I think it's time for a new series, don't you? I decided that it's time to start a "Classic Girl's Guide," showing you how to dress when you want to be a classic sort of woman.
This thought came to me as I put on this outfit and realized that most people wouldn't get this dressed up ever, let alone for every day life. But I love getting dressed up, and putting on heels and a blazer is 100% more fun to me than putting on a pair of sweatpants and slippers (depending on the day, of course!).
So I thought I'd begin this series with a situation most women are faced with: Casual Friday at the office. What do you wear? What is appropriate, and what's too dressed up or down?
Well, I'd like to begin with this: I'd always opt for too dressed up in a work environment than too dressed down. In a more casual environment, that situation might be flipped, but when you're in a workplace, you always want to look like you've put in too much effort, not too little. So here's my philosophy: keep the outfit dressed up and choose one piece that's more casual. Let's look at this outfit more closely to see what I mean.
The basis of my outfit was this pair of high-waisted black jeans. I think that Casual Fridays are meant for a good pair of jeans, and this pair is particularly nice because of the fit. Now, because I'd decided to wear a pair of casual jeans, I knew that I wanted to keep everything else more formal and office-appropriate.
I decided to wear one of my favorite new jackets from Club Monaco. It pretty much goes with anything, which is fantastic, and it's got that unique flair with the color-blocking of the grey and off-white. Wearing a jacket or blazer dresses up any normal outfit and gives it that extra level of professionalism that always looks great in an office environment. If I have one major recommendation for your wardrobe, it's get a great blazer that you love wearing. It will make such a big difference with the littlest bit of effort!
After establishing the crux of my outfit - the jeans and the jacket - I threw on two colorful items: my shoes and my sweater. I bought this sweater in New York at a boutique and I love the detailing along the neckline - it's so unique! It's got that little bit of extra flair that I love, and it makes the entire outfit standout. The color also inspired my lipstick, so it worked perfectly. Then, for a little added sass, I chose these heels. They are so comfortable and they go with the top because they are both saturated in color, even if they don't match. There's a difference between matching and going together, and these do the latter.
The final touches were putting my hair into a chic bun and putting on a fun pair of hoop earrings. I love expressing myself through my accessories, so the shoes, the earrings, and the updo really gave the whole outfit that extra oomph.
So to summarize:
1. Wear one casual piece of clothing, usually jeans or a casual top.
2. Keep the rest of your outfit more formal, with heels and a blazer.
4. Use color to bring fun into your outfit.
3. Accessorize to your heart's content!
And there you have it, lovely friends! What do you wear on Casual Friday? What do you think of my new series? What would you like to see next? Let me know in the comments down below!
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Hey! I'm Abby, the creator of Classically Abby, a commentary, opera, beauty, and lifestyle brand dedicated to looking at the world from a classic perspective. I'm the first Conservative Influencer and I'm an opera singer with three degrees in performance!