Wednesday, September 12, 2018

Flamboyant in the Office


I wore this outfit to an important appointment earlier this week, and to me it is an example of expressive personal style even when you want to look professional and pulled together in an official/business/office situation. Honestly, if you're not required to wear a uniform at work, or you're not going to meet a president of  a country or the Queen, there is no reason not to have fun with vivid colors and bold patterns. If a part of you, like me, is flamboyant, there is no need to be afraid to come across as a bit flamboyant - it only will be genuine.


I also don't see a reason not to continue wearing pretty Spring and Summer dresses in Fall. I adore Fall and all its rich textures and warm colors which suit my complexion so well, but this bold floral number doesn't look at all out of place in Fall - especially in this climate, where the season is mild and warm, and rarely gets blustery. They call this period transitional for a reason - it's not quite Fall yet, but already not quite Summer. Since we are in between, our wardrobe is also in between two seasons, and we can borrow pieces from both sides.



All the pieces here must look familiar to you - yet again, I shopped my closet. It will hardly ever become the only place where I shop, hehe, but it definitely is one of my most favorite places, and it's only natural since I am the one who created it. You could've seen this Melissa McCarthy dress paired with a striped coat in FEBRUARY 2017 and with a faux leather jacket in MARCH 2018. The black and white tie is a cool and inexpensive accessory, borrowed from another dress. It does elevate the style immediately (great little trick to know).


I am wearing my Spring dress with a sleeveless Chanel-esque coat by Lane Bryant (I think, the only time I've shown it on the blog was back in FEBRUARY 2016) which I adorned with a little vintage brooch (unfortunately, you can't see the tiny faux pearls on it), classy AGL ballet flats (also inspired by Chanel style I believe), and my thrifted purse that I bought brand-new, with tags still attached (previously shown in APRIL 2018).


Since I have owned most of these items for a few years (2 to 4), it didn't cost me anything to create this outfit, yet it feels brand-new to me, because I haven't worn these pieces in this combination before. But I probably will in the future! And if I replace the flats with tall boots, and layer something warm and cozy over the sleeveless coat, I'm good to go well into late Autumn or even Winter.


Photos by Justin

All items are remixed from my closet.

Linking with Tina's Pink Friday
and Visible Monday at Patti's!

21 comments:

  1. fabulous, my dear!!!
    this is a stunning look - very chic yet with lots of personality. its fresh and classy and cool - LOVE!
    as this summer was much to hot for my lined summer skirts i will wear them now and into the fall - warmed up with kashmir & tweed :-D
    happy "altweibersommer"! xxxxxx

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    1. Thank you, Beate, I am so glad you loved this creation of mine - I am rather pleased with it myself. You are the master of transitional outfits with your skillful layering and mixing textures from different season! I am still learning, but I have more ideas for this Autumn. <3

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  2. A fab outfit! That dress is lovely on you and it would be a crime not to wear it all year round! xxx

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    1. Thank you, dear Vix! I feel the same about this dress - it's too hot for Summer, but fine for all other seasons in our climate. <3

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  3. You look amazing in this dress Natalia. Great style with this Chanel like vest. Great for fall :)
    a very huuuuge hug Tina

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    1. Thank you, my dear Tina, you are so kind! <3

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  4. I do love a remixed outfit and also love that you shop in your closet (it's also my favourite place because everything is my style and fits me!! mwahaha). I love this combo, the different textures, the floral dress under the sleeveless coat! such a brilliant layering! and you look really elegant, professional and cool!
    Love the black and white tie, the fab bag and the cute brooch, lovely accessorizing!
    besos

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    1. Thank you so much, dear Monica! I agree - everything fits and to our liking in our closets, we should shop there more often, haha! :)
      <3

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  5. I love everything about that dress, its colour and pattern are glorious and suit you so well. This looks like a dress for all seasons to me, to be dressed up or down, and with additional layers when it's colder. I'd even wear it to meet the Queen, why not? I'm working in an office and I'm wearing whatever you see me wearing on the blog. There's enough boring office attire in this world, and it would make me very unhappy if I had to dress like that. I love the playful addition of the black and white tie! Lots of love, my fabulous friend xxx

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    1. Thank you, dear Ann! You are right - the Queen would probably approve of this fab dress! :)
      You are fortunate to work in a place where you don't have a strict dress code! In my office work years, I was also lucky - no dress code, and we were free as birds to wear what we like. Now when I work from home, it's even easier than that - I can work in my PJs, haha! <3

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  6. My first reaction, when the pic plopped, was WOWWWWW! What an amazing outfit. I admire your inspiration in combination of different pices to a total new one. Love the colours, and the top of all is the little striped tie.
    So well done! Hope your meeting was as great in success as your outfit is! Love, Sunni

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    1. Thank you, Sunni! So glad you liked it, and yes, the appointment went well! <3

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  7. You truly look sensational here. I agree it is fun to dress boldly for early autumn. This particular combination is exceptional. I truly love the colorful print, the striped tie, and the beautiful brooch. Oh the tweed. Yum.
    I like your word flamboyant, and it fits. My style is so similar, but the word I use is exuberant. I think that fits you also.
    ❤️❤️❤️
    Elle
    https://theellediaries.com/

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    1. Thank you, dear Elle! It tickles me to know that you think of our styles as similar because I am a big fan of your artful style! I am definitely not nearly as skillful, but I love playing and sometimes I think I do pretty cool things with my style, such as this outfit. And yes, exuberant is the right word for you (and hopefully at times me). :)
      <3

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  8. Ślicznie wyglądasz:))sukienka piękna i bardzo kolorowa:)fajna torebka:))Pozdrawiam serdecznie:))

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  9. Super cute. The print is amazing and I agree, the black & white striped bow-tie kicks the style into high gear.

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  10. How did I manage to miss this post, I do love this vibrant dress with the vest. So true office wear need not be staid and should reflect who you are.

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    1. No worries, dear Jill! It can be overwhelming to keep up with comments, no pressure from me, for sure. Lots of love!

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  11. You know how much I love colours and patterns. Beautiful dress! I started a new job where we're discouraged from wearing bold colours and I do miss them already.

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