As I mentioned in my original post, this skirt was one of my favourite pieces from this year’s clothing swap. And here it is, in its inaugural outfit. I knew right off the bat that I wanted to pair this skirt with this marigold yellow blazer and, indeed, they are a great match. This is the kind of heat-to-toe Anthro look I can get behind; the twee factor is very low here. Midi length everything is my jam at the moment, and I have all the more reason to love this skirt because it is soft, stretchy and comfortable as pyjamas. The material moulds nicely to the body but has sufficient weight to it that it doesn’t highlight every lump and bump. Win-win.
I don’t often wear bright green, but when I do, I double down.
I was initially going to wear black accessories with this outfit (shoe & bag) but decided to save those for the next outing of this skirt; instead, I went with my go-to neutral bag these days, the monogram canvas Coach tote. Again, I wish it was plain beige or camel as opposed to a print, but that’s the only quibble I have with it. The colour is very versatile (it helps that the print is pretty faint) and the material feels pretty indestructible, which is always nice in a work bag. The shoes look almost black, but are in fact a green/black leopard print. They are as awesome as they sound, but I rarely wear them — because I’m hardly in green. Hopefully, I can start to remedy that now. You might say that this skirt came to me at a perfect time.
As a bonus, here’s another take on the skirt — I wore this to the office (leather? gasp!) on a stat holiday when no one was around to be scandalized:
Some of you probably remember this dress from a few months ago and, yes, I did end up deciding to keep it. For now, at least. Wrap dresses are actually on my “never” list but I made an exception for this one. The silhouette is more A-line than the typical wrap dress, and somehow that makes a lot of difference in terms of how I feel in it. The neckline also doesn’t gape as much as usual with most DVF dresses, although I still have to pin it shut for work purposes. For anyone interested in hunting this dress on eBay, I would say that it fits more true-to-size than other DVF wraps. I’m a size 4-6 in most designer brands, and usually take an 8 in DVF dresses; this dress is a size 6 and fits well. Also, note that the top and bottom are made from different materials. The top is made from the same silk jersey material that’s typical for DVF wrap dresses, but the bottom is made from a stiffer cotton fabric. The dress has pockets, but they come sewn shut (I thrifted the dress new-with-tags); I haven’t decided if I’m going to open them up or not.
I know the blazer looks fairly red in photos, but it’s actually an orange-leaning brick colour. I had planned this outfit well in advance, as I typically do, and then realized on the morning of that it was very timely. Orange and blue are Oilers colours, and I wore this outfit on the very first day of the playoff season — the Oilers’ first playoffs in over a decade. I’m not a huge hockey fan (shh, don’t tell anyone, or my Canadian citizenship might get revoked) but I’m always game for showing some home team pride.
Ah, springtime in Alberta. Where others get cherry blossoms and tulips, we get snowstorms. This was day 2. I had just finished shoveling our driveway and corner lot sidewalk, when it started snowing again. Sigh. I wasn’t going to let Mother Nature get me down though, so I quickly improvised a mood-lifting outfit. It’s nothing exceptional — just pieces I love, and which happen to be cozy enough for a snowy (though not freezing) day. As for the bag — yes, it should look familiar. It’s my now-ubiquitous Peyton tote in navy. I have been wanting a navy bag for ages, so when I saw this bag (while hunting for a solid colour Peyton on eBay), I knew it was meant to be. It’s only been a week or so, but I have been wearing it nearly every day, and it’s as versatile as I had hoped. Now … if I can only find that pair of navy pumps I’ve been hunting for the last 3 years, I’d be set.