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.
Since my job requires close-toed shoes, I invested in these Carima moccasin flats from Kate Spade. I love the warm blush color, the pointed toe, and most importantly, how they are more coverage than ballet flats. They are stiff at first – I broke them in by wearing a thin pair of socks with them around the house.
This leather tote from Jack Georges was a “blue-moon” find at TJmaxx years ago, but I did find it available on their retail website. I carried this bag all through grad school and for traveling, and I still love it. It is completely lined, has a separate padded section for your laptop, and then pockets for notebooks, pens, and other bits and bobs. It is the most versatile tote ever, and so high quality. If it’s in your budget, I would say it is worth the full retail price, because it will last you for so, so long.
Thank you so much for reading! x
Photos by the incredible Eliza Niforatos