Back to Classics: Mustard, cream + printed silk

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J.Crew pencil skirt, waist altered (same style in cotton, on sale), vintage Hermes scarf c/o LXR&CO; (invite)
LOFT blouse, H&M; blazer (also worn here), Prada tote (review), J.Crew pumps (mid-heel version)

Weekday mornings are tough for me – I sleep like a drugged rhino and barely make it out the door in time. In exchange for a few extra minutes of snooze, I’ve been reaching for the same trusty pairings week after week. An old favorite combo is red with neutrals plus a leopard accent (shown here and here), and joining the ranks is mustard and cream with printed silk. The soft colors here serve as the perfect backdrop for a bright print, and the smooth silk adds luxury to a basic outfit.
mustard skirt hermes scarf2I just finished my semi-annual switcheroo of seasonal pieces between my closet and under-bed storage compartments. This skirt in a heavier weight wool was packed away for fall, and I plan on substituting a pleated A-line one in it’s place for repeat pairings this season.

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Trying out yellow nails, which I thought would be more disastrous against my skin tone. These little colorful Sally Hansen polishes allow for experimentation without breaking the bank.
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I’ve enjoyed all the comfy travel shoe suggestions (read each one of them – thank you!) and would appreciate any links on styling a square scarf with a blazer. I’ve kept it safe with just a basic drape (felt this was a bit too cowgirl for work), and would love to expand my scarf-tying repertoire. mustard skirt hermes scarf

What are your fail-proof pairings when crunched for time in the morning?

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  1. Anonymous wrote:

    may I know the exactly size of these Prada tote u were wearing in this blog ? Is the wide of 33cm or 35cm long ?

    Posted 7.10.14 Reply
  2. Sophia wrote:

    This outfit is lovely. The bold yellow and blue works really well. I still haven't mastered the art of wearing scarves although I have a few stashed in my drawer. Anyways, love the classy outfit!

    Posted 7.3.13 Reply
  3. Anonymous wrote:

    It was the second pic that I was referring to.

    Posted 6.29.13 Reply
  4. Anonymous wrote:

    Great outfit on you, but I actually didn't recognize you at first in one of the pics, your pic looked like a politician or a business mogul! : p You look so confident and radiant, great mix of colours for summer!

    Posted 6.29.13 Reply
  5. YOu have just inspired one of my next looks! LOVE!!!!!!

    Posted 6.29.13 Reply
  6. Anonymous wrote:

    I really love the mustard yellow pop of color and blue tones on the scarf! Check out my Kblossoms nature inspired jewelry to match your outfit!

    Posted 6.26.13 Reply
  7. Posted 6.23.13 Reply
  8. Unfortunately, I do have to wear makeup every day for work otherwise I look very tired (colleagues will immediately comment on this) as well. I guess it's the expectations you set, though…if you never wear makeup to work, then a bare face is all that people will know and appreciate!

    Posted 6.23.13 Reply
  9. Hi Minnie – I don't, but in the summer hair colors seem to lighten naturally!

    Posted 6.23.13 Reply
  10. Hi there – moisturizing is really important to battle wrinkles…I don't use any skin care products regularly right now other than my Eucerin fragrance free moisturizer (original formula). It came recommended by my dermatologist and my whole family has been using it for yyears. I put it on after washing my face nightly with Cetaphil (again, fragrance free cleanser) and using a Clairsonic for a stronger cleaning about 2x a week.

    Posted 6.23.13 Reply
  11. Almost all of the shoe recommendations were in this post: I do think gauge of comfort can differ widely from foot type to foot type so don't expect these to work for everyone, but I plan on trying AGL (if possible to find on sale under $100) and Sperry shoes.

    Posted 6.23.13 Reply
  12. Yes, I do! Was it in the elevator? Hope your interview went well!

    Posted 6.23.13 Reply
  13. SSJD – Hello to a fellow Bostonian & thanks for sharing both resources!

    Posted 6.23.13 Reply
  14. Thank you and to others who shared Mai's links! I've come across her site before but didn't try many of the styles.

    The leader of my group is pretty frank so I asked him what he thought of the yellow nails the first day I wore them, and he had no issues. For client meetings and in other business fields where there is day-to-day physical client interactions, I would probably shy away from the non-traditional : )

    Posted 6.23.13 Reply
  15. Hi there – yes it is BN2274 – I am about 5 feet tall and I thought it was a very proportionate size for me, but in the end it depends on what you're comfortable with and if you would find it to be too clunky. Anything smaller wouldn't fit very much, though!

    Posted 6.23.13 Reply
  16. Jean, is your Prada tote BN2274? I'm considering this style because it fits letter size but it feels to large next to my frame. I'm 5'3 What would you advise? Thank you.

    Posted 6.23.13 Reply
  17. ~Hienn wrote:

    Hi Jean I think you'll love this collection. It's modelled by Kim Tae Hee.

    Posted 6.23.13 Reply
  18. Iga. wrote:

    I love your blog honey! xo

    Posted 6.22.13 Reply
  19. Drooling over your silk! gorgeous color combo!
    Yasmine xx

    Posted 6.21.13 Reply
  20. I so love your style dear. This look is perfect. I'm also a scarf attic…well accessories in general.

    Posted 6.21.13 Reply
  21. And I thought I was the only one with a "lazy morning uniform". Ankle trousers, top, blazer happens to be my current go-to for those less than inspiring mornings.

    Posted 6.21.13 Reply
  22. I like to tie my scarves, well like a tie! It's very easy and it's soft but professional.

    Posted 6.21.13 Reply
  23. charming color combos in this outfit. I especially enjoy the contrast of the bright blue in the vintage hermes with mustard jcrew pencil skirt.

    another recommendation for MaiTai's picture book — she has wonderful ideas for scarf related outfits and tying techniques.

    How do your colleagues react to bolder/modern nail polish styles?

    Posted 6.21.13 Reply
  24. Love your style, so classy. Nice nail polish, perfect for summer!

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    Posted 6.21.13 Reply
  25. Nordstrom's site also has a video tutorial about tying scarves of different shapes. It's fairly basic and is a good place to start:

    Posted 6.21.13 Reply
  26. I think this might be my favourite outfit of yours, Jean! I would see each of these pieces of a rail and think 'thats nice', but then move on, because I wouldn't know how to put it together. I absolutely love the mustard yellow of your skirt, and the blue in your scarf is JUST the right hue against it. I would love to raid your wardrobe, I really would! You look stunning & so classy. Gorgeous, gorgeous lady!


    Posted 6.20.13 Reply
  27. Jean, MaiTai's Picture Book is a great resource for scarf-tying:

    As for fail-proof pairings, it's usually black & white with a pop of color be it red, green, blue, etc.

    Posted 6.20.13 Reply
  28. Hanna Lee wrote:

    Great polished look, love!

    Posted 6.20.13 Reply
  29. Joules wrote:

    I pretty much always just go with a nice, work-length dress and nude flats when I have a time crunch in the morning. For the summer of course. In the winter it's more like tights, a work dress plus a blazer or cardi, and boots with my flats packed away in my bag. Chicago winters are fierce!

    I've been doing a lot of purchasing lately and definitely need to start packing away winter clothing to make room in my closet.

    Style by Joules

    Posted 6.20.13 Reply
  30. This outfit is so gorgeous , that silk scarf takes the look to a whole other level.

    Meghan Silva's Blog

    Posted 6.20.13 Reply
  31. I wear a blazer to work everyday and add an Hermes scarf as my main accessory most of the time. I will third the recommendation of MaiTai's site for scarf inspiration. She has lots of ideas and photos and very easy-to-follow tutorials via photo and video which you can find here:

    In the winter, I usually do the basic fold and wrap the scarf around my neck as this provides added warmth. I secure the ends with a knot or a scarf ring (purchased from Mai Tai). See the knots called "cowboy" and "basic slide". I also do a "friendship" knot a lot. I like the knot to fall about chest level though MaiTai shows it higher, near her neck.

    In the summer it's hot, and I'm not as eager to have the insulating silk next to my skin. Therefore, I think of the scarf as an alternative to a necklace. I hang the scarf loosely and tie the knot further from my neck, or I make a knot or two in the center of the scarf and hang it from my neck. Check out the knot called "necklace" and create variations with one knot a double knot, or three knots as MaiTai shows. Also, check out "scarf and pearl necklace".

    Another blogger, Scarf Addict, has a knot I like called the "Berlin" knot:

    Have fun! You may soon discover you "need" more scarves 🙂

    Posted 6.20.13 Reply
  32. Anonymous wrote:

    Jean, do you work at Deloitte? I think I may have passed you the other day when I interviewed.

    Posted 6.20.13 Reply
  33. you always look so chic, jean!

    Posted 6.20.13 Reply
  34. kmad wrote:

    One of the best changes I ever made to my weekday routine was to get in the habit of choosing my outfit the night before, head to toe, and have it all laid out and waiting. It saves me so much time and stress in the mornings!

    Posted 6.20.13 Reply
  35. april wrote:

    I love the pairings, you look chic as always. Im a petite person too, im just wondering whats your height, you carry yourself so well with all your outfits

    Posted 6.20.13 Reply
  36. Anonymous wrote:

    I love Mai is really knowledgable and creative with her scarves.

    Posted 6.20.13 Reply
  37. Anonymous wrote:

    Will you share a roundup of the comfy shoe advice you've received? I'd really appreciate it.

    Posted 6.20.13 Reply
  38. Posted 6.20.13 Reply
  39. Office Chic! Love your scarf and skirt.. such an awesome combination 🙂

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    Posted 6.20.13 Reply
  40. minnie wrote:

    Jean, do you dye your hair? And if so, do you do it yourself or go to a salon?

    Posted 6.20.13 Reply
  41. Do you wear makeup everyday for work? your face looks bare yet fresh in these pictures.

    I usually skip the makeup if I'm crunched for time in the mornings (which happens most days since I love to sleep-in too) but I always end up looking tired and sick.

    Posted 6.20.13 Reply
  42. Anonymous wrote:

    Jean, you have such pretty skin! What products do you use? Can you tell me the brands? I've been struggling with my skin because it's dry and I feel like I am getting some wrinkles around my eyes! (: Thanks! I love the outfit on this post, btw! Great pairings as always! (:

    Posted 6.20.13 Reply
  43. what a gorgeous and classic outfit for work!

    Sandy a la Mode

    Posted 6.20.13 Reply
  44. Colors that work as neutrals with an interesting shoe or accessory. Back when I was in corporate world, I used to lay out 2 outfit possibilities at bedtime, so I could just put it on and go in the morning. Kind of annoying sometimes, but I love my sleep and it kept me from wearing the same things over and over. 🙂

    Posted 6.20.13 Reply
  45. Nailah wrote:

    This is gorgeous! I'm featuring my beloved mustard skirt on my blog soon too (again), haha. Just such a wonderfully versatile and classic piece. My morning fail-proof pairing would have to be a sheath dress and pumps. They almost instantly amp up your work look without you having to try too hard. Lovely once again!


    Posted 6.19.13 Reply
  46. Suzie Q wrote:

    I love mustard yellow. The color is versatile for all seasons. Great pairing with the vintage scarf. My morning crunch time pairings are black/white/beige color tones. Classic and no need to think too hard on color matching =)

    Suzie Q

    Posted 6.19.13 Reply
  47. Square scarves can actually be pretty versatile and stylish. I visit MaiTai's when it comes to styling scarves. She uses a Scarf Ring, and actually sell it too, but I've found it at my local fabric store for around $1-$2 depending on the type you buy (I look for them in the buckles section) and gotten lots of use out of them.

    Here's a link to the scarf rings with tutorials on the side bar:

    Hope this helps! 🙂


    Posted 6.19.13 Reply
  48. 6 if I need to sweet-talk my boyfriend into snapping blog photos before he leaves for work, but otherwise almost 8:30 : /

    Posted 6.19.13 Reply
  49. Brittney wrote:

    My go-to pairing is red, black, and white. It's a mix of power colors that looks really sharp at the office. This fashion shortcut has saved me countless minutes in the morning.


    Posted 6.19.13 Reply
  50. I adore this look! It is classic, but with a little bit of flair!

    Posted 6.19.13 Reply
  51. Ann wrote:

    What time do you usually wake up during the weekdays? =P

    Posted 6.19.13 Reply
  52. Yin Yang wrote:

    Hi Jean, you look fabulous, the outfit is perfect for a weekday wear.
    thanks for your reply about the eye cream on tweeter, xoxo~

    Posted 6.19.13 Reply

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