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Work Wednesday: Styling Grey Trousers


I don’t wear trousers often, but I love a sleek grey pair.  They’re an all-season alternative to black pants.  The Hutton trouser from J.Crew is the pair I own.  They’re not lined, but they fit well with a nice drape.

I also like this Classiques Entier pair, and for something under-$100, this Halogen straight-leg pair.  Plus-size?  These Anne Klein trousers are a good option.

Upper Left: H&M Bow Blouse ($29) // Topshop Double Collar Jacket ($95) // Kenneth Cole Hoops ($26) // Target Drawstring Bag ($50)

I like the classic look of white and grey together.  I especially like it with a pop of bright color.  It’s an outfit that works in any season, for most work occasions.

I chose the hoops and the more relaxed tote to give the outfit a little fun.  If you want something more staid, I would recommend pearl studs and a sleek red briefcase.

As for the rest of the look, I would stick with a grey, pointed-toe pump.  I like this ankle-strap pair with a bit of flair.  I’d also style my hair in a soft braided updo, and indulge in a sheer red lip.

Check out the rest of the items after the break.

Right: Iris & Ink Navy Blouse ($145) // Aldo Emorilis Bag ($45) // Moma Circular Cuff ($25) // French Connection Elvia Pump ($54)

Navy and grey is a great combination.  It’s easy, crisp, and sophisticated.  You could add a navy blazer or a grey suit jacket to the outfit to pump it up, or a navy printed scarf for casual Friday.

I added the teal bag for variety, and the cuff bracelet for a bit of shine.  I usually ruche or roll the sleeves when I wear these kinds of blouses.  It allows me to wear a bold bracelet.

For the hair, I’d wear it down.  I’d also pick a soft berry lip; Clinique black honey is my go-to color.

Bottom Left: H&M Peplum Top ($30) // KJL Bead Necklace ($53) // Michael Kors Selma Satchel ($298)

I’m currently obsessed with shades of green.  Teal is a favorite, so I decided to jazz it up by mixing in aqua and berry hues.  Because why not indulge in lots of spring color?

If you’re not feeling this color palette.  May I suggest wearing the teal top with a pale pink necklace and a grey satchel?

For the hair, I would go with a curly side ponytail.  It gives the outfit some playfulness.  And, of course, I would paint my nails to match my purse with a little Essie Sure Shot.



  1. KiraW says:

    Cute ideas! I tend to just do the boring oxford shirt/gray pants things and need to branch out.

    Also, yay! Belle is back! First that JCrew post and now this. I know law school can be made of epic suck and I’m so glad to be seeing more writing here on the blog.

    March 25, 2015/Reply
  2. Jen says:

    I also appreciate this post. These are my favorite kind of posts…I like seeing several outfit options mixed in different ways.

    March 25, 2015/Reply
  3. pam says:

    I have missed your x item 2/3/4 ways! enjoyed this one!

    March 25, 2015/Reply
  4. Parker - my euro moments says:

    Love that bracelet!

    March 26, 2015/Reply
  5. Alexandria Knox NH State Rep Candidate says:

    I really benefit from your blog. I am just beginning in politics as an intern and a state rep candidate here in New Hampshire. I love wearing suits. I want to try the grey slacks navy blazer thing, but don’t want to get mistaken for a page kid at the capitol. I guess its acceptable as an intern though. Great posts. Keep it up.

    June 11, 2015/Reply