Well, I did it--I ventured out of the house in my high-top sneakers and a dress today, and went to work in the getup! I had some reservations about it, but I enjoyed wearing them together. One of my coworkers said, "It's different. . .," and another said, "I'd totally wear that!"
I kept the look pretty tame, except for the dress-sneakers juxtaposition. I don't think this combination looks sophisticated or polished (doesn't strike me as sporty luxe), but I thought it could pass for arty or funky. Maybe I'm deluding myself, though.
The outfit, worn to work (1-3): sage knit sleeveless high-low hem empire-waist dress (Eileen Fisher); sage linen knit drape-front cardi (made by me); pewter leather & suede high top sneakers with hidden wedge (Paul Green); nude fishnet stockings (Commando); silver and brown stone pendant (gift); silver dangle hoop earrings (Marjorie Baer); taupe hobo bag (Aunts & Uncles)
And here are two white jeans outfits worn on preceding days this week, for days off.
(4-6): mauve floral cap-sleeve ballet-neck tee (made by me); taupe and cream chunky hand-knit sweater (Totally Brill by Amy Brill); white bootcut jeans (Lucky, Lolita); pewter cutout belt (Fossil); taupe lace-up sandals (P. Monjo).
(7-9): gray-taupe ruched v-neck tee (Caslon); white bootcut jeans (Lucky, Lolita); bright coral 3/4 sleeved cardigan (Halogen); pewter cutout belt (Fossil); print scarf (Asian Eye); pewter and taupe sling-back Mary Janes (Fidji); taupe hobo bag (Aunts & Uncles).
What do you think of the sneakers and dress? Does it look stylish or like I maybe getting a little, I don't know, maybe forgetful, like I forgot to change my shoes before leaving the house?
I welcome your thoughts and suggestions on any of these outfits!