Black Dress (worn as top): Nollie
Black Blazer & Earrings: Bazaar
Bright Floral Printed Skirt: Custom-made! :)
Tribal / Ethnic Clutch: Mom's
Black Patent Pumps: Marks and Spencer
Stainless Steel Alphabet Charm Bracelet: Eiko (It's been with me for a decade!)
Having worked in the hotel industry for a couple of years in the mid-2000's, I've had my share of corporate suits that went from black, brown, beige, ivory and gray. I was stuck with the stiff power suits that made me look five years older than I really was. In fact, every person I met on the job was surprised to find out I was fresh out of university and starting out on my first job. I made up for it by using colorful accessories and statement necklaces, but I still ended up looking quite "serious" everyday.
If only I could go back in time and have the mindset I have now, I'd probably rock this brightly printed floral skirt on my first day to keep the my office attire looking young and stylish. Not that I'm sure this would go well with the HR department...(pasaway!) but that's another issue altogether.
I think this outfit could easily go from day to night just by changing the accessories and the shoes (which I forgot to do). To keep the skirt in the centerstage, I decided to keep everything else black. And that cute bow there? I insisted on that. I asked the sewer to use snap-ons, so that I have the option to wear the skirt with or without the bow. Isn't it a fun little detail that makes the piece unique? :D