Monthly Archives: May 2013

conservative office style May 31, 2013

Cables and Pleats

Skirt: From this Calvin Klein dress (similar here); Sweater: Tommy Hilfiger (similar here); Shoes: Zara; Necklace: C. Wonder (similar here); Bracelets: Erwin Pearl (similar here), Kate Spade (similar here, here, and here), Alex and Ani; Rings: Vintage; Polish: Essie (Berry Naughty)
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cubicle crimes May 30, 2013

Sleeveless in Seattle

Aside from the Top Ten Cubicle Crimes, there aren’t many universal rules governing professional attire since appropriate dress codes vary widely across different geographic locations and work environments.  A lawyer in Milwaukee is likely to dress differently than a teacher in Miami; similarly, an investment banker in New York is probably not going to be following the same dress code as an accountant in Seattle.  It’s important to carefully gauge your own office environment and take cues from those around you, especially your superiors…  unless any of the aforementioned people in your office happen to don hooker heels, bandage dresses, or bra tops in the office.  You probs don’t want to take cues from them.

Recently, I’ve received many questions about going sleeveless in the office.  In more conservative, formal environments, sleeveless is likely a “no-go.”  If this sounds like your workplace, just throw a blazer over the below look or perhaps wear a longer-sleeve blouse.  In other offices, including those that are less formal or exist in warmer climates (JEALOUS), sleeveless may be totally acceptable.  In this case, you would likely be perfectly appropriate wearing a sleeveless blouse like the one depicted below

The only universal sleeveless rule is that spaghetti (or even fetuccine) straps are a definitive don’t.  Regardless of where you work, those suckers really need to be at least two inches thick (and up).  Save the spaghetti straps for nights and weekends when you can safely show as much skin as you want without shiz getting real weird in the office.

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conservative office style May 29, 2013

Seeing Spots

Pants: J. Crew; Blouse: Silence & Noise (similar here); Shoes: Kelly & Katie (similar here); Jewelry: Gorjana and Assorted Vintage; Polish: Essie (Berry Naughty)
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conservative office style May 28, 2013

Pop of Coral

Dress: Diane von Furstenberg (6/6/14 Update: Similar herehere, here, and here); Jacket: Mango (6/6/14 Update: Similar here!); Shoes: Calvin Klein (similar here or here); Necklace: J. Crew; Earrings (old); Rings: Gorjana and old; Polish: Essie (e-nuf is e-nuf)
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conservative office style May 24, 2013

Flashback Friday

Happy Friday!  Since we’re coming up on a three day weekend with the celebration of Memorial Day on Monday here in the US, I thought it would be apropos to end this week with a look back at some of my personal favorites from the past few months.  Let me know which one you like best!  

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conservative office style May 22, 2013

Tie One On

Pants: J. Crew: Blouse: St. John (similar here); Bracelet: Clara Studio (similar here); Shoes: Victor Alfaro; Belt: Talbots; Necklace: Vintage (similar here); Polish: Essie (Fiji)

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