When I think of alice+olivia, I always think of the brand’s party-worthy, glamorous dresses. However, a+o first gained popularity for a collection of a-line trousers that were a sleek, thinning alternative to classic slacks for women. In her pre-fall 2014 line, CEO and creative director Stacey Bendet kept the neat and tailored lines of those first pants in mind and added the flair of her nighttime couture looks. The finished products were great options for day-to-night outfits. The pieces in this collection that stood out to me are the black and white blouses with a variety of patterns and collars. On the runway, they were paired with skirts, shorts and knee-highs that created looks that would work just as great for a night out as they would in the office.
I wouldn’t normally buy a patterned blouse because they are often too loud to wear to work.This shirt was definitely an exception. The black and white, consistent pattern is subdued enough for the office and the peter pan collar makes it unique, much like the blouses in alice + olivia’s collection. The kicker for me was that the collar has a button; I love that I can leave the it buttoned or unbuttoned it for a more casual look. High-necked tops also look great with a big ballerina bun, making it an instant easy hair day. Today, I paired it with my black pointed-toe flats that wrap around my ankles. I added a pop of color with a dark red skater skirt and matching lips. The great thing about this top and the alice + olivia collection is the versatility of the pieces. I’ve paired this blouse with silver shorts and white pants, all great day-to-night outfits.