Red & Black Week 2013, Day 5: Day to Evening in Red Lace

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We’re in the home stretch of Red & Black Week – tomorrow is the grand finale. I’ve noticed this year a very high percentage of participants are in the running for completing all six days! We’ve had slightly fewer participants overall versus last year, but the level of dedication is higher than ever. 😉 I’m looking forward to the final two days!

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Today’s outfit is Part One of a Day to Evening look. This red lace blouse was, frankly, a huge disappointment. Naturally, it looked exquisite in the Venus catalog, and I had been wanting it forever. Finally I decided to go for it. When it arrived, I was sad to see it was so poor in quality.

Red Lace Corporate Goth

Venus isn’t known for producing super high-end fashions designed to last a lifetime, but usually they are above decent. This blouse, however, has a lining that descends below the bottom edge of the lace (crooked, no less) and the grosgrain ribbon used behind the buttons to stabilize them in the delicate lace is thick and pokes out at the top. The scalloped neckline won’t lie flat for anything (haven’t tried starch yet, though) and the sleeves tend to ride up.

Red Lace and Black Blazer Corp Goth Outfit

Still, I was determined to make it work so I didn’t send it back. Ultimately I decided it was perfect for wearing under a blazer. Tucked in, and with a couple of safety pins hiding that ribbon button backing, it doesn’t look too bad even without the blazer. The pleated skirt makes it flirty and fun.

Red Lace Corp Goth Outfit

Throughout the day I began to realize this blouse it the perfect opportunity for a Day to Evening quick-change. Stay tuned tomorrow for the club version of this look, as my grand finale to Red & Black Week 2013!

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14 Comments:

  1. Lovely outfit as usual! 🙂 Red lace is very cool but for some reason a bit hard to find, at least where I live. I’m really looking forward to your post for the grande finale tomorrow! 😀

  2. I hope the evening look has a corset! : ) You’re a real life DOLL and it’s always fun to see what you’re wearing! Especially love the skirt!

  3. Bad quality or not, your top looks adorable and so does your skirt, I rarely see such a classy pleated skirt. ^^ I can’t wait for the evening – version!

  4. It’s always a shame when you buy something that doesn’t turn out as expected but you’ve managed to make it look really good 🙂

  5. Amazing, what a few safety pins can accomplish! It looks lovely.

  6. You’ve done a cracking job with that blouse- it does indeed look very smart with the skirt 🙂 Am also most envious of your ability to make your hair behave…mine wouldn’t look like that no matter what I put on it.

  7. Wow, that outfit is amazing! I love the little flower in your hair as well.

  8. Very nice ;3 Lovely as always.

  9. Daughter of jaded era

    Lovely outfit! 🙂 It is amazing how that jacket makes a huge difference, turning it instantly more professional-looking.

  10. Great outfit & can’t tell there’s any problem with that blouse 🙂

  11. I like the tucked-in look. 🙂 It’s especially nice with the skirt with the wide, shaped waistband.

  12. that’s some amazing damage control…. you look fabulous. the skirt is also perfect. and the shoes! lol you’re kind of inspiring me to look a little more put-together at the office

  13. What a pity that the shirt is not satisfying. It’s a shame when a piece shows bad quality even when it arrives. You made the best of it though. The pleated skirt is so nice and I think the blazer completes the outfit perfectly.

  14. You did a great job on making the blouse work. 🙂

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