Black felted wool military-inspired jacket – Ann Taylor (no longer available but may be able to find in-store on the clearance rack – also came in navy)
Ramones tee shirt with neck cut open – No clue at this point, few years old
Black leather skirt – Ann Taylor LOFT via eBay (no longer available at LOFT though saw a 10P on eBay the other day)
Tights – Nordstrom
Black leather peeptoe booties – Miss Sixty “Jaiden”
Red paisley wool scarf – Belonged to my Dad
Silver necklaces – One from LOFT from like a decade ago, one from the Maryland Renaissance Festival
I started this morning with a pair of jeans. Jeans that three weeks ago made me look svelte now make me look like a Soccer Mom. This body is constantly changing and my beloved NYDJ are now too big, too high waisted, too light colored, too wrong. I tried it with this jacket and a black and white striped tee and I looked really dorky and dowdy.
And I thought, why do I always dress so conservatively when I really love to rock out? It's Friday, I have no meetings with clients, why not really dress in a fun way? I tried the tee shirt with the jeans and it looked just plain wrong, so I grabbed my new (and immediately too large) leather mini, rolled the waistband once so it wouldn't slide down and tried it. And liked it. My husband said, “Wow, that's a lot of outfit going on.” I then went into Emerson's room to get her dressed and she said, “Mommy a pirate! Arrrgh!” I took both as compliments and held my head even higher.
And this scarf is one of my faves – I always wish I had a picture of my Dad wearing it – did he tie it around his neck with a leisure suit? Tuck it in his collar like an ascot? It's wool, not really the type of piece to be used as a bandanna. Hey Sister, do you know the story behind this scarf?
I believe in having a simple wardrobe that works for you – small collection, quality pieces, wardrobe staples that can mix and match. However I really believe a woman should put her own spin on her style. I love music, I'd rather go see a concert than go to a day spa or a fancy restaurant. I usually dress in a more conservative manner during the week because I am in management, I work for a government contractor, and I regularly deal with clients. It makes sense for me to wear very simple pieces with just a bit of jewelry to show my personal style. However on weekends (and glorious days like today where I am not booked with meetings for 12 hours straight) it's fun to show a bit of my personal side. What do you think?
So what are everyone's plans this weekend? My friend's son is having his third birthday party tomorrow, but other than that we have a pretty open weekend. I have two 5-hour Energy drinks in the fridge at the ready in case we have some plans (these days my body shuts down by 10pm even with a nap – those suckers are the only way I can hang with the big boys on a weekend night!).