Off-white asymmetrical knit top paired with black leather shorts

Always On-Duty :: One Knit Top Three Outfits

Hello, dear friends! Back from Dallas, what a whirlwind weekend! I will share more details and outfits with you once I have the pictures ready. For the time being, let’s talk about styling options!

When it comes to outfits, who doesn’t like options? Option doesn’t mean more new purchase, it just means more ways to use the same key piece. Today, I’ve style a simple cotton knit top for three different occasions: office casual, girls-night-out and weekend.cotton knit sweater

Office Casual

This knit top I bought from Zara is simple (plain, no pattern) but the asymmetrical hemline and expose seam keep it interesting. Because of the material, I consider it more off-duty than on-duty. For an office-appropriate look, some formality is needed and that is exactly what I did: paired with a flouncy tweed skirt and t-strap pumps that picked up a secondary color of the skirt. knit sweater with skater skirttweed skater skirt

Since the top is borderline cropped, belly would be shown with movements and that is not ideal for office wear. I then added a wide belt to “cover” and define the waist. A little side note: small accessories such as belts and brooches are worth collecting because they often add nice touches to a look without breaking the bank.back view of wide leather belt
Girls Night Out

GNO is usually an occasion we can feel more relaxed and experimental with styles, so for the look, I picked a pair of skirted black pants I have since last spring. Studded pump adds edge and rolled up hem helps to show case the pumps.white sweater black pants

A simple pouch is a good alternative to wallets and clutches for a night-out look, it holds all the essentials without looking too bulky. There are so many inexpensive options available in this category, definitely a good element with which one can experiment and have fun!Givenchy pouch


Moms are busier over the weekend! Extra-curriculum activities, birthday parties, Sunday school…there is no better outfit than the one that is agile and comfortable. It doesn’t have to be all sweats, I mean, throw on a pair of leather short and espadrilles and you are one comfy & chic mama! 🙂white cotton sweater with leather shortsWhite espadrille flats Aquazzura

For all three outfits, the common theme is the off-white knit top, which can be any simple top of a neutral color. Use your accessories strategically can make the same top transition seamlessly from one look to a completely different other.

Thank you so much for reading! I really hope you will be inspired to experiment with a staple piece you’ve already got and try to come up with different looks. Please feel free to drop me a line in the comments section below sharing your experience and / or asking questions. See you in my next post!

(Look 1: Zara knits; Lavin skirt<yellow version> ; Chanel pump, bag & brooch ; Saint Laurent belt; Chloe sunglasses;)

(Look 2: Zara knits; Dries Van Noten pants; Valentino pump & sunglasses; Givenchy pouch; Ippolita necklace; Vita Fede rings;)

(Look 3: Zara knits; Marc by Marc Jacobs leather shorts; Aquazzura flats; Givenchy bag <new season>; Mykita X Maison Martin Margiela sunglasses; Ippolita necklace;)

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6 comments on “Always On-Duty :: One Knit Top Three Outfits

  1. were

    like the second look best.

    1. petiteflower

      Cool, thank you for the feedback! 🙂

  2. Sarah

    I love each look you’ve styled here but the weekend look is definitely my favorite with all the sporty details!

    1. petiteflower

      I know what you mean, I think the shoes played big part in these looks hence set the overall tone. Appreciate your feedback! 🙂

    1. petiteflower

      You are not alone on this one! 😀