Weekend Inspiration: Separates with Interest

Weekend Inspiration Crossback Top

Crisscross Back Long Sleeve Top, $32; Jeans, $68; Booties, $139; Bracelet, $59; Necklace, $35; Bag, $295

Between the kid’s activities, family commitments and seasonal events at night, we all seem to be flying right through the weekends. On long days when you are up and running early, it’s nice to have a few pieces hanging in your closet to help you get out the door quickly. We talk a lot about creating a composed outfit, with tailored pieces and layered elements. But what are you suppose to do when you are wrangling kids, standing on a soccer field, or getting filthy at a pumpkin patch?

No, I don’t think you should be in dark skinny jeans and a blazer. Casual separates with subtle elements of interest can pair together to create a composed and layered look too. The trick is to pick up various pieces that all have something interesting on them that work together. For today’s Weekend Inspiration, I used our Find of the Week from our shop, this basic yet pretty 3/4 sleeve top with an open criss-cross in the back. It sold out quickly yesterday in small and medium. We still have a few left in large. I pair the top with a slimming pair of jeans that read more casual with their classic 5 pocket detail, boot cut leg and slightly worn finish.

To give some interest and movement to the top, I added an on-trend tassel necklace in silver (also available in gold). The length of the necklace helps create a long line to your body by pulling the eye in and down, without having to add a bulky layer.

What I am most excited about are these boots that just happen to work PERFECTLY with the handbag. Let’s talk about these ankle boots by Vince Camuto. They come in three wearable colors. Above we featured them in the khaki suede option. They are also available in greystone and the always classic black done in a traditional leather. Something to keep in mind when you’re buying ankle boots, the sole often determines the level of formality. In this case, the sole is neutral brown that almost looks like wood, making it very casual. If you want something more formal look for a sole that blends with the rest of the boot.

I found the boots first and wanted an equally casual bag in a similar neutral color. This Rebecca Minkoff satchel could not be more perfect. Here’s where I really start to geek out. The criss-cross back of the top is reflected in the criss-cross detail of the boot, and the whipstitch detail on the boot is reflected in the whipstitch detail of the bag. The silver necklace “matches” the silver hardware of the bag creating a cohesive look.   It’s just enough symmetry without being overdone. I hope you are as excited as I am 🙂

Today’ outfit is an example of how simple separates with just enough individual details can come together to create a pulled together look without having to add accessories and layers. I literally wrapped up the look with this Henri Bendel leather bracelet in light tan and silver. I have the  dark tan and gold bracelet and wear it all the time. I like that it fills the wrist and fell substantial. With the boot and bag having weight, dainty jewelry will disappear.

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Want more weekend inspiration?  Check out our previous posts, here, here and here.

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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