For those that are new around here, I worked in corporate America for 3 years after college. It’s actually where I started my blog and first shared my love for putting together outfits, which at the time was all work wear since I was working that 9-5 life. After I quit my corporate job, I still made a point to share office wear because frankly there aren’t enough bloggers that do and isn’t that what most women wear on a daily basis? I got you girl.
For me: a 20 something, single, city girl; I was always ready for happy hour or some social event right after work which meant wearing something to work that I could easily transition to after 5 attire. Even now, I firmly believe in purchasing clothes that are wearable for many occasions for example work to weekend or church to wedding. You get what I mean! I will not purchase a piece of clothing if I know I will only be able to wear it one time or for one specific purpose which is why I started my Day to Night series. If you haven’t checked it out yet, you can do so here.
LITTLE BLACK DRESS
There is nothing more classy or timeless than a little black dress am I right? Even better if it’s office appropriate! See below for a roundup of some of my favorites.
If dresses aren’t your thing, you can’t go wrong with a statement top and a quick change-a-roo from your work slacks into a pair of jeans for date night. I used to always keep a pair of jeans, black heels and red lipstick in my car for emergencies and I highly suggest you do the same 😉 Some of my favorite statement blouses below!
My Chick-fil-a and Target runs have recently turned into Chick-fil-a and Walmart runs and boy have I been surprised at some of my recent fashion finds. While I’ve picked up my basic tees and tanks from Walmart for a long time, I’d never really ventured out further than that because honestly your girl is normally making a bee line for the Cookie Two Step Blue Bell Ice Cream. #priorities
I’ve had some requests lately to share casual work wear or outfits that would be appropriate for a classroom setting and while I haven’t set foot in a classroom setting in awhile, I would put money on the fact that teachers are all about the comfort aspect while still trying to look cute and professional. This is normally where I would give a speech on stretchy pants and dresses: two must haves for the comfy lover but I’ll refrain because I know you ladies know what I’m talking about.
As soon as Walmart announced that Maurices was launching on walmart.com, I knew they would have some great casual pieces that would be perfect for the classroom or a casual office setting.
I was pleasantly surprised by these button fly jeggings. They have the look of jeans, the stretch of jeggings and the quality of designer denim. I am wearing the same pair of denim in both the first and last outfits. The only difference is that I cuffed them in the last outfit making them look like an almost completely different jean! These jeans do run on the bigger side so I would suggest sizing down if in between sizes. I went with the XS short and would have done an XXS had they have had it.
I picked up several other pieces from the Maurices line that are not only appropriate for the office or classroom, they are just great basics to add to your closet. I can promise you that this anorak jacket will go with just about anything and everything. I’m talking over basic tees, blouses, dresses and even jumpsuits. I’ve tested this theory and I promise it works and it looks just as cute as can be. The green color option is my personal favorite but it also comes in a pretty blush pink color that is perfect for Spring and has the prettiest eyelet detail.
Next up, let’s talk shoes. Since heels can be a little too aggressive and usually not the most comfortable for someone on their feet all day, I found two pairs of wedges that are super cute, under $20 and the perfect height for the classroom. If wedges are still a little too much of a commitment for you, I found this pair of on trend white mules that I absolutely love. For sizing purposes, if you are in between sizes in any of the Time and Tru wedges, size down. I’m normally a 7.5 and went with the 7s. As for any of the Time and Tru sandals, I size up a half size!
Whenever I was still working in the corporate world I think I googled “creative office style” more times than I could count. I was sick of wearing the same thing on rotation every week and felt like none of my work clothes were very “cute” or “me”. One source of inspiration that I continually went back to was Mary Orton from the Memorandum blog. Working ladies, she is GOALS. Her outfits were always way out of my price range but I always had fun trying to recreate her looks for 1/20th of the cost she paid:)
If you are in a work clothes rut and looking for a fun piece to add into your rotation, try a midi skirt! I personally love the idea of midi skirts in the office because they are an appropriate length while still being feminine and cute! It’s a stand out piece that everyone is sure to recognize which is one positive. The other is that it’s longer than a pencil skirt which means you don’t have to shave as high LOL. The less effort to get ready in the mornings, the better. You feel me?
I rounded up several other midi skirts that are appropriate for the office and sure to be a staple in your closet. The great thing about all of these is that you could dress them down for the weekend as well. My favorite way to style a midi skirt lately is with a graphic tee and sneakers!
It’s been a hot minute since I did a day to night work wear edition and they are always some of my favorites! While I am no longer in the corporate world, styling work wear is always my fav. I showed these pictures to Mama Adams last week and she goes “You need to stop wearing leggings and start wearing more work wear!”. While I can promise you the leggings are never going to stop, I do want to get better about showing you how to style one piece multiple ways more often because I like the challenge:) So if you have any items of clothing you want me to style multiple ways, let me know! Or if you just want to see more creative work wear options like this mesh sleeved top, let me know that too!
This fun mesh top runs true to size and is a piece that can easily take you from day to night. If you don’t feel like the mesh sleeves are appropriate for your office environment, wear a blazer over it and then shed the blazer for happy hour! I am loving this pink one on major sale that would look cute paired with that top and a black pencil skirt.
My pro tip for all of my working ladies that want to easily transition their outfit from day to night is to always stash a pair of black strappy heels, jeans and a bold lip color(my go-to is MAC “Diva”) in your desk drawer or car. Another item that has found a permanent place in my car trunk as well is a leather jacket because you can’t tell me that this doesn’t automatically up the cool factor on any outfit you put on! There are so many times these 3 essentials saved me from having to make a quick dash home and wasting perfectly good happy hour time! #priorties
Now that the cooler weather is *hopefully* here to stay, I wanted to show you ladies how to style some Fall work wear! I’ve rounded up my essentials when it comes to your workwear wardrobe in the cooler months and I’m showing you multiple style options for each. It’s always important to me to buy pieces that are versatile enough for the office or weekend wear so in addition to sharing some of the hottest office trends this Fall, I’ve also made sure to include style tips on other ways to wear these pieces.
When the temps start to drop so should the length of your pencil skirts. That being said, shorter pencil skirts can still work if you live somewhere where the weather doesn’t match the season but I suggest opting for something a little warmer such as wool, suede, tweed or sweater material. The longer length of these skirts also makes them great options for church as well.
Velvet is one of my favorite fabrics come Fall and Winter so I love that retailers are making options for the office as well. Make a bold statement with a velvet blazer! The best part about blazers is that they don’t have to just be for the office. Pair it with a cotton tee, jeans and sneakers to dress it down. Or even with a lace cami, leather leggings and heels for date night!
Leopard is hands down the hottest print of the season! Basically any option you choose for the office can easily be transitioned to casual wear as well because the trend is just so big this season. See below for more office appropriate, style options as well as more pictures at the bottom of the post!
The trick to surviving your 9-5 in the colder weather is layers. If your place of work is anything like mine was, you’ve got to somehow dress for freezing temps outside and a sana inside. This is where having a few coat, sweater and cardigan options in your closet that will go with multiple outfits is great. This way you are warm enough for the walk from your car to the office and then once inside you can shed one layer and work comfortably. Might I add that as essential black legging and a pair of hose are also necessities for layering on bottom. The below outfit could also be worn with a pair of hose and booties or boots for a little more warmth.
Turtlenecks are making a come back believe it or not and i think they make the perfect layering piece. If you live somewhere where it’s not quite “cold” yet, throw on a sleeveless turtleneck with slacks or a long sleeve turtleneck with a skirt. My favorite way to wear them right now is tucked in with a cute belt and scarf. Style tip: everyone loves an all black look right? It’s slimming and chic! Try it for the office: black turtleneck + black slacks but add a leopard belt or a plaid scarf!
Have you ever wondered if you can wear a sweater dress to the office? The answer is heck yes. My only piece of advice is look for ones that aren’t too tight but also aren’t too oversized. If you already own a more oversized sweater dress, make it more work appropriate by adding a belt at the waist so it looks more tailored. Be careful if pairing a sweater dress with boots. I highly suggest making sure that your boots are below the knee unless you work in a very casual office setting.
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Tunics were my very best friend where I worked. I will say that they are probably more on the casual end of the business casual spectrum so make sure that this is acceptable for your office setting. If it is, you are looking at quite possibly the most comfortable cold weather look possible. My favorite way to style tunics is with the same essential leggings I mentioned before, a pair of boots, and a scarf (my go to is this $19 leopard one).
Chances are you will be wearing a lot more pants now that the cooler weather is here so might as well make them super comfortable right!?! If your office allows corduroy or velvet jeans, I highly suggest getting these bad boys in every color. While they are technically a “jean” they look much nicer and are usually appropriate for most office settings. I personally own olive, black, blush, burgundy, and grey pairs aka one for each day of the week. See below for some more style options that offer maximum comfort.
Finding the right work bag that will fit all of the things can be tough, plus chances are you are going to use it a lot so you want a quality bag. I got you girl! Here are several options that offer enough storage space for things such as laptops, lunch and like I said before, ALL OF THE THINGS.
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OFFICE APPROPRIATE SHOES
This is probably the number one requested thing from you ladies is “What shoes do I wear when it gets cold?”. “Can I wear booties to work?”. Unless you live somewhere where you are dealing with snow or ice on your way in to work, my answer is wear whatever you are most comfortable in. I personally wore these mules almost every single day when I was working in an office. You can 100% still wear your normal work pumps to the office. Also, boots and booties are appropriate as well, just make sure they are on the nicer side. It is my personal opinion but I would not suggest wearing over the knee boots to the office unless you work in a very casual work environment.