Style + How To Wear It, + Three Ways

Two Ways: A Cool Tweed Jacket

Last week, I posted a dress for work, and so many of you said in the comments that you’re back in the officeand in need of style advice.  I apologize for falling into the trap of thinking that most white-collar workers are at home right now.  So I’m going to rectify that error going forward, starting with styling tips for both work and work-from-home.

Looking for the jacket?  See this morning’s post for more information on the Kendall Lioness blazer.

Left // Work from home for me this fall will be basically all leggings.  Wearing comfortable pants and hanging out with my dog all day are the only things I enjoy about this experience, so I’m not going to give them up.  But I am on Zoom calls that require me to do the work on top, yoga on bottom look frequently.

I chose a long tee because being an older millennial, I like to have my rear view covered when I wear leggings.  This Rag & Bone tunic tee is spendy, but the big takeaway from the look is the v-neck.  V-necks and scoop necks will complement a blazer with a v-neckline better than a crewneck.

I like this scoop neck BR tee in a soft modal fabric, also in petite.  For a plus-size option, Caslon makes a really nice t-shirt.

In the market for a tunic-length crewneck?  This Halogen tee is <$20.

Add the leggings of your choosing to this outfit.  I’m considering a pair of heavy, ponte pants to add to my legging rotation.  This way, if I need to run out to the courthouse to file something or to a meeting, I don’t have to change.  NYDJ has a really cool pair (runs up to size 28), and so does Vince Camuto.

I added a pair of Rothy’s loafers; they’re my fall slipper alternative.  For the jewelry, these layered necklaces from Nordstrom Rack are a smoking’ deal, separately or together.  The big link, paperclip chain is long enough to layer with the pendant.

Right // My first instinct was to do a classic black sheath dress (do not miss this deeply discounted Elie Tahari) and a pair of tights with this jacket.  But if you’ve been reading this blog for a bit, you probably have that look dialed.  So let’s do something different.

These bold green pants are from Michelle Mason.  If you like colored trousers, Boden certainly has a robust selection.  Plus-size?  I like these yellow and baby blue pants from Eloquii.

I chose this Banana Republic top because it’s a work shirt that wears like a comfy tee.  It also comes in petite.  For a similar option in plus, try this Jessica Simpson blouse.

Leopard was the perfect shoe choice for a green pant.  These Sarah Flint flats are really chic with the structural bow on the vamp.  For a less-expensive option, try these Edelman Rodney flats.  Wide feet?  Try these Lifestride flats.

For the earrings, I chose something besides simple metal.  These Harlequin enamel earrings are a cool addition.  If you want something more traditional, I also like this black enamel studs with a cz accent.

For the makeup, I would keep this look pretty natural, but add a berry lip stain.  For the hair, I like this Looped and Twisted updo from Small Things Blog, which looks better with dirty hair, which is my COVID must have.

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  1. Jo says:

    If you’re looking for a heavy ponte pant I highly recommend the Brass Ponte pant – the BEST waistband I’ve ever found on a ponte pant. Ultra flattering high waist and very very comfortable. Wash really well, hang dry. I have two pairs and I love them.

    September 21, 2020/Reply
    • B says:

      Thank you for the recommendation as I am always looking for a great pair of ponte pants. The price point on these Brass ponte pant is too high for me. Are there sales on these?

      September 21, 2020/Reply
    • B says:

      As a counterpoint, I have a pair of the Brass ponte pants I just threw out. The waistband was great except it was too tall, and I have a long torso, it would bend over. They were not too tight but the seam on the rear separated over time. They would bag out as I wore them, so I couldn’t wear them twice between washes. I wore them one season a couple years ago, thought maybe they were fixable and when I reassessed last week, I wasn’t excited about them and they couldn’t even be donated.

      September 22, 2020/Reply
  2. KG says:

    I was one of those commenters- thanks for taking our feedback! I love this version of two ways- I’m always trying to get work friendly pieces that I can also wear more casually so this is perfect.

    September 21, 2020/Reply
  3. Emily says:

    Love the idea of styling for both work from home and in office. As a long time remote worker, I need some ideas on comfortable and stylish for the long term however totally understand that others are headed back to the office in some cases. This post idea has us all covered, thanks!

    September 21, 2020/Reply
  4. Emily says:

    Thanks for sharing workwear styles! I know for so many this isn’t relevant right now, but I am actually starting a new job in a few weeks that will send me back to the office after spending the last five years working remotely from home. I’m trying to rebuild my wardrobe and, despite understanding my circumstances aren’t the norm right now, it’s frustrating to see leggings and sweatshirts in the “Work Style” sections of some of my favorite brands.

    September 22, 2020/Reply