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Morning Line: August 17

We talk a lot about wardrobe staples on the blog.  But how do you know when a piece will become a staple?  In my experience, I buy an inexpensive item and wear it so often that I upgrade to a nicer version of the same piece.  This week, the morning post will feature Belle’s work wardrobe staples for under-$75.


Charlotte Russe Pleated Tie Neck Blouse ($25)

I love a tie-neck blouse.  It looks great under a v-neck cardigan or a blazer.  You can also wear it on its own tucked into a colored pencil skirt.

This blush-colored tie-neck is lovely.  For neutrals, I think white and navy are the most versatile choices.  Want a little color?  This sleeveless tie-neck from 1.State comes in a lovely royal blue.  I also like this Halogen blouse in colors or prints (petite and plus, as well).

Already love a tie-neck and looking to upgrade?  In the $150-range, I found this lovely Bailey44 tie-neck in a deep green.  And for $275, I absolutely love the sheer sleeves on this Alice + Olivia blouse.



  1. Karina says:

    You’ve mentioned that you wear these untied. Can you post a few examples of how you might wear this? I like the idea of a bow blouse, but I always feel like I look like an old school secretary or PTA mom when I wear one. How can I do it and look modern?

    August 17, 2015/Reply
    • Amanda says:

      I think Belle once mentioned that she knots instead of tying a bow, which is what I do too. I often have to get the ties shortened as a result, but that’s a quick fix at the tailor.

      For an example, see the additional photos on the Nordstrom product page for the Halogen blouse she links to above. The knot looks more modern to me, but you can tell in these pictures that the ties are way too long (dangling below waistline).

      August 17, 2015/Reply
  2. Sarah says:

    LOL at this skirt.

    August 17, 2015/Reply
    • Belle says:

      Don’t you wear your work blouse with cut-off denim mini skirts? Come on, that’s so cool!

      August 17, 2015/Reply