With this post, I’m starting a new series I will be calling Up, Down, All-Around. In this series, I will share an article of clothing that I can and would style up for the office, style down for casual, and style all-around for a specific event like date night or a party. Style wise, I think that a floral is perfect for this type of approach to personal style and the dress I’m sharing in this post is a fabulous example.
My initial intent for this blog was to showcase how style and fashion fit into my life as a working “woman of a certain age”. My industry is not fashion and the office environment is not overly formal but there is an expectation of one presenting a professional appearance. Over the years, I have found that, in the right combination, many of the items in my wardrobe suitable for the office can also be worn as casual wear and vice versa. So instead of having two distinctly separately wardrobes (one for work and one for play), I’ve not only maximized the stretch of my clothing budget this way but I’ve also developed a personal style that fits me in any occasion.
I bought this floral Spring dress about a month ago with the plan to wear it to a temple service at the beginning of April. The Husband, our daughter, and I were traveling to New Jersey for the celebration of twin cousins becoming a bar and bat mitzvah which is a good reason to buy oneself a new dress. However, the weather was less than Spring like that day so I opted to wear an alternate outfit more suitable for the cooler, rainy day. No matter, it’s still a lovely dress and one that I will be wearing often. The color and subtle floral pattern allow this dress to be like a chameleon and adaptable for many occasions. More fitted than a sheath, there is an ‘off-to-the-side’ gathering of pleats at the waist and split in the skirt that gives an illusion that this is a wrap style dress.
For my office look, a cream colored lightweight cardigan protects me from the chill of the AC and my blue suede T-strap pumps add a pop of color and seriousness to the outfit. My purse has a silvery sheen to it and I wearing a dark metal, multi-layered chain necklace.
In this casual look, I’ve swapped out the cardigan and pumps for a denim jacket that I’ve had for ages and stacked heel sandals that are so trendy this Spring. The faux croc purse is a recent find at a thrift store and seemed to have been hardly used. Although it’s hard to see them, I’m wearing the same necklaces that I shared in Boho Florals (Part 2). It seems that this dress calls for a more bold statement type necklace as the ones I’m wearing have gotten lost in the floral pattern.
For an all purpose ‘let’s head out and celebrate Spring’ look, I’m back to a cardigan (white this time) in case there’s a chill in the air, cork wedge sandals, and my white laser-cut pattern tote. The sandals and purse were also worn in the Boho outfit from two weeks ago. I’ve added some small pops of color with the beads in my gold tone multi-layer chain necklace.
Now, onto the Powers The Flower link up for this week. My featured contributor from last week’s link-up is Dawn Lucy at Fashion Should Be Fun. I love her style and fashion philosophy and her fun, playful approach she takes with her photos. The floral pattern and color pallet of her top are so pretty.
So, what do you think of Up, down, and All-Around? Are there items in your wardrobe that do double or triple duty? How does your style transition from work to play to special?
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