Jacket: Mossimo Ponte Blazer ($30)
From Right, Earrings: Gold Tone Circle Studs ($24) Bag: The Limited Stud Trim Satchel ($70) Pumps: Cole Haan Air Talia ($180) Blouse: Silk Flowerstripe Blouse ($118) Skirt: Sonia Rykiel Pencil Skirt ($293)
For the Office. I featured this Rebecca Taylor dress in my Weekly Favorites earlier in the year. I love the short sleeve, the asymmetric pleating and the versatile pale ivory color. And now, it’s finally on sale for a price that doesn’t make me cringe: $118. When I checked last, there were several sizes still available, so give this dress a look for fall, winter and warm weather.
Because the dress has a pleated waistline, you don’t need to add a belt in order to define the waist. But if you want to add one, I would choose a skinny belt that matches the shoes. This grey belt from Lodis has clean lines and a great medium-gray color.
I chose grey for the shoes because I felt it was a richer, more sophisticated choice than brown. If these heels are outside of your comfort zone height-wise, these suede Calvin Klein Dolly pumps or these Nine West Austin pumps should fit the bill, both are under-$100.
As for the bag, after writing about burgundy bags for the noon post, I wanted to bring one in to show you how they can liven up a look. The rich tones of red and purple complement the jacket, while providing a contrast for the whole outfit. If you’re looking for something under-$75, try this Limited tote bag.
The v-neck on the dress and the complementary neckline on the jacket, allow you to add a pendant necklace to this look. I recently bought the Northern Star Ring ($95) from Elizabeth & James, and I love it, so I thought I would use the necklace here. If you need something in the under-$50 price range, I recommend this Rose Pierre Biscay Necklace with a cool pave pendant, or this Fleur de Lis charm from Bauble Bar.
For the Office. Blue and chocolate-brown is a classic combination. This pencil skirt from Sonia Rykiel has the perfect brown color–not too red, not too dark–but the price is a bit much. I also found this ponte skirt from Chico’s for less, or you could try a wide leg pant like these Julie trousers from LOFT.
I added an ivory blouse to balance out the color. I like the textured, floral stripe on this Madewell top. However, if you want a simpler blouse, this J.Crew crepe henley is nice. And if it’s cheaper you’re after, this Halogen split-neck blouse is under-$50.
I chose a chocolate-brown shoe for balance. If you choose to wear pants, try a pointed-toe shoe instead to lengthen the leg. I like these BCBGeneration Cielo pumps, though they’re only available in a few sizes.
The tan bag was brought in because I wanted something lighter. I love the circle studs on the trim and the structured shape. However, if you want to keep it all in the chocolate family, I love the details on this Rachel Zoe hobo bag.
For the hair, I would wear it down or half-up/half-down. For the makeup, I would use a sable eyeshadow, NYX makes my favorite shade. I’d also add a dark brown gel liner and a rosy/mauve lipstick like Bobbi Brown Tulle.