Figuring out what to wear to the office can be fun and creative. And now that spring is here, I’m enjoying putting a little spark into my work outfits with color and accessories.
For my position as an independent school administrator, I’m able to combine casual with professional. And I enjoy mixing in a style surprise or two to keep my work look interesting and fun.
I usually build my outfit around one piece and then make sure to add something fun. For this look, I began with the pink jeans. I wanted a contrast top that could bring a little edge to the look, so I chose the black and white striped t-shirt. I love pairing pastel or “girly” colors with black or grey to give the look a less sweet and more sophisticated vibe.
I pretty much always wear some type of topper – jacket or sweater. For one thing, it really completes an outfit and gives it a look that says “I thought about this.” Also, where I live in Northern Cal not far from the Sonoma County coast, the weather is often chilly at certain times of the day, and I’m a bit wimpy in general – I feel cold unless it’s at least 85 degrees.
I’m not much of a blazer girl, but the understated black blazer (a Banana Republic basic) balances the color of the jeans and the “look at me!” shoe style.
Choosing my shoes each day is fun. It’s kind of like adding the icing to the cake. Factors that go into my shoe choice: weather, shoe style (do I feel like wearing booties, flats, loafers, sneaker-style), my mood. Sometimes I want my shoes to make a statement and other times I want them to stay in the background while my outfit makes the statement.
For this outfit, since it’s pretty basic, I decided to wear shoes that had something to say.
I love, love these white studded loafers! First, they remind me of a pair of white and metallic shoes I wore to death in the 90’s. I was so sad when those shoes wore out. I’ve been trying to find something that imitates them for years. Plus, ever since I added white boots to my shoe wardrobe (check out the post if you missed it) I’ve been kind of obsessed with white footwear. I found this pair of fun shoes at DSW (they are featured below in the white shoe parade) and had to have them.
I love how they add an element of surprise and whimsy to the fairly basic look and give it a little edge at the same time.
The necklace was a gift from my husband after a trip to Spain some years ago. It’s a standout piece that always elicits comments and compliments. I love wearing it with with a crew neck top. The crew neck style isn’t the most flattering neckline for me – it kind of cuts me off at the neck. By adding a short statement necklace, the focus is now on that rather than calling attention to an unflattering feature.
This necklace reminds me of one of my favorite jewelry lines (originally from Spain), Uno de 50, that often includes in its line chunky necklaces. I’ve linked a few below. They aren’t inexpensive, but they are statement pieces that will last forever.
After Work Transition
It’s nice when an office outfit can transition to after-work activities. This look can take me shopping, to dinner or drinks, or an after-work party. In this case, it didn’t look super work-y for an after-hours bridal shower with colleagues (this photo isn’t taken in my own office).
Your Office Ensemble
I hope dissecting the components of this casual office outfit sparks some ideas for styling your own work outfits. My philosophy is always: Have fun with it! No matter what your work environment is, there’s always a way for your personality to shine through your style.