Two Ways: Madewell Dotted Shirt

Nov 20, 2012

 

Blouse: Madewell Snowdot Blouse ($99 + 30% off)

 From Left, Earrings: Tat2 Vintage Studs ($75) Cuff: BR Leather Cuff ($45) Bag: Brahmin Weekender ($425) Shoes: Sigerson Morrison Leopard Flat ($260) Sweater: Line the Manon Cardigan ($109) Pants: Joseph Crepe Stretch Pants ($335)

From Right, Necklace: Dogeared Bar Necklace ($84) Watch: Kate Spade Wrap Watch ($215) Bag: Ask for the Maroon Bag ($70) Boots: Satyre Riding Boot ($179) Sweater: AE Shawl Cardigan ($80) Jeans: Distressed Midrise Toothpick Jean ($168)

For the Office.  This outfit was chosen for a particular need.  Say you have to spend a half day, or a full day, at the office before heading out for the weekend via plane, train or automobile.  You want to be comfortable, but office appropriate, and you need a bag that will hold all your vacation essentials.

Here, I paired the light, airy blouse with a chunky shawl cardigan and a skinny trouser (What is with all of the pants on this blog lately? Who am I?).  It’s work attire that’s chic and cozy.  Like the simple black ankle trousers but not the eye-popping price?  Try these sleek Jones of New York trousers at $89 or these Tahari Skinny Tuxedo Pants with a slightly large leg opening, also $89.

This large red weekender bag is totally lust-worthy (wipes drool from keyboard).  If you need something less expensive, this vintage-looking leather bag was under-$200.  You can also look for weekender bags at consignment shops, vintage stores and on eBay.  I found my leather duffle at a consignment store in Alexandria.

The jewelry is simple but with cool touches, a stingray cuff and some accented stud earrings. But the shoes are the real star of the show.  I purchased these using a gift card and they are just as fab in person as they are in the photo.  (They’re available in limited sizes for 30% off.)  If you need leopard flats for less, try this pair for $90 or this pair for $40.

For the hair, I would wear it down in a simple style, the kind of thing that could be refreshed with dry shampoo.  For the makeup, I would apply some black eyeliner, a bit of rosy blush and paint my nails a lovely dark berry.

For the Sunday Brunch.  This outfit is for those Sundays when you need to be at brunch by 11:00AM but don’t have the energy to get dressed.  It has the easy, relaxed style that is perfect for brunch with friends.

This chunky intarsia sweater is fabulous.  You could wear it with jeans or with leggings and a t-shirt on the weekends.  If you need to enhance your figure, you could add a leather belt with masculine styling to cinch up the waist.

I added a cool maroon bag, flat brown boots and a wrap watch to keep the casual feel but in a fashionable way.  The bag is sadly sold out, this buckle detail bag and this structured top handle tote are similar in both price and color.

I chose the distressed jean because sometimes it’s nice to feel a little less put together.  Of course you can distress jeans yourself, but if you’re looking for a less expensive option these skinny ankle length jeans from Gap are under-$100.  And if you’d prefer a wider leg opening, these slim bootcut pants are also under-$100.

This small gold pendant adds a nice hint of metallic at the neckline to balance the chunky sweater.  It’s just a hint of pretty.  Other pendants I loved include this interlocking circle pendant (It’s $10!!!) and this tiny elephant pendant.

For the hair, I would wear it up in a wavy ponytail with some teasing at the crown for volume.  For the makeup, I would paint my nails dark brown or taupe (I also loved this copper color.) and wear a little bit of medium blue eyeshadow.

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