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6/6/18

Summer Office-Style Inspo: Pintucked Ruffles & Pearl Buttons

Classic, timeless pieces with feminine details continue to be my staples for work wear. These are pieces that I reach for time and again, and that have me feeling my best when it comes to looking professional and polished for the office.

Today I'm mixing pieces from one of my favorite retailers for office wear, Ann Taylor. If you've been following my blog for some time, you know that I have shopped and styled several pieces from AT fairly regularly over the years. I've been a longtime AT shopper; their styles seem to suit me best, and I can always count on finding that perfect piece to incorporate into my work wardrobe.
I admit I own far too many ruffled blouses to count, especially shells. I love how versatile they are, allowing me to wear them alone during hot, Summer days, or to be worn layered under a cardigan or blazer in the frigid, air-conditioned office. They're definitely a staple in my wardrobe. 

This pintucked ruffle-bib blouse caught my eye online because of its beautiful periwinkle-blue shade. It's not a color I see too often, so seeing it with the ruffled details and ties at the neck, I knew that it would be a keeper. It's such an elegant, sweet blouse, and looks great tucked and untucked. It's easy to wash with no special dry-cleaning required, so that's also a bonus! (This ruffle blouse in the same color is also worth a glance!)
The show-stopper piece that I had to have, though, is this button pencil skirt. And it's why I'm such a loyal AT shopper: this skirt is nothing short of amazing. The fit, the style, the details -- they're perfection in my book. The color is black, despite it photographing a navy-blue here due to the bright lighting. The pearl buttons down the side are my favorite detail and really dress up this basic pencil-skirt style. It reminds me of something the ladies of the 1930s-40s would wear with their buttoned skirts and blouses, white gloves, pinned hair and hat, and pocketbook. It's an ultra-feminine look from a bygone fashion era that I continue to draw inspiration from daily.

A classy skirt like this can be worn an infinite number of ways and will look just as incredible for years to come. (Be sure to see this button skirt, too.)
 
I draped an open, tweed blazer over my shoulders for more coverage, which works well for the office. This is an older, legacy piece from Ann Taylor that I still reach for often. It adds an element of 'chic' to any outfit, from jeans and a top to a dressier, office look like this one. The ivory and black colors are a classic combo, and the tweed, open-front style of this jacket is very reminiscent of Chanel. I like pairing ivory/white and black with a pop of color, and think the structure of the jacket frames the periwinkle blouse nicely. 

To elongate my legs and keep the overall look streamlined, I kept with nude, patent accessories to finish the look. The right nude accessories can really make any outfit look sharp. For me, this means a simple, structured bag and  a pair of closed-toe pumps with a sleek shape. This "formula" never fails. It looks polished, pretty, and professional in any work environment.

ANN TAYLOR SALE + PIECES I'M LOVING

Get an extra 60% off all sale items until 9pm tonight, PST! (No code is needed; discount will be automatically applied at check-out.) 

Now's the time to snag your favorite pieces at a major discount, but hurry, the sale ends soon! 

Here are a few Ann Taylor pieces I'm currently loving (some on sale, some not):


OUTFIT DETAILS:

Ann Taylor Open Tweed Jacket (xxsp) - old (similar here) //
Arcadia Nude Patent Dome Satchel - old (similar here) //
Pearl Stud Earrings - old (similar here)

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Summer outfits like this one help me look and feel my best when it comes to dressing for the office, and I hope it inspires you to do the same. 

What are some of your favorite office styles during Summer?

As always, thank you for reading! 

XO,
Sara

This post was in no way sponsored by Ann Taylor or Ann, Inc.; I am only sharing pieces and outfits I love that were created from my own, personal collection and wardrobe.


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