WIW: My favourite formula

i have a schizophrenic kind of day at work today - the first part involves a lot of walking and standing and then the second part is a regular office day. I need to be both comfortable but office appropriate. So I returned a favourite formula of mine of knit dress, jacket and Docs. I'm wearing my ponte knit black sheath dress with a large funky kind of belt, topped with my peachy/pink cropped jacket and my Doc Marcie's. I'm wearing my faux snakeskin clutch and metal cuff for accessories. This isn't a particularly summery outfit for today but then neither is our weather (very cool and wet).

So how are the proportions in this outfit? I must say I feel like ME in this! As always, all comments/suggestions welcome.

Jacket: Gap (thrifted)
Dress: Cleo Petite (thrifted)
Boots: Doc Martens Marcie's
Clutch: Sondra Roberts (thrifted)
Cuff: thrifted

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  • Deborah replied 5 years ago

    This is perfection. I love the boots with this dress, so much so I almost can't stand it!! And then the pop of color with the jacket is fun and cool at the same time. You have turned what is essentially a very classic dress into a totally edgy outfit. I feel a copy cat coming on... Only it will have to be a winterized version:)

  • citygirldc replied 5 years ago

    This outfit has the cool factor with the boots. I may have to copy it too although i don't think I have an Doc Maartens plus it's 90 degrees here in DC. :)

  • Velma replied 5 years ago

    Utterly adorable, and I'm having late 1980s-early '90s flashbacks--the boots, the belt. Just love this!!

  • shevia replied 5 years ago

    This is fantastic! A formula well worth keeping and repeating.

  • modgrl replied 5 years ago

    What a great formula. Look how fab your legs look in the mid calf boots and short skirt.

    Did you ever think about a denim jacket in a saturated primary color like red or yellow. I feel like clear fully saturated brights are more flattering for you.

  • modgrl replied 5 years ago

    PS - I am wearing head to toe black today too.

  • Debora replied 5 years ago

    Very cool! I love how the belt echoes the vibe of the boots. Perfect!

  • sarah replied 5 years ago

    Absolutely perfect.

  • Suz replied 5 years ago

    So much fun!!

    I would copy this in a second if I had a funky belt like yours. As it is, I may have to copy anyway!

    Shannon, your "go-tos" are so fantastic, they are really all you need. You have honed your style so well.

  • teeandcee replied 5 years ago

    I love it! I especially love how the denim jacket just a weee bit softens the look with the feminine color. But I loved it before the denim too.

  • Joy replied 5 years ago

    The proportions look great. I may also have to copy the peachy jacket with black dress and heavy black belt, but have nothing like your Doc Marcies. Maybe nude/tan booties?

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  • harmonica replied 5 years ago

    Stunning! Very, very Shannon all through

  • rae replied 5 years ago

    It's your formula for a reason! The peach jacket lightens and softens the black dress up nicely. Good luck on your day!

  • MsMary replied 5 years ago

    Supah fab!!

  • goldenpig replied 5 years ago

    Great formula! You really know your style and it works!

  • Transcona Shannon replied 5 years ago

    Thank you all so much - I feel so completely comfortable in this ensemble and it really has become my "go to" type of look.

    Rita - I completely agree and if a cropped saturated coloured jacket should be spotted in my travels, I will definitely be taking a look! What colour though do you think? Green? Purple? Cobalt blue? Yellow? Orange? (I'm kind of thinking yellow or orange)

  • Diana replied 5 years ago

    Love love love! The jacket is great but I actually prefer it without - the shape/proportions and the boot/dress/belt combo is just perfect on its own.

  • morethanbeige replied 5 years ago

    I love the sheath combined with the added funky style of the belt and boots. This looks like fab Shannon style to me!

  • Aziraphale replied 5 years ago

    Wow, that's a great outfit! Love the belt and boots. I want to raid your closet. ;-)

  • City Poodle replied 5 years ago

    I love the style vibe of this outfit. The belt and boots first caught my eye on the thumbnail, but it looks great enlarged too and with the cropped jacket.

  • christieanne replied 5 years ago

    Nothing wrong with a formula!! I like the boots with the dress on you and in this pairing (and normally, honestly, booties with a bare leg are not my thing) because they are well proportioned.

  • jen replied 5 years ago

    Welcome back Shannon style! :)

  • Beth Ann replied 5 years ago

    Black and pink. Tough and sweet. Yep, this is you!

    I'm with Rae that a really saturated jacket would be fab, too!

  • clearlyclaire replied 5 years ago

    HOW could you forget to mention the belt in your credits? That belt makes the outfit! And the clutch, and the boots, okay, well never mind! I love this on you! The boots should not work, but they do! Every time. I can't believe you thrifted everything but the boots. And if you don't need the sun-washed red jacket for anything else, it would be a cinch to dye it orange or red or red-orange. Just ask Rae, the dye queen!

  • annagybe replied 5 years ago

    I love it without the jacket.

  • Transcona Shannon replied 5 years ago

    Anna/Diana - I took the jacket off at lunch time once it got warm enough in the office and I had compliments on how the dress looked on it's own - thanks for the tip!

    Claire - oops sorry about the no belt credit. It's thrifted so no label.

    Thanks you everyone for popping by!

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