Thursday, August 13, 2009

One of the Guys

The menswear trend has been going strong for awhile now. The last several seasons? Since Annie Hall?? Since women started wearing pants??? Anyway... I like the style but haven't personally sported it very much.

Today I felt like mixing it up (translation: I was haphazardly grabbing things in the rush before work) by putting a menswear spin on the good old high-waist trousers I've come to love. Feeling like quite the dandy, I had a strong urge to carry a pipe or briefcase as an accessory. In lieu of anything gentlemanly, I skipped accessories altogether.

Despite the boyish undertone, I thought the waist-defining silhouette and bold pop of color in the ruffled shirt added just the right dose of femininity.

My co-workers pointed out that I never, ever wear slacks -- most people's 9 to 5 standby -- to work. I think I'm such a jeans person that when they're forbidden, my mind jumps to skirts and dresses. Denim is the only variety of pant that means anything to me I suppose. Interesting how work wardrobe guidelines can affect your style. As a matter of fact, one of the main reasons I got into fashion was a high school job that required me to dress up. Here's to business casual!
Top: Richard Chai for Target, $16 // Pants: Vintage, thrifted, $1 // Shoes: Payless, sample

10 comments:

Anna said...

Ooo I really like the ideal balance between masculine and feminine, you wear it well!:)

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God Made Me fuNky said...

Nicely put together. I love the top with its orange trims.

Erin Cathleen said...

Love how affordable this outfit is! I, too, think I really discovered fashion when I had my first office job and had to adhere to a dress code. Funny, I never really thought about that before. :)

Clare said...

I'm very much the same about work clothes. All non-denim pants barely make it onto my radar. I do love this outfit, though. I think the shoes are a fabulously androgynous touch, too.

Linda said...

I breathe a sigh of relief every day when I realize that my office has basically no restrictions. I can go to work in jeans if I like, and I mostly do. I find myself gravitating to skirts and dresses lately however.
I just feel that regular pants are somewhat boring sometimes.

E said...

WOW! You look so pretty and polished - my jaw just dropped when I saw where everything was from!

Stylish Thought said...

I love the hight waist and slim leg of the trousers, plus the $1 price tag doesn't hurt either. Very Annie Hall !

Orchid Grey said...

our office finally started allowing denim about six months ago, I'm the same way- if the pants arn't denim, I just wear skirts and dresses. Your outfit looks great! I love the high waisted trouser look!

thesydneygirl said...

so gorgeous! ♥

eednic said...

i have that same exact shirt! it's one of my faves! i like how you have paired it with high-waisted pants. this is how i last wore mine: http://eednic.blogspot.com/2009/05/abnormally-attracted-to-orange.html