Style Translator: Summer Whites and Brights
Jun 2, 2016
I wear a lot of black and white in the winter. So by Memorial Day, I’m ready for color. Lots of color. Brights, pastels, jewel tones…bring it on. But wearing color to the office can be a challenge.
If you work in a professional office, the outfit above is good for any day when you don’t have a big meeting. If you work in a conservative office, casual Friday might be a good time to bring in some color. Here are the essential elements for recreating the look.
A Pop of Color. Whether you choose a pencil skirt, a bright top, or a colored jacket, sometimes it feels very empowering to wear a bold color. The coral skirt in this post, from J.Crew Factory, is a nice option. For something a bit more conservative, try cobalt blue or kelly green.
Layered Rings have been a trend for a while now, but I still love the look. You can keep all the rings in the same metal-family or mix it up. Here, we have a Michael Kors pave criss-cross ring, this large, domed Cloverpost ring, and Gorjana’s Cayne twist ring, all under-$100.
If you want to mix metals, it’s easiest with an anchor piece that contains all the gold tones you want to wear. This Kate Spade Infinity ring is a good choice.
Crisp Whites. I love wearing white. The only trouble is keeping it white. I keep a Tide Pen in my purse when I wear white. For more intense staining, Heloise has the answers.
This white jacket from Michael Kors is on deep discount at the Net-a-Porter Sale. ASOS has an under-$75 version of the same thing, and I love this Mango ruched-sleeve jacket. Specialty size? This classic double weave blazer from Talbot’s comes in plus and petite.
Enter the Lariat. Did you watch Billions this spring? I was obsessed with Malin Ackerman’s delicate chain necklaces all season, and her gold lariat was my fave. If you like this look, Gorjana makes this lovely Joplin lariat. Or you can go all in with this Jennifer Zeuner piece.
Flesh-Tone Shoes. The blogger in the photo chose tan sandals, but my feelings on sandals for the office are well-known. You can show a peek of toe in most places, but an open-front sandal is too far. Translation, if you’d wear it out on a date, it’s not a work shoe. And if you’d wear it to work, it’s probably not a date shoe.
Finding the right flesh-toned shoes means trying on a lot of pairs. DSW has a wider selection of shades for light to olive-skinned women. If your skin is darker it can be shockingly difficult to find a nude-to-you shoe. Christian Louboutin makes a wide array of hues; hopefully, a less-pricey brand will follow their lead.
These Liz Claiborne peep toe wedges are a good choice for a medium-light skintone. Paler ladies should check out this Charles Pact pumps. Dark-skinned readers might have some luck with Calvin Klein’s shoes. Or if you’re ready to call the whole thing off, a couple of my darker complected friends just wear tortoise-shell heels as a neutral. Please leave any other suggestions in the comments.