Looking Polished in a Pinch | Seersucker Sass

Monday, July 27, 2015

Looking Polished in a Pinch

As you're reading this, I'm more than likely sitting at my desk trying to look alive.  I just got back from vacation, and I'm pretty confident that tomorrow I will feel refreshed and alive and ready to take on the world.  But for now, I'm just trying to look awake and alert, and not like I'm nursing a sunburn and dehydration that I acquired this weekend while on a bachelorette weekend.  (Soooo worth it, but I am a total zombie today!)

Pretty much the biggest trick I have up my sleeve in looking like I have my act together, is knowing how to look polished.  Regardless of what I'm wearing - ball shorts or a ball gown - I aspire to appear polished.  Here are my tips for getting by on those days that you oversleep or have an 8:15.

1. Pearl Studs

You know how certain things just look nice?  Pearl studs are one of those things, in my opinion.  I wore my hair up a lot my freshman year of college, and so I really embraced the femininity of pearl earrings, because I felt masculine with my hair up.  After my college graduation, I stopped wearing pearls because I felt like they were so college.  I started wearing them again recently, and I even keep a pair in my purse at all times just in case I forget my earrings.  Even if I'm out running errands in my sweats, you can bet that I will be wearing my pearl studs!  I like to purchase a cheap pack of assorted sizes so that I have my dressier pearls, my fun pearls, my subtle pearls, etc.  (And because I lose everything...)

2. Blazer 

I like blazers because they immediately make you look a little more professional and help you to survive life in an overly air conditioned office.  On my intern's last day on the job, I asked her to wear a blazer to work so that I could send her on her way with a professional head shot.  She was wonderful as it was, but I was taken aback at just how more capable and confident she appeared just by adding a blazer.  That lesson stuck with me and pretty much converted me from never wanting to wear a suit to wearing a blazer almost every day, even in July.

3. Posture

Posture is important all of the time, but I especially focus on my posture on days where my appearance is leaning on the sloppy side.  In meetings, I always strive to sit up straight as opposed to leaning or slouching into my chair.  I try to keep my shoulders back and my chin up.  Yoga is awesome for helping with posture if that's something you feel like you need to work on.

4. Five Minute Face

Some days, I really don't have the time/patience/energy to slap on an entire face of makeup.  So I use an abbreviated number of products depending on how much time I have and what kind of skin issues I'm dealing with that day.  (Like my current sunburn...)  I've really fallen in love with Josie Maran's Argan Color Sticks because they're good for lips and cheeks and take about zero makeup skills to use.  And after this little experiment, I never leave home without mascara!

5. Slicked back hair

When I was probably a junior in high school, I read an article in one of the major fashion magazines that said "Slicked back is a hairstyle." and my mind was blown.  (I wore my hair slicked back in a bun every day during middle school because of ballet lessons, and so many people made fun of me for it.)  Dry shampoo is your friend, but some days I am beyond dry shampoo, and I just part my hair on the side and slick it into a nice, harsh little bun.

Here are some of my favorites to help me look "polished in a pinch!"

Do y'all have any tips for adding some polish to your look?  I would love to hear them!

Happy Monday!!




  1. Encourage in return from vacation! Fantastic tips:)
    Have a nice week,

  2. These are great tips! A blazer is the perfect way to look together, that's normally my tip! I tend to have a go to "uniform" that I know to throw on when I'm in a rush. For me it's black dress pants, a cute shell and a cardigan (my office is more casual) with heels!
    Book marking this!

  3. This is so helpful! I love the idea to get some cheap pearls and keep them in your purse just in case. I'll definitely be doing that!


  4. I definitely love to add a blazer for a more polished look.
    My go-to outfit for this is a structured dress, a blazer, and some nice flats.
    (I can't with heels since I feel like a giant clunking around in them)

    xoxo, Jenny || Breakfast at Lillys

  5. A blazer can dress up any outfit and immediately make you feel more professional. Hope you get a good night sleep tonight!

  6. I totally agree with you regarding your comment on pearls! They always add that little something extra to an outfit. These are fantastic tips, I hope you recover quickly from your vacation!

    A Peachy Sonder

  7. I totally have my "OMG I woke up too late must run to work!" look- a dress (my wardrobe) plus a cardigan or blazer, cute sandals (or boots if it's winter), a profesisonal ponytail after some dry shampoo, and my own seven minute face!

    Southern Belle Secrets

  8. I think I'm the laziest person in the world when it comes to work fashion. These are easy and painless reminders for me to look a lot more polished, even though I work in a very casual work environment. Love the tip about posture. I always find myself slouching!

    Alessandra | blog.pumpup.com

  9. I agree! A blazer, pearl studs, and a five minute makeup routine is an easy way to look polished in no time.

  10. These are great tips! I also feel masculine with my hair up so I try and add feminine earrings and a little extra makeup (while still looking profesh of course). These are fab tips!

  11. Coming back from vacation and going to work is the absolute worst. I hate the first few days back!!

  12. You always look so great! I love the super thick stripes on your dress, they're gorgeous! My face is almost always a "5 minute face!" I have my makeup routine down so I can be in and out in a short amount of time!

  13. Like you, mascara is my BARE minimum for make-up (and filling in my eyebrows!). Throwing on some cute earrings also helps me feel more put together too! I'm not a big pearl studs person, but I do have a bunch of different studs that I'll grab in a pinch!

    This is an awesome post and I could have used this today in fact when I overslept and was almost late to work! Haha.

    xoxo A

  14. Blazers are my savior. I love matching them with a bright lipstick for when I'm supposed to be dressed nicely for dinner but am running late.

  15. Yes yes yes to the blazer! I feel like throwing one on just instantly makes you look so much more put together. It's the perfect 'fake it till you make it' piece.

  16. I definitely need the 5 minute face tips! I wake-up at 5:30 am during the school year and sometimes it is brutally painful! I like to get my routine down to as easy and effortless as possible!

    xo Ashley

  17. Is it weird that even though I'm a ballerina, I have some of the worst posture? Definitely need to work on this. Love this post!

    xo, Alicia | Alicia Tenise

  18. The title of this post is like the story of my life!

  19. Blazers and a little bit of makeup will make you look great in a matter of minutes! Great post! <3

    xx Bash | Hey Bash | bloglovin'

  20. These are some ideas for looking polished quickly! I especially love the blazer idea... every time I add a blazer, I immediately feel ready to go conquer the world... hah!
    The Fashionista's Diary

  21. Posture is definitely something I need to work on. I'd like to try yoga, but I'm too scared lol. I'm not flexible and have no upper body strength haha I feel like I'd be the worst at it!

    Kayla | kaylablogs.com

  22. Pearl studs are definitely some of my go tos as well! My mom likes to tease me that I will be wearing yoga pants and a sweatshirt but still sporting my pearl studs! :)


    Marie H.
    Progression By Design

  23. I love a crisp blazer or a tunic to pull a look together. And the double-duty makeup is a must for a quick 5-minute makeup look.


  24. When in doubt there a blazer!! I couldn't agree more with a rule. It always makes an outfit look more professional. I feel you on looking alive though - the struggle is so so real girlie :D

    Annie // Annie N Belle

  25. Definitely great picks. I love blazers because they instantly make almost any outfit more fancy. I also love pearl items, but I tend to go for necklaces.

  26. I LOVE the blouse you're wearing in the first outfit! Also, I agree with you on the pearl earrings. They instantly class up an outfit.

  27. You always have the best advice, I love these posts :)

    xoxo, SS

    The Southern Stylista

  28. Pearls and good posture - I remember my aunt telling me that those were two things every self respecting southern belle should have! I love your advice for advancing in the business world - while looking wonderful to boot!

  29. I love the way blazers look on so many people, but whenever I try them on, I just feel so boxy and masculine. I need to find a blazer that makes me feel cute and girly and then I'll be good!

  30. I love blazers and have so many in my wardrobe, also will be adding some pearl studs to my jewellery box ;)

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