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Monday, March 30, 2015 by Belle

Ask Belle: Warm Weather Blazers

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Hi Belle, 

It’s spring. I am so ready for warmer weather but my wardrobe, sadly, is not. I am mainly looking to add a few lightweight blazers in fun but professional colors. I would like to spend less than $100 if possible. 

Thanks for your help! Ellen

I keep a number of blazers on hand to throw on over my favorite dresses and skirt outfits.  Here are a few options in both neutral hues and other colors.

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Chase Single Button Blazer ($99) // Mango Pale Grey Blazer ($99) // H&M Navy Blazer ($50)

Sleeker, fitted styles are usually better than boxier cuts.  I also prefer one-button blazers, but depending on your figure, two or three buttons might be better for you.

A white blazer is a year-round staple for me.  I like the contrast it provides to black pieces and how it lightens colored items.  Need a two-button?  This Calvin Klein blazer is a solid option.  Plus-size? This UFO textile blazer looks like a nice piece.

Grey is a great color to add to basic black or wear over summer pastels.  This Mango jacket has a nice look, but if you want something with a darker grey, this ASOS slim blazer has a modern cut.

A navy suit is a versatile piece, but you can wear the blazer so much you wear it out before it’s time.  I suggest you have a navy blazer on hand to sub-in.  This H&M jacket is a nice choice.  Need two-buttons? Calvin Klein makes a nice blazer for the price.  Plus-size? Try this Jones New York number.

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Forever21 Shawl Collar Blazer ($30) // Nine West Notched Jacket ($60) // Topshop Molly Blazer ($90)

Want to add some color to your wardrobe?  Imagine these blazers in their Easter-egg hues over a navy sheath or a grey v-neck blouse and pencil skirt.  A little color can go a long way to boosting an outfit.

Want bolder, less pastel hues?  This raspberry blazer from Nine West has a great look.  This bright yellow blazer would look great with navy separates.  This emerald-green blazer from Modcloth is also a fun option.

Monday, March 30, 2015 by Belle

Ask Belle: Cap-Sleeve Maxi Dresses for Summer

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Hi Belle,

I love the look of maxi dresses but am looking for some with cap sleeves. Any suggestions?

-CK

I love a maxi dress.  I can’t wait for summer so I can wear them.  They’re so comfortable, and yet chic at the same time. Cap sleeves aren’t as popular as short sleeves, but I found a few that are worth a look.

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SHE Cap Sleeve Drawstring Dress ($40)

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Charlotte Russe Cut-Out Maxi Dress ($30)

This dress has a criss-cross open back that’s kind of fun, but the straps are wide enough that you can probably wear a bra.  That’s helpful.

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Splendid Ziggy Maxi Dress ($89)

I own this dress in navy.  The side slits keep it comfortable even in the summer heat.

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BCBG Cap Sleeve Maxi ($95)

Monday, March 30, 2015 by Belle

Morning Line: March 30

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I love navy pumps with navy trousers.  They make your legs look much longer.  They also work with denim on casual days or with navy pencil skirts.

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Manolo Blahnik Nausikaba Pumps ($665)

Middle Cubicle

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Ivanka Trump Boni Pump ($110)

Intern Desk

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Liz Claiborne Joelle Pumps ($35)

Friday, March 27, 2015 by Belle

Happy Hour: All About That Pom

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Waiting on Martha brings us a festive pomegranate mojito.  So you can get some antioxidants with your rum.  Who doesn’t love that?  This strikes me as the perfect cocktail for summer parties on the patio or a sophisticated pre-dinner party drink.

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Lulu’s Off Shoulder Dress ($68)

I’m really feeling the off-the-shoulder trend that is big this spring.  It’s a bit boho, but I kind of like the relaxed look.  Plus, it allows you to show some skin without going over the top.

This smocked Michael Kors dress is also amazing with a fun print.  This flirty dress from Marabelle is also a great choice.  Or if you’re just looking for a fun top, this Kors blouse would look great with white jeans or a pair of white chinos.

Plus-size?  This black dress from Asos has a great look.  If you prefer a maxi dress, Rachel Pally has you covered.

Friday, March 27, 2015 by Belle

The Workday Reading: March 27, 2015

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We have some great reader suggested readings today.  Thanks to everyone whose sent in recommendations. If you have one you’d like considered, e-mail capitolhillstyle@gmail.com or tweet the link to @caphillstyle.

1) A new study shows that when corporations succeed, male CEOs reap far greater rewards than female CEOs.  FiveThirtyEight explains why male executives get bonuses, while their female counterparts get the blame.

2) This Minus The Leather Shopper from Express has some really unique details with a versatile, basic shape.  And all for $69.

3) Prepare to have your mind blown: Sound can be used to extinguish fire.

4) Athleta has a surprisingly robust selection of relaxed summer dresses.  Their Topanga v-neck tee dress is one of my favorites.  I also like their racerback Cressida maxi-dress.

5) The Atlantic examines how shopping for “fast fashion” (H&M, Forever21, etc.) gives shoppers’ brains a jolt of pleasure.  Shopping for inexpensive styles might even be addictive.

6) This Sonic Airbrush Sponge from Sephora promises flawless foundation application via the power of 12,000 sonic vibrations.

7) Mental Floss has an infographic of every country’s most popular beer.

8) I’m a proud American, but British fashion is so amazing, I sometimes wish I’d been born on the other side of the pond.  This Emilia Wickstead gown is positively incredible.

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