You might be thinking that ‘less is more’ is not my style – I generally wear heavy makeup, fashion forward styles, bold accessories, more, more, more! True. Love it all. Just not all at once. Sometimes it is the simplicity of an outfit that creates the best look – resisting the need to wear a necklace because your neck is bare, resisting an armful of fun bangle bracelets. Simplicity can be elegant.
This combination may appear at first to be ordinary, but nothing about it is. The Theory jacket has been in my closet for years, soft goat leather sleeves and a tailored, fitted style. Stuart Weitzman block heel pumps are the perfect hight for an above knee skirt, a great business staple…
This skirt alone is a luxurious statement piece – it is a pull-on faux suede by Wolford; soft, sexy, and machine washable! (It was a great bargain at their end of year sale.) Skinny leopard belt actually was Ginger’s, adds just enough pattern to pull the outfit together.
Body conscious (aka ‘body-con’) pieces are form fitting and very much on trend. They can be perfectly appropriate for business as long as not exposing too much skin – not too short, not too low cut. When I wear something this fitted to work I like it best with a long jacket that will cover the butt. Not that you need to leave the jacket on, but it’s a better look for work. The Shanghai shirt by Wolford is not your average black top – the light viscose fabric feels super soft, the neckline and sleeves quite flattering. (For a similar look at a lower price point check out White House/Black Market – they have a nice selection of year round layering tops.)
Sometimes I will choose a deep brown or vibrant red lip color when wearing black/beige. To balance the body-con pieces I decided ‘less is more’ and went for a neutral lip, Mocha by MAC. 😉
Less may be more, but no way would I forego adding a scarf as I head out the door. No need for a pop of color, the classic Louis Vuitton pattern adds the perfect amount of visual interest.
Do YOU like less or would you prefer MORE?