Wow, it is Day 16 of 26 Days of Fall Outfits! How did THAT happen?? We are over halfway there. Phew!!
As y’all know, I live a very casual life. I spend most days at home. When I leave my house, it is usually to pick up a kid from school or run him to a music lesson, so my outfits tend to be very casual. That said, I know a lot of you work outside of the home, and I’ve had some requests for professional work appropriate outfits. You will see by the end of this post that I am much better at creating cute casual outfits than I am at creating professional office-friendly outfits.
I had to run to the mall to return a jacket earlier this week, and I found myself walking by White House Black Market. Of course, I wandered in to see what is new this fall. My friends, this is always a dangerous proposition. Long story short, I left the mall with a much lighter pocketbook than what I came in with. (By the way, right now, all WHBM ponte pants are 25% off!!! Every woman needs a pair in her closet.)
I came home with a new pair of grey jeans, ponte pants, ponte leggings, a black tunic, a smashing LBD for my husband’s holiday company party, and this turtleneck colorblock pullover.
The interesting thing about this pullover is, I wouldn’t have noticed it if the sales associate hadn’t brought it back to me. They do a great job of training their associates at WHBM. I’ve never been there when I didn’t end up trying on half the store because they keep bringing me things they think I’ll like. It’s boutique quality customer service at ordinary shopping mall prices, and I love that about them. (No, this post is not sponsored in any way by White House Black Market. I just love them!) (Of course if they WANTED to sponsor a post, I would totally be open to that… just sayin’.)
Anyway, when I put this tunic on, I was immediately in love. It’s so easy to wear, it drapes beautifully, and the subtle color blocking pattern is on trend but classy.
Here’s the back.
Colorblock Tunic Outfit Take 1
I was assuming that I’d wear the tunic with skinny jeans or leggings, but since I had my new Ponte Slim Pants, I decided to create an outfit that is appropriate for the work environment. To keep it conservative, I wore my dark silver wedge pumps. Here’s how it came together.
Outfit Details: Turtleneck Colorblock Pullover | Ponte Slim Pants | Stella & Dot Goddess Teardrop Earrings | S&D Maylee Ring | S&D Isabelle Wrap | Rebecca Minkoff Moto Hobo | Cole Haan Wedge Pumps (similar)
I’m not loving this outfit, though. The Ponte Slim Pants aren’t skinny enough to offset the voluminous top, so the overall look is, well, voluminous. It’s not horrible, but it’s not as flattering as it could be. I feel like it ages me about 10 years. Here’s a back view.
The pumps added to the dowdy look, so I switched to my black booties. I also changed my bag, but they grays sort of clash. I think I like my black one better.
It is DEFINITELY better with the black booties, and if I were going to wear this outfit, these would be my shoes of choice, but this outfit is still not my favorite. The shoes, by the way, are no longer available, but they’re a classic black bootie with a stacked heel. This Bandalino Loman Bootie is a good option.
I think I’ll love my Ponte Slim Pants with a body-hugging sweater, a cute blouse, or a fitted jacket, but not so much with this colorblock tunic. All that to say, this outfit didn’t come together as well as I’d hoped, but I still think it’s a fabulous sweater and a fabulous pair of pants — they’re just not fabulous together.
Ponte Pants: A Fall/Winter Wardrobe Essential
Remember, the ponte pants at White House Black Market are 25% off right now, so if you don’t have any, this is a great time to invest. These are definitely a wardrobe essential. If you have one pair of trousers in your closet, black ponte pants should be the ones.
WHBM has a ton of ponte pant styles to choose from right now. In addition to my Ponte Slim Pants, they have a Ponte Skinny Pant, which I might have bought instead if I’d seen them. They’re a bit slimmer than my Ponte Slim Pants. I did get the Solution Ponte Leggings (which are FABULOUS, by the way — more on them in a future post.) They actually looked cute with the colorblock tunic and my black riding boots, but again, I was trying to show something work appropriate, and I’m not sure leggings are considered work appropriate in most office environments.
Confused about the ponte pants options? Me too. Here’s a breakdown.
Colorblock Tunic Outfit Take 2
Just for kicks, I decided to try the colorblock pullover with my darkest skinny jeans. (These Paige Skyline Skinny Jeans are currently on sale!!! I’ve had mine for years, and they still make this style, so that should tell you something. It’s a great basic dark skinny jean that you can dress up or down.) Anyway. Take a look.
Now, THIS is my kind of outfit. It’s still dressier than my average, but the skinny jeans look SO much better. I would totally wear this out to lunch with the girls or to church on Sunday.
I swapped out my jewelry too. I felt the sweater needed a necklace after looking at the first set of pictures, so this time I added a metallic beaded tassel necklace, and I switched to simple diamond studs for earrings.
Then I layered three silver bangles and added the silver Rebel Ring (all Stella & Dot.)
I carried the same black satchel and wore the booties. Suddenly, it all works — right down to the details like the silver jewelry and the silver details on the handbag. So I guess I’m 0 for 1 on the work appropriate outfit, but if you’re looking for something cute to wear out to lunch with friends, I’ve gotcha covered!
Outfit Details: Turtleneck Colorblock Pullover | Paige Skyline Skinny Jeans | Rebecca Minkoff Moto Hobo | Gitane Tassel Necklace | Rebel Ring | Blessed Inspiration Bangle | Pave Arrow Cuff Bracelet | studded cuff bracelet (similar) | Black Booties (sold out; similar)
Don’t forget to visit Cyndi to see the fall outfit she’s styling today.
And today is Friday, so that means it’s linkup day!