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Two Ways: Big-Shot Dot Skirt


Skirt: Big-Shot Dot Circle Skirt (J.Crew, $128)

From the Left, Necklace: Seaglass Pendant ($195) Purse: Tory Burch Robin Mini ($539) Shoes: Kate Spade Patent Wedges ($298) Top: ALC Aldea Blouse ($353) Belt: Isabella Oliver Essential Belt ($80)

From the Right, Earrings: Dogeared Studs ($40) Ring: Kate Spade Treasure Chest Ring ($78) Bag: Calvin Klein Straw Bag ($178) Shoes: Lilibeth Sandals ($98) Top: Bright Eyelet Tank ($40) Sweater: Jackie Cardigan ($62)

For Casual Friday.  Since it’s recess here on Capitol Hill, I wanted to show a few looks that are recess-appropriate.  Too many women in professional environs show up on Casual Friday looking less-than-fabulous because they spend their time thinking about their working day wardrobes.  Let’s see if we can’t change that.

Here, I mixed a dusty aqua with the dotted skirt for sophisticated pairing.  I love the way that the proportions of the fuller skirt work with the fitted blouse.  I also like the mix of blues in the skirt, top and pendant, if you don’t want to break out into colorblocking, you can always pair shades in the same palette.  

I would tuck the shirt in and belt over the band of the skirt.  The top has a light cap sleeve so it doesn’t need a sweater or jacket, but you could add one if that’s best for your workplace.

For the hair, I would do something really sleek, either very straight or pulled into a low ponytail.  For the makeup, I would wear a berry lipstick or a sheer toffee.  I would also do a rosy cheek with lots of mascara.

For Sunday Brunch.  The straw tote and flat sandals make this outfit perfect for brunch and the farmer’s market.  However, if you switched in a flat shoe and a leather bag, it could easily be an office look.

For this outfit, I wanted to mix in a bright vibrant yellow but you could also try a fuchsia, kelly green or orange.  I would wear the tank tucked in and the cardigan unbuttoned, but you could also cinch it with a skinny belt.  I added jewelry in a coordinating color to pull the look together.

I also adore the tiny little square studs.  I may need to purchase those soon for casual days.

To complement the pretty and proper skirt and cardigan set, I would wear my hair up in a loose twist.  Because the yellow is so bold, I would keep the makeup simple and neutral.  A sable-colored eyeshadow with a highlighter under the eyebrow, and a barely pink gloss would be plenty.


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  1. J says:

    Love the looks!

    November 30, -0001/Reply
  2. KN says:

    I bought that yellow eyelet top a few weeks ago (be aware, size down, J.Crew's vanity sizing has gotten out of control) and promptly exchanged it for red within 24 hours. I'm not a yellow – I wanted to go bold, but it went past bold and straight to neon. The red is gorgeous, great spring to summer to fall top that layers very well.

    April 10, 2012/Reply
  3. Eliza says:

    I love both of these looks! I'm especially fond of your second choice there; the navy and yellow are very spring-time casual and I love it. Plus, I've been eyeing that J.Crew skirt for some time. Who knew polka dots could be so practical?


    April 10, 2012/Reply