Two Ways: A Modern Tie Neck Blouse
Dec 6, 2016
This Boden Sofia tie-neck blouse ($118) has a similar look to the Frame blouse. It has the same silky fabric, the same soft ivory hue, and the same loop-fasten buttons. Plus, the tie-neck is removable, so it’s like two tops in one. Here are two ways to style this functional, stylish blouse for the office. For a similar plus-size look, try this ruffle front bodysuit from Eloquii.
Professional. This blouse can be dressed up for a formal setting or dressed down with jeans. I wanted this outfit to reflect it’s more conservative side, so I channeled my inner Alicia Florick for a look that is feminine, but buttoned up.
David Yurman Chatalaine Earrings ($395) // I love this earrings. They are far out of my usual price range, but the black-purple stone just spoke to me. I also like these Rachel Ryan octagonal, black, bezel-set earrings for an affordable option.
Sabana Metallic Tweed Jacket ($525) // The tailoring on this tweed jacket is what sets it apart. Tweed toppers are often shapeless and boxy, but this one has a nipped in waistline and slim look. For an affordable look, this fringe-tweed LOFT jacket and this more-fitted Karl Lagerfeld jacket are nice options. Plus-size? Try this discounted Lafayette 148 jacket.
Halogen Pencil Skirt ($35) // Every working woman needs a black pencil skirt. You can wear it with everything from t-shirts to suit jackets. I originally chose a designer skirt for this post. But once I realized it was poly-blend for $198, I thought, “If I’m going to recommend a poly-blend skirt, it’s going to be one I actually like, that’s way cheaper.” The Halogen skirt has a good feel and good weight to it. It also comes in petites.
Sam Edelman Hazel Pump ($119) // These suede pumps are a bit higher than usual at 3.75″, but with such a buttoned-up outfit, going a little higher with the shoes can make the look a bit more glamorous. These pumps are suede, but this same style also comes in leather (and several othttps://theworkedit.com/her colors).
Kate Spade Kennedy Satchel ($195) // TheRealReal sells discounted designer-consignment items that they’ve verified are authentic. This bag looks brand new in the photos and would be a great gift. The site regularly offers discount codes, the stock turns over quickly, and they have any designer you could possibly want.
Creative. A friend who works in the restaurant business was chiding me for not posting anything that “non-corporate women” can wear to work. So I put together this outfit for the woman who needs to look fashionable, pulled-together, and professional without dressing for a boardroom.
Panacea Segment Hoop Earrings ($18) // If you like big hoop earrings, this is a really fun pair. Not too large, not too small, with a unique diamond shape and segmented look. If hoops are not your thing, I like these hammered-gold lever backs.
River Island Bardot Knit Dress ($80) // I wish I has snapped a photo of the Nordstrom salesperson I saw wearings a sweater dress over a button-up shirt last week. It was the perfect solution to wearing an off the shoulder without showing off your collarbones. She was wearing a bodysuit button-up blouse, she said it was essential to keeping the look from getting “all bunchy and puffy.” If you don’t own a bodysuit, just tuck the blouse into a pair of higher-waist Spanx.
Nine West Hold Tight Boot ($149) // Also in black, these Nine West boots are a good-looking, high-heeled boot, especially for the price. They’re not too flashy, and the heel’s the right height. And with a padded insole and rubber sole, they’re easier on the feet than most boots.
Bordeaux Paxley Satchel ($69) // This Sole Society satchel takes a classic shape and relaxes it with textured material and a slouchy style. The hardware details, like the side buckles, are also a nice addition. I have it on good authority that this makes an excellent airplane bag.