We had a theme dressing day at work yesterday - "caliente," based on the vacation spread in this month's catalog. We were tasked with wearing red and bold florals (though if there are two things I don't have much represented in my wardrobe, it's red and bold florals). 

Found this red shell amongst my Ebay items and paired it with my black skirt, which seemed more summery than pants. I needed a jacket, since we aren't allowed to go sleeveless, so this jacket was really my only option. It sort of brings the pattern element into play, and it's sort-of-kind-of blue. Softens the red, at least, and the tie dye says vacation in my mind. I originally planned to do black strappy sandals, but the weather was anything but caliente

Although I wouldn't have chosen this outfit by myself, I do like how it came out. That is the fun of a challenge, I guess!

Classiques Entrier silk shell - $1 at flea market
Ella Moss moto - Nordstrom
Olivia Moon ruched skirt - Nordstrom
Dr. Martens "Marcie" boots - Shoebuy
Zella tote - flea market
Nixon wrap watch - $1 at flea market

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  • marianna replied 8 years ago

    How fun! I think you did very well -- that's a striking, bold outfit!

  • Angie replied 8 years ago

    KILLER Caliente!

  • Suz replied 8 years ago

    Wow, I love the silk shell! 

    Will you get these challenges often? Maybe you could post them for us to try, too! Or at minimum, we'll enjoy yours vicariously. 

  • replied 8 years ago

    Great outfit!

  • rae replied 8 years ago

    Great idea, Suz! I wish we had them more often, but I think it was more of a Half Yearly Sale thing. The first day of markdowns, we had to wear white tops and black bottoms with pops of red. Maybe we will have more challenges in July when NAS kicks off!

  • deb replied 8 years ago

    Love this!!!

  • TraceyLiz65 replied 8 years ago

    Definitely works for the challenge and how fun,  You look powerful!

  • Transcona Shannon replied 8 years ago

    Looks fantastic Rae - great interpretation!

  • MsMary replied 8 years ago

    Wow, you look MUY caliente!!

    ETA: Just checked Urban Dictionary for the correct spelling of "muy," and it turns out "muy caliente" is Spanish slang for "promiscuous."  Which is NOT how you look.  You look, literally translated, VERY HOT.


    Carry on.

  • lyn* replied 8 years ago

    You look great, Rae, I love your silk shell - what a steal for $1!

  • CocoLion replied 8 years ago

    Love it!  The slim midi skirt and the booties plus moto style jacket make the outfit very Rae.  The silk shell is less Rae but looks great on you.

  • Parsley replied 8 years ago

    Caliente is a terrific look for you!
    Maybe you need to keep the red shell?

  • cheryle (Dianthus) replied 8 years ago

    I'm not sure I've seen you in red much before.  It looks really good on you and the proportions are really nice too.

  • Peri replied 8 years ago

    Well, you are one of my board idols (i have three) can do no wrong.

    What catalog...where do you work? I kind of like the clothes!

  • Joy replied 8 years ago

    A CE silk shell for $1!! Maybe it deserves a place in your closet, especially if you don't have much red. It seems like we are always being asked to wear red to show support of something...heart health, KC Chiefs, domestic violence awareness...
    You look great!

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  • Deborah replied 8 years ago

    I think you did this really well.  And the outfit still looks like 'you'.

  • annagybe replied 8 years ago

    You look so freaking tough. 

  • Lantana replied 8 years ago

    A sure hand at work again here. Beautiful proportions with the slim skirt and chunky boots.

  • harmonica replied 8 years ago

    Love! You are ruling challenges!

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