Style + How To Wear It, + Three Ways

Three Ways: An Olive Skirt

You asked for it, so it’s back!  Three Ways to wear the items in your closet.  Starting with an olive, wool pencil skirt.

BR Ponte Midi Pencil Skirt ($78)

Skirt. Color I am loving for fall: olive.  It’s just such a great neutral.  And it goes with anything.

Sadly, this olive skirt from BR is pretty much sold out, but there are lots of other great choices.  I found this Express skirt for a very affordable $35.  And I really like the slit in this Chelsea Rose suit skirt, just $26.  Plus-size? Try this LOFT wrap skirt or this Eloquii pencil skirt.

Anais Topaz Studs ($130) // BR Boiled Wool Sweater ($118) // Sarah Flint Emma Pump ($345)

Monday. The first outfit is a mix of navy and olive, a simple, subtle combination.  This slightly oversized BR sweater pairs well with the fitted BR skirt.  If you prefer a snug fit, try this J.Crew balloon sleeve turtleneck.

For the shoes, I wanted them to match the skirt.  As you might imagine, olive shoes are tough to find.  These Sarah Flint pumps are just the sleekest.  I also like these more affordable Dolce Nome heels.

For the hair, I would wear it up.  Some kind of soft updo, like this sideways French twist.  For the makeup, keep it minimal with a sheer berry lip.

Mural Curve Blazer ($74) // J.Crew 365 Tie Neck Top ($50) // M.Gemi Rivista Heel ($278)

Wednesday.  I saw a variation of this outfit on the State of Florida’s sign language interpreter during the last hurricane (I can find inspiration anywhere), and I loved it.  Just take a simple black blazer and any feminine black blouse to create a chic, modern work outfit.  Who says dressing up for a big meeting has to be stuffy?

The interpreter’s outfit was actually a little better than this one.  She was wearing a sleek, inverted notch blazer.  I found this one from Nine West and this BR long and lean ponte blazer.

I didn’t show any earrings for this outfit (no space), but I would have gone with these pewter hoops from boohoo.

Because the colors in this outfit are so stark, I would wear my hair down.  Maybe half-up, if I need it out of my face.  For the makeup, I would use a plum blush or bronzer.  Pink might look to harsh.

Links of London Earrings ($145) // Halston Ruffled Cami ($130) // Rachel Zoe Patent Sandal ($140)

Friday. This skirt can be dressed up or dressed down, but I wanted to show a cocktail outfit.  So here it is in another of my favorite color pairings — blush and olive.

I chose this dramatic Halston tank, but it’s not available in every size.  This Cuyana tank is also a great option.  Want something with sleeves?  Try this flutter-sleeve grey satin blouse.

I adore these long chain earrings from Links of London.  For something a bit cheaper, try these $10 H&M drops.

For the makeup, I would do a dark eye.  I love these Charlotte Tilbury eye pencils; they make smokey eyes easy.  For the hair, it’s a dealer’s choice situation.  You could go for a sleek, long ponytail, or straighten the hair for a 90s catwalk style.

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  1. TheLOOP says:

    Nice combinations! What about yellow with olive? You have recommended yellow and green as a combo in the past and it is such a refreshing choice… is there a shade of yellow that would work well with olive or is it a no go?

    October 9, 2018/Reply
    • A says:

      Would love to hear what Belle would suggest, but from personal experience, olive green also works with a mustard yellow (closer to yellow than ochre) as well as some rust shades. Don’t know if there’s a better combo or yellow shade for other skin tones, but it works on my medium, olive skin.

      October 9, 2018/Reply
    • Belle says:

      A is right. A mustard would work. You could also try burgundy, sky blue, or pea green.

      October 9, 2018/Reply
  2. M says:

    Love this feature!

    Sarah Flint is a new brand for me, but I love what the brand appears to be about. Belle or other readers, have you tried them? Are they truly comfortable as advertised?

    October 9, 2018/Reply
    • Steph says:

      I have a pair of Sarah Flint flats… they are fairly comfortable. I am an 8.5 and I did end up having to exchange them for the next half size up, but I also have feet on the wider side.

      October 10, 2018/Reply
  3. L says:

    You’re a goddess! So good. This blog is the best.

    October 9, 2018/Reply
  4. anna c says:

    Yay, I love this series!! Those are great suggestions – thank you!

    October 9, 2018/Reply
  5. Jess says:

    Love this! Thanks for bringing the “3 ways” post back!

    October 10, 2018/Reply
  6. kt says:

    These are so great! I love non-boring work outfit inspiration.

    October 10, 2018/Reply
  7. L says:

    Would you ever do posts about budgeting for fashion/beauty purchases? I’ve always purchased as-needed but am curious if people take a more formal approach and if so, how.

    October 10, 2018/Reply
    • Kara says:

      Yes! I would love to know too!

      October 10, 2018/Reply
  8. Allison says:

    Just want to say what a great post this is. I have all of these items (well, similar ones) in my closet already, and I would have never put them with an olive skirt, which I also already have. This is so helpful for rethinking pieces I already own. Thank you for bringing back Three Ways!

    October 10, 2018/Reply
  9. sbe says:

    Love this! So happy to see this feature back. I get so caught up in an all-black rut with my work clothing, so it’s nice to have some inspiration and different ways to use things that are already in my closet.

    October 10, 2018/Reply
  10. Steph says:

    So happy to see Three Ways! It’s been my very favorite thing on your blog for years! If you are still taking content suggestions, I especially love the Three Ways (or Two Ways) where you use a piece for both a work outfit and a casual outfit so would love to see one of those soon!!!

    October 10, 2018/Reply
    • Diane says:

      These are my favorite too. It is easier to put outfits together when I can visualize them, and the pictures help remind me of what I already own. And I feel more comfortable buying new items when I have several ideas with how they will work with my wardrobe.

      October 10, 2018/Reply
  11. Sally says:

    What color tights/stockings would you wear with an olive skirt?

    October 10, 2018/Reply
    • Belle says:

      For this outfit, black could work if you wear black shoes. For another outfit, flesh-toned hose.

      October 10, 2018/Reply
  12. Amy says:

    My favorite feature! Great job & thanks, Belle!

    October 10, 2018/Reply