Two Ways: Ivory Army-Style Blouse
Jan 17, 2013
From Left, Tights: DKNY Fishnets ($15) Shoes: Corso Como Del Pump ($129) Earrings: Gorjana Laurel Hoops ($51) Bracelet: Remsey Bracelet ($100) Bag: Christopher Kon Satchel ($200) Sweater: Michael Kors Cashmere Sweater ($313) Skirt: No. 2 Pencil Skirt ($60)
From Right, Necklace: Stephan & Co. Stone Necklace ($24) Bag: Kelsey Dagger Bailey Tote ($199) Shoes: Nine West Speakup Flat ($69) Coat: First Snowfall Coat ($250) Sweater: Branitta Knit Pullover ($243) Jeans: Denim Trouser ($90)
For the Office. There has been a lot of black on this blog as of late, so I thought it was time for a bit of color. For this outfit, I used the silk shirt as a base for an outfit my friend K referred to as “slightly glam secretary.” I’m going to choose to believe that was a positive comment.
The sweater is a gorgeous burnt orange, but way out of my price range. This Caslon boatneck sweater with buttoned sleeves is very cute and just $60. I preferred the heather camel skirt, but if you would like to go darker, this sleek dark brown number from Dorothy Perkins is $27.
Instead of wearing regular nylons, I chose a pair of DKNY microfishnets. They can smooth out the look of the leg, and add a bit of sex appeal, but not too much. I also chose these Corso Como pumps in chocolate brown, but I think I would prefer these grey and brown toe cap Mary Janes.
I wanted to add a little bit more color, so I chose this green Amrita Singh bracelet and a green satchel. Since I wrote this post, however, I’ve changed my mind about the green bag. If you’re going to spend $200 on this satchel from a brand I know nothing about, you should probably just spend the extra $58 on a Dooney that look nearly identical and you know will last. And if you need a cheaper bracelet, this one from Macy’s is $58.
For the hair, I would try a low side bun. A high bun would play too much into the school teacher aesthetic, and down might look too undone. For the makeup, I would wear a chocolate brown gel eyeliner and a hint of berry lip tint.
For Casual Friday. I really like this outfit. The sweater plays with proportions and the colors are perfect for adding a jolt to late winter or early spring, which I’m promised is happening soon. I hope.
To style the outfit, button the top button of the blouse and wear the berry-colored sweater over the top. Then, add the necklace. If you don’t think the proportions will work for you, I have some other options. This striped sweater with a raspberry-colored yoke would look pretty fabulous. And if you like cardigans, this grape-colored one could be for you.
The trouser jeans are a great option for casual Friday. I prefer them to skinny jeans just because they look more like regular pants. As for favorite brands, I like 7 for All Mankind Dojos and Citizens of Humanity Dita Jeans.
I added this coat because I love how it combines casual and cool. The shape, the pockets, the knit lining, it’s fab. If you’re looking for a simpler, more professional grey coat, try this one for $89.
As for the rest of the accessories, I’ve been on a real navy flats kick recently. I just like the way they look with denim, and I’m thinking I might buy this suede pair. And I adore this snakeskin handbag. To me, it’s vaguely reminiscent of a Nancy Gonzales bag. If you need something under-$100, this bag is similar but has a black trim.
For the hair, I would wear it up in a French twist or Gibson roll, something sleek. For the makeup, I would use a rosy pink blush and a good coat of black eyeliner.