Wednesday, August 18, 2021

Studs, Spots and Boss Lady Shorts

Yesterday's Mental Health Shop and Zoom call with Mom really helped to lift my spirits, but I'm aware that I'm in a low place on the mood swing pendulum right now (ah, menopause), so I'm being extra careful to dress using my mantras and tools to make myself feel more confident and in control. 
A coordinated look of spots and studs with Boss Lady shorts should do the trick! 

  • Jacket - Dolce & Gabbana, vintage, thrifted; last worn here over a dishy dress in July
  • Shirt - J. Crew, thrifted; last seen here in July under a tiger-striped bustier
  • Shorts - David Brooks, vintage 80s, thrifted; first worn here in April with Stella and daisies
  • Shoes - Effortless Vivian, Fluevog; last seen here in June with baby blue and bronze

I'm still working through the pre-planned outfits from a Mental Health session of closet creativity a few weeks ago. I'd been saving this look for when I needed to feel "large and in charge."
Aka Boss Lady! I like how the jacket suggests an informal suit here, and also lends an air of casualness to the more dressy and masculine vibe of the shirt and shorts. 

I totally look "profesh" here. And since we had three VPs in the office toda, I was really glad I looked the part of the Boss Lady. 
"Fake it till you make it" or "fake it till you feel it" - however you say it, this is Clothing as Armour. 

I seriously love these wool shorts - they are just the right length, and the big pockets are fantastic for jamming my hands in them. 
I am wearing nylons again, as the weather is cooler. I might keep these shorts out over the fall/winter season and play with tights and more suit jackets. I wonder how boots/booties might look?

Masked up.
The studs on the jacket echo the dots on the shirt - it's very noticeable in person. My coworker Killian's reaction was, "Oh, wow!"

  • Mask - by Cat

I rolled the shirt sleeves up after I put the jacket on (it has 3/4 sleeves) to show off my bracelets. 
I really liked this outfit - my tools and mantra really do work. 

The stuff: 
I am fond of these baby blue shoes - they go with a lot in my wardrobe. They're insanely comfy too! 

Black and white bling: 
I wore the little black cat pin on the jacket pocket flap. 

  • Cat pin - Charmaine's; purchased here for $8.00
  • Black and white cuff - vintage fair
  • Lucite/crystal bangle - Alexis Bittar, consignment, Sidney
  • Shield ring - Nine West
  • Fulvia Ring - Wendy Brandes
  • Earrings - thrifted, Sidney
  • Belt - Lady Footlocker, thrifted

As my periodontal appointment is tomorrow/Thursday and I'll be woozy afterwards, I'll be back on Friday to wrap up the week. Stay gold, my friends! 

36 comments:

  1. Morning Sheila, Perfect! that is the first word that springs to mind. You have nailed it with this outfit casual vibes, boss lady vibes, comfy smart colourful with those gorgeous shoes and don't get me started on the "matchiness" (you know what I mean) the shoes and belt and jacket could not be better matched. ahh you are so clever . Glad it made you feel better. Shazxx

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Aw, thank you so much, Shaz! It was a good outfit to give myself a good boost mentally.

      Delete
  2. I love the polka dots and studs together! This is a great boss lady outfit on you! :)

    ReplyDelete
  3. What a great summer outfit! So glad you are feeling a bit more up.

    ReplyDelete
  4. Those shoes are just yummy! I really love this look.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thank you, Katrina! I love Fluevogs - they always have such fun styles.

      Delete
  5. That is one perfect outfit, Sheila! You are really rocking those boss lady shorts, which I can definitely see you wearing with opaques and boots in Autumn/Winter.
    The way the studs echo the polka dots is absolutely brilliant, and I'm loving how the jacket, belt and shoes match. Such divine shoes, by the way! xxx P.S. Keeping my fingers crossed for your periodontal appointment!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Aw, you are too kind, Ann, thank you! I think they'll be fun in autumn.

      I rather liked that too - I always feel so pleased with myself when something just clicks like the dots and studs do here. Thank you for the good vibes! They were very welcome. :)

      Delete
  6. Echoing everyone’s comments about your outfit. It is a perfectly WOW combination from proportions to colors to matchy matchy and every piece seems as if it were intended just for this ensemble. May you carry the outfit’s vibes with you through your day and into the periodontist’s chair! Here’s to a sound night’s sleep afterwards!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thank you, Laurie! I felt awesome in it all day - it really makes a difference to my moods when I feel good about my outfit.

      Thanks for the good vibes - my appointments are never as awful as my brain wants to tell me they will be. I felt everyone's good wishes and I sleep so well after those appointments.

      Delete
  7. This is a great Boss Lady outfit! I love this look on you.

    ReplyDelete
  8. Oh, I love this outfit; the shorts are great for Summer but I can also imagine then looking good with thicker tights and chunky boots in Winter.
    Love the shades of blue. x

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Agreed, Phyl - I think they have good "shoulder season" potential. Thank you!

      Delete
  9. The Cat Pin! I remember when you got it! It's absolutely perfect echoing the outfit's dots and studs. I truly appreciate your subtle touches like that! (well, I love the bold ones too, don't get me wrong...) ^-^
    The swell Boss Lady shorts outfit = perfection. I agree that the shorts would do quite well with tights and boots for fall/winter, if we want to think that far ahead right now.....
    Menopause's mood swings just plain suck and I'm sorry you've been blue. When it happens to me, I try to tell myself that it's just errant chemicals and that I can prevail. Usually I do. It's sooooo good that you've got self-soothing activities. You are very attuned to your self care needs, and that's a fabulous thing. Also, as a fellow frequent periodontal/dental flyer, I commiserate and I hope the dental visit went well. (((Big hugs!)))

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. It wasn't that long ago, Rita, but yes, I finally wore the cat pin! Aw, thank you - that is really sweet of you. I can easily think that far ahead, ha ha! I'm already starting to get excited about having my fall/winter clothes back!

      Oh, yes, add menopause to the mix, just for fun, right? I've always been prone to bouts of depression, and I'm a naturally anxious person - menopause just adds another layer of mood swings. I have gotten better at recognizing when a down-swing is coming and taking measure to self-soothe (love that term).

      Thanks so much for the good vibes! It all went well, and I swear I felt everyone's positive thoughts. :)

      Delete
  10. The periodontal adventure! Hope it all went fine. Love the thought of boots with those shorts too:) Xocaro

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Yup, and now I'm done with that until January. Thanks, Caro, honey. Hugs!

      Delete
  11. SO much love for this outfit! I adore the monochrome bathed in beautiful blue! I really like that jacket and the belt and er, also the shoes! I would totally try to recreate this outfit! Sorry, to hear about the impending tooth work and the blues. x

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thank you, Kezzie! I really liked all the baby blue touches in this outfit. Go for it! I'd love to see your version. :)

      It's okay, it's just my usual, but it stresses me out a bunch.

      Delete
  12. I love your Boss Lady styling. The bermuda shorts are amazing. I also love the blue shoes and jacket. Beautiful blouse as well.

    ReplyDelete
  13. I'm late for the party! I hope the dental appointment went well and it's but a distant memory now!
    That's a fab outfit, I know that I'm always saying how good you look in baby blue but it's true! xxx

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Yup, it's firmly in the rear-view mirror now, Vix! Thank you so much!

      Delete
  14. I am with you: I really like this outfit.
    Question: could you email the brand of your nylons? They look rather invisible and that is what I like and is hard to find.
    Greetje

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thanks, Greetje! Done - I just buy drugstore nylons, but always in beige, never "nude" which I find too light.

      Delete
  15. You do look totally "profesh" in this outfit, but also very stylish. The light blue looks so nice with the dark grey shorts. I would love to find a pair of shorts like this to wear to work.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. That's the goal, Shelley! Thanks so much! I love these shorts.

      Delete
  16. So fabulous boss lady shorts and matchy attitude!, you rock these shorts, perfect length and proportions and also perfect styling with the denim jacket and cute shoes.
    And these are fabulous shoes too, lovely that they match many things in your closet, they jazz anything!
    besos

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thank you, Monica! I really liked this outfit. Agreed, such versatile shoes.

      Delete
  17. Fantastic outfit. It is so nice to see classically tailored shorts like this being style in a dressed up, yet concurrently wonderfully fun way. I feel like that was something I saw a lot more as a youngster in the 80s and 90s, but which has, unfortunately, not been as common in recent decades. You are showing us all that we need to remedy that posthaste and elevate (some types of) shorts once more from being mere leisure wear (and turn them) into chic boss lady attire.

    Autumn Zenith 🎃 Witchcrafted Life

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thank you, Autumn! I am a fan of these shorts, and enjoy the envelope-pushing that they give my wardrobe. Yes, we haven't really seen shorts come back in a dressy way since the late 90s. It's so funny how these things come around again, isn't it?

      Delete

Comments are so incredibly special, and I love them and hug them and treasure them forever. Please feel free to tell me what you think!

I'm not currently able to respond to comments right away, but I will make every effort.

Please note that comments containing affiliate links spam-y sites, spam comments and anything I deem inappropriate will be deleted.

Cheers,
Sheila