Business Casual – Fall

Hello Hello!!!  So as some people may know I have moved to Chicago.  Mostly to be closer to my family and really close friends but after living in a small city for so long it feels really good to live in a large city again.  (One that has more going on).  So I have spent some time getting acclimated to the new city and trying to make friends here.

So I travel back to the main office once a month to have way to many meetings and meet with my bosses.  So I figured on that week I can do a what is business casual edition.
(With a bonus of the last day being a travel business look).

Also I would like to note that the last time I was in the office it was ice berg cold and I had to barrow a blanket from the hotel in order to survive.  So when I went this past week my plan was to be as warm as possible, lots of sweaters and tights.

Monday –

So this was probably my favorite outfit of the week.  I absolutely love this skirt, I bought it last year from Modcloth and it is one of my best investments.  The A-line skirt in this subtle brown tweed looks good with almost anything.  I paired it with a white sweater to add some pop and to stay warm.  The sweater kind of pushed the bounds of what I am normally comfortable with, it has more of an open back and wider neckline then I normally wear.  Given how conservative the front in as how conservative the rest of the outfit is, I went with it.

I paired it with tights and booties.  I just got these bootiess, they lace up the front and go to just above the ankle.  The lace ups have a really cute button detail.  I have been dying to wear these and am loving how they look with this outfit.

Tuesday –

This was probably my longest day full of meetings.  I didn’t know how many until I got into town so I was actually super happy I brought pants.  I usually dislike work pants and almost never wear them.  I had originally planned to wear the boots from above with this outfit but last minute went with flats.  I wore these stretchy work pants, with a this shirt tucked in.  I added this large cardigan since I was super worried about being cold.

Wednesday –

Ahh this is a standard for my fall/winter work wardrobe, a [sidewalk skirt[( with a top tucked in tights and boots.  Love this!!  Very comfortable and I have already talked about my love of these J. Crew sidewalk skirts in previous posts.  I tucked in this sweater, since I was worried about the coldness of my office.  The sweater is currently on sale, and is warmer then it looks.

Thursday –

This was the first day that I fully planned before flying out.  It was the one I thought about most since I was going to be catching a flight after work.  I wanted to make sure the outfit was work appropriate and was comfortable enough to travel in and sit on a flight in.  This dress has been in my closet for years and I still wear it all the time, the tweed is a timeless classic, which makes this dress great.  The dress has always paired well with boots and tights.  I added my cardigan to keep warm both in the office and on the flight.

So when I am flying directly after work I typically look for an outfit that allows some stretch.  As well as one that would not cause problems getting through security, so shoes that are easy to get off.  I liked this outfit because it was easy and warm.  I also paired with my trench coat which has the pockets I appreciate when travelling.

Let me know your thoughts or if you have any questions


Let’s Be Real For Sec

Hello Hello!!  Not that I am not real in all my other posts, I genuinely do wear everything that I tell you about and have an opinion and want to help everyone out.  I just want to take a minute to talk about high heels at work.  Now the question is don’t you wear heels all the time?  Yes and no.  I do wear heeled boots fairly frequently at work but these have block heels which are easy to walk in.  I don’t typically wear high heels to work I do once and a while and I am counting high heels as like over 3″.

Every once in a while I will have an outfit that I just don’t want to walk out the door in anything but heels.  Heels at work is hard because it is an 8+ hour day a work which is much more then a night out.

First, yes I do wear work pants every once and awhile, I will walk about these pants in another post but this one I want to talk about shoes.  I love these shoes, they are a great nude color and typically these are my fancy dress shoes.  They have about a 3 and a half inch heel.  I typically can wear these for a night out with out any issues.


Here is a quick side view of the heels.  Now when I was leaving the apartment I had a thought, what if I can’t wear these all day?  Now I was in the just put on the shoes confident mood so I was just like no, way I am wearing these all day and besides I have a desk job how hard could it be.  After that I had the second thought that I had meetings on different floors which meant stairs.  So right before I left I grabbed a pair of toms in case I didn’t make it all day.

Spoiler:  I did not make it all day in these shoes, I made it to 2:30pm, through all my meetings and after the last one I got back to my desk and my feet were just like I quit.

So this is where I ended up at 2:31pm at work, I cannot say I am upset about the choice to bring an extra pair of shoes.  My feet got a break and it was really nice.  I love these Toms.  Also, it was like a totally different look for the day, took the outfit from very businessy to casual at work.

Actually when I got complimented on my outfit it was because of these shoes so how knows which outfit is actually better.

Let me know your thoughts


Wardrobe Basics

Hello Hello!!  So there are a few items of clothing that everyone should have in their closet, you know like a little black dress, a trench coat, a great pair of jeans and an amazing pair of heels.  (Obviously I am talking about a women’s wardrobe).  One item that I think is essential to an office wardrobe is a great button up shirt.  I buy this shirt from express and honestly it is amazing.  It can be worn business formal, business casual and just anywhere you want.

What I love about this shirt that I have not seen in a lot of other button up shirts is what I will call wearability.  So this shirt is not stiff, it allows so much movement and breathability that I cannot say how awesome that is to have at work.  This shirt is made of semi-sheer fabric which allows it to not be stiff and does not show wrinkles.  Which if you work in an office you will know how amazing that is, especially if you are like me and are hot and cold and are putting cardigans on and off all day.

So yes I do own this in 3 colors.  I originally bought it in blue and didn’t think too much about it.  But after wearing it a few times I realized how awesome it is.  Then I got annoyed that I bought it in blue, a less versatile color.  I love blue I do but I cannot wear it with everything.  So I have been watching this shirt for a few months waiting for it to go on sale so I can pick it up in black, then I thought having it in white would be great too.

So over Thanksgiving Express had a sale for 50% off everything so it was like a 2 for 1 deal and I bought in the white and black.  There is currently a sale at Express and it looks like 50% off again.

I wear this shirt all the time, I wear them in the same week and sometimes think I should stop but then I think no one will notice.

Let me know your thoughts,


What is business casual for women? Winter Edition

Hello Hello!! I have wanted to do another one of these post for awhile, I got a lot of positive feed back on the original that I thought it would be good to do another one.  Business causal is such an ambiguous term that I still am not sure what it fully entails.  Last week I was meeting with some lawyers for work so obviously I was wearing what I considered to be business formal (was wearing pants and a blazer) the lawyer called it business casual and I was just like sure.

So real quick I just want to give a shout out to the real work horse of my winter wardrobe, tights.  Now as I am sure a lot of you will notice I do not wear work pants, I just don’t like them and find them to be uncomfortable.  So I tend to continue to wear skirts and dresses throughout the winter which entails needing great tights.  I tend to pair these skirts with tights and boots throughout the winter.

Now I was going to change up how I do these, mostly because I have been running late in the morning recently so I haven’t had much extra time.  But I did actually take pics of my outfits this morning so yay!  Pat on the back for me.

Monday –


For full disclosure I wore a pair of brown knee high boots with this.  Without the tights I would not wear this skirt to work, why?  Well the length of the skirt is about 2 inches above the knee which on its own I think is too short.  A work skirt I feel should end at the shortest just above the knee.  But pairing the skirt with the tights the length is no longer apparent.  I added a very businessy black button up shirt on the top and it is perfect for work.  Do adding knee high boots take away from this being a business outfit?  In my opinion no, leather boots are very chic and adding them to a business outfit just adds to it.  (Now in a business formal setting I would probably not wear knee high boots).

Tuesday –

This dress is one of my more formal work dresses, if I paired it with a black blazer I would consider it a business formal outfit.  So this day it was about dressing the dress down a little bit.  Again I was wearing a pair of black tights and this day I wore low booties.  I added this burgundy waterfall cardigan to add some color to the outfit.  The cardigan while on its own is very nice, it made the very formal dress become more business casual.  Then I added some gold jewelry to brighten up the outfit.

Wednesday –

I consider this to be one of my best skirts, it has this great A-line fit, HAS POCKETS, and is amazing almost year round.  The skirt is really great paired with tights and sometimes I will tuck a sweater into on colder days.  This skirt has business written all over it.  When I pair it with a crisp white button up, this is business casual to a T.  The outfit is not too formal to be considered business formal, I would add a great black blazer to get there.  To be a little more casual change these heels out for a pair of black flats (or red flats to make a statement).

Thursday –

So for whatever reason Thursdays I tend to have a lot of meetings so I do tend to dress up a little bit more.  So again here is the sidewalk skirt (I wore it on Monday in a different color, I own 3 of them), paired with black tights.  I wore this brown skirt with a navy dressy tank tucked into it.  Since I do have a lot of meetings I added, what I call, my casual blazer.  This blazer is great because it is cotton and not stiff at all so when I wear it I don’t feel like I am wearing a blazer.  As I have said before you can dress this down more by changing the heels out for flats or knee high boots or booties and it will still be a great business casual outfit.

Friday –


Wait thats not business casual!!  Correct, Fridays are casual days at work so obviously I take advantage and wear jeans. I will talk about a question I have had for a few weeks about if these boots are appropriate for casual day at work.  So why am I asking this question if I have been wearing boots all the time?  Well these boots go over the knee, which are very in right now but there is a stimga with over the knee boots.  (When you think of them in your head you probably picture Julia Roberts in pretty woman with her black leather high heeled over the knee boots).  Which obviously these are very different, these are grey suede flat boots.

I wore them to work when I bought them not thinking too much about that they may not be appropriate.  A coworker walked by me in the hall and just said “Wow, those are some boots.”  We didn’t stop and talk so I was not sure what the meant but the rest of the day I was worried about maybe I shouldn’t have worn them.  And since then I hadn’t until this past Friday.  So what changed?  Well a few weeks ago on Friday, one of the higher up woman in the company I saw wearing very similar boots to mine only in black.  And when I saw that I was like well I am going to wear mine again next Friday, try and stop me!!  Haha.

Also current for the next few days these boots are 50% off, they are amazing and I recommend them to any one.  Btw I have 15 inch calves and I can wear them with skinny jeans no problem.

Let me know your thoughts


Making casual clothing work in the office setting

Hello Hello!!  This is all about wardrobe maximization, I am going to share a few items that you would not expect to be able to wear in a business setting and how to make them work for you.  This is all about acknowledging what is making the piece of clothing casual and working to mitigate that with your other clothes.  I am going to show you a few ways that I did this.

The Casual Fancy T-Shirt


Now yes this is a nicer shirt than a graphic T-shirt but I would never recommend wearing a graphic T-shirt in a business casual setting.  So the fact that this is a little nicer then a regular T-shirt allows it to work in a business setting.  So what is stopping me from wearing this to work by itself?  Well first it is still a T-shirt and second the bottom of the shirt is just adds to the very T-shirt vibe.


Alright, so my fixes are first tuck the bottom of that shirt into a really great skirt, it does not have to be a super businessy skirt (this one is not) but adding the skirt some tights and a pair of heels really does take the casual away from the shirt.  If you still feel like the shirt you picked is too casual add a cardigan or blazer and that will take away the sleeves.

The Crop Top


First let’s state the obvious, this is a crop top and it is meant to show off your belly.  So you would not want to wear this just by itself to work (even on a casual day)  No one in the HR department wants to see your belly.

So my fixes – well you need to take away what makes it a crop top by tucking in the bottom.  So the skirt that you pair it with should be high waisted.  As well as the skirt’s waist band should be good so that the bottom of the shirt does not slip out.  That is the one tip I have, is to be careful with this shirt slipping out.  As well as be careful with skirts that have an eye hook on them.  Otherwise this shirt is pretty appropriate as long as you hide the fact that it is a crop top.

Waterfall Cardigan


So this one is not too hard but I do have a few that have some pretty bright patterns on them.  I love these cardigans because it is like wearing a blanket. I like wearing it under coats because it sticks out and looks cool.

So paired the cardigan with one of my most businessy dresses.  Doing this kind of evens each piece out and the outfit is a perfect business casual outfit with a flare of personality.  I belted the cardigan to keep it a little bit more under control.  Easy to remove the belt at your desk and get more of a blanket affect.

Let me know your thoughts.


New skirt

Hello hello!!! Is anyone out there looking for a great business casual skirt that is bold but can still work in your wardrobe?  I have found a great one and it’s on sale.  This skirt is similar to one I own and have been waiting to buy again.  When I ordered it the final price came out to $20, but it is a final sale so be careful with sizing.

So I just got this yesterday so I have only worn it once but I feel fine recommending it since it’s so similar to my favorite skirt.  It’s a really comfortable skirt and the button details on the side are really great to accentuate your figure.  The color is the reason I bought it, who doesn’t want to own a red pencil skirt.  It will make a big statement every time you wear it.

So the reason I was so willing to buy this online without trying it on was because I have a very similar skirt from Loft already.  The skirt was such a great deal that I was ok if it didn’t fit.  So my waist is 27″ and I do have a butt and thighs. I ordered a regular size 4 and it does fit well a little big around my waist but I’m ok with that.

Let me know your thoughts.


Work Pants

Ah yes work pants, yea they are not my favorite part of my wardrobe either.  But I decided to talk about them today well because I actually wore a pair of my work pants today.  To be very honest this is the first time I wore work pants to work in like 8/9 months, and it reminded me about all my opinions on them.

So first I will start off by saying that I really like this outfit and for me it was actually very comfortable for me to wear all day.  This outfit did a few things for me, the wide leg of the pants, the tucked in shirt and the booted heels I wore gave the effect of me having very long legs.  I felt much taller today then I have even when I wear heels.  I felt like a real woman boss today while I attended meetings (for the record I was not running meetings), this outfit just made me feel powerful.  The outfit just gave me such confidence, I walked tall all day.

Now my opinions on work pants-  I am super picky when I am looking for work pants and I have requirements for me to even try them on.  First and fore most I do not want my pants to be tight, I do not want to be wearing skinny jeans as business pants I just do not feel this is professional.  Women out there I am sure you are aware this is actually a really hard requirement.  Secondly, I will not buy any pants that do not have real pockets, either in front or in back, this is an annoyance to me.  These are pants and pants should have pockets but many women’s work pants will put stitching on like there are pockets but there are none.

The pair I am wearing are probably the best work pants I have ever owned, they have great front pockets and are lose from the thigh down.  I have tried very hard to find this exact pair again but have never found them, tried at numerous stores and online.  I wish I had some recommendations for you on this but as I don’t wear them very often I have not shopped for them in a long time.

This outfit

Do you ever walk down the street and know you look good?  I don’t mean that in a conceded way, its just that sometimes I wear an outfit that I feel amazing in when I walk down the street.  It just gives me that extra confidence and starts my day off right.  Today I wore one of those outfits, I didn’t even realize it at first, but when I walked into work I just felt good.

So this is the outfit that made me feel so confident


I felt the most confident when I was leaving work (may have had something to do with it), but when I was walking home, I had my trench coat open and sunglasses on and I just felt great.  I love walking around the city with my trench coat unbuttoned and open so you can peak at the outfit underneath.  It just has a very chic vibe to me.  The trench paired with my tight work dress and knee high boots somehow worked when I was walking.  (I admit I glanced at myself in windows)  I even thought my knees looked good when I saw them, first time I have ever said that.

The funny thing is that this isn’t even the outfit that I wore at work today.  I didn’t wear the boots in the office because I thought it would be odd to just have my knees as the only skin showing.  So I only wore the boots walking to/ from work so that they would keep my calves warm and changed into some flats at my desk.


This is the outfit I wore at work and it is more of your typical business casual. Sometimes in the middle of winter I will wear this dress with tights and boots all day.  But as of today it is still a little bit warm out to wear tights and boots all day.

Confidence is key to rocking any outfit, remember that.  If you think you look good, rock it with your head held high.

Let me know your thoughts.


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.