Wednesday, April 7, 2010

World-Ruling Pants

I love wearing skirts and dresses.  Within the last year or so I have much preferred them over pants.  I like being girly and dressing differently than most other corporate-casual Americans in their black pant & cardigan (BPC) combo.  If only they knew that office attire doesn't have to be boring and/or frumpy (sigh).

A great office-friendly look can definitely be found somewhere in between BPC and a business suit.  Black is not the only color they make trousers in.  They're available in shades of gray, brown, tan, navy, white...AND they have different patterns too:  pinstripe, houndstooth, plaid...just to name a few.  So what's with all the black?

I know, I'm preachin' to the choir.


This is my go-to look when I want to ditch the girly-girliness for a busy-businessy look that isn't lame-sauce.  Everything is very classic yet still on-trend, which is vital for business-wear at my ripe 27 years of age.  I think I could rule the world in this outfit.  My own world, that is.

Shirt:  Express
Necklace:  Maudie Macbrides
Vest:  H&M
Trousers:  Gap
Shoes:  Chinese Laundry via DSW
Keychain:  Third Willow

Maybe seeing this outfit has sparked a little deja vu?  No, you're not crazy (as far as I know).  I posted a nearly identical look waaaaayyyy back here

The green dress giveaway will be up tomorrow!

17 comments:

Laney said...

Love those shoes!!!

Andrea said...

Blessings,
andrea

J.Me. said...

I need a vest...It looks great on you.

Lisa said...

What great shoes!
I have the same problem with my work attire, especially if I need to go to a trade show or something. There's something mechanical to me about the standard issue business attire. My problem is that my cute shoes aren't ever comfy ones I can stand around all day in!

nic said...

those shoes are awesome!

Kayla said...

I am dying over those shoes. The whole outfit it looks great on you.

I think office clothes age young women so much and you've done it amazingly well.

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La Historiadora de Moda said...

I love the shoes, but I have never found a pair of Chinese Laundry shoes that didn't want to attack my feet.

I prefer skirts over pants because they flatter my body shape more, but I love a good pair of trousers!

eek said...

Supercool work look, especially the vest and heels! Love it!

Kendra said...

Ugh, you and Kyla killing the vested looks lately! I have been looking for a vest for a while and can't find one I like. So I am very jealous.

I like the subtle matchiness of it with the grey and yellow shoes. Just delightful!

Kyla said...

This looks awesome and my fluttered a bit when I saw your socks and heels!

Ashley J said...

I thought the outfit was cute BUT I really thought the outfit was cute when I scrolled down to the second picture and saw those awesome shoes you are wearing!!!!

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The Daily Fashionista said...

Adorable outfit! I totally feel you on the corporate office look, that so many women sport in the office. You did such a great job at recreating a very business-like outfit but with a little zest. I love those shoes:)

Kelly said...

You look great! And I love your shoes/hosiery combo!!

Wanderlusting Fool said...

you look great! love this outfit.

Kristen said...

Those pants are awesome, but it is the yellow and the grey which kicks this whole outfit to another level. LOVE IT.

Anonymous said...

love the fishnet knee-highs