While in LA yesterday, I went to the Beverly Center (the mall in Beverly Hills) for the first time since I was like 15. Retail must be dead, because that place was so empty (old video about dead malls here). I maybe saw two other people walking around. And because it’s Beverly Hills, it was one of those rare malls that still had good stores in it. In total, I bought 5 new things for my work wardrobe. I thought about doing a stereotypical eye-roll-inducing “mall haul” post even though that’s not what I ever do, but luckily for you, I’m too exhausted from all the traveling and lack of sleep to do that right now. I thought I’d start off by posting what I wore today instead.
I made it back safely to NYC this morning. I was nervous about flying back during the snowstorm but it wasn’t windy so the plane was able to land smoothly. I had a hard time sleeping on the plane and felt miserably tired by the time I got home at 9am. The kind of tiredness that literally hurts. I took a one hour nap, woke up, and was in another mad rush to jump onto the subway to try and make it to work by 12 noon. I was looking forward to having new work appropriate options to wear to work today.
Sorry for the bad lighting here. I snapped this pic when I got back at 6pm. The sun was already gone, so we are stuck with crappy incandescent lighting. I’m wearing an ottoman dress by French Connection. Ottoman is a type of jersey fabric with large horizontal ribs. It feels somewhere in between jersey cotton, corduroy, and neoprene. I have a lavender ottoman jacket (the one on my home screen) that I love as well. The material is nice in that it feels comfortable/casual and can create modern structured silhouettes as well.
Here’s a close up of the material. I’m such a sucker for anything with a mock neck. Steve Jobs would be proud. Anyway the material feels like a sweater. It’s big and loose so I can move freely in it, and do some emergency dropkicks if I needed to as well. I was talking to a random secretary in the hospital today who is in her 50s-60s and she said I reminded her of Diana Rigg from the Avengers. I gave her a blank stare because I had no idea who that was.
This is Diana Rigg. I look nothing like her, but I’ll take it! =) I felt like people treated me with slightly more respect at work today because I looked nice… or maybe I’m reading too much into things.
Here I am trying it on in the Bloomingdale’s fitting room, so you can see it paired with warm weather shoes as well. I tried on the gray and the navy version. For some reason the navy version has a different fabric composition and a hook and eye closure at the neck line. I opted for the navy because it had a higher percentage of cotton and I liked the open neck closure at the back (which I prefer to leave unhooked and open).
The original MSRP was $128. It is on sale for $78 right now. I ended up getting it for $40 because it was erroneously placed on the take an extra 60% off sales rack and the SA at Bloomingdale’s let me have it with the discount when I politely complained. It pays to complain people!
Anyway, more work wardrobe posts coming soon, so stay tuned for that. I’m going to take a second nap, unpack my things later tonight, and catch up on all my blog reading that I hadn’t had time to get to this week (what a treat!).
[outfit: french connection marin ottoman dress (size 2), american apparel winter leggings, aubergine wool socks from vietnam, hopp essential oxfords]