Capitol Hill Style: Two Ways: Striped Boatneck Sweater

Thursday, November 29, 2012 by Belle

Two Ways: Striped Boatneck Sweater

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Sweater: Buttoned Boatneck Sweater ($73)

From Left, Necklace: Z Designs Spiked Bib Chain ($34) Bag: Dooney & Bourke Large Shopper ($415) Shoes: Madewell Sidewalk Skimmer ($135) Blazer: Band of Outsiders Blazer ($988) Jeans: AG Charlotte Jean ($164)

From Right, Earrings: Gorjana Star Studs ($35) Watch: Kors Runway Watch ($195) Slippers: Sweater Knit Boot ($20) Scarf: LoveQuotes Linen Scarf ($95) Leggings: Signature Leggings ($40)

For Casual Friday.  Horizontal stripes can be tough to wear, but adding a scarf, a long necklace or a blazer can break up the pattern and lengthen where the stripes widen.  Depending on your figure, stripes like this may not be the best look for you.  In its place, I would suggest this ivory sweater.

To complete the outfit, I chose a straight leg jean, not as snug as a skinny, so a bit better for the office.  I added the leopard flats and chocolate brown bag to pull the look together.  I also added this spiky necklace to bring a bit of shine to the outfit and further break up the pattern.  If you’d like to add some more color, I would choose either this deep blue or this grey necklace.

If you like the orange blazer but don’t feel like surrendering your entire paycheck to own it, Rebecca Minkoff makes a similar rust-colored jacket ($368) , this Michael Kors jacket is $150 (and my favorite) and this under-$100 blazer.

For the hair, I would wear it half-up or pulled into a low teased ponytail.  For the makeup, I would choose a dark brown eyeliner with gold shadow and berry lipstick.

For Football at Home.  You’re probably looking at this outfit and thinking two things: 1) are those leggings as pants and 2) are those Uggs?  But before you hyperventilate, remember that this outfit is to be worn while sitting at home, on the couch, eating chips–not out in public.  

Also, those are not Uggs. I would sooner carry a Vera Bradley bag through the halls of the Capitol before I gave those people one penny of my money.  The boots in the set are slippers for indoor wear and warmth.  I don’t plan on pairing them with a miniskirt and cruising the Venice boardwalk.

I’ve purchased the J.CREW signature leggings before.  I like them, but my favorite leggings are still the yoga leggings made by Victoria’s Secret.  

I added the earrings and watch, because I always like to wear a few accessories.  White watches have been popular for a few years now, if you like them but need something under-$100, this is a nice alternative.  I also added a scarf for warmth and style.  Love Quotes is a good brand, but it’s a bit pricey.  If you’re in the market for a less expensive ivory scarf, this knit one from Nordstrom is $22.

For the hair, I usually just wear mine in a ponytail on the weekends.  I like to give my locks a break, so I just dry shampoo unless I have somewhere to go.  For the makeup, ha, what makeup?  The only makeup I wear when I’m home is chapstick.

3 comments :

  • Ellen

    Love the looks as always. I would like to say how much I love the J Crew leggings. They are my go to! Thanks for showing an example of wearing them in gray. Its the only color I don't have and now I want them. Another brand of leggings that I love are the fleece lined ones from shopbop. I found them from following a link on this site to fleece lined tights about a year ago. They are great in the winter because the cold donesn't go though them. Another perk is that they never are see through because of the fleece. I never understood why ladies buy leggings that you can see the hints of skin or underwear though…

  • Roberta

    I love the orange blazer/leopard flat/chocolate bag combo in the first one. Delicious! And as ever, I adore you for your unfailing disdain of Vera Bradley and Uggs.

  • Jssaustintx

    K, I just want to go on record as owning a VB bag- it was a gift people! But the thing is, it remains in my arsenal because it is a black pattern and not as irritating? That's what I tell myself anyway. Judge as you wish.

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