In real life, I work an office job (that is currently taking over my liiiife!) which means every day I have to dress like the boss lady I am (ha). As such, I’m always on the hunt for decently priced work clothes. I find that if I look professional, I feel professional. Always dress for the job you want next, right? With that said, I don’t like paying half my hard earned paycheck on clothes. Sure, I’ll spend money on quality items (dress pants, a pair or two of nice shoes, a few tops), but I do like trendier professional items, too. I have no problem spending less money on those.
White House Black Market is a retailer I often turn to for inspiration. Their looks are perfect for the working woman who wants to look upscale and on trend, yet professional and ready for business, too. White House Black Market doesn’t have terrible prices per se, but some items are a bit more than I prefer to spend. Below I’ve put together two White House Black Market looks for less. I hope they inspire you, too!
Second outfit: Top // New York & Co, Skirt // Nordstrom, Heels // Old Navy
And speaking of work, I may be posting a little less frequently over the coming weeks. The first quarter of the year is always the craziest for me (I do strategic healthcare planning), and with renovations going on at my house and my sweet one year old, I’m running out of time to do anything! Thanks for understanding and thank you for being here. 🙂
Did you catch the Golden Globes on Sunday night? I did not. I actually can’t remember the last awards show I watched. I usually catch a few snippets on YouTube if something buzz worthy happened, but most of the time I’ll simply read a few articles the morning after. And by read articles, I mean look at red carpet fashion. I’m always interested to see what celebrities look like on the red carpet. Are they going to go Hollywood glamour or are they going to devolve into fashion a la the Capitol in the Hunger Games? I didn’t see either extreme on this year’s Golden Globes red carpet. As a matter of fact, I wasn’t really wowed by any of them. There were a few gowns that stood out more than others, and a few that looked like they would fit right in in the Capitol. Still, I was able to draw inspiration from the night (the event and afterparties) which is all I was looking to do anyway. I’ve rounded up some Golden Globes inspired looks below. I split them into colors, and hope you can find some inspiration, too.
Silvers (my favorites):
Julianne Hough looked youthful and ethereal in this vintage Jenny Packham dress:
Top ($49 at Gap) // Skirt ($70 at White House Black Market) // Shoes ($55 at Kohl’s) // Clutch ($27 at Sole Society)
Elsa Pataky, along with her husband/my man crush Chris Hemsworth, looked elegant in this Zuhair Murad naked dress (not crazy about this trend, but she certainly pulled it off):
Top ($20 at Zappos) // Necklace ($36 at JCPenney) // Skirt ($32 at New York & Co.) // Pumps ($80 at Zappos)
Zoe Saldana’s Gucci dress was sweet and feminine, though a bit more bridesmaid than red carpet. In any event, she looked beautiful.
Top ($35 at Nordstrom) // Earrings ($20 at Banana Republic) // Pants ($42 at JCPenney) // Pumps ($32 at Sole Society)
I love this belle of the ball silhouette on Giuliana Rancic, and I think the pattern is very pretty, but the dress as a whole reminds me of a comforter I had when I was 9. Probably just me then, right? I did love that comforter, though.
Top ($48 at Asos) // Skirt ($100 at BHLDN) // Pumps ($41 at Lord & Taylor) // Earrings $58 at (Lord & Taylor)
Jenna Bush Hager looked every inch the television anchor/former first daughter in this lovely green dress.
Top ($19 at Nordstrom) // Earrings ($21 at Zappos) // Pants ($50 at Kohl’s) // Shoes ($90 at Anthropologie)
This color looked fabulous on Hilary Duff. The gown itself left a little to be desired, but the girl can obviously rock emerald.
Top ($49 at Nordstrom) // Earrings ($15 at Shopbop) // Pants ($29 at Nordstrom) // Clutch ($58 at Last Call by NM) // Pumps ($55 at Last Call by NM)
I have no idea who Zazie Beetz is but her look was one of my favorites from the night. The gown was classy and unique–exactly what red carpet fashion should be.
I’m not sure Jenna Dewan Tatum has ever looked bad in her life. Must be nice. Her black and gold gown reminded me of a dress Jaime King wore recently that I featured here on Style Emulator. Here’s a whole post on 21 black and gold dresses under $150.
One fashion designer that never fails to impress is Carolina Herrera. Her styles are consistently luxurious, poised, and feminine. She’s dressed first ladies (Jackie O and Michelle Obama), all kinds of celebrities (from Blake Lively to Amal Clooney), royal family members (Kate and Pippa Middleton), and she even designed Carrie Bradshaw’s wedding dress! She’s a designer whose career has spanned more years then I’ve been alive, but her looks remain current and fresh. Perhaps my favorite thing about Carolina Herrera, though, is her attitude. In an interview with Vogue, she stated, “My rule, whether I’m dressed in something that’s ‘high’ or ‘low,’ is to wear it like it cost a million dollars.” BOOM.
Today’s look comes from Carolina Herrera’s runway show this past fall. It’s gorgeous, glamorous, and girly. It’s also over $4,000 so here’s how you can emulate this look for less:
Top // Nordstrom – I went with a plain black top in order to bring in jewelry. Here’s a top from H&M if you prefer to mimic Carolina Herrera’s sequin top.
Skirt // Kohl’s – A fun mint skirt that emulates the original. See more options below
Shoes // Asos – These pretty shoes add a little sparkle to the outfit.
Necklace // Macy’s – I brought the shimmer out of the shirt and put it on a necklace. More appropriate for every day wear.
Earrings // Macy’s – It’s impossible to go wrong with Kate Spade studs. They are my favorite!
Mint is a beautiful color and the midi skirt is an elegant silhouette. Combine the two and you have an exquisite piece of clothing. It’s perfect for dressing up or keeping it casual. Here are six additional options under $100:
Ah, Olivia Palermo. She can do no wrong. Her looks are consistently classy, chic, and elegant. One of the things I like most about this gal is that her fashion is timeless. On several ocassions I’ve turned to her for inspiration only to come across a picture that appears to be a recent look, but then discover it’s a photo from five years ago. I guess five years isn’t timeless, but it’s the fashion world. Trends change on a dime. However, Olivia always manages to be au courant yet classic at the same time. I aim for the same with my style (though I’m not nearly as glamorous as OP). Today I’ve curated two of her colder weather looks. They’re quite different from each other, but both are posh and effortlessly cool.
Coat // Topshop – OP’s Valentino coat is what I caught my eye with this first look. This option emulates the original for $5,050 less (not kidding, her coat is $5,200).
Top // Amazon – I know I said this was a colder weather look and here I am giving you a tank top. But, Olivia is wearing a sleeveless top in the inspiration photo and is, quite frankly, killing it. Here’s a long sleeve option.
Scarf // Amazon – I’m not sure there is an accessory classier than a scarf. Adding one instantly elevates and polishes your look.
Jeans // Zappos – Distressed jeans certainly add an interesting touch, but any pair of skinnys you have in your closet would work for this.
Flats // JCPenney – These lace up flats totally complete this look.
Bag // Asos – A cute little bag keeping with Olivia’s vibe.
Coat // Nordstrom – I’m digging Olivia’s all black look, beginning with the jacket.
Bow Top // Target – This adorable top is part of the Who What Wear line for Target. Have you seen that collection? It’s tip-top.
Sunglasses // Charming Charlie – Adding just a touch of color with these cute sunglasses. And they are only $9.
Jeans // Kohl’s – OP keeps everything black, including her skinny jeans. These are from Lauren Conrad’s line.
Boots // Amazon – These are my obsession for the day. The open front is perfection. The boots in the inspiration photo have a higher heel, but I get more wear out of boots with a lower profile. Plus they’re better for your spine per my chiropractor.
Purse // Amazon – This purse adds a fun and unexpected touch of pattern to the otherwise solid black look.
Jaime King recently wore this shimmering black and gold dress to the Rogue One movie premiere (RIP Carrie Fisher) in Hollywood. Aside from the butterfly on the bust (seriously, WTF), it’s a beautiful gown from Maison Schiaparelli. I love how the gold fades into the black. Or does the black fade into the gold? Either way, I thought it a perfectly glam dress for a New Year’s Eve party.
You probably already have your NYE outfit picked out–even if it’s just your favorite pair of pajamas (high five, you party animal!). But if you’ve made last minute plans like, ahem, me, here is a collection of black and gold dresses that might give you a little inspiration. Black and gold dresses are appropriate for any party, mixer, or for tucking away in your closet “just in case” you need a fancy dress on short notice. Also? They’re all under $150.
I saw this image recently while perusing Banana Republic. I was instantly drawn to the feather sweater. I was not, however, drawn to the $198 price tag. I can’t understand why someone would pay close to $200 for a sweater with lots of fringe on it. Like, I need someone who has bought this to explain to me why/where you’d wear it/why/what are you doing when you wear it/why/who are you wearing it in front of/why. It does look chic, and I think it’d be perfect for work. But, that still doesn’t justify $200. You can probably grab it on sale this week, but if not I was able to find a cheaper look that is just as stylish as the original:
Feather top // Dillard’s – Changing up the white top for a classy striped version with black feathers.
Cardigan // LOFT – This cardigan hits right above the waist. Since the hemline is shorter than other cardigans, and because it has side slits, it won’t interfere with the feathers.
Feather necklace // Shoptiques – I couldn’t help myself. This is a playful, yet sophisticated outfit–just like this necklace.
Capris // Macy’s – Bringing in blue gives the outfit a bit more dimension. I realize it may be winter where you live (I wouldn’t understand that; I’m typing this up in Florida on December 26 at 10:30pm with the A/C on), so blue pants (on sale!) may work better for you.
Shoes // Sole Society – The best, right? Stripes might as well be a neutral to me. They are also available in leopard, gingham, and silver (!).
Here are a few other feather/fringe tops. All five of the tops are under $40. The gray sweater is $70.