Balance

Pants: Theory Korene Silk Pant (Black) / Aritzia Exquis Jacket / Ann Taylor Factory / LAUREN by Ralph Lauren Adena Pumps / Aldo Rings / Forever21 Bracelet / 3.1 Philip Lim Pashli Satchel / Le Chateau Brooch

I fell a little bit behind in my EOTDs. Following an unofficial reorganization at work, I find myself incredibly busy and working longer hours than last year. As much as I am grateful for the work, I am not too impressed with the hours I am putting in (the partner has a different take, of course). A younger version of myself would have happily labeled myself as a workaholic, but an older, wiser me knows better. I have attended far too many funerals in the past year (current count, six!), and with the new puppy who is crazy excited to see me when I finally get home,  I know that work isn’t everything. And it shouldn’t be. No one lays on their deathbed wishing they had worked more. On the other hand, I realize that I am still not firmly established in my career, and at this point it is somewhat of a necessary evil to put in the longer hours. So it has all come down to a balancing act that I have yet to master.

And now back to this post. I have been on a hard search for a soft draped pant, and I finally found the perfect one in this Theory Korene Silk Pant. I have so many outfit ideas for these pants, but alas, I will leave you with only one for now. I was also considering this Joe’s Jeans Vivian Pant, but having a inseam of 31″ and a zipper on the bottom of the pant hem, I knew this was a no-go. A 31″ is fine for a straight leg pant, but these being tapered, it would have resulted in far too much bunching and an expensive hemming alteration. Luckily, these Theory pants worked out. They are light, with the perfect drape, inseam (27″)  and 12″ leg opening making them not too baggy. Yes, definitely pricey as they are 100% silk georgette, but they are luxurious. I prefer the soft, slouchy pants without the banded hem so they are more appropriate for work. With the banded hem, they look far too much like jogging pants.

Old favorites

  Theory Lanai Tailor Blazer (white cotton twill version here) /  J.Crew Boyshirt / J Brand Lovestory (love these and these!) / Michael Kors Runway Watch MK5076 (Silver) /  LAUREN by Ralph Lauren Adena Pumps /  3.1 Phillip Lim Pashli Satchel / Topshop Rings

I’ve owned these J Brand Lovestory jeans since 2007 (I actually have two pairs), and in my mind, they are still not old. I’ve set aside my bootcut and now in heavy rotation are my skinnies, my boyfriend jeans, and these 70s’ style flares. I would love a similar style in a medium wash but I’ll have to add it to the bottom of my Spring wish list which is getting longer by the minute.

Color

It’s probably obvious by now that color doesn’t make up a huge part of my fall and winter wardrobe. But every now and then I feel prompted to liven it up with a little something. It doesn’t happen often, but it happens.

J.Crew Hacking Jacket in Double Serge Wool (Coral)(similar) / J.Crew Heart print blouse / Club Monaco Rachel Pant /  Loeffler Randall Matilde Boots / 3.1 Phillip Lim Pashli Satchel /  Michael Kors Runway MK5076 Watch /  Forever21 Rings

 
You may remember a while back when I purchased this J.Crew Hacking Jacket in Double Serge Wool. I can’t deny that it’s absolutely beautiful, but given my propensity to wear dark colors when the seasons change for the colder, it really doesn’t get a whole lot of wear. Plus, it is one heavy blazer.  As such, it causes me to sweat which can be particularly annoying at the office when I’m trying to be cool and collected and beads of sweat are dripping down the back of my neck, and unquestionably, my blouse underneath shows some indication that I just completed a 10K race. Furthermore, I always “pop the collar”, which I’m sure doesn’t help any.

Nevertheless, I do pull this jacket out on occasion and it never fails to induce several compliments by complete strangers. You’d think it would encourage me to wear it more often. But no, not really.

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