Entries Tagged as 'Three Ways'
Shirt: Factory Silk Dotted Blouse ($65)
From Left, Earrings: J.Crew Pearl Earrings ($50) Sunglasses: Kors Layla Sunglasses ($126) Bag: Blake Medium Leather Satchel ($465) Shoes: Ivanka Trump Indico Pumps ($99) Trench: J.Crew Collection Trench ($298) Blazer: Mango Tailored Blazer ($80) Skirt: Mango Suit Skirt ($45)
From Right, Necklace: K. Amato Marble Coin Necklace ($85) Bag: Nine West On the Go Satchel ($31) Shoes: Zara Leather Studded Flats ($59) Sweater: Cashmere Long Sleeve Tee ($188) Pants: J.Crew Bristol Trouser ($168)
For a Job Interview. It’s that time of year again! New job seekers, freshly graduated and ladies who’ve decided to make a change are taking the next step in their careers. Thus, a lot of “what do I wear to a job interview” emails have been flooding my inbox. And unless you’re interviewing at a tech start-up that allows you to play ping-pong during the workday, you need to wear a suit.
One of my former interns just bought this suit for her first round of job interviews. She reports that the fabric feel is “okay” and that the fit “runs small in the skirt, normal in the jacket.” She also tells me that it’s “as nice as my suit from Limited, not quite as nice as my suit from J.Crew.”
Calvin Klein‘s diffusion line also makes a nice suit. And Nordstrom has a few nice ones if you’re willing to pay a bit more. We’ll talk more about job interview attire next Wednesday when I officially launch a bi-weekly series of posts called Work Wednesdays. I hope you’ll like it as much as I’ve liked putting them together.
If need be, you can wear tights with this look. I don’t recommend it, however, since I think nylons are the best choice for job interviews. I like the super sheer Donna Karan ones, which come in several flesh-toned colors.
As for the accessories, the outfit is quite neutral, so I chose a red bag to bring in some color. I also chose pearl earrings to set off the ivory hue in the blouse. I own these J.Crew studs and I like them a lot, but if you want the real thing, you can’t go wrong with Mikimoto.
For the makeup, keep it neutral and simple–taupe eyeshadow, rosy cheeks, pink lips and pale pink nail polish. For the hair, wear it down and natural, unless you play with it when you’re nervous. In which case, a soft, not severe, updo or low ponytail is a good choice.
For Casual Monday. With the weather in its undecided phase between winter and spring, layering a silk oxford under a bright sweater is a good way to be in both seasons at once. I like this purple cashmere tee, but you could also choose a ballet pink (pretty with black/ivory) or a bolder neon bright.
These Bristol trousers from J.Crew come in petite and tall sizes as well. With everything at J.Crew hit or miss these days, I’ve found their trousers–while unlined–to be consistently good. I’ve also found Ann Taylor’s new “curvy fit” pants to be a welcome addition to the brand. Sizing can be a bit tricky, but they’re much more forgiving for the pear-shaped. Plus-size? A couple of my friends keep raving about the Sejour brand at Nordstrom.
How great is this necklace? With shades of grey, black and white, it’s the kind of piece that you can wear with anything. It’s definitely going on my birthday wish list. Need something less expensive? This Blu Bijoux marble necklace is a great alternative at $35.
As for the bag, I know some of you don’t like leather either for ethical reasons or practical ones. I thought the shape and style on this nylon Nine West bag was really impressive, especially for the price. Much better than a lifeless, shapeless Longchamp. I also like the shoe compartment on the bottom for your commuter flats.
For the hair, I would leave it down. Pulling it up into a bun might make the whole look a bit too matronly, but a more youthful updo could be okay. For the makeup, I’d wear a raspberry gloss on my lips and a good coat of black liquid liner.
Shoes: Nike Air Max Fit Sneaker ($85)
From Left, Sunglasses: Black Ray-Ban Aviators ($140) Bracelet: Camuto Nailhead Bangle ($58) Watch: Michael Kors Chronograph ($250) Bag: Pierre Darre Satchel ($198) Coat: Forever21 Marled Trench ($48) Shirt: Proenza Striped Top ($280) Pants: Minnie Twill Pant ($90)
From Rights, Earrings: Minkoff V-Hoops ($38) Scarf: Ron Herman Hearts Scarf ($138) Bag: Camuto Leila Tote ($140) Coat: Gap Classic Trench ($128) Shirt: VS Essential Tees ($25) Jeans: Frame Denim Jeanne Skinnies ($210)
For Casual Friday. Depending on your office, this may or may not qualify as casual attire. I chose these skinny Minnie pants because I know a LOT of readers own them, and I’m always getting questions about how to wear them. However, if these are too snug for your office, you have two options:
You can replace them with a slim-fitting chino, like these ankle-length Copper Key chinos from Dillard’s. Or you can add a blazer or cardigan to cover the rear-view. In a cardigan, I would suggest black. In a jacket, a white blazer.
I love a black and white stripe shirt, but this one is a bit out of my price range. Instead, try this NYDJ Wide Stripe Tee or this Petit Bateau classic French tee. Plus-size? This half-sleeve tee from Sejour is nice.
I adore this coat, and it is such a steal at under-$50. The style is perfect for the weekends, or even over cocktail dresses for a night out.
As for the accessories, the inspiration for this look came from Pinterest. So I chose a red bag and gold jewelry. And we all know that aviators are my sunnies-style of choice, so these black ones were a no brainer.
For the hair, I would wear it down and wavy. For the makeup, a sheer red lip and red nails are a must.
For the Weekend. I’m still deeply in love with navy and black as a color combination, so pairing this navy trench with the black sneakers was a must. To bring it all together, I added the black and blue scarf to the mix. However, if you want one sans heart-print, try this Marc Jacobs leopard scarf or this delicate floral print from Club Monaco.
If you plan to buy the Gap trench, know that it runs a little big. I tried on the small and ended up with the XS. And if you want it to be well-fitted to your body, it’s going to need some tailoring.
Distressed jeans can be made at home or bought in a store. I found mine at Old Navy. I’m fairly happy with the fit, though the pocket placement isn’t the greatest, or maybe I just need to do a few more leg lifts after a winter spent on the couch.
Scoopneck tees are my favorite, but they can be tough to find. I ordered one of these Victoria’s Secret tees to try. If it doesn’t work out though, it’s no big deal. I still love my $15 Everlane tee.
Silver accessories were the flavor of the day. I had to have these v-shaped hoops for a casual earring with punch. As for the bag, if you’d like a silver tote for less, try this BCBG Cory Tote.
For the hair, I would put it up in a teased ponytail with a headband. For the makeup, keep it neutral on the face but add a cool nail color, like this Formula X Celestials polish in navy.
Dress: H&M Jersey Dress ($25)
From Left, Earrings: Marc Jacobs Octi Bolt Stud ($45) Tights: Donna Karan Super Opaque Tights ($15) Bag: Ralph Lauren Newbury Satchel ($268) Jacket: Mango Belt Jacquard Jacket ($130) Boots: Nine West Getta Boots ($120)
From Right, Earrings: Fossil Orange Studs ($20) Bag: BR Parkside Satchel ($220) Shoes: Ann Taylor Perfect Leather Pumps ($128) Scarf: Sole Society Exotic Stripe Scarf ($25) Jacket: Mango Crepe Blazer ($80)
For February. It’s so chilly right now, I find myself reaching for a jacket or blazer nearly every time I have a meeting. This is odd for me because I usually wear my sleeved dresses without a blazer or sweater on top. So this look takes a short-sleeved dress with a defined waist and adds a tweed jacket with a defined and belted waist to top it.
Like the look of a belted blazer? It can be tough to find jackets that are suitable for belting, because it works best when they don’t have buttons. This grey open blazer from Shoptiques would look good belted, as would this square neck Anne Klein blazer. Plus-size? Try this Nipon Boutique blazer with scalloped edges.
To complement the hints of blue in the tweed of the jacket, I chose a navy satchel. This Newbury satchel is a sleek work bag with separated pockets and a shoulder strap. It’s a great style. If you’re looking for a chic navy satchel under-$100, try this City Satchel from Zara.
I chose these boots because a sleek high-heeled boot will keep your calves warm on cold days. I think they can be professional as long as you keep the heel under-3.5″. If you have a bit of money to spend, I cannot recommend the Loeffler Randall Viola boot enough. My only complaint is that they’re pull-ons, but with a ball-of-foot insole, I can walk in them for hours.
For the makeup, I would wear a subtle cheek color (rose or plum is usually best) and choose a bolder lip (red, raspberry or burgundy would all work). For the hair, if you want to wear it up, keep the updo low and loose. If it’s too tight, you’ll look severe. If you wear it down, choose a style with some curl or movement to lighten the look.
For Mid-March. When I buy a new piece of clothing, I like to know how I’m going to wear it tomorrow and weeks from now. This dress is winter perfection with tweed, but add a softer white crepe for a look that’s perfect for the winter-spring transition.
This inexpensive crepe blazer from Mango is a great choice, but if you have a bit more to spend, try this blazer from Theyskens’ Theory. I also like this more relaxed Helmut Lang jacket. Plus-size? Jones New York makes a basic white blazer.
If I wear a scarf that has a colored pattern, I like to find a piece of jewelry to coordinate with it. The interplay between the two pieces pulls the outfit together. For this look, I chose a scarf with an orange print and a pair of orange studs. If orange isn’t for you, try this black and white scarf with a green accent and this beautiful stack of Carnet de Mode rings with green stones.
I chose black and white for the purse. This combination lightens a bag up for summer, but could be worn in any season. If you’d like something less expensive, have a look at this structured Steve Madden Btalia satchel for $88.
I’ve talked about the Ann Taylor Perfect Pumps before, but if you’re looking for a very comfortable shoe at a good price, this is a great candidate. I prefer the lower heel myself, but this 3.25″ heel is also a good choice.
For the hair, I would wear it up in a twisted bun. I like my hair up when I wear a scarf. For the makeup, I would wear a black eyeliner with a pop of color on the cheeks to combat the starkness of the white. When I’m looking for a pop of color, I head for Bobbi Brown blush in pale pink or nectar, but any brightly hued blush will do.
Jacket: Gap Printed Tweed Moto Jacket ($118)
From Left, Earrings: Pandora Aquamarine Studs ($50) Ring: Simon Sebbag Hammered Ring ($110) Bag: Leila Tote ($198) Shoes: Chinese Laundry Copertina Pump ($87) Blouse: Iris & Ink Silk Blouse ($120) Pants: Malene Birger Firoza Pants ($450)
From Right, Sunglasses: Coach Evita Sunglasses ($158) Earrings: Napier Drop Earrings ($16) Bag: Ivanka Double Handle Bag ($297) Shoes: INC Zitah Pumps ($70) Dress: Penelope Crepe Dress ($220)
For Late Winter. If you’re looking for a basic, a navy trouser would pair well with this printed moto jacket. But why be basic? These pale blue pants from Malene Birger help bridge the gap between winter fashion and early spring styles. Not feeling the pale blue? What about red, purple or green?
A silk blouse with a stand collar is a great wardrobe basic. I like this blouse from The Outnet, but I’m also partial to these Everlane tops. Plus-size? Try this Pendleton blouse. Petite? This Theory blouse is a good choice.
For the accessories, I went with grey and silver since the hardware on the jacket is white metal. I like this Vince Camuto tote, but if you prefer a satchel, try this Rebecca Minkoff Bag. I chose the earrings because they coordinated with the color of the trousers, and the ring for a bit of easy glamour.
The shoes are a dark grey suede pump because I hate when bags and shoes match exactly. Prefer leather? These Mairi pumps from Nine West fit the bill.
For the hair, I would wear it down with a light curl and some teasing at the crown (this brush works best). For the makeup, I would choose a berry-hued lip color and a grey charcoal liner.
For Springtime. What says “spring” like a brightly colored dress? This coral-pink number from The Outnet is the perfect frock to hold onto for warmer weather. If you’d like a coral frock for less, this Tahari boatneck is a good choice. Plus-size? Try this Adrianna Papell dress.
I added a tan satchel (also comes in a great snakeskin material, gray and black). Need something under-$100? This Olivia & Joy satchel is a great choice. The nude-colored pumps are perfect for spring/summer. If you prefer a round-toe, try these surprisingly comfortable $60 Gianni Bini pumps.
To bring together the silver hardware on the jacket with the gold hardware on the bag, I chose a mixed-metal earring. It’s good to have a few two-tone baubles in your arsenal so you can match different metals. I also like this Robert Lee Morris bangle set and this Ralph Lauren stud earring.
For the hair, I would wear it up in a soft updo like this knotted updo. I would also choose a coral-pink gloss for my lips and a heavy coat of mascara on the eyes.
Shoes: Jeffrey Campbell Solitair Suede Pumps ($145)
From Left, Necklace: Enamel Fringe Collar ($31) Rings: Dean Davidson Plaza Ring ($190) and Bauhaus Knuckle Ring ($125) Bag: Vince Camuto Jace Satchel ($278) Coat: Malene Birger Fiurica Coat ($775) Sweater: Equipment Sloane Satchel ($270) Skirt: Missoni Blend Skirt ($371)
From Right, Earrings: Edelman Small Stud Earring ($25) Necklace: Rebel Pendant ($79) Bag: Bleecker Crossbody ($398) Dress: Chinti & Parker Jersey Dress ($102)
For the Office. I am still loving flounce skirts as an alternative to the classic pencil. They’re a bit more fun, and useful for evening and daytime events. If you’re looking for a printed one for less, Banana Republic has a black and white chain print skirt. If basic black is your poison, this Ann Taylor skirt is a good choice.
Plus-size? Try this Land’s End skirt with a rear flounce. Petite? This Anthropologie skirt is cute.
I paired the skirt with a simple white sweater and a statement necklace. Need a cheaper sweater? Try this Lord & Taylor cashmere sweater for less than $50. I love the modern look of the necklace. It fits close to the collar to complement the neckline.
Blush and black is one of my favorite combinations. This coat is a bit out of my price range, so I think this Topshop skirted coat is a better choice. I also love this Helene Berman coat that’s a grey and blush melange for under-$125. Want something brighter? J.Crew’s final sale still has a few sizes left in their bright coral coat.
The rest of the accessories include a simple satchel and some interesting rings. I chose a black ring to pair with the necklace, and this cool Elizabeth & James knuckle ring. You can find a similar black ring for less from K. Amato.
For the hair, I’m all about a soft updo, maybe a loose French twist. For the makeup, I would choose a rose blush and a muted mauve lipstick. I like the $8 Ulta lipstick in smoky quartz.
For Casual Days. When you’re a fashion blogger, you must have self-control or else you’ll buy every pretty thing you see. But this dress…this dress fell into the “must buy” category that hits a sweet spot where affordability and style converge. Navy and black stripes with long sleeves? Yes, please. The dress also comes in midnight blue and mushroom stripes.
Want something similar in plus-size? Have a look at this Torrid Raglan dress. Petite? This Ann Taylor dress is a close, but not perfect, match.
For the accessories, I chose a black stud earring with a gold setting. I like the peaked edges for a little something extra. The pendant is from Stella & Dot and it’s one of my favorite necklaces. If you’d like a similar look for less, try this $13 Panache Pendulum Necklace.
How great is this Coach bag? I love the mix of snakeskin and black trim. So chic. For a similar look, try this black and white Aldo satchel or this snakeskin and black Olivia Joy satchel.
For the hair, I would wear it down. For the makeup, I would paint the nails black (I like the light shimmer in Jin Soon Obsidian) and I wouldn’t scrimp on the eyeliner.