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Making Leather Work for Work

I’ve been searching for a reasonably work-appropriate leather skirt, lamenting all the skirts I’ve loved and passed on buying before. Then it hit me–I already have a leather dress. Why not work with THAT?

I’ve worn it before…

Clearly, the dress in its au naturale state is entirely unseemly for any office that doesn’t support trashy reality TV/some variation of adult entertainment. However, adding a buttoned-to-the-top oxford shirt and cardigan in somber gray makes it (almost) proper.

Vintage dress and belt; BCBG cardigan; RL shirt; DKNY heels; Anthropologie earrings

I decided on nude heels and simple earrings, because really, turquoise leather is Eighties Hooker ENOUGH–even for me.

  • kasmira

    December 8, 2011 at 9:49 am

    Love it! How did the shirt work under the dress?

    • tamia

      December 11, 2011 at 11:50 am

      I actually kind of prefer it with the shirt under it! Less, um…chafing.

  • Keesha

    December 8, 2011 at 10:19 am

    Ok Ive lurked long enough without commenting…I love this. You really know what youre doing if you can tone down turquoise leather lol. Love your style, Love your blog 🙂

    • tamia

      December 11, 2011 at 11:50 am

      Haha, thanks for de-lurking Keesha!

  • Rosalynn

    December 8, 2011 at 10:59 am

    That dress is SICK! I love the back of it.

    • tamia

      December 11, 2011 at 11:49 am

      The color and the back were what initially drew me to it! Makes for weird tan lines, though…

  • Sing

    December 8, 2011 at 11:48 am

    That dress is hot to def. Liking the work option.

  • Jasmine

    December 8, 2011 at 12:08 pm

    I love this!

  • Ellen

    December 8, 2011 at 3:19 pm

    Wow – I love the gray and turquoise together. I’d wear this in a heartbeat!

    • tamia

      December 11, 2011 at 11:48 am

      Gray seems to temper bright colors with less contrast than black. It’s one of my favorites!

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    December 9, 2011 at 4:21 pm
  • sarah

    December 9, 2011 at 8:27 pm

    fanTASTIC! Clever you – this looks amazing!

  • Annie

    December 9, 2011 at 10:22 pm

    That’s amazing! You look so professional and chic!

    • tamia

      December 11, 2011 at 11:46 am

      Thanks, Annie! Covering up the cleavage was the first step!

  • Tina

    December 9, 2011 at 10:33 pm

    Wow! That is amazing!!! What a fabulous look!

    • tamia

      December 11, 2011 at 11:46 am

      Thanks, Tina!

  • respect the shoes

    December 9, 2011 at 11:42 pm

    That is one fierce dress – and I would have never thought in a million years that you could make it work-appropriate yet still chic!

    • tamia

      December 11, 2011 at 11:45 am

      I found it at a thrift store a few years ago, and thought it was the perfect combo of vintage + trashy.

  • MK

    December 10, 2011 at 3:48 pm

    Oh, you’re good. Please allow me to bow before you. (If I knew an emoticon for a jaw-dropped awesome face, you’d find it here.)

    • tamia

      December 11, 2011 at 11:43 am

      Haha, thanks! No bowing necessary!

  • GG

    December 10, 2011 at 4:09 pm

    Amazing outfit. Love your hair too.

    • tamia

      December 11, 2011 at 11:43 am

      Thanks for stopping by, GG!

  • idreaminchanel

    December 11, 2011 at 11:01 pm

    You look great! You rock all three looks with the dress AMAZE!

  • Katha Strophe

    December 12, 2011 at 4:24 pm

    I love how you made this dress appropriate for work – such a chic look, and I love the tuquoise on you!

    • tamia

      December 12, 2011 at 9:18 pm

      Thanks! I discovered my love for turquoise back in high school, and it’s still one of my favorites.

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  • MotorCityMoxie

    January 10, 2012 at 12:14 am

    I remember this dress! I loved it, and the way you restyled it too.

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