Work Wardrobe and Then Some

July 31, 2009

Seems like every week there’s a special sale, friends and family event, or what have you that entices me to bring out my credit card and swipe it like it’s hot. This time it’s the Banana Republic/Gap/Old Navy F&F weekend that gives 30% discount on everything! I took the opportunity to amp up my work wardrobe for the fall.

I work in a conservative industry, and yet there are varying degrees of professional dress. My specific group gives a little more leeway to office wear; rarely do I see my supervisors wear full suits, and even then they wear skirt suits.  Actually, something I learned this year is that for very formal professional attire, a skirt suit is the way to go for women – not the pants suit as I originally thought. As apparel becomes more and more unisex (skinny jeans on guys anyone?), the skirt is one item that is still decidedly feminine. I like this differentiator in the workplace – women should not not have to dress up like men in the office; they can establish their own form of power attire.

Through these observations and seeing how colleagues and supervisors dress in my particular group, I now prefer to don skirts and dresses above pants. It makes working that much more interesting, and putting more effort into work wardrobes heighten confidence. Ok, that was a tangent, but it all segues into the pieces I chose and like from BR.

Pencil skirts are the skirt of choice for me, love the tapered bottoms which are more flattering. The high waist is also very “in” right now, and covered with a jacket allows you to wear a more casual blouse underneath vs. a button down shirt. I got a gray pencil, and this joins a black and navy one, filling in another “need to get” in my workwear.

 

skirt

No pictures online, but picked up a navy blue sleeveless sheath dress with ruffles on the shoulders. It’s super cute and comfy though! The silhouette that a sheath gives is so classic and slimming. Also ordered a wrap dress that I don’t know if it fits well yet. Wrap dresses are adorable for work and for weekends, the sash cinches the waist and the v-neck created by the overlap gives the illusion of a longer swan-like neck.

wrap

For fun, picked up two jewelry pieces, a mixed metal chain necklace, and a darker gray chain bracelet. This will go with both blacks/grays and warmer golds!! Love multi-purpose anything. 

mixed

Going back this weekend to see if there are any good way-in-advance presents for my dad and bf. Stock up while the sale is still going on!

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