Thursday, January 31, 2013

Downtown Prep

I used to think of pearls exclusively as ├╝ber conservative and limited to preppy ladies who lunch at country clubs (most likely named Muffy Von Something or other.) While I have obviously changed my mind, they still do make me feel a tad more lady-like. 

There is no better way to ensure that my work outfits don't lean too much to the conservative than throwing in some leather. I fully believe leather makes everything better. Just imagine if I had (GASP) worn a plain knee-length skirt with this-- I'd be scared to walk out the door.

So this is my attempt to give prep the edge that it so desperately needs.

 SweaterJ. Crew Tippi Crewneck // Top: Equipment Signature Blouse
Skirt: H&M (old but similar here and here) // Necklace: BaubleBar (similar here and here)

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I have both the blouse and sweater in multiple colors and patterns. The Equipment blouses aren't cheap, but they last and the cut is so worth it (plus, they go on sale!) The J. Crew Tippi is a great basic that you really can wear with anything. I'm a fan of both too because its so easy to dress them up and down (great for someone like me who enjoys multiple outfit changes.)


  1. First of all, I read that as "Downton" Prep, and got all excited for Lady Mary-inspired outfits.

    Second, even in pearls, you could never be conservative!

    Third, I used to shun pearls too, until I got a family heirloop set for a wedding gift. Now I just think classic elegance...which you also pull off flawlessly. Boom.

    1. First--Awwww sorry! Also HELLO best idea ever. We need to make this happen...
      Second-- That is one of my favorite compliments yet :)
      Third-- You are totally right, classic elegance is a GOOD thing and (ahem) that's how I would describe YOU my dear

    2. Maybe you should do a Downton theme shopping trip post with your friend, as we shop for a certain fall wedding we'll both be (hopefully) attending...?

    3. Maybe that is one of the best ideas you have ever had (and you have had a LOT!) The wheels are turning as we speak....


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