Shopping My Closet
February 4, 2014

Flipping the pages: part 2

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Happy Tuesday! Hope everyone is having a wonderful week so far. Yesterday, I shared with you a sweater pick from the spring J.Crew catalog. Today, I will show you how I would style two chic, work-ready outfits.

First up: Polka dot popover (similar)

Polka dot popover

Polka dots draw a lot of attention and can easily be the focal point of an outfit. They also allow you to get away with minimal accessories, but still look very well put together. I’m a real sucker for polka dots, large or small. As you can see, the polka dots on this shirt are well-spaced and uniform. Pairing this top with black slacks provides some contrast, and a skinny gold belt defines the waistline. A navy cardigan provides a subtle pop of color, while the addition of a chunky seafoam-colored necklace creates visual interest. If a more formal outfit were required, I would replace the cardigan with a black blazer … business ready!

J. Crew polka dot popover outfit

Slacks: here / here / here
Skinny gold belt: here / here / here
Navy cardigan: here / here / here
Seafoam necklace: here / here / here

For my second work-ready outfit, I chose this dress and necklace:

Gwen dress and petal necklace

Colorblocking has been a trend for some time now, and probably for good reason: it transforms a muted look to a more playful one. To achieve balanced colorblocking (and not look like a clown!), I usually pair either contrasting or complementary colors. I’ll generally utilize a maximum of two to three colors because 1) that way, the outfit won’t look too busy, and 2) I’m wearing the outfit (not the other way around!).

This dress is a good example of colorblocking – your attention is drawn to the dominant black color, which helps affirm a balanced silhouette. There are two colors in the dress, but black and cream are neutrals. Pairing neutral colors with a pair of red pumps adds an instant amount of pizzazz. Lastly, the crystal statement necklace adds some flair without being overly dominant. A cream satchel with metal hardware detailing complements the dress and necklace, and you’re all set!

J.Crew Gwen dress and petal necklace styled

Dress: exact / similar / similar
Necklace: exact / similar / similar
Red pumps: here / here / here
Satchel: here / here / here

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