12 February 2010

Would You Like Some Ice With That?

Do you gals ever get a piece of clothing or two stuck in your head as something you want to - heck, need to - wear for a certain day and have to work to try to put it all together?

Well unfortunately I got three things stuck in my head and should have known I was doomed from the start. One was my orange wool herringbone blazer from J. Crew from years ago. It's one of my favorite pieces and has got this gold silk tie fabric under the collar and is fitted in the waist. Second was this tulip skirt I purchased from Ann Taylor Loft on super-sale and couldn't figure out what to do with because the tulip shape bunches up in front when I sit down. Then I wanted to wear a scarf from my huge collection that I never wear, thanks to What Would a Nerd Wear making me think of scarves.

Now I'm not saying that I look bad today - I actually think I look pretty well put together. But it wasn't really the look I was going for. I think it looks too business-y and also made me feel a bit like a flight attendant. I guess my shot at trying to look hip ended up looking like a uniform. All I need is a name badge and a tray and I can go staff something.

Any idea on how to freshen this up? Maybe if I had some printed tights or cool ankle boots, that would work? Or should I just have started back to square one?

Uh-oh. My over-color-processed picture is making me wobbly.

And full on wobble! And lost the scarf!

Close-up of the belt, which I really like.

Jacket: J. Crew herringbone
Sweater: Banana Republic ballet neck short sleeve
Skirt: Ann Taylor Loft tulip skirt
Belt: Urban Outfitters Deena & Ozzy stretch
Tights: Anne Klein circa who knows?
Shoes: Franco Sarto
Scarf: silk, thrifted


  1. I love your outfit!!! That belt is gorgeous.

  2. LOOOOOOOOOVE this. I love the scarf.I love the red coat. I love the belt. I love the red, white, black color scheme. You look fabulous. Period.


  3. All of those pieces are FABULOUS. But I think the easiest way to "un-business" this look is to nix the black skirt and go for a more "casual" skirt. Black skirts, especially those that look tulip-y or pencil-y tend to make me think of uniforms, so I tend to keep my blazers and other "uniform-y" pieces away from my black skirts. I bet a great blue and white striped skirt would look great with this outfit and it'd totally make it more spring-time as well!

  4. Thanks for the compliments, Rachel and Elaine. It's good to think that maybe I'm not too far off in my fashion choices - sometimes at least, we won't talk about the other times.

    Thanks for your feedback, Amy. I actually got this tulip skirt because I thought it would be more casual ... but you're right, it's not really and it bunches under the waist when I sit down. And you must have a secret camera into my closet because I do have a blue and white striped skirt - I'll have to try it soon, thanks!

  5. love it! im totally digging your jacket!

  6. lovely outfit and cute pics!
    happy valentines day♥

  7. Thanks, Ashley - I love this jacket even though its several years. I hope I never outgrow it!

    Thanks for stopping by, Hanae - Happy V-Day to you too!

  8. I love this color scheme actually! I think the addition of the scarf adds a great balance.


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