Hello and happy Tuesday! Dina and I recently had a conversation about office attire while I was researching for this and this post. I teased about how her personal and work style don’t have much crossover – for work she’s way preppy while during play time maintains a streetstyle, urban and surf-inspired vibe. The latter is her preferred aesthetic, but how can she infuse her work-wear without looking too casual? How to create a not-so-serious look while still needing to be taken seriously? As her wife and a wardrobe stylist, she challenged me to come up with some options and after some research I’ve landed on surf chic – a relaxed and beachy approach to polished styling. I’ve been pinteresting inspiration here and Jenna Lyons gets the spotlight since she’s the queen of mixing unlikely pieces and effortlessly making it work. Who says you can’t wear these with a suit? Her top is cut way low for the office, but swap it out for a lightweight sweater like this one and voila – you’ve got your corporate surfer chick sensibility, appropriate for any conference room. Fashion is a vehicle of expression so why shelf parts of yourself Monday-Friday? There are creative ways to spin your personal style into your office wear while still maintaining ‘dress code’.
Give it a shot – I dare you! Take something unlikely and work it into something more traditional. If you need any help getting there, you know where to find me and in the meantime join me here for some more inspiration. xx jenny
photo via who what wear
Hello and happy friday! Just like the leather skirt from this post, these zara printed pants are versatile enough for both work and weekend. For the office, try pairing with an embellished sweater, a tailored blazer and metallic flats which are sure to become a closet staple through the season. For weekend styling, take things up a notch with a cropped silk tee (or full length for those who want coverage), ankle-cuff pumps, statement earrings and a bold clutch. Work it! Have a great weekend! xx jenny
WORK: 1. J.Crew jeweled tee, $98, jcrew.com // 2. Zara printed trousers, $59.90, zara.com // 3. Warby Parker holt eyeglasses, $95, warbyparker.com // 4. Topshop chambray blazer, $130, topshop.com // 5. Sephora bite lipstick in VIB rouge, $28, sephora.com // 6. Madewell leather rucksak, $248, shopbop.com // 7. J.crew metallic flats, $188, jcrew.com
WEEKEND: 1. Topshop silk wide tee, $96, topshop.com // 2. Zara printed trousers, $59.90, zara.com // 3. Dannijo joan earrings, $270, dannijo.com // 4. Topshop collarless panel jacket, $90, topshop.com // 5. Cleobella indie clutch, $363, shopbop.com // 6. Michael Kors karlie pumps, $160, net-a-porter.com
As I mentioned in this post – I have a few items in my cart from the new H&M online shop such as this trending NYC inspired sweatshirt. Traditional sweatshirt wearing days are for cozying up on the couch, traveling or weekly visits to the market, but that’s old news. This fall they’re getting more love – to be paired with polished pieces like blazers, sexy slim fitting trousers and a clutch bag. Keep it basic with this one by current/elliot or if you like more zing, try this embellished style from j.crew. I’ll be wearing mine to parties and dinners as such….
- H&M sweatshirt, $12.95, hm.com
- Mango satin trousers, $54.99, mango.com
- Dannijo leah earring, $305, dannijo.com
- Kristen Elspeth gold cuff, $152, shopbop.com
- Clare Vivier haircalf clutch, $210, shopbop.com
- J.Crew ankle cuff pumps, $278, jcrew.com
The fact that H&M US now has an e-commerce website up and running is nothing short of a dream come true. I’ll always prefer to shop in-person, but having the option to avoid the chaos (and let’s be honest – the disorganization sometimes?) is a small miracle. I’ve already started to explore and my cart is filling up with fall goodies. Here’s a peak inside.
Oh and check this – that Isabel Marant collaboration that I wrote about here – yeah, that will be available online too come November!
Happy shopping! xx jenny
1. coat with quilted sleeves, $59.95 // 2. sweashirt, $12.95 // 3. rib-knit sweater, $49.95 // 4. skinny low jeans, $39.95 // 5. cotton cardigan, $34.95 // 6. sweatpants, $34.95 // 7. imitation leather pants, $34.95 // 8. sneakers, $14.95
Wednesday I blasted this post about drawstring handbags and received an overwhelming response from readers, except there was a catch. Many of you were more interested in the moto booties (from the cover photo) rather than the bag, commenting on how much you love and asking where to get a pair! So my lady friends, ask and you shall receive. The booties came from shoe designer, Matt Bernson – called the tundra. Unfortunately right now they are sold out everywhere – I promise I used my interweb detective skills and searched high and low. In lieu of this however, here is an edit of a few like-styles which can suffice as a solid (and maybe even better) alternative! Hopefully these will satiate your bootie-licious appetite! Have an epic weekend! xx jenny
Are you looking for a specific item that others may want too? Hit me up at firstname.lastname@example.org with post suggestions!
- Steve Madden pudddles booties, $249.95, stevemadden.com
- Report juliee boot, $69, piperlime.com
- Topshop biker boots, $190, shopbop.com
- Rag & Bone classic moto boots, $696, matchesfashion.com
- Fiorentini + Baker chad boots, $475, farfetch.com
- Madewell lowrider moto boots, $238, shopbop.com
- H by Hudson horrigan boot, $285, piperlime.com
- Sam Edelman adele biker boots, $310, matchesfashion.com
photo via zimbio