Bold and Basic

Blouse and skirt both from Revolve, Stuart Weitzman boots

For a business casual environment, here is one simple formula for getting dressed: Choose a black or tan pencil skirt, a plain white cotton shirt, then add a BOLD accessory. Your accessory might be a wide belt, a silk scarf tied at the neck, or a statement necklace as seen here.  Your bold piece need not be pricey/designer – keep your eyes open and buy what appeals to you. One nice thing about this necklace from Anthropologie is that it has strong visual impact but is very lightweight. As for shoes, pumps or boots are both good options; since March winds were still blowing I opted for boots (plus they are way more comfortable for work).


These tortoise shell glasses with red arms are another fun accessory – if you don’t need prescription glasses you can have lots of fun with these. Found this pair in NYC but have seen similar ones at Westcott Mercantile in Belmont.


Still sporting a tan so I gravitated toward a colorful floral scarf (another Revolve bargain!) instead of my usual Burberry plaid.

Did someone say ‘Burberry’?? Haha. This Burberry Brit jacket is another great basic, perfect for spring.


Ready to hit the road, wearing another bold accessory – dramatic Prada sunglasses.

You can’t go wrong starting with basics then personalizing your look with accessories that you love – it’s creative, you will never see your look replicated, and it can be cost-effective.  Ready to give it a try?

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  • I love the way you went from very basic to full on style….the colorful scarf punch…..with all the solid basic colors…wow!!!! Statement look…❤

  • Love the entire outfit. The navy burberry coat is fabulous. The necklace is unique and you won’t see it on everyone.


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