Office Style: Peonies & Pleats + Sale Alert

Peonies and pleats in one outfit? Yep. You already know this is one of my favorite office looks. I mean, if this outfit doesn't scream "Sara," I don't know what does. I adore this feminine office look so much and am excited to finally be sharing it with you after a sneak peek on my Instagram last month.

(Quick side note: sorry it's taken me awhile to get a new outfit post up on the blog, but as a busy mom of 3, amongst so many other things, carving out time for blog post prep is sometimes quite the feat. I know you other mamas and boss ladies who juggle a myriad of tasks on any given day can relate, so thanks for your patience and understanding -- it always means a lot! Virtual hugs for all of you.) 

You know I'm always partial to pretty prints, especially florals this time of year, but add eye-catching peonies in soft, pastel hues,  flutter sleeves, and I may as well just hand over my wallet. (lol) LOFT really hit it out of the park with this Peony Ruffle Henley Blouse. Thankfully, it was a great sale score and a beautiful one at that. I've already worn it countless times and have received compliments galore. The peonies steal the show. (Don't they always?) I love the richness of the navy background in contrast to the pastel peonies, and the drapey fit and the ruffle/flutter sleeves are just cherries on top. 

I've said it before, but Ann Taylor/LOFT really have some of the best blouses for both work wear and casual wear; these blouses are on constant rotation in my wardrobe because they can be styled a number of ways from skirts and heels to jeans and sandals. They're so versatile for the office or after-hours, plus they wash and wear really well. They're fairly wrinkle-resistant and machine-washable, which is a plus in my book for their low maintenance. 
(Small care tip: I wash the majority of my AT/LOFT blouses on the gentle cycle and then simply hang them to air dry. This prolongs their life. I'll make the exception to dry clean them only if they're made from rayon and I'm concerned about shrinkage or if they're made from a delicate fabric like silk and require the extra care.) 

This peony blouse sold out quickly online, but I've noticed the occasional pop-back in select sizes. I was also pleased to see this print offered in a maternity blouse, a maternity tee, a grey tee, a dress, a maxi skirt, and a scarf. (FYI, the scarf is still in stock!) It's always nice to have several clothing options when you're drawn to a specific print/textile, so kudos to LOFT for getting it right. This same henley-style blouse is also offered in solid colors here if you're just not keen on prints. They come in regular and petite sizing, too.

I'm wearing size XXSP for reference, and it still has a slightly loose, flowy fit. It looks nice un-tucked and worn with jeans as well, thanks to the shirttail hem.

LOFT is currently having an awesome flash sale where you can get 50% off their summer steals (select full-price items) and sale items with code "FLASH." Sale ends Tuesday, June 20th, at 7am, PST (10am, EST) so act quickly! Ready, set, shop here!


There are so many swoon-worthy pieces this season -- scroll through to see them all! And with the flash sale, most are under $30!

This pleated skirt is the front-runner of all the pleated skirts I own. The blush color is delicate and beautiful, and the accordion pleats are understated and flattering. Believe me when I say that not all pleats are created equal. Some add unsightly bulk and volume, especially in the hip area, which is always a no-go for me (box pleats, for example, can be tricky if they're not set properly and don't lie flat. Yikes.) 

This skirt is from Ann Taylor about a year ago or so and no longer available, but I was thrilled to find this one, which is nearly identical in both the color and style, and equally lovely. It's also currently on sale for only $42! It comes in white, too. Another pretty option is this one for less than $40. I happen to love the floral cardi that's styled with it in the stock photo as well! Both would work well for the office, with the cardi adding an additional layer for the polar chill of the over-air conditioned office (seriously, why is someone always tampering with the thermostat?) 

Creamy-nude accessories keep the look airy and fresh. I chose my trusty bow (faux) suede pumps from Forever 21, which are also older and look far more luxe than their super-affordable price point, but I'm also loving these and these, if you're looking for a similar pair. Nude or blush bow pumps are a definite must-have if you're a lover of feminine style like I am.

This cream toggle satchel was another great sale find that I happened to come across at the Coach Factory Outlet a few years ago, but this one and this one are great, classic alternatives that I'd happily carry as well. 

I kept my jewelry minimal with these new favorite Pave Stone Stud Earrings from LOFT, which are a recent purchase and included in the current flash sale for only $9.99 with code "FLASH." Snap these up at this price while you can -- they're so elegant and will go with everything! They come in other colors, but I went with the white, which are very reminiscent of the Kate Spade Seaport Pearl earrings I love so much (but at a fraction of the price.)

My stretchy pearl bracelet is old from the Ann Taylor Factory Stores, but this one and this one are both classy, too. 

And there you have another one of my favorite office looks! It's easy, yet polished and pretty. It's also lightweight and perfect for these hot, arid, summer days.

 LOFT Peony Ruffle Henley Blouse (xxsp) - sold out (similar here, here, here, here) // 
Ann Taylor Pleated Skirt - old (similar here, here, here, white here) //
Forever 21 Bow Suede Pumps - old (similar here, here, here) // 
Coach Chelsea Carryall Satchel - old (similar here, here, here) // LOFT Pave Stone Stud Earrings (white) // Ann Taylor Pearl Bracelet - old (similar here, here) // Revlon Ultra HD Matte Lipcolor in "Spark"

As always, thanks for reading, and if you ever have any questions about the items I post, feel free to leave me a comment or shoot me an email, and I'll be happy to help!


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