Two Ways: Striped Iris & Ink Top
Jan 21, 2014
From Left, Necklace: Zara Crystal Bead Necklace ($36) // Belt: Coccinelle Belt ($49) // Bag: Minkoff Cupid Bag ($495) // Shoes: Aldo Zipfel Pump ($78) // Shirt: J.Crew Boy Shirt ($78) // Pants: Erika Cavallini Trousers ($177)
From Right, Sunglasses: Ray-Ban Square Aviator ($160) // Scarf: Botticca Lakshmi Scarf ($76) // Ring: Sticks & Stones Dome Ring ($32) // Bag: BR Presidio Hobo ($99) // Shoes: Converse Chuck Taylor ($50) // Jacket: Coach Motorcycle Jacket ($798) // Jeans: Citizen Avedon Jeans ($168)
For Casual Monday. I’ve received a number of e-mails from readers, who in an effort to stay warm this winter, would like more ideas for how to wear pants. This outfit combines the ease of a striped shirt with a pair of fashion-conscious colored trousers. I chose teal because I wanted the colors to come from the same family. However, if you would like a different look, I would suggest burgundy, red or yellow.
As for the shirt, I chose a pale blue cotton button-up as an alternative to a more casual chambray shirt. It feels a bit more grown-up to me. You could also choose a printed shirt like this Modcloth navy shirt printed with bows or this plus-size Jones New York blouse in a navy and ivory print.
The accessories I chose start with a gray belt to be worn over the shirts at the natural waist. I’d recommend styling it with a knotted or tied look. I then added the Zara necklace Kate Middleton wore to a recent event, it’s back in stock after selling out. I mean for it to be worn under the collar after the shirt is buttoned up. I also like this less sparkly “party chain” necklace or this Janis Savitt necklace with teal stones.
For the Weekend. This leather jacket is phenomenal, but the price is equally eye-popping. For just over-$100, I’d have a look at this Calvin Klein jacket. I also like this cognac quilted mot0-jacket from Express. Plus-size? Try this Michael Kors hooded jacket. Petite? Try this tan Bernardo jacket.
I decided to add orange accents to this outfit in honor of my Broncos making it to the Super Bowl. I chose a cream printed scarf with tones of navy and orange. If you prefer something brighter, try this under-$25 Tasha scarf that comes in all the color of the rainbow.
As for accessories, I chose a dome ring to make a simple statement. If this one isn’t suiting your fancy, how about this gold and tortoise Michael Kors ring or this under-$5 set of pyramid stack rings?
I thought a brown bag would look to matchy, so I selected this orange one from Banana Republic. And for the shoes, I wanted a more casual alternative to ballet flats, so these Chuck Taylors were the perfect selection. If you want something with laces, but aren’t crazy about these shoes, try a pair of Keds.
For the hair, I would wear it down, but you could also wear it in a bouncy ponytail. For the makeup, I would choose a taupe eye shadow and a rose-colored blush. If you want more pop, try painting your nails orange.