Wear to Work: Navy and White Uniform

Navy Uniform

Blouse, $178; Skirt, $89; Sandal, $100; Clutch, $178; Earring, $25

Uniforms are my jam. I attended Catholic school for 12 years. Despite my early love of fashion, I never had any deep-seated interested in expressing my personal style during the school day. Now, with a busy family of my own, I thank the heavens every morning that my girls wear a uniform. It gets us out the door almost always on time, except when they can’t find their tights, then all the wheels fall off the wagon.

Over the years I’ve developed a uniform of my own. Long time friends and readers know my go-to is a striped shirt, sometimes I break out my chambray button down, and of course, there is my comfortable tee shirt and blazer, all paired with dark or distressed skinny jeans. When I feel like dressing up, I wear a wrap dress, and when I work with our corporate clients, I either wear a black Theory suit or a slim sheath dress. Getting dressed in the morning and packing for trips is always super easy.

Recently, I decided to add a few more separates to my work wardrobe. In thinking about what I could add that would create some much-needed variety, and still be in alignment with my classic style, I found inspiration in the above photo. A classic yet modern blouse and a pencil skirt not only work beautifully together but pair back to my existing wardrobe.

If you find yourself wearing a lot of button down cotton shirts to the office, consider swapping it out for a faux wrap blouse. It serves the same purpose but is a more updated take on a professional shirt. In this look, a classic pencil skirt is made a bit sexier with a side slit. I could get away with it for an after work event, but I would go more conservative working with corporate clients during the day. Use your best judgement.

Accessories are really simple, just an elegant pair of pearl studs, and simple, and wearable ankle strap heels. Perhaps my favorite item in the look is the python embossed monogram clutch by GiGi New York. It’s currently on sale at Saks with their friends and family event. I featured the navy but ended up ordering the pink, which is a lovely, trend-right blush, for myself.

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Megan Kristel

Megan Kristel is an entrepreneur, working mom, and former personal stylist. Tired of the one-dimensional portrayal of women online, she founded The Well Dressed Life as a resource for other professional women.

1 Comment
  1. I love the navy and ivory look. Thank you for the inspiration. I am a registered nurse, and have been fortunate to wear a uniform for many years now. It’s not pretty, but I love that I don’t need to think about it! Now, I am accepting a per diem position where I will be working with patients but not ICU/bedside care, and I will need to wear my own, business casual clothing again. I will be focusing on the navy/gray/ivory base colors. Will I need to purchase the jackets and pants from the same lines to keep the same navy hue? Or is it possible to mix and match? Also, while I am literally starting from scratch with this wardrobe, I will need to re-wear most of my outfits frequently, attempting to change it up with some scarves I already own. I am a little bit self-conscious about this, and I am hoping nobody notices. I appreciate any advice you have to offer. I just found your website, and already appreciate it so much!

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