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12/9/17

Festive Office-Party Look: Bordeaux & Stripes

Happy Weekend, Everyone!

It's officially party season! Today I'm sharing a festive, feminine office-party look with one of my favorite shades of the season: bordeaux. Bordeaux, vino, burgundy, cranberry, maroon -- they all fall into the same deep-red color family with the slightest tonal variations and are all so pretty! I'm adding classic, navy stripes and a sprinkling of gold accessories to add a little shimmer and shine, too. This look is simple yet elegant, and is one that's perfect for an office holiday luncheon or party that is dressy but more conservative/business-formal. 
Beautiful Bordeaux
This ribbed mock-neck sweater from Ann Taylor is so soft and stretchy, and of course, the color is so striking! I love mock-neck sweaters like these ones, especially when they have elbow-length sleeves. This sweater comes in a versatile navy color, too, but ultimately, this color won me over. This sweater fits nicely and lays flat, making it perfect for tucking into skirts. It's currently on sale for an additional 50% off, bringing it to only $32.49! Several sizes have just popped back online today, including XXS and XS (I'm wearing the latter.) If your size is sold out, I found a similar elbow-sleeved one here as well as a couple of long-sleeved options here and here (cashmere and on sale for $55!)
Classic Stripes
If you follow me on Instagram, you've no doubt seen this striped skirt numerous times; it's a longtime favorite of mine and I've styled it countless ways. I adore the classic stripes and the feminine box pleats. The only thing that would make it even more perfect in my book would be the addition of pockets, but I love it as-is! It nips in at the smallest part of the waist and then flares out gently into a flattering silhouette. It's a few years old from either Chicwish or Choies (I honestly can't remember which) but I was able to find a couple of very similar ones for you here and here (both are $30 or less!)

I'm also swooning over this burgundy/navy-striped number with its accordion pleats, which I recently shared in my Instagram stories and got so many comments about! I can't speak to the fit, but sizes start in size 0, which looks promising for fellow petites! It's also an additional 25% off and ships for free through December 18th! (No code needed.)
A Touch of Sparkle
Party season is all about the glitz, glam, and sparkle! As fun as it is to put on all the jewels and break out the sparkly bags and clutches this time of year, I pared it down for this particular look to keep it professional and office-appropriate. One of the easiest (and one of my favorite) ways to add a touch of sparkle to any look is to add a brooch to your blouse/top. I've collected a few vintage ones over the years that I treasure and rotate frequently, but this Chanel brooch was my pick for this look because I think it adds just the right amount of extra polish. Chanel brooches, while spendy, can still be found at discounted prices if you shop around and if you don't mind buying pre-owned. 
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Gold glitter pumps are another must-have for the season! They finish this festive office-party look and are a pretty complement to the sparkle of the brooch. Mine are older by Vince Camuto and are the "Cresida" style, but I found a few nearly identical ones here, here, and here if you're in need of some for your upcoming events!

Bordeaux, stripes, and a touch of gold = office-party-ready! I love the simplicity of this look and think it would work well for a number of other special events where you want to be dressy and stylish in a tasteful, understated way.
OUTFIT DETAILS:
Ann Taylor Ribbed Mock-Neck Sweater (XS) - on sale! (also similar here; long-sleeved herecashmere here) //
Chicwish or Choies Striped Pleated Skirt - old (similar here, here; also love this!) //
Vince Camuto "Cresida" Pumps (5.5) - old (similar here, here, here) //
Chanel Brooch - vintage (similar here & heremore pre-loved options) //
MAC Lip Duo in "Diva/Burgundy"

What are your go-to outfits for office holiday parties? Do you like to dress to the nines or do you prefer to keep it simple and follow the less-is-more principle?

Thanks so much for stopping by! Stay tuned for another festive look that's coming to the blog soon with the most dreamy lace!
XO






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