Friday, October 21, 2011

Shorts Suit


I wore this outfit to the after-work welcome party that my new group took me out for. Which means I waited 3 whole days before hitting them with a shorts suit that shows off my tattooed arms. I'm sure no one cares; our VP, who I worked with at a previous job, only asked, "Are those new?" Biotech is certainly one of the least conservative of the professional fields.

It occurs to me that I might update the look of this jacket by removing the cap sleeves and turning it into a vest. Does anyone have any thoughts on this? On the one hand the cap sleeves give me a little more shoulder width, which is flattering. On the other hand they're sort of puffy and only look good with just the right top. Would removing the sleeves make this piece more versatile, or is it cuter the way it is?

Jacket: BCBG Max Azria
Top: Max Studio
Brooch: Trifari (vintage)
Shorts: White House Black Market
Shoes: Bettye Muller

21 comments:

WendyB said...

Hmmm....I do kinda like the sleeves.

I never would have known biotech was so open-minded if it wasn't for you!

Pam @ over50feeling40 said...

I love the whole outfit...especially the shorts with the heels.

Ashe said...

I love the cap sleeves-- I always think they're darling.

BUT with your style, I think you'd get more versatility if you removed the sleeves-- it'd open you up many more layering options!

Annie said...

I think I'd personally take off the sleeves, because having a shirt's short sleeve just poking out from under a jacket/sweater's even shorter sleeve kind of makes me itch. I have to say though, it certainly looks great the way it is!

Megan Mae said...

I like the proportions of this outfit, but personally... I dislike that style of sleeve. It seems to be very popular, but I don't think it's really all that flattering on anyone. The body of the jacket fits you like a glove though, so I'm voting for sleeve removal.

Ki said...

I like cap sleeves, so I vote for keeping it!

Shybiker said...

This look is so darn appealing I'm tempted not to want to touch it, but removing the cap-sleeves would probably be an improvement. That issue is insignificant, though, to my overwhelming admiration of the outfit. It's Audi at her best!

Patti @ NotDeadYet Style said...

Very good look, as always! I vote for sleeveless, cause I am loving vests right now. But now wrong answer : >

cwhf said...

I agree that the wider silhouette with the cap sleeves is really flattering on you. This would make a stunning vest as well and be more versatile but I fell with the cap sleeves it is a bit more of a statement/completer piece than without sleeves.

Either will be great. Love the brooch.

Anonymous said...

I vote for removing the sleeves to make it a vest.

Anonymous said...

I vote for making it a vest--perhaps a halter vest? Puffy cap sleeves are a pain to style and even more so of a pain to layer. Although I'm sure you could create kickass outfits either way.

Mom said...

I vote for pairing the jacket - cap sleeves/or no sleeves, with a three quarter length sleeve underneath. Either would look great.

ReaderRita said...

Ideally, I would vote to see the jacket over something long sleeved before I made a final judgement. However, I am not particularly crazy about how it looks over another short sleeved top; so if I had to vote right now I think your options would be greater with it in vest form.
Boy that's a long answer. Sorry.

sewforward said...

Okay - not sure if the sleeves should stay or go, but I do know (only becuase I sew - I sew alot!) that the armsyce (the armhole) is cut larger when the garment has a sleeve then if the garment is designed to be sleeveless. So, if you remove the sleeves, the armsyce may gap - a quick fix for this is to take in the extra with a dart which can become a design element of the garment. A good tailor could probably explain this better and be able to 'fix' the armsyce if it gaps, too much. On another note, I enjoy reading your blog and love the pictures of you and your dogs - too adorable!

kateR said...

I vote to leave the cap sleeves -if you take them off, you just have an ordinary old vest. Nothing too exciting there!

GenkiOriana said...

I just found your blog via a link and am just learning/looking into wearing more than jeans and t-shirts. That being said: love the outfit and what I've seen scanning your blog and I look forward to seeing what else you put together :) Shorts & heels..I would have never thought to try it!

Clothes Karma said...

I too just found your blog and was drawn to the title. I'm a librarian, so I definitely qualify for nerd fashion :) OK, now it's time for me to stalk your archives!

Clothes Karma

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Furniture Los angeles said...

Love the shorts and jacket! White House Black Market is one of my favorite stores. I wish I could rock a shorts suit but not sure how...at least looking at this I can get some good ideas!

-Kayla

Catherine said...

That is so comfortable and cute at the same time! I never would have paired those things together but it looks great. Your blog and others like it are encouraging me to play with my clothes and have fun.

- Tessa said...

I prefer cap sleeves, so please leave them! Either way, showing us the outcome could be fun.

- Tessa