Sears was never a go-to place for fashion, at least not for me. It was a Mom’s store. It was a very catalog-y type of thing. Didn’t appeal to me.
Last year, I discovered a line that started up at Sears called Attitude where everything was inspired by current, high fashion for young working women in their 20′s. All very office appropriate, mixing edgy and delicate. Leather detailing, lace lace lace, sheer fabrics, zippers, and lots of stretchy material for day-to-night comfort and ease. Oh, and very affordable. Most pieces are under $50, or even $30 when on sale (the pants I’m wearing in these pictures were on sale for $29.99!).
I’m so in love with these pants. They’re so comfy like leggings, yet well made to wear as pants. I’m going to test them on a bitter cold Canadian winter day and see if they hold up. Will report back!
To me, silk is a fabric of romance. I love silky soft nightgowns, bed sheets, duvet covers and the like.. When I came across this silk blouse, I knew my fingertips found the perfect partner to waltz with. Other than its textural allure, I was also swept away by the soft colour and airy sleeves. I tried it on and was smittened. Love at first sight, it was, and I happily went home with it.
I wasn’t thinking very clearly when it all happened. When I got home, I remembered that femininity is not my usual style. I actually had no clue what to do with the blouse, thus the romantic story ended with me shelving it for 3 months.
I gave this piece another thought a few days ago and decided to try balancing out the softness with a man’s vest and a pair of pants. Surprisingly amusing match. Who knew? I guess romance can be masculine too.
The stars must be aligned, because the lovely Kristy of Monochromachic also wore a silky number with billow sleeves on the same day. I totally copied her pose. :]
Silk Blouse: Club Monaco
Vest: Arnold Palmer
Pants: Femme de Carriere
Style goes beyond what you choose to put on your body; what you DON’T wear makes an equally profound statement in self-expression. Yaya, we all know boundaries and rules are silly when it comes to fashion and everyone is free to try anything, but we all have individual preferences that make us unique. Certain items exude this unexplainable magnetic force that draws us in (and pulls money out of our wallets). Then there are some that we can’t and won’t welcome into our wardrobe and on our bodies. Somewhere along the line, you decided for yourself that you like bodycon dresses, lace leggings and booties, but won’t touch ruffle blouses, jean cut-offs and gladiator sandals. That’s the beauty of individuality! I’m not saying you can’t change your mind once you’ve established your preferences, but a big part of your style definition is consciously knowing what you don’t wear.
I’m going to share my list* with you. Before you proceed, please understand that these are not necessarily things I don’t like, just what I don’t wear. Do not blast me.
- Flip flops
- LV / Coach purses
- Anything A&F / Hollister
- Yoga Pants
- Anything with polka dots on it
- Peep toe
- Plunging necklines
* Of course, fashion non-rule number 1 is never say never. After all, people are as static as Katie Holmes’s hair style. I give myself the freedom of wearing polka dot flip flops with Yoga pants carrying a coach wristlet one day if I choose to, but not today. I am not trying to be elitist in any fashion (oh puns I love thee), nor am I knocking you if you like any of the above. My stylistic realm simply doesn’t include these at this moment. You have your very own taste and I completely and utterly respect it. Vive la différence!
So tell me, what’s on your current list of I-don’t-wears?
I’d like to tell you that I put a lot of thought into this look.. you know.. like how the checkered pants would be ace with the striped top, a black silk scarf a great finishing touch and the blue shoe a delicious pop…
The truth is, I was running mega late so I grabbed what intuitively made sense at the time, fumbled at putting it all on and flew out the door with not so much even a glance at the mirror. I didn’t notice how interesting the outfit turned out until I came home from after an 8-hour day of work and took a closer look into the mirror to examine my increasingly prominent dark circles. I need to adopt this grab-and-go method of dressing more often!
Top: Zara (I got this 4 years ago. Can’t believe the stripes trend is still going strong!)
Belt: Hugo Boss
Silk Scarf: Diesel
Shoes: Oxbridge Town from Hong Kong