New Series! Pinterest to Real Life

Pinterest Inspirations

Today we kick off a new Friday series: Pinterest in Real Life.

In our Wardrobe Challenge, I encouraged you to spend some time reviewing Pinterest and “pinning” looks you love. This exercise helps you narrow down your personal style, so you make better choices when editing your closet and when shopping because you’ll never be able to build a wardrobe you love if you don’t know what you like.

The idea here is that you pin all the images you love, ignoring the outfit’s price point or practicality. We’re simply trying to establish your aesthetic. I promise you; we can translate ANY look you love to work for your specific needs. 

After wrapping up our Spring Wardrobe Challenge, I thought it would be fun and helpful to highlight popular, seasonal pins our community shared and show you how to take it from a highly stylized image to a real-life outfit.

I reviewed dozens boards posted in our Private Facebook Group. Since collectively, we aim to create a chic and modern style, it’s no surprise that many “pins” show up across all of our boards. 

This post is full of tips and lessons, so be sure to follow to the end.  

Pinterest Inspiration

 

Pinterest Inspirations

Today, I’m starting with a simple, Parisian-inspired style that is effortless and chic. In “real life,” it’s easier than you may think to recreate with affordable, readily available pieces.

The Challenge with Pinterest Looks

The general challenge with Pinterest images is that most of the models are tall, thin, with little to no curves, which is all fine. Heck, I used to look like that (note I said ‘used to’). However, there is little variety of shapes and sizes, so we have to look beyond that to translate outfits that work for our individual needs.

At first glance, you’re probably not loving how low the blouse is cut. So we need to find a piece that mimics the blouse’s style, with a more practical neckline. Here, we just need a traditional v-neck – which is universally flattering on every shape, size, and body type.

Below, I pulled some more practical pieces to recreate this look that you can now take to the office, or to date night. 

Real Life 

 

Pinterest Inspirations

 

Polka Dot Blouse, $44 | Ankle Pant, $59 | Heel Sandal, $120 | Lipstick, $34 

The brand CeCe at Nordstrom offers easy-to-wear tops that can work day or night. Each top usually has something special about it, so it feels unique like you found it at a boutique, but their prices are fantastic. 

I picked this v-neck black and white polka dot blouse that is on sale for $44 in sizes XS-XL (an XL is equivalent to a 14). It’s the perfect alternative to the inspiration top’s plunging neckline, which I’m assuming has a much higher price tag. 

Plus size? Try this Ralph Lauren wrap style jersey top in 1X – 3X. 

Then, you probably already have a pair of black ankle pants you love. 

You can pair this blouse with a skinny, straight, or wide-leg bottom; tuck it in at least halfway to give yourself a proper proportion. I’m featuring the Avery Straight-Leg Ankle pant from Banana Republic. They are just solid, work-horse pants, great for work or dress up, and on sale for under $60. They come in all sizes, including petite, and tall up to a size 20.

Side note: If you need a suit, you can grab the matching blazer here. 

Next up, shoes. The other challenge with Pinterest pictures is that everyone is in sky-high heels and doesn’t always work. I know I need to schedule some time to practice in heels again after a year in flats. Lol. 

To replicate the look, I went with the block heels sandals by one of our favorites, Sam Edelman. They are about an inch lower than the inspiration look and, again, likely more affordable. You can pick them up in black (above) or 20, yes, 20 other colors. 

Don’t love heels? No problem, a pointed flat is an easy swap. Something as simple as these from Naturalizer with a bit of texture, would work wonderfully. 

Finally, pay attention to your inspiration pins’ styling because what you are attracted to is the overall feel of the look. 

Today’s look is minimal, with a focus on fit and proportion instead of lots of accessories. The one accessory here that you might miss is the smudgy red lip, so go ahead and try that out. 

Nars makes one of my favorite red lipsticks. Instead of swiping it across your lips, dab a little in the center and blend it in with your fingertip. This will give you that bitten lip look that feels fresh and not so perfect. 

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How to Style Print Pants for Day and Night

Printed Pants from Ann Taylor

If you feel like maybe you’re in a style rut, it might be time to shake things up a bit.

Nothing too drastic, but putting your toe outside your style comfort zone can kick start your enthusiasm for the new season and open your eyes to even more fashion possibilities.

Plus, I bet you get a ton of compliments, and that never hurts:)

Over the next few weeks, we’ll feature lots of outfit inspiration designed to help you incorporate a new trend or jazz up your basics to show you how to add the “twist” in the classic-with-a-twist style we love around here.

And we’ll do that by featuring new items while mixing them with other popular items recently featured on the blog, so you can get the most out of your purchases. 

Today, we’re starting with how to wear a pair of print pants.

Printed Pants from Ann Taylor

Pants, $79.50 

Print bottoms have been around forever. What makes them a trend, and can therefore date them, is the pattern. To keep them leaning classic choose a subtle print. (Of course, if you love a big, bold print, go for it! They may just be limited in how long you’ll want to wear them.)

For this post, I’m using these Ann Taylor crop pants in what they are calling an animal print. It’s more of an abstract version of one, using neutral colors, which I like more than a traditional print. The base color is called “Night Sky.” 

The pants are available in a range of sizes, from 00 – 18, in regular and petite with a curvy cut option. 

Below, I’m showing two ways to wear them, one for day, one for night, using some of our past reader favorites for the season. 

Sporty Daytime 

outfit with printed pants, a white sweater, and white sneakers

Sweater, $80 | Crossbody Bag, $129 | Earrings, $45 | Slip-On Sneaker, $95  

Anytime you work with a pattern, the easiest way to make it work in an outfit is to pull out one color and work with it. Here, because the weather is warming up, I’m using white. It instantly makes the look feel fresh. 

Banana Republic makes a fantastic knit, like this crewneck lightweight sweater, available in XXS – XXL in regular and petite. 

To keep it sporty, I used white slip-on sneakers from Allbirds. These are great, everyday sneakers for under $100. You can walk all day in them, run errands, travel, visit the grandkids, etc. There are many color options; I prefer the white, grey, and beige. 

Then, since we’re wearing this on a busy day, I used this tan crossbody from Nordstrom. I featured it in our What to Buy at Nordstrom post last month and have received so many notes from readers who are enjoying it. I have three kids and a non-stop schedule, so a stylish crossbody is one of my go-to’s this time of year. 

Finally, I discovered Gorjana, a fantastic affordable jewelry brand, last year. If you want a few jewelry pieces that look different but still fall under the classic category, give them a try. I picked these under $50 earrings for this look because they are small enough for a casual day but mimic the pants’ print, tying everything together.

Night Out 

outfit with printed pants, white blazer, white camisole, and nude heels

Earrings, $32 | White Blazer, $128 |Camisole, $68 |Woven Clutch, $58 | Heels, $65 

Oh, how I love heels and blazers!

Here, I used the white blazer we featured from Express  in yesterday’s post and layered it over this camisole by Spanx (also featured in our What to Buy at Nordstrom post).

Then I used these neutral-colored strappy heels by Via Spiga (on sale over on Amazon) and this woven clutch which is my new favorite find from Bloomingdales.

Lastly, these gorgeous earrings are only $32 at Lilly Pulitzer

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Ann Taylor Tan Skirt Two Ways for Work

How to Wear A Tan Skirt to Work

Wear to Work is our weekly series highlighting workwear every Wednesday. 

Here, I highlight everything from better basics to stand-out splurges, all with specific directions on how to wear them and use them to add value to your work wardrobe.

Most often, it’s a post like today, where I take a key piece and show you how to wear it multiple ways.

What makes this series (and really this website) different is that I intentionally reuse pieces I know you have in the inspiration outfits, acting as your stylist. When I worked with my private clients. I sent similar emails, providing suggestions for wearing the new items in their wardrobe, with the pieces I knew were hanging in their closet.

That’s how you build a functional wardrobe. Considering every purchase and knowing how to wear it before you bring it in.

As with all of my content, this should serve as both inspiration and a source of recommendations. Be sure to look in your closet first before you buy new. You might be amazed at what you have. 

So, after a year of sweats, leggings, and joggers, I thought it was time to rip off the bandaid and feature the one piece of clothing we have all stopped wearing. Skirts.

Remember skirts?

Today’s key piece is this Ann Taylor pencil skirt in color “deep fawn.” It’s available in regular and petite sizes from 00 – 18. 

Keep scrolling to see a few different ways to wear it to work, including many options you already have in your closet. 

The Topstitched Front Slit Pencil Skirt

How to Wear A Tan Skirt to Work

 

Tan Pencil Skirt, $98 | Make it a suit with the matching blazer here, $189

Let’s talk about body type: A pencil skirt is a wonderful option if you have narrow hips and/or a straight up and down body type. The subtle topstitch detail specifically on this skirt will create a lovely shape and give depth to the outfit. 

If you are more curvey, opt for something with a bit more stretch or go for an a-line cut.

There are dozens of ways to incorporate this skirt into your wardrobe. If you picked up the Old Navy, navy Ponte Blazer, layer it over a white tee and slip on a pair of flats

I also love it with the French Blue stripe button-down from Amazon many of us ordered. (You can see me in it here.

For something different, pair with this fresh green ruffle top we featured last weekend. Half-tuck it into the skirt to keep your shape. 

Below are two additional looks, with a few of your favorite items, including a Reader Favorite bag on limited sale. 

Rusted Hues 

How to Wear A Tan Skirt to Work

Top, $79.50 ON SALE $31|  Heels, $130 | Bag, $199 | Bracelet, $13 

I adore this color combination. The top is from Banana Republic in “Copper Clay.” It’s available in regular, petite and tall sizes for only $31. The skirt features a lovely, finished waistband so you can easily tuck this in without feeling like you need a belt or additional layer. 

Next, I added these always popular Sam Edelman leopard print pumps for some interest. Remember, small touches of certain animal prints work like a neutral. 

Need a new bag for work after being stuck at home for a year? Dagne Dover Signature Tote is much loved by our readership. It’s currently on sale at Nordstrom for $199 (usually $265) in all four colors. 

Finally, I ordered this designer dupe bracelet from Amazon earlier this week (and the matching ring) and I am super impressed with the quality! The price point is perfect to buy a few and play around with stacking with other pieces you already have. Available in gold and silvertone. 

Head-to-Toe Neutrals

How to Wear A Tan Skirt to Work

Sweater, $100 | Earrings, $75 Bag, $195 Heels, $118 

This outfit is my jam.

The beauty of neutrals is that when paired together, they create such a chic and sophisticated look. 

Here, I kept it simple, with the Reader Favorite Everlane Cashmere sweater in “bone,” these best selling Madison 12-hour pumps from Banana Republic, this stunning caramel-colored bag by Ralph Lauren, and these under $100 hoops from Julie Vos.

*A quick note about the term “nude” heels: I use the term “neutral-to-you” instead. Our skin tones are unique and what is “nude” to me isn’t “nude” to someone else. I often feature the Madison 12-hour pumps from Banana Republic because they offer a range of skin tone options in addition to being incredibly comfortable. I hope other brands and retailers take note. 

And there you have it. When you have the right pieces, getting dressed takes minutes, your mornings are a breeze and you look and feel amazing. 

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How to Style A Navy Blazer for Spring

How to Style a Navy Blazer

While many people are still home-based, there is an entire segment of our readership back in the office and can’t go to work in a matching loungewear set. 😉

It’s hard to believe that it’s been exactly one year since the last time I published a true Wear to Work post, so it seems fitting that today, we jump back in.

And since it’s been so long, a little introduction on how these posts work:

Wear to Work is a series posted every Wednesday highlighting workwear. The featured pieces range from better basics to stand-out splurges, all with specific directions on how to wear them and use them to add value to your wardrobe.

Most often, it’s a post like today, where I take a key piece and show you how to wear it multiple ways.

What makes this series (and really this website) different is that I intentionally reuse pieces I know you have in the inspiration outfits. So when I structure these posts, I take the perspective of a stylist working with a client. I use to send emails to my private clients like this, providing suggestions for how to wear the new items in their wardrobe, with the pieces I knew were hanging in their closet.

That’s how you build a functional wardrobe. Considering every purchase and knowing how to wear it before you bring it in.

As always, you’ll find both inspiration and recommendations in these posts. Before you purchase anything, look in your closet to see if you have something similar, and if you decide you could use something new, you can look at these offerings as an option.

Today, I’m featuring a fantastic navy blazer ($30 at Old Navy) and showing two ways to wear it in the spring. If you need something that fills the space between formal and casual business layer, this is a wonderful option. 

Classic Ponte-Knit Blazer

How to Style a Navy Blazer

 

Blazer, $34 Sizes XS – XXL here, and 1X – 4X here

Please note, sizes and prices are accurate at the time of publication and subject to change.

A navy blazer is a staple in any wardrobe. I’m showing you two ways to wear one today, but the reality is you can wear this a dozen different ways all season long and never get bored. 

Over the last few seasons I have found so many gems at Old Navy. From their Stevie Ponte pants (on sale for $15), to this cowl neck sweater I lived in all winter. And one of our top selling items of ALL TIME is there 3/4 sleeve knit dress in grey

So it’s no surprise that I love this blazer, done in the same Ponte fabric as the Stevie’s. It has some weight and stretch making it a fantastic layer for Spring. 

Let’s dive in. 

Over a Dress

How to Style a Navy Blazer

 

Dress, $40 | Heels, $94 | Clutch, $20 | Earrings, $35 

You’re not alone if you feel like COVID wreaked havoc on your waistline. Many of us do. But don’t be discouraged and fall into the habit of wearing oversized clothes. There are many options to wear now, at affordable prices to help you get to work and feel like you pre-lockdown self.

Lark & Ro is an Amazon brand I discovered a few years ago. They have a collection of dresses in jersey stretch that check all the boxes: fit, quality, and style.

I ordered this navy and white print for myself. The v-neck and side tie are both flattering and helps “hide” anything that may make you feel uncomfortable.

I love the versatility of it. It looks lovely under the blazer because their fabrics complement each other. But you can just as easily throw it on to go to dinner outside in the warmer weather.

The 12-Hour Madison pump is another Reader Fave on sale for under $100. They are a solid, neutral workwear heel. You could also wear a sandal or flat, depending on your preference. 

I found this crisp white clutch for $20 at Target that is worth highlighting. It’s very slim, with only enough room for your phone, a cardholder, and some lipstick. You could carry a structured tote to the office and slip this if you can run and grab a drink with a friend after work.

Finally, these large woven hoop earrings come in gold and silver-tone. I like the bit of drama and movement they provide.If you have something similar in your jewelry box, think about pulling them out. 

Over Basics with a Twist

How to Style a Navy Blazer

 

Pants, $50 | Shirt, $21 | Heels, $150 | Earrings, $95|  Leather Tote, $188 

Generally speaking, I’m not a fan of khakis. But I thought this was a great opportunity to show how you can take a boring piece in your closet and zhush it up with some modern basics.

I’m using a pair of tan ankle pants from Express for the bottoms, but you can use any tan bottom you already have as long as it fits well and has a slimmer line to the leg if you have these Wit and Wisdom jeans in beige in plus size here.

Then I paired it with this French Blue Strip button-down we featured a few times already (also from Amazon). I own this and adore it.

Next, leopard print heels. Remember, leopard print is neutral when used in small details. If heels aren’t your thing, achieve the same look with a pair of flats, the Rothy’s leopard flats would work perfectly.

For earrings, these huggies are a fun twist on a traditional pearl earring. 

Finally, grab a tote, like this leather option from Madewell, and you’re on your way. 

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J Crew Sophie Open-Front Sweater-Blazer Two Ways

J.Crew Sophie open-front sweater-blazer

Today, I’m taking the always popular J Crew Sophie Open-Front Sweater-Blazer and styling it two ways.

Work-life will be casual for the foreseeable future. And while I am happy not to have to pour myself into a pair of pantyhose, I am getting sick and tired of leggings, sweatsuits, and pajama bottoms. 

Looking for a happy medium, I took today’s key piece and created two fresh looks ideal for the home office or anywhere you’re going these days. 

First, let’s talk about our key piece, the Sophie Open-Front Sweater-Blazer.

J Crew Sophie Open-Front Sweater-Blazer

J.Crew Sophie open-front sweater-blazer

Sweater-Blazer, $69 (Usually $148) 

This easy to wear sweater-blazer comes in nine colors including navy, featured above. Sizes run true from XXXS – 3X. I have no idea how long the sale will last so scoop one up today if you’re looking to add a few updated layers to your early spring wardrobe.

J Crew Sophie Open-Front Sweater-Blazer Two Ways

J.Crew Sophie open-front sweater-blazer

 

Sweater-Blazer

How cute are these looks? 

When I create outfit posts, I try to use pieces I know many of you already have first. To do so, I check our best-sellers list. If something the community loved previously is still available, I use it first because my goal here is to help you build your wardrobe and not always buy something new. 

All of the items I highlight I also recommend, the idea being that you can use these posts as inspiration and find a curated selection of items to purchase when necessary, saving you the time and hassle of searching on your own.

Let’s break each look down. 

Preppy Pop of Color 

J.Crew Sophie open-front sweater-blazer

 

Shirt, $22 | Jeans, $38 | Loafer, $35 | Readers, $68 

This french blue stripe button-down is available on Amazon for $22. I know they are not everyone’s favorite, but if you can wear one, gosh, it looks great here.

Pair with these straight-leg jeans from Old Navy, available in regular, petite, and tall for under $40. You can also wear dark wash jeans or swap out for a white bottom in the warmer weather. I like the contrast the lighter wash jean provides against the polish of the button down. 

Because we need a little sunshine, I went with yellow suede loafers for a pop of color. Navy and yellow is a classic, preppy combination; there is something so cheerful about it. 

Don’t love yellow? You can wear any comfortable, polished flat; a pair of Rothy’s would be fun (this leopard pair is my personal favorite), or throw on your heels and start practicing walking in them again. 😉

Finally, I added this chic pair of readers by Kate Spade since I’ve recently joined the bifocal club, although now they call them progressives. I’ve decided to ignore how old they make me feel and embrace them as a must-have accessory.

Wear to Work Joggers

J.Crew Sophie open-front sweater-blazer

 

Long Sleeve Shirt, $25 | Cargo Joggers, $25 – ON SALE | Sneakers, $90 | Earrings, $51 

This outfit is made entirely of reader favorite items that may be hanging in your closet. 

First, grab your favorite Breton top. Maybe you have the Boden option (currently sold out) or this one from J.Crew (up to size 3X). The featured top is by COS as another classic option for only $25. 

Then, I paired it with satin cargo joggers from Banana Republic (in regular and petite sizes up to an XXL). These beauties are marked down to under $25.

Doing this creates an interesting polished athleisure suit, ideal for long days in front of the computer with the occasional Zoom call. 

Next up, the most popular pair of sneakers we featured in 2020 were these sophisticated Cole Haan lace top sneakers. I adore them! The bright white is ideal for springtime outfits. 

Finally, you need some kind of earring. These small CZ stud half hoop earrings are lovely. I’m featuring them in gold, but you can pick them up in rose or sterling silver depending on your preference. 

 

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How to Wear a Simple Grey Dress Two Chic Ways

We talk a lot about creating a chic and classic style affordably. No matter how large or small your budget, you need to know where to splurge, spend, and save.

The best tip I can give you is to be selective about every item you bring into your wardrobe, especially those pieces considered a bargain.

Inexpensive, sale-priced, clearance items tend to be where we let down our guard. It’s too easy to throw a $20 top or dress in our carts. But what happens when we do that repeatedly is we end up with a closet that doesn’t make any sense.

You’ve been there, I’ve been there, we’ve all been there.

That’s why it’s essential to know the style you are trying to achieve before you shop and then hold even the most affordable item to that standard.

Today’s dress, this simple Ponte shift from Old Navy, is on sale for under $30. It is the perfect example of what to look for in a “save” piece that adds tons of value to your wardrobe. 

How to Wear a Simple Grey Dress

How to wear a Gray Dress

 

Dress, $28 (Missy, Tall and Petite, up to XXL)

Ponte knit is ideal for this time of year. It’s stretchy, soft, and fits well. You can dress it up or down. It pairs with everything from tall boots (below) to sneakers and a denim jacket.

This dress works well because of its timeless cut and heather grey color. It’s also not too short, so you can take it to work, dinner, or to run errands. 

Today, I’m showing you two sophisticated looks with this inexpensive piece at the center.

How to Wear a Simple Grey Dress Two Chic Ways

How to Wear a Simple Grey Dress

Layer with Neutrals

Gray Dress with camel coat, ivory scarf, tan knee high boots, and gold hoops

Boots, $268 |  Coat, on sale $99 |  Scarf, $39 |  Earrings, $90 

To say I love this look is an understatement. My favorite way to dress is in layered neutrals. It creates such a gorgeous richness that works for any occasion. 

Here, I paired the dress with these stunning cognac boots from Banana Republic.

Then, a classic camel coat. I picked up a similar jacket last year and have got so much wear out of it. I like this one from Express; it has a flattering tie waist without looking like a bathrobe.

Finally, add an ivory scarf (under $40 at Nordstrom) and pretty pearl and gold statement hoops.

Simple, classic, timeless.

Pair with Basic Black

Gray Dress with black tights, black booties, black and gold belt, and gold earrings.

Booties, $105 |  Tights, $15 | Belt, $45 (on sale $15)|  Earrings, $7.50 

When you focus on wardrobe building, you’ll eventually get the point that you already have everything else you need to create a fresh look when you bring in one piece.

This look is an example of that. You likely already have a pair of black ankle boots. If not, these booties by Vince Camuto are on sale at DSW. Their block heel makes them incredibly comfortable. Pair them with opaque tights to give your leg a long line.

Then, I added this gorgeous belt from LOFT. Right now, it’s on sale for only $15. It’s subtle but has a designer look and feel. Wrap it around your waist to bring in some visual interest.

Finally, small door-knocker earrings mimic the belt buckle’s style, creating a cohesive, thoughtful outfit.

 


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5 Workwear Blouses to Wear with Black Pants

Five shirts to wear with black pants

After wrapping up our Wardrobe Challenge last Friday, many participants realized they need some new blouses to wear with black pants

So I thought it would be helpful to feature some well priced, size-inclusive options. I’m focusing on black and white blouses because it’s the easiest combination that always looks chic and modern, and chances are, you already have a pair of workhorse black pants hanging in your closet. 

5 Blouses to Wear with Black Pants

Five shirts to wear with black pants

This round-up has everyone covered, including petite and plus-size options, starting at only $17. So whether you’re heading back to the office after almost a year of working from home, or you want to break up the monotony of endless days in loungewear, there’s something here for you.

 

Twist Front 

Twist Front Shirt from Vince Camuto

Twist Front, $99 

The side ruched detailing of the Vince Camuto blouse creates a faux wrap that will bring in your waist. The length makes it ideal to pair with skinny or straight leg bottoms, avoid a wide or boot cut leg with this. 

Available in XS – XL, $99. 

Animal Print 

Animal Print Shirt from LOFT

Animal Print, $35

Right now, if you put this 5 Star Reviewed LOFT knit blouse in your cart, it’s marked down to $17. It has a flattering v-neckline and a pretty drape. You can wear it tucked, half-tucked, or out depending on what looks best on your body type.

Available in XXS – XL in regular and petite. 

Velvet Dot Tie-Neck

Velvet Dot Tie Neck Blouse from Banana Republic

Velvet Dot Tie-Neck, $33 

adore this velvet bow blouse from Banana Republic. It will add some drama to any basic black bottom, and it’s only $33.  A black cami is sewn in, so you don’t have to worry about what to wear underneath.

Available in regular and petite in XXS – XXL. 

Piped Trim

Piped Trim Blouse

Piped Trim, $51  

Need a professional, statement-making blouse to perk up your boring basics? This black and white piped trim blouse by DKNY (at Macy’s) is lovely. You can wear it tucked into a pencil skirt, half-tucked in pants, or wear it with your pajama bottoms for a Zoom meeting 😉

Available in XS – XL. 

Plus Size Popover

Popover Top from Target

Popover, $25 

When I saw this pretty blouse at my local Target from their Ava and Viv line I knew I wanted to feature it. The quality is impressive (for only $25) and will work with any black bottom worn tucked in or out. You can even layer it under a  open cardigan or blazer.

Available in 1X – 4X. 

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