Oct 10th, Dress Pants!

I have a business meeting this morning- and the old me would have worn a plain top with dress pants (on the right). Looking at the picture- you can tell these pants aren’t doing anything for my figure.

First off, they are way too long. Look at the way they puddle around my ankles.

Next is the cut- look at the way they skim my hips, then get narrow towards the knee then flare out around the calves. It makes me look like I have saddlebags!

Worst of all- look at those weird crease marks in the crotch area- that is not where I want to draw people’s eyes!

Let’s not even talk about my boring round toed black boots…

On the left is my re-do.

Here I decided to try a different purple top with my green cargos- the slimmer skinny cut makes my legs look much leaner- and this style pants are much more fashionable.

I used to feel like cargo pants weren’t appropriate for the work place- and depending on where you live, and where you work- they may not be!  Luckily in the Pacific Northwest, almost anything goes- so I am going for it.

To keep the look polished and professional, I replaced the boring black boots with these cute pointy toed snake skin heels.

Many fashion forward gals will tell you that you MUST own a pair of neutral heels- and many chose those in flesh tones-which are really pretty.  Personally, I love the snakeskin. These shoes act as a neutral and look great with any outfit. The best part is- they are actually comfy! I swear! They are Anne Klein Flex- and they are meant for working women- so there is a little extra something in there for comfort.

Pants: Michael Kors, Sweater: Nordstrom, (similar) Shoes: DSW (similar) Necklace: Stella and Dot

Sept 8th, Working Girl

Cocktail dress dressed down with the blazer and pumps.

Well, kids are off to school- Mother in Law has headed back to Florida- you know what this means-I’m back at work! Today’s outfit is my ‘working girl’ look. I took a cute cocktail dress and paired it with a serious black blazer and black pumps. I like this outfit- because I think this dress is so cute- I love the cool colors, the interesting pattern and my favorite- the unusual neckline. This dress is by the same designer as the asymmetrical top from yesterday- a brand called Ya Los Angeles. I bought it while on vacation at a cute little boutique. But- because I so rarely go to cocktail parties- I wanted to give this dress a chance to shine during the day. By pairing it with the blazer and pumps, it doesn’t look like I’m heading for a night on the town.   What do you wear to work?

No necklace necessary, the unusual neckline stands well enough alone.

For a night out, or if your going for drinks after work, remove the jacket and change shoes!

Blazer: Nordstrom, Shoes: Nordstrom: Dress: Black Dog Boutique