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Two Ways: Red Boden Jacket

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Jacket: Boden Notch Blazer ($88)

From Left, Ring: Becky Kelso Calcite Ring ($165) Purse: Mossimo Messenger Bag ($30) Shoes: C. Wonder Snake Flat ($45) Jeans: Paige Skyline Jeans ($158) Blouse: Iris and Ink Blouse ($125) Sweater: Collection Cashmere Shell ($118)

From Right, Earrings: Pyrite Bezel Studs ($18) Sunglasses: Gold Frame Aviators ($90) Scarf: Gorjana Westside Scarf ($70) Purse: Austin Convertible Clutch ($128) Shoes: Tortoise Print Flats ($60) Top: Manuk Stripe Tee ($75) Jeans: AG Ballad Jeans ($172)

For Casual Friday.  I’ve been craving neutral shades lately, so I thought it was time for a post with lots of color.  Red and aqua is certainly a bright combination, and if it’s too bright for you, don’t despair.  Try a cream sweater or a grey one.

This blouse from The Outnet comes in a handful of colors and is perfect for the office.  The price isn’t too bad, but if you’re looking for something cheaper, try this sleeveless blouse or this long-sleeved one.  As for the aqua sweater, if you need a cheaper alternative, this Ann Taylor sweater shell.

For the accessories, I wanted a ring that would tie the colors together, and since the silver lovers out there are always clamoring for their due, I thought this ring would be a nice choice.  If you’re like something cheaper, this David Yurman-inspired ring from Kohl’s is $50.  I also like this big gold and resin cocktail ring.

I chose to put up these C.Wonder shoes again, because they’re having a sale, and if you were thinking about buying them, now would be the time (same with the tortoise in the other set).  And how great is this bag from Target?  Clean lines, cool shape, $30?  Sold.

For the hair, I would wear it up to show off the neckline of the jacket.  For the makeup, I would keep it minimal, since we have a lot of color here.  Though I would play up the eyes with black liner and a healthy coat of mascara.

For the Weekend.  You could wear this outfit to brunch, to the movies, on an airplane, wherever.  You could even wear it to work, if you were so moved.  It has the kind of classic sensibility that makes it perfect for a number of relaxed occasions.

Mixing stripes and prints can be tricky.  Here, I paired a striped tee with a printed scarf, but it works for two reasons: one, the scarf is in the same color family as the jacket and two, the background color for both the scarf and the top is a pale ivory/white.  If you’re looking for a cheaper scarf, Topshop has you covered.  And while I love the shape of this tee, Gap and Land’s End have classic, inexpensive striped tees as well.  (Land’s End also offer petites and plus sizes.)

Bootcut jeans have become a polarizing topic in fashion.  Sure, we were all wearing them in the 90s and early-2000s, and then skinnies came along, and even women who would look better in a bootcut developed this idea that they’re not cool anymore.  Well, let me tell you what’s cool, wearing jeans that flatter your body.

I have wide hips, so I wear my skinnies sparingly.  Bootcut jeans balance out my pear shape and are just more flattering on my body.  If you haven’t tried on a pair in a while, I suggest these AG Ballads, 7 Dojos (more of a wide-leg, bootcut), Citizen Emmanuelles (slimmer bootcut) or American Eagle Original Bootcuts.

For the rest of the accessories, I kept it classic but chic.  I love these stud earrings in bold blue, and the shape on these aviators (as well as the price) is great.  And the small cognac crossbody is a great casual bag, but if you still need something cheaper, try this cognac tote.

For the hair, I would wear it up due to the scarf, but probably just in a teased ponytail.  For the makeup, I’d wear a sheer gloss and a bronzey-rose blush.



  1. Maharani says:

    Personally, I love a bootcut, being curvy and long legged. If you are curvy or larger, and you go too skinny jean-wise, you risk ending up with what I call the “ass in a basket” look, esp if the rise of the jeans is very low. Add a muffin top-not a good look. Classic looks are classic for a reason. You might not wear them all the time, but it is helpful to understand why they are classic. Personally as I love to buy excellent quality and keep my clothes for ever, I prefer to wear classic styles.

    March 28, 2013/Reply
  2. Leslie says:

    I prefer a strait leg jeans to skinnies, but I still wear a boot cut from time to time as well, fashion trend or not.

    March 29, 2013/Reply
  3. Sarah says:

    The link to the pyrite bezel studs at Piperlime no longer works- could they be sold out?

    April 3, 2013/Reply
  4. LackingLuster says:

    Public Service Announcement: I bought those tortoise-shell flats and was extremely disappointed. They were plasticky, smelled awful, the color was way more orange than the website showed, the seams did not line up, and the worst part was that there were 2 uncovered nails in each heel that were not sunk into the heel– too bad for your floors. I don’t expect a lot for a $60 shoe, but I expect a little more from a shoe marked down from $128. This was like a $15 shoe.

    April 3, 2013/Reply
    • Belle says:

      I would definitely contact that company HQ. That’s just unacceptable.

      April 3, 2013/Reply