Our adorable friend Amy from Coffee Beans & Bobby Pins shows how she makes work outfits ah-may-zing. Also amazing: she works TWO jobs: 9-to-5 in the city, then blogging at night with two rescue dogs curled up under her desk at home.
Her workwear tips: (1) The more you love what you wear to work, the more you’ll enjoy your job. (2) Neutrals are indispensable…her outfits below are anchored in black (but you can see how she does color here). (3) The best work outfits transition from a day at the office to an impromptu night out.
As someone who works in an office by day, and blogs full time in the evening and on weekends, my wardrobe needs to be versatile, to say the least. It’s not uncommon for me to wear something to work then take blog photos in the evening. So I always try to make sure my workwear is on-trend so I can share it with my readers.
My office is business-casual, so I can get away with some things that a corporate office wouldn’t allow. But every now and again, due to a special meeting or presentation, I definitely give off the corporate “vibe.” So I thought it would be fun to discuss three work looks for three different office types and how I keep my look up-to-date and not stale and boring.
If you work in a casual office, you’re in luck because it’s easy to keep work outfits chic in this type of setting. I think a dark pair of denim is essential along with great blazers and jackets. You also can never go wrong with office-appropriate dresses that hit right at or above the knee, and I love this maurices dress with the bell sleeve. I paired it with this leather jacket – so unexpected in white! These pieces give you a smooth transition into evening attire and look classy and sophisticated while at work.
My go-to pieces again are chic blazers, blouses, pencil skirts, and comfortable work pants. These black cropped pants are perfect – I can easily throw them on with a pair of heels for a night out or flats during the day. For my business-casual workwear, I always stick to the basics so whatever I’m wearing can also do happy hour or dinner with a few updates.
Corporate Attire Office
This one is probably the most challenging to keep “up-to-date” because it’s hard to make more conservative pieces feel new and refreshed. For me, it’s all about layers. I always try to take fun blouses and layer it under a vest or a dress. Accessories can also play a huge role. So for this look, I layered a white blouse and added a fun pop of leopard over this amazing LBD (which every girl needs). It’s definitely more corporate than the other looks, but not boring which is what I’m always aiming for – polished, with personality.