Plaids are super popular this season, but, as always, the goal would be not to look like a lumberjack. Some of the new ombre plaids & deeper hues with feminine styling seem to be restful & graceful.
Street style: Toronto Fashion Week
The search for work-appropriate denim
I admire anyone wearing denim to work--from faded to dark rinses to colored jeans. Denim conveys a sense of youthfulness & fun.
Some workplaces encourage a casual, hip style while others require more standard business attire.
Truly I think almost anyone can wear denim at work as long as you wear appropriate shoes & feel at ease with it.
For me to feel comfortable in denim at work, I have these requirements:
1. The denim has to be a dark rinse, gray, black, or a color.
2. Ideally it's a skirt or dressy jean style.
Here's my search for denim options for the workplace...
I started off by searching for the perfect denim skirt, not too short, not too frumpy.
I splurged a little & tried this Garnet Hill skirt since I thought I'd wear it so much. Once it arrived, I tried it with several tops & different shoes, but in the end, it just felt awkward to me--I returned it. (In the skirt's defense, if I pay full-price for something, there's a good chance I'll be returning it. I just expect too much from it.)
I gave up on denim skirts after the failed GH attempt & went back to trouser or dark denim jeans. In the interest of a professional look for the office, I wanted a little flair but not too wide a leg & not a skinny jean.
I tried these on in store, but they were too long on me. They didn't look like they did on the model; they were much more curvy & not quite right for me.
This pair arrived this week, &, for a change, they're the right length in regular. I'm not 100% in love with them, but I'm blaming my body rather than the jean :)
These are a great buy (but how can jeans be final sale??), but they're 34" length--way too long for me! Hard to know if it'd be worth having them taken up.
Here are a couple skinny & straight-leg pairs that seems work appropriate, partially because of the colors:
Are we ready to go back to high-waisted jeans?
More denim choices...
Do you wear denim to work? What are your requirements for it?
So I've been praising ultralight puffy down vests & jackets, & the question that comes up is "Will they make me look fat?"
Ultralight down is super warm & lightweight & packs down to nothing. Here are my vest & jacket stuffed into small pouches (next to our kitty Moe :-):
The answer is no: I don't think the down makes one look fatter than usual. Here I am in my Uniqlo ultralight down vest:
Lots more Uniqlo down vest & jackets here from $29.90 up (including some with hoods! :-)
My 10-year-old Spence does look a bit bigger than usual in my Zara puffy :-) ...
But I don't think I look any bigger than I would in a normal coat. This coat is size Medium.
Here are some ultralight, packable down vests & jackets at varying prices:
All things red
I used to think wearing red around the holidays & on Valentine's Day was cliché. Was I crazy? This year I'll be celebrating red. I wore red yesterday, & I felt brighter, more friendly, & more awake! It was a great boost to my mood!
Here are a few favorite red things I've been eyeing...
Red sweaters & tops
So here's to all my fellow biker chicks, either out riding on the open road or sitting at home on the couch drinking tea in their moto sweatpants :-)
Lots of super cute moto jackets
at Forever 21 here. A few examples...
All my life's a circle
I like the look of simple circle necklaces: modern, uncluttered.
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