After spending the last four years dressing like an extra from The Addams Family, I have been, shall we say, embracing my new lack of dress code with full force. That means colors, stripes, patterns, textures- whatever I can put together without looking like Cindi Lauper. I've been Instagramming my daily #ootd (a few people have asked, so let me clarify- outfit of the day) and posting on Facebook, and apparently, people like me better when I can dress like myself. I like me better too. Everyone needs some kind of creative outlet, right? I just happen to wear mine.
So after a whole week in my new position, I figured it was time for a round up post of my first five days of fashion freedom. Apparently, I also like alliterations.
Day One (you may have seen this one already):
|blazer, top & bag: ny & co/skirt: boutique/shoes: sofft/|
necklace: can't remember, some little shop in bath, maine.
This outfit is pretty self-explanatory. Mainly because I already explained it in a previous post. I just felt like this ensemble is me in textile form.
|dress: target/bracelet: forever 21/rain coat & |
boots: l.l. bean/flats: old navy/necklace: vintage
When I woke up that day, I was super disappointed to find that it was raining. Raining. On my second day of freedom. Oh well, you gotta work with what you got, right? So I threw on a wrap dress and my L.L. Bean wellies and took off on the harrowing ten minute walk to work. Once there, I ditched the boots for some cute cap toe flats.
|blazer & bag: j.crew/dress: forever 21/belt: |
ny & co/bracelets: kate spade/boots: payless
This outfit was an experiment in stepping outside my comfort zone. I have always been skeptical of wearing black and brown together. I mean, they are in just two different world's in my book. But I'm trying to be stylishly open-minded, so I gave it a go. I also was super excited to wear this blazer- I got it for Christmas and hadn't taken the tags off yet (there's a lot of that going on in my wardrobe due to previous constraints). Overall, I loved the way this look turned out, and although I don't approve repeating outfits, I may have to work in some of these elements again in the future.
|sweater, belt & pants: forever 21/oxford: victoria's secret/bag: |
ny & co/flats: gap/necklace: super secret rhode island jewelry sale
I know you're not supposed to love material things, but holy hell, I love these pants. I do, I love them. I just want to wear them all the time. But I'll have to settle for every once in a while because polka dotted pants are pretty recognizable. I don't know if I'm ready yet to be "the girl in the polka dot pants." Also I know that through the wondrous filters of Instagram, no one can really tell what color anything is in real life anymore, but when I tell you this sweater is neon pink, I mean it is neon pink. It's the kind of piece that when someone sees you for the first time that day, their greeting is, "wow! You're bright!" I choose to take that as a compliment, regardless of its intention. I mean, no one has ever come up to me and told me a dress was extra black. The world could use a little more color.
|top & scarf: old navy/pants: tj maxx/boots: l.l. bean/watch: aldo/|
earrings: ny & co/bracelets: alex & ani, macys
Another day on an island, another ensemble ruined by weather. On my first Friday, I awoke to a winter wonderland (i.e. two inches of snow that had melted by lunchtime) and had to completely rethink my original outfit inspiration. So we went back to the boots. This is definitely the most casual look of the week, but who wants to get all gussied up and traipse around in snow?
And with that, my first week was over. Easy, right? I will say, it definitely helps your motivation if you feel like you look good. I don't care what anybody says about being better on the inside than the outside- you need to feel good about both. And now that I can wear what I want, I finally feel like a functioning adult in a professional setting. But my typing needs a little bit of work.