Business wear, conservative work wear, whatever you call it...It's not what I wear to work. I work in a rather casual environment, in a country with an extremely relaxed dress code. I can wear jeans and a t-shirt to work; I could probably wear a jogging suit to work and nobody would bat an eyelid. But I don't, of course. I like to dress up a bit. But just a bit. Depending on the weather, of course (read: 'if there's a snowstorm, I'll wear whatever keeps me warm, who cares what it looks like').
Anyway, I could wear this outfit to work (and I actually did), except for the bag (I need a much bigger bag for work). However, these pictures were taken on a Saturday, and I was on my way to a restaurant for a late lunch with hubby.
The point is, this outfit looks like something a lot of people would wear to work, even in a rather formal setting. This is certainly one of the most conservative (or 'business like') outfits I've worn on the blog...
Can you call a cashmere cardigan and a pencil skirt 'conservative'? Well, I do.
The thing is, I don't have a blazer. Unless we count the linen jacket I wear maybe once or twice every summer... I have short jackets, of course: a pink tweed jacket, another tweed jacket in biker style, and a stripy (biker) jacket that I wear as outerwear in summer (but would never, ever wear under a coat: that's just too much layering for me). But the typical navy blazer that most women have in their wardrobes, I've never even considered buying it.
Instead, I wear cardigans. They're softer and much more comfortable. So, my preference for cardigans over jackets has nothing to do with what they look like (I actually like that crisp, sharp look of a blazer...) and everything to do with how they feel on my skin: soft and comfortable, and they don't restrict my movements the way jackets do.
Oh, and the skirt is new. Every autumn I get this idea that I need something in plaid. Somehow plaid means autumn / winter for me, don't really know why...
I liked this skirt because when I saw it, I immediately thought that I could wear it with at least 3 or 4 of my cropped cashmere cardigans (yes, I have the exact same cardi in 4 colours, how sick is that?) and with several of my winter coats. I guess this means you'll be seeing more of the skirt in the months to come...
And I just have to include this picture showcasing the pearl earrings...
The earrings I got myself as a birthday present last summer have become sort of a signature piece: I've worn them almost non-stop for months. Well, that was the idea, of course: I wanted to treat myself to a piece of jewellery I would never get tired of wearing (it was a big birthday), and pearl earrings seemed like a good choice.
And, these earrings are actually quite clever in the way they can be modified, For starters, there are two pieces; a hoop and a (pearl) drop. Just keep the hoop and wear a different drop every day if you like. Now, that's my kind of an earring... You see, I have a pretty bad nickel allergy, so I can't wear earrings made of anything but gold or white gold. Which of course limits my choices quite a bit. But now I can just dangle any drop from the hoop without risking an allergic reaction. So far I've stuck with pearl drops (which I have in two sizes now that hubby treated me to these bigger pearl drops... isn't he the greatest?) because, well, I love pearls...
skirt: Gerry Weber / cardigan: Brora (old) / sleeveless top: KappAhl (old) /
shoes: Clarks (old) / bag: Chanel /sunglasses: Coach
So, what do you think, do I look like I mean business?
PS: Have you seen the latest DILETTANTE ARTIST post? A rose by any name...
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