I know. I saw that too. BR Heritage does a kind of taupey color, and it could be that. I make no assertions as the accuracy of the photo, I just choose to believe it's grey.

    March 27, 2012/Reply
  5. r says:

    Would love to see some sort of guidlines for pairing printed skirts with colored tops. I always default to black tops because I'm too chicken to try anything else!

    March 27, 2012/Reply
  6. Kaylee says:

    I saw this skirt in the store and, Kady, your color concerns are spot on. Belle is correct in saying it's kind of a taupe or “greige” I wouldn't describe it as a true grey or a true brown. That being said, with the right accessories, etc., it could probably fit into a look as either brown or grey.

    I actually tried the skirt on and it's a nice material, etc. I wound up not pulling the trigger because the pleats fell very oddly on me and I didn't think it was a problem that could be easily fixed by a tailor-something to be aware of for other ladies with muscular/thick thighs and butts.

    March 27, 2012/Reply
  7. gingerr says:

    I may have to go try that skirt on. I like how you can do all those different colors with it.
    I hope the pleats mean that although it has a slim line it's a little roomier across the lower hip.

    March 27, 2012/Reply
  8. susie says:

    I was recently introduced to your site and I love the outfit suggestions (as well as accompanying links). I have been an avid follower for the past couple of weeks and check on your updates fairly frequently. I work in a corporate setting and the outfit combinations, make-up, and hair solutions allow me to be youthful yet professional. Thanks CHS!

    March 28, 2012/Reply
  9. Ash says:

    Majorly love the pebble earrings with the office look. The whole outfit is great, but the earrings are to die for.

    March 28, 2012/Reply