Friday, March 16, 2007

advice taken

As anyone who will stand still and listen to me whine knows, I've been feeling stuck in a fashion rut. The casual office atmosphere of California blind-sided me and I adapted to it much too quickly, with arms way too open. I went from wearing dresses and heels daily to living in jeans, tee shirts, and comfy shoes. And while I don't think there's anything wrong with any of those items, I was starting to feel boring. And old.

Desperately wanting help, I turned to a very nice person with a very helpful fashion focused blog. And boy, help is what she gave. She wrote a long post packed with tons of tips to cure me of my fashion ailments. It was such a helpful piece that jparks even read it, and today said "You're wearing an accessory, just like the post said to do!" (nevermind that I was wearing a necklace that I wear all the time. I was just impressed he read a fashion article)

I've taken Susan's advice to heart and am planning on stocking up on chinos, strappy sandals, and a jean jacket as soon as I can get to a mall. Or wrestle the credit card out of jparks' wallet. Until then, I'm shopping my own closet and hoping for the best.

And because she asked so nicely, here's a picture of today's outfit. I dug out some jeans from the Gap (I noticed after leaving the house that they are just a bit too long, even with heels), a silk shirt from Banana Republic, and some heels I had forgotten about. It was a simple outfit, but somehow felt better than my normal work uniform.

Now if I could only find the time to flat iron my hair and throw on some makeup I'd be unstoppable.


  1. Nice outfit :-) I actually like my jeans to just hit the ground. I do wear flip-flops to work, but they are nice and black and I have a broken toe so I can't wear any other shoes right now. And I LOVE playing dress up, especially w/ other folks' wardrobe, so let me know if you ever want to go shopping or want to go through your current stash to see what your missing. I know you have a cute khaki skirt and now that it's getting warmer, that is perfect for work w/ flats or wedges and a tee.

  2. I love your necklace! And the top! All very good.

  3. [...] Regan’s right: It is very easy to adapt to the casual nature of California and get lazy about what you wear. Hell, three years ago I had to adopt a “no sweatpants at the office” rule just to keep myself from completely letting it all go. (I have broken that rule only once - Friday I was so sick but needed to go in and I wore what could technically be described as sweats but were really just really comfortable stretchy pants from F&T). I got a bit better after that but I’ve slid again into being too safe. [...]