Two Ways: Madewell Sparkle Sweatshirt
Nov 7, 2013
From Right, Earrings: Alexis Bittar Santa Fe Earrings ($195) Clutch: Van Mildert Box Clutch ($113) Shoes: High Heel Vamp Shoe ($70) Coat: Wallis Cream Slim Coat ($140) Pants: Minnie Pant in Bi-Stretch Wool ($118)
For the Office. It’s the return of the cobalt pants! I have been wearing this pair from Banana Republic more than I imagined possible, so I thought I’d show them again. This outfit would be great for a not-so-casual Friday or a relaxed day without important meetings.
I like layering tops with shorter sleeves over longer sleeve blouses if the colors and textures complement. For this look, I mixed soft chiffon with the raglan sweater material. But if you’d like something more traditional, how about a lovely short-sleeve cashmere sweater?
The accessories for this outfit are pretty straightforward. I used a pointed-toe pump to lengthen the leg and balance the fuller bottom on the pants. If you’re not crazy about black, choose grey or another color, like burgundy. The bag is a great structured satchel. I think $165 is a good mid-range price point, but if you need something in double-digits, check out this super-chic Relic Marion satchel. And the ring is just a cool piece with some extra zazz to add a bold accent to the outfit.
For a Dinner Date. It’s almost holiday party season, so I thought I would start posting a few outfits. Most holiday gatherings fall somewhere between dinner and cocktail attire, and I think this outfit is a good representation of that. The top has some sparkle, the shoes are something special and the clutch is a kick. It’s perfectly pulled together without looking like you spent a week picking your outfit.
I posted the J.Crew Minnie pant, but I myself bought the WHBM Perfect Form Ankle Pant. They also come in petites and a full-length version. Plus-size ladies should look into Eileen Fisher’s skinny pants.
I added a white coat for that perfect touch of feminine elegance. If this one isn’t catching your eye, check out this Guess Asymmetrical Coat with a funnel collar or this simple seamed coat from NY & Co.
For the hair, I would wear it up in a side updo or down, pulled to one side with a clip. For the makeup, I would choose a plum/purple lipstick, like CoverGirl Outlast Perennial Plum, and a complementary blush shade, like Bobbi Brown Plum.