As I’ve gotten to know more of you, I’ve done my best to offer widely varying ensembles that would “work” in a number of different workplaces. In doing so, my hope is to reach more than just those women who find themselves in an office environment identical to my own by offering a depth and breadth of office style options and inspiration that span a multitude of professional environments. I try to stay cognizant of the fact that it is impossible to offer a “one style fits all” guide when my readers range from school teachers in Florida to lawyers in Romania to technology entrepreneurs in Seattle to fashion merchandisers in Paris.
Today’s ensemble, for example, is much more trendy and fashion-forward than other outfits I’ve posted which offer a more conservative look (like this one, this one, this one or this one). If, for example, you work in a conservative government office or a law firm, today’s ensemble may not be for you. If, however, you work in a more creative fashion-forward environment, this might be right up your alley.
As I’ve written many times, it’s critical to be really thoughtful in evaluating your own office environment to determine what is appropriate for you. Unfortunately, there’s no hard and fast set of rules that can apply across all professions and locations (except of course for my Top 10 Cubicle Crimes). I personally get great inspiration from other bloggers who live in different geographical areas, lead different lifestyles, and have radically different body types from my own. To me, the point of this and any blog is simply to offer ideas and (hopefully) inspiration that may be helpful to you in facing off with your own sartorial challenges.
When an outfit post speaks to you and your work environment or lifestyle, you may look to literally replicate the garments and how they’re styled in the post. When the outfit post does not align with your professional or personal style, it may mean that you take color combinations, textures and/or silhouettes and style them in a totally unique way.
So while one day’s post may be too colorful, too boring, too trendy or too conservative for your particular office, perhaps the next day’s post will be just for you. Having the opportunity to offer office style ideas to such a huge variety of working women has made this blog all the more challenging and infinitely more rewarding for me.
I’m now going to go eat the obscene mountain of Chicken Pad Thai that was just delivered to my apartment…
Happy (almost) Friday everyone!