I post my outfits on the blog every day at noon (12 p.m. EST) under this Style category #OOTD Daily Style and then I do a summary of all the looks in my Month of Style roundup at the end of the month.
The Cosy Transitional Office Uniform
I am a real sucker for thick, cosy sweaters, oversized turtlenecks and cashmere. While this sweater is not cashmere (womp womp), it is wool, but a nice knitted, cosy one. I also love that it is slightly cropped and not super long because it is so hard to tuck in sweaters when they’re too long, and they add too much bulk all around. A sweater that hits at the hip, or even a blazer for that matter, is the longest I will go.
The best kind of hem for a higher-waisted item or with a dress, is a cropped sweater or topper, up to about your bellybutton (which is not in this case), because it looks better with a dress or a higher waisted skirt.
Anyway, back to this outfit. Cosy sweater + wrap skirt + heels = Uniform for days. ANY cosy sweater with a skirt of any kind, looks great.
I also love a super chunky knit in particular…. A thin sweater works as well but looks more .. conservative, or .. normal? A chunkier knit sweater for me, is more casual, but also not as preppy or ‘perfect’ as an outfit:
You will notice I also didn’t leave the sleeves down all the way to my wrist. I pushed them up just slightly to show my wrist, and add a littel interest to the look. I tried wearing the sweater with the sleeves down to the wrist, but it looked too plain. This is what I call an “extra style trick”, or styling trick I use to make things look different, kind of like never belting a belt properly, but making it a knot instead, or in this case, pushing up the sleeves of the sweater (always!) and keeping them up to show my wrists (a nice, delicate part of anyone’s arm), and to draw attention to my hand full of rings.
Up close, a gorgeous indigo ocean blue with a bronze swirl, a green labradorite stone with a half cross, and then another blue labradorite ring that has a gold crown around the stone itself:
I like pairing up rings of similar colour stories – blue, green, and in golds.. to play off each other. I also put the rings in order of size, a large ring, a thinner one with a small stone to add more interest, and another one of a similar style, but that it doesn’t compete with the other two. I’d load up the other hand with another set of rings, of maybe just delicate gold stacking bands to go with the entire look.
Lastly, the suede heels. They’re high but not too high that I cannot walk in them comfortable for an 8-hour desk job (you know, small meetings here and there, not a ton of walking like running errands), and I chose them in the olive green suede because it’s a nice neutral colour, that goes well with greys and any other neutrals. I could have worn brown heels, but I wouldn’t have done black, because I think the colour is too stark against such a soft wintry day palette of light grey and white. Olive green with light grey and white, reminds me of the pine trees covered in snow.