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Business Wardrobe Essentials

Top: LOFT | Pants: LOFT | Shoes: Johnston & Murphy

Photography by: Banavenue

You know those business wardrobe essentials that no matter how many new clothes that you get, you just seem to keep going back to? If I had to guess, it’s for one of a few reasons but the number one reason that the majority of us return to the same piece of clothing (no matter how bad it should and needs to be washed), is comfort. There are several days in my work wear past that I sacrificed being “well” dressed for a only slightly upgraded version of pajamas. Thankfully I’ve slowly learned over the years how to build a comfort-approved AND cute closet that starts with these 3 little business wardrobe essential tips!

1.Stretchy Pants – Also known as God’s gift to the working woman. I’m no yogi, but the amount of stretch in these bad boys would definitely allow you to bust a move in the office, you know if that’s your thing. While dresses are the perfect one stop shop option, stretchy pants are where it is at. This cropped style that you see me wearing is very popular right now and is super flattering. I love that LOFT and many other retailers are now offering these pants in petite, regular and tall sizing options so that no matter your height, you don’t have to worry about taking them to get tailored. Go ahead and stock up on these in every color, you can thank me later.

2.Cotton Apparel – When it comes to office space, you just never know if it’s going to be Antarctica or the Sahara Desert. There really is no in between. Finding cotton clothing for the office can be a bit of a struggle since everything nowadays is made out of polyester but hold out for those cotton finds because they are so much more breathable and comfortable! I personally love cotton, sleeveless tops like this one that I can then pair with a sweater or cardigan because those are 2 things that are actually extremely easy to find in a cotton option.

3.Pretty Pumps – Ever heard the quote, “A woman can do anything that a man can do and she can do it in high heels”?. You best believe that is the truth. Not only do I believe that heels are more comfortable than flats, they are also our secret weapon ladies! Hear me out, if your heels are not more comfortable than your flats, you are investing in the wrong pair of pumps. The right pair of pumps makes you look professional and I think you already know that they do wonders for your legs. Talk about a win-win! And heck, if you got it, flaunt it ūüôā I’ve said it several times before, but I highly suggest investing in a pair of brown, black and nude pumps. If you are feeling daring, cheetah print is also one of my go-to colors!

Wardrobe essentials in my book are 100% completely dependent on comfort. As many times as I have tried to convince my boss that the dress code should allow for pajamas and leggings, they just haven’t seemed to go for it yet. Until that day comes (fingers crossed it’s VERY soon), these tips should tide you over.

 

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Paperbag Pants + Sale Alert

Work Wear: Paperbag pants + scalloped top + pumps

Work Wear: Paperbag pants + scalloped top + pumps

Work Wear: Paperbag pants + scalloped top + pumps

Work Wear: Paperbag pants + scalloped top + pumps

Work Wear: Paperbag pants + scalloped top + pumps

Work Wear: Paperbag pants + scalloped top + pumps

Work Wear: Paperbag pants + scalloped top + pumps

Work Wear: Paperbag pants + scalloped top + pumps
Work Wear: Paperbag pants + scalloped top + pumps

Top: Similar | Pants: ASOS (Only $32) | Shoes: Similar | Purse: Gigi NY | Sunglasses: Karen Walker | Ring: Similar

Photography by: Banavenue

I can’t believe it’s been almost 2 months since I’ve sat down to write a Work Wear Wednesday post. You’d think since I’m wearing business attire 40+ hours a week, that¬†some of that would make it’s way over to the blog! Well, I promise to get a little bit more consistent just as soon as I recover from surgery a little bit more.

These pants have actually been in my closet for months now and I have just slowly been watching this paperbag waist trend pop up more and more. I am naturally drawn to any sort of work attire that remotely feels like pajamas. Let’s be real for a second, if I could get away with wearing pajamas 24/7, I would do it in a heart beat. Needless to say, if it remotely looks, feels or resembles pajamas in any way, but could pass as being semi (we will take what we can get) professional, then it is fair game.

For all of my working gals out there that struggle to find pants that fit them, that is one of the great things about these paperbag pants. In fact, I would put them right up there with drawstring pants. Both of these options are becoming more and more acceptable to wear to work and paired with the right pair of pumps, you can make just about any pair of pants work appropriate! I’ve linked a few pairs for you guys at different price points below.

Before signing off on today’s post, I wanted to let you all in on a HUGE sale that is going on. LOFT is having their friends and family sale event that offers 40% off their entire website (that includes sale items). Don’t worry, I already skimmed the entire sale and picked the best of the best here. I even made a section for my favorite work wear picks so make sure you check it out! Happy shopping my friends! It’s totally justifiable when it’s on sale right? It’s like you are making money ūüėČ

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Day to Night: Bodysuit Style

Day to Night Work wear bodysuit style, How to style a bodysuit

Day to Night Work wear bodysuit style, How to style a bodysuit

Bodysuits have been around for awhile now and for some insane reason I had put off trying this trend. I had many concerns. Some were pretty logical I would say, like how would one go to the bathroom in a pinch? Or wouldn’t you see panty lines through your clothes? Certainly you can start to see my irrational fear of this trend and why I put it off for so long.

When I was approached by my friends at Luxington Boutique to design an outfit that could easily take you from work to an after 5 cocktail, I jumped at the idea to create an outfit with a piece of clothing that I had never tried before. Insert this amazing olive green bodysuit here.

1. Day Look:¬†Pair a bodysuit with a dramatic wide leg pair of pants to wear to the office. The contrast of a more fitted top and loose bottom will give you a chic look that is totally¬†office appropriate. My favorite office looks are the ones that no one else is brave enough to try but you know will get you tons of compliments. This is that look and the plus side is that it’s insanely comfortable too.¬†

Day to Night Work wear bodysuit style, How to style a bodysuit

Day to Night Work wear bodysuit style, How to style a bodysuit

Day to Night Work wear bodysuit style, How to style a bodysuit

Day to Night Work wear bodysuit style, How to style a bodysuit

Day to Night Work wear bodysuit style, How to style a bodysuit

Day to Night Work wear bodysuit style, How to style a bodysuit

Day to Night Work wear bodysuit style, How to style a bodysuit

Day to Night Work wear bodysuit style, How to style a bodysuit

Day to Night Work wear bodysuit style, How to style a bodysuit

Bodysuit: Luxington Boutique | Pants: Show Me Your Mumu | Heels: Nordstrom | Watch: Christian Paul | Earrings: Bauble Bar

2. Night Look: I firmly believe that every woman should always have a pair of jeans, heels and lipstick on hand at any time. Car, desk drawer, etc. In order to take this bodysuit from the office to after work cocktails, I simply added these 3 things plus my favorite 2 accessories- a black bralette and a choker necklace. These latter 2 items are my favorite ways to add a little bit of edge into your look. Combined, all 5 of these items are the perfect recipe to your casual after 5 attire.

Day to Night Work wear bodysuit style, How to style a bodysuit

Day to Night Work wear bodysuit style, How to style a bodysuit

Day to Night Work wear bodysuit style, How to style a bodysuit

Day to Night Work wear bodysuit style, How to style a bodysuit

Day to Night Work wear bodysuit style, How to style a bodysuit

Day to Night Work wear bodysuit style, How to style a bodysuit

Day to Night Work wear bodysuit style, How to style a bodysuit

Day to Night Work wear jumpsuit style, How to style a jumpsuit, High waisted jeans

Day to Night Work wear bodysuit style, How to style a bodysuit

Bodysuit: Luxington Boutique | Jeans: Topshop | Heels: Similar | Purse: Goodnight Macaroon | Bralette: Victoria Secret | Choker: Etsy | Lipstick: NYX

Photography by: Banavenue

I felt inclined to tell you that I couldn’t end this post without saying that both of my initial fears of wearing a bodysuit¬†were quickly remedied after finding out that 1) most bodysuits have an ¬†“easy-access” snap section so you can go to the bathroom without having to take the entire thing off and 2) so far everything that I have tried to wear with my bodysuit, panty lines have not been an issue.

So if you have been wanting to take the plunge on a bodysuit, I highly suggest getting one that is versatile enough to wear to work so you get the most use out of it! Luxington Boutique is the perfect one stop shop for both work wear and everything else in between so if you are in the Houston area, make sure to stop by and check them out!

*Thank you Luxington Boutique for sponsoring this post. As always all thoughts and opinions are my own.*

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Corporate Colorblock

Work Wear Wednesday color blocking, Red and pink work wear, Valentine's Day office style

Work Wear Wednesday color blocking, Red and pink work wear, Valentine's Day office style

Work Wear Wednesday color blocking, Red and pink work wear, Valentine's Day office style

Work Wear Wednesday color blocking, Red and pink work wear, Valentine's Day office style

Work Wear Wednesday color blocking, Red and pink work wear, Valentine's Day office style

Work Wear Wednesday color blocking, Red and pink work wear, Valentine's Day office style

Work Wear Wednesday color blocking, Red and pink work wear, Valentine's Day office style

Work Wear Wednesday color blocking, Red and pink work wear, Valentine's Day office style

Top: Similar | Skirt: Similar | Shoes: Sam Edelman | Purse: Charming Charlie | Sunglasses: Nordstrom

Photography by: Banavenue

With it being the month of love, I wanted to share a festive work wear look. It’s no secret that I am a fan of color in the office. Pretty much all year round. Colorblocking is such an easy and chic look to recreate in and out of the office.

Office clothing comes in a lot of solid colors so the majority of the work is already done for you. The key to colorblocking is to wear multiple solid colors. This usually works best for similar colors but contrasting colors can also work if done correctly. Neutrals are a safe way to start out but once you think you’ve achieved the color block look, rocking bold colors makes¬†it that much more fun!

Wanting more inspiration? Check out some of my recent work wear posts.

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Zero Frills Given

Work Wear Wednesday: frilly, blush top + black slacks + bow pumps + Kate Spade purse | For Love and Lemons frill top

Work Wear Wednesday: frilly, blush top + black slacks + bow pumps + Kate Spade purse | For Love and Lemons frill top

Work Wear Wednesday: frilly, blush top + black slacks + bow pumps + Kate Spade purse | For Love and Lemons frill top

Work Wear Wednesday: frilly, blush top + black slacks + bow pumps + Kate Spade purse | For Love and Lemons frill top

Work Wear Wednesday: frilly, blush top + black slacks + bow pumps + Kate Spade purse | For Love and Lemons frill top

Work Wear Wednesday: frilly, blush top + black slacks + bow pumps + Kate Spade purse | For Love and Lemons frill top

Work Wear Wednesday: frilly, blush top + black slacks + bow pumps + Kate Spade purse | For Love and Lemons frill top

Work Wear Wednesday: frilly, blush top + black slacks + bow pumps + Kate Spade purse | For Love and Lemons frill top

Work Wear Wednesday: frilly, blush top + black slacks + bow pumps + Kate Spade purse | For Love and Lemons frill top

Work Wear Wednesday: frilly, blush top + black slacks + bow pumps + Kate Spade purse | For Love and Lemons frill top

Photography by: Banavenue

Top: For Love & Lemons | Pants: Gap | Shoes: Similar | Purse:¬†Kate Spade¬†| Sunglasses: Karen Walker | Lipstick: MAC “Captive”

It feels so good to finally get a Work Wear Wednesday post up on the blog! It’s been far too long and frankly I think I missed them more than my normal posts! For someone that lives in work attire 40+ hours a week, business casual is what I know. In fact I might even go as far as to say that I have almost perfected it. I think back to how hard I tried at the beginning. Oh how I laugh at that now because after being there for close to 3 years, I frankly just don’t give a damn what people at work think about my dress code.

Some days I go all out. Cute outfit, hair did, make up did, the works. Those days are definitely not Mondays or Fridays. Other days I look just a tad more put together than a hobo. Those are usually the days that I’m going on 3 days without washing my hair and hoping that nobody¬†notices the insane amount of dry shampoo I’ve used to combat the grease. *I trust that this information stays between just you and me* There really isn’t a rhyme or reason to my work attire anymore. I’m not one to plan my outfits out. They are 100% a spur of the moment decision based on 1) how tired I am 2) what amount of comfort I am going for and 3) how long it’s been since I’ve done laundry. We are pushing 2 months over here.

Let’s just say those 3 stipulations cause me to get a little creative¬†with my outfits. Sometimes this means overemphasizing the casual in business casual and sometimes it means busting out a blazer because that’s the only thing that isn’t dirty. My coworkers must think I have a bipolar fashion sense. Recently¬†I wore leggings to work one day. Yes, I am very ashamed to admit I actually did this but desperate times called for desperate measures and my coworker actually called me out saying I had made a fashion faux pas. You know what? You know how many frills were given that day? ZERO.

Why am I telling you all of this other than to embarrass myself? Because how you dress does not define you and we are all allowed days off from being best dressed.¬†I am proud to say that¬†even on my “hobo” days, I now have my go-to stretchy pants (I like to call these my Thursday pants) and a few tops that will suffice to¬†still make a decently cute outfit. Moral of the story? You are allowed to give zero frills every once and awhile ūüėČ

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