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Basics that are anything but.

Polished with a pencil

I've been on a major pencil skirt kick lately. (J. Crew is doing some amazing skirts that are flattering on everyone, promise!) Today I came across this sateen jacquard number and fell in love. It's a little quirky and very wearable. I generally love any piece that helps ease the day-to-night transition and this skirt is no exception. 

blue & gray numero dos

First up is a comfy daytime look that's perfect for even the most conservative office. I've gone sort of matchy-matchy using the Hepburn Shirt in Stage Door (a cross between cobalt blue and purple) although you can always go for a black or white blouse. Then, top your silk shirt with a ultra soft cashmere tee and a thin belt to define your waist.

Pop on your sunnies and grab a big tote that's large enough for your iPad.  A longer skirt requires heels so show off your legs with booties that dip slightly below your ankle bone (it's all about lengthening). 

 

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Next is an ensemble that's a bit... more. There's a lot happening here texture-wise.

I love the way this Stella McCartney jacket sort of clashes/sort of matches. I kept the matchy-matchy purple silk shirt to tie it together and paired it with bling accessories.  (If you prefer a vibe that's a bit more subtle, you can always tuck the necklace under your collar so just a bit peeks out.)

Sky's the limit when it comes to shoes and a clutch.  I like the way the clasp of the DVF box clutch looks with the skirt and jacket but really any metallic or black clutch would work. The Sergio Rossi booties have laser cutouts which add a bit of interest.


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