Tuesday, July 13, 2010
So I'm a week late, but this is my office-ready version of patriotic red, white, and blue (in case you ever have to work on a fourth of July, I guess, or just for everyday wear). These are a lot of my favorites put together. I considered wearing brown shoes to go with the belt and bag, but these red heels were just screaming out. The right heel tip fell off halfway through the day, however, so these are headed to the cobbler tomorrow. My six other pairs of 30 for 30 shoes should tide me over until they're fixed (I knew there was a reason I included both pairs of pointy-toed pumps).
I was all good and proud of this outfit until I got to work and realized that everyone else was in suits for tonight's meet and greet with our board members at a really posh hotel. I think I was the only one not with at least a blazer on, and definitely the only one not in black. Why do people default to black for business dress, anyway? I didn't include any suits in my 30 (only figured out I was going to this thing last Thursday), and so the thought didn't even cross my mind. Funny how the rest of my closet just disappears in my mind when it's off limits. Also funny -- I still have not worn a single one of my planned outfits. This might just veer into 30 for 60 category before I exhaust all possibilities (j/k, really).
My favorite part of the outfit today, aside from the red, white, and blue, is the braided belt. I'll have to admit this is a relatively new purchase from my favorite local vintage shop. Last week I belted over my cardigan, and today the belt went under. Works both ways, yeah?
Do you default to black for formal work events or do you try to go against the grain?