I’d like to introduce you to one my latest work outfits – this one including blue boots. I’ve been known as a collector of boots. I LOVE boots of almost every style and length. When I first saw this tall blue suede – waterproof! – pair in the store last year, I was hesitant at first. I figure that black and brown are safe colors, because they go with almost anything. But these blue boots caught my eye. Fortunately, styling them is less tricky and much more fun than I imagined!

Work outfit with blue boots
I took these shots in Santa Cruz, California. We got to spend Thanksgiving week in this gorgeous area!

A play on opposites

You may have noticed that pant suits have been sort of a thing lately, and this is a variation on the theme. Sure, I love a matching pair of pants and jacket, but I also love an opportunity to mix and match. Here I combined a very structured, box-like Theory jacket with free-flowing wide-legged pants by Eileen Fisher. To emphasize the geometrical slant of the jacket, I combined it with a sweater which you might remember from this post and which features a stripe of leather. The Murano-glass pendant echoes that vertical line/stripe.

Work outfit - black and blue


I generally avoid boxy sweaters and jackets, but the fact that this one is cropped allows for the silhouette to narrow at the waistline. You could say that it even resembles the forever-coveted hourglass figure.

Blue boots look for work
Perhaps you’ll remember how I styled these pants for warmer weather in a previous post.

I’ve found that narrow-toed, tall boots are the way to go this season with cropped wide-legged pants. Not only are they extra warm, but they are also great for leg-lengthening – especially when the pants and boots are in similar tones. I actually did a photo shoot with narrow-toed ankle boots, and I ended up having to scrap the whole thing. My legs looked like stumps!

Combining black and blue

Although I’m not at all against wearing all black with just the pop of color of my blue boots, I love how this jacket subtly echoes the blue color in the fringe lining the pockets, collar, and sleeves.

Short jacket with blue details
The olive-colored glass pendant just felt like a necessary addition.

And speaking of blue, you may have read that it is a dominant color in the fashion world for fall/winter. Pairing it with black may seem counterintuitive. But, I love how the blue makes the black look more intense. I think, however, that it helps to try to go with varying textures, so that one color doesn’t just “bleed” into the other.

Blue boots work look

So, what do you think of blue boots, and do you like to wear black and blue together?

XO, Janea

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17 Comments on #OOTD – Work Outfit with Blue Boots

  1. David
    November 30, 2016 at 5:20 pm (5 months ago)

    Great post, Janea!!

    • Janea
      November 30, 2016 at 9:29 pm (5 months ago)

      Thanks, David! XO

    • Janea
      December 1, 2016 at 8:20 am (5 months ago)

      Ahhh, I’m blushing. Thank you, Paola! XO

  2. Ashley
    December 1, 2016 at 8:55 am (5 months ago)

    Loving the cropped jacket, lady! Super chic!

    Hope you have a great weekend!

    Le Stylo Rouge

    • Janea
      December 1, 2016 at 9:12 am (5 months ago)

      So glad you like it, Ashley! XO

  3. Ankita Bardhan
    December 1, 2016 at 9:41 pm (5 months ago)

    Love how sophisticated yet cozy the outfit is, perfect for winters!

    Makeup, Style and Sugar

    • Janea
      December 1, 2016 at 10:03 pm (5 months ago)

      Glad you like it, Ankita! XO

    • Janea
      December 2, 2016 at 7:33 am (5 months ago)

      Happy Friday to you, Paola! Hope you have a great weekend. XO

    • Janea
      December 2, 2016 at 7:31 am (5 months ago)

      Thank you, Gaia! XO

  4. Stella Asteria
    December 2, 2016 at 8:31 am (5 months ago)

    What an amazingly feminine and elegant look my dear Janea! You look sooo beautiful! I really like how you play with cuts here to show us your amazing silhouette!! Black and blue may be one of the most known fashion rules of combos to avoid, but I think it’s just another one dumb fashion rule! I have seen some amazing blue and black outfits lately with large or small proportions of blue like yours! Simply amazing!
    Thanks so much for sharing and wishing you a great start to the weekend!

    • Janea
      December 2, 2016 at 8:57 am (5 months ago)

      Thank you, dear Stella! I agree with you that the rule to avoid mixing blue and black is ridiculous – just like the one to avoid wearing white after Labor Day. I love finding ways to break those outmoded warnings. Have a wonderful weekend! XO

    • Janea
      December 4, 2016 at 8:01 pm (5 months ago)

      Thank you, Samantha! XO


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