I love a pretty, embellished elastic-backed belt — they’re functional (comfy too) and ornamental at the same time. I got this one years ago at Anthropologie (on sale) and I wish I could find something similar again, but I’ve had no luck the last few times I went to the store. Oh well. The one I do have worked nicely against the somewhat masculine print of the dress, and the colours paired well with the plum blazer. I kept my other accessories very minimal to make sure that the overall result wasn’t too dressy for the office. In the past, I reserved this belt for special occasions, because it *is* on the flashier side, but I think this shows that it can be “dressed down” if necessary.
I have not had any luck in finding a better version of this H&M blazer which I love in all respects except quality. In fact, I don’t even mind the ponte material itself — it’s the lining that’s driving me crazy. It feels so incredibly plastic, and it’s almost entirely non-breathable. I hate it! Most of my blazer linings are polyester blends, and none are quite this bad. I’m not sure why this one is so different. Here’s hoping the thrift gods send me a suitable replacement soon because this blazer is quickly becoming a staple.