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Thursday, December 18, 2014 by Belle

Ask Belle: In Search of Trouser Jeans


Hi Belle,

I found your blog a few months ago and it saved my life when I was interviewing for jobs.  My office allows us to wear jeans on Friday, but skinny jeans aren’t permitted (for women or men, THANK GOD).  You’ve talked about ‘trouser jeans’ in the past, and I’m not sure what those look like.  I don’t want to end up in bell bottoms so I hope you can point me in the right direction.  

With thanks, Ailee

Imagine ladies’ suit trousers made of denim, and that’s what trouser jeans should look like.  Here are some options:


NYDJ Isabella Jeans ($114)

With a wider leg opening, a dark, uniform wash, and a not-too-fitted cut, these jeans are the quintessential trouser jean.  The denim is of a lighter weight for winter or summer wear.  And the style is flattering and forgiving (because whose waistline doesn’t need a bit of forgiveness during the holidays?).  These jeans also come in petite, tall, and plus sizes.

In the over-$100 price range, I also like the AG Angel Bootcut Jean, which is a bootcut/trouser hybrid.  The 7 for all Mankind Dojo jeans are another good option, and they’re on sale for $85.  Lastly, give the the Joe’s Curvy Bootcut Jean a look.  A few friends with tough-to-fit figures had good luck with the Joe’s option.

Need something under-$100?  Gap’s Long & Lean jean and their Perfect Boot Jean are both good options (in tall and petite).  LOFT also has a modern trouser jean in a very dark wash. Banana Republic also makes a sleek denim trouser.  Plus-size?  Try these jeans from Eddie Bauer.

Thursday, December 18, 2014 by Belle

Morning Line: December 18


Last week, I broke the heel on my grey pumps while stepping out of my car.  I went to two department stores looking for a replacement pair to no avail.  Luckily, the Internet never fails me.

Corner Office


L.K. Bennett Florete Pump ($325)

Middle Cubicle


Cole Haan Kyle Pump ($149)

I also like these Michael Kors pumps in embossed leather with a metallic accent.

Intern Desk


BCBG Gaminka Pump ($59)

These H&M Pumps are also a nice under-$25 choice.

Wednesday, December 17, 2014 by Belle

Gift Guide: Chic Storage Pouches



Deux Lux Elle Pouch ($45)

I love leather pouches.  I organize my handbag and school bag with pouches like this one (medications in one, pens in one, etc.).  This Deux Luxe pouch is nice.  I also love this gorgeous eggplant bag from Yoox.  And these metallic West Elm pouches are my favorite.

Prefer something not made of leather?  J.Crew has a cool metallic canvas bag.  But these personalizable pouches from Mark & Graham may be the best ones I found.  I love the neutral black and tan colorblock.

Wednesday, December 17, 2014 by Belle

Belle’s Workday Reading: December 17, 2014




1) Some people want their career to be their passion.  Others just want a good job.  Levo League has the question you need to ask yourself if you think your career path falls into the first category.

2) This black satchel from Target is perfectly modern.  It’s also 30%-off with code JOY30.

3) LinkedIn covers the career choices that you may regret.  I agree with “thinking you can change something about the job” and undervaluing your own happiness.

4) The Net-a-Porter work dress section makes it hard not to covet expensive designer fashions.  Luckily, I can appreciate this phenomenal Burberry dress with chiffon sleeves, this patterned Narciso Rodriguez dress, and this Roland Mouret sculpted sheath from afar.

5) 7 Tips for Writing Cold E-mails to Prospective Employers.

6) Looking for some work pieces under-$100?  This Halogen skirt in a metallic pewter is a unique option.  I also love this black peplum jacket from Forever21.  And don’t miss this short sleeve, burgundy dress from H&M.

7) A Korean Airlines VP, who is also the daughter of the airline’s chairman, threw a temper tantrum on a flight over a bag of macadamia nuts.  Her father promptly fired her.  The article discusses some interesting cultural issues.

8) This MAC Keepsakes Palette has all my favorite eyeshadow shades in one place. So gorgeous.

9) It’s almost the New Year so I’m thinking about ways to improve my financial habits.  A columnist at The Cut has 11 great tips for getting financially healthy.

10) This Delicat heel has a sculpted vamp that is perfectly feminine and chic.  They’re the perfect thing for transitioning from day-to-night.  I can’t believe they’re only $39.

11) The Atlantic has an article about a structural shift in the American workforce.  More men describe themselves as “non-working” than ever before, and the increasing industrialization is eliminating “manliness.”  It’s an interesting take.

12) Continuing my Stella & Dot obsession, I bought this Aria layered necklace, and I am obsessed with it.

*image found here.

Wednesday, December 17, 2014 by Belle

Morning Line: December 17



BR Marled Sweater Dress ($150)

Banana Republic is becoming my go-to place for chic casual and work clothes.  This marled sweater is perfectly chunky.  I also like this textured shirttail dress with black tights and boots.  And this fit-and-flare dress is a versatile choice.

If it’s been a while since you’ve shopped at Banana, start with their sweaters.  I like this chunky, ivory pullover and this horizontal stitch sweater in a gorgeous grey hue.  Their shoes are also worth a look.  I own these Ninah pumps in two colors, and I love them.

Also, if you head over there, and there isn’t a discount available, just wait until tomorrow.  No need to pay full price when a discount code is almost guaranteed to arrive in a day or two.

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Updated for 2014