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Let’s Hear It For The Boys!

gap_the limited_dolce vitaLadies, this Fall, it’s time to take a cue from the guys with menswear inspired fashion. Classic blazers are given the ladylike treatment with fitted cuts, jewel toned/printed fabrics and subtle embellishments such as a patterned lining or sparkly buttons. Driving loafers and smoking slippers (my faves) have become statement makers that run the gamut of being bad-ass (studs and hardware) to feminine (prints, tassels and anything sparkly). I’m digging the plaid pants. Which reminds me, I need to get my hands on a pair. On this particular day, I ditched my usual dress/skirt work ensemble and put an outfit together inspired by my fiance’s wardrobe.

The contrasting piping and polka dot lining adds the right amount of girly to this blazer. I decided to go for an all black base, opting for an ankle length skinny pant. I love mixing prints, so I added another small dose of print. Enter, the leopard loafer, which added the right amount of ‘wild’ for the office. Threw on my usual dose of accessories and it was off to work I went.

Outfit Details:

T: Gap, $10.

Blazer: Gap (ponte academy blazer in vamp red), $88. Use code GAP24HR and save 40% on 9/25. Keep your eyes peeled, Gap ALWAYS has promo codes.

Black Ankle Length Pant: The Limited (exact stretch skinny pants), $42. I LOVE these pants; they are great for work. Great news. The Limited is running the same promotion online as they did in-store. Use code FALL to save 40% of $69.90.

Loafers: Dolce Vita from Bloomingdale’s Outlet, $30. I found a similar pair of oxfords also by Dolce Vita at Lord & Taylor, $79. Use code FALL thru 9/30 and save 20% ($63).

Pendant Necklace: I went through this phase where I was obsessed with bird print. Knowing this, a good friend of mine gifted me this lovely necklace. Any long pendant necklace will do. Try this gold giraffe from J.Crew Factory, $14.50.

Rings: (1) The ‘R’ initial ring is from Lou Lou, $10. One recently opened in Boston on Newbury Streets; definitely worth a visit! (2) For something similar to my gold band, I like the gold classic cigar band also from Bauble Bar, $36; and (3) Midi ring, Urban Outfitters, $8.

Bracelet: Rose gold open triad cuff, Bauble Bar, $38 (note: only the gold is available).

Nail Polish: Essie, Wicked

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