I get quite a few requests every month for work wear posts. Here’s one such request:
So I love your blog and I love your Bachelor recaps. However, I work full time in an office environment and while some of your outfit ideas and pieces work for business casual, I can’t find many “work outfits” since you mostly post casual weekend type wear. I love my Land Lou & Grey, and sometimes I order things you post from Nordstrom because I do not have a nordstrom within a 200 mile radius.
But really, if you could lean towards business casual from time to time I’m sure many of us would love it and appreciate it! And maybe not even business casual, but like, work appropriate? Because I sort of dislike dress pants!!! I like “work pants” if that’s a thing. Like colored/black/grey pants that are low maintenance but look really good for work. Thank you!! Dianna
Thanks for the e-mail, Dianna! I know office appropriate clothing is something I haven’t been addressing on the blog, and I also know there are lots of ladies who are wanting inspiration! The thing is, since I’ve never worked in an office environment, I’ve just never been great at seeking out these types of pieces. And even though I have some outfits that I wear to church (that are totally office appropriate as well), I just don’t have the need for a lot of business casual attire!
My cute little sister has a 9-5 job in Human Resources for a hospital system. And she ROCKS business casual attire. After receiving another e-mail requesting a post on these types of clothes, I had what I thought was a FABULOUS idea. I called Conner to see if she would partner up with me to show y’all what she wears to her office job! And she was on board! YAY!!!!!!!
Here’s Conner, her husband Bobby, their son Brody, and their dog Wrigley! Aren’t they the cutest little family? Conner is my only sibling, and she’ 8 years younger than me. She and Bobby met when they were both living in Chicago, but they’ve lived in Dallas for almost 5 years now. (Sidenote: Brody just turned three. He is precious, hysterical, and smart as a whip. He also happens to be very strong willed, which I find hilarious. #theappledoesntfallfarfromthetree #payback 😉
Actually, ALL PANTS are $20 off today! NO CODE NEEDED! LOVE those on the left!
Click HERE for a similar pair of ankle pants from Nordstrom (if you are a stickler for free shipping and returns)! 😉 They come in navy too!
This next outfit contains Conner’s favorite pair of pants from GAP. Here’s what she has to say about them: “The Gap pants are my go to pants. I have 9 pairs…no joke. They are more slender than the Marisa pants and longer…so if anyone struggles with Marisa pants being a little too big or too short, then they NEED these pants. They come in 20 different solids and patterns and run true to size.” I’ve never tried these pants, but when looking at them on the model, I think they would be too tight for my liking. But Conner ADORES them. I mean she has 9 pairs!
And here she is wearing the same pants as above, but this time she paired them with THIS UTILITY BLOUSE. I love the deep wine color of this shirt. Conner texted me the following about this shirt: “PSA – everyone needs to buy every color of the utility blouse. I probably will.” Over the last several years, I’ve added 3 to my closet: a black, a red-orange, and a floral patterned one. I love THIS floral one and THIS floral one they have this year. These blouses obviously look great with work pants and skirts, but they are also awesome with jeans! I’ve worn them a lot on date nights or girl’s nights with skinny jeans and wedges or boots!
So I’ve loved the utility blouse for years, and now Conner does too! It doesn’t wrinkle, and it looks great after a full day at the office! I dry clean mine (I dry clean a lot of stuff that I don’t have to), but Conner washes it in cold water on delicate. She even got yogurt on the shirt last week when she wore it, and it came right out! (In the below pic she’s wearing a graphic LOFT pencil skirt that is now sold out.)
Click HERE for a similar pencil skirt that is 40% OFF right now (with free shipping and returns)!
Here’s another way the same outfit could be mixed up with flats and different earrings! And GREAT NEWS! Utility blouses are ONLY $35 today (no code needed)! For a blouse that you will wear again and again!
Loft has a HUGE selection of utility blouses. Some solids, some patterns, some florals, some short sleeves, some long sleeves, some with peplums, etc…… Here are some of my favorites. Just click on what you are interested in! And you can seriously wear them with jeans, ankle pants, wide legged trousers, pencil skirts, and the list goes on!
And here she is, mixing up the patterned pants again! With a top that she said is “perfect for those bloated days“. Ha! You definitely have to wear a cami under it, I recommend my $12 favorite!
The graphic pants are definitely a favorite of Conner’s, but because they are almost sold out at Gap, click HERE for a great option from LOFT!
Next up, A PENCIL SKIRT! Personally, I have NEVER worn a pencil skirt, but I always love the way they look on others and think they are a great basic to have in your closet, especially if you work in a business environment! Conner swears by them. And I love the pink, grey, and gold combo she’s got going on in this next outfit!
The skirt is actually grey, the light is just messing with it. Conner says the blouse and skirt are true to size.
Here’s what she has to say about this outfit: “The pencil skirt is a staple. I wash AND dry mine (I wash every other wear). My dry cleaning bill is under $5 a month and I work 5 days a week. It fits true to size. Tell your readers to save on shipping and order the skirt in the basic colors (black, navy, grey). They won’t regret it.”
Look how polished and put together (AND DARLING!) she looks in the outfit!
Get The Look For Yourself Here:
And let’s talk shoes again. She most often wears THESE heels in black (she likes them high! 3 3/4″ high!) and THESE in nude patent (4 inch heel!). However, she also owns THESE and says they are very comfortable, and they are “only” a 3 inch heel! They are affordable at $99 with free shipping and free returns, and they come in lots of colors! See below and click on the color you are interested in!
Before you go, in case you are trying to fill your LOFT cart to $125 so you get FREE SHIPPING, here are some of the items that are 60% OFF, but just until 10:00 a.m. Monday morning! Click on what you are interested in!
I hope this post was helpful to you! A HUGE THANK YOU TO CONNER for sending me all the pics and all of her thoughts on the clothes! LOVE YOU, SEESTER! See you all back here on Wednesday for What’s Up Wednesday! Bonus question for What’s Up Wednesday: What is your favorite transition piece for fall?