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10/20/16

Office Style: Silky, Soft Pastels



Loft Blush Ruffle Shell - old (similar here)
Ann Taylor Cream Textured Pencil Skirt - old (similar here) 
Ann Taylor Heather-Grey Blazer - old (similar here, here, here)
Charles David Grey Suede Pumps - old (current season here)
Tory Burch Thea Triple-Zip Satchel - old (similar here, cheaper here, here)
Loft Watercolor Floral Silk Square Scarf - old (similar here, here)
Ann Taylor Pearlized Cabochon Earrings - here
 

Soft pastels are always so pretty and feminine, don't you think?
I especially love incorporating them into my daily work wardrobe; there's just something special about mixing classic pieces like a skirt suit with more feminine colors and details.
 
 The color palette for this office look was completely inspired by one of my favorite silk scarves from Loft. It's a silk, square scarf with a watercolor floral print in the center in shades of blush, cream, powder blue, taupe, light yellow, and navy. The edges of the scarf are bordered by color-blocked panels in the same complementary shades, and it's really quite beautiful. I decided to pull from the colors of the scarf to create a soft, classic look.



Blush and grey play off each other so nicely, so I chose this blush ruffled shell from Loft to layer under this heather-grey blazer from Ann Taylor.
 
If you love blush as much as I do, you really need a ruffled shell like this one in your wardrobe; it'll see a ton of use since it can be thrown on with a pair of jeans, dress pants, or skirts, or layered with cardigans or blazers like I've done here. It's one of those pieces that can easily be dressed up or down yet elevates an outfit more so than a basic tee or tank. I own several shells in a variety of colors, and mix and match them with everything; their versatility and longevity really speak for themselves.

 


 This heather-grey blazer is actually part of a skirt suit, but I wanted to break up the suit to allow for more color and dimension in the outfit, so I swapped out the matching skirt for a cream pencil skirt. It really brightens up the whole look, don't you think?
It's clean and fresh, and the fabric has a fine, woven pattern that adds another fun layer of texture. It's another one of those pieces that pairs perfectly with everything, and can be worn year-round.
If you love this one as much as I do, I recently found this similar one at Ann Taylor and reviewed it in this post here
 
A heather-grey blazer is a great staple for any office wardrobe as well. The lighter shade allows you to easily pair it with multiple colors and prints while still maintaining a polished look thanks to its neutral color. Apart from the color, the key to any blazer, of course, is the fit; it should fit closely to the body and flatter your shape without looking bulky or sloppy. I generally find that Ann Taylor, Loft, and J.Crew offer the most flattering options in terms of fit, especially in their petite sizes.
 
Similar blazers in the same color here, here, and here look promising if you're looking to fill this void in your closet.

 


 
 
Loft Blush Ruffle Shell - old (similar here)
Ann Taylor Cream Textured Pencil Skirt - old (similar here) 
Ann Taylor Heather-Grey Blazer - old (similar here, here, here)
Charles David Grey Suede Pumps - old (current season here)
Tory Burch Thea Triple-Zip Satchel - old (similar here, cheaper here, here)
Loft Watercolor Floral Silk Square Scarf - old (similar here, here)
Pearl Cluster Necklace - old (similar here)
Ann Taylor Pearlized Cabochon Earrings - here
 
I rounded off the look with pretty accessories in the same color palette, choosing a classic pair of Charles David light grey suede pumps, my favorite blush Tory Burch Thea Triple-Zip satchel, and of course, the Loft silk scarf that inspired the full look, which I knotted around the bag for a touch of whimsy. Jewelry was kept simple and classic with pearl stud earrings and a pearl cluster necklace.
 
It's always fun drawing style inspiration from unexpected things, isn't it?  If something catches your eye -- a particular color combination, juxtaposed patterns or textures -- just run with it! You'll be surprised at your creativity. ;-)
 
Do you like incorporating softer tones into your work wardrobe?
What items have inspired some of your outfits?
 
I hope you all have an amazing day, and thanks so much for stopping by!
XO
 
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