Somewhere along the line, professional clothing got a bad rep. I think it has something to do with cheap grey pant suits and ill-pleated trousers, I don’t know. That remove-hair-clip-shake-head move at the end of the day suggests that we’ve spent the entire workday in discomfort, and I’m not into it.
The idea that workwear can’t have fun is a tired one. It’s also doing the classic #officestyle aesthetic a disservice, and you know my love for this particular genre. I’m here to tell you that it is possible to love living in your workwear so much that you’ll even take it out for drinks. I’m willing to prove it, with this head-to-toe Ann Taylor look that illustrates the point. And is also way comfy, FYI.
Stylish and versatile, Ann Taylor’s approach to workwear understands that you have a job to do—and dinner plans afterward. It’s almost too easy to adjust the brand’s classic pieces into something polished and pinot noir-ready in an instant. Think simple, polished layers and accessories that go with essentially everything. Honestly, can you remove a blazer? If you can, you can master day-to-night.
In this look, I’ve opted for a square-neck ponte sheath dress (seriously feeling the square neck this season) topped with a checked belted jacket that’s a whole thinkpiece in versatility on its own. I’m seeing it over jeans for brunch, but do you. Add to that a bow-toe suede pump (I’ll take one in each color, thanks) and a couple classic pieces of pearl accent jewelry, and you’re polished enough for work but not so professional that your friends feel like you’re selling them life insurance at cocktails. Fun fact, Ann Taylor offers petite, regular, and tall sizing (I’m wearing tall) so add that to the list of reasons to love.
Professional and versatile can exist in the same sentence—even in the same outfit. Just make sure to focus on pieces that make you feel good, and that have the ability to adapt seamlessly with just the addition/subtraction of a layer or accessory. And, maybe start at Ann Taylor. I bought my first workwear pieces ever there, and they’ve never steered me wrong since.
Thanks to Ann Taylor for partnering on this post!