That Blouse :: alligator loafers + skirt

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

This is not your grandma's blouse. From its modern fit to its fresh color blocking, this classic closet staple just received a major tuneup. 
From vintage-inspired details to modern designs, shoulder bags are having a moment. I fell in love with the the shape, texture, and size of this Brahmin - not to mention its effortless versatility from crossbody to satchel. It's officially become my favorite fall accessory. Extra style points for the neutral hue of the season - gray. 
These Kate Spade dazzlers are a stunning statement for evening.
A flattering flounce skirt is the bottom of choice this season. Tops can be tucked in for a professional look, or worn loose for an effortless, off-duty vibe. Talk about a power pairing! 
Just the right on-duty/off-duty mix means I'll be wearing these alligator flats 24/7. A shiny finish gives these babies instant polish while the wild print is ideal for pattern play. 
A white oxford no longer has to be your go-to blouse for every professional event that comes your way. Although a white button-down will forever be classic and crisp, this trendy alternative is fun and fashion-forward while remaining sophisticated.
You know I'm all about that pop of color...especially if that color is pink. 
Photos by Dan Harper 
[blouse: Ann Taylor, skirt: Ann Taylor, purse: Brahmin, loafers: Clark's, pink bangle: Michael Kors, earrings: Kate Spade, watch: Kate Spade]

Being a college senior, I'm constantly running between classes and meetings while going out with friends and preparing for job interviews. Because of my unique schedule and where I am in life - still a student yet trying to transition into the professional world - I've been building a versatile wardrobe that's office-appropriate yet youthful enough for my age and current social situations. 

This is a favorite look of mine that I can easily wear to class or to a job interview. As painful as it may be to leave some of my college party pieces behind (can anyone say black bandage mini skirts?), I know that my post-grad self will thank me later when I actually have a full work wardrobe that I feel both professional and stylish in. Because really, who wants to wear the typical pencil skirt and blazer combo every single day? It's pieces like these that can really liven up your on-the-clock wardrobe. 



  1. Totally cute and perfect for work, I agree with your selection. You gotta keep it fun!


  2. Great smart casual look, I love your shoes :)

  3. Love this blouse, so classy and what a beautiful colour scheme.

  4. Love a great patterned shoe with cold solid colors! You look great!

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  5. love the touch of blue. simple look yet chic. new post in my blog dear =)

  6. I love that blue blouse so much.. amazing color! You look so gorgeous Kathleen :)

    Take care always, love Christine ~ xx

  7. Wow Kat you look so sophisticated. I love the shirt and the cool flats. It's the perfect business look and yet it's stylish and youthful at the same time. Beautiful <3


  8. Love your blouse, all of the contrasting detailing is so fun and a modern update on a classic piece!

  9. You look amazingly well in blue, that blouse is terrific! Thank You for sharing such a nice post, I do enjoyed) The photographs of you are always amazing!
    Wish you a blessed day ahead!

  10. Very cool, amazing blouse and super loafers!!!!!!
    Happy wed fashion girl!!!

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  11. 'Office wear a bit different' should be the title of this post ;) I think it's perfect for work or Uni. xx Maja

  12. What a brilliant shade of blue! I like your choices for accessories, and especially adore your bag!!

    House of Illusions

  13. Very cute blouse and outfit, you look great.
    Dusana :-)

  14. I remember feeling that way. Yep comes a time when your taste becomes more sophisticated. You look great too btw.

    Allie of ALLIE NYC

  15. I agree not your grandma's blouse. The style has fresh spin to it and you know I adore flounce skirt so this one is a winner for me. perfect for student on the go like you doll.


  16. you look so sophisticated! love this look, it's perfect for work :)

  17. love your look, that blue looks wonderful on you!
    happy day sweety!

  18. I love that top Kathleen! I think I would want to wear it everyday :)

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  19. I need those shoes in my life. They're so chic and cute!

  20. I love the bracelets!:) they're so stylish!

  21. The shirt and the earings are adorable!
    I'm following you on gfc, hope you'll follow back so we can keep in touch :)
    xx, Veni

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  22. So the bag and the shoes.
    Very chic

  23. So chic!! I love your blouse -- the shade is so gorgeous! Love the way you accessorized the entire look. And those shoes are LOVE <3

  24. I love the bracelet

    New post in

  25. Have a wonderful Sunday Kat! I can't wait to see your new post :D


  26. Wow! This looks great… I’m loving the loafers and bag!
    Kisses from Miami,