Classic Mix :: Black & White On Repeat

Cardigan via TJMaxx - love this | Ann Taylor Top - similar here (cream) | J.Crew Necklace | BLANKNYC Jeans | 3.1 Phillip Lim for Target Bag - similar here | Tory Burch Flats | House of Harlow Sunnies | Michael Kors Watch

Hey everyone! Today I wanted to share with you one of my favorite pairings that I always default to as my go-to color palette when I'm having one of those, "I have nothing to wear" days. More often than not, those days always seem to occur when I'm crunched for time and I really need an outfit, like stat, yet my mind seems to decide it's the perfect time for a fashion brain fart. The occasion was a business meeting for a client research project I'm currently working on, and the dress was casual, but dressy....let's be real - what does that even mean?? Personally, I'm completely against the classic office wear, business casual of either a pencil skirt and slacks with some sort of blouse in very typical styles and colors, especially because I'm a firm believer that any dress code can be appropriately followed in a fashionable manner.

My rules are to stay classic and conservative in style, but I always go with some more interesting textures, colors, and a little bit of sparkle. I've been itching to wear this top because I love the beautiful floral applique. I paired it with one of my favorite cardigans that easily dresses up any outfit and kept everything else neutrally black - a no-brainer, always chic option. I wanted to add a little sparkle, but didn't want to go too crazy with bright colors so I thought the clear crystals would be the perfect touch. What are some of your rules to stay fashion for "casual, but dressy" office wear?? Let me know in the comments below! Thanks for reading :)

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  1. I love a good Black&White outfit. For me, I like to add in colors and patterns in my work wear. I think slacks and pencil skirts, especially pencil skirts, are essentials in my work wardrobe, but I like to pair them with blouses that either drape well or add brighter colors in my outfit. :)

  2. Gorgeous outfit and love your cardi

    Greetings from London,

  3. Hi! thanks for stopping by my blog :) i agree with so many things in your post! i always have fashion brain farts when I'm most pressed for time lol!! It's the worst when I'm already late and of course, I'm only more frustrated since I can't think of what to wear hehe! I also have those "default" color schemes and pairings which are life savers during those moments. I think your outfit is super cute and the statement necklace puts that perfect amount of chic and femininity to make it all the more fun :) When it comes to "casual but dressy", I usually go with a skirt and looser fitted top, worn with a blazer and some fun but work appropriate accessories. Not sure it really fits that category - but I guess it works for me! Hope you had a great day :)


  4. Thanks Christine! You're really good at choosing tops that drape well and pairing them with skirts! Loved that lavender one you had on your blog, as well as the black&white outfit :)

  5. Thanks Christine! Haha, totally agree with you. It's almost nervewracking since I'm so crunched for time, yet I still have nothing to wear! Skirt's are always a good choice since it adds an immediate sense of femininity to any outfit :) Thanks for the sweet comment! xx

  6. Thanks Stephanie! I'll check it out :)

  7. Black and white is so classic. I love your jacket.


  8. Love the look, the cardi is amazing, I have something similar from Tesco

    Please come check out my latest post
    if you have time :)

    Fragile Bird



  9. I love that cardigan, it's so classy. Love this chic outfit! It's the perfect dressy but casual office attire. :)

    xo, Yi-chia
    Always Maylee

  10. That cardigan is fantastic! It adds just the right amount of texture to your outfit!

  11. I love this outfit, the combination of the jacket, shirt and necklace is stunning <3I really like your blog, what about following each other? :)


  12. Love the mix of textures to add your own style to black and white! Thanks for visiting my blog dear, and I'd love to follow each other :) I'll start first xo Jess

  13. Thanks Helen! I'll check it out now :)

  14. Love the necklace and the jacket <3

    really great look!!

    I follow you now :)

  15. Beautiful necklace and jacket!!!

    I love your style...

    Would you like to follow each other? I already started...


  16. fab outfit, thanks for your comment! Following you on gfc and bloglovin plz follow back


    MaryFashionLove on Bloglovin

  17. Sure,let's do it!

    Followed you :)

    I liked your fb page as well, it would be super cool if you liked mine

    Your Princess is in Another Castle

    xx Sofie

  18. Thanks Adrianna! Following back :)

  19. Thanks! Will check it out :) And it took me a long time! I think they monitor your blog for quite awhile before accepting/rejecting you. I waited months before I finally heard back..I'd say 3+ months? Don't quite remember, but I'm sure they'll accept you!

  20. Great outfit! Beautiful jacket!

    Would you like to follow each other with GFC and Bloglovin '? Let me know :)

    Best wishes!

  21. oh i really like this classic look - so good for the office! and you got your hands on one of those bags.. jealous!

    steph /

  22. Thanks Steph! It was a crazy morning trying to snag one of those bags...nearly woke up too late to get to the store early! Haha :)

  23. I love how simple and polished your outfit is. The cardigan is fantastic and no doubt a find that you didn't have to think twice about snatching!

    xoxo Jackie

  24. Amazing!! love you're style!!

    if you like we can follow each other!!

    Fashion side of moon



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