WIW: Corporate Silk (ETA close up pics of shell w/o jacket @ bottom)

I'm assisting my boss today in interviewing candidates for a position within our Department so wanted to look professional but not "starchy". My outfit actually started with this new patterned silk shell that I bought last week. I've been needing some sleeveless layering pieces to pop underneath my solid coloured blazers - sleeveless so that when that demon menopausal hot flush hits me, I can whip off my jacket in a sweaty frenzy and still look put together and well covered.

This shell has a blush background and then a jewelled pattern in jewel tones - emerald green, purple, cobalt, etc. I paired the shell with my knit black pencil skirt and blazer. Although I like the comfort and softness of the knit blazer, I have come to realize that knit blazers do not have enough structure for me - they don't nip in my waist at all - so will be watching for a more structured black blazer in the next little while. However, this will do for now.

I added my mossy green heeled pumps for footwear and my blush clutch for my handbag. I bought this clutch for my son's graduation dinner and more dressy events, but decided it could work in a daytime setting too. My rose gold/black watch and gold wedding band round out the outfit.

What do you think? Professional but soft and approachable? As always, all comments/suggestions welcome.

Jacket and skirt: Cleo Petite
Top: Olsen Europe
Shoes: Calvin Klein (thrifted)
Watch: Fossil
Clutch: Danier Leather

P.S. got my hair cut Saturday and decided to go back to a bit shorter. I've kept the side swept fringe but decided that I feel so much more like ME in a shorter, funkier hair style.

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  • lyn67 replied 4 years ago

    Wow, fab new hair, and a gorgeous Monet shell, which among the perfect  clutch and shoes  are de"starchy"ing the look soo well! Love!:-)

  • Suz replied 4 years ago

    Lovely, Shannon! And your hair looks great!

  • replied 4 years ago

    Wow, you are looking good, Shannon!

  • JamC replied 4 years ago

    I love this!  Perfect for the day ahead.

  • shevia replied 4 years ago

    Love the top but sort of want to see a longer jacket over it - this may be my looking at too many pictures of long jackets lately though! Love the hair!

  • Transcona Shannon replied 4 years ago

    Shevia - I totally agree! Not feeling love for this jacket AT ALL - in style or length. I really wish I had popped on my black tuxedo style blazer with the leather collar instead.....aarrrrrggghhhhh...

  • Deborah replied 4 years ago

    Shannon you nailed it! I actually like the layered effect of the shorter jacket over this particular top (which is very beautiful). You achieved exactly what you were going for. If I was interviewed by you I would so hoping I got the job...at the very least I would be working with a very stylish woman :)

  • Joy replied 4 years ago

    It looks like you met your goal, Shannon. I love your hair short and sassy like this.

  • Sara L. replied 4 years ago

    I had the thought that a longer jacket might look a little better also.  However, I think the shorter jacket works as well - it lets more of the beautiful shell show.  Love the clutch and shoes for accessories.

  • Beth Ann replied 4 years ago

    You look amazing, and perfect for the activities of the day.  I think this jacket may just be, um, growing a bit on you!  I do agree that it's nice to see more of the patterned top. 

    Green shoes are a great touch.

  • kellygirl replied 4 years ago

    I like the short over long--it looks very current to me. Your sassy hair wins the prize for today though. So cute and chic!

  • Amy replied 4 years ago

    Perfect! Love the new hair do too!

  • Peri replied 4 years ago

    Beautiful! As usual!

  • kkards replied 4 years ago

    i'm loving that top....next time you wear it, can you post a picture of it without the topper?
    i agree with Deborah, i like the shorter jacket with this top.

  • catgirl replied 4 years ago

    So funny - I am getting rid of all my structured pencil skirts because knits suit me so much better! 

    I adore this outfit which is my fave formula - black around a pattern.  Can we get a close-up of the print, pleeeeeeze?

  • Thistle replied 4 years ago

    Love the silk shell!  So goreous!  The pattern looks terrific from what I can see. Not so sure about the length of the jacket. Seems like it should cover the shirt, but I am not sure if that is just me.

  • Transcona Shannon replied 4 years ago

    I've added two pics of the shell without the jacket - Kristin snapped these quick in my office so they aren't the best quality for true color representation but you'll get the idea of the pattern. Sorry for the face in the first pic - Kristin was pretending to be a french fashion photographer and kept saying things in her faux French accent like "c'mon baby....work it for me" - I was killing myself laughing when she took the pic. The back shows the lovely soft drape of the silk knit.

    I'm still "bleh" about this jacket and how it looks over the top. It's actually so warm here today (and in my office) that the jacket has been off most of the day anyway. 

    Thanks for the short hair love - it feels soooooooo much better :)

  • Lyn D. replied 4 years ago

    What a beautiful top!
    Nice to have a photographer having some fun too.

  • Nicole D replied 4 years ago

    Thanks for posing a pic of the top sans jacket.  It is lovely.  I have a ton of Olsen, glad to see they fit petites too  (one of my petite pals complains that nothing fits her there!).. i  do love those shoes too, are they the ones you thrifted a few week ago?

  • cheryle (Dianthus) replied 4 years ago

    Lovely top and outfit Shannon.  It is interesting but I thought the jacket length looked nice but that the shell could be a few inches shorter.  It isn't so much about how the two hems align but the proportion for me.

    Very nice.  Hope you found a good candidate.

  • Transcona Shannon replied 4 years ago

    Lyn - Kristin used to take my WIW pics for me all the time until I finally got a camera of my own. We used to have such a blast taking them - I actually kind of miss that.

    Nicole - Olsen does tend to be long on petite me but every once in a while, they have something that is a better fit. And yes, these are the shoes I thrifted a couple of weeks ago. Absolutely love them.

    Dianthus - I agree that the shell borders on too long for me but because of the beautiful pattern in the front, I won't be shortening it. Sometimes ya just gotta throw proportions to the wind and go with it, you know? :)

    Two interviews down, two more tomorrow...

  • Caro in Oz replied 4 years ago

    YLF & your hair is perfect.

  • Sveta replied 4 years ago

    Love your shorter hair, it does feel more 'you"! I always wanted to have this short and spiky do bur my hair is fine and thin so don't think it works for it at all. I will enjoy it through you!
    Lovely silk shell. I SO hear you on knit blazers, they are very comfortable but just not my thing. On the other hand they are still more structured than the cardigans (not that I wear them either...)

  • JulieJohn replied 4 years ago

    Funky is so you, Shannon! Great hair, and I love your accessories today.

  • Day Vies replied 4 years ago

    The print is dreamy! I love it. I think the overall outfit is appropriately corporate but with a style perspective -- fun yet acknowledging the environment.

  • rae replied 4 years ago

    OMG, such a cool top!!! I am lucky to be browsing YLF after you posted the close up pics. hehe!

  • MsMary replied 4 years ago

    This is fantastic!  I think it works perfectly on every level!

  • carolbee replied 4 years ago

    Loving the hair. I KNEW you would crack and go back to shorter. As you say its more you ...

  • Vix replied 4 years ago

    Hi Shannon --

    Thanks for the close-up of the print; so gorgeous (and I was curious!). The colors are beautiful with your skin and hair, too.

    Seeing you with the jacket off it's so obvious how your lifestyle changes are working...though it's not particularly obvious in the photos, I wonder if your dislike of the jacket is partially because it's just *too big* on you now?

    ps Love the shorter cut, too -- a perfect frame for your face!

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