A Dress to Rebuild Your Work Wardrobe

Getting dressed for work is hard enough, but getting dressed in the heat of the summer after living in elastic waist pants for a year is a whole other situation. To make matters worse, if you’ve tried to shop recently, you know what’s out there is nothing but prairie-inspired styles covered in busy prints and ruffles. 

Not exactly office-appropriate. 

So as I was sorting through some new arrivals at Ann Taylor, I landed on this navy square neck sheath dress, which feels like 2019 in the best way possible. A throwback of sorts before waist-up dressing became the norm. It’s just the thing if you’re struggling with rebuilding your professional wardrobe, and it’s on sale for only $75. 

Ann Taylor makes lovely workwear, and they are continuing to expand their size range, offering many items in regular, petite, and tall. 

A Dress to Rebuild Your Work Wardrobe 

NAvy Dress, Tan leather bag, Tan ankle strap sandals, navy polka dot scarf, and resin hoop earrings

 

 

Square Neck Sheath Dress, $75 | Ankle Strap Sandal, $84 Resin Hoop Earrings, $48|Large Leather Tote, $298 |Scarf, $48 

Dresses are my favorite way to dress professionally. You always look appropriate, and it takes seconds to get out the door. Just zip up and go. This dress is made from what they call a seasonless stretch, which means you can wear it year-round. Go bare-legged in the warm months and add a tight in the winter. 

Having updated basics on hand will help elevate the dress, so it looks modern. Here, I’m using a neutral ankle strap sandal from Nine West, but you can wear any neutral-to-you summer heel. 

For accessories, I am in love with these tortoise resin hoop earrings from Vince Camuto at Nordstrom (under $50). They are oversized, so limit your other jewelry and let these standout. 

If you need a summer work tote, this Kate Spade option is beautiful. It’s simple, hardware and logo free (always a plus) and goes with everything. For an extra wink of style, I included a navy polka dot scarf that I would tie on the hand of the tote. 

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Back to Work Pants

Going back to work looks different for everyone. Maybe you’re already in the office, planning to head back soon, or working from home is permanent. 

Whatever your situation, between the change in season and restrictions lifting, it feels like it’s time for a refresh.

My inbox is full of requests for better ankle-length bottoms for work. So today, I’m featuring “The Hockey Jean – Better Than Denim” from M.M. LaFleur.

Next week, our Brand Spotlight will highlight M.M.LaFleur. I have a million good things to say about the company. But this particular pant has so many beneficial features; I think they warrant their own post. 

If you are looking for an investment-style pant to help fill a void in your work wardrobe, consider these a fantastic choice. 

Consider these if you are looking for an investment-style pant to help fill a void in your work wardrobe.

The Hockey Jean by M.M. LaFleur

The Hockley Jean by MM LaFLeur

 Pants, $165 

It’s important to note that these are not jeans; instead, they are a cotton stretch fabric, that’s why they are calling them “Better Than Denim.” You get a straight, curve-hugging fit, with a clean line that you can pair with a variety of tops and shoes.

Here’s why I love them. They are high-waisted, which is fantastic because, as you’ll learn in our Dressing Your Body Type series, flatter all body types. They are also machine washable and wrinkle-resistant, so perfect for traveling or if you just have long, busy days. 

The fit is on point, similar to how the Spanx Perfect Pants hug your curves, but lighter weight and available in more colors. Above you’ll see the black and navy, you can also get them in charcoal, beige and a dark tan. Sizes run from 0 – 18. 

Now, here’s the best feature. File this under why doesn’t everyone do this?

The hem is adjustable!

You can easily adjust between heel heights by lengthening or shortening the hem with easy-to-use snaps. So you no longer have to choose between wearing flats and heels, you can wear both.

Absolutely genius.

How to Wear

These pants will give you so many options, they are truly a staple.  Out of our recent best sellers these would look best with the J.Crew Factory Cotton Tunic in white (under $40), the Ann Taylor Linen Boatneck Top, any lightweight jacket or blazer, like this popular linen blend “biker” from Nic + Zoe, and of course, a stripped top and cute pair of white sneakers

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How to Wear Tan Pants to Work Two Ways

Whether you’re back to the office full time, part time, or still working remotely, many of us are feeling the need with the change of season to start dressing again. At least in something other than leggings.

As an alternative to our go-to jeans or black bottoms, a classic pair of tan pants will give you some variety in your work clothes. 

Today, we’ll show you how to make them feel modern, and use some of the more popular pieces we’ve featured over the last few weeks to create a couple of outfits. 

First, let’s talk about the pants. 

Banana Republic Sloan Pant

Banana Republic Sloan pants in tan

 

Sloan Pants, $98 

I’m featuring the Sloan Pant from Banana Republic. It’s a favorite cut amongst readers, but this particular pant runs smaller than usual so be sure to size up. You can currently take 40% off the regular price, and they are available in regular and petite sizes from 0 – 20.

If Talbot’s fits you better, they have many options too. Like their Stretch Cotton Chinos, or their Newport Pants in Canyon. Both are available in all sizes. 

No matter what you go with, look for something tailored, with great fit. Otherwise, they wrinkle and look sloppy. 

Choose a darker beige or tan. You don’t want to use a light khaki color, it will make the bottoms feel like utility pants and that won’t work with the polished pieces we’re working with. 

With a Blazer

tan pants, white blazer, white tank, brown slingbacks, black bag, and pearl earrings

White Blazer, $128 | V-Neck Tank Top, $98 | Slingbacks, $80 |Stud Earrings, $32 |Shoulder Bag, $98  

If you picked up the white blazer we featured from Express, you could wear it like this with a simple v-neck top layered underneath. I’m using this one from Nic + Zoe. It’s a fantastic staple you can wear year-round as a layer or stand-alone. 

Don’t want to do a blazer? Swap it out for a simple long white cardigan. 

For shoes, we’re going with the Kate Spade slingbacks on sale at Off Fifth. Sizes are getting limited. If you already picked these up, know you can wear them in black, white, brown, or tan. Use them like a neutral to add a touch of visual interest. 

Then, I’m the shoulder bag from our Bloomindale’s Sale roundup (under $100) adds a bit of glamour, along with these gorgeous Lilly Pulitzer stud earrings for only $32.

Polished Casual

Blue and White striped tie top, tan pants, canvas and tan tote, tan shoes, and gold pendant necklace

Tie Hem Shirt, $55 | Gemstone Pendant Necklace, $35 |Flats, $268 |Canvas Tote, $275 

Using tailored basics can create a casual and polished look for the office (or anywhere!). Here, I’m using the Tie Hem Shirt from our Bloomingdale’s line up. This cut is nice if you are petite or short waisted. Or, you could use the French Blue Stripe Button Down many of us have from Amazon

To fill in the neckline, I went with the Gorjana Gemstone Pendant from yesterday’s post. It’s on sale for only $35. 

These tan flats from Tory Burch are soft, comfortable and super chic. Worth the investment for sure. 

Finally, I adore this classic canvas tote from Ralph Lauren

 

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New Series! Pinterest to Real Life

Today we kick off a new Friday series: Pinterest in Real Life.

In our Wardrobe Challenge, I encouraged you to spend some time reviewing Pinterest and “pinning” looks you love. This exercise helps you narrow down your personal style, so you make better choices when editing your closet and when shopping because you’ll never be able to build a wardrobe you love if you don’t know what you like.

The idea here is that you pin all the images you love, ignoring the outfit’s price point or practicality. We’re simply trying to establish your aesthetic. I promise you; we can translate ANY look you love to work for your specific needs. 

After wrapping up our Spring Wardrobe Challenge, I thought it would be fun and helpful to highlight popular, seasonal pins our community shared and show you how to take it from a highly stylized image to a real-life outfit.

I reviewed dozens boards posted in our Private Facebook Group. Since collectively, we aim to create a chic and modern style, it’s no surprise that many “pins” show up across all of our boards. 

This post is full of tips and lessons, so be sure to follow to the end.  

Pinterest Inspiration

 

Pinterest Inspirations

Today, I’m starting with a simple, Parisian-inspired style that is effortless and chic. In “real life,” it’s easier than you may think to recreate with affordable, readily available pieces.

The Challenge with Pinterest Looks

The general challenge with Pinterest images is that most of the models are tall, thin, with little to no curves, which is all fine. Heck, I used to look like that (note I said ‘used to’). However, there is little variety of shapes and sizes, so we have to look beyond that to translate outfits that work for our individual needs.

At first glance, you’re probably not loving how low the blouse is cut. So we need to find a piece that mimics the blouse’s style, with a more practical neckline. Here, we just need a traditional v-neck – which is universally flattering on every shape, size, and body type.

Below, I pulled some more practical pieces to recreate this look that you can now take to the office, or to date night. 

Real Life 

 

Pinterest Inspirations

 

Polka Dot Blouse, $44 | Ankle Pant, $59 | Heel Sandal, $120 | Lipstick, $34 

The brand CeCe at Nordstrom offers easy-to-wear tops that can work day or night. Each top usually has something special about it, so it feels unique like you found it at a boutique, but their prices are fantastic. 

I picked this v-neck black and white polka dot blouse that is on sale for $44 in sizes XS-XL (an XL is equivalent to a 14). It’s the perfect alternative to the inspiration top’s plunging neckline, which I’m assuming has a much higher price tag. 

Plus size? Try this Ralph Lauren wrap style jersey top in 1X – 3X. 

Then, you probably already have a pair of black ankle pants you love. 

You can pair this blouse with a skinny, straight, or wide-leg bottom; tuck it in at least halfway to give yourself a proper proportion. I’m featuring the Avery Straight-Leg Ankle pant from Banana Republic. They are just solid, work-horse pants, great for work or dress up, and on sale for under $60. They come in all sizes, including petite, and tall up to a size 20.

Side note: If you need a suit, you can grab the matching blazer here. 

Next up, shoes. The other challenge with Pinterest pictures is that everyone is in sky-high heels and doesn’t always work. I know I need to schedule some time to practice in heels again after a year in flats. Lol. 

To replicate the look, I went with the block heels sandals by one of our favorites, Sam Edelman. They are about an inch lower than the inspiration look and, again, likely more affordable. You can pick them up in black (above) or 20, yes, 20 other colors. 

Don’t love heels? No problem, a pointed flat is an easy swap. Something as simple as these from Naturalizer with a bit of texture, would work wonderfully. 

Finally, pay attention to your inspiration pins’ styling because what you are attracted to is the overall feel of the look. 

Today’s look is minimal, with a focus on fit and proportion instead of lots of accessories. The one accessory here that you might miss is the smudgy red lip, so go ahead and try that out. 

Nars makes one of my favorite red lipsticks. Instead of swiping it across your lips, dab a little in the center and blend it in with your fingertip. This will give you that bitten lip look that feels fresh and not so perfect. 

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Ann Taylor Tan Skirt Two Ways for Work

Wear to Work is our weekly series highlighting workwear every Wednesday. 

Here, I highlight everything from better basics to stand-out splurges, all with specific directions on how to wear them and use them to add value to your work wardrobe.

Most often, it’s a post like today, where I take a key piece and show you how to wear it multiple ways.

What makes this series (and really this website) different is that I intentionally reuse pieces I know you have in the inspiration outfits, acting as your stylist. When I worked with my private clients. I sent similar emails, providing suggestions for wearing the new items in their wardrobe, with the pieces I knew were hanging in their closet.

That’s how you build a functional wardrobe. Considering every purchase and knowing how to wear it before you bring it in.

As with all of my content, this should serve as both inspiration and a source of recommendations. Be sure to look in your closet first before you buy new. You might be amazed at what you have. 

So, after a year of sweats, leggings, and joggers, I thought it was time to rip off the bandaid and feature the one piece of clothing we have all stopped wearing. Skirts.

Remember skirts?

Today’s key piece is this Ann Taylor pencil skirt in color “deep fawn.” It’s available in regular and petite sizes from 00 – 18. 

Keep scrolling to see a few different ways to wear it to work, including many options you already have in your closet. 

The Topstitched Front Slit Pencil Skirt

How to Wear A Tan Skirt to Work

 

Tan Pencil Skirt, $98 | Make it a suit with the matching blazer here, $189

Let’s talk about body type: A pencil skirt is a wonderful option if you have narrow hips and/or a straight up and down body type. The subtle topstitch detail specifically on this skirt will create a lovely shape and give depth to the outfit. 

If you are more curvey, opt for something with a bit more stretch or go for an a-line cut.

There are dozens of ways to incorporate this skirt into your wardrobe. If you picked up the Old Navy, navy Ponte Blazer, layer it over a white tee and slip on a pair of flats

I also love it with the French Blue stripe button-down from Amazon many of us ordered. (You can see me in it here.

For something different, pair with this fresh green ruffle top we featured last weekend. Half-tuck it into the skirt to keep your shape. 

Below are two additional looks, with a few of your favorite items, including a Reader Favorite bag on limited sale. 

Rusted Hues 

How to Wear A Tan Skirt to Work

Top, $79.50 ON SALE $31|  Heels, $130 | Bag, $199 | Bracelet, $13 

I adore this color combination. The top is from Banana Republic in “Copper Clay.” It’s available in regular, petite and tall sizes for only $31. The skirt features a lovely, finished waistband so you can easily tuck this in without feeling like you need a belt or additional layer. 

Next, I added these always popular Sam Edelman leopard print pumps for some interest. Remember, small touches of certain animal prints work like a neutral. 

Need a new bag for work after being stuck at home for a year? Dagne Dover Signature Tote is much loved by our readership. It’s currently on sale at Nordstrom for $199 (usually $265) in all four colors. 

Finally, I ordered this designer dupe bracelet from Amazon earlier this week (and the matching ring) and I am super impressed with the quality! The price point is perfect to buy a few and play around with stacking with other pieces you already have. Available in gold and silvertone. 

Head-to-Toe Neutrals

How to Wear A Tan Skirt to Work

Sweater, $100 | Earrings, $75 Bag, $195 Heels, $118 

This outfit is my jam.

The beauty of neutrals is that when paired together, they create such a chic and sophisticated look. 

Here, I kept it simple, with the Reader Favorite Everlane Cashmere sweater in “bone,” these best selling Madison 12-hour pumps from Banana Republic, this stunning caramel-colored bag by Ralph Lauren, and these under $100 hoops from Julie Vos.

*A quick note about the term “nude” heels: I use the term “neutral-to-you” instead. Our skin tones are unique and what is “nude” to me isn’t “nude” to someone else. I often feature the Madison 12-hour pumps from Banana Republic because they offer a range of skin tone options in addition to being incredibly comfortable. I hope other brands and retailers take note. 

And there you have it. When you have the right pieces, getting dressed takes minutes, your mornings are a breeze and you look and feel amazing. 

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How to Style A Navy Blazer for Spring

While many people are still home-based, there is an entire segment of our readership back in the office and can’t go to work in a matching loungewear set. 😉

It’s hard to believe that it’s been exactly one year since the last time I published a true Wear to Work post, so it seems fitting that today, we jump back in.

And since it’s been so long, a little introduction on how these posts work:

Wear to Work is a series posted every Wednesday highlighting workwear. The featured pieces range from better basics to stand-out splurges, all with specific directions on how to wear them and use them to add value to your wardrobe.

Most often, it’s a post like today, where I take a key piece and show you how to wear it multiple ways.

What makes this series (and really this website) different is that I intentionally reuse pieces I know you have in the inspiration outfits. So when I structure these posts, I take the perspective of a stylist working with a client. I use to send emails to my private clients like this, providing suggestions for how to wear the new items in their wardrobe, with the pieces I knew were hanging in their closet.

That’s how you build a functional wardrobe. Considering every purchase and knowing how to wear it before you bring it in.

As always, you’ll find both inspiration and recommendations in these posts. Before you purchase anything, look in your closet to see if you have something similar, and if you decide you could use something new, you can look at these offerings as an option.

Today, I’m featuring a fantastic navy blazer ($30 at Old Navy) and showing two ways to wear it in the spring. If you need something that fills the space between formal and casual business layer, this is a wonderful option. 

Classic Ponte-Knit Blazer

How to Style a Navy Blazer

 

Blazer, $34 Sizes XS – XXL here, and 1X – 4X here

Please note, sizes and prices are accurate at the time of publication and subject to change.

A navy blazer is a staple in any wardrobe. I’m showing you two ways to wear one today, but the reality is you can wear this a dozen different ways all season long and never get bored. 

Over the last few seasons I have found so many gems at Old Navy. From their Stevie Ponte pants (on sale for $15), to this cowl neck sweater I lived in all winter. And one of our top selling items of ALL TIME is there 3/4 sleeve knit dress in grey

So it’s no surprise that I love this blazer, done in the same Ponte fabric as the Stevie’s. It has some weight and stretch making it a fantastic layer for Spring. 

Let’s dive in. 

Over a Dress

How to Style a Navy Blazer

 

Dress, $40 | Heels, $94 | Clutch, $20 | Earrings, $35 

You’re not alone if you feel like COVID wreaked havoc on your waistline. Many of us do. But don’t be discouraged and fall into the habit of wearing oversized clothes. There are many options to wear now, at affordable prices to help you get to work and feel like you pre-lockdown self.

Lark & Ro is an Amazon brand I discovered a few years ago. They have a collection of dresses in jersey stretch that check all the boxes: fit, quality, and style.

I ordered this navy and white print for myself. The v-neck and side tie are both flattering and helps “hide” anything that may make you feel uncomfortable.

I love the versatility of it. It looks lovely under the blazer because their fabrics complement each other. But you can just as easily throw it on to go to dinner outside in the warmer weather.

The 12-Hour Madison pump is another Reader Fave on sale for under $100. They are a solid, neutral workwear heel. You could also wear a sandal or flat, depending on your preference. 

I found this crisp white clutch for $20 at Target that is worth highlighting. It’s very slim, with only enough room for your phone, a cardholder, and some lipstick. You could carry a structured tote to the office and slip this if you can run and grab a drink with a friend after work.

Finally, these large woven hoop earrings come in gold and silver-tone. I like the bit of drama and movement they provide.If you have something similar in your jewelry box, think about pulling them out. 

Over Basics with a Twist

How to Style a Navy Blazer

 

Pants, $50 | Shirt, $21 | Heels, $150 | Earrings, $95|  Leather Tote, $188 

Generally speaking, I’m not a fan of khakis. But I thought this was a great opportunity to show how you can take a boring piece in your closet and zhush it up with some modern basics.

I’m using a pair of tan ankle pants from Express for the bottoms, but you can use any tan bottom you already have as long as it fits well and has a slimmer line to the leg if you have these Wit and Wisdom jeans in beige in plus size here.

Then I paired it with this French Blue Strip button-down we featured a few times already (also from Amazon). I own this and adore it.

Next, leopard print heels. Remember, leopard print is neutral when used in small details. If heels aren’t your thing, achieve the same look with a pair of flats, the Rothy’s leopard flats would work perfectly.

For earrings, these huggies are a fun twist on a traditional pearl earring. 

Finally, grab a tote, like this leather option from Madewell, and you’re on your way. 

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J Crew Sophie Open-Front Sweater-Blazer Two Ways

Today, I’m taking the always popular J Crew Sophie Open-Front Sweater-Blazer and styling it two ways.

Work-life will be casual for the foreseeable future. And while I am happy not to have to pour myself into a pair of pantyhose, I am getting sick and tired of leggings, sweatsuits, and pajama bottoms. 

Looking for a happy medium, I took today’s key piece and created two fresh looks ideal for the home office or anywhere you’re going these days. 

First, let’s talk about our key piece, the Sophie Open-Front Sweater-Blazer.

J Crew Sophie Open-Front Sweater-Blazer

J.Crew Sophie open-front sweater-blazer

Sweater-Blazer, $69 (Usually $148) 

This easy to wear sweater-blazer comes in nine colors including navy, featured above. Sizes run true from XXXS – 3X. I have no idea how long the sale will last so scoop one up today if you’re looking to add a few updated layers to your early spring wardrobe.

J Crew Sophie Open-Front Sweater-Blazer Two Ways

J.Crew Sophie open-front sweater-blazer

 

Sweater-Blazer

How cute are these looks? 

When I create outfit posts, I try to use pieces I know many of you already have first. To do so, I check our best-sellers list. If something the community loved previously is still available, I use it first because my goal here is to help you build your wardrobe and not always buy something new. 

All of the items I highlight I also recommend, the idea being that you can use these posts as inspiration and find a curated selection of items to purchase when necessary, saving you the time and hassle of searching on your own.

Let’s break each look down. 

Preppy Pop of Color 

J.Crew Sophie open-front sweater-blazer

 

Shirt, $22 | Jeans, $38 | Loafer, $35 | Readers, $68 

This french blue stripe button-down is available on Amazon for $22. I know they are not everyone’s favorite, but if you can wear one, gosh, it looks great here.

Pair with these straight-leg jeans from Old Navy, available in regular, petite, and tall for under $40. You can also wear dark wash jeans or swap out for a white bottom in the warmer weather. I like the contrast the lighter wash jean provides against the polish of the button down. 

Because we need a little sunshine, I went with yellow suede loafers for a pop of color. Navy and yellow is a classic, preppy combination; there is something so cheerful about it. 

Don’t love yellow? You can wear any comfortable, polished flat; a pair of Rothy’s would be fun (this leopard pair is my personal favorite), or throw on your heels and start practicing walking in them again. 😉

Finally, I added this chic pair of readers by Kate Spade since I’ve recently joined the bifocal club, although now they call them progressives. I’ve decided to ignore how old they make me feel and embrace them as a must-have accessory.

Wear to Work Joggers

J.Crew Sophie open-front sweater-blazer

 

Long Sleeve Shirt, $25 | Cargo Joggers, $25 – ON SALE | Sneakers, $90 | Earrings, $51 

This outfit is made entirely of reader favorite items that may be hanging in your closet. 

First, grab your favorite Breton top. Maybe you have the Boden option (currently sold out) or this one from J.Crew (up to size 3X). The featured top is by COS as another classic option for only $25. 

Then, I paired it with satin cargo joggers from Banana Republic (in regular and petite sizes up to an XXL). These beauties are marked down to under $25.

Doing this creates an interesting polished athleisure suit, ideal for long days in front of the computer with the occasional Zoom call. 

Next up, the most popular pair of sneakers we featured in 2020 were these sophisticated Cole Haan lace top sneakers. I adore them! The bright white is ideal for springtime outfits. 

Finally, you need some kind of earring. These small CZ stud half hoop earrings are lovely. I’m featuring them in gold, but you can pick them up in rose or sterling silver depending on your preference. 

 

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