I love a neutral look for work, and one that incorporates layers and ruffles is even better. I find LOFT blouses to really stand the test of time – I’ve had one particular pleated blouse for years and I wore it to pretty much every conference, presentation, and interview and I still love it. Looking for another staple to add to my wardrobe, I was excited to find this ruffled, fluted sleeve blouse in their spring collection. The front and sleeves are their signature woven material that doesn’t crease, and the back is a jersey fabric. I topped it with this gorgeous faux-suede jacket from blankNYC that I talked about in a previous post. I paired the blouse and jacket with the most comfortable black jeans ever from Old Navy. They aren’t traditional denim type material – rather they are a very soft, almost twill-like material with tons of stretch. I basically feel like I’m wearing leggings in them.
With the spring and summer months come weddings, cocktail parties, and other happy events for which you want to pull out fancier dresses and high heels. In the past though, I hadn’t really been too adventurous with my occasion wear – I had a few dresses that I would rotate (most of them some sort of black lace) and that would be that. However, for the first wedding of this season, I was really inspired to choose a dress that encompassed the design details I’ve been loving in my every day clothing recently – pastel colors, lace, and ruffles. This dress from ASOS was unlike everything else I had been seeing, and I immediately gravitated towards it for its feminine details and fitted shape. Once I tried it on, I started thinking about how even just the dress elevated my occasion wear game significantly, but there were a few additional tips I wanted to share to help you put together the perfectly styled, event-ready outfit!
Finding the perfect work pants has got to be one of the more difficult style challenges. I prefer my pants to be very form fitting, basically a denim/legging fit, otherwise I just look kind of stumpy. The other day, I stopped into several stores that are known for their workwear pants: Express, JCrew, Banana Republic, and White House Black Market. I was on the hunt for a lighter color pair of pants, in a taupe or warm neutral. I tried on so. Many. Pants. (I considered it research both for you and for me) and I was irked at how many pants claimed and looked on the model to be slim or even legging fit, and were anything but! I don’t know if I just have small calves, but they would fit right on the top, but then look baggy past the knees.
There’s no better way to introduce spring into your wardrobe than with a denim miniskirt. Recently, denim skirts have been popping up in dark, sophisticated washes and front details like buttons or zippers. The hardware details going down the front of the skirt elongates the legs and I love a classic dark wash for versatility.