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polished casual

Eileen Fisher jacket, skinny jeans, Ann Taylor blouse, Cole Haan suede pumps

This was one of those looks that came together without a lot of fuss or effort, and was a great reminder that I’m often happiest with results when I don’t over-think or over-style an outfit. This was an out-to-dinner outfit, but could easily be adjusted for the office by swapping out the jeans for a pair of slim black trousers, and adding a day bag.


polished casual 1

Jacket: Eileen Fisher, here (and on sale).
Blouse: Ann Taylor
Jeans: Eileen Fisher, similar
Shoes: Cole Haan
Earrings: Alexis Bittar
Bracelets: Stella & Dot here and here, Aurelie Biderman
Bag: Chanel Wallet On A Chain (carried as a clutch), more options here.


polished casual 2

You may have noticed that I’ve updated the look and format of the blog. Hope you like it as much as I do! If anything doesn’t seem to be working or is difficult to see or read, please let me know and I’ll do my best to fix it. Note: add comment button can now be found at the top of the post; just click on the “voice bubbles.” 🙂

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  1. November 10, 2014 / 4:10 am

    I just love this look on you! For me the simpler the better and everything works so well together here. Softly tailored pants always make me feel more polished and a silk shirt too.

  2. November 10, 2014 / 5:00 am

    I like the blouse and bracelets a lot…give it such a nice touch!

  3. Susan
    November 10, 2014 / 5:10 am

    On my computer, the shop the post links are showing up as code and not a link. Perhaps it’s because I use Safari?

    You look great as always. My issue is that I don’t feel at all chic in jeans, so I never wear them out to dinner or much of anywhere but to our farm. I think this is just my own issue maybe due to body type (notice I am not saying it is my age). I just don’t know.

    • une femme
      November 10, 2014 / 5:37 am

      Hi Susan, thanks! I just viewed in Safari and everything seems to be loading OK. I’ll ask my developer later today, though.

  4. Jill
    November 10, 2014 / 5:15 am

    Love the blog! I have a question for you. I have an 11 narrow foot and have a difficult time finding shoes that fit and are comfortable, yet stylish at the same time. Any recommendations? Just bought a pair of Mephistos but they are far from cute, they are practical with casual jeans. Help! Thank you!

    • une femme
      November 10, 2014 / 5:35 am

      Hi Jill, thanks! Cole Haan shoes are often available in Narrow widths and have nice padding in the insole too. Here’s a link for several styles available in 11N. http://bit.ly/1uSEuPa

      I’ve also had good luck with Stuart Weitzman shoes. Here’s a link to some styles in 11N, including the “Poco” low heel pump which I have and wear often. http://bit.ly/1u1c8Ry

      Eileen Fisher shoes also have some fun, funky styles and from what I’ve found run narrower in the toe box and might be worth a try if those appeal. Thanks for reading!

      • November 10, 2014 / 6:41 am

        I concur about the Stuart Weitzman. Often his shoes are the only ones in the store that will fit my narrow foot. Love the new blog look.

        • Catbird Farm
          November 10, 2014 / 3:19 pm

          Ferragamo shoes are a good go-to for narrow feet.

    • Sara
      November 18, 2014 / 5:52 am

      Munro shoes, available at Nordstrom and Zappos are super comfortable and available in all widths.

  5. KPL
    November 10, 2014 / 5:32 am

    Love your outfit, simple, clean and sophisticated. Also love the new look of the blog, although it took me awhile to find out where to comment.

  6. pamlally
    November 10, 2014 / 5:36 am

    I have those exact shoes in black suede and nude as well and, my, are they ever comfortable!

  7. November 10, 2014 / 5:59 am

    Crisp and chic and so “you” – the addition of the clean pumps is inspired. Thanks for sharing with Visible Monday! xox

  8. Jan W
    November 10, 2014 / 6:29 am

    Love the new look of your blog, especially the font!

  9. November 10, 2014 / 6:34 am

    Simple and elegant, this look is very “you.” And I’d say that about your blog’s new look as well as your chic outfit!

  10. November 10, 2014 / 6:37 am

    Those shoes look like the perfect height.

    Very chic look.


  11. Shybiker
    November 10, 2014 / 6:52 am

    Very nice. You’re right that sometimes our least-examined outfits turn out to be the best.

  12. tamerabeardsley
    November 10, 2014 / 7:29 am

    Polished casual is always a favorite of mine as well! You my dear are looking fabulous … as does your new beautiful blog design!

    Wishing you a wonderful new week!


  13. November 10, 2014 / 7:36 am

    Love the new blog design. So polished:).

  14. November 10, 2014 / 7:36 am

    I love the new design of your blog. I wonder how many of our closets are full of everyday items that hold stories and details of the many ordinary days we have in our life? As I talk about in my new post we usually can remember the big events of our lives and the outfits we wear to them Your post reminds us of the importance of remembering the everyday and how when you combine these items in different ways they become something beyond ordinary. Hope you made some nice memories at your dinner.
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  15. November 10, 2014 / 9:28 am

    As always you look well put together.. the kitten heels caught my eyes immediately.. they are coming back really strong!

  16. nell
    November 10, 2014 / 8:25 pm

    Love the starry print of your shirt, your jacket’s folded back sleeves, and the bright punctuation of your bracelets! Stylish and insouciant.

  17. Kris
    November 10, 2014 / 8:27 pm

    Looking very current and I love it. I really like the look of heels with jeans, but since turning 65, I am uncomfortable adopting the look. Am very sensitive to what is appropriate for someone my age. I would not want to be accused of trying to act or look “too young.” Would love to hear your opinion on this.

    • Jacqueline
      March 30, 2016 / 8:32 am

      Hi, its 2016 and I’ve only just read this. I’m 65 and love this look. I wear it and think its ageless.
      Would love to read other opinions…..

  18. November 10, 2014 / 10:42 pm

    Love your new look. If you hadn’t told me I never would have figured out where to comment. I do think it needs to be larger and at the bottom of the post. It’s easier to finish reading and then go on to comment. Looks lovely and fresh as do you.

  19. November 10, 2014 / 11:54 pm

    Love this! Relaxed schwanky.
    Your new blog look is fantastic too, like sitting-at-the-window-of-your-George V-Hotel-room-in-Paris-writing-postcards-while-it-rains-outside-romantic look. Now that it’s chilling here, I am much more eagle-eyed about choosing which coat to wear. It can make or break a vibe so easily.

  20. November 10, 2014 / 11:55 pm

    Ooo, ps. I love how my name looks in that script…

  21. November 11, 2014 / 6:11 am

    Honestly, Pseu, you get gorgeous -er and gorgeous-et, and your hair. . .words escape.

    You look stunning.

    Can’t wait until we meet again (in the spring!).


    • une femme
      November 11, 2014 / 8:02 am

      Tish, mille mercis! I am counting down the months.

  22. Jan Graham-McMillen
    November 11, 2014 / 8:16 am

    Oooh, yes! Like it all a lot. Excellent outfit, especially as you are a star in my corner of the blogoverse! So pretty, your starry blouse and you really matched the delicacy with your bangles. Cool outfit all in all … great jacket, shoes, bag make it all effortlessly fab.

  23. November 11, 2014 / 6:41 pm

    Unfortunately, jeans are one of the few things that do NOT make me feel polished! I’ve just never been a jeans gal, and it’s tough. I’m trying, believe me! I did come across the Loft jeans about a year ago and they are slowly inching their way into my “wardrobe necessaries”. With flats, yes, they actually DO make me feel good; but it’s been a long and rocky road!

  24. November 12, 2014 / 1:03 am

    Fabulous ALWAYS, dear Susa.
    I need your shoes now.
    Thank you for being part of the Share-in-Style family.

  25. November 12, 2014 / 1:44 am

    The new blog design is lovely – I’m still working on my move to WordPress and tinkering with the look. I want it to look different but NOT too different, it’s tricky!

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