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In the final stretch of any project, when the major decisions have been made and the end is in sight, it’s the last little details that matter. The same goes for picking an outfit. You wake up in the morning, check the weather, see what’s on your calendar, and ask yourself how you’re feeling. Then you use all that information and decide on an outfit that captures your mood. Today I chose a light, loose, sheer sundress to accompany the beautiful weather and try to boost my positivity. The dark tone and subtle floral print makes me feel feminine and somehow french. Very Paris in spring. French women are reputed for their sophistication and dignity, and I might need both to get through my day. But now comes the finishing touches otherwise known as the accessories. A colorblock, briefcase inspired bag to remind me that I am a professional and can put all my personal feeling aside. Last, tan leather, peep toe ankle boots covered in an endless array of slashing cutouts. Instead of classic pumps or strappy sandals, my shoes tend to be a little show of rebellion when wearing an otherwise simple or traditional outfit. A girl has to let her frustration out somehow.
Something about work this week keeps reminding me of high school, and I have no idea why. It’s a feeling I can’t shake and it’s definitely influencing my wardrobe decisions. Plaids and pleats, both classic teenage staples, come together with this adorable black and white, knee length, full skirt. Then, for a splash of color, I add a bright red blouse with black piping at the neckline. Black, white, and red are a traditionally powerful color combination and red means good luck in some cultures, something you can never get enough of in business. Another part of being young is attitude and rebelling against tradition. Like giving this blouse-skirt combo an avant-garde edge with black, peep toe, ankle boots with faux leather straps. Or this sharp, metallic, black and gold statement necklace. And careless, frivolous fun never goes out of style with an elegant, snakeskin, black and gold clutch covered in rows of knotted fringe. If feeling young means personal growth, experimenting, and rethinking who you are, then hopefully we all stay teenagers at heart.
Okay, yes, after a long week of hard work it’s tempting to take a break from everything, including your wardrobe. And sure, the odds of running into someone who you want to impress are pretty slim. But it does happen, so if you are going to go for comfortable and low key, make sure you still look your best. A loose, plaid button down has an air of femininity when it includes purples and pinks in its design, and is worn over the contrast of tight, form fitting blue jeans. Accessories are always where I take it up a notch, but make sure they still blend with the rest of your look. Like these thick heeled, tan leather, peep toe booties covered in angled slash marks which have a chic yet tough appeal. This envelope clutch in mint is covered in tiny gold studs, both feminine and edgy. And for a little bit of sweetness, these small, pink, stud earrings. Look close enough and you’ll see that one side is an X the other an O. Just a little bit of love and comfort to carry around with you because you never know when you might need it.