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Wear to Work Inspiration: Less is More

Wear to Work: Less is More - The Well Dressed Life

Sometimes, we over complicate getting dressed.  In a world where more is more, in my style book, less is more. The trick to looking pulled together without a lot of layers and accessories is paying attention to fit and fabric. When an outfit has simple components, each piece needs to be right. Consider the inspiration outfit below. I pinned it to my Pinterest board a few months ago, and since then it has been pinned over 600 times. I thought given its popularity, we could recreate it affordably, using it as an example of how simple can be incredibly chic.

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Sweater, $68  |  Skirt, $98  |  Clutch, $198 (less expensive option here)  |  Heel, $120  |  Inspiration photo source unknown.

The skirt is the element you want to get right.  In our inspiration photo, the hem hits right at the bottom of the knee. Any longer than this and your leg will look stumpy.  You want to make sure that you maintain the shape of your calves in skirts. When a skirt cuts across your calf at an awkward spot, you will look shorter than you are and your proportions will be off.

We found this skirt at Banana Republic. I like it for a few reasons. First, it’s a great shape.  You’ll need to have it altered to fit correctly, but it will be well worth it. Second, it has a higher waist and will sit at your belly button. It’s super flattering and ideal for pulling off the inspiration outfit. Finally, it’s under $100, comes in black and navy and is available in sizes 0 – 20. That’s awesome.

The crewneck sweater is also from Banana. (updated sweater found here) I don’t usually go head to toe with one brand or retailer, but it’s the best option I’ve found. The price is right (under $60), it’s available in several colors, and it’s washable wool. Notice in the inspiration picture, the sweater is not tucked in. Instead, it’s folded under and gently drapes away from the body.  This makes a big difference in the look. You don’t want something that clings to your shape.  The drape is what makes the look feel elegant.

There’s such practicality to this outfit. You can actually walk and function in these shoes. Over the past few seasons, I’ve turned to Sam Edelman time and again because they are always exactly what I want. I tend to like the most expensive shoes, but I don’t want to be the crazy blogger who only features designer shoes. Sam Edelman is so much more reasonable for the quality and style you get.

Finally, this black clutch is not inexpensive, but gosh I love it. For something less, but equally stylish, check out this clutch by Aldo for under $30.00

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Megan Kristel

Megan Kristel is an entrepreneur, working mom, and former personal stylist. Tired of the one-dimensional portrayal of women online, she founded The Well Dressed Life as a resource for other professional women.

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Sunday 27th of January 2019

I live where it's frigidly cold. Would this work with a knee high "dress" boot?

Megan Kristel

Sunday 27th of January 2019



Thursday 22nd of March 2018

Simple, uncomplicated but a CLASSIC!

Megan Kristel

Friday 23rd of March 2018

Thanks Tonnie!


Wednesday 28th of February 2018

Absolutely love this classic look! Thank you for the gentle reminder that less really is more. Time to shop my closet and put together this outfit. :)

Megan Kristel

Thursday 1st of March 2018

Thanks Samantha!


Wednesday 28th of February 2018

Love this look! Beautifully classic.

Megan Kristel

Wednesday 28th of February 2018

Thanks Missy!


Wednesday 28th of February 2018

I love this look but the Banana Republic sweaters don't hold up. They don't look the same and shrink despite their "washable" care tag and anything with wool has pilled, badly. I used to like their sweaters but the 2017-18 versions are poorly made. As a note, I have found if you can find a color that works the Uniqlo merino wool sweaters have been a very good inexpensive option.

Megan Kristel

Wednesday 28th of February 2018

Thanks for the note Julie. I haven't had the same experience with their sweaters this year, but, in fairness, I don't wash them. I still dry clean them because I am lazy. I'm including a link below to you Uniqlo recommendation. Thanks! Uniqlo Merino Sweater