As most of y’all know, I started a new job a little under a month ago. I’ve been undergoing a lot of adapting, and I already feel personal and professional growth because of this opportunity. It really inspired me to do a week-long focus on career related topics. So this week I’ll be bringing you an interview with a female entrepreneur celebrating one year in business, tips on how to kick butt at your job, and a few wardrobe pieces, as well.
One of the first things I noticed about my new position is how professional all of the women dress. I always dressed “business casual” at my previous job, but I’ve really been inspired to take it up a notch with this job.
If you’re looking to build a professional wardrobe, here are the pieces I recommend:
Even if your job allows you to be super casual, I still think it’s important to own a few button-ups. One of my favorite things about wearing a button-up is that it’s such a classic piece, that you can totally get away with wearing a bright statement necklace or fun fur vest with it. I have the most success finding button-ups at J. Crew and Brooks Brothers.
Whenever I need a little confidence boost, I pull out a pencil skirt. In my opinion, they’re sexy without trying to be. (And they’re simple to style. Throw on one of the button-up shirts from above and voila! You instantly look like you have your life together!) I find most of my pencil skirts at Ann Taylor, J. Crew, and White House | Black Market.
I live in pixie pants at work. They’re pretty much like work appropriate leggings, and I find them to be even more comfortable than jeans! I think that the way they crop right above the ankle gives them a nice little dainty touch. I usually buy my pixie pants at J. Crew, Gap, and Old Navy. (Just a warning, if you purchase from Old Navy, be super cautious about how you wash them. I’ve shrunk up some adorable pairs from there.)
I love wearing dresses to work because some days you just don’t want to wear pants. (Also, it’s one piece so you don’t have to figure out if your shirt matches your skirt, if you need to tuck it in, etc. I’m all about simplicity.) I’m a big fan of printed wrap dresses, or throwing on a Lilly under a blazer. My favorite places to find dresses are Lilly Pulitzer, J.Crew, LOFT, and White House | Black Market.
Blazers add such a nice touch of professionalism to any look, and they are a necessity for board meetings. I pair them with everything, but my favorite ways to style them are over a funky dress or with a pair of pixie pants in the same color. If you don’t have a blazer in your wardrobe, I suggest in investing in a black blazer and a navy blazer. I usually pick up my blazers at J. Crew, and I’ve also had luck finding them at Macy’s in the Junior’s department!
I’m curious to know – What are your workplace staples? What is your work environment like?
If you have any questions about work wear or any questions for me relating to career, feel free to shoot me an email or leave it in the comments!
Happy Monday, y’all 🙂