Now + Later: The Silk Shell

Yesterday had me like, whoa.


It was a rough re-introduction back to our regularly scheduled programming. First days back after a holiday are always the WORST, and for whatever reason, the busiest. One of my many to-do’s was creating a virtual shopping list for a client with a rather schizophrenic closet of corporate and casual attire. She was looking for help to sort out some wardrobe dead weight and try to unite her two contrasting styles.



Vince SILK SHELL (old; THIS is similar) // Vince JACKET (old; THIS is similar) // Zara JEANS // Vince PUMPS // Chloe BAG (unfortunately, the dusty rose color is no longer available)

As someone who was stuck in business formal attire for the better part of 12 years, I know a little something about workwear and how to actually make it work for you outside the weekday grind. My first piece of advice: start from the bottom — kind of like that Drake song.

By bottom, I mean your foundation layers. Those key pieces that you can build outfit after outfit on. In this case, let’s talk silk shells.

Big fan.

How To Style A Silk Shell

A silk shell can be a tank or camisole. It can be v-neck or scoop. It MUST be hip length and of course, made out of a decadent draping material — preferably, silk. Once you find your favorite, you’ll be amazed at how easily it can transition any outfit from work-to-casual, day-to-night.

Take today’s look of the day…

Silk_Shell_Vince_Flare Jeans_Fall_2015_style


See what I did there? I took a classic silk shell and built a work-chic appropriate outfit around it. Yes, I know… I’m wearing jeans. My favorite FLARES, by the way. Just sub those jeans for a well-cut pair of office appropriate trousers and the overall look pretty much stays the same.

I wore this ensemble to a 40th birthday party a few weeks back and it was the ideal combination of sophisticated and party ready. The jacket was also a nice perk when it started down-pouring midway through the birthday festivities.


Best of all, the silk shell was just clingy enough to highlight my silhouette without showing too much skin. I decided to tuck in the top to draw more attention to my higher waisted jeans and the curves they magically create, but it would have looked great untucked as well.


Now, onto the bag. You know I have a weakness for HANDBAGS! This 70’s inspired classic CHLOE in a dusty rose was the perfect compliment to the mostly navy blue look. I love the contrast it created! I’m not one for unusual colored bags and generally recommend neutrals, but I fell in love with the soft pink and have never looked back.

So there you go… Part I of the silk shell saga. Stay tuned for tomorrow’s Part II where I take the silk shell and fulfill all of your party girl fashion goals! Leather and studs are definitely involved.

Just sayin’.




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