Photography: Greg Beuning
Wearing: Top- Lauren Conrad, Skirt- White House Black Market, Shoes- Coach
Let’s talk about how to make work appropriate still look really chic. Some people fall in the trap thinking 9-5 windowless cube means drab clothing, and they are completely wrong! I say, push the standard and do away with shapeless shirts and boring khakis. Of course, don’t make it completely inappropriate for an office setting (I think we can all figure out where our line is), but don’t be afraid to have fun with office outfits and let your creativity shine through. It may be the only way you get to express it during the day.
For this office ready look, I started with a classic black pencil skirt, which forms the base of the outfit. This is the neutral from which we can build, and it keeps everything grounded. I paired the skirt with a semi-sheer blouse with a soft white pattern. This blouse has so many great details, the sheerness, the pattern, the full sleeves, the ruffle in the front. It’s definitely a statement piece.
The shoes might be the perfect summer heeled sandals. Everything from the laces to the cutouts makes me want to wear them all over town to every rooftop party around. But they’re also a great selection for the office because they add just that something extra to make your look go from the usual uniform to very cool. The white color also ties in nicely with the white in the blouse.
There’s not a lot of frill to this look, and it takes very minimal effort to put together, but it’s so stylish and professionally chic. I love that you can slip on all these separates (whether together or with other pieces, just follow the formula: skirt, blouse, fun heels) and you’re out the door!
Keep an eye out for more work ideas coming your way. Since I’m living the office life 40 hours a week right now, I am always thinking of outfits!