Tuesday, February 3, 2015

Adding a Touch of Femininity

I took these pictures a month and a half ago for that post on cold weather business casual, but I'm only now posting them because I hadn't actually worn the outfit until this week.  I'd been waiting for an opportunity to wear it, and the last round of interviewing people for our organization seemed perfect.

I've heard a few people say they worry about looking "too masculine" when wearing a button up with a sweater.  Especially when a blazer is involved and the color palette isn't particularly feminine, like in this outfit, I can understand why.  

One of my go-to ways to balance out the look is to add a pretty necklace.  The necklace I'm wearing here is not even that big, but I think it helps add some femininity without going too much in the other direction--too "girly."  

Another tip would be to choose more traditionally feminine colors.  If you're a neutral lover that might be hard, but lighter greys and tans might help.  Also, having a brighter colored top underneath will definitely help.  Even if you love neutrals and are scared of color, don't be scared to wear a bright button up because the sweater will cover most of it anyway!  

Lastly, my other trick is to curl my hair if I want the look to be even softer.  I think curls help balance out all of the structure in the outfit.  I didn't do it with this outfit because I don't mind appearing a little sharper.  Especially when interviewing someone.  Gotta put my tough face on!  :P

Got any other tricks for balancing out a button up + sweater?

And finally...some notes on some similar items:

I tried this plaid top from ON, which is like the lighter palette version of the one I'm wearing.  It's lightweight, so it'd be great for spring and summer.  Also currently on sale!  I'm usually S or M at Old Navy, and the small fit me perfectly.

I found a pullover sweater that's only $8.90 and comes in 14 colors.  FOURTEEN!  Some are neutrals, a couple are bold like bright red and cobalt, and others are softer pastels like mint, pink, and yellow.  The other two sweater options listed below are also on sale.

Shop for the Look:
Shirt: gift (similar, similar)
Sweater: Forever 21 (similar, similar--$8.90, similar)
Blazer: Target (similarsimilar)
Pants: Old Navy (similarsimilar, similar)
Shoes: H&M (exact)
Bag: Nordstrom (exact)


  1. Love the peek of color underneath your sweater!

    Liz @ ShoppingMyCloset.com

  2. It's so cute! The navy blue color works perfectly with you beige pants and brown bag.

    Ann | http://annrobiefashion.com/

  3. I love your look and you always look so polished and adorable. But you can definitely add me to the people that feel insecure about looking "too masculine" in a button up or a blazer. I have created new rules for what woven shirts I buy myself: the fabric must be unmistakably feminine (my semi-sheer, flowy, mint button-up) or have a gender neutral fabric but a feminine style like a split-collar. Say thank you to my husband for commenting on my blue gingham button-up as a "Roseanne Barr shirt."

  4. Nastassja PetersenTuesday, February 03, 2015

    ,,,and, great tips - these really work - I love your hair this length, and yes! for looking sharp (I'd definitely take you seriously!).

  5. Nastassja PetersenTuesday, February 03, 2015

    I really like this look - the dimension with the layers and different colours and textures really make it interesting.


  6. Love that flannel shirt! Whenever I put a sweater over a button down it looks frumpy. Any suggestions on what I can do to keep the sweater from riding up?

  7. Wow, I totally thought that was the Madewell tote! What a great option at a great price!


  8. Very cute and I don't know if anything could make you make you look masculine. But I agree with you that curling my hair and wearing a feminine piece of jewelry definitely helps.

  9. You always give the best tips and tricks! I love adding a necklace for a little extra femininity!


  10. I adore that shopper bag. I'm looking for a tan bag like this & it seems to tick all the boxes!
    Rebecca xxx

  11. I love the colors in that plaid shirt! So true this post. I always feel like I sometimes look too boxy with a sweater over my button up.

  12. I like this look. I need a flannel shirt in my wardrobe.

  13. Sometimes I think it's more body type than the actual clothes. I'm tall and thin and I find that a long sleeve button up does absolutely nothing for my figure. I look like a teenage boy in them so I typically avoid at all costs. Now if I do wear a button up I try to make sure it is very fitted and I will also add a pretty necklace like you.

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  15. I love this classic look



  16. Love your outfit and love your blog! You inspire me to branch out and wear things I wouldn't normally or combine things in a way I haven't considered! Where is your necklace from? And is it also navy? I adore navy! Thanks!!!

  17. This may be a bit personal, but I have a son about the same age as your little one and I am nursing, too. Do you have any nursing bras that you would recommend?

  18. The necklace definitely glams the look. I have zero necklaces that fit this profile as I would have never done a glam necklace over a shirt/sweater combo, I would have done a long necklace. And this is why I read blogs, inspiration, ideas to consider!!

  19. Thank you, Alison! I can't remember where my necklace is from, actually. I think it's from Tiny Dazzles. And it's black not navy.

  20. I really like this one: http://www.target.com/p/basics-women-s-stella-maternity-nursing-bra/-/A-15233674#prodSlot=medium_1_1&term=basics+nursing+bra


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