Work appropriate

The white silk blouse

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So I feel like I’ve gotten a bit off schedule with the themes of my posts. Here it is, Friday (yesss), and I’m bringing you a full on business look. And then this weekend I’ll probably shoot a couple of casual outfits and voila, all next week while you need some work-week inspiration, I’ll be all about weekend-wear options. Hmm. Something to work on, I suppose.

In the mean time, I want to talk about white silk blouses. I love them. They are gorgeous, so versatile in a work wardrobe, and can be incorporated outside of the office to make jeans look super polished. Here’s the thing about white silk blouses though. They need to be worn with an undershirt. Approximately 97% of the time. Like if you wore a white silk blouse 100 times, during approximately three of them it would be ok to not wear an undershirt (none of which would happen at work). I’m not sure why it’s so easy to forget this step. But if you can see your polka-dotted bra when you look in the mirror, then the rest of your office can see it all day long. And get distracted by it. Which almost certainly has implications on your performance, how you’re viewed, and how seriously you are taken. Perhaps this is unfair, but it’s what is happening.

I have all sorts of thoughts opinions on dressing appropriately for work, and since my last work-wear post got a great response, I promise to do more posts of this nature. The moral of this one: invest $18 in four nude-colored undershirts, and don’t forget to wear them. You can thank me later.

Outfit:

Top: Joie (in store only, similar)
Blazer: Tinley Road (old)
Bottoms: Trouve
Shoes: Ivanka Trump
Accessories: Bauble Bar earrings, Bauble Bar ring, Bauble Bar ring

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Photography: Eunice Giarta

Simple staples: Sapphire blouse & sturdy pumps

Hi everybody!

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There is something elegant about a clean, simple outfit. I love the creative challenge of designing outfits with complementary layers or accessorizing a simple outfit to make it pop. But there is something so powerful in a look that both creates an effortless vibe, while remaining flattering and chic.

I try to fill my closet with pieces that make me feel comfortable, confident, and that I know I can style multiple ways. It usually makes getting dressed in the morning easy and quick, which keeps fashion fun for me and maximizes sleeping time. Priorities. You get it. But every once in a while I get a styling block. It’s like writer’s block, but less existential. For those of you that can relate, this type of outfit is my secret coping mechanism. Ignore the frills, forget the accessories, and choose a couple of pieces that fit you well.

What are your fall back strategies for tough mornings? And what do you think – does the simple thing work?

Outfit:

Top: J. Crew (old, similar here)
Bottoms: Banana Republic
Shoes: Cole Haan
Accessories: J. Crew belt (old, similar here), Bauble bar earrings (old, similar here), Cape cod bracelet

Photography: Yuchen Feng

Outerwear to work: Peplum jacket & maroon dress

Hi everybody!

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Today I want to talk outerwear. Specifically work-appropriate outerwear. There’s nothing quite like showing up for an interview, a lunch with a mentor, or a visit to a client site with a North Face fleece covering the polished outfit you put together that morning. I get it. We’ve all been there. And I truly love me some activewear. But just think of the potential first impressions you could be making. It’s called opportunity cost, people.

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As they say, winter is coming, and that means its time to get a presentable, flattering (and preferably warm) coat you can wear to work-related events. You’ll look and feel great both inside those heated buildings, as well as when you grab your coat to head outside. And you’ll thank me when the compliments start coming your way.

In case you need a bit more inspiration, here are few pieces I’ve been eyeing recently. What do you think?

1. Banana Republic Draped Wool Coat
2. Piperlime Wool Moto Jacket
3. Rebecca Minkoff Finley Coat
4. Club Monaco Lana Calf Hair Coat
5. Cole Haan Duffle Coat
6. Mackage Zandra Coat

Thank you so much for reading, and happy hunting!

Outfit:

Dress: Madewell (0ld)
Jacket: ASOS (similar here)
Shoes: Cole Haan Juliana pumps
Accessories: Ralph by Ralph Lauren sunglasses, Francesca’s necklace (old), Bauble bar earrings (old, similar here), Cape Cod bracelet, J. Crew tights

Photography: Chenglin Yuan