The daffodils now lining Northern California sidewalks have convinced me that spring, as always, will come. Needs must dream up a new business casual uniform.
Whenever you begin to put together a new look, start with what you already know about your style. In my case, wanting to join in the pattern-mixing fun, I have to take the usual small-figured road, and rely on a single color or color families. Sort of Dries van Noten meets Miuccia Prada, and everybody quiets down. My walking commute dictates the shoe choice. Denied wood-soled platform sandals, I might compensate with oxfords in an interesting shade.
And the bag, oh the bag. A new find. Go look right now at Hester van Eeghen’s site and tell me you don’t find at least three to covet. Not cheap, but half of the cost of a high-end design bag and three times the style of most.
Would this outfit actually work for the office? Doesn’t matter at this stage. Dreaming is the operative term, imagination the territory.
Once the concept is in place, one has to noodle a bit. Think, hmmm, fuller patterned skirt, contrasting but similar patterned top, oxfords. Watch to see how often something similar shows up in magazines and online. Checking to see where pieces of type might be available. At what cost.
Then you have to go try things on. There’s just no way to launch into a new uniform from online shopping. Too frustrating. Look for the hardest to get/most difficult to pull off piece first. In this case, the skirt. For example, I know I can wear woven short-sleeved shirts and oxfords. I’ve done it for years. What I’m looking for is a skirt that substitutes for jeans. Comfortable in the heat. With a pattern.
And that’s the hunt upon which I’ll embark. Even if an outfit eludes you, pursuit can be lot of fun.