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Two Ways: Embellished Sweatshirt

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Sweatshirt: Funktional Discovery Top ($127)

From Left, Watch: Michael Kors Oversized Watch ($250) Ring: Pandora Rhodolite Ring ($100) Bag: Minkoff Metallic Mini MAC ($195) Shoes: Matt Bernson Bardot Flats ($187) Shirt: J.Crew Boy Shirt ($78) Jeans: Olive Harrow Skinny Jean ($198)

From Right, Earrings: Alexis Bittar Neo Bohemian Drops ($225) Bag: Lauren Merkin Raffia Clutch ($87) Shoes: Steven Walker D’Orsay Pumps ($109) Skirt: J.Crew Double Serge Wool Skirt ($98) 

For the Weekend.  I chose to style this sweatshirt for the weekend, but I think it would work for casual Friday in most offices.  I’d just switch out the jeans for a trouser fit or a straight leg pair.

I mixed the embellished blouse with a sleek striped button up for a slightly preppy look.  If the stripes aren’t your thing, you could also go with a basic white button up, like this one from Brooks Brothers, on sale for $46.  You could also wear a colored one.  I prefer the look of this classic pale blue.

I didn’t want the accessories for this outfit to be over-the-top, but I wanted them to stand out.  This silver, metallic crossbody makes a statement for sure, but if you’d like something similar for less, try this silver BCBGeneration tote or this American Rag double zip bag.  I also added a chunky, silver watch and a silver ring with a hint of burgundy in it to coordinate with the shoes.

Burgundy flats are on my to-buy list for fall.  They’re a chic alternative to lipstick red.  These Matt Bernson pointed-toes are nice, but I’m also looking at these less expensive ankle strap flats from Gabrielle Rocha.

For the hair, I would wear it up in a loose, low bun or Gibson roll.  For the makeup, I would keep it neutral with a rosy cheek and some Clinique Black Honey on my lips.

For Dinner with Friends.  The boxy cut of this sweatshirt would look best with sleeker separates.  You need the proportion of a sleek pencil skirt or snug trousers to make it look intentional instead of bloated and sloppy.  So this pine green pencil is the perfect complement. If green isn’t your preference, try this burgundy Jones New York pencil or bring in some autumn color with this pumpkin orange Dorothy Perkins skirt.

The shoes for this outfit are a fiscally feasible alternative to the Elizabeth & James pewter shoes that were on the blog a few weeks ago.  With their mix of gray and pewter, they should pair well with any outfit, casual or work-appropriate.  And since they’re 25%-off with code INTHEFAMILY25, what are you waiting for?

I’ve been mixing a lot of green with burgundy lately, so I thought that I would bring in some sapphire blue instead.  This Merkin clutch is a piece that could be carried now or in summer, but if you want some more edge, try this Pour la Victoire clutch with side zips.

The earrings coordinate with the clutch thanks to some sapphire-colored crystals in the pave.  Sadly, these Bittar drops are out of my price range.  The Urban Stone faceted earrings have a similar mix of colors, as do these Sorrelli deco drop earrings.

For the hair, I would wear it in a low, messy side-bun.  For the makeup, I would choose a grey smoky eye with black liner and glossy blackberry shade on my lips, like Becca gloss in berry-twist.



  1. ohraq says:

    I love that structured sweatshirt! but for look one, would you put a long sleeved top under the short sleeved sweatshirt?

    October 17, 2013/Reply
    • Belle says:

      Sure. I sometimes wear longer tops under 3/4 sweaters. You should try and see if it suits you. If not, just roll it up.

      October 17, 2013/Reply
  2. Phoebe says:

    ohraq – I do this quite a bit this time of year. And I actually like the look and compliments I receive. I only do this when the sleeves on the sweater/sweatshirt are “non-binding”, When I tried it with a “gathered” short sleeve it looked ridiculous. Think a Spaniard explorer look, which…was NOT flattering. Plus, I am often chilly and being able to layer is a lifesaver for when on the run between offices and buildings.

    October 17, 2013/Reply