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Two Ways: Topshop Quilted Tee

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Top: Mango Quilted Tee ($64)

From the Left, Coat: Mango Double Breasted Military Coat ($170) // Necklace: Fragments Bib Necklace ($32) // Shirt: Equipment Navy Shirt ($210) // Shoes: Nine West Austin Pumps ($56) // Pants: J.Crew Collection Wool Trouser ($228) // Bag: Innue Handbag ($135)

From the Right, Coat: Stadium Cocoon Coat ($360) // Bag: Zara Minaudière with Metal Rim ($60) // Pants: Pixie Pant in Leather Tuxedo ($168) // Shoes: Zara Shiny Shoe ($30) // Necklace: OdlR Crystal Chandelier Necklace ($531)

For the Office.  The Topshop blouse fits a little boxier than I like, given my pear shape.  I’d have it taken in a bit, and layer it up like a sweater-alternative.

For this outfit, I layered it over a silk blouse in navy, which I would button all the way up to the top bottom.  Then, I would wear this simple, shiny necklace underneath the collar of the button-up blouse, so that it peaked out in the front.  Prefer to add a bit of color with your jewelry?  I’d stick to colors in the blue family, like this robin’s egg blue Kate Spade necklace or this teal chain necklace from Forever21.

Looking for a silk button-up in a specialty size?  Try this Lafayette 148 blouse in cobalt if you wear plus-sizes.  And have a look at this inexpensive Ann Taylor blouse if you wear petites.

These J.Crew pants are my favorite pants ever.  I love how comfortable they are and how perfectly they drape.  Looking for a less expensive pair?  Try the studio pants from Express in charcoal.

To finish the look, I added a simple grey bag and coordinating pointed-toe grey pumps.  I know I’ve said it thousands of times, but pointy toe shoes lengthen the leg when you’re wearing pants.  And lastly, I added a bold red coat in a military cut.  If you like the color, but not the shape, try this Nine West belted trench for under-$100.

For the hair, I would wear it up in a soft updo, like this one from the Small Things Blog.  For the makeup, I would wear a bold red nail, like OPI Red, and a muted-rosy cheek, like Jouer Mineral Powder Blush in Rose.

For a Holiday Party.  Baroque-inspired necklaces were a big trend on the F/W 2013 runways.  I love this one from Oscar de la Renta, and I think it pairs well with a boxy shirt because it provides a healthy bit of contrast.  In the under-$100 category, I like this Ann Taylor statement necklace and this JetSet Cluster Necklace from Guess.

I paired the fuller top with a pair of skinny Pixie pants with a leather tuxedo stripe (also in Tall sizes).  If you prefer a skinny pant with the traditional satin stripe, try these Marissa straight leg pants from LOFT in petite, tall and misses.  Plus-size?  Try these tuxedo pants from Calvin Klein.

Pink coats have been all the rage in blogger-land, but I cannot stand the furry ones that look like someone skinned a Muppet.  This J.Crew cocoon coat has the pretty pink hue without the Henson homicide.  Need something under-$100?  Try this rose-colored collarless coat from Elle.

I finished the outfit with two great accessories from Zara, both of which, I own.  (Seriously, I should have titled the blog ‘The Devil Wears Zara’ with how much of the brand lives in my closet.)  The metal frame clutch isn’t made of the highest quality materials, but it looks great and adds a bit of statement to the outfit.  Want a simpler clutch?  Try this $17 Dorothy Perkins envelope-style clutch.

For the hair, I would wear down, teased at the crown with a headband, again check out this tutorial from The Small Things Blog.  For the makeup, I would go with a vampy, glossy burgundy lip, like NARS Larger than Life,  and thinly lined black eyes (this Tom Ford liner is my fave).

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  1. Andrea says:

    How comfy (or uncomfortable) are those Zara heels? I only have flats from Zara. They have a great collection of heels but I’m hesitant to purchase due to the possible lack of comfort factor.

    December 3, 2013/Reply
    • Belle says:

      I have several Zara pair that are comfortable. These are not the most comfortable. I had to add some ball of foot insoles to pad the front due to the height. Even then, I relegate them to parties where I will be standing for no longer than 1 hour.

      December 3, 2013/Reply