OOTD :: of starting the week off with a bang





So in the practically two years I’ve been doing this blogging gig now, I noticed I’ve fallen into some interesting, albeit unintentional, habits.

One of them is starting off the work week with my dressiest outfit. It must be a subconscious Monday thing. You know the feeling: unless you work weekends or have attended some sort of special affair, Saturdays and Sundays are usually relegated to sweats and tees and that embarrassing tunic/leggings/fuzzy slippers ensemble that is reminiscent of you in college circa 1993. You live in the epitome of casual comfort. So by the time Sunday evening comes rolling around, you really aren’t in the mood to face the world, let alone face the world of work.

Clothes have become my armor of sorts and Mondays in particular demand a ramped-up version of my usual style aesthetic, if only to protect myself fro the slings and arrows of circumstance. I subconsciously gravitate toward the most dressy, most “formal” outfit I’d created the weekend before.

Any of you feel that way? Or am I the only crazy one again?

Regardless, here’s a dressy number for you. I love the ornate pattern of this top. (I probably should’ve saved it for Anne’s Baroque week in March but perhaps that’ll just force me to style it differently then.) And I love how the colors in it pretty much screamed to be paired with this purple – purple, Selah! – skater skirt that had previously been a lone wolf in my closet. I swear there’s purple in that top. Just look closer.

I didn’t realize, of course, that pairing the two together would make it look less daytime office and more cocktail after hours, but once on, I couldn’t not wear it. Plus, ask me how often I go to cocktails after hours? Yeah. Never. So I threw on a black blazer and opaque tights and convinced myself that I was now more appropriately dressed.

Just help me lie to myself, okay?


:: Just the facts, ma’am ::
Top  – NY&Co.
Blazer – H&M
Skirt – Boohoo
Pumps – Janine @ Payless

:: Grooveshark it ::
Back at Your Door by Maroon 5


18 thoughts on “OOTD :: of starting the week off with a bang

  1. […] done baroque before, of course (see here and here and possibly here) but I never tire of it so I guess we can safely say that it’s a fashion […]

  2. chessakat says:

    Ooooh, so cute and fancy! Smart, I like that. That print is gorgeous!

    I have homeschool co-op on Wednesdays and Fridays, so those tend to be the days that I pay a bit more attention to my outfit’s cute factor. 😉

  3. Kezzie says:

    I agree- Mondays and Fridays I tend to be smart and neat and then I am a bit more slobby mid week!
    Love the purple!!!x
    My TARDIS Tuesday might be a spin on the idea tomorrow- hope you don’t mind. Wanted to mix things up a bit!xx

    • mtsedwards says:

      “Smart”. that’s the word I was looking for when I was writing my copy for this post. Because it’s not really “professional” and it’s not quite “dressy”, is it? Oh, you Brits! Always with the perfect words!

      And now I’m intrigued. Can’t wait for your linkup! Or is it up now?

  4. robjodiefilogomo says:

    This look is fabulous!! The purple says you’re interesting and the tights/shoes shows some constraint! I do see the purple in the top, but I don’t think it matter either way—it looks perfect!! Jodie

    • mtsedwards says:

      Ha! I like that! It reminds me of something a colleague of mine shared with me to tell students who ask “How long does this paper have to be?” The answer is “Miniskirt. Long enough to cover the important bits but short enough to be interesting.” 😀

  5. This is interesting! I think I wear my dressiest outfits mid-week. I tend to go for cozy looks on Mondays. Today I’m wrapped in a huge scarf! By the way, I think you would be a blast to have cocktails after work with. Maybe someday 🙂

    • mtsedwards says:

      Oh, I’d love to have cocktails with you someday! I miss going out for a drink with the girls. I guess the older you get, the more “girls’ night out” means more coffee and pastries than mojtos and martinis? Or is that just a product of being a mom? Sigh…

  6. Super appropriate my friend! I love the opulence of the top and you know I’m diggin’ that purple skater skirt. 🙂

  7. Patti says:

    More than “appropriate” – you look fab-u-lous. And we need to meet for cocktails after work, srsly. xo

  8. jenortega says:

    You look great…wanna go for pedis and a cocktail after work?

  9. Anne the SpyGirl says:

    You look like a boss (in a good way) and hopefully your students will sit up and pay attention today.
    Yes, restyle the top for Baroque week at 52 Pick-me-up. I CHALLENGE you! (You have lots of weeks to plan ahead!)
    I teach on Saturdays, and the pressure is on — I teach Fashion and Design students. I need to look like I know what I’m talking about! Thankfully, it’s a dark room, my computer desktop is projected. The climate of the room is always unpredictable as well — sometime arctic air conditioning, sometimes a sauna. I dress in layers and bring a scarf.

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