More Tippis, Please (and a formal introduction)

J.Crew Tippi Sweater  / Topshop Twisted Silverstone Midi Rings / Smart Set Layering Tee / J Brand 910 denim (black version here) / Matt Bernson Waverly Flats (new season’s styles here) /  Michael Kors Runway Watch MK 5076 / Belt: H&M Belt /  Zara Leather Bag with Metal Tab 

My first outfit post in over a month! I apologize profusely, but something happened to me approximately seven weeks ago and it can all be summed up in one photo:


Meet Milo. He’s an 18-week-old Morkie (half Maltese, half Yorkie). He’s the cutest and sweetest thing when he’s not an absolute terror! If you’ve ever had a puppy, you are well aware these little guys are a lot of work and extremely time-consuming, particularly when they are still in the process of being housebroken and teething! So right now it’s all a crazy juggling act, one in which I’m failing miserably! I hope to get more frequent posts up, although another issue I am having is that my tripod broke which makes photos pretty difficult. If anyone has a tripod they recommend–something of good quality, lightweight, packs up small, and won’t break the bank, I’d appreciate your suggestions!
Now returning to the post at hand, the sweater I’m wearing is my fourth fifth (EDIT: I realized I have another that I haven’t seen in over a year) J. Crew Tippi Sweater. It is quite apparent at this point that I love them. The colors are amazing, and I love merino wool because it holds up well after many washings with minimal pilling, although wool, in general, makes me a bit itchy. My first three Tippi sweaters I purchased in XXS, but this time around, I opted for XS to get a slightly slouchier fit. I was a bit on the fence at the beginning, thinking that I might return for an XXS, but I actually like the look of looser fit. And the green color? TDF.

P.S. A review of the Zara satchel I’m carrying in this post coming up, hopefully by the end of next week.

FORBES STYLE FILE / Style Strategy: Can I Wear A Sarong Skirt To The Office?

Often when we think of a sarong, we think of the beach, not the office. However, a sarong-style skirt can in fact be worn to the office without looking as if we were heading to an after-work pool party.

A key attribute that would make a sarong skirt appropriate for the office is to keep the length close the knee. A longer skirt would appear much too casual, or even in some instances, look as if you were going to a cocktail party. Also, unless the dress code is extremely flexible, opt for a dark neutral color in a medium to heavy fabric, as opposed to something brightly colored and lightweight.

Because the skirt has a lot of drape, choosing complementary pieces that are more structured or that sit very close to the body, rather than pairing the skirt with items that hang loosely on the body or are made of flowy fabrics, keep the outfit looking professional and helps maintain clean lines. Here are a few styling ideas using a sarong skirt from Zara:

Nonoo sleeveless collared blouse, $290 / Zara black skirt, $60 / Topshop zip top bag, $70 / Michael Kors jewelry, $260 / House of Harlow 1960 post earrings, $35/ Nine West Beautie Pumps, $90

And with a structured blazer for those office environments that require a more formal cover-up for the shoulders:

 H&M white top, $35 / Alice & You blue blazer, $79 / Zara black draped skirt, $60 / Ann Taylor suede shoes, $128 / Kate Spade woven purse, $478 / J. Crew Factory Flower necklace, $54 / Vince Camuto horn bangle, $58 / House of Harlow 1960 antique jewellery, $30
See this post on Forbes Style File here!

FORBES STYLE FILE / Style Strategy: Can I Wear Neon To The Office?

As summer winds down, I try to take advantage of my favorite warm weather trends of the season before they are packed away in favor of the new fall fads. Neon has been a very popular trend as of late, but wearing neon to the office must be done cautiously or you may be in danger of looking like a walking highlighter. Neon is likely not for the most conservative workplaces, but for those with more flexibility, it is a great way to liven up an outfit. Pair it with neutrals for something striking but not overpowering.

For something a subtle, try neon accessories such as a belt, or necklace. Or if you are feeling bold, wear a pair of neon shoes.

neon/2H&M sleeveless shirt, $19 / Zara skirt, $98 / Kate Spade , $100 / Zara handbag, $80 / BaubleBar gold bracelet, $26 / LAUREN by Ralph Lauren gold earrings, $35

If your dress code is more liberal, a blouse under a jacket or cardigan is a great way to add a punch of neon without going overboard:

Vero Moda jacket, $65 / Rachel Zoe , $235 / TIBI flat shoes, $385 / Faith handbag, $60 / Michael Korswatch, $250/ Gorjana , $80 / Nadri , $40 / Tinley Road Sleeveless Silk Button Down, $25
See the post on ForbesStyle File here!
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