Monday Outfit: Elevating Stripes

Feb 12, 2024

Dressing for Work from Home is a switch. I still want to wear a blazer every day (but until I buy a few more comfortable blazers, that’s not an option), and I stare longingly at all of the pretty sheath dresses that fill my closet. But with outfits like this, WFH-attire doesn’t look too shabby.

I mean, are you seeing this image from last year’s LOFT catalog? I haven’t shopped at LOFT in a minute (mostly because I’m holding off on buying spring things til I get my closet cleaned out), but if I had seen this, I would have purchased all of it. Now, all there is to do is recreate it.

Jacket // An olive jacket with stripes is a classic combination. I own a utility-style jacket that’s casual and sporty, but this photo got me thinking about buying a more modern cropped style. The jacket in the photo is a silkier style, which was not easy to find. But I did locate a few softer, stand collar jackets like this Open Edit jacket in a longer length, and this dark green bomber from Target. If you don’t mind a sportier style, this Free People Movement jacket is a great pick.

Top // Any easy striped tee will work here, but I like the v-neck tee for opening up the neckline a bit. A lightweight striped sweater would also be a nice option.

Pants // A pair of “real pants” that are both fluid and comfortable are the way to go to achieve this look. This pair from Renee C are jersey wide legs. They look perfect for sitting at your desk all day. Sizes fun 4-12. A friend also swears by these Normal Kamali pants, which are similar. Need a real waistband so you can also wear them to the office? These Boden pants are the way to go; they run up to size 22.

Accessories // I started with the shoes. I keep putting these Madewell ballet flats in my cart, and it’s just time to pull the trigger, as I need to retire my Rothy’s. (My feet changed shape during pregnancy and they’re not comfortable anymore.) I’ve also looked at these Coach Emilia flats, which have a thicker sole.

For the bag, I chose this incredible AllSaints Half Moon crossbody that is on my birthday wishlist. It’s such a classic style, and it has a relaxed chic to it. Plus, AllSaints bags are a really well-made middle-tier option for women who don’t want a $1,000+ bag but want something made with high-end materials.

Lastly, I chose these silver hoops with a ribbed edge from Luv AJ that gives them a unique look. They’re selling out fast. And if you’re looking for a mid-price fashion jewelry brand, give this one a try. The pieces are easy to wear, but stylish. I love this silver horse bit bracelet.

For the styling, this is an easy look, so I’m probably not wearing makeup with it unless I have a meeting. On my makeup free days, I use this Erborian CC Red Correct Cream that improves the look of my skin. It feels a bit lighter than the Dr. Jart Tiger Grass Cream that I used for years. And it’s an easy thing to throw in a gym bag or a swim bag.

Also, if you’re having one of those days when you planned to wash your hair, but didn’t have time, try this I DEW CARE Tap Secret dry shampoo. It applies with an applicator to get right up to the root and volumizes, while reducing shine.

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  1. Vee says:

    Here’s the thing with that AllSaints bag, which looks soooo good it tempted me too…but I ultimately returned it. In images, the bag looks really sleek and you don’t see any excess strap material. In reality, the strap doesn’t have a loop or anything securing it to the bottom of the bag, so it just hangs down. It’s a pretty significant amount of strap and the fact that it’s just dangling like 6 inches below the curve of the bag really took away from the sleekness of the look, IMO.

  2. jules says:

    This is not a critique of the clothing choices here because they are lovely. But ohmygosh when did cotton t-shirts start costing $100? I’ve been on the hunt for t-shirts the last few weeks and have just been mind blown 🤯 at the costs. In my mind t-shirts were in the $25-$35 range.

    • Belle says:

      Unless you want tissue thin garbage, or you’re willing to risk it with an Amazon t-shirt made who knows where, they’re $100. Though I just ordered a COS t-shirt to try that is $49.

    • Linda says:

      For a great staple t shirt that’s thick and washes well – LL Bean Pima cotton short sleeve crew. It’s $25, and white t shirt is not see through at all. After 1.5 years I finally spilled something on it that didn’t come off and I am ordering another

      • jules says:

        thanks for this! I had been looking at them online but didn’t know what kind of quality. Haven’t bought from LL Bean since their backpacks were popular in the early 90’s 😆

  3. Jessica says:

    For a sling bag, I highly recommend the one from Uniqlo. This has very surprisingly become my absolute favorite bag! It is super lightweight and I often throw it in another bag when I need/use a bigger tote. The strap is adjustable. And the price is very right!

    • Linda says:

      I second the uniqlo bag rec! It’s not leather but it’s really versatile and great for casual use, walking, running errands etc. Can’t beat the price either

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