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Ask Belle: Blouse + Topper Combos for Jeans

Dear Belle,

I work for a denim broker, so I wear jeans to work every day.  My usual uniform is a graphic tee with blazer.  I need to branch out.  Ideas for what to wear on top?  

*Jeans for Days*

Not knowing what to wear with jeans is a common problem.  Especially for someone like myself who wears dresses all the time.  A casual day rolls around and I’m like, “Boy, I have all these great jeans and NO tops.”  So it was great to have a reason to start thinking about blouse and topper combinations.

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Equipment Berry Button-Up ($50, Rent the Runway) // Equipment Sloane Crewneck ($268) // Blue Bijoux Mint Necklace ($32)

A button-up blouse under a crewneck or v-neck sweater can be jazzed up by wearing the necklace under the collar.  For this outfit, I chose the bright, modern combination of mint and red.  It’s a little unexpected. I also like the berry print on this blouse for a bit of whimsy.

Looking for a necklace that looks good under the collar?  I love this layered Banana Republic collar for some sparkly drama.  They also make a simpler single strand version.  Also, this gold Gemma Simone necklace has a cool shape for just $20.

Want some color and texture?  This Montego Bib has colored threads with a metal shield.  This seaglass bib from Anthropologie has the most beautiful soft green color.

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Joseph Carly Silk Blouse ($415) // Joie Ligiere Blouse ($348) // Lauren Twisted Hoops ($34)

Attention 90s Girls: Vests are back.  This Joie Ligiere cowl neck vest is super chic.  For something more affordable, this Halogen vest is a tuxedo-style throwback.  Some of the vest makers are calling them ‘sleeveless jackets’ to cut back on the Party of Five/Felicity stigma.  This belted black one from River Island shows some promise.

I chose the silk blouse for the contrast in textures between the silky sleeves and the wool topper.  For something more affordable, this MNG by Mango blouse is $25.  Plus-size?  Try this Alice + You blouse.

These are just a couple of thoughts.  Any topper combinations that you love to wear with jeans?

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    2 comments

  1. KLF says:

    Great post. I am in a casual environment too, but like to look professional. My uniform is “jacket and jeans”, but I love more ideas.
    How do you feel about dusters/long sweaters/long vests. Are they structured enough for a professional look?
    And what shoes? I’m a Texan, so boots are my go too. But, it’s hot. And heels seem a bit too much sometimes.
    Love the blog.

    August 17, 2015/Reply
  2. lindsay says:

    That vest is incredible. Of course the only vest I like is $350.

    August 17, 2015/Reply