Right after I wrote a post about discovering that pencil skirts and sheath dresses look best on me, I went and bought a pair of pants. In my defense, these pants are different than all my other ones. Really! All my other pants are straight-leg pants and I wanted something slimmer at the ankles. I took my 40% off coupon to Banana Republic and bought these lightweight wool pants that are perfect for the summer and in a light grey color that goes easily with black and bright colored shirts. You know what else is perfect? These are actually “ankle” pants, meaning, for a woman of average height, these would hit right above the ankle. However, on me, they are the perfect full-length pant. Being able to wear a pair of pants immediately after purchasing them is a pleasure I do not get to experience often. I should just get all my pants and jeans in capri/ankle length from now on. No hemming required! What’s up!
As far as shirts go, my choice for work is silk. They are more comfortable than stiff pressed collared shirts and they don’t get as hot as cashmere. I’m wearing two different black silk shirts here to show you how versatile these pants are and how great silk shirts are. Silk shirts are very “forgiving”. Silk flows and drapes smoothly over your body and doesn’t expose every curve. And, of course, silk feels amazing on the skin. Is there anything more feminine than silk? So luxe. When it comes to maintaining the look of silk shirts (and other garments for that matter), I highly recommend getting a steamer if you don’t already have one. If you’re like me, you can’t perform complicated domestic tasks like ironing and you’re afraid of ruining delicate fabrics with your lack of ironing know-how. Steamers are so easy to use and I use mine all the time. They get the wrinkles out of fabric in no time and you don’t have to worry about the heat settings. In the mornings I just steam and go!
What do you think? Too much color in these outfits?
Photos by Christopher Bartens
Pants: Banana Republic (Similar here. Find it also in black and navy. Comes in Petite sizes)
Long sleeve blouse: Wilfred
Short sleeve shirt: Banana Republic
Heels: Calvin Klein “Whinnie“
Blazer – Sandra Angelozzi
Skirt – T. Babaton (beautiful styles here and here)
Blouse – Wilfred
Tank top – from Aritzia
Heels – Calvin Klein “Whinnie”
Clutch – YSL “belle du jour”
Necklace – Jeweliette | Bracelet – Tiffany & Co
Nails – Essie Chinchilly
My love for business fashion began when I moved to Calgary for my first professional job. I think that’s when I started to discover what my style was for the first time. It’s the gradual realization after a wearing a few amazing pieces that yes, this is my style, this represents who I am, and this is what I should wear more of in the future. Since then, I’ve learned a lot about what looks good on my body, what fabrics last, and what I feel great wearing. It took some hits and a lot of misses! My style has evolved and I’ve given away most of the clothes I purchased in Calgary, but the one item I always kept was the striped green blazer I’m wearing in the photos. I love the cut and the detailing on the jacket. I love that it’s lined at the edges with a darker shade of green. I’m enamored with all the little feminine touches like the silver buckle wrapped around the two pockets, the silver buttons with a heart indentation, and the functional surgeon cuffs. It is the perfect blend of impeccable tailoring and style. It’s one of the most unique pieces I own and I hope to find more like it.
See more photos after the jump.
I spent all of my summers growing up in China on my grandparents’ farm in the countryside. I have many fond memories of raising chickens, ducks, and geese, and waking up before dawn to pick beans to sell to vendors. Farms hold a very special place in my heart. Even though I love high rises and city living, nothing makes me feel more at peace and at home than when I’m on a farm. I felt very fortunate to be invited to Easter dinner at a farm on the weekend. A getaway from the city was exactly what I needed and the weather was perfect. These photos show what I wore to dinner that day, but I was also able to take photos of other outfits on the beautiful property, which I can’t wait to share with you.
One word on my outfit: jeggings. When jeggings (jean leggings) first came out, I thought they were ridiculous. I was certain I’d never wear them. However, I love to wear boots, and I had trouble stuffing my regular jeans into boots, so I started seeing the value in jeggings. I ended up buying the pair of Citizens of Humanity jeggings that I’m wearing here. They were the most expensive jeans I’ve ever purchased, but I’m happy to say that I’ve worn them more often than any other pair I own. If you don’t already own a pair, I highly recommend you get a pair. It’s great for going out in the colder months. You can wear them very easily with boots because there’s no bunching and they are much warmer than tights. I’m wearing them with riding boots in this post. They also look great with ankle boots, sandals, and flats (though I’d never wear them with flats because I’d look even shorter). I recommend investing in a quality pair like the Citizens of Humanity ones I’m wearing (get the style here) because they are very high quality and comes with a zipper and pockets. Basically, they’re more jeans than leggings. There are lots of inexpensive jeggings that you pull-on like tights that come without zippers or pockets. They are more leggings than jeans, and they look very casual. I own a $15 pair like that and it lost its shape and elasticity very quickly. I’ve owned the Citizens of Humanity pair for two years now and it’s the same as when I bought it.
The mint blouse I’m wearing was also a purchase from two years ago, and now that mint is all the rage, I’m patting myself on the back for being so fashion forward and such a trend setter. Enjoy the photos below!