This week's fashion challenge was to style a pair of sensible shoes in a way that felt stylish and work-appropriate. Here's what I came up with:
This was actually sort of a double fashion challenge for me; I just picked up this Villager blouse at a yard sale and wanted to try it out as well. This blouse is one of those things that I was drawn to because it's pretty, but find hard to wear because it's not exactly my style.
Wearing a floral button-down made me feel conservative and a bit boring. The khaki skirt, which is Brooks Brothers from years ago, didn't help in that department. So I tried to add a little flair with a pair of large earrings and a dark lip. The makeup in particular was, strangely, an adjustment. I didn't realize until I put it on that it has been a really long time since I wore lipstick this dark. It was like looking at a stranger in the mirror. I used to wear dark lipstick almost exclusively (hey, it was the 90s), but lately I've been all about tinted lip gloss, so I had forgotten what a strong statement a dark lip can make.
So, did I succeed in this fashion challenge. Kind of-ish. I still would like this outfit better with cuter flats or even heels, but it worked well enough for me. But I did feel a little more "me" in this somewhat preppy outfit, thanks to some bolder accessories, so that's a lesson learned.