Saturday, May 03, 2014

Dressing down the dressy

I'm glad I gave this blouse and vest a second glance...and another chance to be worn together. I've tried pairing them up a few times over the years but they never quite felt right. I'd always change before heading out the door. 

This time a few tweaks helped me see them differently. What exactly? Skinny jeans in a black - rather than a blue - wash, for a more cohesive look. Hair worn up to show off the high neckline. Drop earrings in a modern shape that pick up the pink in the outfit. Rose gold strappy sandals with a metallic sheen to echo the lustre of the blouse. 

Photos don't do this outfit justice, especially the beautiful tailoring on the blouse. The blouse is one of my most cherished pieces in my wardrobe, and I'm happy that I've found a way to dress it down. Tucked in to a pencil skirt, it looks completely different (example here).

Do you ever return to combinations you want to work, to find ways to make it work?


Jeans - Guess via Winners
Blouse - Chanel
Vest - Calvin Klein
Earrings - Gift
Ring - Winners
Sandals - Nine West outlet


  1. I think what makes this look AWESOME are those sandals, Kat! The whole outfit feels like "yeah, I'm still dressed down, but super classy!"

  2. That is a truly gorgeous blouse, Kat. I can see how it would be a challenge to dress down, but I think it works really well with the more masculine vest. And definitely with black - everything goes with black ;)


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