Sunday, October 2, 2011

Casual Friday: Testing out Skinny Jeans

Never say never. For a casual Friday look, I decided to raid my mom's closet and purloin one of her skinny jeans. Now, I just need to explain something. Skinny jeans are not something I would normally choose for myself. In fact, when they first came out, the thought of wearing skinny jeans added a couple of wrinkles to my face. So when I was feeling bored with my closet choices, I decided to raid my mom's closet and check out her clothes without permission because that's what dutiful daughters do.

My mom and I do not have the same built. She never gains weight in her legs. She used to tell us about how her skirts were really short when she was still single. Unfortunately for me, I didn't get the skinny legs gene. 

Anyway, I still decided to bravely explore her closet and check out her skinny jeans. And here's the look I made using my mom's skinny jeans and my other clothes:

Uhm. It's not so bad after all. The skinny jeans I "borrowed" were made of a stretchy fabric and had a fabric waistband which was very forgiving. Good for avoiding the muffin top. I'm wearing the same Plains and Prints cardigan I wore here. My striped tank is a gift from my mom. The "necklace" I'm wearing is the detachable charm of a black dress which I recycled.

Here are some of the things I realized from this skinny jeans experiment:

1. Wearing your skinny jeans with heels elongates the legs and makes you look taller. I am wearing Stella Luna heels in the picture. These heels are about 4 and half inches tall with a 1.5 inch platform which allows me to comfortably wear them all day. 

2. A longer top keeps the look balanced and prevents you from getting conscious about your skinny jeans. I really am very conscious about my bottom half but the long top I'm wearing skims across the biggest parts of my thighs. The cardigan fabric was also not too clingy but drapes over the body for a nice silhouette.

3. Don't be afraid to try new things. What surprised me the most was that skinny jeans when done right could actually be very flattering. I received many compliments for my outfit today from people who commented that I was looking slimmer.

I may experiment with skinny jeans some more in future outfits. At the end of the day, if what you're wearing doesn't work, you can always take them off that night and start anew in the morning.

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Saturday, October 1, 2011

Corporate Fashion: Black Suit

You really need the essential pieces in your office wardrobe. One of them would be a black suit. I took a break from sartorial experimentation to don a simple black suit since I had a hearing and had to conduct a cross-examination of the other party's witness. Here's what I wore:

Black suit by Theme, Scarf by Forever 21, Shoes by Nine West

The picture was taken at night since I got back so late from my hearing. My basic black suit is from Theme, a brand known for their corporate wear. You can find their stores here in the Philippines as well as in Singapore and Hong Kong.

The scarf is from Forever 21. You can't see it too much from the photo but it's a leopard print in gray. I like adding scarves to jazz up my suit. Unfortunately, it leaves me open to joking remarks from my office mates as to when my next flight would be as they associate scarves with flight attendants.

Wearing my basic Nine West peep toe pumps.

If clothing was armor, then the black suit should be one of the first lines of defense.

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