Happy Hump Day…you are half way through the work week!!
Cue the Mary Tyler Moore Show opening song…
“Who can turn the world on with her smile?
Who can take a nothing day, and suddenly make it all seem worthwhile?
Well it’s you girl, and you should know it
With each glance and every little movement you show it
Love is all around, no need to waste it
You can have the town, why don’t you take it
You’re gonna make it after all
You’re gonna make it after all! ”
Sometimes you just need to channel a little Mary Tyler Moore to give you that extra boost because “You are gonna make it after all,” friend.
I know I need that extra boost today, especially. Anyone else still recovering after last night’s “This is us” episode?! Wow! I can’t even talk about it. Well, I can talk about it but I won’t in case some of you haven’t watched it yet.
You like how I just assumed you are all fans of the show? Well, if you haven’t been introduced to “This is Us,” I am so sorry. You need to do yourself a favor and have a “This is Us” marathon this weekend. I promise it is worth every minute!
So going back to the work week talk…I’ve said it before and I will say it again, when you dress well, you will naturally carry yourself with more confidence. As the saying goes, “Dress for success,” or “Dress the part.”
Whether you like it or not, when you are first meeting someone, within seconds, they have already formed an opinion about you, based on how you have presented your self and that starts with dressing appropriately. To quote fashion designer Tom Ford, “Dressing well is a form of good manners.
I realize that most work spaces are more casual now, especially with more people working at home, but sometimes even when you are working from home, you should dress the part. It will instantly change your mood and how you operate your business. Hey! Even being a stay at home mom/CEO of your household, getting out of those yoga pants or even putting on new yoga pants and jazzing it up with something unexpected like a scarf, or fun shoes, will help boost your attitude towards that mound of laundry like I am looking at right this minute.
So getting back to channeling the classic Mary Tyler Moore, who in my opinion, really transformed not only the way we view women in the work place, but also what it looks like to take pride in how you dress.
Take a look at my work wardrobe ideas and maybe it will inspire you to step it up a notch or maybe think of other ways to wear your existing ensembles.
Everyone needs a classic black pencil skirt in their closet. It’s versatile as you can wear it with anything from a nice blouse, a chambray button down, a basic white tee and leather jacket or with this leopard print sweater. Guess where this sweater is from? Target!!
If you want to add another layer, put a white button or chambray button down underneath it. I then styled it with my black patent pumps for my work day and had my new Gap suede boots on hand to create a more a casual look for dinner later with friends.
Another classic and versatile piece to have on hand is a simple, black or navy sheath dress. The next few photos, I will be showing you several different ways to easily change up a simple black dress depending on your work environment.
As you can see, I have kind of thing for leopard print. I just love how it adds a little extra sass and style to a classic ensemble. I then added some pops of color with my favorite Rebecca Minkoff handbag and cuff bracelet. Then, chose this pretty wrap (which was a gift from my dear, sweet friend Maria) because the neutral tone balances out the look so I am not looking over accessorized (or trying too hard). It also keeps me really warm on those chillier days.
Recognize this vest from last week’s Target Tuesday find? I have worn the heck out it already. I love how I can make it casual or dressy. Obviously this look is for a dressier work environment, but you could also wear something like this to church or a nice dinner out. For dinner out, I would just change the shoes to maybe black open toe or black suede tall boots depending on the weather.
Here I go again with another Target find to add just that little extra something to this simple black dress. Remember I was talking about balanced style last week? Here is a perfect example. I have a higher end leather jacket, black dress, shoes and handbag (similar one here) and then my necklace is not so high end. I chose to invest my money in the pieces I knew I would wear the most, that were classic (not too trendy) and that would last me for many seasons. This black dress I have had for over 10 years!
So the last look with my black dress, is a more casual look. Something you could wear to lunch meeting with a client to dinner out with friends. I found this beautiful wrap at a new favorite store of mine in downtown Franklin, called Habit. The wrap is so cozy and it has just enough color and pattern where, because of the oversize style, it’s not wearing me. I am wearing it. If I did want to add another pop of color, I would carry my merlot color handbag.
This look is for a more conservative work place, but again, I added my pop of color with my handbag, to spice it up a little. Then, I kept everything else simple. I love a good monochromatic look. Obviously! I recently found this woman’s menswear inspired blazer at H&M (similar one here). I have been pleasantly surprised with how well this blazer fits. It’s tailored and lined just like my J. Crew blazer, but half the price. While it may not last as long as my J. Crew one, for the price, I can still get lots of wear for the season.
Speaking of my J. Crew blazer, I have had this classic staple, for 4 years now and it still looks like new. J. Crew really knows how to make a good blazer! This would be a great casual Friday outfit. Then, after work, you can take off the blazer, leaving you with a silk shell or blouse, a cool necklace (like this Stella and Dot one), add a clutch and you are ready for Happy Hour or Fun Friday! Or whatever you may do. Lately, this mama’s “fun Friday or “happy hour” is pizza and movie night with my family but hey, I can still look good while doing it. 🙂
Now, on the opposite end of “Fun Friday,” I have styled the same J. Crew blazer with this fun navy tweed dress. Again, this type of look is for a more conservative work environment or even for an interview. Remember, “dress the part,” because you can only make a first impression once.
Last look as we wrap up our “Work Wear Wednesday,” is another monochromatic look and example of having a more balanced style. So here, I styled my new navy sleeveless turtleneck tunic from Gap, with my navy Vince ankle pants, adding first my leather jacket for a more classic work style and then another look for a more creative work place. If you didn’t want to do the top and pants, you could do a simple, navy sheath dress.
As you can see, with the leather jacket look, it has a more classic and sophisticated impression. With the pretty wine color wrap (similar one here) look, your look is more elegant and chic.
With each look, I made sure my jewelry complemented the outfit. So with the leather jacket look, I kept the necklace really simple, like this one from Noonday. Then, with the wrap, because it has more volume to it, I wore more bold, statement accessories, like the Nickel and Suede earrings.
So friends, only a couple more days until you are heading into the weekend. “You are gonna to make it afterall.” Now, remember, watch “This is Us,” if you haven’t already, and get your outfit ready for the next work day. Use some of these looks as inspiration because when you look good, you feel good.