Reader Mail: What to Wear with a White Blazer?

white blazerToday’s reader mail comes from someone curious about what to wear with a white blazer…

I heard that white blazers are very versatile for work, so I purchased one from Banana Republic:  Women: White blazer – White

But I was having trouble matching it up with other clothes (shirts, pants, skirts), because it’s such a stark white, and I can’t really wear white shirts underneath it. Any suggestions? Thank you!

First, we would recommend adopting the policy that, when money and opportunity present themselves, that you always buy all pieces of a matching set.  We used to just buy cardigans, then wish we had the matching shell; the same will inevitably go with this blazer, which has several pairs of pants that match it (one of which is on sale: Women: Jackson sleek wide-leg pant – White).  That said, there are tons of things you can wear with a white blazer that are otherwise not matching.  Gray pants and a black blouse will be spiffed up and made more summery with a white jacket, perhaps with a bold necklace or pair of pumps to add a pop of color (think yellow or red).  The paisley printed blouse we featured earlier today would look great with a navy pencil skirt, accented with a white blazer.  Pretty much any color combination will work — we would even argue that the only one to avoid is black pants and a white shirt, worn with a white blazer, but that’s only because of our general distaste at wearing white and black together in combinations that might get you mistaken for a waiter.  (We understand that may be peculiar to us, though.  We’re working on it.)

The trick with having a versatile white blazer is to make sure that it’s fitted enough, or has enough details, that it doesn’t feel like you’re wearing a lab coat.  Avoid boxy shapes at all costs.  A belt, as illustrated in the photograph from Banana Republic, will make it more fitted — it will also let you experiment with brighter, fuller skirts that you otherwise might not be wearing to your job.

Readers, any other tips?

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Tuesday’s TPS Report: SoCa St. John’s Abstract Pasley Print Top

Our daily TPS reports suggest one piece of work-appropriate attire in a range of prices. We begin the week in splurge mode, with our most expensive suggestions, and wind our way to Friday, where a less expensive item of clothing might be just what you need to make it to the weekend.

iconIf you’re a fan of prints, get the best quality clothes you can afford — preferably designer. There are two reasons for this: first, prints are more memorable, and you’d surely prefer everyone thinking, “Oh, there’s Susie wearing her St. John blouse again,” rather than, “Geez, Susie loves that Old Navy top.” Furthermore, you frequently get what you pay for with designer prints in that the details of the garment, like the seams, are designed to work with the print. In any event, we love this yellow paisley top from SoCa St. John — the twist in the neckline, the delicate but bold print… We’d wear it with trousers, untucked, with a cropped jacket, or perhaps beneath a skirt suit. Beautiful. It’s on pre-sale at Nordstrom for $225. SoCa St. John Abstract Paisley Print Top

Reader Mail: Do any blogs feature daily outfits suitable for a corporate environment?

2012 Update: Check out our newer roundup of style blogs for officewear!

Corporate style blogs can be tough to find — which are our favorites? Today’s reader mail is an interesting one…

I’d enjoy hearing recommendations on daily fashion blogs featuring women who work in conservative, button-down environments. Something in the vein of but with suits. A lot of the ideas I’m seeing on these blogs is hard to extrapolate to anything that would fly in my workplace.

We agree — most of the bloggers who chronicle their personal style tend to be a) very young, b) very creative, and/or c) not constrained by a conservative workplace.  (In fact, the general dearth of information in general on conservative daily fashion was one of the reasons we started Corporette.)  So which are the best corporate style blogs to follow for work outfit ideas? We can recommend a few work fashion blogs that we’ve come across, but readers, please weigh in and let us know if you know of any in this vein  (or have started one yourself!)

Cute on the Cheap
Corporate Style Blog: Cute on the CheapThis blog is written by a collective of four women who, we gather, live in the Midwest and work at different conservative work places. It’s interesting to see the way they mix basics and embellished pieces, and almost all of the stores they cite are readily available and certainly well-priced.  Their taste tends to be a bit on the Southern side, but most of their outfits would still fit in for a casual day at a very conservative workplace.

Financial Services is not Fashion

Corporate Style Blog: Financial Services Is Not FashionThis blog, written by a young auditor working in New York’s financial district, features a fashionista with a penchant for beautiful antique belts and other unique flourishes.  Some of her outfits are going to be too creative for a conservative workplace, but it’s a great resource if you’re looking for inspiration.

I Am Style-ish

Corporate Style Blog: I Am Style-IshThis blog is actually written by a Seattle photographer — certainly not what normally qualifies as a conservative field — but she does such a great job mixing high and low fashion that we had to mention her.  Some of her outfits will provide inspiration for a more conservative outfit (such as the cardigan/blouse/belt combo at left), but it’s a worthwhile read if only to drool over her shoes (and her always gorgeous hair).

Readers, which are your favorite corporate style blogs with work-appropriate style? In general, which are your favorite work fashion blogs?


Splurge Monday’s TPS Report: Gryson’s Lucy Twistlock Tote

Our daily TPS reports suggest one piece of work-appropriate attire in a range of prices. We begin the week in splurge mode, with our most expensive suggestions, and wind our way to Friday, where a less expensive item of clothing might be just what you need to make it to the weekend.

iconOur weakness is, truly, for bags, and we love this one. The shades of gray, the Italian leather — all with intelligent pockets and metal feet, and big enough to fit a notepad or file? Score. The fact that Saks has marked it down as part of its Designer Sale only sweetens the deal. Was $825, now $577.50. Gryson – Lucy Twistlock Tote

Weekly Roundup

Liking these posts? Follow Corporette on Twitter — this is the edited version of what we’re reading! (We also Tweet if we hear about a good sale.)

picture-6– Nancy, Beth, George, and Ned… these names would all be familiar to many of the women of SCOTUS. [Ms. JD] At left: we highly recommend this great little book, Nancy Drew’s Guide to Life (available at Amazon for $4.95).

– Don’t show your chest hair — and other rules on business casual dressing from one NY law firm. [Above the Law]

– Do female travelers have different needs than male travelers? [The Glass Hammer]

– Eight rules for outlet shopping… [The Chicago Tribune] We would add the following: don’t bother with “factory stores” — the clothes were never sold in the regular store, and are generally of a cheaper quality (but for almost the same price).


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