Day 2: Looking Professional on a Rainy Day

Thursday’s weather was nothing like Wednesday‘s. It was an absolute downpour, non-stop rain. I’m getting ready in the morning and Mr Sewaholic says to me ‘You’re biking today??’ in a voice that makes me feel like I’m a crazy person for even considering such an idea.

Well, if you know me, that kind of comment only makes me want to prove him wrong. And so I ventured out in the torrential rain!

Here’s a quick photo from my office window, to give you an idea what we’re dealing with:

Look at the top of the trees, over the stadium. That grey-looking cloud is actually rain! So wet. (Although, it could be worse – there’s a track meet happening over there! Poor little track-and-fielders. At least I’m not trying to win a blue ribbon in this weather.)

So naturally, I packed an outfit. I knew that whatever I wore would be drenched by the time I arrived, and it’s no fun spending a day soaking wet. Plus, I had a meeting with my business advisor from the program, and needed to look professional!

The Details:

Blouse: Rose-Print Pendrell Blouse
Skirt: Beignet
Shoes: H&M (best $29 I ever spent!)
Belt: thrifted

That is some rained-on hair! It’ll puff back up in a couple hours. I took these photos right away when it was still wet.

Where’d you go today?

To the office, then home to hang out with Mr Sewaholic. Rainy days like this are perfect for relaxing at home!

Good things about this outfit:

  • It’s an instantly professional look. Tailored skirt, pretty blouse – it’s office-appropriate without looking stuffy.
  • It packs well! I literally tossed both pieces in a garbage bag, strapped it to the back of my bike, and rode to the office. I have an iron here, but didn’t even have to use it!
  • I love how you can swap the self-belt for a skinny belt on this skirt for a fresh look.
  • It’s comfortable. This blouse is designed for a loose fit, so you can pull it on, but it’s still streamlined and flattering.

Things that weren’t so good:

  • Nothing! I’m glad I didn’t wear this outfit for the ride in. It would have been soaked and dirty!

Would you wear this outfit again?

Absolutely! This is one of my favourite Pendrell blouses (click here to get your own!). Usually I avoid polyester, but this blouse packs well, doesn’t wrinkle and never needs pressing. I’ve always loved this skirt and find it super-flattering on a curvy body. It’s more forgiving than a pencil skirt, but still gives that slim silhouette on the bottom. I keep meaning to make more of these!

Anything to add?

I’m torn between packing an outfit and commuting in cyclist gear, and wearing something pretty on my bike. On my ride in today, I was splashed with a tidal wave when a truck went through a deep puddle – I swear they do that on purpose! If I’d worn the cute outfit, it would have been wet all day. Even though looking cute usually wins, sometimes you just have to put practicality first.

Beignet and Pendrell make a lovely team. Fitted skirt, ruffled blouse – it’s a great combination! All you need is a killer pair of  heels and you’re ready to go.

My meeting with my business advisor went really well! Since graduating from the program back in April, it was nice to have a chat, and update her on how things are going so far. (She also got to see the new pattern designs, very exciting!)

It’s Friday, everyone! Hope you all have a wonderful weekend!

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16 Responses to Day 2: Looking Professional on a Rainy Day

  1. Stephanie June 3, 2011 at 6:12 am #

    Darling! I have both patterns and they are on my summer sewing list!

  2. Samina June 3, 2011 at 7:03 am #

    You look great, wet hair and all! Did you consider keeping a few outfits in your office, just for events like this rainy day?

  3. Ashlee June 3, 2011 at 7:31 am #

    Every time I see that Beignet skirt, I want one! I think I’m going to have to pony up the money and buy the pattern – it’s so classic and every version I’ve seen looks equally amazing. Great job!

    On a tangent, I have a question for you! I’m going to be visiting some friends in Vancouver next month, and was hoping you could reccomend a few good fabric shops for me to check out! The stores here in Winnipeg are OK, but there isn’t a ton of variety, so I wanted to see what Vancouver has to offer while I’m there :)

  4. Tasha June 3, 2011 at 9:32 am #

    Glad to hear that your meeting went well! I always wonder how to dress cute yet weather appropriate for rain. The only raincoat I have is a boring one from REI, very sporty and totally not my style at all. I feel so shlumpy when I commute to work in it, but umbrellas just do no good here so I have to have a raincoat (with hood).

  5. Kate June 3, 2011 at 9:33 am #

    oh, I like being tantalized by the idea of new pattern designs! Glad things are going well for you! I’m hoping to start my crescent skirt next week and I know your sew-a-long posts will come in handy!

    I ride my bike to work a couple times a week and I always wear biking clothes and then change when I get here (I also have a gym near the office that I can take a shower at for the hot months). I’m always so envious of the biking ladies in cute clothes – but I would just end up getting my outfits dirty and sweaty!

  6. Rachel June 3, 2011 at 9:50 am #

    I love those shoes! Seeing your blouse also makes me even more anxious for my own pendrell pattern to get here!

  7. Corinne June 3, 2011 at 9:51 am #

    I admire you for still biking in dreadful weather. I would have jumped in the car. I have this crappy rain suit for boating when the weather turns, I look the Gorton’s fisherman or a passenger on the Maid of the Mist in Niagra Falls. But, I do stay dry.

  8. sofia June 3, 2011 at 11:45 am #

    @Ashlee: Ashlee, go to Fabricana! And take me with you! And Tasia too! But all jokes aside, if you’re interested, I could meet up with you in Vancouver and take you to Fabricana! It’s the best place, by far, in my mind. Tasia’s friend (through Sewaholic) Debi took me around when I was in Scotland, so I’d like to indirectly repay the favour!

  9. Caroline C. June 3, 2011 at 12:18 pm #

    Oh man, the weather so far has been soooooooo bad. :( It’s one of the wettest, coldest springs Vancouver has seen in a while, I think something like 1955. Oh well, hoping for summery weather SOON. That outfit is fantastic though! Another reason to get on making a Beignet for myself.

  10. Ashlee June 3, 2011 at 12:41 pm #

    @sofia: That would be awesome! I have a whole Friday to kill while waiting around for one of my girlfriends to get off work, and wanted to put together a list of places that I can “kill” time in… Fabricana definitely sounds like somewhere I could while away the hours, based on Tasia’s previous entires about it. It sounds amazing!

  11. sofia June 3, 2011 at 12:43 pm #

    @Ashlee: It really is. I spend at least 4 hours there at a time, just touching and wandering and sighing wistfully. You’ll adore it.

  12. Ashlee June 3, 2011 at 12:46 pm #

    @sofia: AAAAH! Excellent! I’m so excited, and can’t wait. I have always wanted to go to a big, “proper” fabric store… wicked! :)

  13. sofia June 3, 2011 at 12:49 pm #

    @Ashlee: When are you coming? I can probably leave work early and meet up with you! Email me:

  14. Sewingdina June 3, 2011 at 12:51 pm #

    Another great outfit. It’s nice to see your past makes getting worn! I think it may be trial and error as to what to wear when cycling. I think I would be inclined to change if it was raining (but get me – I haven’t cycled for years!)

  15. Stacy aka Stacybeads June 3, 2011 at 1:18 pm #

    I can’t believe I haven’t made a Beignet yet, after seeing so many flattering ones all over blogland. Thanks for reminding me again about this versatile skirt, which would look great with my Pendrell (which I still haven’t made either…).

  16. Miss Marie June 3, 2011 at 3:33 pm #

    Mmm, love your outfit! So sassy! And, like you say, suitably professional looking but not dull and office-y. I’m allowed to wear casual in my office but outfits like this are still my favourite for work. Though I sometimes let them blend into each other, I do prefer to have a distinction between work wear and weekend wear. It’s nice to feel professional on some days, and then fun and frolicking on others!