It's dangerous writing capsule wardrobes. I spend so much time researching pieces I see the benefits, I have the time to envision them in my wardrobe… and sometimes I buy them. And that's what happened with this Boden Ponte blazer after writing my low-maintenance workwear capsule wardrobe!
Jacket: Boden (16) | Tee: V-neck Slub Tee c/o Chico's (2) | Jeans: Universal Standard (12) | Boots: L'Amour des Pieds | Bag: ALLSAINTS | Scarf: Saint Laurent (super discount at now-defunct online store; similar concept) | Sunglasses: Ray-Ban | Earrings: Bought at a beauty supply store (same size and price point)
I also bought the matching pants, but they're backordered. I have a hot pink pantsuit (I showed it on the blog when I wore it to the rewardStyle conference) and it has gotten a surprising amount of wear. I've worn the blazer alone, worn the pants alone, but together as a suit it's been pretty perfect for a variety of events. That suit is wool, this one is Ponte, so it's going to have a different effect. I can't wait to style it with some leopard print heels!
Anyway, back to this look, sans pants. Karl and I had a quick getaway to National Harbor. It was Restaurant Week and we were invited to try some of their awesome restaurants (stay tuned, the review should be Thursday if I get all my ducks in a row). We did a lot of outfit shoots (which you'll see through this month), but we also did some normal person sightseeing and for that my leopard pumps and cute skirts were not going to cut it. But a Ponte blazer, stretch jeans, and super comfy boots would. This is the same tee I wore in Friday's post, the same jeans from this outfit post, and the same boots and bag from yesterday. Lots of stretch, great for walking, sitting, being out all day, and also shopping (I stopped in The Pinkwell, a boutique in National Harbor that has regular and plus size fashion and tried on lots of clothes).
As for the bag, I've now worn it in several outfit posts. At first I didn't like it. It comes with a leather strap and I envisioned using that with the chain one hanging down looking tough yet chic. But the leather strap is really stiff and wide and while it says its length can be adjusted it can't. And then I thought this bag is super small, I need more space for stuff. But then I tried it… and just like when we moved into our smaller home back in 2000 I realized a lot of the stuff I had I didn't really need. This bag has three compartments and a small zipper pocket and its flap closes with a magnet. The zipper pouch holds my ID, check card, cash, and important things like that. The front pocket holds my phone and sunglasses. Middle pocket holds lipstick, lip balm, and a tiny brush. Back pocket holds random other things (a Kleenex, pack of gum, some receipts) and my keys. I tied my scarf onto it to switch up the look. the look right now is short-strapped crossbody bags (or even wearing a fanny pack as a crossbody) and I always found the look odd… until I tried it. It's a super convenient height to grab things easily, and it's also more secure (no one will pickpocket your boob).