Black and grey textures

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Some working days, I really felt like dressing up a bit more than usual. I’m usually a total casual day dresser, and library dress codes embrace the workplace casual attire (as opposed to dressing business casual or the casual where you can get away with shorts at work). So again, this was my dress up day to work! But what I really wanted out of this outfit was to see if the textures of this sweater (which are alternating stripes of thick mesh and a sort of terry knit) along with the texture of the skirt (which has white raised polka dots). I think the grey tights and black shoes tied the whole thing together!

Top: Alexander Wang, thrifted. Skirt: Diane von Furstenberg, thrifted. Tights: Hue. Boots: Dolce Vita. Lipstick: NARS Red Square.

Thrift Eye, alexander wang grey sweater, diane von furstenberg black wrap skirt, dolce vita black boots, black and grey outfit

Thrift Eye, alexander wang grey sweater, diane von furstenberg black wrap skirt, dolce vita black boots, black and grey outfit

Thrift Eye, alexander wang grey sweater, diane von furstenberg black wrap skirt, dolce vita black boots, black and grey outfit

 

How do you balance your work wardrobe?

Blue and orange

Never thought I’d be typing out this color combination together, let alone wearing this seemingly impossible combo together either. And HEY, just like my blog logo ^^^

But when I imagined this outfit in my head the night before wearing it, I knew it would work! (do you guys ever do that?!) My goals was to avoid wearing all or mostly black outfits for a while (if you scroll a few posts back you’ll see why). So wearing blue and orange together made this outfit cheerful for me! Glad I was also able to bring out this coat that doesn’t get enough wear.

Top: Velvet, (Made in America) purchased with sponsor credit at Shopbop. Skirt: See by Chloe, thrifted by my sister. Tights: Hue. Coat: BB Dakota, from Jeremy’s in SF. Shoes: Rachel Comey, Wasteland SF.

Thrift Eye, blue and orange outfit, velvet graham spencer top, see by chloe skirt, spring outfit

Thrift Eye, blue and orange outfit, velvet graham spencer top, see by chloe skirt, spring outfit

Thrift Eye, blue and orange outfit, velvet graham spencer top, see by chloe skirt, spring outfit

My only peeve in the end, was that I felt I was wearing way too many buttons (buttons on shirt, buttons on skirt), but oh well :)

Dark dressing

As you saw in my previous post, there are some days where I’m impossibly attracted to darker colors – in that case, trying a skirt in a new silhouette. In this post, quite similarly, trying a skirt with a very different silhouette – one that has a defined waist but some gathering at the pockets that gives a more voluminous shape at the hips. So the basics aren’t quite so basic anymore. Case in point, the last time I wore a black/neutral outfit back in early December, which looks so similar yet so different at the same time.

Scarf: no name shop in SF. Top: old H&M, would love to replace it with this one from Splendid. Skirt: 3.1 Phillip Lim, thrifted. Tights: DKNY. Shoes: Loeffler Randall, purchased through partial store credit from Shopbop. My style aren’t available in this color anymore, but these non-ankle strapped ones still are.

Thrift Eye, black outfit, dark outfit, all black outfit

Thrift Eye, black outfit, dark outfit, all black outfit

I feel like Jekyll and Mr. Hyde some days – I need to find a medium between the dark outfits and the day-glo ones :)

So sleek

Sometimes, a no frills outfit calls my name. I think some days of the week I go above and beyond in wanting to dress up and be bright or funky, that other days I crave simplicity. That in itself can make a great outfit, and I got a lot of great feedback from coworkers and library patrons that they really liked my look this day (that’s always nice to hear :) )

The skirt and top are two very recent thrift finds, found on the same trip actually. I’m no stranger to black skirts, I have my fair share. But this one is a very different length than what I typically wear (I tend to go for A line type of skirts) – it added to the “sleekness” of this outfit I think. I really liked how the top and skirt went together in the end! Not sure I’d wear the skirt with these boots next time (I’m actually hoping to wear this sans tights in the upcoming warmer months!) I do think you should wear skirts with this length with a heel though. The line that cuts your calves in half makes your legs look short unless you add some extra height to your line with some heels!

Top: 3.1 Phillip Lim, thrifted. Skirt: Vince, thrifted. Tights: DKNY. Boots: Dolce Vita.

Thrift Eye, phillip lim sleeveless top, vince pencil skirt, dolce vita heren booties, sleek outfit

Thrift Eye, phillip lim sleeveless top, vince pencil skirt, dolce vita heren booties, sleek outfit

Thrift Eye, phillip lim sleeveless top, vince pencil skirt, dolce vita heren booties, sleek outfit

Thrift Eye, phillip lim sleeveless top, vince pencil skirt, dolce vita heren booties, sleek outfit

My love sweater

Every time I wear this pretty sweater, people around me smile (or tell me it’s perfect for Valentine’s day). It’s quite funny.

So when I wanted to wear this skirt, I couldn’t figure out what sort of blouse to wear with it in the morning as I’m trying to go to work – and I quickly realized that my heart sweater would be the perfect contrast to it! I’d initially worn a tshirt underneath, but did not like how the collar looked sloppy and plain with the sweater, so I swapped it out. Which is funny because what ended up occurring was a throwback to this outfit. I can’t believe I used to wear that thing as a dress! I’ve since cut it and can now wear it as a top like I did with this outfit.

I feel like I have toned down the bright colors and in your face patterns I used to wear more when I was younger (I mean, look at this outfit or this one, not sure I’d have the courage to pull those off now!) But it manifests itself nowadays through more tasteful pattern mixing, if you can call it that (who knows how I’ll feel down the road).

Sweater: Jcrew, found at Crossroads (a Wildfox version in blue!). Top: vintage. Skirt: Diane von Furstenberg, thrifted. Tights: DKNY. Boots: Dolce Vita, purchased at Shopbop with store credit. Watch: vintage.

Thrift Eye, heart sweater, jcrew heart sweater, diane von furstenberg skirt, dolce vita boots

Thrift Eye, heart sweater, jcrew heart sweater, dolce vita boots

Thrift Eye, heart sweater, jcrew heart sweater, diane von furstenberg skirt, dolce vita boots

Oh yeah, my hair is red now :)