I've been operating a day behind on my 10x10 posts, so figured I would catch up today! If nothing else, the challenge has been great for my blog posting. :) I typically go into the office once or maybe twice a week, but the challenge has caught me on an office kick - I'm heading into the office three times this week, and two or three next week. The weather is also on a bit of an upswing, with highs around 50 today, so I don't have to bundle up quite as much. I took a little liberty today as well, of introducing an eleventh item into the mix, but it's basically outerwear. I have several blazers, but since I don't go into the office much, I've been struggling to wear them lately. I wanted to add them into my styling practice, and give me another option for office-appropriate wear. I wore it as my jacket on my commute and have barely had it on in the office, so I guess it pretty much is outerwear for today!
Boden wool blazer (newish/online), Free People sleeveless tunic (new/thrifted), Uniqlo black skinny pants (new/in store), Born tall boots (old/online), J.Crew black cami (new/online)
I originally intended to wear this tunic with the cardigan from yesterday unbuttoned, but I wanted to dress things up a bit, and I'm glad I did. The jacket isn't quite a perfect color match, but it helps ground the tunic and make it more formal looking, as well as cinch my waist a bit more.
The tunic is a different shape for me, as I've tried to do the gathered thing several times, and I never have been happy with it. I think there is something about the looseness of it and the location of the waistline that I really like about this version, and I think I'm going to try to replicate it. I also really like the fabric of the tunic. I believe it's technically called a voile, which is a loose-weave, somewhat sheer fabric, which reminds me a bit of cheesecloth, but it's soft and breathable in an easy way.
I've already discussed a bit the blazer over tunic look. I actually hesitate whether this is a dress or a tunic, but it's somewhat sheerness leave me to place it in the tunic category, making pants appropriate (vs. tights). I think I might actually shorten it a touch, as it has a raw hem to begin with, which I'm not a huge fan of, but that will make it more obvious it's not a dress.
I also added in some delicate gold jewelry, with a link necklace and large gold hoops. I go through phases of chunky vs. delicate jewelry, but I'm pretty happy in the delicate camp right now. I also am pretty neutral-toned I think, so I mix it up a bit between silver and gold. I do tend to just stick to metals though, with not a lot of stones/color. With all my weird color-matching tendencies, it just gets to be a bit too much to add color in the jewelry.
What do you think, is this outfit a keeper, or a bit crazy? I'm leaning towards keeper, but it's definitely outside of my normal style.