Relaxed work outfit: Loafers

Growing up I always paired skirts and dresses with sneakers.

The grown up version of this relaxed cool look is loafers!

I’ve been looking for “My Pair” for awhile now, and every pair I saw just wasn’t quite right for some reason, until the sale last weekend.

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Eshakti: dresses for fall

Fall has to be my favourite style season.

It’s still warm enough to get away with dresses and skirts but stylistically speaking layering is a must. Today I styled my eshakti-pleated cotton dress. It is the perfect shade of red for fall.

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Favourite Fashion Flashbacks: October

I’ve been doing #ootd shots for over a year now.

Think about that… That is 365 outfits.

woah- there’s no way I have that much clothes!

Well let’s take a look at mine and instagram’s favourite outfits of October.

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Shorts to the Office

As a lady you get to have a little more flexibility in the office compared to men.

As we wear skirts and dresses to the office; it isn’t abnormal to show a little leg at the office. Thus shorts are no different.

But be sure to wear the correct style!

The correct style is:

1. Material

Just as a jean pants or skirt is unacceptable, so are jean shorts.

Go for a Trouser or Bermuda short material

Example: H&M Bermuda Short

2. Length

The short should fall between 3/4 to knee length

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Although a mid-thigh short can look incredibly chic.

Not for the office, my friends. Not for the office.

Save that outfit for an out of office chic look.

Here are some examples of how I styled shorts for the office to get your creative-styling-juices flowing!





Although I like to offset the skin showing on my legs with a long sleeve.

On one of Toronto’s hottest days I also styled shorts without sleeves.


If you still feel uneasy wearing shorts to work.

It is a great idea for those casual fridays- mix it up!

Who says you have to sweat those summer days?

Be the epitome of cool success in a chic short outfit.

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Styling dresses for work part 1

Today half my closet is made up of dresses. But believe it or not when I was younger, I thought dresses were just not for me. I wouldn’t even try one on. This was back when I never wore heels, and thought I was a big rebel for wearing sneakers with everything including skirts. Cute when your young but thankfully my style has matured along with me.

Wake up and realize that dresses are perfect for everyone and for anywhere!

But let’s breakdown how to keep dresses professional and chic at work:

1. Well structured dress

Of course number one has to be the structured dress. This type of dress is perfect for any figure, slim or full figured, the dress is designed to do all the work and give you the look you want. The double bonus is that not only do you get the lines you want in your figure but these strong lines also look very professional.

Below is my Calvin Klein Dress I got from Marshalls. This epitomizes what a professional work dress is: a structured black and white dress styled with a high tight sock bun….with pearls! And I pretty much knocked it on the top of the head.

[Details: black and white Calvin Klein Dress from Marshalls]

[Details: black and white Calvin Klein Dress from Marshalls]

Below is a fresh take on a structured work dress that was brought to me through my instagram hashtag #dailygrindlook. It is still structured and professional looking, but it is in a vibrant yellow colour. It makes the look feel young and fresh! This look is brought to you by:

Miss @ohishop


[Details: Dress from @sheikeandco]

My 2 tip: The Blazer

If you have read any of my other posts, you know that I talk about the perks of a blazer a lot…Hah  but there’s a reason! You can add a blazer essentially to any outfit, and it immediately becomes that more chic… And chic means that it is that much closer to being a work appropriate outfit. Here are two examples of a dress paired with a blazer.

The first is brought to you by me: Natasha aka Baby T.

Although I say in the details below that the dress is from Old Navy. It is actually a skirt from old navy that I wore as a dress instead. The elastic waist band makes it able to transition into a dress.

To make it more work appropriate I paired it with grey tights and a beige blazer.

[Details: Dress from Old navy, blazer from H&M, and Guess purse]

[Details: Dress from Old navy, blazer from H&M, and Guess purse]

My second dress-blazer work look is brought to you by:

Mrs. @shaifa_dani


She tagged this cute work look to my hashtag #dailygrindlook. I love this look for its simplicity. The grey dress, black blazer, paired with the pop of red, and shine of the shoe is so effortless and chic! Isn’t that what we want…effortlessness in our work wardrobe?! Especially if your in the midst of your radiant pregnancy like this babe.

My third tip: Tricky Length

A problem of mine that you may be able to relate to is wanting to wear a dress to work… but when you put it on you realize it might be a little too short for work. What to do…what to do?! Exert a big sigh and change? Well if your stubborn like me…you get creative instead.

Obviously a shirt-dress is going to be too short for work. I mean it is called a shirt-dress for a reason. Usually on the weekend I would pair this dress with leggings and call it a day. But for work that is just not possible. So I paired it with a pair of jeans and blazer. I have a fairly laid back work place where I can get away with wearing jeans to work… pause to say YAY. But if you cannot, swapping for a pair of light skinnys would be just as fab.

[Details: shirt-dress from @cuteoutfitsonline, jeans from DKNY Marshalls, and jacket from Goodwill]

[Details: shirt-dress from @cuteoutfitsonline, jeans from DKNY Marshalls, and jacket from Goodwill]

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When I think of the two words…investment, and suspenders. Visuals of the investment banker in his power suit comes to mind.


Power. Intelligence. Confidence.

After a long Hiatus…the suspenders have made a come back in men’s fashion. But my favourite development is men’s fashion being adapted to women’s fashion. Suspender’s don’t need to be adapted as much because they are pretty unisex in nature anyways. But we have taken them as an option for women’s fashion as well! They are perfect for women’s work fashion as they portray power, intelligence, and confidence. They also give a big kick of personality with the nod to the past.

My Suspender Looks:

[Details: call it spring cross scarf, hot topic suspenders, H&M green three-quarter length top, R&W black pant, and Jessica Simpson black heels from Sears collection]

[Details: call it spring cross scarf, hot topic suspenders, H&M green three-quarter length top, R&W black pant, and Jessica Simpson black heels from Sears collection]

I personally mixed the past with present in this work outfit. The suspenders are a nod to the past, but the cross scarf is definitely very trendy today. This is a great look for fall fashion. The scarf and suspender accessories are much more appropriate than the dainty necklaces of summer.

The above look is very unisex; I can see a fashionable man also wearing an adaption of this same outfit. But suspenders don’t always create a unisex look.

[Details: H&M purple three-quartered top and black pencil skirt, and call it spring cross scarf]

[Details: H&M purple three-quartered top and black pencil skirt, hot topic suspenders, and call it spring cross scarf]

With only two minor changes, the outfit no longer looks unisex. The same scarf, same  suspenders, paired with a “girly” colour and a pencil skirt creates a much more feminine look. You ladies could ramp up the femininity even more with a soft hairstyle or sock bun. But I opted to go the edgy route with a braided slick back hairstyle. Go big or big home, right?!

Miss Victoria Beckham’s feminine suspender look


I mean you don’t get more feminine and posh than that right?! There is just something about an all white suit that just works for women, they look incredibly chic. But when men do it, it can almost look comical… maybe because of the Miama Vice affiliation.

I had to give props to one of the style queens for this sexy suspender look.

Suspenders as an Investment

When I bought my first suspenders seen above from Hot Topic, they were only 7 dollars. I always wanted to try incorporating suspenders into my wardrobe and at 7 dollars a pop, how can you go wrong?! Unfortunately… you definitely can! I loved the addition that this piece added to my closet, but I was definitely disappointed with the construction. The clasps were flimsy and could not stand up to the task:  with just one unexpected large movement in the day I would have to double check to see if one of my suspender clasps came undone. Nobody wants a wardrobe malfunction.  So it seems suspenders are an investment piece.

Only buy suspenders that are made from good material. Test it out before-hand. Move the clasps around…do they seem stable, strong, and up to the task? Is it a single clasp or double-up clasp? (Double-up suspenders have two clasps on each suspender side to add strength) Don’t forget to try the adjustable pieces, you will have to adjust the length of the suspenders when you get home to your fit. When you adjust these pieces, do they re-seal and stay put …or does adjusting them break the seal and the pieces have lost their integrity?

With Suspenders you definitely buy what you pay for!


Don’t worry your suspenders won’t be forever placed in the side of your closet assigned for your work clothes only. If you are going to invest in buying a good pair of suspenders, you want to be able to incorporate them into your weekend wear as well. So ideas for suspender weekend outfits are:

1. Wearing them Lose

Having the suspenders lose at your sides creates a casual feeling perfect for weekend wear.


Here you can see Selena Gomez, an upcoming little fashionista, sporting a dress pant with lose suspenders and crop top.  I absolutely adore this look. It is not sexy in the same way that Victoria Beckham’s look was…but the crop top creates a playful sexy that feels youthful.

2. You can also pair your suspenders with shorts during the weekend.

weekend suspenders

This outfit is very simple. I mean it is a pair of shorts with a basic white tee. But the addition of the suspenders to the shorts steps up the cute factor immensely. You either need details in an outfit or a statement piece, and suspenders can be that statement piece for you. It will take a very basic outfit to a new level.

Stepping it up a notch

Lastly I want to leave you with an outfit I am coveting over.

work suspenders

I love this look for work. The stripped tee under the open blouse is great styling. I mean Stripes and suspenders?…perfect! Although I am still on a mission to find the perfect suspenders to add to my wardrobe again. I couldn’t wait to imitate this look.

[details: an H&M look with nine west heels]

[details: an H&M look with nine west heels]

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