WIW 03.25-28

Hi ladies! Here are my work outfits from last week. One of the spring trends I'm interested in exploring this season is mixing pastels with brights, so last week I painted my nails tomato red and mint (#5) and built outfits for the week that sorta went with one or both of those shades.

#1 - Worn to work, then out to a small typographic dinner party with some type friends. Wanted something relaxed but dressy. This is a variation on an outfit I wore to a type conference back in August; that time I wore my white sequin tank instead. The sheer blush top was more noticeably sheer in person. Red jacket and minty green earrings pick up on the manicure.

#2 - Worn to work. I haven't wear this bomber much (I find them tough to wear, personally) but I quite like how it looks with flared bottoms. Maybe because the flares help balance out the shoulder line? Had fun mixing textures in this outfit: quilted pleather, sweatshirt, cashmere, denim, pony hair, patent leather, matte leather. Red earrings pick up the mani, and the blue/teal shades "go" with it.

#3 - Worn to work. My foray into the cropped-top trend primarily manifests as wearing cropped or almost-cropped lengths that hit just on the pant line; I wear a tonal camisole underneath the tops, in this case a light gray. I particularly like the look with flares, but wanted to give it a go with slouchy pleated pants too. This jacket has little puffed sleeves which I tried to show in #6; as an IT that's not particularly drawn to the cute factor of the puffed sleeve, I do like it in certain cases. I initially had planned to wear this with black shoes and purse, but it felt too autumnal so I switched to cream and white instead. Rust picks up the manicure. Bonus normal toothy smile, for Angie :)

#4 - Worn to work, then a hockey game. Ok so this one didn't fit the "dress to the manicure" theme at all, but at the last minute we got hockey tickets and I decided it was more important to dress in my team's colors (green/black/white). Sporty look with mixed checks, and since my hair is now borderline long enough to do things with again I popped it up into a little rockabilly pony (which I missed more than I expected!). And then since I wanted something to go with my nails, I wore mint stud earrings.

Comments, critiques, thoughts and questions welcome!

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  • UmmLila replied 6 years ago

    Love everything but the plaid on plaid, Aida.

    Are you a font designer? (The Bringhurst book has a place of honor in my library)

  • Karie replied 6 years ago

    All your outfits look superb, but I particularly ove the outfit with the Mural Bomber - every time I see you wear it, I get additional inspiration for ways to wear mine! Great manicure, too.

  • rabbit replied 6 years ago

    Ooh loving number three.  The drape and pleat of those pants works very well for my eye with the tailoring on the jacket and the folds on the boots.  The clutch is great with it as are your paper airplane? hang-glider? earrings.

  • Caro in Oz replied 6 years ago

    #1 & #3 are my favourites - YLF.

  • rachylou replied 6 years ago

    Looking streamlined! Of course, I like the plaid on plaid, but not necessarily with the topper.

  • torontogirl replied 6 years ago

    Looks great; that teal is particularly gorgeous on you.

  • Suz replied 6 years ago

    Great outfits and great smile!! 

    I think maybe that Mural bomber would bother your eye because in that case the shoulders are more emphasized (due to the colour blocking). I actually think it looks great on you. But you know how our eyes are always drawn to areas we've trained ourselves to notice? I think that is what is going on. 

    I especially love outfits 1 and 3. Lovely drape to the pants and fun colour combo. 

  • Aida replied 6 years ago

    Thanks for the comments, ladies!

    Ummlila, I'm not a designer myself, but I do all the backend programming stuff, testing, editing, as well as help with conceptual design with my dad who is (among other things) a type designer.

    Rabbit, I didn't realize those earrings looked like airplanes/gliders but you are right! They are triangular studs, with 2 sides in ivory and one side in gold.

    Rachy, hah! You don't like the cream trench there? What is a gal to wear if it's pouring out and has to walk a few blocks to the stadium? Umbrellas are out, I'm from the PNW ;)

    Suz, you know, the shoulder issue really only comes up when trying new things on; otherwise I generally ignore that I'm IT when I dress. But in this case you are right, it is the horizontal line that gets me. Plus it has shoulder pads, but I like shoulder pads ^^ Having the cream go up the neck part helps a lot and is the primary reason I feel comfortable in this one whereas nearly every other bomber I tried felt off.

  • Mellllls replied 6 years ago

    Love number 2

  • Lisa replied 6 years ago

    Pastels mixed with brights is a great idea.  I always wonder how to sport a pastel shade.  Fun nails!

  • MsLuna replied 6 years ago

    Wow!!!! This is awesome! I love the jacket in #3, the plaid on plaid and the HAIR (wow!) in #4 and the nails in #5. Do you do your own nail art?

  • Transcona Shannon replied 6 years ago

    Those blush and red combos are just beautiful with your colouring Aida, and those blush trousers in #3 are so fabulous. Talk about perfect drape!

  • rae replied 6 years ago

    Gotta <3 a good theme. You look so good in both red jackets, especially the racer jacket with the pink slouchipants!

  • catgirl replied 6 years ago

    I see your nail pins all the time and love them.  The plaid combo is my fave, actually - so perfect in matching contrast.  And the red is so pretty on you.  I am just thankful you're back and posting again!

  • Aida replied 6 years ago

    Thanks very much, everyone!

    Lisa, I don't wear many pastels but I am liking the idea of pairing with brights. Previously I wore them with loads of white/gray, and the occasional pairing with black.

    Katie, yes I do my own nail art :D

    Una, I wish I had more energy for fancy nails all the time, but I enjoy them when I can do them ^^ I have so many fun ideas on that pin board to try!!

  • Joy replied 6 years ago

    Your outfit posts are always special. My favorite is 1 followed closely by 2, 3, and 4. WOW! Look at those nails! Red really loves you, and your white shoes and booties make me drool.

  • carolbee replied 6 years ago

    Love the red jackets, but #2 is my fave.

  • K. Period. replied 6 years ago

    Aida, I love them all, but #2 is my fave! I adore the colors. So pretty! (You!)

  • shevia replied 6 years ago

    I want to copy #2! I love #3! They are all fabulous truly, wonderful to see your outfits as always Aida!

  • ManidipaM replied 6 years ago

    Okay, the nails beat all!

    That said, my favourite is the blue and bomber for the column of colour showing off the cool topper... Yummy colours with your creamy complexion.

    And of course #1 and #3 are Aida classics! I love you in the fun pants... But you know I am biased :-)

  • annagybe replied 6 years ago

    Nice run of outfits!
    And I'm supremely jealous of your nail art. I given up on my nails. I can't get even get 24 hours out of a manicure.

  • Aida replied 6 years ago

    Thanks for the lovely comments ladies, I appreciate them! Happy to hear lots of love for my jackets ^^

    Anna, my topcoat is the trick: Seche Vite. It costs a bit more but it's incredible. Huge staying power there, plus makes drying time a breeze (5-10 minutes and you can go about your business). Adding a little line of polish, and then top coat, along the edge of the nail helps a lot too. My nails usually look crisp for about 4 days then my nails start showing growth, though the manicure stays put for a couple more days. To be fair, I work at a computer all day and then cook or play video games at home, so I'm not exactly the hardest on my hands ;)

  • suzanne replied 6 years ago

    You did a great job with the theme, all the way through. Even the plaid on plaid, hidden behind the demure jacket. I would not have guessed how well the colors all went together. You've really opened my eyes to the combo. Many thanks!

  • carter replied 6 years ago

    Aida, I always love your outfits. They just look so "you". #1 and 2 are my favorites, but they're all fun and creative. The nails are fab!

  • Aida replied 6 years ago

    Thank you Suzanne and Carter!

  • Kiwichik replied 6 years ago

    Love the idea of nail art as inspiration and as always love your style.

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