Happy Wednesday, Lovelies! So, today is the first day of my self-imposed “Home Office Style” challenge (I just came up with that on the spot. LOL!)  In case you missed my post a couple weeks ago, I am basically challenging myself to get up and get dressed as if I were actually going to the office everyday in November — even though I work right across the hall from my bedroom.  After working from home for over a year, I want to BURN my lounge clothes.  For me, this is not about what’s practical — it’s about what feels good. I won’t go into it all over again, but if you’re interested in reading my thoughts on the subject, check out the previous post here.

So, back to the challenge! This is the first outfit, which I truly just wore in the house! I actually chose this outfit because I intended to run to the tailor on my lunch break. That didn’t happen, so this outfit officially saw the driveway and nothing else.  I will admit, I kinda felt silly but you know what… I also felt good! I like my state of mind when I’ve gotten dressed for the day.  It does seem to put in you go-get-em kind of mood. Go figure!

Black Rivet Faux Leather Jacket ($60) | Mossimo V-neck Sweater ($17.99) | Fifty-Fifty Skirt c/o Alternative Apparel | MRKT Galena Angle Boots circa 2010 (similar option by Nine West) | Braided Crystal Collar c/o Mimi’s, the Look for Less | Coach Bag circa 2007

Do you guys recognize this skirt? Remember a few weeks ago when I posted about the Alternative Apparel preview show I attended, and I mentioned that the folks at Alternative graciously offered to send me a skirt after I gushed about it all night?  Well, this is the skirt! Can you guys see why I instantly fell in love with it?  Straight knit skirts are just really flattering on my hip-less figure so I am always drawn to them, but this skirt is extra special because of the fun asymmetrical hem! I get the comfort and style of a maxi AND I still get to show off my shoes.  Sounds like a win-win situation to me!  I wish I had taken a picture of the fabric up-close. I’ll have to remember to do that next time, but if you look closely you can see the thin metallic stripes in this skirt.  This skirt is from Alternative’s holiday collection, and I think that little shimmery detail totally makes this outfit appropriate for your more laid holiday affairs.

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27 Responses to “Fifty-Fifty”

  1. Rocquelle says:

    1. I need to join this challenge with you, as I tend work all day in t-shirt and shorts (or less lol).
    2. I love this look for staying at home or going out!
    3. That skirt is fab!
    4. The leather jacket with it…perfection!
    5. Hope you’re having a lovely week gorgeous!!
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  2. Mia says:

    OMG I was thinking about posting something like this on my blog. I wanted to do a challenge that involve me getting dresses and ready for work everyday because I work from home too usually in my bf boxers. You look fab for someone who just saw the driveway. You are so right about it puts you in a good get them mood when get dress and put on some makeup. I will be joining you on this challenge. I'm a new follower.

  3. Mia says:

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  4. Sing says:

    That skirt is so cool. Great look.
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  5. Okay, I can see why you gushed over that skirt because the hemline makes it awesome.
    I’ve always held the belief that if you put some effort into what you put on, it can help you with how you feel about yourself. Glad that you are tackling this challenge and giving the lounge work wear a rest.
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  6. Prissy says:

    I see why you loved this skirt…its a maxi & its knit!! I love maxis with leather moto jackets. It gives it a cool vibe. Too cute!


  7. GlamourFanatic says:

    Your hair looks gorgeous! The jacket and boots are magnificent!

  8. lynn says:

    Great skirt! I wish I could work from home sometimes, especially in the winter. Great challenge, I can't wait to see what's next.
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  9. This skirt is a def winner! I feel that you should always dress up when you feel like doing so whether you are going to the office, the grocery store or the couch. You look super chic in this number Ife! I love it!
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  10. Nikell says:

    I love this look!! I really like that skirt. It looks really easy to make…I feel a new project coming on. I think I'll try the challenge too. T-shirts and sweats are getting old. I do comb my hair though (somethimes lol)
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  11. Anay A says:

    Love those boots!! And I would do the challenge but I'll be in uniform some of the month… sucky sucky. I can't look cool in ACU's lol
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  12. Toya says:

    This challenge really speaks to me. I’m a lady of leisure and sometimes don’t get dressed until 4pm. I need to challenge myself to get dressed every morning as if I’m going to work. I’m sure my day would be more productive!!

  13. jemappelleshen says:

    the hem on your skirt is haute! and there is something so feminine and understated sexy about the little bit of skin showing. love this fall look!

  14. tyty says:

    ooooh don't u just love the fact that necklace works with everything? such a good investment piece! loving the maxi skirt,its deff one of a kind! And I love the way you toughened up the look with that jacket! Too cool! xoxo Ty
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  15. jeimy says:

    Wow in love with this skirt soo pretty loving the entire look



  16. I loved this skirt from the moment you posted it the 1st time! Now that I see what it really looks like, I have to have it in my life. I looked on the website a couple of weeks ago when you posted it, but could not find it!

  17. Firstly, those boots are great with this hard/soft look. The skirt looks incredibly comfortable lady, and you look beautiful as always. Enjoy your Thursday. xo
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  18. Tiffany says:

    Cute skirt. I know what you mean about fashion overload. I am a teacher, high school at that and I teach an all boys class so I try to go to work neat, but teachery LOL. So on the weekends I drive my boyfriend crazy with these great looks to go to Target or make groceries. Oh well ;)
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  19. Corie says:

    Eboni this work from home outfit is too cute! I love that skirt. The hemline is crazy!
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  20. Eboni I love this look, it classy, sexy, and very cool! That skirt and jacket is ridiculous and a must have! I love a good fashion challenge!

  21. Kerissa says:

    You put this on to run to the tailor?! I love this look. The skirt is cute but the booties sucked me innnn :0) I agree 200% that getting dressed and feeling fab helps ya be more productive. I rambled about it last night on Twitter in regards to my students saying some teachers don’t care based on how they dress.
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  22. Charee says:

    I love this whole look Eboni.. I would SOOOO rock this! I love that skirt and those booties!! HAUTE! You look tooooo cute!!!!

  23. Pat Mcpherson says:

    I would SOOOO rock this! OMG I was thinking about posting something like this on my blog. You look fab for someone who just saw the driveway.

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  25. Beverley Willis says:

    cute! I love a good fashion challenge!

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