Style + Three Ways

Four Ways: An Ivory Wrap Blouse

Sometimes you see a piece of clothing and you know instantly that it’s a match made in heaven.  That it will pair seamlessly with the other items in your closet.  That you’ll be able to wear it often.  And that you’ll never regret purchasing it.  This wrap blouse from Iris & Ink is one of those items.

Blouse. Cream Aspen Wrap Effect Blouse

This is such a great blouse.  I love the folded details and the sleek, waist-flattering fit.  The fabric is more sheer than I prefer, but I just have to add a flesh-tone camisole.  (The cami also comes in plus-sizes.)  Looking for something more opaque?  This Vince Camuto satin blouse fits the bill.

One. Reiss Bottle Green Pencil Skirt // Reiss Bottle Green Blazer // Via Spiga Cloe Pumps // Tory Burch Radziwill Tote // J.Crew Demi-Fine Hoops

My goodness.  Ever since I spotted this photo of Victoria Beckham wearing a green business suit, I had to have one.  I snapped mine up from Ann Taylor last fall, but this one from Reiss is also lovely.  Mango also has an affordable suit on deep discount right now.  Plus-size?  Try Eloquii.

Finish off the look with simple accessories and this phenomenal bag that I haven’t been able to stop thinking about since I saw it.  The pockets, the simple hardware, the elegant styling, it’s just too good!

As for styling tips, hair up in a loose bun, simple makeup, a deep berry hue or taupe on the fingers.

Two. Court & Rowe Satin Trim Plaid Blazer // Missoma Gold Radial Ring // Strathberry Nano Tote // Rothy’s Point Flats

This outfit is a little bit prep school chic, but why not?  This blazer is just so much fun with the plaid and the red.  I reminds me a little of this Gucci blazer.

Grab your best jeans and your navy Rothy’s flats to blend the shoe to the rest of the look.  I like navy flats with jeans; it’s a clean look.  Need leather?  Try these Naturalizer flats with a surprisingly sleek style.

And this bag, absolutely to die for.  Strathberry is the perfect brand if you like elegant styling with a bit of pop.

Three. Madewell Shelley Cardigan // Kendra Scott Ryan Studs // J.Crew Cameron Pant // Madewell Remi Mule Flats

I’ve wanted to feature these spice-colored pants from J.Crew for a while.  A pair of colored trousers is just a fun way to add something extra to your work wardrobe.  And this fall-winter hue adds a dash of color without overdoing it.

I like the mix of the chunkier sweater with the more feminine blouse.  For me, the contrast of the woven sweater with the softer fabric is nice.  This Free People cardigan also caught my eye.

I added the leopard mules from Monday’s post because, even though they’re completely impractical for the PNW’s rainy climate, I can’t stop thinking about them.  And I adore the pop of green in these fashion forward stud earrings.  If you want to wear a more neutral shoe, toss on a leopard scarf.

Four. Topshop Long Cardigan //Dorothy Perkins Faux-Leather Skirt // Sam Edelman Hazel Pumps // Susan Shaw Pearl Earrings // Sondra Roberts Faux-Leather Satchel

Lastly, I really wanted to style something that mixed up the textures.  The chunky sweater, the soft blouse, the leather skirt — it’s a great combination.  Mixing the browns in a monochromatic palette keeps the look from becoming overwhelming.

You know I love a tortoise pump, so I’m glad to see these Edelman’s stocked for the season.  These Kate Spade slingbacks and Bandolino pumps with a chunky heel also caught my eye.

I adore the unique style of this tan satchel from Nordstrom.  The origami-like knots and the relaxed structure are pretty cool.  If you want something more traditional, try this bag from Urban Expressions.

Lastly, if you can’t fathom wearing bare legs in the winter, I still recommend micro-fishnets over plain nylons.  They give a masking effect, but feel more youthful.

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  1. jbindc says:

    Standing, clapping. I want all of it.

    January 29, 2020/Reply
  2. maria says:

    How deep is the V? I don’t think this would be work appropriate on me.

    January 29, 2020/Reply
    • Belle says:

      I had my tailor add a snap to take it up a hair because I’m long torso’ed, but I’d call it mid-deep.

      January 29, 2020/Reply
  3. CatherinE says:

    Love these! Great choices.

    January 29, 2020/Reply
  4. Cate says:

    Potentially foolish question: would you wear the blouse tucked or un-tucked, particularly in the two outfits with pencil skirts? I absolutely love all four of these outfit selections!

    January 30, 2020/Reply
    • Belle says:

      I typically wear them untucked, but you could go either way.

      January 30, 2020/Reply
  5. Laura says:

    It is a lovely blouse, but the V is so deep I can’t see getting a camisole under it without it showing. Would love a similar option with a higher V neck.

    January 30, 2020/Reply
    • Steph says:

      Ann Taylor has an ivory wrap blouse with a snap closure that hits above where my cleavage would be (I’m a 36F). It’s polyester instead of the nicer satin crepe of the Iris & Ink top, but it does the job (and it’s machine washable).

      January 30, 2020/Reply
  6. Samara says:

    Get the purse already! You won’t regret it for a single moment.

    January 30, 2020/Reply
  7. Karen says:

    OMG: That. FauxLeather. Skirt.
    Ordered! And less than thirty bucks.
    Thank you *again* for another great recommendation.

    January 30, 2020/Reply
  8. ral says:

    Awesome post – love them all!

    January 31, 2020/Reply