Work Wear: In T-Shirt and Jeans

A few posts ago, when I mentioned that the office dress code (where I work) is quite accommodating, what I actually meant was that I can actually come in a simple t-shirt and jeans combo.

For the sake of argument, this particular outfit is not your typical t-shirt and jeans look — note that I even took on a Levi’s white and blue colour palette, which was popularized by that old TVC — but, technically, it simply is what it is (a t-shirt and jeans outfit). IMHO, it’s all a matter of a rendering difference and perhaps toss in a quirky detail or two to make it less generic and more my own.

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But there’s no law forbidding you to spice it up a little, yes? I’d recommend that a bit of attention be given to certain style details like accessories and colour.

Dropping the work boots from the ad, I opted for colourful blue and green stilts instead, then added the long beaded necklace and my Coach, focusing on style add-ons to somehow pull things together. The loose white t-shirt is actually a boyfriend tee which I bought from Supré during my last trip to Australia. And the jeans, well, are from Levi’s. I have to admit that when I chose the “Levi’s” colour palette, I wasn’t really inspired by it. Twas on looking back did I realise the semblance. I was actually wearing a lime green tube underneath the tee (twas in fact sheer hence the need for another layer, heh).

Outfit details:
Top Supré
Tube Supré
Jeans Levi’s
Shoes Janylin
Necklace Canada (gift)
Bag Coach
Studs Mum’s
Watch Hand me down from my sis

And, before I go, I reckon it’d be nice to do an quick FOTD. Yea, I took a few steps to catch what light my windows would let in that day before dashing off to Makati and actually start letting the outfit serve its purpose. Please excuse my room, it’s been in a constant state of mess regardless of how much I try to put things in its place. Stuff eventually crawls back to where they’re most comfortable sitting. Gah.

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Regenerist Regenerating Serum, OLAY
Total Effects 7-in-1 Anti-Ageing Cream, OLAY
Nature’s Minerals Foundation in Shade 02, The Body Shop
Tea Tree Oil Cover Stick (02), The Body Shop
Clear Smooth Face Powder in Natural, Maybelline

Minerlize Eye Shadow in Gallery Girl (soft olive green), MAC
Smokey Eyes Powder Pencil (Smokey Black 01), Elizabeth Arden
Volum Express Waterproof Mascara, Maybelline

Waterproof Mascara in Brown, Artistry

Soft Color Blush in Deep Wine, Neutrogena

Lipstick in Modesty, MAC

Believe it or not, I actually make time to experiment with different makeup looks, in the hope of stretching my “I’m-late-for-work” makeup techniques. LOL. I’m actually keen on playing around with the other half of the Mineralize Eye Shadow, Bright Side, which is in a Champagne Gold shade. Yesterday, after a long period of separation with my MAC LustreGlass, I actually dabbed a whole lot on my lips whilst in transit; headed to a lunch at Conti’s in Greenbelt 2 hosted by AVON (introductions to the Anew Rejuvenate Flash Facial Revitalizing Concentrate — think anti-aging serum — were made). But that last bit is a whole different story.

Anyway, outfit report and FOTD done, let’s move on to other things. How’s your week so far? More importantly, what are your plans this coming Halloween weekend? Party, cemetery or both (in a non-mutually exclusive reference, LOL)?

Photos taken using my Nokia 6700 Classic; © 2009 Sasha Manuel

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  1. great outfit! don’t u just love how jeans and a tee with added tweaks here and there could be oh so chic:) love ur top. looks super comfy!

  2. Hi, Sasha! I love this outfit! Really like how you pulled it all together with the bag and the necklace. And I really love the makeup and skincare notes, as I’m always keen to know more about how other women take care of their skin. You are positively glowing in the photo! I love how you look like the quintessential Pinay beauty.

    I think for me I would use boots, if only because stilettos feel too fragile for me. I’m a runner and need to pamper my knees anyway. But the stilts suit you well.

    I have a bright green “Versace” that my mom bought at a mall kiosk in Makati a few years ago, and you just reminded me that I need to pull it out and use it more often. It’s so gray here now that the world could use more pops of color.


    • Blurbage: Thanks! The top is indeed comfortable. :)

      Marj: Happy that you enjoyed the post, sweetie. I do like the opportunities wherein I can dress up an otherwise casual outfit. I wish I can find ways to re-invent this look using different pieces. :)


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