Last week I was a guest of the Washington Post for another one of Robin Givhan’s fabulous talks as part of her A New Line series – this time with the wildly entertaining André Leon Talley. I’d seen him speak before about his recent book on Oscar de la Renta, but this was an entirely different conversation. Much of the focus was on his upbringing and breaking into the fashion world as a person of color. I loved his emphasis on the importance of manners and the ability to be quiet and listen – two qualities to which he attributed much of his success in the fashion industry. In a world of internet trolls and 140 character opinions spouted off at the speed of light, these are two qualities I’d certainly love to see more of. Another one of my favorite things that he said was, “whatever you want to be dressed as, you dress up, and don’t let anyone tell you you’re dressed inappropriately.” And this is not to say he would encourage wearing a t-shirt and jean shorts to a black tie gala (going back to the manners theme, he said that dressing well was a form of good manners), but he was very much a proponent of embracing one’s own personal style, even if it breaks the mold. I just love that. In a place like DC and working in a relatively conservative office like I do, it can be hard to balance what’s appropriate, but still be able to wear what you want. For me, it means adding a little flare to my day-to-day work wear and then throwing caution to the wind on the weekends. What do you do? How do you let your personality shine through in your everyday style?
Watch the full talk in its entirety (seriously, it’s so good).
Oscar de la Renta earrings
Tucker shirtdress (old, try this one on sale!)
Genuine People jeans (sold out, close match)
Sophie Hulme bag
I love this look, totally makes me think of Andre and his printed pieces!
And that is such wonderful advice from him, and so true! You catch more flies with honey, as they say
That is so flattering! I feel like he has such a distinct and elegant style!
So much love for this outfit! And the details are stunning – I especially love the frayed hems on your jeans! It’s really difficult to dress in line with what’s suitable for work and still keep it ‘you’ but I try to add little touches of personality to my outfits, like maybe a small bead bracelet or wearing a more casual piece of outerwear.
I’m the same way – try to work it in with a leather jacket or fun accessories (i.e. shoes), but sometimes I really do wish I had a more lax dresscode!
I love Andre Leon Talley! Also, how gorgeous is the hem on your jean?! xx
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super chic look!!
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This outfit is really perfect !
Mary | O Blog da Mary
I have to say, I love EVERYTHING about this outfit! The jeans, with the classic shoes and the belt, then the pop of colour and the earrings, it’s just stunning, great styling!
dressing well is a form of good manners, love that! Love these pants too : )
Lacee | http://www.laceeswan.com
Sounds like such a cool event! You have such great personal style. I always love how unique you are while also being chic and on trend. This outfit is no exception.
Straight A Style
This outfit is so perfect!! Love the pants and your hairstyle!!
Seize your Style
That’s a great statemnt about dressing well is a form of good manners. You look amazing in this outfit.
Nina’s Style Blog
Gorgeous jeans! I love the look!
I love your dress
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Awesomeness Girl! You look stunning in this outfit, love everything about this outfit<3
Absolutly perfect outfit!
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I am in love with the ends of the pants you’re wearing, it’s so pretty!
Right now, I am trying to incorporate more colour in my personal style.
I have been wearing way too much black and although I love black I do want to branch out and try different colours!
The Style Fanatic
I adore your personal style. These black jeans are perfection with the frayed hem, and the pattern of the shirt is gorgeous.
this is such a lovely Color combination
I love that the blue of the sunnies Matches with the blue of your Kimono 😀
with love your AMELY ROSE
so in love with your blouse. And i Need that fab belt
Love this look! Especially the frayed hem of the pants, so chic!
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I absolutely love this look! The bold colors of the shirtdress are so pretty!
Those pictures are AMAZING!!!
Beautiful!! Such a stunning look!
I love Andre, he is such a legend! <3 I agree with everything he said and I can only hope I'll get to see him live one day and hear the words from him directly. 🙂
Ivona from http://www.thesmokedetector.net
I love how those pants and shirt dress made the monochrome outfit look fun and interesting! 🙂
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Ahh amazing that you got to hear him speak!! Love your outfit, too!
Alya / moorizzla xx
The Leon Talley talk was s much fun, how amazing that you got to be there 🙂
I hadn’t heard about André before, but it sounds like the event was incredibly interesting
personal style and then work appropriate-but you know what
you always dress so nice and I’m sure that your co-workers wish they could step out of the box
and dare to wear something fun even if it is a simple top that’s in a bright color
btw love those sunnies!
Have a great week.