I spent a couple months visiting my native China this past summer. Spent is probably the best word to describe our trip as I also spent a pretty fair amount of my hard earned cash on some new clothes! I owned a women’s clothing web store when I lived in Shanghai and got to be pretty good at the wholesale market tricks and techniques! I tend to look for cool off season items to save money. Of course this means that you’re always lagging behind the current trends, so it’s better to not try to keep up. To make sure my finds are still welcome in my closet when the weather is more suitable, I stick with more classic styles of good quality. This is a winning strategy that can stand the test of time.
I found this hot pink sweater dress during the steamy summer months and knew it would be a great and bright addition to my winter wardrobe! The soft texture of a sweater dress paired with a long wool overcoat is a simple but very chic fusion that’s just right for keeping warm and fashionable even when the winter winds roar.
And speaking of roar, this look went right off the charts when I added a leopard pattern long scarf with thin belt to the mix! This is an oh-so-simple way to create a fun, fabulous feeling with an otherwise somewhat basic solid color dress. The scarf and belt animal print accessories added a flowing feel and layers as they appear to be almost a part of the sweater dress. I really love how this brought a more in your face grown up look. This outfit is ready to pounce on a girl’s night out, a lunch date at that trendy new restaurant or rocking the office…again…as usual!
It can’t be. No, it CAN’T be! I really have to go back to work? It doesn’t matter how long you get off for the holiday break, it’s NEVER enough! There’s some little known law of physics that makes this time go much faster than any other! If it’s true that time flies when you’re having fun then I must have been having an absolute riot! Well, looking back it was pretty fun. So much great food, good times, family dinners, and parties, and dinner parties! So I really can’t complain even though I feel like it! Oh well, back to the daily routine it is!
I’ve spent pretty much my adult life dressing for an office or other professional environment. A long time staple for women’s office wear is brown plaid pants. I’ve put a sportier track on the traditional pattern by going with a skinny version. As always skinnies tend to make me (and you) appear taller and thinner. And that’s definitely a good thing! Living with the often harsh reality that is Michigan winter I tend to wear boots. A lot! So when looking for stylish slacks for the season I like to stick with skinnies. As you can see, I prefer to tuck my pants into my boots and with the narrow leg all the way to the ankle they don’t bunch up and crowd my leg. My husband jokes that I sometimes look like I’m on the way to ride my horses but tucking my pants into my boots keeps me drier and warmer. It’s a lot easier to wipe the slush and slop off my boots than my pants. And the real bonus is it looks stylish and sophisticated. So I told my husband that if I ever do get horses he’s cleaning up after them!
I chose my crisp white button down shirt to reinforce the working girl feel. But, I’ve never been a big fan of all work and no play. Too much of a business feel can come off as being stuffy and uptight. So I added a cool light tan short jacket to create interesting layers and tone down any seriousness. The light pink quilted bag adds even more feminine feel to soften the corporate look. After a long relaxing time away from work, I needed some color to pump me up. I am able to bring the sunshine with me everywhere with my cheerful bright yellow coat. There’s no reason why you can’t have a bit of fun in the office! I don’t know about you but I work hard so I can play even harder!
Yellow Coat @Macy’s
Tan Jacket @Sears
White button down shirt &Pink Purse @Express
Plaid skinnies @Nordstrom Rack