For over two months, G was commuting on a weekly basis to Netherlands for work that we would only see each other on the weekends. While I tend to throw a pair of pants and a top when we go out during the weekends, I decided to dress up a bit for one of our weekend lunch dates at that time.
I have had this top since forever (14 years?) that I can’t seem to part with. (What’s not to love about Peter Pan collars?!) I’m also glad that I decided to alter the original cocktail dress into this skirt since I have been able to wear it more often than I ever wore the dress (see here).
In an effort to wear layers and create a new outfit, I layered a sleeveless button down on top of my shirt dress which resulted in an outfit that Mademoiselle Chanel would approve of! I previously wore the same top to create another outfit channeling Coco Chanel here. I think a Chanel brooch adds a touch of class to just about any outfit. I also took Chanel’s advice – “Before you leave the house, look in the mirror and remove one accessory,” as I had thought of wearing my long pearl necklace as a bracelet but decided otherwise. Looking back at this outfit though, perhaps I should have worn red shoes but I wanted to to keep the outfit as neutral as possible and let the bag be the pop of color. What do you think?
While I enjoy dressing up in skirts and dresses, I also love menswear inspired outfits. Quite frankly, I’d love a wardrobe with more androgynous outfits, especially button down shirts and blazers. However, I’m just far too lazy to iron shirts and blazers seem to be reserved mostly for client meetings or interviews at my workplace (although I still try to incorporate them into my outfit every so often).
I think finally buying a pair of oxfords is a step in the right direction towards creating more androgynous outfits. I have been wanting a pair for the longest time yet I either never found something I like, or at a price point I was willing to pay. Since I resolve to focus on buying classic pieces, I finally caved in when these Cole Haan Skylar Oxfords went on sale. As there weren’t any left in my size online, I called the local store who kindly redirected me to the outlets, as they’ve all been sent there (marked down to $99 at outlets!). I love these Skylar Oxfords as they are dressy yet fun for it’s reflective nature makes it very versatile. Make no mistake that these would be my only pair for I have my eye on another pair from ZARA. Just patiently awaiting for sales! 😉
I almost always pair this shirt with this vest as a go-to outfit for work in the colder seasons. The shirt has a gray-paneled back and embellished diamantes on the front that would, otherwise not be suitable for work except on casual Fridays. How do you pair or mask casual garments to make it more appropriate for work?
As mentioned here, it’s our company’s Xmas holiday party this evening, and I decided to keep to the same color scheme as the previous outfit – navy and red. I am however, incorporating mixed prints to it, stars and polka dots, both classics in my book.