Hello, friends. Happy FriYAY! Today I’m sharing a fall date night outfit with a gorgeous red ruffle blouse I picked up at White House Black Market last weekend.
I actually wore this exact outfit to an anniversary party last Saturday night, but I didn’t get a chance to photograph it till this week. I was immediately drawn to this vivid color and these incredible split bell sleeves.
I also really like the ruffle detail on the front of the top. I don’t usually wear tops that add volume in that area, but this one seems to work okay.
When I post tops with bell sleeves, I always get asked how practical they are for working and eating. I had no problem with these. I think having that slit really helps them not get in the way because when I’d reach for food or serve myself from the buffet, they split and kind of fall back and out of the way. I still had to be aware of them, and I was careful, but they didn’t get messy at all.
Also, one reviewer on the WHBM website said the sleeves do not get in the way if you have an office job. (I love reading the website reviews. There’s usually a lot of great info to be found in there, but I do take them with a grain of salt. Some people just want to complain.)
I paired this blouse with black jeans, but it’s also cute with blue jeans, and you could also do white, although I probably wouldn’t do this color blouse with white jeans this time of year. I’m all for wearing white after Labor Day, but I like it to look intentionally fall and that combo seems more spring-like to me. You could also swap out the jeans for pants and wear this to the office.
For size reference, I have this blouse in a 6 and it’s just right so I’d say it runs true to size, or if in between, size down. It also comes in petite sizes.
Also, they’re calling it red on the website, but it’s got a lot of purple in it. It’s more of berry red. I think it’s showing lighter in my pictures than it really is.
This often happens with pinks and purples, I’ve noticed. I’ve tried fixing it in Lightroom, but I can’t seem to get it to show the way it looks to me in person, but it’s definitely deeper than it looks here. Either way, it’s a gorgeous color.
I also purchased my jewelry at White House Black Market. They always have the perfect pieces to go with their tops and dresses, and I get suckered in.
This blouse is longer in the back, and it has a pretty ladder trim detail along shoulders. I don’t love how it shows my bra strap, though. Next time I might try a strapless.
If you’re looking for a strapless bra that is actually comfortable, I highly recommend this one. It’s been a total game changer for me, and I’ve heard the same from a lot of JLS readers.
These black jeans are the ones I wear all the time. They’re the ones that slide down but I keep wearing them because I like how they look and I haven’t tried very hard to find a pair I like better.
For size reference, I have the 29, which is consistent with the sizing advice on the Nordstrom website. Evidently these run small.
Even though they tend to slide down, they don’t bag out. In fact, they hold their shape really well, and I like the 29″ inseam for wearing with heels and ballet flats. It’s a little more tricky with ankle boots.
To finish the look, I carried a black clutch and wore black suede d’orsay pumps with an ankle strap.
I love a d’orsay pump. It simply doesn’t get more flattering than that. Plus the ankle strap on this pair helps them stay on my feet, which is always a plus. I have a hard time finding pumps I don’t walk out of. These are Lucky Brand from last year so I’ll link up a few similar styles below.
And it’s Friday, so that means linkup day! If you have a fashion blog, I’d love for you to join us. If you’re here for your weekly dose of style inspiration, you’ll find plenty of that here. Have a beautiful weekend!
Be sure to visit Cyndi and see the fall outfit she’s styling today.
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