Today's Everyday Fashion: All Business

 
Boyfriend blazer, bow blouse
Boyfriend blazer, bow blouse
Double breasted blazer, bow blouse
Inspiration: Dillard's

Inspiration: Dillard's

 

Vests are so clever! They contain all the sophistication of a blazer, while making - in some cases - an even bigger style statement. Take the catalog inspiration, for example. Pairing a long vest over a classic bow blouse is the perfect outfit for a casual Friday at the office, or any other time you'd like to feel a bit polished. It's an easy look I'd definitely try for a work meeting!

Vest: Express, $29 (similar, similar, gray, pink)
Shirt: H&M, $29 (similar below)
Jeans: Denizen c/o, $28
Shoes: Charles David c/o (same)
Purse: Marc Jacobs/Saks Off 5th, $288 (similarsimilar)
Approx. dates: Shirt and shoes are 2 years ago. Jeans, purse and vest are recent.

Bow blouse on a budget

Today's Everyday Fashion: Fancy Plaid

 
Green plaid scarf, brooches, full skirt
Green plaid scarf, black full skirt, tights
Trio of brooches, green plaid
Green plaid, green sweater, full skirt
Inspiration: Atlantic Pacific via Bloglovin

Inspiration: Atlantic Pacific via Bloglovin

 

Who knew that pairing a plaid scarf with a full skirt and black tights could be so chic?! Just add some sparkle with a necklace or a trio of brooches and you're all set. (Bonus if you go with brooches: they keep your scarf in place when attached to the sweater!) Of course, there are always things I wish I could reach into the photos and fix - like switching to plain black pumps (no pouf), plus I've been meaning to buy a longer black skirt for AGES. (Today's look this finally motivated me to place an order: the 3rd similar skirt option below.) And while it may not hold a candle to the inspiration, both outfits have elements that are so perfectly festive for the holidays!

Sweater: LOFT, $20 (similar, similar, similar)
Scarf: boutique c/o, $14 (similar, similar, similar)
Skirt: Bloomingdale's c/o, $68 (similar, similar, similar)
Shoes: Ross c/o, $32 (same)
Purse: Marc Jacobs/Saks Off 5th, $288 (similar, similar, similar)
Brooches: JCPenney, Stella & Dot, vintage (similar below)
Approx. dates: Brooches are 4-8 years ago. Sweater is 4 years ago. Skirt is 2 years ago. Scarf is 1 year ago. Shoes and purse are recent.

Brooches under $40

~under $40~

Nordstrom Rack  /  Nordstrom  /  Amazon  /  Banana
Banana  /  Limited  /  Banana  /  Banana  /  Shoptiques
Nordstrom Rack  /  Banana  /  Limited  /  Banana
Ann Taylor  /  Topshop  /  Banana  /  Banana

Today's Everyday Fashion: Bundled Up

 
Ivory sweater dress, faux fur vest, over the knee boots
Ivory sweater dress, faux fur vest
Ivory sweater dress, faux fur vest
Inspiration: Macy's (Dress / Boots)

Inspiration: Macy's (Dress / Boots)

 

It took 7 years of living in Florida for me to crave a cold weather/skiing type of vacation. I was living in Boston prior Florida, and I've been slowly thawing out ever since! (It snows so much there!) To achieve today's cold weather look, I pinned a faux fur collar onto a fuzzy vest using safety pins. (I only used two pins for the photos but would recommend more to keep it secure while wearing.) I can envision this look next to a fireplace while sipping hot cocoa; hopefully that dream will become a reality soon. (Any recommendations for lodges/cute ski towns are appreciated!)

Dress: HSN c/o
Vest: Ross c/o, $18 (similar below)
Collar: H&M, $15 (similar below)
Boots: New York & Co., $63 (similarsimilarsimilar)
Purse: Marc Jacobs/Saks Off 5th purse, $225 (similarsimilar)
Necklace: My Stella & Dot
Approx. dates: Faux fur collar is 4 years ago. Vest, boots, and purse are 1 year ago. Dress is recent.