Thursday, January 26, 2012

Petite Work Attire: Texture in Black and Red

Photos: Katie Derus | Jacket: Ann Taylor (similar on sale here, similar in petite sizing here) | Skirt: Ann Taylor (somewhat similar here) | Shoes:Via Spiga | Bag: Rebecca Minkoff (similar here)(Cranberry Morning After Mini last seen here)| Brooch: Boutique (similar here) | Bracelets: Nordstrom, J.Crew, F21, Boutique

When I need to dress conservatively, I like to add a little interest to my ensemble with colorful--but tasteful--shoes and accesories. I also try to mix subtle textures in monochromatic materials to create a look that draws the eye but doesn't stand out too much.

In this outfit, I spiced things up by adding these Via Spiga red snakeskin pumps, a red bag, fun bracelets, and a brooch to my black outfit. In the detail shots, you can also see that the jacket is a tweedy material trimmed with a little ribbed black ribbon, while the skirt has a tonal dot texture that both complements and contrasts with the jacket.

I've had a couple reader questions about my work style, so I was wondering if you all think it might be helpful to have me do a more in-depth post about the ways I spice up my conservative work wardrobe. What do you think, readers?


  1. Oh I love it!! The texture of your skirt is such a brilliant surprise and really adds a lot. Also completely in love with your matching shoes/bag and the pattern of your shoes are fun but tasteful touch also! This really is a fantastic work outfit -- you look confident, stylish, and so chic. In answer to your question in this post, I know I would love to read a more in-depth post about your work wardrobe. Some of your work outfits have been among my very favourites of your's so anything related I would definitely love!


    1. Thanks so much, Rachel! I'm glad you are enjoying the workwear posts. This is one of my favorite outfits to wear to work, actually. It really does make me feel put-together and confident!

      I'm starting to plan out my work wardrobe tip post now . . .

  2. That's ADORABLE!!! Love the shoes and the brooch (why don't people wear more of those?) It just works.

  3. Love black and red together. This look is pretty conservative, but the red bag and shoes give it a fun pop!

  4. Hello! My first comment on your fantastic blog. I love your outfit and your whole look. You look like you could conquer the world! Everything is so simple yet has the maximum impact - this is how I'd love to dress. And I especially love your accessories, this is one of many things I'm struggling as I've never been able to accessorise properly.
    I totally agree with the above comment about your brooch too.

  5. I love the combination of black and red together. The mixed subtle textures is what make this outfit so fantastic.

  6. Love the outfit! Conservative but chic. Ps, adore the arm candy!

  7. Yes please! I would love to see your work style! Such a great classic outfit but definitely not boring. I love all the textures, and it's a great backdrop for that amazing purse! :)

  8. It is so incredibly difficult to wear a structured jacket like yours without looking like an old lady, and you managed to pull together such a sleek updated version of the classic look. And yes I'd love to read about your work wardrobe!