First off, I shared today’s post over on Jen’s blog as well at Librarian for Life and Style. She’s taking a (hopefully) relaxing and rejuvenating vacation so I’m entertaining her readers as well with my musings. If you haven’t trekked over to her blog of late, be sure to stop by. She offers plenty of great outfits for the office (which, in her case, is a library). I’ve always thought it might be really nice to work in a library because it’s so quiet and peaceful all the time. I’ll have to ask her sometime if that’s the case. Not long ago, I also selected her for the weekly link up feature, so you can get a taste of her style in this retro-inspired dress.
So much in life depends on balance, right? We’re always trying to find the right mix of the good, the bad, the great, and the ugly (sometimes necessary in life) to land a happy and fulfilled existence. I won’t be getting all deep on you today, but this mantra applies to style as well. As I got dressed the day I wore this dress, the importance of this motto couldn’t have rang more true.
So what did I wear on this lovely summer morning? As you can see, I tossed on a light sweater dress (one that I rediscovered during my last closet cleanout and had been sitting in my closet with the tags on it for well over three years – WTF?! Shame on me, and not a regular mistake I make, but embarrassing none-the-less). For my office (and many others), this dress might be just a tad bit short. And adding the belt takes away another inch of length or so, which didn’t help my cause. Not to mention, I have enough “junk in the trunk” that I need to be careful about wearing bottoms that are too tight. No need for a tight squeeze to cause that “junk” to be spilling out. In short (no pun intended), the bottom half of this dress threatens to cross the line into inappropriate for work (at least mine).
So let’s return to my almost deep and introspective intro about the importance of balance.
As I stood in front of the mirror, my thought process went something like “Ok, the dress is a bit short, so I’m definitely wearing flats to prevent accentuating the appearance of bare legs. And a nice, long cardigan will not only give me conservative coverage up top (complemented by the very high boatneck cut of the dress), but also provide a bit of coverage for that pretty full “trunk.” Additionally, I’ll stick to a neutral color palette and minimal accessories, a simple pair of stud earrings in this case, to prevent drawing too much attention to my clothes.”
In other words, with one element of my outfit dancing the skimpy jig, I kept the entire outfit balanced and appropriate by significantly toning down everything else, color scheme and all.
How do you keep balance in your outfits? If you’re looking for ideas tomorrow morning, and the next morning, and the next and the next… be sure to stop by my Gallery and take a peek at Jen’s blog for some great ideas about what to throw on for a day at your desk!