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G-III skirt, GNW cashmere sweater, Vittari steal blue blazer, Aldo, leopard print pumps, vintage Esprit bag (all own) and statement necklace c/o Almo Jewellery

It is 7:15 am on a rainy, chilly day. She walks thru the grocery store pushing her chart from aisle to aisle loading one item after the other. She looks like she hardly notices her environment except the merchandise she is dumping into the chart. She is wearing a red suede skirt with a silk knit sweater, a steal blue linen blazer, and 4 inch (10cm) leopard print pointy toe shoes. Her vintage Esprit bag sits in the child seat of the chart. Her outfit could be classified as Euro Chic Style.

She passes the dairy shelves when with a sudden her face becomes terrified. She hears that someone is stalking behind her. She turns into the next aisle with the dog food despite she is one of the rare Alaskans who does not have a dog. She still hears the steps. They follow her and get faster. She is about to panic and hastes out of the dog aisle into the open space of the fruit and vegetable section. Now the steps are beside her, a second later on her side. She looks to the side. A guy passes and says

“you look beautiful”.

I cannot see the face she made, but I am sure she made a face as she often carries her heart on her face. The guy is irritated by her face and asks “Are you on your way to work?” She gets back into the real world. “Yes” she replies realizing that he is one of the store’s employees. He smiles and says “That explains why you are so nicely dressed up.”

Memo to myself “Never wear your power outfit when you do grocery shopping in Alaska early in the morning.”

At that time, there are hardly any shoppers and the usual attire are jogging pants, and a  T-shirt or outdoor clothes, sometimes Alaskans even wear PJs at the grocery store. But not an office outfit that is appropriate to give a presentation at a professional conference.

Have you ever been in a situation where you realized you did not fit the dress code?

midlife woman in office look with leopard print pumps
G-III red suede skirt with Moda International silk cashmere sweater, steal blue blazer, Hermes collier de chien cuff, Aldo leopard print pumps, vintage Esprit bag (all own), and jade and onyx statement necklace c/o Almo Jewellery

Stylist comment: Nevertheless, it is always better to be over- than underdressed.


Further Reading

For another example, how I styled this skirt to stay warm on chilly summer days see an all red look over 40. This skirt works well in all seasons for work and play. See the post at the link on how I recycle this favorite skirt in multiple looks.

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Photos: G. Kramm

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