An Older Black & White Outfit

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Today’s post is another outfit from the Unposted Photos archive. I wore this more than two years ago at my previous job. I have to say, I wasn’t crazy about the pairing of the color-blocked top with this ruffled skirt. Actually, I’ve worn the skirt a couple of times since and find it challenging to find any top I like with it. Untucked tops look bulky due to the rows of ruffles, and I usually only tuck in button-up blouses, which simply wouldn’t go with this skirt. I’m still searching. Someday I will stumble upon the perfect combination, then wonder why I never thought to try that before!

Black and White Corp Goth Outfit

Skirts and tops with this ruffled treatment seemed to become super popular a year or two back – everyone had them, and now I see no one wearing them. I’m actually glad – it’s nice to give a occasional nod toward current fashions, but I’m always happiest when I’m more unique. The tricky part is maintaining a style that is timelessly individual without just looking behind the times. What are your thoughts on walking the line between “fashionable” and “unique”?


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A Hint of Victorian

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Just a quick post today from my Unposted Photos archive. Sometimes I take outfit shots and then either am not thrilled with the outfit or the quality of the photos, or just don’t have time to post them. I realized that I have ended up several decent outfits stashed in that archive, so I’ll be posting a few over the coming weeks in an effort to remind myself that creating blog posts doesn’t always have to be massively time consuming. 🙂

White Victorian Blouse

I’ve always felt the details of this blouse impart a Victorian sensibility into an outfit, especially when highlighted with an antique-styled brooch at the neck. Overall, the outfit is decidedly NOT Victorian, thanks to the pencil skirt and tights, but this is a corporate Goth outfit so I thought the combination was perfect for work.

My next post will feature another giveaway, so stay tuned! 😀


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Mid-Month Status Report – Summer Office Attire

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Summer CorpGoth Fashion

Today is the Mid-Month Status Report due date over on This is CorpGoth!  I’ve actually finished my report on time for once, more or less.  🙂  My summer office attire doesn’t differ greatly from my winter attire.  I live in Southern California, where there’s really not a “cold” season, so we dress fairly lightweight year round.  Of course, offices are kept very chilly in the summer so I practically have to wear my winter clothes to work in summer and my summer clothes to work in winter.  We are a very confused population around here.

Summer CorpGoth Outfit

A typical warm-weather outfit that’s work appropriate from my repertoire is pretty much like the one seen here. A fancy t-shirt from White House Black Market, paired with a satin pencil skirt from JC Penny. I try to go with lightweight flesh-tone stockings more often in the summer, although it’s not uncommon to see me in black tights throughout all the seasons.

Summer Corp Goth Outfit

It’s usually too hot to wear my hair down in the summer, but when it happens to be clean, look nice AND is cooperating, I can’t help but go for it.

Summer Corp Goth Fashion

What’s your typical office ensemble for warm weather? Post your look and then share it over on This is CorpGoth’s Mid-Month Status Report!


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Corporate Goth, Sans Black

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Mauve, Plum & Grey

Today, I have another black-free outfit for you! Except the shoes, but since I rarely do colored shoes, those are pretty much always going to be black. If I ever don a pair of nude pumps, it’ll definitely be time for an intervention. 😉 For me, maintaining a vibe of dark elegance without the use of black requires rich colors, a variety of textures and a high level of femininity and sophistication. Plus very black hair and pale skin helps me maintain an “alternative” feel even when my clothes are more subtle. While this isn’t a color combination I would ever wear outside of work, it did make me feel very professional and beyond stylistic reproach during a full day of big meetings.

Mauve, Plum & Grey

I’ve featured this blazer before in my Purple theme. You might remember that while it’s fairly plain from the front, it has lovely details in the back with matching ribbon trim that creates beautiful lines, and a pleated peplum. I didn’t get a full view of the back in these photos, but you can see it here.

Mauve, Plum & Grey

Also, the winner of my Red & Black Week Giveaway, chosen randomly from those who posted all 6 days, is:

Guin Lucard
of

Betwixt Two Graves

I’ll be contacting her over on her blog to arrange delivery of this lovely choker.  Congratulations, and thank you again to ALL who participated!

Red & Black Week Giveaway


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Rhinestones and Lace, Part 1

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Today’s post is part one of a look that I planned specifically so I could easily transition from office appropriate to date night ready.  For work, I chose a short-sleeve sweater from Bebe (it’s always sweater season when you work in an office).  And as some of you have noticed lately, after two full years at my current job, I’m feeling a bit more brave in my wardrobe choices, so I added my tiered lace maxi skirt for a dark, romantic feel.

Mr. Kitty presented me with this rhinestone necklace for Valentine’s Day a couple of years back. He knows my taste SO well! I paired it with rhinestone flower earrings and a single rhinestone bracelet.

Stay tuned for tomorrow’s post, when I will reveal how I modified this look for dinner out with Mr. Kitty after work!


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Red & Black Week 2014, Day 5: Dress as Skirt

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Well, I apparently mucked up my camera settings without realizing it until after I had photographed my final two outfits for Red & Black Week…  So, for today and tomorrow, I have grainy, blurry outfit pictures for you!  Oh well, just as every outfit can’t be perfect, every photo shoot definitely can’t go completely as planned.

We’re now in the home stretch of this year’s event!  Those of you who have participated every day so far, hang in there!  😀  Those who still haven’t participated, it’s not too late.  Hope you are inspired to join in before we wrap this thing up.  Today I bring you one more work ensemble, before we head into the finale tomorrow!

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Gothic Office Wear

I wanted to do another “remix” outfit, using the dress I featured in Red & Black Week back in 2012. This time, I traded the long sleeve shrug for a short sleeve blazer. I used the same red crystal butterfly brooch, but actually worn as a brooch this time! I topped the look off with my favorite chiffon scarf, tied in a bow. This ended up almost completely concealing the bodice of the dress, so it is pretty much just functioning as a skirt in this look. I was pleased with how this combination has a completely different vibe than the previous outfit. Dresses can be notoriously inflexible when it comes to remixing, but this one is simple enough it could be worn many different ways.

Gothic Office Wear

Work life continues to throw unexpected challenges at me. I hired a wonderful new part-time intern back in February who has been a life-saver in helping me stay caught up with my workload. I’m still steadily busy, but it’s been wonderful having a reliable and competent assistant for these past few months to keep things manageable. The only problem with a reliable, competent young employee is that most likely, they will be motivated to pursue a permanent full-time position, which I cannot offer. So, my fabulous protege did receive an excellent job offer, and will be moving on very soon. I’m simultaneously so happy for him, and worried how I will manage the expectations put upon me during the process of finding and training a replacement. It will likely take 2 months to get a new intern in place and get them up to speed on everything I need them to do, so it will certainly be stressful and busy for me. Wish me luck that I will at least find a new person who is equally helpful in the long run!

Gothic Office Wear

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Red & Black Week 2014, Day 3: Red, Black and White

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Today, for a change of pace, our sub-theme is Red, Black and White. You don’t absolutely have to include white in today’s post if you’d rather not – it’s just a fun variation for those who wish to give it a shot. 🙂

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Corporate Goth Outfit

I’ve been really, really good about not shopping too much lately. That’s quite an accomplishment for me, since buying too many clothes really is my only vice and I usually make no effort to refrain from doing so. 😉 However, I had a huge craving for some White House Black Market a few weeks ago… Instead of heading to the nearest mall with a WHBM store, I hit eBay instead. Wow, there is a huge selection of this brand available there for mostly very good prices!! I ended up scoring four cardigans and a dress. This is my favorite of the sweaters. I was excited to pair it with just a hint of a red cami peaking out, plus a garnet necklace. Red lips, nails and sparkly hair flowers carried the theme throughout the look.

Corporate Goth Fashion

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Red & Black Week 2014, Day 2: Office Edgy

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It’s Day 2 of Red & Black Week 2014. Yesterday was so much fun – as this week is approaching each year, I’m so busy getting my own posts prepared that I almost forget how much I enjoy seeing everyone’s contributions until we actually get started.  Then I am in heaven reading your posts and enjoying your creativity.

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Red and Black Office Goth Outfit

Today, the weekend is over and it’s back to work. I was in a very rare Pants Mood, which is the perfect opportunity to pull out these red and black platform Mary Janes. I don’t like to wear these shoes to work with skirts, because they are so dramatic. I feel like pants tone them down just enough that I can get away with wandering the halls and not draw too much attention to myself.

Red and Black Office Goth Outfit

A closeup of the shoes:

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Jersey From Head to Toe (aka Cat Hair Magnet)

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Purple & Grey Jersey

You’ve got to be a little bit crazy to enrobe yourself from head to toe in jersey knit when you own five cats (yes, I said FIVE – long story).  But, since the Scotch company is my BFF, I have enough tape lint rollers to handle such a challenge.  In an outfit like this, I usually de-lint every inch of clothing once before I leave the house, once in the car on the way to work (I’m not driving – Mr. Kitty and I carpool), and once after I get to work.  That usually does the trick.  Oh, and then again after lunch.  Don’t ask me where the additional hair comes from at work, where I have no access to cats.  I hate to think I just ooze cat hair all day long.

Purple & Grey Jersey

Recently, while in a meeting, I was a bit horrified to see a lovely white Perseus hair floating in front of my face. I instinctively reached up and grabbed for it, not really realizing that it was unlikely anyone else in the room could even see the hair, and therefor I appeared to be grasping at… nothing. Fabulous. Now EVERYONE thinks I’m a little bit crazy.

Purple & Grey Jersey

I don’t really know how the topic of this post became more about cat hair than fashion.  I suppose because the whole outfit was more about cat hair than fashion.  But my furry kids are worth every bit of the crazy.  🙂


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Winter Heat

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Corporate Goth Fashion in Black, Grey & White

Our crazy-hot California winter continues (it was 90 degrees F here over the weekend), so my cute sweater collection is back in boxes.  🙁  However, I figured I could at least get in the wintery spirit a bit by getting some use out of my medium-weight scarves.  I featured this scarf previously with a grey sweater and skirt.  This time I kept the look monotone, but lightened it up with a grey t-shirt and a thin white shrug.

Corporate Goth Fashion in Black, Grey & White

I know all of this summery weather in Southern California is making residents of the snow-battered regions of America jealous.  But I see it from a different point of view.  California is known for its tepid year-round weather, but contrary to popular belief, it’s actually NOT normal for it to be 80+ degrees throughout the entire winter.  I’m quite concerned that we’ll be experiencing record heat this coming summer.  Since it already has been known to reach 110 F where I live, I’m convinced we’ll see new highs of up to 120 F soon.  As someone who truly cannot take the heat, I’m worried.  VERY worried.  🙁

Corporate Goth Fashion in Black, Grey & White


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