Two Ways: Dotted Chiffon Blouse
Dec 20, 2012
From Left, Earrings: Belle Noel Nugget Studs ($12.50) Scarf: Madewell Getaway Scarf (sold out online) Bag: Snake Trim Boxy Clutch ($56) Shoes: Chinese Laundry Love Pumps ($59) Skirt: Donna Karan Misty Tweed Pencil ($383) Tights: Express Opaque Tights ($14)
From Right, Earings: Locked in Large Studs ($58) Rings: Ankora Rectangle Ring ($150) and Studio Arrow Ring ($59) Bag: DvF Haircalf Harper ($556) Shoes: Mark + James Elizabet Flats ($120) Jacket: Iro Sheena Jacket ($349) Jeans: Paige Skyline Jeans ($189)
For Casual Monday. I’ve said this for, but it bears repeating: If you’re going to wear a voluminous item on top, you need to wear a snug item on the bottom. It provides balance and enhances your figure. So wearing a blouson shirt on top, requires a pencil skirt on the bottom.
This outfit pairs a grey melange skirt with an ivory blouse for a neutral palette that is soft instead of severe. If this skirt is a bit more than you want to spend–and at over-$300, it certainly is out of my budget–this Ann Taylor tweed skirt is $85 and this Express skirt is $69.
On the bottom, we have a grey shoe and a grey tight. To add some color, I added a teal and navy printed scarf and a brilliant blue flap satchel. Sadly, the scarf is sold out. But this printed cashmere and wool scarf has a similar color palette as does this gauzy silk and leather scarf.
Also, I like these studs enough that I am willing to set aside the fact that Kim Kardashian will reap a profit from their sale, but it’s tough. If you can’t look past the Kardashian affiliation, Arden B sells a set of three gold stud sets for $24.
For Casual Friday. I adore IRO jackets. I purchased one for a friend last year (it was on sale), and it was so good, had it been my size, I would have kept it. So if you’re looking to invest in a tweed jacket, I would definitely look at these jackets. This leather trim one has just a bit of rocker chic. This grey and white stripe is pretty fantastic. And this funnel neck knit jacket is lovely too.
I chose to pair this blouse with a skinny jean and a slim cut tweed jacket, because I mentioned above, you should pair loose-fitting pieces with snug ones. If you’re looking for a less expensive tweed jacket, this collarless blazer in a lovely blue-green is $129. If you’re plus-sized, I found try great options: this dark brown one and this pink and grey one.
I added a leopard bag for a bit of pattern. This will make my Mother happy, because after years of avoiding leopard, she has finally converted me to a believer. I can hear her gloating from here. Need a fiscally feasible option? This classic satchel is $98 and this clutch is $20.
These suede flats are fantastic, but if they’re out of your price range, JCPenney has a $25 pair. You could also wear black tall boot if you need to stay warm. (Did I mention the Ciao Bella’s I love are back in stock? Seriously, the most comfortable boot I have ever owned.)
For the makeup, I would try a wine-colored gloss and black liquid liner. For the hair, I would pin it up or wear it in a bouncy, high ponytail with teasing at the crown.