Sweater, Elsamanda (thrifted); blouse, Ted Baker (thrifted); jeans, AG (thrifted); shoes, Kelsi Dagger (thrifted); bag, MbMJ
Sweater, Elsamanda (thrifted); blouse, Ted Baker (thrifted); jeans, AG (thrifted); shoes, Kelsi Dagger (thrifted); bag, MbMJ

And then there are days when I really can’t take much credit for my outfit. Like this one. I thrifted the sweater and the blouse at the same time, thinking I would gift the latter to my mom because it’s her size and it’s silk and long-sleeved (things I know she likes). Then, for the hell of it, I tried both on at the same time … and they looked good together. Really, really good. Like, “meant to be” good. I couldn’t crush their happily ever after, could I?

Don’t answer that.

close-up
close-up
action shot!
action shot!

What I did do was immediately take the blouse to the tailor. I decided to leave the size alone because I figured that the loose fit would be fine for casual wear (and worked with the vibe of the blouse), but I could NOT live with the smocked elastic hem. Why do designers — and Ted Baker is a repeat offender here — put those things on their otherwise perfectly nice clothes? Who loves those damn smocked hems? Nobody, that’s who. Needless to say, the blouse is 100% better for the alteration.

no more smocked hems!
no more smocked hems!

With so much colour on top, I added grey jeans and shoes to balance things out. A burgundy bag is basically a neutral as well. It works great with the dark green of the sweater and the shades of the floral print … but, then again, burgundy goes with pretty much everything. This is a slightly different take on weekend casual for me (I tend to wear structured coats, not sweaters, with my skinnies) but I loved how it came together. And it was perfect for the occasion — a grown-up birthday party. My boss’ birthday party, in fact. My husband and I haven’t gone to a “grown-ups only” event like this in years, so I’m pretty proud of myself for having aced the dress code (dressy top, jeans) without the benefit of recent experience. It’s almost like I’m a style blogger or something 😉

style blogging
style blogging

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