What I Would Wear Today.... January 31st {Accessories II}

1.31.2011

Splurge vs Steal 
 I have had so many questions lately about stylish handbags that I thought I should include this comparison for today's handbag pick.  The Chloe Marci bag

Net-a-Porter $1950

Both bags add a bit of steely sophistication to a work day look.  Both totes are the perfect size for all the great stuff a lady carries in her work bag.  

Endless $98
 The Steve Madden BCouture Satchel has similar bronze trimmings and burnished metallic exterior but is priced just right for entry-level silver tote bag.

Either way it is hard to go wrong with platinum bag of soft leather that looks fabulous draped over your arm.  Especially if you are in the fab bandage dress and peep-toe booties.  

What I Would Wear Today.... January 31st {Accessories}

If you are a working girl and you want to add the amazing accessories from the "What I Would Wear Today... January 31st" at a more reasonable price.  I have added some budget-friendly options in this addendum.

First the perforated leather sandals by Miu Miu are gorgeous!

Miu Miu $675

Recessionistas consider the following styles as a alternatives.



Nine West Amaze $99

BCBGeneration Justina B $98

These booties are both peep-toe and 4" inch heels with perforated leather like the Miu Miu but available from Endless .

What I Would Wear Today.... January 31st

Yes!  The focus on chic work looks continues.  Here is one of my very favorite dresses for spring, the Trapp satin-stretch dress by Diane von Furstenberg. 

Trapp stretch satin bandage dress $385



When I saw this look on Net-a-Porter I immediately loved it.  Wow, the military green is completely elevated by the body-con fit of this bandage dress.  So, I have filed this away in my Fantasy Office folder along with all of the other jersey dresses that I love.  The Chloe bag and Miu Miu sandals are the finishing touches on this work-lux look.


Remember for help styling your own work looks contact amber@thepinkfrock.com

What I Would Wear Today... January 24th {UPDATE}

1.30.2011

Last week I posted a set "What I Would Wear Today...January 24th".  It had a gorgeous black crepe dress that was very well priced but the other items were decidedly more expensive.  I have found some amazing items similar to the accessories of the other post but a more accessible price point.  Whatever you want to call it; Splurge vs Save, or Lust vs. Must.  The more affordable options are no less stylish just more likely to end up in your closet without the guilt.

In last week's post I showed these suede and hairnet boots sold by Colette France.  They are gorgeous and highly lux with a price tag that is equal to a month's rent on a great apartment ($1,200). 

Pierre Hardy Suede Peep Toe Boots


These buttery soft sandals at $135 are a stylish alternative from TOPSHOP.  There is even free shipping right now on purchases over $100 so it makes even more sense to a girl who wants to make sure her money is upping her style profile in a smart way.



Garner Taupe Lattice Peep Toe Sandal


Now for the work tote... nothing says polished style like a gorgeous handbag. Conversely, nothing says amateur like a blown-out satchel that you used in college.

Chloe Paraty Bag
This iconic Chloe bag is the perfect carry-all for a chic city look.  The nearly $2000 price-tag keeps it from being every woman's bag however.  Net-a-Porter has some of the most amazing products in the business and this sleek Chloe bag is no exception.


Steve Madden BCouture Satchel



Of course Endless has a great option for a bag!  $87 and free shipping both ways (that is if you need to return it for any reason).  You can use all the money you save to buy the dress and the shoes.


The other handbag option is also priced less than $90 and can be found on YesStyle.  This website is amazing and has many other stylish finds that you probably haven't seen before. 


Faux Leather Satchel 







A Lady at Church

1.29.2011

So the saying goes "casual clothes, casual manners".  This is the absolute truth!  If you have ever noticed children at school, the ones wearing jerseys and athletic shorts are more apt to disrupt class then their more formal classmates.  Children should wear school clothes to school and sports clothes to sports. The idea of appropriate dressing is so anemic in 2011.  "Casual Friday" turned into "Casual Everyday" turned to sweatsuits on errands. So it goes in the chapel, this same trend is occurring in houses of worship.  A skirt is not automatically church attire. A skirt can be worn 7 days 7 ways, but only a few of the incarnations of a skirt (along with the other elements of the outfit) are church worthy.

Yet there is a new generation of church-goers who don't have the slightest knowledge of what is appropriate.  How many times have you been to a wedding and there is a cousin in a faded sundress and worn sandal or slinky satin bustier-type dress and fishnets. The second outfit is indicative of the other problem in "for-church" dressing; too sexy of clothing is also problematic at church.  What constitutes "Sunday Best" now-a-days is shocking too me.  I have a real distaste for flip-flops and t-shirts paired with some wrinkled a-line skirt worn into church.  That same feeling of distaste also goes for exotic-dancer heels, high-split skirts, low-backed dresses worn to ordinary Sunday service.

I saw today a very elegant women dressed in a very appropriate and lovely frock to attend a baptism.  She looked feminine and beautiful while at the same time being modest for the occasion.  I have posted below set that has the same feel as her ensemble.  She was refined in every way and spoke to the lost art of modest femininity.


Dress up Friday... Entry Level

1.28.2011

This is for the girl who maybe isn't as far along in her careet but still wants to look gorgeous on Friday.  This look is the same polished and elevated feel as my other blog post "Dress up Friday", but the tiems are all at price points that are accessible to most.


Dress up Friday

I love the emerging trend of "Dress-up Friday".  I know that it is used at some all-casual firms to boost morale at the end of the week.  However, I have seen ladies in the work place use "Dress-up Friday" to bring out a really gorgeous frock.  This has been an opportunity for ladies to show a more elevated, feminine look.



Off-the-Clock ....

1.27.2011

Ladies,  one more quick note about dressing fab for the Valentine's work week.  A great dress, amazing pumps, and a fancy handbag are enough to "wow" most people.  Your date should get even more consideration.  Edit the details a bit for a smoldering after-hours look.  Desk-to-drinks is acceptable for most weeknight outings, but try just that much harder in February.


Valentine Work Week...

If you don't have the luxury of celebrating Valentine's Day all week long with a series of romantic picnics and candlelight dinners, then read on.   February is all about the fun, the feminine, the pink.  I have a house full of boys and boy gear, so I really treasure February.  This is my chance to have ruffles, lace, and jars of pink candy.  I love almost everything about it. ( I do hate low-budget stuffed animals holding a rose, necklace, or candy).  There are so many cute things to do to celebrate and I try to find ways to fit in hot pink, cherry red, and ladylike style the whole month.  Ladies! There is really no need to make your look unprofessional or unrefined just because its attuned to the holiday. This is not about wearing a lame red cardigan over a faded pink t-shirt and an "anything goes" approach to outfit-making. Noooo...  *** see blog posts about NOT dressing in orange crap for Halloween***  Please take care and plan something gorgeous, flattering, and romance-inspiring.  Old, ill-fitting, cartoonish type clothing is not romance-inspiring.


So, if I was headed to my Fantasy Office during Valentine's season, I would wear the following outfit.