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What does minimalism look like for a professional working woman? Part Eight – 15 Actual Outfits (Erdem Winter Floral Pencil Skirt)

If you want to know, here are  some details on the capsule pieces I chose and my rationale for them.


All of these looks below are based around one piece in the original capsule list with 18 pieces!

….& 3 pairs of shoes

…featuring this custom printed skirt from Erdem that was originally a dress but the owner had it sized down from a US 4 up top to a US 2 and there was no way in hell I would fit into it.

So I had it cut into an open topper and made a pencil skirt out of it.

Open topper I made, and worn in an outfit here:

This is the back, it is truly open at the back and a cool cropped shrug:

It goes perfectly with my thrifted maxi dress in a similar blue print:

And this is the skirt I got out of it!


Shown below: 15 looks

But I could have added another 8 more looks with some simple tops mixed with toppers:

Outfit 1 Outfit 2 Outfit 3


Outfit 4 Outfit 5 Outfit 6



Outfit 7 Outfit 8 Outfit 9


Outfit 10 Outfit 11 Outfit 12


Outfit 13 Outfit 14 Outfit 15

Layered skirts are surprisingly interesting

I just thought of it as an idea and I kind of love the look (plus it feels divine, as it is double-faced silk underneath), and the split underneath looks interesting when you sit down and walk.

Belts can be styled too

Either tie the sash around the back, or leave the sashes to drape down the front, or move it to the side.

Belt the topper!

Leave it open, or belt it…

(P.S. I don’t love the second outfit as much because the button-up shirt is a marble print and it is too much for me.)

Hold the skirt in place/ground the look with a belt or leave it unbelted

Keep it simple with a solid obi belt, or leave it unbelted to keep the look simple.

Play with proportions

The first one makes my torso look longer, but if I tuck it in, my waist looks more defined (a belt can also help with that)

Wrap the shirt in front

For modesty, I buttoned the top but I could have also (instead of a belt), used a brooch to keep it wrapped in place.

Liked this? Let me know! I can do more if there is an interest.

P.S. All of my other capsule wardrobes (but none with real-life shots like this yet), are here.

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Sherry of Save. Spend. Splurge.

Am my own Sugar Daddy. Am a millionaire at 36 after getting out of $60K of student debt in 18 months, a little over a decade earlier, using I have worked 50% of my career (taking 1-2 year breaks), and quadrupled my income within 2 years of graduating, going from $65K to $260K with an average lifetime savings rate of 50%. I have 11 side incomes that are on track in 2020 to make me $50K - $75K. I could retire today if I wanted, but love my work-life balance as a freelancing consultant in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math). I am all about balance - between time and money, and also enjoying my money. I also post daily on Instagram @saverspender.

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  1. SarahN

    YOu’re right, I’m totally a solid colour or stripes gal! And even then, there’s a whole range of colours I don’t even consider. lol

    1. Sherry of Save. Spend. Splurge.

      So mostly black and white then? 🙂 I can understand that. Cream looks horrible on me.

  2. SarahN

    I’ll admit, I can’t do the level of pattern on pattern that this post showed. It’s just too busy for me, and my personal preferences

    1. Sherry of Save. Spend. Splurge.

      Haha 🙂 They’re just ideas! I think you’re more of a solid, minimalist neutral kind of dresser.

  3. Anne

    I really liked this series of posts. I have a very different style myself (and work in a conservative branch), but I truly enjoy seeing the results of your courage and creativity in professional dressing. This time I loved outfits 2, 4, 11 (that gorgeous top again!) 12, 13 and 15.

    1. Sherry of Save. Spend. Splurge.

      Thank you Anne. You absolutely need to look for that top secondhand – I saw it on Ebay the other day, but it may have sold 🙂 There are a few in there I liked more than others, certainly. I’ll do a recap at the end.


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