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Tuesday, April 28, 2015 by Belle

Pinterest Style: Relaxed Workwear

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Dress: Sightseeing Double Dress ($50) // Blazer: Double Collar Blazer ($95) // Sunglasses: Ray-Ban Aviators ($113) // Necklace: Sorcerer’s Stone Necklace ($48) // Handbag: Forever21 Zippered Satchel ($29)  // Shoes: Morgen Peep-Toe ($75)

This outfit, from Fashion Truffles, is perfect for workdays when you want to look professional and be comfortable.  The soft jersey dress is relaxed and simple, while the blazer brings structure.  For a very professional office, this is a casual Friday look.  For a more relaxed office, it’s meeting attire.

This midi-length jersey dress from Modcloth is a good option.  Not feeling the crewneck?  This scoopneck Lysse dress is a great option.

This Topshop jacket is one of the best pieces I’ve seen this spring.  The layered collar is really chic, and the tapered waist gives a lovely shape.  Prefer a collared blazer?  This WHBM cutaway blazer is the perfect option.  Plus-size? Try this Vince Camuto jacket.

I love the blue hues in this long necklace, but the one in the photo has this light filigree look that’s also chic.  This $10 pendant from River Island fits the bill.

Lastly, these tortoise peep-toe pumps are a great neutral.  They give any outfit punch but match anything in your wardrobe.  Looking for something closed-toe?  Try this Vaneli pump.

Tuesday, April 28, 2015 by Belle

Morning Line: April 28

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Aldo Halifax Satchel ($55, also in black)

When choosing a brown satchel, I tend to look for a darker color: camel, cognac, chocolate, etc.  Lighter hues tend to get dirty or scuffed to easily.  A color like this pairs well with many spring and summer colors (pastels, navy, white, brights, etc.), and offers some cover from general wear and tear.

I also found this Neiman Marcus satchel with a really unique shape for under-$50.  I also like this sleek Liz Claiborne satchel that looks like a more expensive Michael Kors bag.  This inexpensive Merona satchel is also one of the best looking bags I’ve seen for sale in its price point.

Looking for a more relaxed style?  This slouchy bag from Sole Society is a tote/satchel hybrid that bridges the gap between work and casual.

If you’d like a lighter bag, this Sole Society satchel is a good choice.  It has some fun details and a good price.

Monday, April 27, 2015 by Belle

The Workday Reading: April 27, 2015

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1) Bloomberg Politics has an interesting piece about how fast Americans change their minds on big issues.  The graphic tracks changing views on everything from gay marriage to women’s suffrage.

2) Looking for necklaces with pop to jazz up spring dresses? This turquoise amulet necklace and this ‘Bamm Bamm’ collar with deep blue stones both pack a punch.

3) 5 Things Every Working Mom Needs to Hear.

4) Shopbop’s Books with Style section is a great place to find gifts.  Two books that caught my eye: The Style Mentors and Dinner Diaries.

5) We are finally moving towards equality in the U.S. Armed Forces.  Last week, eight women completed the first week of the Army Ranger Test.  They have several weeks to go, and I wish them good luck.

6) I adore this Whistles shirt-dress from ASOS.  It’s perfectly crisp, but still relaxed.

7) Need a Monday pick-me-up?  This video of a bulldog puppy throwing a temper tantrum is hysterical.

*image found here.

Monday, April 27, 2015 by Belle

Ask Belle: Open-Toe Flats

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Hi Belle,

Can you suggest some open-toe flats?  I’m looking for brown, gold or beige, and I’d like to spend less than $100.  

Thanks! Sara

Open-toe flats are a great alternative to sandals for casual Friday or just for wearing on the weekends.  Here are a few pairs that fit your request:

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Nine West Bachelorette ($62)

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Seychelles ‘Would I Lie’ Flat ($89)

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Lucky Brand Criss-Cross Flats ($79)

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Elaine Turner Anita Flat ($99)

Monday, April 27, 2015 by Belle

Ask Belle: Quality White Denim

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Hi Belle,

I’m on a never-ending search for the perfect white skinny jeans. Namely, I’m looking for some that aren’t see-through and are soft (for some reason, I’ve come across a number of pairs that are very stiff). I’d prefer if their price point was $100 or less, but I’m willing to spend up to $150’ish for the perfect pair. Do you have any recommendations?

Thanks, Sarah

A word of advice on white jeans: If you plan to wear them frequently, you should buy the best quality jean that you can afford.  Less expensive jeans will often be thin, and get thinner when washed.  If you’re looking for higher quality jeans for less, try stores like 6pm.com, Nordstrom Rack, etc.

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AG Farrah Skinny Jeans ($133)

These jeans from AG are my favorite.  They have a high Lycra content, so they stretch to fit.  I also like the higher waist for holding me in.  If the high-rise isn’t your bag, Nordstrom has the AG legging jean sale-priced at $117.  I also recommend their Angel bootcut jeans.

AG has the softest denim that I’ve ever encountered.  They’re aged to mimic vintage jeans.

Looking for an under-$100 jean that isn’t paper-thin?  There are two brands I would look into: Kut from the Kloth and NYDJ.  I’ve tried on their jeans and they’re made from a heavier material than most inexpensive jeans.

Have a pair of white jeans to recommend?  Leave them in the comments.

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