When the Autumn days randomly peak to 70° F, thank you North Carolina, it feels nice to have bare legs. So when weather permitted and I wanted to feel playful I came up with this combination. The playful aspects of this outfit are the flare corduroy skirt and the burgundy sweater socks that are peeping above my boots. Not too much playful, just a little. Plus, I added a simple J.Crew sweater underneath my blazer instead of say, a button up? I put this outfit together with a touch of playfulness because I'm not particularly fond of your typical professional ensemble. Say if this were a pant suit or something. I'm not knocking pant suits, for the record. They just doesn't seem to suit me. I feel like I would love to wear a tuxedo or something, but a full on femme fatal pant suit is a bit "meh" on my body type.
The main factor in assembling this outfit was Professionalism. Which I think is important in a lot of situations. The color combination and adding a blazer were the aspects I chose to add a hint of professionalism. There is no particular color in this outfit that stands out as bold and unusual. Think about it: burgundy, tan, beige, black, and navy. Those are all somewhat professional color staples. This outfit is a good representation of myself. I can be a pretty serious person, so there's a seriousness to the mood of the color choices. The rolled sleeves, peeping socks, flared skirt are playful and then nothing says business like a blazer. I think it's important to dress according to how you feel and who you are, especially if you're quiet. Your outfit choice can do the talking.
The socks and the boots are the final touch. These boots are my staple piece when its cold outside. I can wear high, thick socks underneath them and be warm and comfortable. For example, showing my bare legs outside of summer time, which is typically 90° F or better, is already colder than I want them to be.
I really wrap up when the temperature drops.