My Mondays often begin with an early morning work call across time zones, which ensures I have no other choice than to brute force my way out of any festering thoughts of Monday morning blues. Days like these make the need for simple work outfits paramount, which is something I’m covering here: a classic black and white ensemble with a lively touch.
Black and white is one of those combinations, which everybody loves and is very difficult to get wrong. But the safeness around it can sometimes lead to a monotony, something that this particular pairing breaks. The top is a sleeveless white from Forever 21 but the beautiful flat Peter Pan collar adds a great playful touch to it. The collar fits closely to the neckline giving it a cool faux corporate, vintage look, and the ribbon bow adds a lively element. I love how the tied ribbon bow is playful, yet at the same time gives the top a streamlined look due to its length & dual long-short symmetry around the center.
The bottom is a pair of jean leggings. a dependable bottom that does the job asked of it here. I also paired it with a mustard colored Mallory pump from Sole Society. I have a love-hate relationship with the world of heels, so I have to be very careful with my choices. This one has been among my best buys primarily because the stretchy material and the back zipper gives it almost flip-flop levels of easiness to slip in and out of. Of course the most noticeable thing here is the color. I love the pop it adds to the outfit; a bright burst at the feet is a great way to elevate most outfits.
The links to the entire pairing is here below. Do check them out and let me know how this makes you feel and if you guys have any interesting work day clothing episodes or ideas to share.
Top: Peter Pan collar top from Forever 21
Bottom: Jean leggings from Express
Shoes: Mustard colored Mallory strap pump from Sole Society
BONUS: The Peter Pan collar top is one hell of a versatile piece. Will be putting up a photo-blog next on how I styled the same top for brunch over one of the past weekends. Here’s a sneak peek.
codeDressed Trivia: For all the fashion nerds out there, the Peter Pan collar has nothing to do with the original Disney movie. It originated from the stage production of J.M. Barrie’s play way back in 1905. Maude Adams, the Broadway star who played Peter, wore a blouse with a white, rounded collar that began the trend of these flat collars.
All images by the brilliant and fun to work with, @urbancell_vault. Do check his feed for great shots and sights.