Top: Mermaid Tank ($68)
From the Left, Earrings: Windy Mink Drops ($70) Bag: Dooney & Bourke Janine Satchel ($278) Shoe: Kate Spade Licorice Pump ($298) Blazer: Rebecca Taylor Sanesi Jacket ($178) Skirt: Double Serge Pencil ($90)
From the Right, Earrings: Gorjana Carmel Stud ($25) Sunglasses: Kors Claremont Sunglasses ($95) Bag: Sparkle Stripe Tote ($50) Shoe: DV Pansey Sandal ($69) Shirt: Isla Chambray Shirt ($55) Shorts: J.Crew 4″ Chino Short ($45)
For the Office. I don’t mix separates very often, I just prefer suits, but this look is punch perfect. I love the way the shapes, patterns and colors come together to create a look that is undeniably feminine while still being work appropriate. I’m also crazy about the cut of the jacket, so much so that I might be able to forgive the fact that it’s linen. (Damndable wrinkles!!!)
The accessories for this look are pretty straightforward. The patent tan pumps are good for summer and can be worn with pants (pointy toe!) or dresses and skirts. The bag is a structured satchel with clean lines and rich-looking materials. And the earrings are a slightly funky coral drop to complement the color of the skirt.
For the hair, I would choose a bouncy ponytail or a loose updo (not too low, or the collar on the jacket might undo it as the day goes on). The makeup should be simple with a bit of sparkle on the lids and lightly coral lip color. Not something overtly bright, you need just a hint of color.
For Annapolis. This is a warm weather vacation look for the woman who isn’t planning to sun on the beach but will be near the water. It’s the kind of easy outfit that would be perfect for a light lunch on the wharf on a sunny, breezy day.
The button-up shirt is meant to be worn as a loose cover up over the blouse, a more relaxed alternative to the classic cardigan. You can tie it in front, let it hang or button it up a bit and tuck it in (not too much buttoning though). And the accessories are light and casual but still stylish.
For the hair, I would try a loose braid or beachy waves. For the makeup, I wear as little as possible with some light bronzer on the cheeks and temples and a fun lip gloss.
This might be a good time to talk about shorts. It’s not a pretty conversation, but it’s one we should have. Women who work long hours don’t often have the thighs of a Brazilian supermodel. Occupational hazard. But when the weather gets hot, a lot of women start wearing short-shorts which are not flattering on them. They wrinkle and rumple when they sit and draw attention to things that most women do not want attention drawn to.
The 3″ short is not suitable attire for most women over 22. A 4″, 5″ or Bermuda short is usually a much better choice. Myself, I end up in the 5″ short, and I try to avoid light colors. I own one pair of navy, which I wear when I’m out West. (When I’m in the city, I’m strictly a skirts and dresses girl.) The lesson here is: If you’re going to wear shorts, choose a short that is flattering on your body not the model in the picture.
Now that we’ve discussed what kind of shorts you should look for, let’s talk about where you can wear them. Shorts fall into a category known as casual attire do not try to force them into being something they are not. You cannot wear them to the office unless you work on a golf course. And if you work on the Hill, even during recess, short-shorts are not appropriate for work–even if you wear them with nylons. (I kid you not, there are people who think that’s okay.)