Black and White

A.L.C. chunky knit crop tank top (on sale!)
Chanel wallet on chain
Christian Louboutin “Half d’Orsay” pumps

I wore this outfit to the Nordstrom Designer Preview (post here). Before deciding, I posted two outfit options on Instagram to get another opinion about which I should wear. About 80% of commenters totally preferred the other option. Someone called this outfit “grandma-ish” and one of my girlfriends said it was “basic” lol. I do appreciate all of your honesty.

At the end of the day, I guess I just went with what makes me feel most comfortable in my skin. While a crop top, 4-inch heels, and a body-hugging skirt are by no means “comfortable,” what I mean is that this outfit felt very “me.” Dress to impress, sure, but mostly yourself!

What’s your thought process when getting dressed up?
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64 Comments

  1. August 4, 2014 / 8:38 am

    so pretty!! Love this outfit. Long time no see Carolyn! Lemme know if you're ever heading back to HK or Shanghai 🙂

  2. August 4, 2014 / 11:34 am

    Wow, gorgeous look!

    Jules x

  3. August 4, 2014 / 2:12 pm

    I absolutely adore this look! That top is so cute and different. I love it paired with a sleeker pencil skirt and heels—perfection! Yes, always go with what makes you feel "you" and best. With that comes confidence and nothing looks better on anyone than self-confidence! xo

  4. August 4, 2014 / 3:56 pm

    This outfit is so chic and elegant! You have to go with what makes you feel most comfortable. I love those shoes!!

    Nicole
    Nicole to the Nines

  5. August 4, 2014 / 5:44 pm

    Your so elegantly beautiful in this! I love it with those darling shoes! 🙂

  6. August 4, 2014 / 10:16 pm

    Love this look. The cropped sleeveless sweater is versatile piece that can go from causal to simply chic which, you beautifuly displayed this this look. Love!

    Jessica
    the way to my Hart

  7. August 4, 2014 / 11:16 pm

    You look perfect here… So feminine and chic! I do love this outfit! <33

    Trend-Mae

  8. August 4, 2014 / 11:18 pm

    Beautiful photos! You are so chic. The classic pencil skirt looks so fierce.

    Sofia
    stylishlyinlove.blogspot.com

  9. August 5, 2014 / 5:14 am

    You look so beautiful!! What a stunning outfit 🙂 X

  10. August 5, 2014 / 6:20 pm

    You look so elegant! Love the outfit and the pics!

    Xoxo
    dogma96.blogspot.pt

  11. August 5, 2014 / 6:44 pm

    That whole look is killer! I'm such a fan of black and white because it's so chic and timeless–you really can't go wrong. And that ALC knit is amazing! I love knits like that where you can wear it in the summer and colder months. Great post and great pics!
    http://www.thecrushworthy.com

  12. August 5, 2014 / 11:35 pm

    Came across your Blog from zoella I would just like to say that your blog is amazing..I love the design and the pictures.. Just amazing

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  13. August 6, 2014 / 5:11 am

    not a basic look at all! love the knit top and your louboutins! let me pick my jaw up from the ground…

    tiffany / tiffanyeatworld

  14. August 6, 2014 / 5:13 am

    Gorgeous! I love simple chic looks like these. And those Loubis are just to die for!

    ♥ Gita @ mimiandchichi.com

  15. August 6, 2014 / 5:33 am

    Love how you paired a cropped top with a longer skirt, the proportions balance out perfectly and you look stunning!

    xx Ella
    Ella Et Cetera

  16. August 6, 2014 / 6:56 am

    This is so chic!! I love the detail of the top. GORGEOUS!!

    xo,
    Amy
    STYLEchocolatechip.com

  17. August 6, 2014 / 6:11 pm

    I also love a good long pencil skirt, very chic dear. So glad I clicked on your comment on KARLA'S CLOSET's blog and got led back here to yours. It's seriously full of GREAT info and juicy pics here! Just followed you on GFC and bloglovin', be sure to see more of you soon. By the way, please do check out and comment on my newest and MOST provocative summer outfit to date! I guarantee! Featuring HERMES wrist bandanas, plus Chanel SS14 pearl gloves, SOPHIA WEBSTER clutch, and ALEXANDER WANG runway mid-heels, if you're into that sort of 'thang'. Hope you enjoy the humorous writing too! #PROVOKED
    xx The Provoker
    http://www.the-provoker.com/2014/08/hawt-diggity.html

  18. August 9, 2014 / 11:04 pm

    Both of the outfits look amazing on you but I'm so glad you picked the one you felt most comfortable in! I totally agree with your philosophy. My getting dressed motto is to always dress for yourself… and no one else. 🙂
    Kali

  19. August 10, 2014 / 3:51 pm

    Really elegant ! I love your shoes !

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