Today's Everyday Fashion: The Skinny Tie

Inspiration:  Shop Bazaar

Inspiration: Shop Bazaar

Navy boucle jacket, black trousers, tie front blouse
Navy jacket, tie front blouse, black trousers

My first attempt at the tie-front blouse trend resulted in something slightly resembling a sailor costume (a couple weeks ago, here). And now today's attempt is a little Colonel Sanders. I will take the fried chicken, because I like today's version better! I am really liking this skinny tie-front blouse and can see myself wearing it a lot this season.

My first outfit (above) is inspired by a magazine spread. I love the sophistication the skinny tie adds to a navy boucle jacket and black trousers. And my second look (below) is a fun (and much cheaper) take on Gwen Stefani's outfit. I don't know if I will ever wind up wearing it as pictured, but I do like the overall idea and Gwen looks great in it. (I swear she can pull off anything!) Which outfit do you like better?

Top: H&M, $29 (similar, similar, similar)
Pants: Ann Taylor, $18 (similar, similar)
Jacket: Zara, $90 (similarsimilarsimilar
Shoes: Charles David c/o DNA Footwear 
Purse: Michael Kors/Macy's, $270 (similar)
Approx. dates: Jacket and purse are 3 years ago. Pants and shoes are 1 year ago. Top is new.

Inspiration:  INSTYLE

Inspiration: INSTYLE

H&M tie front blouse with Target tribal skirt

Top: H&M, $29 (similarsimilarsimilar)
Skirt: Target, $18 (similar, similar, similar)
Shoes: Forever 21, $37 (similarsimilar)
Purse: Urban Outfitters, $30 (similar)
Approx. dates: Purse is 5 years ago. Shoes are 2 years ago. Skirt is 1 year ago. Top is new.