Many professional women put so much effort into their work attire, that their casual wardrobe suffers. While walking around Capitol Hill during the recess, I was reminded that just because you’re wearing clothes doesn’t mean your wearing an “outfit.” Too many women use casual Fridays as an excuse to throw on a sweater and some jeans and call it a day, but add a few accessories or an extra layer, and you can really give your clothing a lift.
Upper Left. Bright pieces will continue to be popular this spring. This outfit combines a bright fuchsia blouse, a pair of leather flats and a chunky stone bracelet for a colorful casual look. If the bold, almost-neon top isn’t for you, this mauve tie neck might suit you better.
How fantastic is this bracelet? I love the large stones and the rough, faceted stone accent. The bracelet packs a lot of punch for $36. And if you would prefer to keep your feet covered due to the cold weather, try these cognac boots with a short wedge.
Right. I love the look of this slouchy, deconstructed sweater jacket. The reddish-rust hue with tan undertones pairs well with the natural-colored sweater.
I added the greenish, faceted necklace to set off the jacket by contrasting it. If this necklace is a bit more than you want to spend, I love this delicate wire necklace with hints of eggplant and chocolate for $29. And if you would prefer a tall boot, this chocolate brown boot with buckle detail would be a great substitute. I would wear the hair down in waves, with a dark brown eyeliner and a taupe nail polish.
Bottom Left. If you’re after a simple, relaxed look, adding a chunky, knit infinity scarf is a great way to keep warm and look chic. This scarf with a hint of faux fur is a bit daring, but if you want a colorful melange like the scarf above, this Missoni scarf (on sale for under-$60) and this one has a hint of metallic with tones of beige and grey.
These Frye riding boots are certainly lust-worthy, if you need a cheaper alternative, this simple pair of grey tall boots is $99 and this pair, with chocolate leather and pale grey fleece accents, is $50. Add a slightly-boho wood bangle and the look is complete. But if almost-$100 is more than you are willing to spend on a bracelet, try this set of three wood bangles for $20.