Two Ways: Coral Flats
May 14, 2013
Shoes: Corso Como Tawna Flat ($66)
From Left, Earrings: Coral Studs ($25) Bracelet: Gold Circle Cuff ($45) Bag: Emperia Zip Satchel ($44) Cardigan: Jackie Cardigan ($75) Blouse: Polka Dot Ruffle Blouse ($110) Skirt: Reiss Pale Blue Tweed Skirt ($180)
For the Office. I wanted to mix coral with a summery neutral, so I chose navy. The polka dot blouse, in my opinion, is just the right mix of feminine and classic–a bit of ruffle, but not a cascade. (Ralph Lauren makes a similar blouse in both petite and plus-size.)
I could have paired it with a navy pencil and a white crewneck cardi, but I chose this pale blue tweed skirt for a bit of color. I think the coral really brightens the all blue palette, so to pull it together, I added the coral studs (so cute!). And since the print has dots and the earrings are round, I mixed in this circle cuff.
Also, how great is this grey bag for $44? Nordstrom has really been killing it lately bringing in less expensive handbags. I’m also smitten with this DvF bag for Roxy, it’s the perfect beach bag and it’s under-$50.
For the hair, I would probably wear it down, since this is such a soft look. For the makeup, I would choose a pop of pink blush, a sable-colored eye shadow and a pop of coral on the nails (like Essie Carousel Coral). You could also wear coral lip gloss if that’s your color.
For a Bridal Shower. I’m attending a bridal shower next weekend where the bride has requested that everyone wear white. It’s a bit different, but I’m happy to oblige. Otherwise, I probably would not wear white to a shower, but I’m thrilled for the opportunity to wear the white Swiss Dot dress I bought on Vaunte last month.
If you’re searching for a white eyelet dress for summer, spending $2,500 is probably not on your agenda. In the under-$400 category, this DKNY flare dress is one of my favorites, though this Milly is sublime. Under-$250, this Ralph Lauren is a classic and this Michael Kors is flirty, fun. And if you need something under-$100, this Calvin Klein dress is so versatile, it could be worn for work or play, and this Modcloth dress is adorable.
I wanted to bring in another color, so I chose the sea glass-colored drops. I think that this dress would benefit from the addition of a stretchy belt in a bold neutral like this caramel-colored leather. I also like this perforated leather belt from Fossil.
And, lastly, a cork clutch is just a good summer basic. The one I have from J.Crew is sold out online, but may be available in store.
For the hair, I think I’d wear mine up with a bit of a twist, probably in a Gibson Roll. For the makeup, I would go for a thin line of black, liquid liner, subtle bronzer and a coral lip gloss.