work outfit: sheath dress & cardigan

One of the easiest things for me to wear to work is a dress. Pattern or not, the dress simply does the work for you and eliminates the need to incorporate a top and bottom together. Sheath dresses are nice as well because a cardigan is an easy option, but you can wear a crew-neck sweater over top and provide the illusion you are actually wearing a pencil skirt and not a dress.  I liked this dress because of the interest in the vertical/horizontal lines on the top versus bottom.  I purchased my normal size, but could have easily sized up as it’s a little bit of a hip hugger. 🙂

 

Dress: Old Navy [exact]
Cardigan: J. Crew Factory [exact]
Flats: Banana Republic [exact]
Handbag: Kate Spade [exact]
Watch: Michael Kors [exact]
Necklace: J. Crew Factory [similar styleLOVE! $$simple pendant]

work outfit: sloan pants & ruffle top

This outfit was entirely inspired by J. Crew Factory’s website.  I fell in love with the top right away and loved how they used a herringbone print pant to add more texture to the outfit.  The pants in the inspiration photo are a wool texture and straight leg.  While I would love those back in the midwest, it was easy for me to pull a similar look off with ankle pants I already have in my closet to suit Florida weather.  I also used burgundy-tone flats (albeit a little light colored), but was really happy with the result.  This is probably one of my favorite work outfits this season!

My outfit:  Top | Pants | Shoes | Watch

Inspiration outfit:  Top | Pants | Shoes [exact], Flats | Clutch | Bracelet

work outfit: floral midi skirt + tie neck blouse

This outfit might be a little “cool” for my friends and family back home in the midwest!  I saw 60s this past weekend (brrr!).  But, throw a cardi on and I think it would still work perfect for days in the 70s. I love these midi skirts.  I quite possibly overwear the pencil skirt (oops) and need to venture out of my comfort zone.  This is the perfect option because it’s long enough to be work appropriate, but not too long for short girls like me.  🙂

 

Skirt:  J. Crew Factory – same // Top:  Ann Taylor – same
Flats:  Banana Republic – same // Bracelet:  J. Crew Factory – same

work outfit: cobalt blue pencil skirt & printed tee

Ann Taylor does it again.  I can always count on their brand for professionalism, clean lines, comfort, and a great fit.  My husband actually picked out this tee for me while I was exchanging this skirt for a different size.  Apparently he knows exactly what I love — tee & pencil skirt! 🙂

 

Skirt:  Ann Taylor – same // Tee:  Ann Taylor – same // Flats:  Banana Republic – same

work post: orange pencil skirt & chambray top

This skirt makes me feel a little Haloweeny, but you know I’m a sucker for bright and fun colors. 🙂 I really had no idea what to pair it with, so I started with the oh-so-neutral chambray top.  Instyle Magazine says this color of orange pairs well with olive, cornflower (think light blue), and a light pink.  I’m not entirely convinced, but you might see me try a little olive matching in the future.  Think outside the box, right?

 

Skirt:  J. Crew Factory – same // Top:  LOFT (old) – try thistry thistry this
Flats:  Banana Republic – same // Necklace:  Kendra Scott – same
Watch:  Michael Kors – same // Bracelet:  J. Crew Factory – same

 

work post: gray pencil skirt & burgundy top

Whew – what a busy week so far!  Sorry for the lack of posts the last few days!  The in-laws were in town since last weekend house hunting combined with a day long training event yesterday and today I started my new big-girl job as a pharmacist!  It was slightly terrifying, but I think after a couple of days I will feel more confident I’m not going to kill anyone. 🙂 #NotOnLiveTelevision

Today’s outfit was a little more simple, but I was excited to finally get a chance to wear one of the new tops I picked up at Nordstrom during their Anniversary Sale a couple of weeks ago. I’ve come to really like the Pleione brand, especially since the few tops I’ve picked up are nice enough to wear to work, but a material I can certainly wear with jeans and dress down. And, if you are patient, they always go on sale. 🙂

 

Top:  Nordstrom – same (tons of colors!) // Skirt:  The Limited – same
Necklace:  Mindy Mae’s Market – same // Shoes:  Nordstrom – same
Bracelet:  Kate Spade – same

 

work outfit post: striped skirt & blouse

I loved the idea of this skirt with the bright colors and midi length that makes it different from my go-to pencil skirt. However, normally a midi skirt is perfect for those 5’10”, long torso, lean body type (you know who you are… we love you but hate you. 🙂 ) I’m unfortunately quite the opposite body type being only 5’3″ and carry most of my weight around the middle.  I ordered this one online and I was pleasantly surprised with the way it looks.  It does add a little to my hips because there are pockets (but I love skirts with pockets, so I’ll consider it a “good” thing!) and overall I’m really happy with the skirt – excited to try and pair different color options with all those stripes!

 

Skirt – J. Crew Factory – same // Top:  LOFT – same // Flats:  Banana Republic – same //
Watch:  Michael Kors – same // Necklace:  Express – same
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