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Wednesday, March 12, 2014

My work basics: Part 1


I have a couple of meetings out of town this week, so I figured it would be a good opportunity to show more traditional work wear pieces in my wardrobe. I've said a billion times that my office is a free for all when it comes to a dress code. It's great because I can wear whatever I want. On occasion I do have important meetings outside of the office where I feel business casual is more appropriate than corporate casual. For those meetings, I have a few pieces I turn to most.




Sunnies: Gucci | Earrings: Express (option) | Necklace: Express | Blazer: Frenchi | Top: Express | Belt: Bebe (option) | Skirt: Banana Republic | Bracelet: Gifted | Tights: Target | Pumps: Kate Spade

1. Blazer: I'm slowly growing my collection, but I turn to this one the most. It's just a simple, open style with no buttons or closures, with more of a cropped length. Proportionally, this is best paired over skirts and dresses, especially since I'm a bit high waisted.

SHOP OTHER BLAZERS:
2. The Portofino: I prefer Express' portofino shirt as my button up of choice strictly for layering purposes. It's easy to layer over without adding bulk. I certainly understand there is a time and a place for a crisp, poplin shirt, but whenever I can, I reach for the portofino instead. And with all the colors it's offered in, it's really hard not to find *some*thing that catches your eye.


SHOP PORTOFINOS:

3. The Pencil Skirt: I feel like the pencil skirt is the most universally flattering fit of any skirt. Perhaps that's a lofty statement, but I do feel that while it may take some hunting - you can find the perfect pencil skirt for you - high waisted, regular rise, straight cut, mermaid fit, etc. Today, I decided to go for a pop of color in my skirt while keeping everything else neutral.

SHOP PENCIL SKIRTS:



Tomorrow I'll share a couple other work basics. I admit, it's fun to dress more on the corporate side once in awhile. Once in awhile. I'm not sure I'd feel the same way if my entire wardrobe was consumed by the same pieces. Though, I think if it were, I would certainly focus on accessories a lot more to break up the monotony; hence why I'm wearing the bauble necklace and polka dot shoes today...


SHOP THE LOOK:

26 comments :


  1. I love the pop of color the skirt adds to this business casual look! I sometimes miss corporate life but I don't miss deadlines. You are definitely working it...get 'em girl!

    ~Skye
    TheShopaholicSAHM

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    1. I'm certainly glad I don't have to dress like this ALL the time, but it's nice once in awhile. Tho I'm totally with you on the deadlines. Who has time for that? Haha

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  2. Love the pop of color with the skirt! My favorite piece are your shoes. Gorgeous!

    http://www.kathrineeldridge.com

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    1. Thanks, Katherine! They're my favorite, too! They're just so much fun!

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  3. Polka Dot shoes..Love those!! Beautiful, classic outfit today...in love with the green!
    Kellie @ www.ie-style.com

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    1. I guess I could have/should have saved the green for St. Patrick's day! I didn't even think about it!

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  4. Yes Yes Yes! Basics are a necessity and ONCE in a while it is nice to dress up a bit more.
    xo, Lee

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    1. Absolutely agree. It's nice to do it when we choose to and not because we HAVE to!

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  5. Love the black and green combo and I just realized you really do not wear a lot of black, do you? You look very smart and authoritative in this outfit today...I wouldn't want to mess with you. ;) -Gina
    On the Daily Express

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    1. No, you're right! I always gravitate towards color before I choose to do all black! Although the black is refreshing once in awhile!

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  6. Looking this glamorous sweetie, you are going to be a distraction in that meeting!

    From Dubai with xxx
    Mrs Jack Of All trades
    www.mjoat.com

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  7. Georgeous look! I totally agree- blazers and pencil skirts are my standard 9-5 uniform. There are so many great combos in terms of colors to make it fun! The emerald is beautiful!
    Valerie
    www.the-style-files.com

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    1. Thanks so much! I was hesitant about this skirt at first because I didn't know if it would be versatile, but it's definitely beautiful and instantly brightens up the look!

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  8. Love the emerald green pencil skirt! You look like such a chic business woman! :) Great pumps too!

    xo, Erica
    www.casuallystyled.com

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    1. I definitely try when I have to!! Thank you!

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  9. Your look is so classy and chic! I adore your pencil skirt, so classic!

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    1. Thanks so much! It's a great color - more so than I thought when I originally bought it!

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  10. I really like the green skirt, and how you mached it with your shoes. Such a nice touch :)
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    1. Thanks for stopping by! I appreciate the support!

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  11. Love the black and green together and the shoes are so fun!

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    1. Thank you so much! The shoes make me smile!

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  12. I really love that green pencil skirt!

    Serena
    http://sfashion903.blogspot.com

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    1. Thanks, Serena! I love it the more I wear it!

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  13. You have some super cute outfits! Love your style and can't wait to see more! :)

    Stephanie
    http://www.vainandsimple.com/

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    1. Thank you so much! Hope to see you back again!

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