From day into night

A woman’s dress should be a like a barbed-wire fence: serving its purpose without obstructing the view.—Sophia Loren

I’ve always been fascinated by the day-to-night concept. Never mind the fact that I usually go home and change after work if I’m going out again. I just like the image of a stylish, always-on-the-go woman changing a few elements of an outfit and being ready for that “after work” experience.

So here I was with a normal work day ahead of me and then a reception in the evening. This is one of my favourite dresses. I got it at 50 per cent off and it fits like a dream plus it came with the belt.

Usually I like a pop of colour but I kept this outfit neutral.

During the day I kept it simple with earrings and the animal print bangle. The bangle came off in the evening and I put on the gold and pearl necklace (which I love so much that I plan to dedicate a whole post to it) and a locally-made spiral ring.

Oh and when I looked at these pics I absolutely loved the way the textures and patterns on my belt, bag handle and bangle looked. Let’s pretend I planned it that way.:)

*All photos except the last two by Sharon Harding*

TGIF but…

What you wear is how you present yourself to the world, especially today, when human contacts are so quick. Fashion is instant language.

Today’s quote is from Miuccia Prada and it’s quite fitting.

This was a dressier than usual Friday outfit for me. I really couldn’t decide what to wear that morning and I stared InMyWardrobe, pulled open drawers and looked wherever my clothes often hide. As time ticked away I knew I HAD to choose something. Something that looked effortless but still pulled together.  I had an interview with a CEO whom I was meeting for the first time but it was Friday so I wanted some colour…TGIF and all that.

The bandage skirt was a lifesaver. It’s super flattering and it doesn’t need ironing. Perfect for any busy young woman. I have a thing for cardigans because they’re relaxed but still professional. Then came the purple top for a touch of fun.  I thought I could add a bit more colour without looking crazy so out came the turquoise belt! Along with that was the turquoise button and bead bracelet. Those were the only bright colours; shoes and bag were black, earrings and necklace set were understated. Perfect balance between professional and interesting… at least I think so…

Take a look

You know that thing when you see someone cute and he smiles and your heart kind of goes like warm butter sliding down hot toast? Well that’s what it’s like when I see a store. Only it’s better! 

That quote from Rebecca Bloomwood in the Confessions of a Shopaholic movie is easily one of my favourite shopping quotes. Honestly, I identify. And if there’s a “SALE” sign in that store’s window, somebody had better hold me back.

Usually no one does since I often venture into retail territory solo.

The end result? Too much stuff!

Like these black and white prints.

So ever so often someone tells me I have too many *insert item here* or that I should have a sale. I would like to disagree but the fact is my wardrobe IS kinda like a mini store.

Except instead of carrying different pieces for different people, it caters to different aspects of my personality. There’s sexy stuff, there’s edgy stuff, there’s ethnic/rootsy stuff. There’s girly stuff.  My  wardrobe is the product of years of fashion choices. Sure, I add stuff whenever I like a trend or something catches my eye (which is waaay too often) and I take out stuff if it no longer fits me or my personality well.

But what I choose to wear is a mood/ phase thing for me so something that I bought five years ago may no longer be a favourite now. Still, I hang on to pieces like that because chances are I’ll want to turn to them someday. Some things like pumps are classics.

I think I’ve started doing a better job at choosing items that I will keep me interested for a long time but for my random treks off the familiar path, accessories are a relatively cheap and easy way to change up my look.  Belts have become a staple accessory especially for work. Skinny, broad, neutral, bright, textured…. The list goes on.

Anyway, in some ways this blog is “fashionably late”.  With my love for all things fab I should’ve thought of this long ago.  But from now on I’ll be giving you a peek InMyWardrobe. I’ll highlight some of my favourite pieces and share how I use them in this grown-up version of dress up I play on a daily basis.

And if I’m inspired by a shoe, bag, clothing item or accessory that I don’t yet have you can be sure I’ll show you what I would do if I could get it InMyWardrobe.

Of course, comments and suggestions for future posts are welcomed.


Not too grown up to play dress up!