May 28th, 2015
On My Mind

Dressed Down

I went to a business lunch this week, something I try desperately to avoid. I’m an artful dodger when it comes to any form of meet-and-greet, but I was curious about these folks, so I went.

The new Balenciaga white shift was hanging on my closet door, the perfect ladylike lunch look. But, at the very last minute, I changed into white jeans, a grey silk blouse and black Marni sandals, and I’m glad I did.  Perhaps, if I don’t feel that I must ‘dress’ for a meeting, I’ll accept more invitations (doubtful).

I love this image from Pinterest and want to copy her look—it’s my dream spring uniform and I’d even wear it to a business lunch.

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  • Preston, any idea who those espadrilles are by? Which grey silk blouse did you choose?

    kimMay 28th, 2015  6:19 PM

     
  • I love this look. Any idea who makes the shirt ?

    judiMay 28th, 2015  8:28 PM

     
  • Love this too!! Kim, I have a similar pair of espadrilles from andré assous, if that helps.

    MeganMay 29th, 2015  5:24 AM

     
  • My grey silk blouse is Vince. I do not know where this woman got her top or espadrilles.

    PrestonMay 29th, 2015  5:32 AM

     
  • Love this Preston! Kim, the espadrilles maybe Viscata – http://www.viscata.com/collections/women-s-espadrilles

    gpcMay 29th, 2015  6:40 AM

     
  • Love the outfit in the photo and your outfit sounds great as well. I always feel more myself dressed down.

    KathyMay 29th, 2015  7:37 AM

     
  • I have recently had an inkling for a softly taliored white trouser suit and am on the lookout. The all white look with classic accessories and casual shoes is so timelessly chic. Beautiful backdrop too!

    Jill, ScotlandMay 29th, 2015  8:12 AM

     
  • I love this – all of it – agree with Preston. This is how to dress. Preston, I do love the Balenciaga shift you selected, but I completely agree with your choice to change at the last minute. I think all white – particularly at this time of year – even in the city – is so incredibly chic and the espadrilles add a touch of French – not perfectly new, but perfect with her outfit. She is also so chic, so that clearly adds to the image. I also love, for some reason, the fact that she’s just there with her sunglasses – no bag, nothing obvious – just lovely! Another lesson, at least for me, that less, or at least the correct version of “less”, is always more!

    tabithaMay 29th, 2015  8:32 AM

     
  • Sounds like you went the sophisticated Emmanuelle Alt route, sans the heels. Must have been chic and probably admired by your lunch companions.

    AprilMay 29th, 2015  8:48 AM

     
  • I just purchased a pair of Castaner espadrilles that are very similar to the pair she is wearing — http://www.castaner.com/en-us/shop/shoes-1/wedge-espadrilles/carina-8-canvas-600–natural

    great outfit!

    DR

    DawnMay 29th, 2015  9:01 PM

     
  • The length of the jacket in the photo above is particularly chic. It doesn’t appear to be a structured jacket, nor is it a tunic. Can you tell us more about this piece? Knowing when to dress down just a bit, and when to wear the unexpected–without looking ‘casual’ or boho–is a skill the most stylish women have. Great call!

    PaulaMay 29th, 2015  10:52 PM

     
  • This picture is everything, it screams peaceful and chic ! And you’re right, you shouldn’t dress up if you don’t want to, the only thing that matters is that you’re confortable in what you wear !

    http://www.pardonmyobsession.com/

    CarolineMay 31st, 2015  7:28 AM

     

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