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Ruffles for Work

Black Blazer

I love me some ruffles. Especially when wearing a suit, they are a nice feminine touch that softens the outfit’s strong lines. I don’t consider myself a girlie-girl (pink is practically an untouchable in my opinion), but I find myself unable to resist the pull of ruffles on the racks at the store. Ruffled skirts, shirts, dresses, shoes – they all need to be touched and investigated. So when I unwrapped this shirt last Christmas, you can imagine the pleased look on my face. Nice shopping, dear aunt!

Ruffles

Ruffles

Cute and playful, right? But still professional. The ruffles fill up the blazer so nicely. Now, I probably shouldn’t bring this up, but I made a little fashion faux-pas with this outfit… the blacks don’t match perfectly. The skirt and blazer were bought separately, are from different brands and are aging at different rates. If you look closely, you can tell that the skirt is a slightly lighter black than the blazer (it is about a year older). Of course, I could blame this all on tricks of the lighting, but… honesty is the best policy.

Happy Monday to all!

Ruffles

Meredith’s Look:

Shirt: Gap, a gift from my aunt

Skirt: Banana Republic, $40

Blazer: Zara, $70

Shoes: Cole Haan, $70

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Green Blouse on a Red Bench

Green Blouse

This is probably my favorite shade of green. It’s such a warm hue and it matches my pale and redheaded coloring well. Plus, ever since the end of high school, I’ve switched from mostly silver jewelry to a stronger gold collection, and this green is just meant to be worn with gold.

Lindsay mentioned her tights earlier this week, and like her, I have also had to make the transition back into wearing them to work. You just can’t survive the fall and winter commute without them. Of course, this can drastically (that’s a strong word… ) change your look because you’ve got another fabric and color to integrate. At first I was unsure as to whether I liked these black tights with my camel heels because the contrast makes the shoes POP in a way I’m not accustomed to, but I decided in the end that I liked how all of the colors came together.

Interested in discussing tights and how to wear them? Check back on Friday!

Red Bench

Green Blouse

Hmmm. Maybe should have titled this post “Look Right.”

Green Blouse Gold Buttons

So here’s the sad part: this shirt died! Photos were taken and then RRRRRRIP: one shoulder got a huge tear. My favorite green is gone, but at least I was able to save the buttons. They are just so cute and shiny, I bet I could find another green blouse as a new home for these buttons. It’s a shame to lose the tuxedo folds and the ruffle sleeves, but this is a hardship I’m confident I will eventually overcome.

Green Blouse

Meredith’s Look:

Shirt: Banana Republic, $25 (but that’s a guess)

Skirt: Banana Republic, $60

Shoes: Aldo, $50

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Favorite Sweater

Fall Jacket

Gray Sweater

It kind of stinks when your favorite sweater isn’t actually yours. This is the case for me seeing as my favorite sweater (gray wool/cashmere blend that’s deliciously soft and gathers every so flatteringly at the hips) is in fact the property of one of my best friends from college. The sweater was her grandmother’s, so it doesn’t come as a surprise that no amount of not-so-subtle hints or suggestions of a trade have been able to convince her to part with it. So when it was delivered to me several weeks ago, I couldn’t have been more surprised or pleased! Of course, it is only on loan, so while I have it to enjoy, I must share it with you!

Lindsay and I don’t usually post about casual outfits on Mondays, but after such a beautiful weekend of the perfect fall weather for trying out your favorite wardrobe pieces, it feels right to feature one of mine. In addition to the best sweater in the world, my outfit includes a fall jacket I recently thrifted and am loving. It’s gray and black, so matches most everything, and its slight shimmer allows it to be both casual and dressy. For $10, that’s pretty perfect. It also has a ladylike feel due to its three-quarter length sleeves and long length. With cowboy boots and jeans, I feel a little badass. Cowboy boots gives you a presence on the sidewalk with their pointy toes and loud footsteps – people give you a little more space. And for those who don’t give me the space, I’m just about ready to look them in the eyes and say: there ain’t enough room in this town for the both of us, so you better scram! Then again, maybe it’s not the boots that are affecting my attitude, it might just be New York City. I swear… this city is making me a meaner and more cynical person! Any other New York transplants feel this way, or are you all thicker skinned?

Fall Jacket

Fall Jacket

Meredith’s Look:

Jacket: Thrifted, $10

Sweater: Borrowing (forever??)

Jeans: Earnest Sewn sample sale, $70

Boots: Thrifted, $120

Purse: ModCloth, $65

Necklace: Branche Jewelry Design

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Sleek Blouse and Statement Necklace

Statement Necklace

Elegant. That’s how a shiny new black button-down and a statement necklace can make one feel. Black is sleek and a fantastic necklace gives any outfit a little extra punch. This specific button-down is one of the non-iron shirts that Banana has been advertising for several seasons now, and when I finally tried one on and found that it actually fit quite nicely, I decided to add it to my closet. It was a good choice! Now I just have to wait and see if this non-iron claim is for real. I am a lazy dresser and never remember to iron before going to bed, so as I stumble around in the morning getting ready for work, the last thing I want to do is pull out the ironing board to make my shirt presentable for the office.

Statement Necklace

Statement Necklace

Fabulous, right? There aren’t a lot of colors, but the intricate pattern and loose chain make for quite the eye-catching piece. I love the way it looks peaking out from the collar of the button-down, and I think that it could also work above the shirt when completely buttoned up. Next time!

Statement Necklace

Meredith’s Look:

Shirt: Banana Republic, $45

Skirt: Banana Republic, $45

Necklace: c/o JUWLZ New York

Shoes: Steve Madden, $60

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Cubicle Chic on Snapshot Fashion

Cubicle Chic Snapshot Fashion 

Go check out our guest post of fall looks on Snapshot Fashion! Thanks again Diane!

Leather Jacket

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Brown Button-Down

I “wore the pants” just two weeks ago, and here’s another pair! They’ve been featured on the site in the past, however, they do not get nearly as much airtime as my favorite skirts. I’m not sure what it is, maybe the change in seasons or the fact that all of my stockings and nylons from last winter are full of holes and falling apart, but I’ve been reaching for my pants of late as I’m getting ready for work.

Despite wanting to wear pants, I can’t say that I love any of my trousers as much as my skirts. They simply don’t fit as well. Besides the issue of length (not many companies make trousers quite long enough for me…), I’m struggling to find a cut that is flattering at the waist, through the leg and at the heel. I’m going to do some serious research on this topic soon, so any suggestions to start me off?

Pop – pop – pop that collar!

Like the pants that were hiding in the back of my closet, I am currently rediscovering my button-down shirts. There’s a reason they are considered a classic – they are flattering and make any any office outfit look professional. The only issue is finding one that fits you just right. My problem is finding one that is long enough and also still relatively fitted. The one I’m wearing here has aged well, is a versatile brown and is long enough to tuck into most skirts and trousers. The popped collar doesn’t come out at work, but it’s a great way to show off the necklace.

I’m usually a proponent of tucking shirts in, but this one has a nice hemline for leaving untucked. It gives the outfit more of a casual look overall, but not one that wouldn’t pass at the office. Plus, you don’t have to worry about keep your shirt tucked neatly into your pants all day (a huge plus). You are almost guaranteed to be just a little bit more comfortable.

Meredith’s Look:

Shirt: Banana Republic, price completely forgotten!

Pants: Banana Republic, $45

Shoes: Target, $20

Necklace: Branche Jewelry Design

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Cubicle Chic on The Stylester

Like what you see? Take a look at our guest post on The Stylester today. This marks Cubicle Chic’s first official collaboration! A big thanks to Ritu of The Stylester for helping to make this possible! 

Meredith Duncan Cubicle Chic

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