Oldspiration: 3 things dressing for high school taught me about dressing for life

This morning, I realized that the outfit I was putting together uncannily resembled my high school uniform. I don’t think this is that surprising–in fact, upon further reflection, whatever I needed to learn about fashion/style, I learned in high school.

  1. Having a uniform isn’t so bad at all. In high school, I lived in my white blouse, navy skirt, and black flats. Five years later, I virtually still live in my white blouse, navy skirt, and black flats. No white socks, though.
  2. Simple is better. Our teachers used to tell us, “Simplicity is beauty! Simplicity is beauty!”. I think that’s a truthful statement if there ever was one. When choosing outfits, I try not to over-accessorize, and I usually go for clean lines, like the ones you can find in A-line skirts or wraparound dresses.
  3. Skirts should be a proper length. Thank goodness my skirts don’t need to be seven inches below the knee anymore! Still, I think that rule is a good reminder to keep skirt length (for day wear) at slightly above the knee.

It’s been a little more than five years since I graduated from High School, but so many fond memories remain as clear as water out of the school fountain. Keep Reading

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Two Looks, One Outfit: Blazer of Glory

Today I specifically needed an outfit that would look polished at the office, and relaxed enough for dinner with a friend. For situations like these, I like to build the entire outfit around a single office-worthy garment that can be removed after work to blend in with a more casual environment. In this case, this no-nonsense navy jacket with a fitted, tailored silhouette and sleek lapels anchors an otherwise casual ensemble for a solid day at the office. After work, I simply took off the blazer and showed off a more grown-up take on a jeans-and-t-shirt combination; as is usually the case, accessories, hair and make-up are key. Because the blazer serves as a structured anchor to the overall look, it’s possible to have fun with the rest of the pieces, like this old white v-neck and soft, stretchy gray pants. Keep Reading

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Rinse, Wear and Repeat with Pride: Basic Black Blazer

I previously wrote about my favorite navy skirt and how it has become one of my wardrobe’s defining pieces. I’m obsessed with the blouse-tucked-into-skirt combo because it requires so little time yet looks like a lot of thought went into piecing the outfit together.

Similarly, one of my favorite “recipes” is the blazer+dress pair-up, which is a gift that keeps on giving. Keep Reading