Work Wear Double Take
I thought I would start sharing a bit of workwear inspiration with you guys since a lot of my followers are fresh into their new careers. I'll share how I style various pieces as well as some tips on looking professional and put together on a budget.
Y'all know by now, if you've been following my blog long enough, that I love a good versatile piece of clothing. The more you can get out of your pieces the better. It's more worth your money to buy pieces that you know can be used to create all different types of outfits. This wine colored, sheer button down is the perfect example of a versatile piece. I can wear this for work with a pencil skirt or with jeans and boots for a night out. Another plus is that a piece like this is timeless, it won't go out of style no matter what crazy trend is all the rage.
Since a button down shirt is the quintessential staple piece for a professional wardrobe, I'm sharing two ways to style it. Skirts are another staple professional piece. They can be styled more business casual with a tucked in t-shirt and flats, or more business professional with a button down and heels as I've done here. You could even take it up another notch and throw a blazer on as well.
I love to incorporate bold patterns into my wardrobe because in general I tend to gravitate toward more solid neutral colors or stripes. These two skirts are the perfect way to incorporate a pop of color without being too over the top for work. Another huge plus, of course, is that they both have pockets! If you're a girl, you understand how big of a deal it is to find skirts and dresses with pockets. Life changing.
Anyway, the blue patterned skirt was a fairly recent purchase from LOFT. I love it because it has so many colors in it, I can easily pair it with various pieces in my closet. The pink paisley skirt was a lucky sale find at LOFT's sister store Ann Taylor. I don't typically shop in Ann Taylor because the prices are so much higher for virtually the same clothing, but I do like to peruse their sale racks every now and then. I snagged this skirt for around $20, regularly priced at around $80.
Another closet staple that every girl needs is a good pair of nude colored heels. These Nine West ones came from Marshalls a couple of years ago. If you don't want to break the bank on heels, Marshalls, TJMaxx and Nordstrom Rack always have nice brands for much cheaper than Macy's or Dillard's would. These scalloped sandals are great for hot summer work days and were on super sale at Macy's when I bought them. That is another great option for purchasing workwear on a budget, shop sale racks. I buy a majority of my clothing on sale. Even if a piece you're eyeing isn't on sale, give it a few weeks and it will be, and for a fraction of the cost.
Let me know if there are any workwear posts you would like to see in the comments below, or shoot me a message!