Re-Purposed Polka Dot Party Dress

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Polka Dot Office Outfit

One day at work, I saw a colleague wearing the exact same chiffon polka dot party dress that I own. She had styled it perfectly for the office, toning down the fanciness with a simple black cardigan. I never thought I would be able to pull off a dress like this as a work outfit, but her look inspired me to give it a try!

Polka Dot Office Outfit

A cardi would have been too warm* when I wore this to work, so I went with a short-sleeve blazer. I added the silk chiffon scarf to cover the cleavage, since the v-neckline on the dress is a bit too low for my office comfort zone. I topped (or… bottomed) the look off with vintage-inspired shoes and simple pearl and silver jewelry.

Polka Dot Dress

The end result is still a bit on the fancy side, and I wouldn’t wear this to any big, important meetings, but it’s a wonderful fun look for a warm day when I have a ton of desk work to do.

* This outfit was from last summer! I photographed it months ago, so I just pulled it out of my photo stash. Sorry it’s not season-appropriate for most parts of the Northern hemisphere, but it’s another super-warm winter here in Southern California so I could actually probably wear this to work even now!


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2010s Does 80s Does 40s… Day Version.

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Yesterday’s post featured the Evening look I created with this dress.  On its own, the dress really wasn’t what I was hoping for.  But I adore the fabric and the styling of the bodice and peplum, so rather than return it I decided to take up the challenge of finding a way to make it more wearable.

40s Inspired Work Outfit

I was able to put a black pencil skirt over the skirt of the dress – it rides perfectly beneath the peplum, and looks as if it was meant to be worn like this!  A simple knit shrug made the bodice seem less body-conscious, and a reduction in the quantity of pearls made the look office-appropriate.  I kept the same hair, makeup and shoes, to make the Day to Evening transition simple.

40s Inspired Office Outfit

It was fun coming up with two drastically different looks with one dress, using just a few minor modifications.  I’ll definitely get much more use out of the work version.  The dress on its own is a fun for a change of pace from my usual weekend style, but lacks the sophistication and “dark” edge I crave.

40s Inspired Office Outfit

Which version of this look do you prefer?


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Semi-Casual Friday

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Casual Friday - Jeans and Blazerv

So, for once I actually wore jeans on Casual Friday. While I rarely wear pants, and especially denim, I do love to break out a pair of black skinny jeans from time to time. I offset the casual pants with a grey stretch satin cowl top and an unbuttoned blazer.

Casual Friday - Makeup

I had grown so tired of my old pair of low-cut black jeans… I always hated the low-cut pants trend, but for over a decade that was the only kind of women’s pants you could buy! Finally, high-waisted jeans have come back into fashion, thanks to the current mainstream love of vintage detailing. I found this pair at Alloy Apparel, and I LOVE them. The waist is actually a bit wide on me (slim + curvy = NEVER able to find pants that are the right proportions!) but otherwise, they are perfect.

Casual Friday - Jeans and Blazer

My camera angle was a bit wonky on this photo. Not entirely flattering. 🙂

When it comes to pants, do you prefer low-cut or high-waisted?


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Dark Romance in Lace

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Gothic Lace Skirt

I have a whole series of “casual Friday” outfits coming up. 🙂 I realized that lately, those are the outfits I photograph the most. It’s likely due to several factors, including the fact that I get home an hour earlier on Fridays. Plus I’m usually a bit rejuvenated knowing the long work week is over and I don’t have to rush to do household chores and get to bed.

Romantic Goth Fashion

I’ve often mentioned that my take on “casual” Friday (or casual ANYTHING) is greatly divergent from the generally accepted definition. Our dress code dictates that “casual” just means we are allowed to wear jeans, but still must wear dressy shirts and shoes. Not being a huge fan of jeans, I take the opportunity to go just a little bit more artsy than I usually do for work.

Gothic Lace Skirt

I would wear any of the pieces of this outfit to work any day of the week, but it’s the combination here that made this outfit feel extra dark, kinda romantic, and more appropriate for a Friday than any other day.


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Purple Lace and Bell Sleeves

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Purple Lace with Bell Sleeves

Hmm. I was deeply enamored with this stretch lace top when I first ordered it from Newport News. So much so that I got it in black, too. But, like all stretch lace its lifespan has been relatively short. I’ve mentioned before that I’m surprised when companies that usually focus on good quality resort to using stretch lace, as Spiegel did with a certain skirt. I rarely buy items made with this stuff now. They just don’t last long before little elastic treads start to break at the seams and stick out all over the place. I might get one or two more wearings out of this top, but it will definitely be retired soon.

Purple Lace with Bell Sleeves

The lovely bell sleeves and scalloped edges make this blouse almost worth the price, despite the little time we’ve had together. Almost.

Gothy Stilettos

At least today’s shoes are amazing. 🙂


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Return of the Grey Animal Print

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Goth Grey Animal Print
Okay, so I already blogged this skirt/top combo, but it was ages ago and I love how they go together so much, I wanted to build a second look off of the same pairing.

Black Wrap SKirt

Not that the top and skirt wouldn’t go wonderfully with a ton of other things I own, but I wanted to try this top with this skirt while toning down the animal print and somewhat sexy cut of the top (and keep me warm in a chilly office) with this sweater shrug.

Goth Animal Print

I added grey tights instead of flesh-tone stockings to give this a new look. I like how the grey tights tie in with the colors in the top. And with tights, it’s a perfect fall outfit… That’s me hoping that we have some cooler weather coming up right around the corner here in Southern California! 😉

Black Wrap Skirt


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Sophistique Noir Meets CorpGoth!

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Back in July, I was delighted to receive an unexpected email from Trystan of This is CorpGoth announcing that she would be in Los Angeles soon for a weekend excursion. She suggested we get together for a drink while she was in my general vicinity. Thankfully, her arrival synced perfect with my schedule, so we met in her hotel lobby for a little Gothy girl talk. This was my first blogger meet-up, and I’m a fairly reserved person in real life, so I was hoping I wouldn’t be too quiet and bore her to death. 😉 Trystan is delightful and charismatic, and I felt like I already knew her from following her blog for years (in fact, hers was one of the first Gothic fashion blogs I discovered, and one that inspired me to start my own), so it turned out that I felt right at home chattering away with her.

Sophistique Noir Meets CorpGoth

Of course there was photographic evidence of this meeting of fashionable Goth minds.  My dress is from White House Black Market.  I thought it was perfect for going from office to evening, and I was channeling Billie Holiday (one of my latest obsessions) with a bold white hair flower and pearls.  Trystan wore an adorable black sun dress trimmed in pink, with a matching hair flower and a fun shell necklace that we’ve seen on her blog.  Also, how much do Goth girls in glasses ROCK?!

Side note: there’s still time to join in the September theme if you want to share your makeup-inspired posts!   The Linky closes at midnight tonight, Pacific time.

Also, a heads-up: the October 1 theme will be Black and White.  Ooh, the fun we can have with this one…  😀


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My Hair Flower Totally Matches My Backdrop

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Yes, I am wearing a light gray hair flower. Yes, I am posing in front of a light gray backdrop. As a graphic designer, I should have known better. But I don’t always have time to change out the backdrop before taking photos, and when I do it kicks up a lot of cat hairs that stick in my lip gloss. So yeah, sometimes we simply don’t touch the backdrop. 🙂

This simple gray skirt came from Target many years ago. It’s pretty versatile, due to its simplicity, but I neglect it because I’ve had it so long it doesn’t excite me hanging there nestled amongst my sleek pencil skirts and ruffled girly skirts. But I really like it when I do wear it. I have an identical black one, also.

Today was the perfect temperature for a cap-sleeve sweater. This one came from some random strip-mall clothing store. The necklace and bracelet are New York & Co. They dress up a rather plain sweater, and match the skirt. Awesome!


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Grey & White Floral

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Romantic Corp Goth Fashion

This was one of my favorite Corporate Goth outfits when I first started at my current job. The variety in the shades of grey, black and white feel almost colorful, without a bit of color. This style is much safer than starting off day one in all black!

Romantic Corp Goth Fashion

I’ve now been at this job nearly 2 1/2 years, and have definitely evolved more into my usual, preferred style. I wear much more black these days and am less concerned about calling attention to myself with bolder accessories. But I still love the soft femininity of this outfit, and will likely pull it out again from time it time.

Romantic Corp Goth Fashion

Nope, not a haircut – I just twisted my hair around once before clipping it up in a pony tail. 😉 It gets less tangled throughout the day that way!

Romantic Corp Goth Fashion

I’m always gearing my posts toward the experience of being a goth woman in the corporate world, since that’s where I’m coming from. But I’m curious what my readers do for a living. What line of work are you in? How carefully do you have to adapt your style to be acceptable for your job?


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