Friday, July 31, 2009

Sequined

How does one get away with pairing a sequined top with a sexy pencil skirt at work? Well, I'm not really sure, because it seems I get away with everything I wear to that place. But this is what I tried, and here's why I think it worked.

The skirt. Though the wiggle shape of the skirt is sexy, its rather staid tweedy fabric and below-the-knee length keep it tame and classic. No way would I have paired this top with a miniskirt or any kind of shiny fabric. It's best to let your super flashy item be the only one in the outfit.

The waistcoat. Denim is a great way to make just about anything look more casual. Not only that, but the structure of the waistcoat gives the outfit a more suited feel; blazers are another great approach for casualizing flashy tops.

The accessories. I kept accessories to a minimum in this outfit and selected jewelry with antiqued finishes instead of polished ones. The shoes have a metallic finish, but even those have a soft sheen and are light on embellishment.

Tune in next week, when I'll feature the first-ever guest post from Mark! As you may well imagine, Mark is quite the stylish fella, and I've asked him to contribute from time to time with some perspectives on men's fashion. I'm certain you'll enjoy the post he's cookin' up. Have a great weekend, everyone!

Waistcoat: Promod
Top: vintage
Skirt: Banana Republic
Shoes: Born

17 comments:

The Thrifty Stylist said...

is that a fob watch on a necklace? quelle mode! (apparently it's the new thing, according to lucky's august issue). awesome as always.

WendyB said...

I love daytime sequins. Great skirt too.

Sheila said...

I love this outfit. I am coming to raid your closet.

I'm excited about Mark's post - my husband is also a very snappy dresser (so I'll probably drag him over to the computer to check it out).

notSupermum said...

That's a very sexy outfit, but not overtly so. Quietly sexy?

Fashion and more said...

Oh wow! I love this outfit.

mummabee said...

Love, love, love that pencil skirt!! Perfectly toned down the sequins, though I'm a big fan of the daytime sparkles!!

L said...

Love it!!!!

ShopKim said...

I love the detail on that skirt!

I also wanted you to know I passed on the Kreativ Blogger Award to youo on my blog.

terrarustica said...

Audi, I just love your blog. I used to live in Portland OR and now reside in Atlanta GA. Your blog so makes me miss the uniqueness and creativity of the Pacific Northwest!

If you don't mind my asking, how tall are you? From your pictures, we look to be similarly proportioned. I am 5'5" and very short-waisted with long legs; I have a hard time showing off my waist without ending up with a belt riding right under the ladies like grandma! Do you have any advice?

terrarustica said...

Ack! I just read your previous post in which you announce that you are 5'8" ... sorry for not reading before commenting! :)

Le Tasché said...

Love your outfit, but in special this skirt!

Audi said...

terrarustica: Your height is actually a lot less important than your proportions. If you're short-waisted then steer clear of wide belts, because they shorten your torso even more. A narrow belt will bring definition to your waist without truncating your frame -- similarly, look for jackets, waistcoats, etc. with a single button, or else leave all but the middle button undone. Wrap-style dresses and tops will be particlarly flattering on you because they elongate the torso and bring the waist in at a narrow line. Finally, avoid double-breasted anything, because that cut will make you look broader and thus de-emphasize your waist. Hope that helps!

terrarustica said...

Awesome Audi! Thank you! :)

Karen said...

Love it love it love. Wore my white wife beater wtih clear sequins on Sat night with boyfriend jeans and patent platforms!

Karen said...

I want to see Mark wear men's fluevogs! I love all the men's shoes there!

daddylikeyblog said...

Hahaha I love that you get away with everything, and I love that you are rocking this top!

Also, just added you to my Top Faves blogroll--I have no idea what took me so long but you've finally taken your rightful place among my favorite stylish bloggers! :)

Audi said...

Hooray, I made the Daddy Likey blogroll! At last I've hit the big time. :-)