In this post, I’d like to share how changing some small pieces of an outfit, you can sort of keep wearing the same things and no one knows any better. I imagine this coming in rather handy when one is travelling – either for work or for pleasure. (I for one get a bit antsy that I wear the same pieces on a holiday because I look like I’ve not changed at all in holiday snapshots. Beach holiday aside, I try to bring pieces I can mix and match)
In this styling, I’ve kept to most of the pieces from yesterday’s, swapping only the bag and the shirt.
A crisp white shirt (with French cuffs if you will) is my favourite piece in my wardrobe. I make it a point to try and incorporate a white shirt into my work outfit at least once a week. It’s fresh, it goes with everything and it’s extremely smart. If it was a shirt requiring cuff links, I usually pick a pair of cuff links to suit the events of the day. One of my most memorable networking events was wearing a pair of cuff links made from Scrabble tiles. I picked my initials and I’m pretty sure they left an impression with the people I spoke with that evening. True enough, 2 years down the road, at another similar event of the same industry, one of the guys remembered me from my cuff links. See, says who fashion isn’t functional AND practical?
As before, I’m relying on the red necklace from the Rubi collection worn over the shirt to give the entire outfit a pop of colour. I’ve decided to swap the classic YSL ChYc clutch for the Alexander McQueen studded clutch. This piece is also another conversation-starter piece that will come in very handy to you during networking functions.
I remember travelling with this to Singapore and KL (and Ipoh, after) for #KBBW. Because it was such a fragile piece, I hand carried it in its soft dust bag. When my carryon (trusty battered Longchamp that has seen the world) was scanned, I was pulled aside at Changi flying in to KL.
“Miss, can you please open your bag out for me?” (I’ve been “miss”-ed! I hadn’t been a “miss” in years!)
Sure thing, what would you like to see?”
“This *pointing to the McQueen dust bag* please. What is it?”
Oh! That! It’s a bag, let me show you!” I undid the drawstring, pulled the bag out, opened it to show him it was empty and handed it over to be examined.
“OK. Thank you. I must say I’ve never seen a bag like that before. Thank you miss!” (I’ve been “miss”-ed again! I love this customs officer!)
So, there you have it. A styling piece that can take you from work to a networking event. Again, I’ve raided my wardrobe for existing pieces to show you that the pieces from Ashbury can work with whatever you already have.
What’s your take on this?