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One skirt, four ways

Sometimes, out of the clear blue sky, lightning strikes. Your pulse quickens. Your pupils dilate. Yes, it’s lust at first sight. Retail lust. Unfortunately for my bank account, this time it happened in the aisle of my local Cue store. Don’t get me wrong; I like to think of myself as being relatively cautious and sensible in my purchases. But when my eyes lit upon this skirt, I knew it was meant to be. Cue calls it the Graphic Contrast Floral Pencil Skirt. I call it the Radiant Skirt of Glorious Beauty. It was both a statement and a classic, at once functional and a work of art. It was a foregone conclusion that we belonged together. I just needed to make it work double-time to justify its price. Fortunately, a printed pencil skirt is surprisingly versatile. To use that tired retail trope, it’s the classic ‘desk to bar’ item. Let me demonstrate. 1.  Wedding/Cocktail/Any dressy occasion, really, short of black-tie. The sheen of the skirt dresses up any fitted top, and all that remains is to add some killer black …

Capsule Wardrobe: Conservative Corporate, Part 2

Having outlined in my previous post my guidelines for a professional wardrobe, I dove into my wardrobe and pulled out… not very many clothes. Oh, woe! But this, at least, culls those items that I have tried waaay too hard to make work-appropriate over the last five years. I have tried to make the items in my capsule wardrobe as interchangeable as possible. Most tops go with most bottoms, and I can put any cardigan over any outfit in case of arctic air conditioning. 

Capsule Wardrobe: Conservative Corporate, Part 1

I have always been a little envious of men’s corporate style. Their wardrobes are so simple. Each item has an obvious function and there are prescribed guidelines about how each item should fit. Found a shirt that fits well? Get five of them in different colours. Wear a different one every day of the week, with trousers that match interchangeably with each shirt. Sorted. There is something so appealingly workman-like and logical about that.