work wear

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

Checkered midi

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Wednesday. Or as they say, hump day. I thought I’d do a work-wear look today to help get through the week. Since looking good at work makes it way more fun.

This outfit is a little too warm-weather for current New York temperatures (a girl can wish, right?), but since so many of you are in warmer climates I thought I’d pretend I was there too. If I wore this outside here, I would either wear it with tights or with tall boots (as seen here). And a jacket. Brr.

I’ll also just take this chance to quickly profess my love for midi skirts. I got on that train this spring and let me tell you, it’s a smooth ride. They work year round, and can be dressed up or down for work or play. This patterned one caught my eye during the ShopBop sale the other day and I couldn’t resist.

I hope you all have a lovely day, and thank you so much for stopping by!

Outfit:

Top: Tinley Road (old, similar here and here)
Skirt: J.O.A.
Shoes: Ivanka Trump
Accessories: Francesca’s necklace (old, similar), Bauble Bar earrings (similar here), Jules Smith bracelet

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Photography: Eunice Giarta

Versatility: Circle skirt & favorite pumps

Hi everybody!

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I adore versatile pieces (then again, who doesn’t?), and I would always rather spend my money on an item that will pair with lots of things in my closet and can be styled for multiple occasions. This is part of the reason that for so long I’ve relied on silk blouses for work, since I can also throw them on with a pair of jeans and boots and have an instant weekend-chic look. It’s also why I instantly gravitated to this Club Monaco skirt when I saw it in stores. I think the pattern is so fun, and the material and length makes it appropriate for most offices, while still being cute enough to wear casually or to a special event. I wore this look to the office this week (but may or may not have ditched my tights for the pictures – I can at least wish for warm weather), and I can’t wait to style this piece with strappy sandals and a light top in warmer weather.

Do you have any favorite pieces you would recommend that you find you wear everywhere? I’m always looking for more great versatile clothes! As always, thank you so much for reading!

Outfit:

Top: Club Monaco (old, similar)
Bottoms: Club Monaco
Shoes: Ivanka Trump (last seen here)
Accessories: Bauble Bar earrings, Bauble Bar ring (on sale!), Madewell rings

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Photography: Eunice Giarta