I am a clothes hoarder. In fact, until Poshmark came along, it had been ages since I had done a (much needed) closet clean out. I only wish I knew what I was thinking hanging on to things from high-school and college…no wonder I always felt as if I had nothing to wear! Despite realizing that 3/4 of my wardrobe might look better on someone else (like the trash), there were still a few pieces I was able to save. This polka-dotted dress is one of them. With its classic silhouette and timeless black and white pattern, I knew it needed to stay. Feeling like Taylor Swift (especially when paired with Keds) or channeling my inner 50′s housewife while wearing this dress is just an extra bonus!
In this month’s 4×4 style, the ladies (Jealeyni, Grace, Luci) and I are very excited to be showcasing a reader request (see, it pays to use that #4x4style hashtag!) regarding what to wear to an interview or to work. As always, I love that we all have such different styles that we were able to give you 4 very unique, but completely appropriate, interview or work options. For all their outfit details make sure you check out Jealeyni, Grace and Luci‘s blogs and show these pretty ladies some love while you’re there!
Can we talk about how fun interviews are??! Oh wait you thought I was being serious? Ha! Interviews are about the least fun thing ever, besides maybe taking out the trash and washing dishes (thank God for husbands!!). But being that I’m always one to find the best in any situation, I try to remind myself that it’s fun to have the opportunity to dress up and look my business savvy best. Before living in New York that meant anything from dress pants and a nice top to a modest dress to a pencil skirt and a blouse with a choice of flats or heels. But I quickly learned that in New York your options were business suit or business suit (super exciting stuff, right?!). And let me tell you, a business suit in the summer heat in the NYC subways goes right up there with least fun things ever. I’ve learned to wear light weight, silky pants and a sleeveless shirt with enough detail to show my fashionable side without being over-the-top. I walk in flats and carry my heels and a sleek blazer to throw on at the last minute. I keep everything else to a minimum- a polished ponytail, clean and minimal make-up, a classic bag and only the essential jewelry pieces (i.e. wedding ring, earring studs and a watch). And the best thing is, all these pieces will transition well from interview pieces into work outfits, after-work happy hour outfits and even a dinner date outfit.
What’s your go-to for workwear or when you have an interview to go to? Remember to show Jealeyni, Grace, Luci and I using the hashtag #4x4style and be sure to let us know if you have anything specific you would like to see (after all, your reader request could be answered next!)
Shirt: thrifted (similar), Shorts: DIY (similar), Belt: Target, Booties: Rocket Dog (last seen here, dark brown option here), Bag: Aeropostale (last seen here; similar option), Bracelet: a gift, Sunnies: Walmart (similar)
You know those pieces in your closet that are slightly flawed and yet you can’t stop wearing them? Like, oh say, they have a minor rip, or a small stain, or you know, the middle button likes to randomly pop open and surprise flash everyone. Yup, the latter would be this shirt (although thankfully I haven’t surprise flashed anyone but myself yet). Oh and the shorts have a
major minor rip. So basically all that I’m missing is the stain (which I usually accomplish by the end of the day anyways). Sadly, I’ve become a little too obsessed with both items to let the fear of my clothes falling apart scare me. And this Canadian tux, with the cut-off jean shorts and brightly colored accessories, how could I ever say no to this?!
In other news, I apologize for the sporadic, sometimes delayed, postings as of late. I am working to implement some changes and new additions to the blog soon. Any suggestions or feedback on things you would like to see (either a new section, or more or less of something else) is always welcome!
Scarf (as headwrap): vintage, Sunnies: sample sale, Necklace: made by me, Romper: H&M (similar option), Vest (white still available in stores) & Bag : Aeropostale, Booties: Rocket Dog (in dark brown here)
I’ve always been a big fan of the romper. It’s like a onesie that is totally acceptable to wear out to dinner, to the beach or on a date (and let’s be honest, who wouldn’t want to romp around in pj’s all day?!). But it does take a bit of styling and work to ensure that it doesn’t look like you just threw on a garbage bag (unless that was totally the look you were going for). I like to use belts and layers (like the vest) as well as a variety of accessories to give my romper some dimension.
Apparently I also like to accessorize with items from teeny-bopper stores. Yes, that’s right. My 27-year-old self went shopping in a not-so 27-year-old store….and I bought things! I’m not sure if I should be embarrassed that I could possibly be prancing around in the same thing as a 15-year-old or if I should be proud of the fact that I have such impressive shopping skills I can find something to buy no matter where I am (for some reason, my husband doesn’t find this quite as impressive as I do). And before you go judging me, this bag cost $10 dollars and this vest cost $7. Who’s laughing at who now?!
Don’t you hate when
you think you have nothing to wear? I seem to find myself in this closet conundrum quite often, including last week when I was trying to pick out an outfit for our 4th of July dinner cruise. In my defense, I did have an outfit picked out but it just wasn’t working for various reasons I won’t bore you with. But thanks to our recent move, I rediscovered this forgotten little red number. Of course I had to complete the look with some white and blue (I know…totally mind-blowing color combo for the 4th, right?!).
Hope you all enjoyed the holiday weekend!