Working in a tech environment has always quelled my inner desire to be super girly or be out of my fashion comfort zone. I’m self conscious and have that struggle where I want to stand out fashionably, but want to blend in so I end up wearing hoodie/jeans or a sweater/jeans combo. However, I’ve been trying to make small tweaks in my outfit choice that still looks casual but has a touch of my personality. I wear sweaters pretty much for 3/4 of the year (hello cold Autumns, freezing Winters, and chilly Springs,) so my #ootds could look pretty boring but I figured a way to change the look with different layers over the same sweater.
Some of my basic, most reliable pieces in my closet are my Topshop jeans and Sorel boots (waterproof suede, take that Vancouver!) Bulky sweaters, fluffy sweaters are cute and all but they get boring when I wear the same outfit 10 times in five weeks (wear the same sweater Monday and Friday…yes I do that sometimes.) Instead, I’m taking my black J Crew v-neck and wearing it three times a week with three different looks instead.
Every time I try to fit myself into a dress shirt, I do not feel comfortable wearing them under a sweater. So I’ll wear it over my sweaters. I found this loose olive green long button top from Zara; I’m sure it’ll look great once I button the buttons and tie a belt around it but throwing it over a black V-neck makes it way more casual. I particularly like this top because I can skip the ironing and there are no collars; and heck yes to everything in this shade of green.
A bit more preppy now…I used to have a HUGE thing for vests. Especially the vest blazers. I grew out of that phase, but when I was doing online boxing day shopping, I saw this micro jacquard sweater vest on Zara online (ugh, yes Zara again. The third outfit is also MORE Zara. It was all a coincidence!!!) There are so many directions to put this vest up against, but it definitely makes a plain black sweater look more interesting.
My third way of dressing up a black sweater is to look like Doctor Who (I just need a bow tie), or someone from the time of Sherlock Holmes. This houndstooth blazer was a STEAL for $22.99 that I found on the sale racks of Zara. Plain, structured blazers? No thanks. But yes to patterned blazers to complement neutral outfits! I honestly can’t see myself strutting with a blazer like this, dress pants, and a dress shirt….so not me!
For those who dress up to work daily, bow down to you! I’ve been so comfortable to wearing jeans and whatever shoes I choose, I would be at lost if I was in a more business like environment. How do you usually dress for work and do you get clothing inspirations from any outlets?
(Psst…Random question…I got these cheap circular frames from Hong Kong, I feel like my inner grandma is slowly coming out! Round frames of square frames better?)
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