Sunday, January 22, 2012

Style Series: Professional Flair-Factor - Day 4

We had a wicked thunder storm passing through our area yesterday. Nature certainly can be a humbling force. A day without sunshine is rare in Atlanta, so it was nice to peruse these sunny pictures taken earlier in the week.

I've recently come to appreciate the silhouette accomplished by wearing a high-waisted pencil skirt and loose silk button down. I've never seen a figure that this combination doesn't compliment. However, office environments are frequently freezing; from the lobby, all the way up to your desk. I knew I would have to find a way to lightly layer this look without loosing the professional appeal.

Shirt: Express / Skirt: Express 

I love the stitching in this skirt; provides a more classically tailored look. 

Now, what to wear over the blouse? Anything too tight would be unflattering to the loose-fit of the blouse. Additionally, something too long would swallow up the lovely silhouette created by the high waist of the skirt. I decided to go with this dainty, open-knit cardigan. The light color didn't compete with the wedges and continued the neutral-trend that I felt complimented the color of my shoes. The relaxed fit also didn't hide the silk blouse beneath.

However, the cardigan presented me with another style-challenge: How was I going to maintain my waistline?

Cardigan: Express / Belt: Forever 21
Why with a trusty, woven belt of course! ;)  Cinching myself at the waist with this skinny belt accentuated my waist perfectly, without making the ensemble look too crass.

The gold accents to this cardigan are much more obvious to the naked eye, but this picture and the one below pick up a bit of the subtle shine.

And finally, to the shoes! I needed to find a way to stop my neutral-colored outfit from blending me into the background, and these green Zara wedges were the perfect compliment. I love every single aspect of this shoe, from the leather ankle strap, to the green suede, and finally to the woven brown and beige wedge. The arch is also very slight, which makes them perfect for walking around the office.

Wedges: Zara

And now for the question: What is your professional flair-factor?

Last Thursday my flair-factor was wearing green shoes! Admittedly I have very little green in my wardrobe, but I took the risk and wore green with a completely neutral palette.

I hope everyone is having a wonderful weekend. This past week presented me with numerous challenges, one of which I was completely unprepared to face. I was in a painfully negative mindset for a little while but the unrivaled truth that always comes out of hardship is strength, and knowing that I am now stronger than I was a week ago is the most comforting thought. Let us all start our weeks off with strength, perseverance, and love.

Please do check out the other days of this style series by clicking the individual days: Day 1, Day 2, and Day 3. I've re-sized the pictures to make the posts more visually appealing. I'd love to hear your feedback. :o)

'Til Next Time,


  1. The cardigan looks great - pretty but the outfit still looks professional - I like the way you can still see the shirt.

  2. What a cute outfit! I love the shoes and how you added the belt ; it makes everything more fun !
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  3. Love how you wore this outfit, and the fact that you kept everything in neutral tones, and wore those gorgeous green wedges! Seriously love them! Plus you have a fantastic pedicure.
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