Today I'm going to share how I took two wonderful pieces from Modcloth to create a fun, but sophisticated look for a dress-to-impress occasion. A while back I mentioned that I was going to be heading stateside to visit a university that I was interested in attending for graduate school, and now that all of my decisions have been made I wanted to share a little of what happened!
I'm more than a TEENSY bit superstitious and I was convinced that if I shared early it would all come to naught. I blame my years as a softball player for my superstitious nature...I still can't walk onto a field without tapping my feet against the first post by the entrance. >.>
Anyhow, I went to the University of Alabama and I was blown away by how beautiful the campus is! I am a total sucker for brick and 19th century architecture and a winning football team NEVER hurt anyone. I am a rabid college football fan, but no matter where I go for graduate school, I will remain true to my first love the Kansas State's Wildcats! I LOVE, BILL! Did I mention how much I love college football?! Haha, yep.
I had a really great visit, but I was pretty conflicted about what I should wear to visit the school and meet people from the university. Because I spent most of my time teaching younger students in a school with a black t-shirt and jeans dress code my office appropriate attire is pretty much non-existent. I realized that while such a lax dress code at the Hagwon, I worked for made dressing for work a snap it also didn't encourage my professional wardrobe. I always fool myself into thinking that I have an amazing wardrobe due to all the shopping and modeling that I do for the shop, Seoul Sold. Whoops!
In a pinch, I turned to Modcloth for inspiration and ended up putting together a winning outfit for my visit! One of the things I love about Modcloth is that so many of the pieces are not only fun and stylish, but also of the appropriate lengths and I've never purchased an item that looked cheap. Perfect for the woman looking to make a great impression without sacrificing her personality to a black pantsuit. (I DO love a good pantsuit, just not EVERYday)
I decided on buying the Essential Elegance Skirt, and the Run and Hydrangea Top. I was drawn to both items due to their versatility and I figured whatever the weather in Alabama, I would be able to make an outfit or two out of them.
I loved how well the two items went together, and that I would be able to use them separately to get the most out of my closet. The pretty secretary top would do well with jeans or a skirt and can easily be dressed up or down. When paired with the essential elegance skirt the floral pattern of the blouse helped create a balanced outfit that didn't look too heavy, but well constructed and thoughtful. The essential elegance skirt's quality is outstanding, but if worn incorrectly it could easily overwhelm whoever is wearing it due to its heavy fabric and length. I will say that the double-tier draping warranted a few twirls when I first put it on. Such a pretty and classy skirt! Just like the hydrangea top the skirt could easily go with a casual top like a v-neck shirt or a dressier top for a night out on the top.
I was THRILLED with my purchases and I couldn't have been happier with how they came together for my big visit to Alabama, a visit that went GREAT! I will have more wonderful news very soon about my graduate school future!
Shop the items:
Essential Elegance Skirt: 69.99 get it, here
Run and Hydrangea Top: 34.99 get it, here