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!
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!
Shirt: Gap, a gift from my aunt
Skirt: Banana Republic, $40
Blazer: Zara, $70
Shoes: Cole Haan, $70
I can’t believe that this is the first time I’ve shared this dress! It’s one of my favorites, but for some reason it got lost in the back of my closet for most of the summer. Shirt dresses aren’t usually options that would work for the office, but this one is more formal than most. It’s long enough, has a cute tie around the waist and the ruffles definitely dress it up. This is a great option for the summer, but it can also transition into the fall when paired with nylons and a cardigan. I don’t think it can quite make it into winter, though. The fabric is just too thin to provide any protection against the wind, snow and rain. (Not looking forward to that!)
The top half of the dress is like a low-key tuxedo shirt. I love ruffles, but I find that a lot of styles go a little too far with their ruffle designs, especially for tops that are meant to be worn to work. There’s just too much puffiness going on – like an overenthusiastic bow on a birthday present. Not with this dress, though!
Worn with my neutral-colored flats, this outfit feels sweet and cute, which is a nice change of pace for the workplace. Most often I dress in strong lines, like pencil skirts and simple blouses, but not every day needs a power suit. So on a morning when I’m feeling relaxed, this dress is just right. I also enjoyed the juxtaposition of this look in front of the graffitied wall. Besides providing a strong contrast, the colors actually match – white graffiti with the dress and orange graffiti with my hair 🙂
Dress: Gap, price forgotten (it was years ago!)
Shoes: Banana Republic, $30
Bracelet: Branché Jewelry Designs
I feel a little bit like a Christmas ornament in this shirt, but there’s nothing wrong with some holiday spirit in the middle of July, right? Actually, the shirt does make more appearances around Christmas, because I enjoy being cheesy like that.
Of course, it’s rather chilly in December for a sleeveless top, so it ends up working quite well as a summer option. I just throw on a cardigan while in the office and then can be sweater-free and cool (well, cooler…this 90 degree heat doesn’t allow for cool) while commuting and grabbing lunch.
Because of the ruffles, it wasn’t until I’d worn the shirt a couple of times that I considered adding my favorite strand of pearls. Usually busy shirts don’t need jewelry, but the pearls are the perfect length and add a lady like touch. Plus, they help pull my muted gray shoes (a deviation from my go-to black heels) together with the rest of the outfit.
Check back in December to see how it works as a winter look! 😉
Shirt: Max Studio, $30
Pants: Banana Republic, $45
Shoes: Banana Republic, $30
Necklace: The Beadin’ Path
Who doesn’t love New York in the spring? It’s so gorgeous, I can’t stand it. Unfortunately, New York isn’t a town-for-all-seasons. It’s f-f-f-freezing in the winter and hot and sticky (…and stinky) in the summer. In fact, there are approximately two to four weeks of “perfect weather” in this city each year and this week happens to be one of them. This dress, on the other hand, is a year-round beauty. With black nylons and a chunky-knit black sweater (or “blush” colored sweater, to match the dots) it’s perfect for chilly autumn and winter days. The sleeve ruffles make it a touch too casual for the office, so I always pair it with this white grandpa-style cardigan… perfect for spring and summer.
My Lulu Guinness booties are quite possibly the most comfortable and most complimented shoes I own. I’ve worn them so much, I’m afraid of wearing them out! I need to bring them to a good, cheap cobbler… stay tuned for a recommendation 🙂
The ruffle detail is so pretty and feminine, don’t you think?
This would be a perfect day-to-night cocktail dress, just slip the cardigan off and add tons of bangles (not shown here, I’m still working on my collection!) – perhaps a necklace – and you’ll be ready to hit the town in no time.
Black polka dot dress: Urban Outfitters, $65
Cardigan: BCBG Max Azria Outlet, $30
Black booties: Lulu Guinness, $350 (but they were a gift from working a Huminska fashion show)
Earrings: Courtesy of Meredith