Pushing the business casual limits, that is. I promise these pants are, well, actual pants and not leggings — they have pockets and everything. They are also so, so comfortable, and I wanted to find a way to wear them to work (on a Friday, natch). Ditto for this jacket, which is quickly becoming a staple of my wardrobe — on weekends as well as during the week. I’ve been throwing it over my work clothes in the morning, when the temps are a bit cooler but not quite cold enough for a proper coat, and it works ever so well. It can be dressed up or down nicely.
My accessories are where it’s at, however. A simple outfit demands a statement piece (or two!) after all. I’m glad I decided to take a chance on this necklace because it’s proving to be a solid outfit maker. And, of course, you can’t go wrong with blue suede shoes.
I mean, right? The alternative would be Cruella de Vil — what, with the lipstick red pops of colour — but I’m not quite ready to commit to the dark side. But speaking of the red, on second thoughts, I should have heeded the old adage, and taken off one accessory before leaving the house — the belt, methinks. Too matchy, even for me.
Because it was a bit cool in the morning, I threw on my newish Club Monaco jacket. It worked quite nicely:
All the pieces here are preloved, from various sources. The pants are thrifted, the shirt is from consignment, and the bag came from a reseller of vintage Chanel bags. (I recently checked them out again because a friend asked for recommendations, and holy moly, the prices are quite a bit higher than 2-3 years ago. These bags may be the only exception to the “clothes are not an investment” rule.) As for these Ferragamo pumps, they cost me a pretty penny (at consignment, no less) but they are ever so nice. Sometimes, a red pair of shoes is just the right amount of pop.
As I mentioned in my thrifting recap, I almost didn’t buy this dress. I’m glad I gave it a second chance, because it’s a nice option for a hot summer day. It’s so bright and cheerful, isn’t it? And not too twee, which is currently My Struggle. I love me a twee Anthro dress — ANY twee Anthro dress — but the reality is that I’m starting to feel a little bit silly wearing many of them. I can’t explain it, but I feel more “me” in outfits that are (relatively) more streamlined/minimalist/less frilly. The problem is that my eyes haven’t quite gotten the message, and they keep getting drawn by all the cutesy, twee things. Oof.
Getting back to the outfit at hand, I think it worked out pretty well. At some point, I will probably try to figure out a way to wear this dress to the office, but in the meantime I’m liking it with a pair of sandals and my ubiquitous hat. This hat, by the way, has been a game changer — no more slathering an extra thick layer of sunscreen on my face every twenty minutes. Plus, no more Bad Hair Days. Win, win. I think Aritzia sells it every summer, should any of you be inclined to check it out. I’m a big fan.
Happy July 4th, American peeps! And happy Monday to the rest of us 🙂