Wednesday, December 5, 2012

OOTD: Plumbing the Depths of Business Casual (aka, Chambray to Work)

In this Outfit:
Old Navy Polka Dot Chambray Top (M) (here)
J.Crew Factory Pencil Skirt in Double-Serge Wool (6) (bright cumin color) (here)
Jessica Simpson Minna Wedge (via Modcloth, "You Rock Wedge") (9, TTS) (here)
Kate Spade Kingsbury Park Shelby (similar)
Puffy/furry vest from Charlotte Russe circa 2004 (very similar but super pricey) (or here for $30)
Ann Taylor Stacked Gold Rings (here)
Michael Kors Runway Chronograph Watch in Bronze (on sale here)
Anthropologie Encircled Effulgence Posts (extremely similar at Forever 21 for $4)
Glasses c/o Firmoo (here) (review)

Ya know, we might as well just rename this blog to "plumbing the depths of business casual" or some such thing. While I am not wearing this furry puffy vest around the office, of course, I did wear it to the office, and I am wearing a chambray top, so perhaps the sentiment still applies.

It's not that I don't like business attire, it's just...well, no, that's it actually. I don't like business attire. If I had to wear a suit to work every day I think I would cry. I'd adapt, but I'd be sad to have a more limited range of personal expression in my day-to-day.

Business casual I can roll with, however. It's fun to play around with exactly what that term means. I think polished chambray + a tailored pencil skirt and sleek shoes are A-OK, but I could understand if someone else had a general reluctance to wear any form of denim around the office.

We talked about maxi skirts as business casual last week (and one of the commenters in that post asked about peplum -- anyone have any thoughts?). While I think the more conservative viewpoints may have persuaded me to give up the maxi at work, I'm pretty solidly sold on chambray as long as it's paired with traditional cuts and fabrics everywhere else in the outfit.

What do you think about chambray? Are you yay or nay?

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