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.
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 😉
While suede for the cooler weather is nothing new, albeit you didn’t know how many shades of suede were actually out there to choose from! Retailers are making just about every clothing piece, head to toe, in some form of suede. I’ve had fun this season bringing suede into my every day attire as well as my work wardrobe for a little bit of unexpected spice!
Today’s ensemble is featuring two of my favorite suede shades, navy and gray. These navy suede leggings have become my best friend for this cool weather we’ve been getting. You know that I am all about the clothing items that are both fashionable and comfortable and these mark both of those boxes. I love them so much that I plan on getting these in a couple more colors such as these and these. I love that I can wear them to work and out. When you find pieces like that, you stock up!
Since gray suede is a more neutral color, you will find many boots, jackets and purses in this color. I bought this pair of booties last year and this purse (which is an amazing dupe of the Chloe bag) this year. Both have become closet staples and go with absolutely everything.
To continue on with several other colors that I have seen popping up, I have rounded up my favorite shades of suede in 5 different color options. If you do not own anything suede yet, I highly suggest buying a jacket. You can never go wrong with a suede jacket and every girl needs one.
*Thank you Ellie Kai for making this post possible. As always, all thoughts and opinions are my own.*
I’ve teamed up today with Pippa and Pearl to share how we as women, can use fashion to be bold in the workforce. Men have it SO easy. They wear a suit or slacks and it’s a done deal. For us ladies, we have millions of options which can prove to be both a blessing and a curse. With so many options it can be overwhelming, leaving many women to resort to plain jane clothing. While there is nothing wrong with plain Jane, plain Jane doesn’t stand out. Plain Jane isn’t getting you noticed by your boss. And why do we put in the long hours not to get noticed? Now that’s not to say that your hard work and smarts aren’t getting you noticed but looking the part is just as important!
My top 4 ways to be bold at work are sure to make you stand out. And in a good way! I’ll bet that adding in a few of these tips are sure to get you more than a couple of outfit compliments from your girlfriends. Let’s be honest, we all love getting those 🙂
Call on color
Color seems to be a lot of women’s biggest insecurity. It’s easy to hide behind darker colors like black and grey, especially when you don’t feel like being noticed. Color brings an outfit to life. My advice is to start small and slowly add in more and more color. An easy way to start out is by adding a pop of color with your shoes and accessories. These are my current favorite heels to add in a pop of color to any outfit.
Pull out the prints
Prints are another fun way to make a statement. And the best part is that they are very easy to bring into your attire. Keep in mind that you always want a one to one ratio of prints versus solids. So if you are going to wear a solid skirt (as pictured above), wear a patterned top and vice versa. Besides my gorgeous top pictured above, I am loving this striped blouse and this floral pencil skirt (seperately of course!).
When in doubt, pump it out
A bold shoe will never go unnoticed. A lot of times people make shoe contact before eye contact. Not only do heels instantly dress up any outfit, they also do wonders for your legs and make you look taller. So ditch the boring black or nude flats and invest in a couple pairs of chic pumps that will never go out of style. My go-tos are these black, suede Sam Edelman heels and my maroon pumps.
Blazers will always mean business
There is no other piece of clothing that says “I mean business” like a blazer can. Every woman needs a few blazers in her closet for days when she needs to look professional. The best part about blazers is that they do not have to be worn with a suit. Instead they can be worn individually to turn any casual outfit instantly into business attire! Add a blazer over any blouse and pair it with slacks or a pencil skirt. I could have easily added a black blazer to this look such as this one. Don’t be afraid to bring in colors or patterns into your outfit by way of your blazer. One of my favorite blazers is this one but if you are feeling really fashion forward try this one.
If you aren’t used to being noticed at work, it’s time for a change! You deserve to be noticed for the hard work and long hours that you put in. Pippa and Pearl is the perfect online shop to find some new work wear pieces at a great price. I was excited to find this cute boutique because they have such unique pieces that you won’t find at every other store. This is always good to know because that means no one else in the office will have it. It’s always awkward when you show up to work matching someone else. Cue the “who wore it better” committee. I also love that many of their clothing options are so versatile so you have the ability to wear the clothing for multiple occasions such as work, events, brunch, or even casual weekend wear.
Pippa and Pearl also has some amazing jewelry if you are looking to add in some color to your outfits. And for outside of work, they have a huge selection of hats, fascinators and gloves. I need someone to invite me to a high tea or derby event so that I have an excuse to buy all of these!
I wanted to end this post with a quote that I found. “The doors will be opened to those who are bold enough to knock.” So if you need a little push to be bold in the work place, start with how you are dressing. It might be the inspiration you’ve been looking for 🙂
*Thank you Pippa and Pearl for sponsoring this post. As always, all thoughts and opinions are my own.*
It’s another Work Wear Wednesday and I’m excited to share one of my new finds with you today! A big part of why I started this blog was to help transition into the working world, both as a way to express my style and share my experiences. Most of the time I feel like I still have no idea what I am doing and other days I surprise myself by actually getting something right! 😉 Either way, having a #girlboss outfit on really does make all of the difference!
As a girl on the go, I know just how much time shopping and putting together outfits can take. Cubicle Queen is a subscription based service specifically for work wear, from business casual to business professional. My entire outfit (blazer, top, pants and jewelry) is all from this month’s box.
I had been hesitant to try many of the subscription based monthly programs, especially clothes programs, because let’s be honest I love to shop and finding clothes to fit my petite frame is a task. Lately I have not had the time to physically go looking for new work clothes (shocker I know!) so I was pleasantly surprised that both outfits that Cubicle Queen sent me fit PERFECTLY and were super stylish. That seriously never happens guys! Every article of clothing that they sent were brands that I love- Ann Taylor, Loft, Gap, Banana Republic– just to name a few.
I have loved Cubicle Queen’s service so much that I have partnered with them to give my readers 50% off your first box with code SHELBI50. You can sign up here to receive complete outfits or mix and match pieces to design your own work wear. I personally went with the complete outfit option because the lazier I can be in the mornings, the better! This was almost as good of an option as when mama used to pick my clothes out before school! 🙂 O to be young again!
If you have any other questions about this service please do not hesitate to ask! Also if you are looking for more work wear inspiration feel free to check out my other recent Work Wear Wednesday posts here.