Posts Tagged ‘lace up’

What Jeanne Wore: Black Pants with Half-Skirt

Black Pants with Half-Skirt | Two Take on Style

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Anthropologie pants (get the look with black pants and a wrap skirt), J. Crew top (similar), Jeffrey Campbell shoes, Kenneth Jay Lane earrings (similar)

All I ever do is wear pants!  I have to break this cycle but I think fashion and my age are conspiring against me.  While you might think this outfit is all about the crazy shirt I’m wearing, it is really the pants with the half-skirt built into the front that I love. Anything that adds interest and spark to a pair of black pants is a keeper in my book.  I don’t think I’d like these pants without a tucked in top, but perhaps a more cropped top would work. Hmmm… think I’ll try that next!

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neon green | Two Take on Style

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What Jeanne Wore: Plaid Tunic and Black Skirt

plaid tunic and black skirt | Two Take on Style

plaid tunic and black skirt | Two Take on Style plaid tunic and black skirt | Two Take on Style plaid tunic and black skirt | Two Take on Style plaid tunic and black skirt | Two Take on Style

Zara tunic (similar), Gaultier skirt (similar), Zara shoes (similar), Natori necklace (I paid much less!)

Today I am taking a leap and showing an outfit that did NOT work.  So, for Heaven’s sake, don’t try to copy this look!  The idea was to wear my long tunic over a black top and column skirt.  Sounds simple, doesn’t it?  What went wrong?

  • The tunic fabric clung to the skirt fabric so the outfit had no “flow”.
  • Nothing delineated my waist and the result is very unflattering.
  • The necklace I chose is too bulky for these light fabrics.  The collar of the tunic slipped around, so I buttoned the top button.  Also a mistake.

Many lessons in this outfit for me… the biggest one:  if I have doubts when I first put the outfit on, TAKE IT OFF and try again!

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check tunic with leggings | Two Take on Style

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What Jeanne Wore: Black and Gray

black and gray | Two Take on Style

black and gray | Two Take on Style black and gray | Two Take on Style black and gray | Two Take on Style black and gray | Two Take on Style

Choies vest (similar), Forever 21 top (similar), Topshop pants (similar), Zara shoes (similar), Bauble Bar earrings (similar)

Ah, my tried and true black and gray combination again!  This is another great outfit for cooler spring days – light wool vest in the morning, just the blouse in the afternoon.  I have had this Forever 21 blouse for years and it has never gone out of style and brightens up anything I pair it with – a true clothes war horse!  It is the perfect example of “low” fashion working successfully with “high” fashion.  How many of those do you have in your closet?

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dressed down | Two Take on Style

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What Jeanne Wore: Check Tunic with Leggings

check tunic with leggings | Two Take on Style

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Zara tunic (similar), Asos belt (similar), Ann Taylor leggings (similar), Nina Original’s booties (similar), Alexis Bittar bracelet (similar), Kenneth Jay Lane earrings (similar)

Have I said this before?  I truly love all the long tunics/shirts out and about this year.  They can be worn buttoned up over pants, jeans, long pencil skirts or leggings or worn open like a duster over all of the above.  They’d even look good with wide, flowy pants for day or evening. I’m not sure how long they’re going to be in style, but I’ll wear mine to death as long as they are!

Here I’m wearing mine with a wide belt to give my waist some definition and I felt quite confident in this look!  Perfect for transitioning between seasons – wear another top or shirt underneath or don’t, depending on the weather.

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black tights & flannel | Two Take on Style

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What Jeanne Wore: Leopard Print Jacket and Black Ankle Pants

Leopard Print Jacket and Black Ankle Pants | Two Take on Style

Leopard Print Jacket and Black Ankle Pants | Two Take on Style Leopard Print Jacket and Black Ankle Pants | Two Take on Style Leopard Print Jacket and Black Ankle Pants | Two Take on Style Leopard Print Jacket and Black Ankle Pants | Two Take on Style

Ann Taylor jacket (similar), belt via Shopbop (similar), Theory pants (similar), Josie Natori necklace (similar), Nina Originals shoes (similar)

Interestingly, this outfit represents what I see more and more as my “old” look.  Take an interesting jacket, create a waist by belting it, and wear it with the ubiquitous black pants. Probably ten times more sophisticated than what other people are wearing to the office these days, but more of a uniform than I like to wear anymore.

The truth is that I have very few jackets left in my closet and I only keep jackets if I can envision them worn with both good trousers and distressed jeans.  They’ve been replaced by longer sweaters and denim or moto jackets  – altogether much more casual.

With the prospect of retirement looming again, it is difficult to envision returning to a “dressier” look at any point in the future.  But then us “style girls” never say “never”, right?  By the way, the morning I put on this outfit, it never even made it out the door … just not me anymore.

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inspired by pinterest | Two Take on Style

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My Style Challenge: Ghillies or Lace Up Flats

ghillies | Two Take on Style

ghillies | Two Take on Style

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First, I must get this out of the way:  apparently the term “ghillies” is also used for “Renaissance Faire” shoes (ugh) AND the name of a certain kind of three-dimensional camo outfit for hunters!  Now please put those images aside and concentrate on the ghillies that are so popular at the moment:  pumps or flats that lace up and/or tie at or above the ankle.  The term originally refers to soft flat dancing shoes. Here are a few particularly beautiful (and in all cases practically unwearable) examples:

ghillies | Two Take on Style

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Sigh.  Luckily now flat ghillies abound and are available in all price points.  Can you guess?  I love, love, love them! The flat versions are becoming quite popular – both as flats and sandals.  Some of you may say these are hard to wear unless your ankles and calves are perfect – or at least skinny – but I disagree.  They actually make the ankle look slimmer. I would personally avoid any versions that lace up past the mid calf but that’s just a reflection of my personal bias.  Take a look at the wonderful and affordable versions I’ve identified below – and start shopping for YOUR ghillies.

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What Jeanne Wore: Purple Sweater and Olive Joggers

purple sweater and olive joggers | Two Take on Style

purple sweater and olive joggers | Two Take on Style purple sweater and olive joggers | Two Take on Style purple sweater and olive joggers | Two Take on Style purple sweater and olive joggers | Two Take on Style

Northland sweater (similar), J. Crew joggers (similar), Equipment sweater, Alexis Bittar necklace (similar), Nina Originals shoes, Forever 21 bracelet (similar)

I happen to love the colors purple and olive together.  Hence it was a no-brainer when I found this cashmere flowered Equipment sweater on sale earlier this year; of course I would wear it first with these joggers and my purple cardigan, right?  In any case, I think this ensemble worked out very well.  Joggers are probably on the way out but I love them for a dressy pants look.  They also make any heel look smashing.

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olive and red | Two Take on Style

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What Jeanne Wore: Black and Red Checks

black and red checks | Two Take on Style

black and red checks | Two Take on Style black and red checks | Two Take on Styleblack and red checks | Two Take on Style black and red checks | Two Take on Style

Zara shirt (similar), Theory pants (similar), Theory jacket (similar), Nina Originals shoes (similar), Banana Republic necklace (similar), Banana Republic earrings (similar), Marc by Marc Jacobs ring (similar)

I found this er …. elongated shirt in the Zara store at Tysons Corner (similar on line) and it took me about 30 seconds to buy it.  My favorite plaid in a long, flowy top – what’s not to love? Putting together the rest of this outfit was pretty easy.  I can also see this shirt with jeans or leggings.

The fact that I already have wonderful black cuffed trousers and a great blazer is only the result of good online sale shopping.  Seriously this long shirt look is good for almost any figure especially if it is grounded with a blazer with a little shape.

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See another way I’ve worn checks:

buffalo check

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What Jeanne Wore: Sophisticated Camo

sophisticated camo | Two Take on Style

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Banana Republic shirt (similar), J. Crew pants (similar), Nina Originals shoes, J. Crew earrings (similar), old chain belt (similar), Michael Kors watch (similar)

If you follow our blog, you already know that I cannot resist camo (insert Kate rolling her eyes here).   A few years ago camo had a real “trend” moment and, after purchasing a skirt, a tee, a sweater and skinny jeans, I decided I had enough camo in my closet.  Then Banana brought out this slightly sheer shirt and I had to have it.  The current rule is: only sleek sophisticated camo for me.

Also let me tell you about these shoes.  I had them in black suede – SO comfortable although I know they may not look it.  When I found them in this metallic finish on MyHabit for about $50, I couldn’t resist.  Maybe I should have entitled this post “Irresistible Finds”!

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Colorblock | Two Take on Style

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What Jeanne Wore: Dresses as Tunics

dress as tunic | Two Take on Style

dress as tunic | Two Take on Style

Gap dress (similar), Banana Republic pants (similar), J. Crew tee, Forever 21 shoes (similar), J. Crew earrings (similar), old bracelets (similar)

dress as tunic | Two Take on Style

Midi length tunics are definitely a trend this year and I decided to use my various button up dresses to test out the look.  Readers, this is lots of fun!  I already have way too many midi sweater coats and I love them all.  But this is a way to extend an existing wardrobe – and it works especially well between seasons. Try it out if you dare!

dress as tunic | Two Take on Style

Won Hundred dress (similar), Loft pants (similar), Gap cami (similar), Mango necklace (similar), Nina Originals shoes, old bracelets (similar) dress as tunic | Two Take on Style

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spring dresses | Two Take on Style

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