Smart Casual for Fall from the Fabuliss Closet Part 4 of 4…Printed Top & Cords +


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Many of you stick with solid colors and I understand.  Prints can feel like A LOT when you try them on.  But when you find good top layers, they can be a great way to add interest, express style and express personality.

Paired with a fine whale cord – excellent for keeping legs warm in cold weather – these outfits are great for the relaxed business professional dress code at the office.

What works:

  • A small, busy and low-contrast print placed on the upper half of my body is interesting near my face without overpowering each outfit.
  • Wearing the lighter color on the inside of a dark layer is a taller and leaner look than if I had done the reverse.
  • A heeled bootie with my pants hemmed correctly (about half way down the heel) helps add length to my legs.
  • A strong top layer – like the first two jackets – works best with a structured shirt.
  • An untucked shirt in a low-contrast color works on my shape.
  • The shiny necklace creates a strong focal point around my face while creating a flattering “v” shape.
  • Dark colors like these green pants can work well with a lot of different colors and pieces.

What could be better:

  • The contrast stitching on the denim jacket mixed with the print is bordering on too busy and does not look as professional as the two photos on the right.
  • A matte sheen is best for my body shape and height…you can see there is a bit of shine from the corduroy pants which can take away in the flatter department so it’s a cautionary note.
  • The necklace adds a nice shimmer but it’s noisy (it sounds like a mini chandelier) so it should stay out of the office.


  • The middle and last outfits are my favorites out of the three for sophistication as well as looking taller and leaner.
  • No items to donate here!

The base for each outfit is an Eddie Bauer corduroy pant and blouse.  The necklace is from Target.

Jacket #1 is from Talbots. Jacket #2 is from Nordstrom.  The sweater is from Banana Republic.  All tops are petite and were purchased from previous collections.

Do you need the help of an objective, expert opinion in your closet?  Fabuliss can help.  See our packages for information.

{ Fabuliss helps women and men learn how to create and shop for outfits that align with their personal brand.  Color, fit, closets and shopping. or 612-554-4629 }


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