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?

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

Embracing a new color (red)

So remember when not that long ago I declared my fear of the color red in my wardrobe? And then remember when I wore this red sweater the other day? Look at me NOW, wearing red pants! Back around November my mom called me to say she’d found me some cute pants at the thrift store “something with a J,” not knowing they’re my new favorite denim brand. She’s my thrifting inspiration that taught me everything I know – basically she found me some J Brand pants, proving again, that she’s awesome. I was kinda not so sure about the red color – but realizing that my wardrobe is bountiful in neutral colors now, it really can welcome a color like red seamlessly, even though I was hesitant to wear it before!

When I went home for Thanksgiving, I was excited to try on my pants, only to find that they were cut too bootleg for my taste. Because I’m 5’8, I tend to stick to straight cuts, because anything with a flare looks like high-water bell-bottom pants on me. But mama saves the day again – because she is a self taught seamstress (remember this cool post about all the things she made me I’ve worn on this blog?!) she reassured me she would be able to take in the pants. And voila! They look exactly how I like them!

Top: J Crew, thrifted. Belt: vintage. Pants: J Brand, thrifted. Shoes: Loeffler Randall, here’s a link to a similar pair without an ankle strap. Glasses: vintage Rayban, thrifted.

Thrift Eye, J Crew cheetah, j brand red pants, loeffler randall erika, rayban wayfarer

Thrift Eye, J Crew cheetah, j brand red pants, loeffler randall erika, rayban wayfarer, short curly hairstyle

Thrift Eye, J Crew cheetah, j brand red pants, loeffler randall erika, rayban wayfarer

I know I said navy was gonna be my color for 2014…but red can be second place right? :)

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 :)

Hello winter

I’m moving these blog photos indoors because it’s cold everywhere (I had to scrape ice off my car several times this week to go to work) – I know I complain quite about how cold it is in SF, but damn it’s cold. So I can’t even fathom those of you that live in and live on with ice and snow!

So see, something about bad weather makes me gravitate towards dark outfits again!

Jacket: old Forever 21, so this Splendid one is awesome (made in USA!) . Dress: Diane von Furstenberg, thrifted. Tights: Hue. Boots: Sam Edelman. Necklace: Vintage. Belt: Vintage. Watch: Vintage Bill Blass.

Thrift Eye, Diane von Furstenberg dress,

Thrift Eye, Diane von Furstenberg dress, vintage monet necklace, monet necklace, rodin's the thinker,

Thrift Eye, Diane von Furstenberg dress, cotton motorcycle jacket,

It’s funny because this little wall in our home is quickly undergoing lots of changes again. I found these posters hidden at work and brought them home with me because they were going to be trashed! Let’s see where they end up! I’m particularly drawn to this colorful portrait of Rodin’s The Thinker – the statue is at the Legion of Honor here in San Francisco and it’s pretty striking to see it in person. So this pea colored background it came with is quite interesting.