Career Style: Black, White, Classic
May 9, 2011
I was standing outside the Capitol the other day when I saw a staffer wearing one of the most adorable outfits that I have ever seen. There was nothing all together remarkable about the color palette (white & black) or the pieces themselves, but the little details made the outfit perfectly classic. So despite the simplicity of the ensemble, or perhaps, because of it, the outfit was very striking.
What? I told you that the outfit was shockingly simple: a black pleated skirt, a ruffled cotton blouse and a black, crewneck cardigan. But the small touches made it really special.
Unlike some cotton blouses, which are lifeless and dull. This blouse was a crisp poplin, with a sharp ruffle. It perfectly bridged the gap between structured and frilly.
The skirt was fabulously full, with large, crisp pleats. When she walked, the skirt swayed perfectly from side to side. She looked like she had stepped out of a 1950s movie.
Add the pearl jewelry and basic crewneck cardigan, and you create something that should be boring, but is classically sophisticated. Proving that basic pieces, in heavy fabrics, with good shape, can be just as stylish as fashion forward pieces.
Also spicing up her outfit was her braided updo. The hairstyle was pretty and girly, but it was also perfectly coiffed and effortlessly chic. Like a cherry on top of a sundae.
Earth shattering, no. But it just goes to show that when you are buying classic pieces, taking a little bit of time to choose structured pieces in good fabrics, really pays off.