Yesterday, I had a Sunday brunch meeting with my boss (!) to negotiate (!) my new position (!) on returning from maternity leave. Going into the city without a stroller felt like an excellent opportunity of taking my new coat-combo for a trial run, especially since we were meeting at a very chic café full of stylish people and stylish salads. I find it necessary to be out in a real life situation before I know whether I like an outfit or not – what feels good at home before the mirror can often turn boring/trite on contact with the outside world. If I still felt confident after visiting this place I would have made the right choice.
I paired the camel coat with its clean lines and large collar with a cashmere shawl in a Yves Kleine vivid blue, my new orange leather gloves, and a dove grey leather hand-bag in a classic shape – which I have “customized” by tying a bit of print silk to one handle. So far so good: I think the colours and shapes work together, being unusual and classic at the same time. It stood out among the people wearing black, all black – and in a good way. I received three separate compliments and felt like I hit the right note between individualistic and bizarre. Possibly, I will want to buy some more neutral gloves for more somber occasions, and also, I’ll be able to change things up with my trusted brown Mulberry bag as needed.
However. What brought the outfit down was taking the coat off. Underneath, I wore a navy V-neck sweater with a bit of stretch to it, keeping the blue scarf – and then, my lived in jeans and black suede fur lined Bally-style winter boots. It felt just sad, plain, and boring. Which made me realize that I’ve focused all my energies on finding the right look for work (black and grey wool separates) and that I’ve completely forgot about the week-ends.
For jeans to look good, you need really skinny legs. Otherwise, you just look like a mom – which is an admirable thing to be, but not a good style statement. For a sweater to look good, it needs to be the perfect fit: snug but never tight. For casual pants, flat shoes, and a sweater to work you need SOMETHING in the way of added details to save the look from utter tristesse.
Lessons learned and items added to shopping list?
Casual pants for week-end wear. Is bold colour cotton the way to go?
New shoes required, but may have to tough it out in these until the snow melts, no matter how sad.
A plain V-neck sweater should never be worn without something to oomph it up. Yay, a reason to buy more scarfs!