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Now + Later: The Silk Shell

Yesterday had me like, whoa.

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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.

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WHAT I’M WEARING:

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…

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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.

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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.

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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’.

SHOP THE LOOK:

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2 Comments

  • Reply Casey September 9, 2015 at 11:52 am

    These jeans are on sale right now for $7.99! Sold out in a lot of sizes but I snagged a size 4. Fingers crossed that they fit!

    • Reply scompiseno September 9, 2015 at 12:14 pm

      Awesome score!

      Sometimes when I queue some posts up in advance, things go on sale and I don’t even know it! My only words of advice re: Zara jeans is that while they are a great fit for me, they are definitely LONG. 34-35″ inseam on my flare… Just another excuse to wear my heels 🙂

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