(Business) Casual

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I work one of those offices where the dress code is business casual, but my colleagues tend to focus more on the “casual” part than the “business” part. But that works for me, because it means I can wear almost anything I want. And we all know how I like variety in my wardrobe (I used to work at a pharmacy where I had to wear navy scrubs everyday – my closet was so depressed it kept asking me to snag some uppers from the office).

So today I took a cue from my coworkers and dressed down a bit. I don’t think I’ve ever worn this cardigan with anything besides a tank underneath. I’m kinda digging the extra dose of stripes sticking out on the sleeves.

Tee: Target / Cardigan: B.P. Nordstrom / Pants: Benetton / Shoes: Steve Madden / Necklace: J. Crew / Bracelet: another oldie

Structured

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Last week I happened upon a blog post by Style Sprite where she wore a cute and funky floral peplum skirt. Then I remembered this peplum-ish top that I hadn’t worn in probably almost a year.

Well, when I decided to redo my handy dandy outfit inspiration cards (scroll down or click here for yesterday’s post), that top was one of the first on my list to wear.

I love the structure of this top, and I decided to accentuate the positive (anyone else singing now?) even more with the belt. Since the dark plum color is more fall-ish, I kept everything else light so that no one gets confused on what season it is – obviously a legitimate concern when it’s 85 degrees outside.

Top: Ann Taylor / Pants: Express / Belt: Target / Shoes: Payless / Bracelet: American Eagle / Necklace: really old and probably from Wet Seal or somewhere like that

Suit up!

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Yesterday as part of my internship, I got to walk over to the federal courthouse to meet the bankruptcy court’s staff attorney. I’m kind of a big deal. So since I was meeting important people, I had to make like Barney Stinson and suit up.
At one point shortly after I started law school, it crossed my mind that I might be faced with a life of wearing suits and I wasn’t too excited about it. But I gotta say…now that I have a suit, I kind of like it. I still don’t think I would like to wear one every day, but once in a while it’s OK. It makes me feel powerful. In fact, I was mistaken for an attorney yesterday. SUCCESS!
Suit: Ann Taylor / Sweater: The Limited / Shoes: Tahari

Double Duty: Cream silk top

Welcome to the first installment of a feature I am very uncreatively calling “Double Duty.” Sometimes when I get home from work and then I have to go out and do something else (errands, dinner, or in today’s case, volunteering), I want to change into something more comfy but without starting from scratch. Exhibit A (work):

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(this is my serious looking-at-nature face)

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Exhibit B (after work):

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First outfit: Top: H&M / Pants: Benetton / Shoes: Nine West
Second outfit: Jeans: American Eagle / Shoes: Bakers

Working Girl

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I have this theory on creating a non-lame business casual outfit: make it like a mullet. WAIT…stay with me. Think “business in the front, party in the back.” Not literally, though…the party can be placed in any location. Basically, you take your button-up and gray pants (just as an example) and maybe layer a sweater, add a mint green necklace, and bright blue strappy shoes (again, hypothetically). I bet that outfit would be pretty cute, right? I’m just sayin’. Something to think about.
Shirt: H&M / Sweater: Target / Pants: Express / Shoes: Bandolino / Necklace: J. Crew

Details, Details

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Lace on the cami. Ruffles on the cardigan. Pleats on the skirt. Texture on the shoes. Too much? I think not. I would like to point out that everything I’m wearing today – except for the bracelet and earrings – I have had in my closet for more than 2 years. Just goes to show that you don’t have to buy a whole new wardrobe every season. Now if only I could remember that more often. Do as I say; not as I shop.

Cami: Express / Cardigan: INC (Macy’s) / Skirt: Kohl’s / Shoes: Vince Camuto / Bracelet: Madewell