Two Ways: C. Wonder Tortoise Flats

Mar 19, 2013

Tortoise Flat Shoe 1

Shoes: C. Wonder Tortoise Flats ($128)

From Left, Rings: Jennifer Meyer Diamond Ring ($500) and Signature Circle Ring ($98) Necklace: Coach Glass Station Necklace ($228) Bag: Cole Haan Varick Satchel ($347) Shirt: Rebecca Taylor Femme Shirt ($250) Jacket: Sidney Jacket ($240) Pants: Hutton Trouser ($148)

From Right, Earrings: Marc Jacobs Faceted Studs ($58) Sunglasses: BCBG Cat Eye Sunnies ($99) Scarf: Forget Me Not Shell Scarf ($320) Bag: Michael Kors Jet Set Tote ($258) Blouse: Vanessa Bruno Blouse ($255) Jeans: Citizen Amber Bootcuts ($178)

For the Office.  I wear dresses most of the time, but for the summer, I like to keep a navy suit at the ready for important meetings or work travel.  These Hutton trousers from J.CREW come in a handful of colors, and they are one of only two pairs of non-denim pants that I own.  Probably because they’re very comfortable.

Finding inexpensive suits that don’t look like they came from the junior’s department at Kohl’s isn’t easy.  But Halogen makes a decent one (skirt, jacket) and I’ve heard good things about the suits at The Limited (skirt, jacket).

A silk or chiffon blouse is what I usually wear under my suits, and this Rebecca Taylor blazer is a great choice for both casual and work attire.  Plus size?  Try this blouse.  Looking for something cheaper? Try this DKNY top or this one with a hint of bright yellow.

I chose a couple of simple rings and a long station necklace for the jewels.  If you like that look but want something that won’t break the bank, try this necklace and this ring.  I also like this emerald bag for spring, though I did find this less expensive one as well.

For the hair, I would wear it down since I’m wearing a pants suit and want to add a bit of femininity. For the makeup, I would wear a sable eyeshadow and some Black Honey lipstick.

For the Airplane.  This could easily be a casual Friday look, but it’s a pretty good approximation of what I wear when I fly for personal travel.  The blush blouse is similar to one that I bought years ago, which is still my favorite.  You can pick up a similar Rebecca Taylor blouse for under-$200, and this Alloy blouse for $30.  I also like this short sleeve top.

I’ve been dying to use this scarf in an outfit for a while.  I know it’s pricey, but I love the color palette and the print.  For a similar look, try this bird-printed scarf or this gorgeous, under-$100 Gorjana scarf.

I chose a pair of under-$100 cat-eye sunnies, and a rosy stone earring.  I also thought about these rose gold earrings and this floating ring.  And for the bag a Michael Kors navy tote, though I’d probably remove the MK medallion.  Ick.

For the hair, I would wear it up.  I prefer updos for traveling because a) if I get stuck somewhere overnight due to a cancellation, they’re easy to recreate without unpacking all of my supplies, and b) changing temperature and humidity can play hell with your hairstyle.  For the makeup, I would wear a rosy lip color and I’d paint my nails a rich color, maybe chocolate brown.

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  1. Kendyl says:

    Belle,

    Love those flats! So gorgeous. Tortoise is a great way to add a little pattern in a conservative workplace while staying neutral. I’ve always found that The Limited suits can fit me weird both in the pants and the jackets. I’m a bit on the taller side, and their sizing varies for me. I can never order a suit from them online- I have to go to the store to make sure it fits properly. I love the J.Crew trousers, and I often buy work pants from Express. They aren’t as high quality as J.Crew, but mine have held up pretty nice as long as I take care of them!

    Kendyl

    magpiesandmimosas.blogspot.com

  2. KC says:

    I’ve had good experiences with Limited suits. I typically get them on sale at a steep discount (50% off 3 items, going on now) and then have them altered. I especially like that they don’t hold wrinkles easily. I have two J.Crew suits and I find that even if I iron the pieces before I put them on in the morning, I have horrible lap creases by the time I get to work after a 30-minute commute. I don’t think I’d buy another one.

  3. Mary says:

    This comment isn’t specifically related to any recent posts, but today when I was placing an online order for some spring-y clothing items, I had pictures running through my mind of color combos and necklaces and other suggestions from your blog. Thanks for the inspiration.

  4. Barchbo says:

    I hate the MK medallion too – but I love MK! Have you had luck removing one?!

    I really love your blog! It’s great!

  5. Dules says:

    That pink Alloy top was of good quality for the price, but a warning: the shoulders and sleeves are VERY narrow.

    I’m sending mine back. A larger size would just be too big through the body for me. Might work for those with narrow shoulders.

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