After the warm weather earlier in the week, I just couldn’t let the spring look go. Thursday was much cooler, so I needed a couple layers to stay warm without a coat. I decided to go with a lavender spago blouse from Brooks Brothers and build my outfit around that. I threw on some black pants (tried to take the easy way out) and something just wasn’t right, so I switched to some light gray. Bingo. Threw on a great navy blazer (an incredible Tahari piece I managed to snag at the Bay Ridge TJMaxx for $49 – originally $228!) and some patent nude Cole Haan pumps and I was set. Finished off the outfit with simple accessories and makeup.
So here is a little trick I picked up from a mannequin at Brooks Brothers. It took a little practice to perfect, but now it is one of my absolute favorite looks and is a huge head-turner and conversation starter: the lady’s tie!
The Lady's Tie!
I happen to like wearing a pink tie for this look because I think it provides a really nice juxtaposition. Of course you can use any knot you like; I prefer a Pratt knot.
The Pratt knot is a medium-sized knot. I like a medium knot for this look to balance out the flare at the bottom of the tie. The Pratt is also a symmetrical knot that has two side-dimples, not a center-dimple. I am a stickler for tie-knot-symmetry! The key to this look is switching the tail lengths (if, at the beginning, the wide end of the tie should be 12 inches longer than the skinny end, switch this so the skinny end is 12 inches longer than the wide end). After tying, you will have an extremely long, skinny tail to deal with. I simply tuck the tail into my shirt between the top two buttons and it’s out of sight all day!
I wore a great fuchsia and white checkered tie with a classic black suit and white blouse this week. I went to a happy hour with my husband and his friends couldn’t get enough of the tiny tie! Try this for a truly unique look that will get you noticed!
In the past few years, Target has really stepped up its game, ESPECIALLY with its designer collaborations. I actually managed to pick up about a dozen items from the Jason Wu collection (sadly, many went back – I found the fit a bit wonky on me in a lot of the pieces) and thought this peachy blouse was great way to welcome in warm weather. The skirt is also from Target. I find the Merona separates to be an INCREDIBLE value. They are comfortable, durable and come in a variety of cuts. I think the variety in cuts is quite important. So many separates or suits I have tried on or sadly, owned, are very uncomfortable and unflattering for my body type (namely, a high waist but not an ACTUAL high waist…I would consider what I’m referring to a more “mature” cut). With the option of six (I think) cuts available for the Merona pants I think nearly everyone can find a comfy fit!
To finish off the outfit I wore my trusty nude patent Cole Haan Air Violet pumps, a handbag from the Jason Wu for Target collection, some gorgeous jewelry from Aldo and one of my best style secrets – a great Michael Kors watch knockoff! I find these watches at NY & Company and pick them up when they go on sale Buy One Get One 75% off! This usually means each watch comes out to somewhere around $15, and I am constantly asked if each is a Michael Kors. While the MK watches are beautiful, I get the same look from these costume pieces. And yes, I would classify the NY & Company watches as costume pieces – they are very light, but I’ve been careful with mine and have gotten a lot of great wear from them – definitely WAY more than $15 worth!!! Finally, and not pictured, I wore a two coats of Essie’s Instant Hot from the 2012 wedding collection.
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