3.1 Phillip Lim blue silk pleated dress
Dress, 3.1 Phillip Lim; blazer, J. Crew; shoes, Ann Klein; bag. Mulberry (via consignment)

I feel like I’m cheating a little bit with this post, because my outfit is more or less a straight repeat – minus the shoes. I basically wrote this post because of the shoes. Now, I have to confess that my choice to pair leopard print with this dress was not original; I was inspired by one of the stock photos of this dress I found online. Does it work? Ye …eeees. I think that, from a purely aesthetic perspective, it’s a nice, unexpected pairing. For my office, though, it may be a little bit too edgy, shall we say.

3.1 Phillip Lim blue silk pleated dress
still digging this

Nobody at work commented on the shoe-dress combo, mostly (I think) because everyone is still quite taken of this dress. Each one of my bosses has, at this point, commented on how nice it is. Some people might argue that, in a conservative professional environment, this is a double-edged sword; that having your clothes noticed and commented on – even in a positive way – detracts from your professional standing or whatever. I … don’t agree. I mean, I wouldn’t want my work attire to raise eyebrows, but I’m confident enough in my abilities (and my professional reputation) to not be afraid that a little flair in my wardrobe choices will undermine my perceived competence.

And, hey, I did wear a black blazer. That’s the epitome of corporate chic, right? Right.

3.1 Phillip Lim blue silk pleated dress
a case of “if it ain’t broken, don’t fix it”

4 Comments on A Spot of Leopard

  1. I have a blue blazer that I pop on when I want to feel a bit more professional so yes black blazer = corporate 😉
    You look great – been enjoying your office wear posts since you’ve been back. Genuinely have no idea if I’ll be able to carry on blogging once I go back next month

    • Oh, do!!! Even if it takes a little bit of time to adjust, I hope you keep up with it! I’d miss your blog otherwise …

      Honestly, with how busy I am, this is the only real outlet I have for “me” hobbies. A few minutes here and there (as you can tell from the quality of my posts, LOL!) is all it takes.

  2. I love this entire outfit, especially the dress with those shoes. So it is really the (awesome) pairing of the shoes with that dress? Or leopard shoes in general that are borderline edgy for your office? In either case, ha! My guess is you work with a lot of ‘older’ people? Also I’ve read quite a few of your blog posts recently and I’m impressed with all your consignment finds, mainly b/c I never would have thought that Edmonton could have a large enough population interested in designer clothes! I mean I’m originally from T.O., you know ‘the centre of the Canada/Universe’, haha.

    • Hahaha! Shhh, don’t tell my co-workers 😉 No, I work with people my age as well, but my bosses are generally a generation older than me. With that said, it’s also a very conservative profession, so that factors into it.

      There are lots of rich people in Edmonton, LOL! I think it’s a misperception that Edmonton is a truly blue collar town (that’s the reference in my blog title, by the way); there are lots of people interested in fashion, and lots of people who can afford even high fashion – they’re just not necessarily as visible as in other cities. The upside is that our consignment stores are much more reasonably priced than other, bigger cities – perhaps because of this idea that the average Jane doesn’t know much about designer labels, and therefore won’t pay for them.