Today’s post is FULL of easy to wear pieces for work.
We’re using this updated blouse from Banana Republic, in a fresh zebra print as the anchor of our two way post. It’s also available in solid black, a crisp white, olive green, chartreuse, and a leopard print (marked down to under $60).
Why I love Banana Republic
One of the many challenges I have writing this blog is sourcing quality merchandise, with a size-inclusive scale, that is easily accessible to the majority of our readership.
BR checks all of those boxes, offering missy, petite, and tall sizes, and plus within those categories.
Their selection is well curated, with appropriate options for work, weekends, and everything in between. If only more retailers were like them.
Zebra Blouse Two Ways
Today’s blouse is the kind of piece that seamlessly works in your wardrobe. Make it a go-to for days when you wake up and all you have the strength to do is throw on your favorite black pants. Add a simple shoe and you’re dressed in minutes.
But, if you want to zhush it up a bit, below are two other ways.
An outfit composed of basics, made with elevated fabrics is one of my favorite ways to create a sophisticated look with little effort.
In December we featured a faux leather skirt I found at Target. If you picked that up, you can use it here. At a similar price, check out this slim faux leather skirt by Halogen at Nordstrom for under $50.
It’s cut like a pencil skirt so it works in certain office settings – you’ll know if it will work in yours.
Because the blouse as an internal tie waist, you can leave this untucked, but still get the effects of a cinched waist.
I paired it with this dramatic cuff for only $25. Don’t you love when you find something and it looks so much more than it is?!
For shoes, I used our Reader Favorite Banana Republic 12-hour pump in black suede. Pairing suede and faux leather is a great example of mixing lux fabrics together for an elevated look.
Worried about your legs? You can wear black tights, a pair of hose or go bare legged – it’s entirely up to you.
To make transitioning from the day to nighttime event easy, tuck a clutch into your work bag. This $30 option at DSW will take you lots of places without a big investment.
Outfit Two: Casual Friday
Perhaps a more realistic outfit idea, this jeans and sweater combo is ideal for casual or creative offices.
First, this blouse looks best with an inky blue denim. I’m showing it here with the Paige Skinny Jean. They are expensive, but a big reader favorite. You can swap them for whichever brand you like most – just keep it dark.
It is, however, important that your bottom is slim to your body so the blouse drapes properly.
Next, assuming your office is freezing, it’s nice to add that third layer, to not only keep you warm but to add some interest. This one, from H&M is fantastic and only $25.
Finally, I love these backless mules with a pointed toe. The keeping the slim line of your leg moving and feel appropriate for a more casual day in the office.
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