If you're a loyal reader of the blog, thank you, and you may have noticed that I took a little time off last week. We celebrated the life of my sweet Nana on Friday, and although it was very tough, we are all thankful she is no longer suffering or in pain. So that is why you may have noticed I skipped a post or two last week. Thank you for understanding and being patient with me while I catch up!
So, this post has been a long time coming. Over the past (almost) two years of blogging, I have gotten many requests for looks that are appropriate for the office. You may not know this, but this month marks month two of me quitting my corporate job and jumping full force into the blogging world. Although it was super scary/nerve wrecking at first (and still is), I am loving every second of it and the fact that I now have time to focus solely on my blogging career. That being said, you all know I love a good blazer ;) so I wanted to finally share a few of my favorite pieces and tricks for making looks appropriate to wear to the office.
I worked in the oil and gas industry for most of my time in the professional world, so I tended to dress a little more formal than some careers may require. Some offices don't even have dress codes, but I believe it's so important to look and feel your best on a daily basis. And I really do think it affects how you perform. Now that I work from home, it's easy to stay in my PJ's working until noon, but I have noticed that I don't get as much done and I work at a slower pace when I do that. So, get up and dress up, because I truly believe in the saying, "look good, feel good, do good".
I'm going to try to break this into sections of staple pieces and tips to make it a little easier, but if you have any questions at all about something in particular, please feel free to leave a comment or send me an email. I'll get back to you as soon as I can, and I love hearing from y'all!
Blazers - I can't even express to you my love for blazers, it's more of an obsession. Dramatic, I know, but they are such a good piece to have! I have quite a few, yet new ones keep appearing in my closet. Blazers are such a staple in any wardrobe, if you ask me, and they can change a look completely and bring it all together so flawlessly. If you're just now starting out your professional wardrobe, I would mainly look into purchasing a good black blazer, and possibly a linen blazer for those hot summer months if you live somewhere like Texas. Blazers are also a piece that you can transition easily into a date night look or weekend look, depending on what you pair it with. You can see how I styled a blazer more casually in my blog posts HERE (casual date night) and HERE (all black).
Pants - So joggers: sure, they can be worn with a pair of sneakers or flip flops, but if you buy the right color & material, they are so easy to dress up and hellooo, so comfortable. On today's post, I've paired this black pair ($9.99) with heels and a blazer for a more put together look, which I believe would totally be appropriate for the office. This is the pair I've been ranting and raving about the past few weeks because the stretchy waist fits the growing bump, and they're so comfortable. They come in 7 colors/patterns, and I would recommend sizing up (I'm wearing a 6 and I'm normally a 2-4). I've also always loved a good pair of black cropped, fitted pants (like these), which are super easy to pair with just about any look and shoe. They go well with flats and look more presentable, in my opinion, than loose pants with flats. If you're a not a flats girl, I think they are also so flattering with a pair of pumps.
Tops - I love button downs because they are easy to pair with pants & trousers and always look nice. Layering tops & tanks (I've been loving this one) are also a staple to have to wear under cardigans and blazers. I tend to stick with neutral patterns and colors, that way you can get more wear out of your tops and create multiple looks. If you have a bright top or one with a crazy pattern, people will notice if you wear it more often (not that that's the end of the world.. we all do it!). You can always count on Target to have a great variety of tops in the $20-$30 price range, and that was usually my go-to stop when I needed new tops for work!
Dresses/Skirts - If you work in a more formal environment, or just want an easy work wardrobe, dresses are the way to go! Antonio Melani at Dillard's is my favorite line for dresses and skirts.
Shoes - I may be old school, but my personal rule for shoes for the office was to never show my toes. I'm not sure where I got this idea or why, but I never felt comfortable wearing open-toed shoes to work. I would either wear flats or pumps/heels. Today, this is not really a rule anyone follows, that was just my personal preference. If you're on a budget, I would stick to purchasing a nude pair and a black pair, which should have you covered for the most part. I love this pair if you're looking for a heel that is comfortable and will last you for every day wear. They come in so many colors and holds up really well. I have them in black and wore these most days when I was going to the office. If you're going to spend money anywhere, I would recommend it be on your shoes. An uncomfortable pair of shoes can ruin your day, trust me!
Hair & Makeup - I truly believe doing your hair and makeup every day makes all the difference. You can have the best outfit on, but if you don't clean up, you can still look like a total hot mess.
Jewelry - I liked to keep my jewelry minimal for the office. Sure, jewelry can dress up an outfit, but you don't want it to be too distracting to you or others when you're trying to be a boss babe. Chunky jewelry can get in the way and bangles tend to jingle, which can be super annoying to those around you. Base what you wear off of where you work. Do you have your own office or are you in a cubicle setting? Be conscious of those around you. You don't want to be the girl that everyone dreads being around because her shoes are too loud and her jewelry sounds like Santa Clause. I think a good watch or a bracelet, a good pair of stud earrings (I always wore my diamond studs or pearls), and a statement necklace (on some days) is just enough.
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Photos by Angie Garcia