Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Sex and the City at Work? Part 2: Charlotte

I absolutely love Charlotte; of all the girls from SATC she is the most natural choice to inspired a work outfit. However, I decided to challenge myself and picked one of Charlotte’s bolder looks: the red and white striped cocktail dress that she wears on vacation. The exaggerated A-line skirt and Southern Bell hat just can’t be used in the real world unless you are attending the Kentucky Derby! However, what caught my eye was the combination of red & white and the use of stripes in a non-casual way.

So here is what I came up with:

Marc by Marc Jacobs Decor Striped Top; Kenneth Cole white Pencil Skirt; Smythe Wool Blend Blazer from Nordstroms

Instead of a striped dress which would be too busy for the office I chose a bold striped top to be paired with two wardrobe classics: a well tailored jacket and a white pencil skirt. No need to go buy them you probably already have them in your closet.

Why this works: Horizontal stripes would have made this look too casual but the mix of vertical and diagonal stripes creates a more formal look. Also, the skirt-like waist line mimics Charolette’s multi-layered skirt almost perfectly.

Like Charlotte you can be playful with your shoes selecting a red pair or go conservative with a black pump. Don’t over do it on the jewelry! With three different colors and stripes in the look already, you don’t want to look like you are trying too hard.

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