goodbye, Tuscaloosa

IMG_0117 After graduating from college and all that the mile-marker entails, I am trying to tone down the Forever 21 tutus and cat sweatshirt purchases and instead look for more job-friendly finds. Madewell's sale section has become my go-to for grown-up-gal looks that suit both my style and my desire to look like a trustworthy, job-holding member of the adult world. I plan on this striped tunic dress being in constant rotation in my professional wardrobe—dressed up with a camel-colored blazer of course.

I don't think I will ever own a skirt suit, unless it has polka-dots on it and I can wear it with a turtle-neck, cropped top. I've only really worn my plain black pumps to Christmas Eve Mass. And nude tights will never be in my winter repertoire. I think I will always show a bit of spunk in regards to grown-up clothes. I figure I have a good 20 years before I need nude tights to cover whatever leg blemishes you get post-children.

Also. What's a semi-adult look without an exaggerated neon-blue cat-eye? Probably not work-friendly, but what really defines work-appropriate? Not neon? Ok.

Thanks Madewell, for always being on point with your casual, kind of adultish clothes. Keep up the good work.

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[dress-madewell, scarf-madewell, shoes-nine west, bangle-madewell, watch-as0s]

Thanks, Daniel for the photos.

work wear

I’ve long run out of clothes to keep from repeating work outfits; something I previously thought a heinous crime, which rivals those convicted by Mariska Hargitay. My patterned dresses and palazzo pants are too recognizable to wear more than once a week and I refuse to fall back to unflattering slacks and boring button-downs. My wardrobe rules will prevail. That being said, I’ve rediscovered the basics and the power of great accessories.
Exhibit A: the shirt dress. Because wearing your theoretical boyfriend’s clothes has always been cool. I’ve found this to be easy to throw on when I have “nothing to wear” and pair with an edgy shoe or head scarf for an effortless work outfit. NYC doesn’t do “done up.” Undone is the new done.
Exhibit B: DANNIJO collar necklace. This statement accessory is my go-to piece when an outfit is feeling a bit drab. You know my love of superfluous layers, but with the pavement here emanating that urban steam heat, I am forced to remove said layers and end up with an empty outfit and an empty heart. I now substitute that extra layer (usually a vest) with a bold accessory. Thank you, DANNIJO for giving us mere mortals a chance and offering up your leftovers to the sample sale gods.

[dress-uniqlo, shoes-private gallery, bag-h&m, necklace-dannijo]
P.S. Be sure to check out ShoeDazzle for great shoes/accessories to jazz up summer work wear.