OOTD: week 4 – Every open house, every week – bringing back lace in REVIEW for a sophisticated and feminine look
We have all the seen the kind of real estate agent – the ones who drives a fancy BMW, wears a Rolex, talks the talk about the market in general and how it is booming, dresses well, but knows nothing when it comes to specifics about the property they are paid to sell: When prospective buyers ask them basic questions (such as how old is the building), they don’t know the answer. When prospective buyers ask them how much the levies are, they have to look at their own brochures. When prospective buyers ask them about settlement terms, they refer the buyer back to the contract. Basic information about the property they are selling isn’t hard to find out; all it shows is that these sorts of agents CAN’T EVEN BOTHERED to find out those details. Unfortunately for the community, these useless ‘I-can’t-be-bothered’ real agents also seem to be dime a dozen all over Australia, for some funny reason. If I was the seller, at 2% commission (2% of $500,000 = $10,000 commission), plus advertising and staging costs which are ADDITIONAL to the commission, I expect the agent to do some work.
And for this reason I make sure I thoroughly research the property, even though my job is only really to stand outside and look pretty while taking down the phone number and email addresses of potential clients we can add to our real estate database and spam with emails and sms for the life of the phone and email account.
On the subject of my job to stand outside and look pretty, I am also mindful that appearance is paramount and I take pride in what I wear. Last week’s open house saw me dressing up head to toe in REVIEW for my work outfit, pairing my Review blue floral ‘Neptune Bay’ sleeveless top with my flirty Review ‘Show Stopper’ skirt (which many a REVIEW fan in the Facebook group approved).
What attracts me most to my favourite clothing labels isn’t so much how I look dressed. Well-cut dresses, tops and skirts for dressed up daywear and fabulous occasion wear not only have to look good on me, but it also has to make me FEEL beautiful and special. Yes, feeling good is more important to me than looking good when I am dressed up. Continuing the REVIEW theme from last week, this dress I am wearing today, a REVIEW Idaho black and cream lace short sleeved dress, is clearly one of those feel good ones.
Do I look good in it? Well, I don’t think I look as good in it as many of my other dresses. I remember when I first saw the dress on someone else’s Instagram post I told myself I had to have it. But on seeing it at the REVIEW boutique and trying it on, I felt that it didn’t look good enough on me. It may have to do with the cut of the dress: most of the dresses I wear are much more tailored to my body, and this REVIEW dress is actually looser. The sleeves have plenty of space, the fabric around my bust is a tad loose, and I can actually have a big meal and still not feel my dress is constricting myself. I returned it to the rack but couldn’t get it out of my head. So a few weeks later (ok, it was actually only 2 weeks later) I went to another REVIEW boutique and tried it on for a second time. How I looked in it didn’t change, but for what it can’t do in flattering my body shape, however, it more than makes up for by making me FEEL beautiful and special.
So it took me two goes before I finally bought it. And now that I have it I absolutely love it and it is fast becoming my office outfit staple. This REVIEW Idaho Dress features delicate black and cream lace with sleeves, which is perfect for cool temperatures this season. I am even starting to warm to the less fitted cut – while I may not look quite as good I am incredibly comfortable wearing it. Paired with a black CUE belt a pair of current season NineWest ‘Mailin’ heeled point toe pumps, the dress’ contrast collar, self-tie bow, and a scalloped hemline completes the dainty, neatly tailored and sophisticated feminine look I seek for my office workwear today. Yes I am putting my feminine charm to work in addition to my brains in chasing a sale! Fingers crossed I still got it 🙂
Occasion: work/ office
REVIEW Idaho black and cream lace dress with short sleeves, a contrast collar and self-tie bow
NINEWEST ‘Mailin’ heeled point toe pumps