This is a pretty basic outfit, so I added a few “exciting” little details to spice it up.
Surprise! The boots are covered in gold glitter. Styles like this have been all the rage on social media sites like Pinterest this year. I’m not sure what brand they are, (I found them at winners), but the quality of the leather is excellent, and the glitter is stuck on there really well.
Red lipstick is always a perfect detail.
The scarf is actually a bit cheeky, and definitely not appropriate for most workplaces.
And of course, Tom Ford sunglasses.
Jeans by Mavi, knit black tee by Club Monaco, bag Marc by Marc Jacobs, bracelet by Louis Vuitton, scarf from In God We Trust NYC, sunglasses by Tom Ford.
I know a lot of women my age who aren’t terribly fond of boring button up blouses, but have to wear them to work. This post is for you! Choosing a graphic print blouse is a fun way chase away the Monday morning blues.
Jewelry can be tricky to pull off over prints. Don’t go for anything too simple, or it will be lost in the print, but in many cases a big statement necklace will be too overwhelming. This chunky chain is a happy medium.
A heavy cardigan is a nice alternative to a blazer in any office. (Especially in Edmonton, where most places are air conditioned, even in the cold winter months!) If your workplace allows jeans like mine does, make sure your shoes are appropriately dressy. These leopard booties are a nice accent for any outfit. If jeans are a no-no, the look works just as well with dress pants or a pencil skirt. A good bag for holding your lunch, phone charger and other work essentials is the finishing touch.
Double row pave chain necklace, French Hen silk blouse, and oversized cardigan from J. Crew, leopard boots by Nine West, yoga jeans by Second Jeans, sunglasses by Ray Bans, Saumur bag by Louis Vuitton.
This Maison Labiche for J. Crew tee is the latest addition to my wardrobe, and I think it’s the perfect weekend piece! What a lovely way to dress up a wardrobe staple. As with all Maison Labiche shirts, the text is embroidered with perfect little stitches.
The plain white tee isn’t so plain anymore!
If you hadn’t noticed, I’m obsessing over sparkly things this season. Enter, the Anthropologie Sirene Sequin Maxi Skirt.
Paired with the J. Crew jeweled sateen shell top, it’s glitzy enough to wear to any kind of party, although you could just as easily pair this skirt with a band tee or a flannel shirt for a more casual look.
I’m wearing the Wilfred Free Pollard jacket by Aritzia, but inside at work I went with a basic, black blazer to tone down the look.
Wilfred Pollard jacket by Aritzia, jeweled tank and statement necklace from J. Crew, sunglasses by Ray Bans, bag by Louis Vuitton, Sirene Sequin Maxi from Anthropologie.
This is one of the simplest outfits I’ve worn in a long time, but it’s effective! The dress is perfect for work, and the texture of the colour adds a bit of pop.
The Alexander McQueen scarf is a perfect accent. It’s light and airy, and the skulls aren’t trying to compete any other fancy prints in my outfit.
The fuzzy coat from Urban Outfitters is a nice change from the parkas I’m usually forced to wear in Edmonton!
This is the Wilfred Free Upton dress, and I just can’t say enough about how cute it looks either for work, or for running errands on the weekend! The Alexander Wang Rocco bag goes perfectly with it.
Red lips to finish off the look.
I admit that some of the outfits I post on my blog are a little bit unconventional to wear to an average work place, but if you want to add some flare to your typical 9-5 wardrobe without breaking the dresscode, read on!
The first and most obvious way to stand out in a crowd is to pick a patten over a solid. Pattens can be tricky though, too big or too colorful and they’ll be talking about you in all the wrong ways. Pick something fun and light, and you’ll get your money’s worth. I’ve worn this silk J. Crew boy blouse in heart throb a number of times on my blog and a lot more in real life! It looks great with everything from jeans to dress pants, and under blazers and cardigans. And on those days when I do need to look conservative in grey dress pants, I still stand out from the rest. If you do go with a bold patten like this one, keep it simple with your jewelry.
Another way way to stand out at the office is by going with an unexpected colour on the bottom. In a sea of black pants and even pencil skirts, you’ll turn heads. This Club Monaco Julia skirt is great, because the colour stays completely away from the jewel tones we usually see in winter, but the shape is still really clean and classic. If you combine both colour and patten, it’s usually best to stick with a basic color scheme. Pick tones that go together and you’ll be golden. And if you don’t feel brave enough to work both, a simple black or white blouse looks good with any colour.
Blouse from J. Crew, skirt from Club Monaco, blazer is so old I can’t even remember where it came from, but similar ones can be found at H&M, bag Marc by Marc Jacobs, choker from Tiffany & Co., sunglasses by Ray Bans, shoes by Fly London.
Now work it!