5 Fresh Workwear Blouses for Fall

five work blouses

Mock neck blouses are popping up across retail, providing a welcomed change in the sea of your standard v-neck tops. These overtly feminine pieces are an attractive option for work, especially if you only dress from the waist up. They bring attention and color to your face, which is all most of your colleagues are seeing of you these days anyway.

If you are back in the office, they pair beautifully with any bottom, like a slim pencil skirt, a full pleated skirt, and your favorite trouser in the best cut and shape for you. 

Of course, take this out of the office to drinks and dinner with a pair of jeans. Or, add a faux leather skirt and wear these straight into the holidays. 

Pick this style up if you have narrow shoulders and a small bust; however, avoid if you are bustier since it will only make you look wider and fuller than you are.

General body types this will complement are triangles since it will add volume to your upper half balancing out the lower, and straight up and down because it creates curves and visual interest. Hourglass could also pull it off as long as you balance your waist and hips.

It’s also a fantastic option for Petites with a small frame

I found five seriously gorgeous options in a range of sizes and prices. 

5 Fresh Workwear Blouses for Fall

 

five work blouses 

 

Banana Republic: Satin Billow Sleeve Blouse | Under $50, in regular, tall and petite, in rose (above) and navy.

J.Crew: Long Sleeve Ruffle Neck Top | Originally $89.50 (on sale for Under $50 with code FALLTIME) Sizes XXXS – 3X in green (above), white, pink and navy

Ann Taylor: Seersucker Mock Neck Top | $69.50 in dusty teal (above) sizes XXS – XXL

Anthropologie: Letizia Blouse | $98 in mauve (above) sizes XS – XL 

Nordstrom:  1. State, Keyhole Blouse | $69  in green (above) and pink sizes XXS – XXL


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How to Style Joggers

How to Wear Black Joggers Three Ways

Let’s break down how to style joggers. 

Last month our series, “What to Buy at,” featured Banana Republic. I love BR for their classic modern style and commitment to offering an inclusive size range. They make my job so much easier. 

After that post, I received several questions about how to wear these joggers, specifically, how to style joggers in an outfit for work and weekends. So today, I’m breaking down a few options to wear for whatever work looks like for you and ideas to make them casual, since right now those worlds are merging together. 

If you are new to our site (welcome!), today is an excellent example of how many of our posts are designed to help you build a functional, practical, and chic wardrobe. I use items from popular, mainstream retailers, focusing on realistic price points and inclusive size options. 

My goal is to help you build a wardrobe much like I did when I worked with my private styling clients. I reuse popular items throughout each season, so what you purchase through this site becomes a piece you turn frequently. 

In the looks below, I used a combination of items you may already own, along with some new options, all well priced, all available in a range of sizes. 

How to Style Joggers for Work 

 

How to Style Joggers

 

Joggers, $56

Maybe the best thing to come out of 2020 is jogger pants. They are having a big moment. With work and home life being one and the same, it’s nice to have a few pieces you can grab that straddle both worlds.

The cut, tapered leg, and drape of a jogger make them a more polished alternative to leggings and sweatpants. At this point, we know how much better it feels to get dressed in some capacity for our day. Feeling pulled together makes all the difference in our mood and productivity. 

These BR joggers are best sellers, on sale for under $60 in a range of sizes and colors. Black (above) and olive (ideas below) are the easiest colors to wear. Sizes are inclusive up to a XXL in missy and petite. 

Like Black Pants

 

How to Wear Black Joggers Three Ways

Sweater, $41, Loafers, $140, Crossbody, $130

Don’t let the casual nature of these pants throw you. Wear them like you would any pair of black pants. Here, I used this black and white marled sweater from Gap. It’s easy-peasy, comes in regular, tall and petite up to an XXL and on sale for $41. This is suppose to be oversized, not giant, but not fitted. I like how the sweater complements the joggers; both feel cozy and casual.

Then, to add a level of polish, some better pieces, like a structured crossbody bag by Madewell and these insanely comfortable loafers by Birdie

With a Jacket

How to Wear Black Joggers Three Ways

 

Tank, $48, Jacket, $169, Heels, $105, Hoops, $60

The trick to wearing a casual jogger with a jacket is to make sure the fabric of the jacket works with the jogger’s material. Here,I’m using the Ann Taylor motto jacket we featured earlier this month. It’s done in a knit, which means it will complement the blend of the joggers.

As a layer,I used this popular sleeveless shell (also from BR, in white and black). For this look, tuck the shell into the pants and give it a little blouse by pulling it out a bit.

Then, I added block heels in a python print that combines the two neutrals.

Finally, because the motto’s zippers are silver, you want to wear silver-tone accessories, like these hoops. It will help the look feel purposeful.

Party Up Top

 

 

How to Wear Black Joggers Three Ways

 

Sweater, $47, Necklace, $48, Earrings, $195, Lipstick, $28, Slippers, $120

If you are working from home and Zooming all day long, keeping things polished up top and comfy below is sometimes the way to go. 

Here, I’m using another Reader Fave, this under $50 silk and cashmere-blend sweater (members of our Private Facebook Page RAVE about it). It comes in six seasonal colors; I’m featuring the “pine.” 

When video conferencing, think about wearing colors that bring light and warmth to your face. The sweater is a lovely base to add some simple accessories, like a chain link necklace and stud earrings. These small details will add layers to your look and help you look more professional. 

What’s not professional are these Ugg slippers 🙂 Who knew when I bought them in late 2019 just how much I would wear them, lol. 

Finally, consider your make-up if you are regularly on camera. You may need a darker or brighter lipstick, so you don’t look washed out. My favorite is this red lip by Kosas.

 


Below is our article from March (when all of this nonsense started).  I used a similar pair of olive joggers to create three casual outfits. Almost all of the items are still available. 

How to Style Joggers for the Weekend 

How to Style Joggers for the Weekend

 

Joggers in olive, similar here

Joggers are what you want to wear when you don’t want to wear sweats. They are slightly better, and make all the different in that space between feeling sloppy and like you still have your life together. 

I’m featuring them in a dark army green. It’s a fantastic, updated neutral. 

Let’s dive into the first outfit: 

White Tee and Denim Jacket

Three Ways to Wear JoggersJoggers,   |  Tee, $25  |  Jacket, $79  |  Sneakers, $50

You likely have these pieces already hanging in your closet. I want to call out the tee shirt because it’s what many of you are looking for.  It’s a lovely ballet neckline with a sleeve that goes to your elbow, making it ideal for layering or to wear alone.

It’s available in: white here,  from a 00 (XXS) – 18 (XXL) and plus size 1X – 4X here. 

Then I added our favorite denim jacket by KUT. I just love it, I wear it all the time. It’s available in petite and missy up to an XXL.

Finally, I included these sweet tie top sneakers by Vans. I almost stopped myself from featuring them here, since my girls are obsessed with their slip on version, but these, with their contrasting sole and warm “marshmallow” color feel right for grown ups

Cozy Sweater

Three Ways to Wear Joggers

Joggers,  |  Sweater, $25  |  Necklace, $40  |  Sneaker, $48 

Temperatures are all over the place right now, at least on the east coast. One day it’s warm, the next it’s dark and chilly. 

My love of H&M sweaters is well documented. So I paired the joggers with this white, slightly oversized turtleneck sweater. (It’s getting limited in sizes but is available in regular and petite.)

I added a long necklace by Kendra Scott (on sale for under $40 at Nordstrom Rack) – because why not? Jewelry makes me feel human. 

Finally, I am crazy about these shoes by Louise et Cie. They are a leather slip on sneaker in a leopard print available in lots of sizes for under $50, also a Nordstrom Rack. I was not allowing myself to buy another leopard print shoe, but will be breaking that rule with these. 

Better Than a Sweats

 

How to Wear JoggersJoggers, $69.50  |  Sweatshirt, $38  |  Flats, $145  |  Earrings, $36 

I took the joggers and added a simple grey sweatshirt by Everlane. I find they run slightly small, so size up, or pay close attention to the measurements. 

Then I added these chic and comfortable Rothy’s in camo. I’m wearing my Rothly’s in my office almost daily. There’s something about wearing a real shoe that helps me feel grounded.

Now, keep in mind, my office is a few steps away from my house. I have to go outside to get in, so wearing shoes is required. I get it might be less important if you are currently working at your dining room table – just something to consider. 

Finally, these earrings, by our new favorite Gorjana. I’m mentioning them because they come in gold AND silver tone, and so many readers have requested more silver options. They are incredibly affordable and a simple way to raise your spirit. 


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A Zoom Perfect Piece for Under $40

J.Crew Factory Button-collar pullover sweatshirt in green, pink, and ivory

Here on the East Coast, right outside of Philadelphia, it feels like we skipped over a lingering summer and jumped headfirst into Fall. The leaves are already turning orange, and it’s cold enough in the mornings that my kids voluntarily wear a hoodie to the bus stop. 

Our big girls are back to school (in person!), the baby is turning two and has two speeds: running and asleep, and our calendars are as overscheduled as they were in the pre-COVID good old days.

I’ve never been more grateful for all the things on our plates. Whenever I want to complain about the busyness, I remind myself that the alternative is a disaster. 

Now that we are in full swing with the Fall season, I need to spend some time organizing my closet, and pulling my wardrobe together, so getting dressed for the day is easier. It’s no surprise that after this last six months, my closet needs some TLC. 

To start with, I need a few casual tops, that are cozy and chic, like this button top sweatshirt I found at J.Crew Factory.  I’m always looking for a basic with a twist and this checks all the boxes. 

J Crew Factory Button Top Sweatshirt

J.Crew Factory Button-collar pullover sweatshirt in green, pink, and ivory

 

Sweatshirt: $44.50 (plus 20% with Code: COMFY) NOW $35

I picked it up in white and green (head over to my Instagram to see how I’m wearing it today). You can wear it on it’s own, or layer over a long sleeve tee or collared shirt with your favorite jeans. 

Right now, it’s on sale for $35, in all sizes including a 3X. It’s just the thing if you are looking to add some casual yet polished options to your early fall wardrobe. 

And! Don’t forget! Our Fall 2020 Wardrobe Challenge starts THIS FRIDAY! This is the BEST time of year to participate, whether you are new to The Well Dressed Life, or have participated in the past, you will walk away with insights, clarity and a perfectly organized closet. 


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How to Wear Spanx Perfect Black Skinny Pants to Work

How to Wear Spanx Perfect Black Skinny Pants to Work

The Spanx “Perfect” Black Skinny Pants are among the most popular items we featured during the Nordstrom Sale. With all the comfort of a legging, these better basics can take you anywhere.

Good thing because we’re not only transitioning from the summer to the fall, but also from staying home to getting back out into the world. So whether you are working from home or are in the office, you will get a ton of use out of these pants.

How to wear the Spanx “Perfect” Black Skinny Pants

Spanx The Perfect Black Pant

 

Spanx The Perfect Black Pant, $128 

First, let’s talking about the pants, available in an XS – 3X

The comfort is next level. As someone who goes from sitting on the floor with my toddler, to working at my desk, to dropping my big girls off at sports practices, these pants let you move while looking polished. 

And now that we are inching closer to sweater weather – their flat front and pull on style are ideal. 

Look One: Work from Home 

 

How to Wear Spanx Perfect Black Skinny Pants to Work

 

Sweater, $69, Scarf, $51, Mules, $70, Yeti Mug, $29 

To work from home on a chilly day, add a cozy sweater. Chelsea28, available at Nordstrom, makes lovely, affordable knits. This particular sweater is supposed to be oversized. The shoulder is relaxed (or “dropped”) and the sleeves are extra long, so you can scrunch them up or pull them over your hands.

I happen to love a turtleneck. So here, I would pull my hair up in a messy ponytail and tie it with a scarf, like this one on sale at Wolf & Badger.

Then, instead of a real shoe, this hybrid of a slipper and mule by Ugg. I wear my Uggs all the time. They keep your feet toasty warm, but you can walk around in them to grab the mail or drive to the car line for school pick up. And of course, a mug to keep the never ending stream of coffee warm

Look Two: Back in the Office

How to Wear Spanx Perfect Black Skinny Pants to Work

Blazer, $109, Shell, $39, Earrings, $91, Bag, $328, Shoes, $69 

I’ve been hearing from readers who are back in the office and looking to find balance in dressing for a more relaxed environment, but still wanting to look professional.

Grab these pants, and add a few simple workwear basics, starting with this plaid blazer by Liverpool (available at Bloomingdale’s). It’s a beautiful piece that adds some casual structure to an outfit. It’s available in sizes up to XXL, with a little bit of stretch that will match the pants’ comfort.

Next, you need a layer, which is often hard to find. This one, by Halogen, is under $40. Scoop it up in ivory (above) and black if you need to refresh your core work wardrobe. There are also six other prints to choose from, including a classic leopard print you can layer under a black blazer or cardigan. Available in petite and missy. 

Then, a comfortable but professional shoe. I found these suede slingbacks with a block heel on sale for under $70. For jewelry, you have so many options. You could add a long necklace to create a lovely layered look under the jacket’s neckline or a bold earring, like these black onyx drops that mix classic and modern design.

Finally, a splurge-worthy quilted bag by Michael Kors to show how adding textural elements can elevate an outfit. You can see, by matching your hardware and metal tones, you can create a cohesive look easily.

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Buy Now, Wear Now and Later: J. Crew Polka Dot Top

Well Dressed - How to wear a polka dot top two ways

Buy Now, Wear Now and Later posts are some of my favorites to create.

The idea behind this series is to help you maximize your wardrobe, in between seasons.

Today, I’m working with this lovely polka dot peplum top, available in sizes 00 – 16 for under $80. (Currently 25% off with code EPIC)

As we move into fall, I’m going to start talking more about specific body types and how pieces I’m featuring can work to hence your shape. So going forward, on posts like this one, I’ll highlight how and why it will work for certain body types. 

But before I dive into it below, please remember these are just guidelines. Nothing in fashion is set in stone.

Key Piece: J.Crew Polka Dot Peplum Top 

How to wear a polka dot top two ways

Top, $79.50 

Take 25% off with code EPIC

A peplum top looks best on lean or straight up and down, sometimes called “boy” shape body types because it adds curves and dimension. 

It will add the same benefit for some rectangles

If you are an inverted triangle it will bring balance to your shoulders. 

For an hourglass, it will highlight your curves, so go for it!

Avoid a peplum if you are a traditional triangle, or an apple shape

How to Wear in the Summer

How to wear a polka dot top in the summer

Summer:  Top, $79.50  |  Jeans, $68  |  Earrings, $33  |  Slides, $77  |  Bag, $38

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How gorgeous is this look, made with items you may already have and under $100 if you want to pick  up something new. 

What’s important here are the jeans. If you wear a peplum top you MUST wear a slim bottom, either straight or skinny, depending on what looks best on you. 

I’m using these Wit & Wisdom jeans because I know many of you already have them. It’s nice that they hit right at the ankles, this creates an airiness to the outfit. For a other white jean options in all sizes check out our series Basics Building: The Best White Jeans.

Now, the accessories. There is a lot going on in the top, so while we want to keep the rest fairly simply, it’s nice to also draw attention to your face. These these affordable earrings are stunning. They add texture, movement and are just incredibly chic. 

Then, this stunning bag, that was originally $177 is now only $48.  WHAT? Yes. Total year end steal. 

Finally, since this is for the warm weather,  these slides are perfection. They are part of the Nordstrom sale and 40% off. Scoop them up now, wear for the next month or so and have them at the ready next spring. 

How to Wear in the Fall

how to wear a polka dot top in the fall

 

Fall: Top, $79.50  |  Jeans, $68   Cardigan, $40  |  Boots, $99  |  Bag, $60  |  Earrings, $65 

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Now let’s take this pretty piece into the fall. I have no idea where we’re going, but let’s pretend we’re finally go out and about with friends. Like brunch! Remember brunch?

I use another Wit & Wisdom jean, this time in black, but wear your favorite. 

As a much needed layer I added this long cardigan by Halogen , also part of the Nordstrom sale, fully stocked and under $40 and comes in regular and petite. I went with a tan instead of an ivory because it’s not as sever of a contrast. The tan makes it feel monochromatic and seasonally appropriate. 

For shoes, swap out your sandals for a bootie, like this pair by Vince Camuto on sale for under $100 at DSW. They get rave reviews and will become an instant go-to in your fall wardrobe. 

Then, for a little more movement a pair of hoops (gold tone will work best with the colors in this outfit). 

Finally, another cognac bag option. You don’t need both, either work in each outfit. This one by Sole Society is made of vegan leather for $60.

 

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A Sweet Floral Top for Jeans

A Sweet Floral Top for Jeans

One of my goals as we move through our seasonal content is to offer recommendations you can build on. A pair of jeans you purchased in January, work with boots you grabbed in February. So it only makes sense that a blouse in March creates a whole new outfit. 

That’s what we have today. A simple outfit created with wardrobe staples featured here on the blog, freshened up with this pretty floral top

But first, a quick note about sponsored content.

One of the reasons I don’t take sponsored content is so I can share my honest opinions. For example, I find physically shopping in Nordstrom more and more difficult, and I say this as someone who basically lived in the store when I was a stylist.

Their sales floor is scattered, their departments make no sense, their inventory mix lacks direction and their prices continue to rise.

Who, exactly, are they trying to target these days? 

If I took sponsorship dollars, I wouldn’t be able to say that. But I think it’s important for you to hear it from me in case you find yourself roaming the store wondering if you’re the crazy one. 

You’re not. 

But, if I were holden to sponsored dollars all I can do is praise my retail partners. 

That’s not to say Nordstrom doesn’t have great pieces. They do, but these days they are hidden in their oddly expensive, youth focused merchandise. 

Take this blouse by their private label brand Caslon

It’s the kind of reasonably priced ($59), nice quality, simple to wear piece I expect to easily find there.

It’s available in missy (up to a size XXL which equals an 18) and petite – so my petite ladies (!), be sure to grab this if you need some cute tops to pair with jeans. And plus sizes here. 

Pretty Floral Top for Jeans

A Sweet Floral Top for Jeans

Top, $59  (Plus, here)  |  Booties, $60  |  Jeans, $129 (marked down to $77 with code BLUES)

 

I picked it up in what they are calling Navy Pink/Yellow Cayce Floral print. It feels like spring with warm tones that look great with jeans.

It’s also available in a few other colors and patterns including a navy gamine floral (featured below), a pretty pale pink floral print, and solid ivory, navy and a gorgeous yellow. 

There is a little ruching at the top of the sleeve for an added bit of detail. It’s not as obvious on the patterned pieces, but you can see it clearly in the solid options. It also has a flattering split-top neckline. 

Sizing runs true. I’m wearing a medium (for context I’m 5’10 and usually wear an 8 or medium). 

Keeping with the idea that many of our recommendations are meant to build on past purchases (because that’s how you shop in the real world) this pieces is perfect for these Joe’s Jeans (on sale at Off 5th for about $77 with code BLUES)  and the most popular boots I’ve ever featured, the Sam Edelman bootie in Whiskey leather also on sale for $60. 

How to Wear

 

A Sweet Floral Top for JeansTop, $59  |  Booties, $60  |  Jeans, $129  |  Earrings, $50  |  Bracelet, $60 

Here’s a break down of the outfit, with the top featured in Navy Gamine Floral. I included some new pieces for Gorjana, my favorite line of reasonably priced jewelry.

I love these $50 earrings with tiny stud details. Their shape is fun for a casual jeans look. And this bracelet for $60 can be layered in with pieces you already own or stand by itself.


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The Under $50 Over-the-Knee-Boot I’m Surprised I Like

Over the knee boots

Over-the-knee boots have been popular for quite a while. But I like to take my time with trends, see how they evolve and then decide if and when to use them.

Because most of our lives in no way support needing more than one pair of these, I wanted to pick one that was versatile, affordable, and easy to incorporate into my uneventful suburban life.

So when I started to hear rumblings of (unsponsored) praise for these tan suede over the knee boots for under $50 from Amazon on social media, I decided to give them a try. 

Here’s Me Giving them a Try

Over the knee boots

Boots: $45, Jeans: $90

First of all, I will never be comfortable posting pictures of myself, but thank you to everyone for all the nice comments. I know the pictures are helpful, even though all I hear in my head when I see them, “who do you think you are?” 

For some context, I am 5’10, but I wouldn’t consider my legs extra long given my height. However, I found these on Pop of Pippi’s Instagram and she is teeny and looks fantastic in them. 

Are they the best quality? No. They do the trick though, which is to let you wear a trend while it’s popular without feeling committed to it and spending a small fortune. 

They are surprisingly comfortable. The block heel gives nice support and they are not too high making them super easy to walk in. 

I paired them with a new go-to jean, these Joe’s Curvy Skinny Ankle Jean I found at Off 5th. (Still available for $90 – they usually retail for $189). I LOVE these. They are high waisted, with nice stretch. 

And then a basic turtleneck sweater I scored at Target (similar here) and an old clutch I found at J.Crew years ago (similar here)

I am going to wear them a few different ways this weekend and share some ideas in my Instagram stories. Be sure to follow along on Instagram to see more real life photos and inspiration 🙂 

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