|Dollar for dollar, choosing well made, long lasting garments gives you the best style bang for your buck.|
|Black + White + READY for action. Shoot (pictures) first, and ask (interview) questions later.|
Without the time to fuss about what worked together and what didn't, I went for my favorite color combo- black and white, and red. (Previous outfits rocking these colors can be seen here, here, here, and here.)
Meet the players:
- A vintage 1960s black heavy weight womens wool coat with silk florette button covers.
- A vintage 1950/60 style womens fitted cotton-blend shirt in bright cherry red.
- A thrifted, new with tags, A-line skirt, silk screened + sequined with a white lobster motif.
- Thrifted, nearly new Bruno Valenti pony hair animal print ankle boots.
- (A supporting role shout out goes to the sunglasses, first worn and reviewed here)
|Dressing for Success almost always includes wearing an impeccably turned out coat.|
Strong color combo = strong impact. I wanted to make a good, and memorable impression. Red, black and white are one of the most powerful color mixes you can make. Done right, this combo packs a punch. Whenever you don this heady and confident color combination- consider yourself punched and remembered.
Coat of confidence. The first thing people see when they meet you, is more than likely your outerwear, and I wanted the impression of me to be chic, classic yet quirky and prone towards quality. This vintage coat, I believe says all that, and in perfect diction. It's an incredibly well made coat- and while it has many hallmarks of the 1960s, it's clean lines and boxy cut, still looks very fresh and fashionable today.
A Perfect Pair: the power of separates. While I normally make dresses my daily "go-to" I wanted to challenge myself and wear separates, and see if I could reflect my way of dress in previously unworn garments hanging in my closet. When you choose classic cuts and colors, the challenge is easier than you might think. Neutral (red) paired with neutrals (a graphic black and white print) is an easy way to put together a smart looking ensemble, quickly. Both top and skirt could have been styled a number of equally smart ways. Keeping it simple, and putting on just a top, and a skirt nearly broke the sound barrier in speed dressing: all said and done in less than 5 minutes.
Classic Cuts. Now it's no secret that I'm no skinny Minnie, I'm a solid womens size 14, and I deal with dressing a rather thick (and ever thickening) middle. I need room to feel comfortable, but seek out silhouettes that enhances the curve factor, and not the chub factor. A slim yet roomy blouse with bust and waist-line enhancing darts is just the ticket. And for insta-hourglass, you can't go wrong in wearing an A-line skirt. Both are classic cuts- and there's a reason they've been around for decades, and are still going strong. As long as their lines flatter the figure, they'll always be "in style."
Go for Kicks: shoes with character. The easy finish would have been to add some black shoe to this red/black/white interview ensemble. Black is classic- and I've got LOADS of great black leather pumps, platforms, boots, booties, sandals, stilettos, mary janes, wedges, etc, etc. And I'm sure I would have looked and felt terrific with nearly any of my numerous black shoe options. But I wanted leave a more memorable impression- and pair of stack heeled, animal print booties, kinda sorta, do just that. I also wanted to shave off a bit of the overly retro feel of the mostly vintage ensemble, and wearing contemporary kicks takes the right amount of retro edge off the outfit.
Top + Bottom + Boots + Coat = READY TO ROLL.
- Time spent putting together the outfit: 5 minutes.
- Time spent dressing: 5 minutes.
- Time spent of hair and make-up: 2 minutes.
- Time walking to bus stop: 1 minute.
- Time waiting at the bus stop: 2 minutes.
Success! I made it on time. The interview was a success, as was the outfit.
|Shop #SECONDHANDFIRST: 99% thrifted. 100% Rosebud.|
Linking up to Patti and the best dressed crowd on the interwebs for VISIBLE MONDAY