So couple of days back, I was at Palladiumâ€¦ trying to shop for Mr. Wolf, when I chanced upon this really classy, black-n-white, double-trouble sorta blouse at ZARA! Iâ€™m calling it double trouble because it gives you the illusion of being two garments (a white button-down shirt and a very formal sort-of cropped topâ€¦) but itâ€™s actually one single piece! And of course, the compulsive shopper in me just had to buy it!
Now this is an extremely formal looking piece (was even stacked in the â€˜formalsâ€™ section of the store) and so the first instinct would be to naturally think of it as work-wearâ€¦ or in fact, more like, â€˜meetingâ€™ wear!! But once I got home and looked at it again,Â I realized that it was actually the most perfect Monday to Sunday blouse ever!
So here are 3 looks that Iâ€™ve put together: (1) For formal meetings (quite obvious) (2) For the Friday night Party after work ðŸ˜‰ (3) For a casual weekend out ðŸ™‚
Look 1: Power Dressing at Work
Here Iâ€™ve paired my ‘double trouble’ top with a formal black skirt, black heels, a large tan leather bag and my little solitaire pendant for goodluck! The white part of the shirt gives the outfit a very â€˜office-yâ€™ feelâ€¦ and black-n-white is, of course, the classic â€˜boardroom dressingâ€™ combination. Oh and the specs… just to give it that all serious, ‘no one messes with me’ feel! LoL! (even if you don’t have a weak eyesight, getting a nice frame with plain anti-reflective lenses isn’t a bad idea at all! )
Heels (from Charles & Keith, here) add a powerful statement and give the body postureâ€¦ they also naturally make sure that your steps are more certain (coz clumsiness in heels could lead to much bigger disasters) and hence, you look and feel more confident. (On a normal day, Iâ€™d have preferred pumps with this outfitâ€¦ but today, we have an after-work party to attend! ;))
Iâ€™m using a large size leather bag from FabIndia here, because large bags not only make a statement, but they also accommodate your laptop, folders, a snack, make-up, a change.. Or any other accessories that you might need for the party after work.
Look 2: After Work Party
So now that youâ€™ve rocked at the meeting, itâ€™s time to let your hair down (literally) and rock the dance floorâ€¦
Iâ€™ve simply tucked in the white shirt-part of my top and added a statement steam-punk hand accessory. By tucking in the white part, the black-on-black suddenly gives it a very â€˜night partyâ€™ look! Almost as good as the LBD!
Iâ€™ve ditched the large bag for a classic Louis Vuitton clutch (you could just leave it in your car or back in office), and voila! A brighter shade of lipstick and youâ€™re all set for the partyâ€¦! (And you could also add a pair of large earrings / danglers to complete the look!)
Look 3: Weekend fun
Now donâ€™t let the formal cuts and fabric fool youâ€¦ this top is most fun when worn with torn jeans and blingy silver sneakers! Honestly, I had the most fun wearing this outfit and it does look funky, yet very very classy!
To add to the funk, Iâ€™ve thrown in some colourful rings that I bought in Goa this time, and these heavy traditional Chinese silver bangles that I bought in Singapore.
The reflector glasses from Aldo Accessories and my Booâ€™s cap from SuperDry kinda just act like the cherry on top! ðŸ™‚