But on the plus side, this is a good transitional outfit for autumn (you can easily swap out the necklace for a scarf). I even paired this with booties (red booties, shown further down) for a pop of color and because I think I'm finally understanding the value of a short, ankle boot. My feet get cold, but my legs don't really need an extra layer if I've got thick opaque leggings on already.
The black cardigan is probably my favorite thing to wear. In fact, it's my most-worn item according to Stylebook (a closet organization and fashion app, I have it conveniently linked in the side bar of my blog, though it is currently only available on iOS devices. I use it on my iPad). It's something I bought a long time at the Limited.
The leggings are my athletic running leggings, and the dress is BCBGeneration, an item that I received in my Wantable fashion subscription box. It does have a plunging neckline, which you'd think would be problematic for someone with more of that stereotypical Asian body build (I'm flat, there, I said it), but I've found that it would be way worse if I WEREN'T flat-chested. I can get away with a plunging neckline without it looking scandalous or overtly sexy, BECAUSE of the lack of obvious cleavage. If I had large breasts, this dress would suddenly look inappropriate for anything besides seedy nightclubs where douchebags with names like Chet rub their denim cocks on you all night and high-five their brochachos.
Granted, the bulk of the necklace does help cover up the deep plunge (the neckline goes slightly above my natural waist, so it's much more daring than it looks in these photos).
Here's what the outfit looks like when I've actually got my shoes and purse, FYI. The booties are Mojo Moxy, the striped wallet is Kate Spade, and the satchel is Cambridge Satchel Company. I think the red boots give it an awesome punch of color.
Obviously I am choosing to wear it more like a tunic than a dress, because even for someone as petite as me, this is pretty short to put on without pants. I am a little too old to wear mini-dresses without some extra layering. Not if I want to be taken seriously as a software engineer who works on artificial intelligence/machine learning algorithms, which is a good ol' boys club rampant with 1950s misogyny and sandwich jokes. This is what I fight against, still, in 2016. Rant for a different day though.
Forgive the mess all over my bed, I had just come back from a trip, because I'm ALWAYS just coming back from a trip, and I was still unpacking. I took way too many vacations this year, but I think I'll write a post soon about creating a capsule wardrobe for travel purposes.
Have a great weekend, see you Monday.