Sometimes style seriously depends on context. Can you image wearing a short little black dress, fake eyelashes, dark eyeliner and sky high heels to a Monday morning meeting with the boss? Chances are your boss will see you not as a “superstar” but as.. something else.
What if you wore that same outfit out to a bar or club with friends on a late weekend evening? You’re sexy little get-up will fit right in and some might really envy your look. (To be clear, no one will be envying your look on Monday morning. They might be talking about it, but only for all the wrong reasons.)
Suppose you wore a pants suit to a dinner with friends at a casual burger joint on a Friday evening. If you’re coming from work, everyone will surely understand. From a style perspective, however, you’ll definitely appear a bit out of place and no one will be wanting to “pin” your look to their “casual weekend wear with friends” Pinterest board.
On occassion, however, the style world brings us a chameleon, a jack of all trades. Welcome The Sweater Dress! I shared for Valentine’s Day one sweater dress I seamlessly transitioned from desk to dinner date with a simple switch of a jacket. The blazer steps up the sweater dress look for the office. The moto jacket adds some edge to the dress. And without the jacket, the dress sings its own sexy tune. One dress, three stories.
On that same day, I bought this gray striped sweater dress as well, both courtesy of the Nordstrom Rack clearance section and each for less than $35. My outfit today epitomizes the relevance of context in style. Without changing a single thing about my outfit, the context in which I wear it changes how it’s perceived.
In an office, my ponte blazer seems to dress up the slightly more casual sweater dress. My outfit wouldn’t make the grade for an important client meeting requiring business professional attire (repeat: this blazer does not make this outfit a suit). But it can certainly hold it’s own in a business casual setting.
When I step out of my office and into a restaurant with friends for a casual dinner on a Saturday evening, the look remains appropriate and the blazer becomes a more casual completer piece. The vibe of this outfit really depends on where I’m wearing it and what people expect it to convey.
Does “Work to Weekend” get any easier than changing nothing at all?!
P.S. The day I wore this outfit to work, the thermometer read 13 degrees and the wind chill (i.e. what it really feels like) dropped below zero. I almost always wear my big winter boots on these day. But my fleece tights and bright pink warm fuzzy socks kept my toes nice and toasty despite the frigid temperatures.
If it’s freezing cold in your neck of the woods, don’t sacrifice style. Just get creative about layering up with the right fabrics (hello, fleece) and hiding all sorts of extra layers you might need where it won’t be visible (there really are bright pink socks hiding under my boots).
Dress – French Connection (via Nordstrom Rack) // Blazer – Express // Fleece Leggings – Target // Boots – Aerosoles // Necklace – vintage (via Randolph Street Market) // Bracelets – c/o 100 Good Deeds & vintage