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Capsule Workwear: 5 Fabulous Looks

Workwear can actually be fabulous.

Being your own heroine is all about dressing confidently and for the occasion. That means adding a bit of personal flair. Here are five examples of my colorful capsule work outfits!

1. Just Add TweedCapsule Workwear: 5 Fabulous Looks

BLAZER RALPH LAUREN RUGBY  | DRESS [HONG KONG BOUTIQUE] | TIGHTS AMERICAN APPAREL | SHOES SHOE EMBASSY

2. The Statement Necklace FactorCapsule Workwear: 5 Fabulous Looks

DRESS MODCLOTH | NECKLACE CHARM GEORGETOWN | CARDIGAN ANTHRO | TIGHTS AMERICAN APPAREL | BOOTS REIKE NEN 

3. A Little DressierCapsule Workwear: 5 Fabulous Looks

DRESS FCUK | JACKET [VINTAGE - FROM HALMONI] | TIGHTS AMERICAN APPAREL | CROWN CROWN & GLORY | BOOTS REIKE NEN

4. The Vintage LookCapsule Workwear: 5 Fabulous Looks

BLAZER RALPH LAUREN RUGBY | DRESS [VINTAGE - FROM RADIO DAYS] | NECKLACE I AM ACRYLIC | SHOES SHOE EMBASSY

5. In TrousersCapsule Workwear: 5 Fabulous Looks

BLAZER [VINTAGE - FROM MAMA] | SHIRT COTON DOUX | JEANS RAG & BONE | BELT ANN TAYLOR LOFT | NECKLACE BETSEY JOHNSON | BOOTS REIKE NEN

Looking for more workwear inspo?

Caroline and I just recorded Episode 12 of FabulosiTEA: In Which We Discuss Making Workwear Wonderful!

What do you wear to work? Does it make you feel fabulous?

 miss xandra bee 

How People USED to Dress for Warmth

How People USED to Dress for WarmthSHIRT IBEX | HOODIE FREE PEOPLE | SKIRT [HAND-ME-DOWN] |TIGHTS AMERICAN APPAREL | BOOTS DR MARTENS

One of my favorite ways to acquire new clothes is by shopping in my Mama’s and Halmoni’s closets. Free vintage! I snagged this skirt – a pleated green wonder from circa 1980 – from Halmoni.

Wearing an ankle-length 100% wool skirt got me thinking - why am I wearing short skirts in the winter? Why is that popular? Long is deffo the way to go. It’s like wearing a blanket on one’s legs. 

Ever wonder how the Regency and Victorian chicks kept warm? Two words: full. skirts.

miss xandra bee

How to Dress with Versatile Style: From Class to Tea

When Modcloth asked me to create a look surrounding their Shoreline Memories Dress, two occasions came to mind: going to class and going to tea.

We get a lot of “day to night” looks. But my “night on the town” is more like “Sunday afternoon in the tearoom”. 

While I am no longer a full-time student, I am still a lifelong learner, and still love dressing up for “back to school”. Plus, I have just enrolled in B-School. That counts, right? 

So here’s what I would wear:

 
Modcloth: From Class to Tea
 

Why it’s fashionably light: The yellow detachable collar and belt transform the look. Take them off, add some powder green accessories, and it’s a whole new dress. I also stayed true to my tactic of adding wacky tights – there’s a little minimalist secret for making it look like you own more clothes than you do!

miss xandra bee

P.S. Modcloth did not pay me to write this post, but I was flattered by their invitation to style a board for them. I am a particular fan of their in-house design label Myrtlewood, made in California – just check out my dress in the FabulosiTEA Oxford video!

P.P.S. My ebook is coming out in two weeks! Read all about it :)

Wardrobe Weekly: Like Paul Smith

Wardrobe Weekly: Dress Like Paul Smith for FreeWhen in London, my mission was to do some Paul Smith shopping. He has become my favourite designer, especially after visiting the Hello My Name is Paul Smith exhibit, so I figured I could afford a splurge.

Well, the splurge was a bit too splurge-y.

Besides, nothing really suited exactly what I needed, so I shall wait. One day. Nonetheless, it was a great experience, shop-hopping.

And in the meantime, I’ve taken extra care to incorporate some Paul into my looks – but with pieces from my already-existing wardrobe.

Wardrobe Weekly: Like Paul SmithWardrobe Weekly: Like Paul Smith

Wardrobe Weekly: Like Paul SmithPOPSICLE SHIRT COTON DOUX | NECKLACE ORELIA | STRIPED SHIRT J CREW | WATCH BETSEY JOHNSON | JEANS BURBERRY | BOOTS REIKE NEN
Wardrobe Weekly: Like Paul Smith
Wardrobe Weekly: Like Paul Smith
Wardrobe Weekly: Like Paul Smith
BLAZER RALPH LAUREN RUGBY | DRESS [HONG KONG BOUTIQUE] | STRIPED TOP IBEX | PINK TIGHTS AMERICAN APPAREL | WOOL TIGHTS H&M | SOCKS TOPSHOP | BOOTS REIKE NEN

Wardrobe Weekly: Like Paul Smith

Paul Smith is classic with an edge of whimsy. It’s all about dependable sophistication with the shock of a patterned lining or a tailored suit with multi-coloured socks peeking out. 

I bought this [^] Ralph Lauren Rugby blazer when I was in seventh grade. [Yup]. I stopped wearing it for a while because it was too full-on posh, but this weekend thought, hey. This might just work. Now I’m obsessed with classic-on-pattern. Just like Paul: 

Wardrobe Weekly: Like Paul SmithPaul and Pauline Smith!

Photos from PaulSmith.co.uk

miss xandra bee

Wardrobe Weekly: Capsule Travel

For the past three years, my stuff has been spaced out across the ocean. I still have some things stored in Monkey’s room, and the goal was to take as much back as would fit in my suitcase.

So, for a 10-day visit to the UK, I based my outfits around three dresses. 

I had some things waiting for me, like my Fluffy Thing and a pair of shoes. I also bought some new shoes in London. Here’s a video with each piece packed:

miss xandra bee

Wardrobe Weekly: Boston It’s Cold Outside

1. Layer Upon LayerWardrobe Weekly: Boston It's Cold Outside

NECKLACE NUMBER12CREATIONS | SHIRT J CREW | DRESS DOROTHY PERKINS | CARDIGAN ANTHRO [SWAP] | BELT ANN TAYLOR LOFT | TIGHTS AMERICAN APPAREL | BOOTS MONOGRAM

I have been living in these boots, which keep my calves ever-so-slightly warmer, and when in doubt? Add another layer. 

2. Bunker Hill Bridge

Wardrobe Weekly: Boston It's Cold OutsideWardrobe Weekly: Boston It's Cold OutsideWardrobe Weekly: Boston It's Cold OutsideHATAMERICAN APPAREL | COAT ANTHRO | NECKLACE VIVAREVIVAL | JACKET, SHIRT, GLOVES IBEX | DRESS INDIGO | TIGHTS H&M | BOOTS MONOGRAM

My American Apparel beret just happens to match my new gloves from Ibex – a merino wool shop based in Vermont, stationed on Newbury Street, that I was super excited to discover. I love knowing where my clothes come from, and look what Ibex advertises in its very storefront!

Wardrobe Weekly: Boston It's Cold Outside
The striped top pictured above is also Ibex, and is super warm. An excellent base layer, especially because it’s stylish enough to wear every day – not just in the mountains!

miss xandra bee 

Wardrobe Weekly: New Clothes in the Snow

1. New DressWardrobe Weekly: New Clothes in the Snow

Modcloth shipment alert! My new dress emulates springtime, even though I’m standing on an ice block of snow.

Why it’s fashionably light: my fabulous dress is Made in the USA (California!), out of some sturdy 100% cotton. When buying a new dress, I look for durability as well as pretty colors.

2. Old New Blazer

 

Outfit Red Blazer

For an afternoon of catching up on some writing, I dressed the part.

Why it’s fashionably light: I do love shopping in Mama’s closet. This blazer from decades ago is 100% wool, and super warm. Also, shoulder pads. Gotta love the 80s.

miss xandra bee 

Wardrobe Weekly: Inside Outside

Inside

Wardrobe Weekly: Inside Outside

For a morning at the Museum of Science, I wore back-to-school brights.

Why it’s Fashionably Light: I bought this dress for a formal dinner and dressed it down by pairing it with buttoned-up plaid.

Outside

Wardrobe Weekly: Inside OutsideI stood still long enough for Mama to snap this bundled-up photo before bustling along in the Boston cold.

Why it’s Fashionably Light: Since my one winter coat is black, I tend to opt for bright knitwear. Even though the pieces aren’t matchy-matchy, they do complement each other – not a coincidence!

miss xandra bee

Wardrobe Weekly: Puppy of Wall Street

1. Anime ClassWardrobe Weekly: The Wolf of Centre StreetWardrobe Weekly: The Wolf of Centre StreetWardrobe Weekly: The Wolf of Centre Street

What better excuse to wear bright colors and sparkly things than an anime class at the library? The dress was made in Korea, purchased in Hong Kong, and worn to a Japanese drawing class. Very well represented, Asia.

Why it’s Fashionably Light: I have referred to said dress as my Little Green Dress.

2. The Puppy of Wall Street

Wardrobe Weekly: The Wolf of Centre StreetWardrobe Weekly: The Wolf of Centre StreetTo see Wolf of Wall Street at the new Superlux cinema, I brought out the Betsey python dress and my go-to 80s pullover. Once again, Puppy photobombed.

Why it’s Fashionably Light: while I wear the jumper frequently, the dress is in my secondary wardrobe section. It was necessary for dressing for the occasion, however.

3. Rehearsal TimeWardrobe Weekly: The Wolf of Centre Street

Perhaps you’ve heard; I’m a theatre person. This is my dramaturgy outfit.

Why it’s Fashionably Light: This is my one skirt right now (I am looking for another…), so the challenge is to make it look different. Thank you, Madewell top, for being oh so versatile.

miss xandra bee

P.S. Another pink skirt look…

Wardrobe Weekly: an Outfit and a Closet Tour

In this video I reflect on Project 333, and how I’m incorporating what I learned into my current closet:

I mention Dressing for the Occasion, and here’s a perfect example:

Robin Hoodie

Wardrobe Weekly: an Outfit and a Closet TourWardrobe Weekly: an Outfit and a Closet TourTo see A.R.T.’s The Heart of Robin Hood [Bostonians: go see it before it closes! It is awesome.], I went for Sherwood Forest Chic.

The Betsey Johnson top, Burberry jeans, and Exeter scarf are in my daily rotation, and I accented with my lesser worn Top Shop necklace and Crown & Glory headband (which especially matched the show). The Betsey Johnson hoodie and yellow Docs are not warm enough to be in my current winter selection.

Why it’s Fashionably Light

Mixing summery pieces into my winter wardrobe expands the range of options for Dressing for the Occasion.

miss xandra bee

P.S. Last week’s Occasion was seeing the film Saving Mr Banks




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