Foundation Pieces- women’s work attire

Hello People!  So these last few weeks I have been thinking about what makes my work wardrobe work?  So I thought about the pieces of clothing that I wear most often and allow me the freedom in my work wardrobe.  They are a starting point that you can build off of with other pieces and they elevate the wardrobe.  They can all be paired with a lot of different tops and accessories to be worn to work.  These are the articles of clothing that I would not be able to function without.

Pencil skirt-

A women’s work wardrobe would not be complete without a pencil skirt.  As you guys know I own a few of these and I wear at least one of them once a week. I love my pencil skirts because they can be paired with so many different tops, both expensive and cheap, and make them very work appropriate.  I highly recommend investing in a really great pencil skirt.  Now I know pencil skirts how can they be comfortable, well it will not be easy but you do have to spend some time looking for the correct one.

Now when trying to find this perfect skirt be sure to test it out when you are in the store.  Don’t just walk around in the skirt, sit in, do some squats in it, try bending and snapping in it.  Might seem ridiculous but you are testing out your mobility in the skirt.  Trust me you want to be able to move in the skirt, because this will mean if you sit at a desk all day (like me) there will be more breathing room on your stomach.   I have had a lot of success at Ann Taylor Loft, I am not going to link any because I do think you need to try them on.  Not all pencil skirts are made equal.

A non-pencil skirt-

Now I think this skirt is necessary to have as an solid alternative to the pencil skirt.  Typically I would recommend this skirt be in a more fit and flare style just as a change up so you don’t have too many tight skirts.  I actually wear a lot of skirts that fit into this category but this one is the most versatile.  I think this is a necessary piece because it allows for more versatility.  As well as this type of skirt will also elevate any type of shirt to be work appropriate.  As an added bonus, Pockets!

This type of skirt is a little easier to buy, I would be much more likely to order this online then a pencil skirt.  All you really need to know is your waist measurement.  I got the best advice from an Etsy seller, measure the waist of your favorite skirt currently and order off that measurement.  This skirt is currently unavailable but its from Modcloth and they have a great selection of this type of skirt.  I found this one you would just need to remove the suspenders.

Classic/ versatile work dress-

Ahh the classic work dress that is simple and plan and clean.  I know I know, how boring?  I had the same thoughts about this exact dress when I got it.  My mom bought this for me when I got my job in the real world and for people who know me that was like a few years ago.  When my mom showed me this dress when we were shopping all I thought was how boring and that I would never wear that, but my mom really wanted to buy it for me so I let her.  I doubt I wore this in the first year I had it, but then I started to break it out of the closet and loved it.

Since it is kind of plain and simple, it can be paired with so many things.  I typically wear this with larger jewelry and a belt, in the winter I will pair it with a cardigan.  I would recommend everyone own one of these dress because it is so easy to throw on when you wake up late.  This dress is from Old Navy and I have had it for awhile, I did look and there are similar dresses here and here.

Let me know your thoughts and if you want any advice.

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Fall Fashion- waterfall vests

What What? Waterfall vests!! I bought one last fall and didn’t wear it too much even though I really wanted to.  But guess what, they are still in style this fall so there is time to wear my vests.  Both of mine are fur lined and make me feel fancy when I wear them, as well as I end up rubbing the vests because they are so soft.  Now how do you style them without over powering your frame?  I am a short person so this is a concern for me.

Wear open- the first two are the most common way I have worn them.  The vest works out best when paired with shirts/ sweaters with long sleeves, as I have worn above with a light sweatshirt and a plaid 3/4 length sleeve.  This is a really great piece to layer with especially in fall when the weather can be a little bipolar, 40s in the morning and 70s in the afternoon.  These vests are warm but not overly hot as they do not have sleeves so they work in the morning to keep you warm but also in the evening you don’t sweat through your clothes.

Wear partially closed- the one on the right is worn partially closed to give you back your waist.  In this type of vest it is very easy to lose your waist and you can end up looking bigger.  In this one I used a pearl earring to use as a closure for the black vest, this worked better then expected as a closure.  I have also worn with a fancy belt and a dress for a great going out look, I just forgot to take a pic, sorry!

I have also worn the white vest as an accessory of sorts with my trench coat, I loved wearing it with the trench because it elevated the coat.  Adding the vest below made my ordinary trench coat look like a fantastic fur lined winter coat.

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Let me know your thoughts,

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All Over Lace Shirt

Hello World!  I have been looking for an all over lace top for a long time.  Over the summer I was looking for a white one but never found one that I really liked.  Last month I found an amazing all over lace shirt in burgundy (has been previously posted in the blog).  I wanted to share how I styled it for a few occasions.

Going out-

Ever since I bought this top I have been wanting to wear this shirt out without an undershirt.  I am so excited about who well this looked over the weekend.  I did have a long debate about what bra would be best to wear.  I didn’t want to wear just a normal bra, so I went through and tried my bralette but that goes down too far on my stomach so it looked weird.  After that I pulled out this boned demi bra that is wider then an average bra but still shows my stomach.  I think the affect was really cool and worked out exactly like I wanted it to. I paired it with dark wash jeans, nude heels and my black leather moto jacket.

Now this outfit really works for me because I am proud of my stomach and I have confidence wearing this outfit and showing it off.  I would not recommend this as an outfit everyone should/ can wear, but if you are proud of your stomach try it.  It felt very empowering and I walked around very confidently that night.

Casual-

This is how I have mostly worn the shirt, with a black under shirt, light wash jeans and a pair of boots.  This gives off a very fall vibe and will work for going out with friends as well as on a casual day at work.  I really love this outfit and as you have probably seen I wear it often.  Something I have had a hard time showing when I wear this is the back.  The only part of the back that is together is where the zipper is so the lower back is very open.

This is a great outfit that I think a lot more people will be able to wear, it does cover your stomach and back, which most women want covered.  It also allows you to go more places, only so many places you can in the going out outfit.

Let me know your thoughts,

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Staple of my work wardrobe

Hello World!

This outfit is a stable of my work wardrobe, I wear different variations of this outfit all the time.  It is a pencil skirt with a loose sheer top tucked into it.  This is business casual due to the pencil skirt being the ultimate business attire, but paired with a quarter length/ full length loose sheer top instead of a blazer beings it into the business casual realm.

I always feel very confident when I wear one of these outfits, the power pencil skirt makes me feel put together and like I can concur the world.  Then the ability to wear a shirt that is my style really makes the outfit feel more me.  This outfit just really makes me look good, the loose top being cinched by the pencil skirt at my waist makes my waist look smaller.  I think It is a look that many women could wear and be confident in.

If you like this please see my previous post.

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My week of Style Freedom

Hey hey hey!  This week has been great, a full week where I can fully be myself in my wardrobe at work, so basically casual ALL week.  Don’t get me wrong I love my work wardrobe I think I have amazing work clothes to wear. I just love when I can wear casual all week.  I know you guys agree being able to be casual and wear all my favorite clothes in a week instead of spacing them out for casual Fridays or working a few pieces in with my more work appropriate wear.

Anyways I thought I would show you my week of freedom at work that I am so excited about. This will be like a tour through my boot collection, as it is the fall.   As a note my work is pretty liberal about casual days so I can wear skinny jeans, which I love since I don’t own any other jeans.

Monday-

Ah Monday, probably the worst day of the week, so I decided to start off the week with a bang.  I wore my new burgundy pants with this amazing animal printed shirt.  Then  I added one of my current favorite blazers to add a more business feel to the outfit.  Finished off with my trench coat, which looks great with almost anything.

Tuesday-

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I love this lace shirt and will take any opportunity I can too wear it.  This is one of my favorite outfits right now for the fall.  I love this lace shirt paired with jeans and my newest booties for a very fall look.  I pair the shirt with the lighter jeans to make the lace shirt stand out.

Wednesday-

This was probably my favorite outfit I wore this week.  It kind of turned into 3 different outfits, each was unique in its own way.  I went with my classic dark skinny jeans and a pair of knee high grey boots that have a hidden heal.  I then added a plaid shirt, which I did not think I would be wearing a plaid shirt but I tried this one on and it fit great and looked amazing.  I added this great white vest that makes the plaid shirt less country, the inside is so fuzzy and feels so luxurious.  When I left for work I put on my trench coat and then pulled the vest partially through the front and it made this amazing outfit.  I loved how the white furry part of the vest made the trench coat look ultra luxurious.

Thursday-

This outfit is so much my style, black skinny jeans, knee high brown boots, a v-neck shirt that goes long and paired with this blanket cardigan.  I love wearing long t-shirts that will cover my butt when I wear skinny jeans, just sometimes I want some more coverage.  I love this cardigan, its so big and warm and has a great pattern on it, I can wear it with so many different outfits.  (As a side note I love these boots and will wear them all the time but they are super insulated and warm so some days I cannot wear them all day).

Friday-

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I had the hardest time dressing on Friday, I did not really know what to wear.  This was probably because I had way too much freedom the entire week that I struggled through the last day.  I wore my most comfortable pair of jeans and then kind of went into my closet looking for a work appropriate top that I could wear.  I found this top that I have not worn in like a year that I was like lets wear this.  Looking at it now I went for a dark navy look and paired with my fringe boots, wearing them for the first time this year.

img_20161014_174928_editedAll in all I love casual days and would like to have more of them but I get why work cannot let you run around the office in whatever you want.  Now technically it was not complete freedom in my wardrobe because I could not wear whatever I want.  I wore the outfit I have been dying to wear in a long time to dinner with friends.  I have been wanting to wear the leather jacket and v-neck shirt with the crosses straps in the front, so I decided to wear them both.  Paired with burgundy pants and my new pair of boots.

Let me know your thoughts

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Another new pair of Booties

Hello World!  I know I realize that I have a shoe/ boot problem but I really cannot help myself.  Especially when I know I am going to wear them and as soon as I see them online I start planning outfits in my head.  So if I don’t buy the boots then I am never going to be able to wear these amazing outfits I already planned out in my head.  So obviously I bought them.

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Ah these boots I have been looking for a brown/ tan bootie and just have not found one that I liked.  Then these came up on one of my favorite boutique sites and I had to have them.  I don’t technically have a pair exactly like these so I justified it.  I also live in the north so having another nice pair of boots is never a bad thing.

I have so many thoughts on how to wear them, wearing them with skinny jeans cuffed above the top, or with a pair of super skinny jeans tucked in.  These are also going to look great paired with a shift dress and some tights.  Here are some of the outfits I have paired them with since I got them.

Be on the look out for them in the near future I am sure I will be wearing them a bunch.

Let me know your thoughts,

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Ahh Fall, time to bring out the coats

Hey hey hey! One great things about fall are the laying and coats that I now get to pull out of the closet and wear.  I love coats because they really complete the outfit and I think make you look very put together.  I am going to share the coats that I am so excited to pull out of my closet, and some that I have recently bought.

Trench Coat-

For the first year I worked my office job I did not really think I needed to have any professional coats.  I was just wearing my normal rain coat and going into work, which is fine just looks a little odd.  So last spring, I decided to look into getting a trench coat.  I did not one that looked ordinary or like half the world owned.  So I knew I did not want to get a trench coat in tan, too normal.  I found this trench, I bought it in navy because I see navy as a neutral color that is not as dark as black (although it is not available in navy).

img_20161009_173804_editedI love this coat, it looks so good buttoned up but also looks amazing when worn open.  This coat has great versatility in my wardrobe and can be worn with any color.  As seen in the picture on the left I have worn this was a green work dress and think it looks great.  I am so happy that I bought it in navy because navy works with so many colors but you can see see all the details.  You can see all the buttons around the waist as well as this has great pockets.  One of the best surprises I had when I got this was the inside liner is so awesome.  It has this great cream background, and the outlines of high heels, tall boots, purses, hearts and clutches on the inside.  This is by far my favorite liner of any coat I have ever owned.

Leather Jackets-

I have always wanted a leather coat they are just so expensive in real life and I have never been able to afford it.  Recently I came into some extra money and I decided to spend some of it on a leather coat.  Now I actually did not want either of these but the one I wanted was sold out so I looked around.  I could not decide between the above and my friends were no help, they were fairly evenly divided between the two.  So I was leaning toward the burgundy but my issue was how long will this color be in style?  Obviously I have this fall but I want more usage then just one season.  So my second option was this black moto one (sorry currently appears to be sold out, will link if it comes back), that has more of a classic leather coat feel.

img_20160923_194623_editedMoral of the story I bought both and I am really happy about it.  They are very different leather jackets, the red one is loser and less fitted while the black one is very fitted.  I sized up for both, black one because it was advised to and the red one because I want to wear sweaters underneath it.  Have not had a lot of opportunities to wear the leather jackets but I think they will be a great accent to my wardrobe.  I cannot wait to wear the black one when I go to the bars and I cannot wait to wear the burgundy one when I go out to dinner with friends (maybe a date but I’ll be real probably not haha).

I was waiting to do this post because I am still looking for a utility like coat but decided I wanted to get the post out there, if I happen to buy a utility coat I will blog about it then.  I have have not found one that I like and am willing to spend money on.

Anyways let me know your thoughts,

Later!