Modern Lace And Ruffles: An Office Appropriate Outfit

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Banana Republic ruffle shoulder sweater {on sale + an extra 40% off} || SheIn lace blouse || Express Columnist ankle pants || Asos Libra silver tassel pointed loafers || Rebecca Minkoff ‘Love’ crossbody || grey fur bag pompom || Karen Walker ‘Harvest’ sunglasses

photos by Ashley of Sed Bona

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Hey guys! How was everyone’s weekend? My daughter made me laugh when she told me that Sunday was her least favorite weekend day, because it meant the weekend was almost over! She’s 6. She’s got a lot of Sunday’s ahead of her, but I do remember that feeling. The subtle feeling of dread in the waning hours of the weekend. And even more so this time of year, when the weather is warming and all you want to do is be outside and free.Though I no longer work in an office, and I sort of love Monday’s, I still feel a little sad at the end of a weekend. And now that the temperatures are warming, I am remembering what a tricky season spring is when dressing for work.

In every office I ever worked in, it always seemed like come April, the heat went off and the air went on. The temperatures ARE warming but mornings and evenings are still cool, so layers are key. And its also the time of year when people start coming out of hibernation {at least in Chicago!} and meeting for drinks or appetizers al fresco after the work day ends, so it can be important to have an outfit that will go from day to night.

A cotton knit is a lifesaver this time of year and I love the ruffle detail on this Banana Republic sweater! Its such a fun and flirty detail and is just as cute with a denim mini or distressed boyfriend jeans. Layered over this lace blouse from SheIn {guys, its only $21!} and paired with a clean, slim trouser from Express and pointed silver loafers keep the look polished but still feminine. Betcha didn’t know lace and ruffles worked for the office, did ya?

And these silver flats are quickly becoming some of my favorite shoes! They are so striking but such a classic style, that they work to take a more professional outfit up a notch. And they are another style style steal, on sale for only $21.50. so snatch up before they’re gone!

This outfit is completely office appropriate but lose the sweater and add heels {or don’t}, and you’re set for drinks with friends or a date night. I’m so excited to style this top with denim too and with festival season upon us, I think it might be one of my favorite spring budget buys!