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Style Watch

Mixed messages

Striking a balance between casual and dressed up.

Tina Sutton

ALISHA MURELL

  • 29, ALLSTON

  • > Working in the sales department at the hip Revere Hotel, Murell shoots for an eclectic chic at the office. Part of a tailored pin-striped pantsuit, the jacket loosens up with rolled sleeves and a more casual white cotton pant (both from Benetton).

  • > Murell’s height of 5 feet 11 inches makes it easy to play with proportions like the cropped jacket over a long cream silk top (from H&M). The Chanel-inspired costume pearls add a touch of class.

  • > Washed pastels are a hot color trend for fall, and Murell’s onboard with her celery green bag (from Cynthia Rowley) and pale yellow bowed flats (from Nine West). Lovely.

  • Favorite Stores H&M, T.J. Maxx (especially for bags), Cole Haan, Urban Outfitters


Tina Sutton

GIANCARLO PISANI

  • 39, JAMAICA PLAIN

  • > As a creative guy at SapientNitro ad agency, Pisani rarely wears a jacket. In fact, this elegant blazer (from Hugo Boss outlet) is the only one he owns. So why is he wearing it on “Casual Friday”? A dapper colleague was retiring and the office humorously surprised him by dressing up, in tribute.

  • > But Pisani takes “dress up” only so far, mixing in beat-up jeans (from Diesel), cool Grenson boots (from Bodega), and, yes, the all-important Red Sox cap.

  • > Surprisingly, Pisani is never without a tie, like this navy knit (from Gilt.com) with check dress shirt and sweater (from Banana Republic). “I want to remind myself I’m at work.”

  • Favorite Stores Bodega, Marshalls, Lids

Tina Sutton

MOLLY DUNNE

  • 45, CHESTNUT HILL

  • > Dunne, a working mom, fills her closet with trendy, comfortable pieces that can be worn lots of ways. Case in point, this colorful print tunic (from Flock), which tops everything from evening pants to today’s workout wear: black yoga pants (from Lululemon) and orange tank (from Under Armour).

  • > Toning it down is so not Dunne’s style. Her everyday all-purpose handbag? Neon orange (from Tory Burch), worn with grass green and orange Farylrobin wedge shoes (from Turtle).

  • > Speaking of all-purpose, this beautiful paisley shawl, a longtime favorite, can be casual, dressy, or just plain warm.

  • Favorite Stores Flock, Portobello Road, Lululemon

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