At the risk of boring all you to tears, this series on my business travel packing list will comprise about ten posts. I originally planned to devote only three posts to this topic but couldn’t organize the content effectively in that space without employing jerky transitions.
On to today’s subject: I normally pack at least one dressier dress (is this a pleonasm?) that
can be worn to a nice dinner but isn’t too flashy for business
The “Crossover Sheath Dress” (which comes in black and bisque) is still available for purchase at Ann Taylor. The neckline on me is a bit too low-cut (and also gapes) for most office settings so I normally safety-pin the front for a less revealing look.
It could be that I just don’t have the goods to fill the dress (likely) so safety pins are optional.
Other dresses that I could pack which serve a similar purpose:
For those of you who find wearing a dress under a skirt or
a top uncomfortable, opt instead for matching separates with a twist
(like this two-piece lace top and skirt set; here’s another top and skirt set).
Here are a few looks with the dress that incorporate pieces itemized here.
Previously on 30 Outfits in a Bag:
Part I: Overview
I’ve lost count of the number of Schoolboy Blazers (extra 50% off today with code EXTRA40) in my possession and might have been heard saying last winter that I was done stockpiling the same blazer.
Well, a green blazer on sale proved irresistible. I suppose some resolutions are impossible to keep for the faint-hearted.
And, in honor of St. Patty’s Day, a few picks in green:
Lastly, a few picks for J. Crew’s extra 40%/50% off sale (use code EXTRA40 at checkout): Toggle Coat (last worn here), Double-cloth Tipped Coat, Jeweled Llama Sweater, Shirttail Wool Mini, Cashmere-lined Leather Gloves, Lady Day Coat, Jeweled Jacquard Dress, Crystal Mohair Jacket, Everly Suede Metallic-trim Pumps, Boy Popover in Bows, Metallic Floral Pencil Skirt, Duffle Coat, and Embroidered Leaves Scarf.
Discount: 25% off dresses, no code needed.
Picks: Full Midi Skirt in Bonded Crepe, Skater Dress With Scallop Detail, Skater Dress With Sweetheart Neck And Long Sleeve, Skater Dress With Scalloped Wrap (additional color here), Love Bandeau Jumpsuit, Top with Turtle Neck and Peplum, and Scallop Trim Blouse.
Retailer: Forever 21
Picks: Island Botanical Sash Skirt, Boho Floral Crochet Scarf, Belted Bow Skater Dress, Pleated Precision Midi Skirt, In Command Cargo Joggers, Floral Sweetheart Top, Down-To-Earth Woven Scarf, and Refined Buttoned Jumpsuit.
I had less-than-favorable things to say about the Romantic Lace Midi Skirt and the Dainty Crochet Lace Crop Top in my last update but that was unnecessarily harsh; the quality fits the price tag if not exceeds it.
Retailer: Juicy Couture
Discount: Additional 30% off sale items
Picks: Wool Notched Peacoat, Solid Ponte Blazer, Swing Crop Top, Girls Striped Pointelle Heart Tunic, Girls Nautical Striped Dress, and Stripe Ponte Blazer.
Retailer: Kate Spade
Discount: New styles on sale
Picks: Park Avenue Beau Bag, Vail Dress, Renana Coat, Lace Quinn Dress, Goldie Bag, Emma Dress, and Della Dress.
Retailer: Banana Republic
Discount: Until 3/12 at midnight, take 40% off with code BRFORTY. Starting 3/13, Luxe cardholders can get 50% off full-priced items in stores and 40% online purchases.
Picks: Ribbed Peplum Sweater, Animal Print Striped Pullover, Cable-Knit Three-Quarter Sleeve Pullover, Seamed Fit-and-Flare Dress, Fluted Skirt, and Chambray Shirtdress.
I’ve worn denim on denim with a print before and consider it a fairly reliable formula for casual wear. While everything about the combination is slightly trendy, denim is a great equalizer.
|Zara Coat with Gathered Shoulder and Metallic Buttons | Zara Checked Sweatshirt (similar) | H&M Denim Shirt | Forever 21 Classic Midsize Faux Leather Clutch with Zara Chain Belt | Gap 1969 Sexy Boyfriend Jeans | Zara Court Shoes (similar)
And in my ongoing effort to strap-ify wallets and clutches that are limited in versatility (remember when I added a chain to my wallet?), I’ve decided to add chains to inexpensive clutches (this process exploits shoddy workmanship) I’ve picked up in the last year. This method seems to work well and utilizes excess lobster clasps from my last project.
I’ll let these pictures illustrate the process; if they are unclear, leave a comment below and I’ll expound further (or add additional pictures where they are appropriate).
For Gap Inc. fans, use code MARCH for discounts at Gap divisions: 35% off at the Gap and Banana Republic, 30% off at Old Navy, and 20% at Piperlime. Cardholders get 40% off at the Gap and Banana Republic and 35% off at Old Navy.
My picks: Basketweave Fluted Skirt, Short Trench, Bronze Floral Jacquard Full Skirt, Wrap-Front Jersey Tops, Seamed Fit-and-Flare Dress, Fit & Flare Jersey Dresses, and Floral Shirtdress.
I rescued these pictures from blogging limbo in an attempt to stem a lousy habit of hoarding drafts of potential posts. I mean to include a review of the Louis Vuitton Mon Monogram Neverfull (don’t click at work or in class; link leads to LV’s website where there is sound) with the post but decided to postpone that discussion for a later date.
For all my carping about conspicuous logos being tacky, the unassailable truth is that…yes, I am also kind of a stickler for certain brands despite my vehement insistence of the opposite. I’ll save my existential quandary for another day but have to admit that I am kind of enjoying this bag aside from its oppressive ubiquity.
So I practically lived in this outfit (or some variation of it) for a few weeks in late fall; while it’s not the most innovative of outfits, I always felt modish (enough) in it.
Once in a while I would get requests from recent graduates or those looking to build (or rebuild) their wardrobes for a list of fashion items I consider “essentials.” And I guess this outfit is what my essentials boil down to: a light-colored trench, a blouse with a fun twist, medium-washed denim, comfortable boots, and a roomy tote in a versatile color or print. Everything worn here can be worn very differently outside of it.
I guess that’s the definition of a classic.
For those of you battling Nika today, happy snow day!