Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Penny Pinched Professional #7: Simple & Swanky

Some things in life are just better simple: assembly instructions, dessert recipes, and high school summer reading books.  Another thing better simple is my workweek outfits, because oatmeal or toast is about the extent of my decision making capacity at 6:30 AM.

My definition of a "simple" outfit used to be a strict no button or zipper involvement policy (i.e. sweatpants), but that definition doesn't work if you plan on being a functional member of society.  Luckily, though, I found out that simple can also be stylish (and office acceptable), which leads me to...

Penny Pinched Professional #7: Simple & Swanky

This might be my favorite outfit that I've posted so far because it looks really sophisticated, but it's sneakily simple.  It takes about as much effort as crawling into a sleeping bag: zip 'er up, and you're good to go.

Obviously, the main component of the outfit is the dress from H&M:

I absolutely love this dress because, even though it's classy on its own, it is simple enough that you can dress it up in so many ways to get so many different outfits (the secret weapon of the penny pinched professional).

For this outfit, I  was channeling my inner, wannabe-attorney, so I just added a thin belt and some sparkly studs.  But when I'm finished living my alter-dream-ego fantasy, it'd be fun to dress it up with something bright (maybe this necklace from my mom?).

Simple & Swanky

The point is, the dress is simple enough that you could dress it up to make a different outfit for every day of the week (although I wouldn't suggest wearing it every day in one week, unless social acceptance isn't on your list of priorities).  But it's also inexpensive, so it's like getting five outfits for the price of one.

Now if we could only work something like that out in the wine industry, there'd be no more problems left in this world.

A little swank to spice up your Hump Day!  Keep going... you're almost there!

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