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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  • Jane W.

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

  • Eyeliah

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

  • eek

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

  • Kristin

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

  • Dr. Da

    I love that skirt!

  • tiffany

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

  • laniza

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

  • Sidewalk Chalk

    That skirt is awesome — love the design.

  • E

    That skirt is incredible! I love the paneled pattern!

  • All Women Stalker

    Please tell your skirt that I love her πŸ™‚

  • 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!!!

  • 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™‚

  • 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!

  • Judith

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

  • Fell 4 Fashion

    I am DROOLING over those wedges! πŸ™‚

  • 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!

  • Amy

    Pretty skirt… I am thinking a shopping trip to Australia should be in my future, they have some cool stuff!

    Hope you have a great weekend, Sal!



  • stacy

    You look so cute! Yeah, spring is here πŸ™‚

  • xs

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

  • Diana

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

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  • 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.