Sunday, January 25, 2015

Rediscovery: The Cardigan.

     I had pretty much shunned the classic cardigan over the last few years. I just didn't feel like it suited my personal style, and have leans more towards jackets and pull-over sweaters. I disliked them so much I had even considered donating them all, but ended up keeping a few v-neck cardigans thinking that maybe some time in the future I will look for them, despite the fact that I am an extremely aggressive-closet purger. I have yet to regret donating something, I am sure I will make a mistake one  day. The hazards of the ever-evolving personal style.

     It took about three years, but  I think I have come full circle.

 Sweater: LOFT V-neck cardigan (similar) / Blouse: Babaton Peyton / Pants: Theory Louise (or here on super sale but final sale) / Shoes : LAUREN by Ralph Lauren Adena Pumps / Bag: 3.1 Phillip Lim Pashli Satchel / Rings: Aldo / Earrings: Gabriela Artigas / Scarf: Banana Republic

     I have to mention these new Theory pants I'm wearing. Wow. Just wow. I've been looking for the perfect wool slim leg work pant for ages and I finally found it in these pants. It could maybe use a smidge of hemming, but they otherwise fit amazingly well. I only wish that these were lined. If you are sensitive to wool, these may be a bit itchy. but if you are petite and can fit *almost* Max C, these fit just a tiny bit smaller.  Keep in mind however, that if you carry more weight in your legs than I do, these might actually be too tight for the office. 

    They are on sale for $110 on, but are final sale. If you can get your hands on a pair just to try on, to gauge your size I would totally do so. I'm trying to determine what other colors I need to buy!

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Sunday, January 18, 2015

Out of the box.

     Year 2014 was a year of purchasing timeless pieces. I always try to do this, but last year was I was extremely successful. However, as a somewhat unintended consequence, my outfits were very... safe. I wore a lot of what I was comfortable in, which is not necessarily always a bad thing, but there is something to be said about stepping outside your comfort zone every now and again. And not just in fashion, but in life.

     A style resolution that I have made is not only to keep focusing on timeless pieces, but to try stepping outside the box a bit more. I am still going to focus on filling the "gaps" in my wardrobe (there are still quite a few left!), but also to keep an eye out for pieces that are more out of my "norm" are still consistent with my personal style--while still being pieces that I will actually wear! 

     One of those pieces, I decided was this sleeveless tunic sweater from Aritzia. In the history of this blog, I don't think I have ever worn a tunic. But when I laid eyes on this sweater, I could see its potential. It's quite a bit different from my usual silhouette but I see its versatility, which is also so important to me when buying something new. 

Denim: Zara / Boots: Stuart Weitzman 50/50 / Sweater: Aritzia / Bag: 3.1 Phillip Lim 31 Minute Medium Clutch / Bracelet: Forever21 / Rings: Aldo

    If it were warmer out (like, not -20C!), then I would just throw a cropped leather jacket over top to play with the juxtaposition with the pieces. But being as freezing as it is, I will have to settle for my heavy duty parka. 

   Other alternatives to the above pieces can be seen here:

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Monday, January 12, 2015

Forbes Style File: Can I Wear Floral Shoes To The Office?

     The new year has just begun, and we are still nowhere close to seeing spring, but spring fashions are already slowing streaming into stores. One trend that I immediately noticed was the appearance of floral-patterned shoes. It's fresh, it's pretty, and it's colorful, but can it be worn to the office? A floral shoe can be worn to the workplace while still looking professional and fashionably on point. My own wardrobe is made of mostly neutrals, such as black, grey, navy, and white so I find it much easier to pair a floral item that encompasses one of those colors in its print. By matching a color in the shoe with an item in the rest of my outfit, the entire outfit comes together and looks cohesive. But of course, choose a floral print that suits your fancy. Continuing with the feminine feel of the print, wear the shoe with a skirt or sheath dress. If in doubt, limit the floral print to just the shoe, or with other smaller accessories, to avoid having your colleagues suddenly overcome with an overwhelming feel of a floral explosion:    

Floral Pumps/3

    I love an all-white outfit especially to bring focus to the shoe, but if this if you prefer a little more color, a pink blouse perfectly complements the shoe as well. If your office place allows for more creative outfits, or for trendy Casual Friday ensemble, try a floral show with some culottes:
Floral pump/1
    If you need something more conservative, the culottes can easily be swapped out for a full length trouser such as these:

Floral pump/2
    Although at first seemingly limited in its possibilities, the floral shoe can be a great spring update to the professional woman's wardrobe.

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