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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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In Praise of the A-Line Skirt

The skirt that complements all figures!  Ladies, isn’t it nice to know that there is at least one skirt out there that will look smashing on everyone?  The A-line skirt!  It sits comfortably on the hips and then subtly flares out so that it’s not hugging anything that doesn’t want to be hugged.  With a cute pair of flats or heels, this type of skirt is a success in both professional and casual environments.  The A-line simply makes every girl look cute!

This particular skirt is fun for me since it is (GASP!) patterned.  Under some friendly guidance, I was convinced to step out of my solids-only comfort zone and try what at the time felt like a bold pattern.  Well, the venture worked, and now I’m a supporter of breaking out of the pencil skirt uniform once in a while and swapping it with a little patterned flair.

Remember this H&M blazer from last week and how I said that I couldn’t get enough of it?  Well, voila!  Outfit #2 where the blazer just makes it all come together.  Because they were purchased separately, I was very pleased to discover that they went together so well.  Besides their excellent color coordination, a fitted blazer is a good choice to complement an a-line skirt because it offsets the skirt’s billowy shape by creating a more structured look on the top half of your body.  That’s the general rule:  one part loose + one part fitted = one great outfit!

You may have noticed … Lindsay and I love to accent an outfit with colorful shoes!  These are some Nine West gems picked up on sale when their 59th Street location was going out of business (recession, ugh).  They are pointy (yessssss), faux snakeskin (YESSSSS) and green (YESS!!!!).  Oh, and did I mention that they are insanely comfortable? They are like Cole Hann Nike Air comfortable, but for a fraction of the price. Any other suggestions on where to find incredibly comfortable heels?

Meredith’s Look:

Shoes: Nine West ($25)

Skirt: Gap ($35)

Shirt: Gap ($25)

Blazer: H&M ($20)

I leave you with some spring blossoms…

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A Pleated Skirt on Park Ave

Now that below freezing temperatures are a thing of past, it’s time to bring out some spring and summer pieces from the depths of my wardrobe.  This black pleated skirt from Banana Republic is one of those. It’s lightweight and perfect for these warm spring days.  One of the skirt’s major attributes is that it translates quite well into an evening look.  Add a little extra color or bling and you’re ready for drinks with friends!

This skirt can pose a small risk: you never know when a breeze might come through and *whooops!* your skirt just did a little flip.  I saw this happen to a girl crossing Park Ave on a particularly windy autumn morning and just felt so embarrassed for her – I wanted to rush over and quietly commiserate!  Luckily (or unluckily?) for her, she had no clue that her cute skirt was doing backflips behind her, so no commiserating was necessary.

This is my favorite ring!  Besides having good memories tied to it, I’m always receiving compliments for its great color and size.  I really enjoy its simple focus on the turquoise stone – no need to get fancy with frivilous silverwork.  Sidenote: black nail polish? What do we think??

Final point: this short-sleeved blazer is such a versatile piece. Perhaps too versatile (if that’s possible.) Most mornings I want to wear it, but then remember that I wore it the day before!  Since it is a short blazer, it works especially well with high waisted skirts and pants.  Best of all, it was an inexpensive H&M purchase!  I wish that I had been smart enough to pick one up in black when I bought this last spring.

Happy Friday to you all!  Enjoy the weekend!  Saturday is looking promising with sunshine and a high of 70!

Meredith’s Look:

Skirt: Banana Republic, $45

Shirt: Banana Republic, $25

Blazer: H&M, $20

Shoes: Steve Madden, $60

Ring: Parisian souvenir

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The Feminine Side of a Boyfriend Blazer and Jeans

Blazer – sailor shirt – boyfriend jeans: an outfit trifecta!  This is quite possibly the most comfortable outfit I own.

Even though Cubicle Chic focuses on dressing for the office, we like to provide weekend inspiration occassion.  We all know that the end of the work week does not spell the end of creative fashion, but rather, it can be turned up a few more notches during those precious 48 hours.  So for today, even though it’s Monday and the weekend feels far, far away, we give you a casual weekend look to remind you of the fun times you just had, and those that are to come in five short days.
For you vintage lovers: if you haven’t already, you must check out the vintage shops on Etsy RIGHT NOW. I will warn you: you might never be able to leave. I’m hooked! I think it’s the sheer amount of items for sale that draws me in. The quintessential spring dress, the weekend bag of my dreams, the kitschy cow clock for my kitchen… they are all just around the corner and keep me clicking through day after day.

This blazer is an excellent find from one of my Etsy spelunking adventures. I found it at Nickie Frye’s shop, and now I’m eyeing this lovely item. Go buy it before I get the chance!

Ladies and gentlemen: a headband bow!  I know headbands are old news, but I’m not really one for things on my head, be that hats, headbands, barrettes, scarves … so while walking around town with a big, black satin bow on my head, I didn’t feel like myself.  Any thoughts on hairpieces?

There’s nothing like a honkin’ Swarovski crystal hanging from your neck.

The neighbors forgot that it’s months past both Christmas and Valentine’s Day.  I’m of the opinion, however, that there’s no such thing as too festive for too long.

Meredith’s BK duds:

Headband: courtesy of Lindsay

Shirt: H&M ($12)

Blazer: Nickie Frye ($38)

Jeans: Victoria’s Secret Catalogue ($40)

Necklace: Branché Jewelry Design

Shoes: Converse (40€ so….more than that in dollars)

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The Gentleman’s Lookbook No. 1

“Easter in New Orleans”

Easter is a time of rebirth and renewal.  Flowers are beginning to bloom, the sun is coming out, and for many, it’s the season of redemption.  For the Gentleman, Easter means that it’s time to bring out some of his more whimsical pieces.  I love spring and summer for men’s style because you can get away with more outrageous get ups.

Here’s what I wore for Easter this year.  Take a look, and then I’ll break down the details.

I’m really happy with the way this classic American spring look came out, and there’s a lot about it to discuss.  Far too much, in fact, for one post, so today I’ll discuss the three things that please me most: the trousers, the tie and the blazer.

Seersucker is the classic summer fabric. It’s a lightweight cotton fabric in white with subtle, typically blue stripes, and the fabric feels ribbed.  In the Northeast, it’s a rule of thumb that seersucker should be worn only between Memorial Day and Labor Day.  In New Orleans with its early spring, Easter is opening day for this fabric.

While many men donned a full seersucker suit for the holiday, I wanted something a bit more varied and casual, so I paired my seersucker trousers with a classic navy blazer.  I really liked how the navy blazer called out the thin navy stripes of the seersucker.  I’ll be talking more about navy blazers in the future because they are an essential part of a man’s wardrobe and common enough to be found at discount or thrift relatively easily.

Finally, the focal point of the ensemble was my raw silk regimental tie in jewel toned pastels.  This is one of my favorite articles of clothing.  When I bought it, I’d never seen anything like it.  The raw silk has amazing texture, the colors are unique and eye-grabbing and it is a splash of spring color in an otherwise cool-hued outfit.

To get this semi-dressy spring/summer look, balance a lighter trouser (seersucker, or if you want to be more conventional, a light chino khaki) with a navy blazer and a bold spring tie.  As it begins to warm up across the country, try this out for your next trip to the rooftop bar, al fresco restaurant or afternoon at the country club.

Steve’s Easter Style:

Navy blazer: Brook’s Brothers ($40 off of Ebay, silver buttons added)

White, French-cuffed dress shirt: H&M ($40)

Raw silk tie: J. Press ($75 and can be found here)

Seersucker trousers: J. Crew on sale ($15, retails $98)

Blue silk pocket square: J. Press ($15)

Pink silk knots (in place of cufflinks and not visible): Brooks Brothers ($8)

Brown belt: in my closet for years, so I’m gonna go with Gap

Wayfarer Sunglasses: Ray-Ban ($60 off of Ebay)

Cordovan lace-up dress shoes: Johnston & Murphy (discussed in last post)

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