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).
During my dress collection phase, I would buy dresses that fall within my budget with details that I liked. I quickly realized that as much as I liked a dress, sometimes it doesn’t really like me back in that it doesn’t flatter my boyish/straight figure. The Club Monaco dress below is an example of that.
Picture via Google images
I love the color, pleats (told ya I can’t resist pleats much!) and the silk chiffon fabric. Yet, the V neckline only emphasized what a long neck I have, not too mention that I don’t have much in the chest area! Since I was in a pleated skirts phase (still am, actually but just more controlled for now), I decided to have the dress altered to become a skirt. I brought it with me on my recent trip back to KL and my friend’s tailor altered it for a whopping $5! (Thanks, J for your recommendation and help!) Here’s my first outfit debuting the dress-turned-into-a-skirt, which I wore to work.
Bag: Mulberry Alexa Silky Snake in Nightshade S/S 2012
Shoes: ZARA S/S 2011
Earrings: Souvenir from India
Bracelet: H&M 2011
Watch: Swatch circa 2000
I love pleated skirts and can’t quite get enough of them. I’m glad that they are back in trend as that enables me to stock up! Heh. That aside, this $5 shirt from H&M Men is awesome. It’s cotton but not wrinkly and I even have one in white! What can I say, I love black and white. And oh, let’s not forget the classic tuxedo pleats, too.
As promised, here are some of the new arrival items that caught my eye, or rather pieces that I can easily incorporate into my existing wardrobe! Heh. I have some major wardrobe cleaning to be done. I have garments from a decade ago, which admittedly still fits me like a glove but my sense of style has definitely changed and therefore, those garments should be cleaned out! I am definitely in the process of streamlining my wardrobe and of course everything else that I have. One of my resolutions for 2010 is to have less clutter! Be forewarned that I am not responsible should you be experiencing some cross-eyed effect from all the stripes! Okay, no more rambling, let the pics galore begin…
I am definitely considering to purchase the navy raincoat as my current rain jacket is 2 sizes too big. Not to mention, the raincoat is only $19.90! Being greedy, I’d also like to add the trench coat ($129) to my wardrobe although I already own one but similar to my rain jacket, it’s a tad big and doesn’t quite fit as well although I have received countless compliments on it. Maybe it’s time for an upgrade? Hah, maybe, just maybe. But it’ll have to be on sale (yes, I am not shelling $129 for a trench coat!) I have to say till date, I have yet to step into ZARA upon return from mother land and perhaps it’s a good thing.
I went to Bloomingdales and H&M at the mall across my work building on Wednesday and boy, it took quite a bit of willpower to leave empty-handed! I still have my eyes on the H&M pleated skirt and strapless LBD but we shall see how long I can hold out before I break down and purchase it!