Pin to Real Life Outfit #6


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Earlier this spring when I was on the fence about getting a floral blazer, I’m pretty sure it was this pin that put me over the edge. “Oh, it looks good with a striped dress? I’m in.” I had a different color scheme to work with than my inspirer Julia (of Gal Meets Glam) did, but I still love how this came out. Since my dress and blazer were  warm colors instead of cool, I went for a tan belt and shoes instead of black. That’s the story I’m going with anyway. But I also just don’t have a thin black belt.

Jacket (now under $15) // similar Dress // similar Belt (on sale) // similar Shoes (on sale)

Read Between the Lines

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For everyone who thinks dressing for work is boring, I would just like to remind you for the zillionth time that clothes come in colors other than black and gray. Exhibit A: see above.

That is all.

similar Shirt (on sale) // Skirt (on sale for $8!) // Shoes // similar Necklace

How to Wear Team Spirit at the Office (a Sneak Peek)

March is basketball season at its best, and here in the great state of Indiana, people are a wee bit obsessed with the sport. This week I did a special feature for twentysomething Indy on how to wear your school colors in a business casual environment. Here’s a peek at one look I put together for my own alma mater. See the rest of the article here (even if you didn’t attend an Indiana college, you might find some inspiration!).
IU look
Shop the Look: Blouse ($49.00) // Pencil skirt ($35.94) // Earrings ($45.00) // Pumps ($49.95)

Stripes, Dots, and Lace

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Thanks to all your comments on yesterday’s post, I learned that a lot of other workin’ girls wear pants to work on the regular, especially in the winter. I’m glad you all are showing your trousers some love, because lo and behold I am back to a dress today. What can I say? I’m a goddamn lady.

One thing I like about dresses and skirts is that they’re better for showing off a great shoe, which is exactly what I wanted to do for this outfit. I just got these Anne Klein cap-toe pumps after passing by them a few times at Macy’s. Some things are just meant to be together. Romeo and Juliet. Leslie and Ben from Parks and Rec. Me and these shoes. I think Shakespeare would cover the second two if he were alive today.

Thanks to the bright sun reflecting off the shoes, you can’t quite tell that they’re actually a really pale pink with rose gold toes and heels. Amazing, right? I’m sure I’ll wear them again soon and I’ll try to get some more true-to-life photos. Or you can just look at them here.

Sunglasses // similar Dress (on sale) // Shoes (7 colors/patterns) // Jacket (under $20) // Tights // similar Mint Bracelet

No Pants, No Service

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Once upon a time, I wore Express Editor pants like it was my job. I probably have 4 or 5 pairs in different colors. I had a couple “work” skirts, but for the most part, my office-wear was built around nice, neutral, professional-looking pants. But in the *cough*six*cough* years since I graduated college, I’ve collected more and more business casual skirts and dresses, and my Editor pants have been neglected.

As you know, I’m always looking out for the feelings of inanimate objects (and rarely for those of actual human beings), so I dusted off the ol’ pantaloons for a day. I added another old office favorite – the black blazer – just for poops. But never one to be boring, I of course had to throw in some leopard and red. Naturally.

Reader poll: Do you usually wear dress pants to work? If not pants, hopefully you wear something else on your bottom half. Otherwise I probably don’t want to know what your job is.

similar Blazer // Pants // similar Shirt // similar Boots // similar Bracelet // Lipstick “Romantic”