Striped Blouse – Zara | True Straight Pants – GAP | Shoes – Old Skool Vans
Trying to constantly switch between your full time look and your full time style is a little exhausting after a while. I’m always torn between “can I wear this to work too?” So, I decided to collide my corporate wear with my personal style. I’m going to try and stick to my own rule of thumb, “can I wear this outside of work too?” Black dress pants aren’t just for the office anymore, well at least not with a pair of classic Vans.
images: Branden Ollish
I turn to white T’s and denim shorts when the temperatures reach it’s highest. Graphic T’s and thick gold accessories make it not-so-basic.
Adidas Trefoil Tee – Urban Outfitters | Levi’s – Vintage (similar here) | Black Suede Sandals – Birkenstock |
There are things that I don’t mind putting in the extra $$ for if I find their value and use to be a great deal, but then there are things that I come across in Goodwill that makes the spending even more rewarding! Both my J. Crew vintage top and vintage Levi’s are from Goodwill. I paid a total of $4.50 for both of those items, which makes it totally worth the full price purchases of Birkenstocks and Madewell’s Bandana. Now that the sun is out, trying going out to a few second hand shops to balance out your spending!
In other irrelevant news, I’m moving into this neighborhood in 11 days. YAY!
The concept of wearing a dress over denim has always been intriguing but for some reason, I never really felt comfortable pulling it off. It’s one of those things that you think looks great on others but you would probably never be confidently able to pull it off (I’m still looking at you Lady Gaga and your meat dress). So this past weekend, my lover man and myself went out of town to meet up with some pals, and I said “EFF IT” and wore a dress over jeans. It was a risky move considering I couldn’t just come home and change if I felt like it. So here are some tips I managed to keep in mind to make it work:
Keep it simple – start with a non-patterned dress or a dress of a solid color with a little bit of texture. Black is my go-to color for trying something out for the first time.
Watch the length – don’t wear too short of a dress over jeans where it ends up looking like you’re just wearing a long shirt and don’t wear a dress too long that it looks like you’re just wearing denim socks. I think the perfect length is anywhere right above the knee to right below the knee
Watch the shape – don’t wear a form fitted dress! Try sticking to things considered the “shirt-dress”.
Eyes on the shoe – actually what I meant to say is, don’t bring the eyes to the shoe. Don’t wear super high heels or anything that adds too much height to something you’re already playing with lengths to. I’d say some kitten heels, sneakers, or loafers are acceptable or even some sandals. If you want to add a tall chunky heel you might want to keep it to a simple solid color to not bring attention to too many height differences (you’re already playing with proportions).
Get jiggy with it – aka don’t be uncomfortable or intimidated, you look rad as shit!
Ruffle Shirtdress – Banana Republic (similar in link) | Black leather handbag – Coach | shoes: Old Skool Vans | Levis – Thrifted