Pinterest Mondays: Business Casual Knits

Nov 18, 2013

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1. Mossimo Ruched Sweaterdress ($30) // 2. J.Crew Stretch Perfect Shirt ($72) // 3. Emerald Amazon Pendant ($36) // 4. Marc Jacobs Chrono Watch ($275), By the Horn Bracelet ($39) and Gorjana Camilla Ring Set ($55) // 5. Zara Suede Leather High Heel Boot ($119) // 6. Danielle Nicole Adeline Satchel ($98)

This week’s outfit comes from Jenny at Plog-Style.  Her ensemble mixes business casual staples with on-trend accessories to create an outfit that is great for business casual days.

One. Simple sweater dresses in neutral colors are a wardrobe staple for me.  This inexpensive Mossimo dress is a great place to start.  If you want something not from Target, try this Michael Stars dress with a Cashmere blend or this Ann Taylor sweater dress with a black colorblock-accent.

Two. Crisp cotton shirts never go out of style, and this J.Crew shirt comes in all of the classic colors.  I also like Brooks Brothers and Banana Republic for tailored shirts (both offer petite sizes).  Plus-size?  Jones New York seems to offer a wide variety of colors and patterns.

Three. I wanted to add a punch of color, so I chose this green necklace.  If you want a bit of color, but not quite as much, this chain statement necklace from Lori’s Shoes has a mix of green and neutrals.

Four. If you don’t like the idea of layering skeins of bracelets or piles of rings, you can make a bit impact with a handful of substantial pieces.  For the outfit, the blogger chose a chunky watch, a gold bangle and a gold cigar ring.  If you’d like a chunky watch that costs under-$75, try this Boyfriend Watch from MKL.

Five.  I’m not crazy about lace-up boots.  These sleeker Zara boots with a tie-front are much more my style.  If you want a modern look with a simple style, Zara also has this elastic boot with a peaked front.

Six. I wanted a bag with a small metal accent, and this Danielle Nicole bag fit the bill.  I like the shape because it’s structured without being stuffy.

Concerned about keeping the blouse looking sleek underneath the dress?  I would probably add a pair of Spanx to keep things smooth and in place.  Or you could add a pair of opaque black tights and accomplish the same effect.

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  1. A.B. says:

    I don’t own any Spanx but have been wanting a pair to wear with my clingier sweater dresses. Is it better to get the slip style or shorts style? Is one style better than others with dresses?

    • Belle says:

      I like the shorts style, but don’t buy the new girl shorts with the smooth satin material. They roll up and it.is.annoying. You want the power panty or whatever it’s called.

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