The Grindstone – 4

Mango 2013

This look reminds me of a school uniform, which is a refreshing idea when you’re used to wasting energy in the morning trying to put together a look for work. I loved reading about what it’s like to wear the same thing to work every single day, and am putting pieces of that idea into effect in my own routine. My personal uniform is most definitely pants, a collared shirt, and a second layer to keep me warm in the fluctuating temperatures of an open-concept office, though I’m still working my way to that ‘effortless choice’ of outfit in the morning.

The key to this polished tomboy look is the slim and tailored silhouette, and crisp details. Now that we’ve dipped below zero I won’t tell anyone when you switch into your patent leather oxfords and out of your waterproof commuter winter boots, because sometimes we just have to be practical and not risk the shoe-ruining, toe-freezing cold weather, so we suck it up and switch out our shoes at work. Practicality wins, in this outfit, and during my commute.

Image from Mango Fall ’13 via Fashion Gone Rogue.

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