Lyn posted a thread where she was saying that as a new psych resident, she felt conspicuous in a sea of sleek black suits and was asking how she could dress more professionally while still retaining her fun sense of style:
I can totally relate to her dilemma. I struggle with many of the same issues (looking too young and wearing "girly" items). Also we are both doctors, and both Fun Flirty Princesses, so that gave me an idea for a self-challenge--come up with a Dr. Fun Flirty Princess outfit to put the advice I gave her in that thread into action. I wanted to wear something that was mature, polished and professional but still has bright colors and that "fun factor" and still feels like me. I love doing these "suits that aren't suits" outfits.
I wore this outfit for the Fuchsia Friday challenge (http://goldenpig.lookfab.com/p.....weedpatent) but that time I was wearing my patent burgundy zipper boots and day clutch. I wanted to tone it down a bit and make it a bit more work appropriate.
Lyn also mentioned she was worried about budget limitations--each of these pieces was pretty inexpensive, either bought on sale from discount stores or old stuff from my pre-YLF closet. I think the outfit looks more "luxe" than the actual price tags (kind of a Kate Spade/Tory Burch-ish vibe)--so I think it's still possible to look polished without spending a ton!
Tulle fuchsia wool blazer--bought at Loehmann's
Japanese Weekend fuchsia maternity shirt with faux white collars/sleeves/tail (6 years old, from my first pregnancy)
Nordstrom Halogen burgundy boucle tweed skirt (Angie's pick from NAS)
Betsey Johnson burgundy hearts satchel from DSW (I had to keep some whimsy in this outfit!)
Banana Republic gold chain necklace
Clarks brown pumps (10 yrs old from when I actually was a resident, but they are comfy low-heeled all-day pumps)