Stying A Buffalo Check Tunic For The Office

long over long

buffalo check tunic

earrings (similar) | cardigan (similar) | tunic | bracelet | pants | bag | booties (similar)

Yes, I did wear this outfit earlier in the week, even though it’s been a bit warm and humid (for L.A.). I needed the linen sweater as I had to sit in on several meetings in a very chilly conference room. After the first day when my toes almost suffered frostbite, I switched to these closed toe ankle boots.

I’ve worn this Eileen Fisher buffalo check tunic a couple of times now, and I really like both the fabric and fit. It’s lightweight and cut a bit slimmer and closer to the body than a lot of the tunics from recent collections, so it layers very well. The checks are on-trend for fall, but I can envision this as a piece that will span seasons.

Brahmin bag, French Kande bracelet

The bracelet is from French Kande’s new “Concorde” collection. Those cracked agate beads are just gorgeous!! The bag is from Brahmin, purchased during the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale. I have friends who are really into this brand, and now I can see why. It combines light weight and functionality with a really standout look, and they are a good value for the price.

long cardigan over tunic

I’m wearing the Make Up For Ever “N47” lipstick, which I’ve worn daily since purchasing. LOVE this color!

How do you handle dressing when exterior and interior temperatures diverge?


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  1. Rae
    August 28, 2015 / 4:15 am

    I love your outfit very much but, sorry, not the shoes. They don’t work for me.

  2. Agnes
    August 28, 2015 / 5:14 am

    Hello again. I just ordered the buffalo check tunic. It looks really nice with the black cardigan. Now I’m just waiting to see it with the surplus sweater you bought ? Many thanks.

  3. August 28, 2015 / 5:37 am

    Love this – the cropped trousers help feature the shoes. Wonderful bag too – just th right size. xo

  4. Catherine
    August 28, 2015 / 6:16 am

    So happy to see what you’re wearing. I much prefer being inspired by you rather than endless affiliate links. Thank you.

  5. August 28, 2015 / 6:24 am

    I love the shoes! This whole outfit is great. Did you end up keeping the Brahmin? Quite an endorsement since you have so many beautiful bags.

  6. stylecrone
    August 28, 2015 / 7:14 am

    I’m loving the long over long look, and I’m going to search my closet for just this proportion. Very flattering! Your shoes are fabulous!

  7. Beverly Quist
    August 28, 2015 / 7:34 am

    So lovely! You are one of my favorites—–your comments are so thoughtful and your clothes are….well…..always so lovely!

  8. August 28, 2015 / 7:48 am

    The focus for me is the FK bracelet as I just ordered two FK necklaces and am considering a bracelet…..wasn’t sure how one might look. Terrific! Also, could you talk about tips for easily changing handbag content? What do you do/use to make it easy? Thanks!

  9. Sally
    August 28, 2015 / 10:12 am

    Love the ensemble. The new FK line is way cool! I love your glasses–who made the frames?? I’m glad you commented on the Brahmin bag. I wasn’t sure why they are supposed to be ‘special’ but weight is certainly an issue for me these days! Also: thank you so much for providing links to the pieces you are wearing or recommend. Not all bloggers do this and I find the links so helpful and such time savers. I love how you consider practicality, artfulness and cost all together!

  10. August 28, 2015 / 1:22 pm

    Love it! WIsh I could wear those shoes…but I can wear the rest! This is a wonderful look!

  11. Rita
    August 28, 2015 / 1:47 pm

    That is a good length for the sweater, much easier to wear than the really long sweaters.

  12. August 28, 2015 / 3:41 pm

    Oh, I think the cropped pants cut you in an unflattering way. But I think cropped pants do that to most women.

    • Jill Ann
      August 28, 2015 / 9:51 pm

      Have to agree….love everything about the outfit except the pants. The proportion seems wrong. Otherwise great!

      • Susan
        August 29, 2015 / 6:39 am

        I wonder if the proportions would look different if worn with flat shoes? I love the outfit, but wonder if the ankle boots worn with cropped trousers throw it out of balance? I think it would have been perfect had the trousers been longer.

        • une femme
          August 29, 2015 / 6:45 am

          Hi Susan, my thinking is that the look is more balanced with an open toed shoe or boot, but in this case necessity (freezing feet) made these boots the best option. 🙂

  13. Paula
    August 28, 2015 / 4:02 pm

    Tres Jolie ! Love the tunic I picked it up myself. I am new to FK and loving the pieces, just cannot decide !

  14. Cathy D.
    August 28, 2015 / 9:19 pm

    Very chic outfit! My eye has finally adjusted to the look of ankle pants. In fact, I own the same Eileen Fisher pants in both black and white. I even like the shoes… although I can’t quite believe I’m saying this.

    But I do have a big question or concern, something that is probably not an issue for you in southern California. Can you wear ankle pants with socks (fairly heavy socks) in winter? Here in New York it can get very cold in the winter. No matter how devoted someone is to looking trendy or fashionable, wearing ankle pants with exposed skin is simply not going to happen, at least not after the first frostbite. I’ve looked at fall and winter fashions in many places and there aren’t many full length pants available. How are we supposed to keep warm? Thanks for any light you can shed on this chilling issue.

    • une femme
      August 29, 2015 / 6:34 am

      Hi Kathy, thanks and no I probably would not wear ankle pants with socks. To me the bit of skin showing adds structure to the outfit. The one option might be wearing over a pair of mid-calf boots that are cut to fit slim on the leg.

  15. August 29, 2015 / 11:00 am

    You always layer pieces beautifully. I’m going to buy that EF buffalo tunic to wear under one of my long sleeve sweaters just like you have shown–perfect for Arizona temps.

  16. amidprivilege
    August 29, 2015 / 8:06 pm

    This is one of my favorite outfits you’ve shown. The layering is spectacular.

  17. Gloria Nickels
    August 29, 2015 / 9:02 pm

    I’m fairly new here, so I’m sorry if I missed something about this….are you a rep for Eileen Fischer? Most of the clothing you mention is from that company.. I find it’s such an expensive line for what it is,and a wardrobe consisting of so much of it must cost a fortune over time! I’m so discouraged that this company is out of reach for me, even on sale. 🙁

    • Babs
      August 29, 2015 / 11:29 pm

      I simply take my styling cues from the way the models are photographed wearing the clothing. I assume that the mfg/retailer will use the clothing in the best way. If they show a tunic with full length skinny pants…then that’s how I’ll wear it too. That being said…the shorter pants, bare skin, and then ankle boots make you look like a munchkin. Don’t be offended…I am short , and I must constantly fight the munchkin look. Go for the long sleek line on the legs. Sometimes, experimentation does us shorter women no favors.

    • une femme
      August 30, 2015 / 6:27 am

      Hi Gloria, no I don’t work for them. I like the quality and fit of the clothing, and because most of the pieces are simple and wear well, I’ve been able to build up a wardrobe over the last few years (many of the pieces I’ve shown are “perennials” and in the collection season after season). There are few lines that either offer a Petite line or work for my short frame, but I also own and have featured items from J.Crew, NYDJ, DKNY, and Covered Perfectly.

      • bomm
        August 31, 2015 / 6:34 am

        To add my two cents about Eileen Fisher: I have found that the investment is worth it. I have EF sweaters that look terrific 12 years later. Of course, you have to want to wear something for 12 years and counting! If you know your size, you can find a lot of EF clothes on ebay.

  18. August 30, 2015 / 12:52 pm

    The outfit is lovely, the bracelet a big want in my book.. But… The bag!! I must have that bag. I had a similar one by Muxart, a Spanish brand, for years and loved it to pieces. Literally. It fell apart. Now I have a Longchamps. Pretty but so uninteresting. Yours is so much better.

    • une femme
      August 30, 2015 / 7:42 pm

      Greetje, thank you. I’ve really fallen for this brand.

  19. Lynn
    September 1, 2015 / 9:02 am

    I really love your posts and outfits. I have been inspired. Mostly your outfits are a hit but I thought this was a miss. I don’t think long over long is flattering on a petite person. Sometimes, things only good look on the tall model types. Most of your readers seem to like the look, so I’m clearly in the minority here. Keep posting!

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