Winter Work Wear with Metallic Cardigan & Bootcut Pants

Well, hello there! Welcome back to 25 Days of Winter Fashion! This week seems like it’s on fast forward. I can’t believe it’s Thursday already.

Today I’m attempting a work wear look, but I don’t love it. (I know… do I ever love my work wear looks?)

I do like the individual pieces, but I’m not crazy about how they work together, and I’ll tell you why. (Of course I will… did you ever doubt it?)

This metallic pointelle cardigan came from Trunk Club earlier this week. (Stay tuned for Trunk Club unboxing post later today!) I think it’s a really fun piece for this time of year because the metallic threads add a festive sparkle to the look and make it perfect for a casual holiday party but it’s still office-appropriate.

Okay, so I haven’t worked in an office in 18 years… but I’m assuming this would be fine for most office situations. Someone got snarky with me when I labeled an outfit “work wear” on Facebook the other day… so what do I know!?!

Wherever you decide to wear it, this cardigan is super soft and looks and feels really nice on. It’s also a lot warmer than you would think based on the loose weave.

It’s the Halogen brand, which is one of Nordstrom’s private label brands and is exclusive to them. They typically do a great job with mid-priced apparel, and their sweaters are made for women, not for the junior’s department, so they’re usually fairly forgiving in the way they’re cut.

I normally wear a small in this brand, and my stylist sent a medium, so it looks a little matronly on me, but if you look at the model on the website, you can see how it’s supposed to fit.

The other reason it looks a little matronly is because I wore it over a camisole that isn’t structured enough. These two pieces are too voluminous paired together; this sweater would look better over a more body-conscious top, and this cami looks better under a more structured leather jacket or blazer.

That said, I do like the cami. It is reversible, which is fun. The other side is burgundy, which I almost wore with this look, and maybe it would look better, but I was afraid of it being overall too dark with a burgundy cami under the charcoal grey sweater with the black pants so I went with the blush.

So let’s discuss these pants. As much as I love my skinny jeans, I’ve never loved the ankle length skinny pants that are all the rage. Most don’t work for me for some reason, but these ponte slim bootcut pants are amazing. The ponte fabric is thick and stretchy, so they don’t cling or ride up, and they have a nice weight to them.

I also think these pants look better paired with more structure on top, but they would be okay with this outfit if the cardigan were a size smaller and my base layer more fitted.

I feel like this outfit doesn’t do these pants the justice they deserve, so I’ll definitely style them again in the near future.

These are my favorite pumps, and I have them in more colors than I am willing to admit. They’re good quality, comfortable, and so attractive. They also just happen to be the perfect heel height for the length of these pants — at least for me. Of course we’re all different, but I’m 5’5″ for reference.

I’ll link to some other black pumps below, and some with lower heels for those who can’t do 3.75 inches. Burgundy pumps would also be fun with this outfit.

Also, my satchel has been reduced. The prices on Amazon fluctuate randomly, and at the moment it’s back down close to what I paid for it around this time last year. I find myself carrying this satchel a ton during fall and winter. It’s a great size for everyday, roomy but not oversized, and classic with a bit of an edge. If you’ve had your eye on it, you may want to snap it up before the price goes up again.

So yeah, overall this outfit is a bit of a miss, but the individual pieces are all great. Hopefully it was helpful to see how they look on and discuss how they could be styled better.

Halogen Metallic Pointelle Cardigan // WHBM Slim Ponte Bootcut Pants // WHBM Reversible Woven Cami // Sam Edelman Hazel Pointed Toe Heels (lower heel comfort shoe option) // Rebecca Minkoff Mini Perry Satchel (reduced!) // similar layer necklace // Stella & Dot Yves Wrap Bracelet // Moonbow Sunglasses c/o Maui Jim // faux pearl earrings

Don’t forget, I’ll be doing a Facebook Live Q&A at 11AM EST this morning over on my Facebook Page, so if you’re around, I hope you’ll tune in!

If you can’t tune in but want to watch later, feel free to leave questions you have for me in the comments, or email me if you prefer. That will help me get started, while people are tuning in and give me something to talk about if (heavens forbid!) no one shows up or asks questions. (Can you tell I’m nervous? LOL!!!)

Thanks for visiting, and be sure to visit Cyndi and see the winter outfit she’s styling today.

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