From Left, Earrings: Dogeared Square Studs ($38) Ring: Primadina Lapis Ring ($220) Bag: Trump Top Handle Shopper ($150) Shoes: BR Hope Peep Toe ($98) Necklace: Kate Spade Station Necklace ($98) Skirt: Double Serge Pencil ($70, limited sizes)
From Right, Ring: Clarice Sapphire Ring ($207) Ring Set: Reiss Stackable Rings ($57) Bag: Kate Spade Kaelin Bag ($318) Shoes: Guess Regent Sandal ($60) Enamel Bracelet: Chloe Enamel Bracelet ($248) Bracelet: Toggle Bracelet ($152) Watch: Michael Kors Runway Watch ($250) Bangles: Blu Bijoux Crystal Studded Set ($22) Bracelet: Isharya Lapis Bangle ($125) Skirt: DvF Alex Sequin Skirt ($565)
For Casual Monday. I just bought a bright yellow pencil skirt, and I am loving it. It’s so fun and happy. Here, I paired a similar skirt with the classic striped tee to bring a little color and life to a boring Monday.
I always like the look of a long necklace with a horizontal-striped top. The necklace can help lengthen the look and break up the stripes. To pair with the necklace, I chose square studs and a square lapis ring. (I am really craving a piece of lapis lazuli jewelry.)
This slim satchel is a lovely bag for work, especially for under $200. I looked at one in Macy’s last month and was surprised by how solid the construction seemed. I also chose a pair of basic beige pumps with a peep toe.
For the hair, I would wear it down, loosely waved and a little messy. For the makeup, I’d paint my nails Parisian red and wear a bit of red lipstick. I’d also make sure to play up my eyes by filling in my brows and adding a little extra eyeliner.
For a Birthday Party. D.C. birthday parties (at least, the ones I attend) are an odd mix of work event and social function. I never like to dress up too much for these events, because inevitably, most of the attendees will either show up in what they wore to work or jeans. And I am a firm believer that, with rare exceptions (sporting event, concerts, casual dates), if you’re over 25, you’re too old to wear jeans as going out attire.
For this outfit, I paired a floral-print sequin skirt with the striped tee. (If you need a less expensive sequin skirt, this navy version is $50.) You get a bit of pattern matching and a bit of glitz, but you’re still wearing a t-shirt. I’d also roll up the sleeves to give it a cool, casual-chic vibe and also because…
We are loading up the bracelets. Here, I mixed natural stones, enamel, chain link, studs and an oversize watch to create a layered look. And because you need to balance out the bracelets, I added a few small rings.
The shoes are an ankle-high cage sandal–stylish, but not prim. And I brought in another color with the magenta Kate Spade bag.
For the hair, I would concoct a messy, wavy updo. I’d leave wispy pieces around my face, and tease the crown. For the makeup, I’d stick with berry tones for the lips and nails and a pale pink for the blush. I’d probably do a pewter eyeshadow for a bit of contrast, but not a full smoky eye.