Daily Outfit: 3/25/10

Black blazer, Gap
Olive tee, American Apparel via Amazon
Skirt, another Australia purchase … some darling boutique in Melbourne
Olive tights, Target
Oxford wedges, Laura Brandon Haley
Chain bracelet, thrifted
Skinny brown belt, thrifted

Today, I gave a presentation to a group of women who work for the federal government. The topic was “professional dressing on a budget,” a subject close to my heart. They seemed to enjoy it, although I did catch some snoozers toward the end!

Anyhoo, I wanted to look slightly buttoned-up but not TOO conservative. And so we have this quirky little ensemble, complete with yet another Australia trip purchase. I swear I didn’t wear them two days in a row on purpose!

I realized just recently that a belt worn underneath a top layer – such as a cardigan or blazer – can still do wonders for waist definition. I figured since the belt is mostly masked, it’d be useless. Not so! And I felt both defined and polished once I added this skinny belt to the mix.

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23 Responses to “Daily Outfit: 3/25/10”

  1. Jane W.

    That outfit probably made their day! I love the diagonal "path of green" created by your sweater, skirt and hose.

  2. Eyeliah

    great design of that skirt to tone down the boldness of the daisy print!

  3. eek

    Australia has some cool clothes! That is a fantastic clothes! I love how you wore it πŸ™‚

  4. Kristin

    I am so in love with this outfit, it hurts a little. Fantastic colors and the print is magnifico!

  5. tiffany

    Lovely! I'm not sure why I can't find any good clothes here (Sydney) – maybe I need to move to Melbourne.

  6. laniza

    That skinny belt is the perfect touch and the shoes are amazing!

  7. NinaBucci

    I love this blog! I had no idea you were based out of minneapolis! I'm a fellow midwesterner at school in Madison but will be moving to Minneapolis after I graduate! I look forward to reading your blog even more now!



    I adore this look. The colors are sublime!!!! I love unexpected colors!
    You are one of my favorites by far!!!

  9. thesea

    Sal, I love this look and I am crazy for that skirt. You look absolutely darling.

    Maybe you could have kept a few of those snoozers awake if you had worn the tights, too. πŸ™‚

  10. Anonymous

    Love your blog. Love that you try new things but know your own style. It has inspired me to find my own again. Fun!

  11. Judith

    Wow, you sure know how to rock conservative chic, Sal! Very cool.

  12. lynnette

    ooo that's quite interesting, how you give these presentations of dressing up and all… πŸ™‚ have you been doing this a long time? do you have to prepare powerpoint slides or something?

    I really like how the colors are great together and match!! XDD green, white, black… really really cool. you look radiant as always!

  13. xs

    i really love the olive. i've been feeling that color lately along with yellow!

  14. Diana

    That skirt is gorgeous! You really had some great finds in Australia.

  15. storiteller

    I wish I could take that class! I work for the federal government, in an agency that's mostly men. It's easy for them to wear a tie and button down shirt every day. It's much harder for me to figure out what to wear that's appropriately formal, yet unique.