I learned a lot from wearing this outfit today:
One, in spite of the neutral color palette, this outfit attracts a lot of attention. From whispers of “look at those shoes” as I passed by, to concern that I was interviewing for a different job.
Two, I am apparently considered by my peers to be more fashionable than professional; today’s outfit was described as “professional-fashionable” as opposed to my “usual fashionable-fashionable.” I’ll take it.
Three, when worn over black tights, these shoes kind of look like the wedge high-top sneakers I’ve been trying to avoid. Heh.
Four, this skirt is not great for bike riding. It’s so full that the wind kept catching it and I looked like a giant crow or bat trying to ride a bike. And, with my black coat, I also felt a little witchy. My friends are always threatening to drive behind me blasting the Wicked Witch’s theme from The Wizard of Oz. Today would have been a great day for that.
All that for what’s basically a very simple outfit. It’s a harlequin sweater vest (vintage J. G. Hook via Goodwill) layered over a black turtleneck (Gap) with a black skirt (Ralph Lauren via Goodwill), black tights (Hue via Nordstrom Rack) and Matiko “Ella” wedges (Ideeli). I also added a belt (vintage brass), earrings (gifted) and the titular hearts in the form of a heart necklace from ModCloth ( v. old).
And I think I liked it. I think it’s unusual but I also think it’s kind of cool. But, honestly, I don’t know; I’m having the hardest time dressing myself lately.
Happy Tuesday, All!