Be Flat

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When I first started working, I would wear heels all the time. I wore them to my internship at the law firm (until I tripped on the rug and nearly dropped everyone’s lunch…true story.), stuffed them in my tote bag to change on the bus for my internship at the School of Public Health, and of course, wore them on my first day of work at my big girl job. But it didn’t take long for me to realize that my office is much more casual, and eight hours is wayyy too long to wear heels. So I’ve switched from pumps to flats, and I’m not even sorry about it. Sure, I still wear wedges and heels occasionally, but for the most part, flats are my friends. I have a few pairs of flats that go with everything, but as we all know, you can never have enough shoes. That being said, I like a lot of versatility in my shoes- I’ve got to be able to wear them with quite a few outfits. I tend to lean towards more neutral shoes, with a few exceptions here and there. I’ve got my eye on quite a few pairs, and I thought I’d share them with you!

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First on my list is the timeless Reva flat from Tory Burch. I’ve wanted these for YEARS and to be honest, I’m not sure why I haven’t gotten them yet. Actually, I know exactly why, I’m horrible at managing my money. But anyways, I wear my other black flats at least three days a week, so another pair is definitely going to be needed soon. I love these because they’re high quality, and add a stylish twist to a basic wardrobe staple. I’m hoping they’ll be on sale next week at the Nordstrom Annual sale!

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Next up, I’m loving a classic pair of brown driving slippers, like these Nancy loafers from Coach. These look so comfortable, and are a nice change of pace from regular ballet flats. They’re a sleek and chic shoe that would look great with a paper bag skirt, cuffed jeans, or white cigarette pants.

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Next up are these scalloped nude flats from DSW. I’ve wanted nude flats for quite some time, and I love the scallop trim on these! They add a girly touch to a basic shoe. These would look great with practically anything!

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Two other styles I love are pointed-toe and D’orsay flats, and these Sole Society flats cover both of those! Now I know I said I like to keep my shoes pretty neutral, but these are just adorable. They would be an easy way to add a pop of color to a basic black and white outfit, or outside of work with rolled boyfriend jeans and a slouchy tee.

See, flats can be fun! I know most of these are pretty basic, but keep in mind that these are choices for work, so they’re more on the conservative side. Except for the floral pair. But the great thing about neutral shoes is that they can be worked into so many different outfits! What’s your favorite pair of flats, and what do you wear them with? Let me know!

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Office Chic

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Happy Memorial Day! I hope everyone is enjoying their day off- I know I am! I plan on relaxing and running errands today, and I may squeeze in a trip to the pool if it’s not cloudy!

One of my favorite parts of working in an office environment is wearing business casual. I know that sounds silly, but it makes me feel put-together and professional, and it’s very different from the Nike shorts and leggings I wear to class. Thanks to my internship last summer, I already have a quite versatile office-appropriate wardrobe, but it’s always nice to expand! I went shopping Thursday, sort of looking for something new to wear to work, but mostly looking for something to do with my time. I wandered into Old Navy and found these Tuxedo Stripe Pixie Pants on clearance for $9! I tried them on and LOVED them. They’re a little trendy and edgy, but still office appropriate.

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I wore these to work on Friday with my white flowy top from Loft (no longer available, but I love this one!). I decided to go with a simple, clean color scheme, and I half-tucked my top to give it a bit more of a put-together look. I added my nude Steve Madden pumps and Kendra Scott Morgan studs. I love the stripe down the leg, it adds a bit of interest to the classic black dress pant. Also, the nude pumps keep the ensemble classic, chic, and streamlined. This may be my new favorite outfit to wear to the office- it’s an updated version of business casual that’s just the right mix of professional and contemporary chic. I’m excited to see the many ways these pants will work in my wardrobe- both work and play!

Today I’m linking up with Lauren at Style Elixir!

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Building a Work Wardrobe

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As you may know, I recently got a summer job at a law firm, doing everything from cleaning out storage closets to sitting in on meetings with clients. I’m learning new things every day, and while some days are more interesting than others, I absolutely love it! The office dress code is business casual, so I got really excited because when I wear “real people clothes” I feel like I really have my life together. However, aside from my one pair of black dress pants and all the cardigans I accumulated during my “dress like someone’s mom” phase in high school (not really as tragic as it sounds), I had nothing to wear to work. I wore my sister’s clothes for a few days, but then I realized that wasn’t going to work all summer. But I didn’t want to buy a closet full of work clothes when my job was only going to last for a little over a month. So I went out in search of a few pieces that would mix and match to give me an array of options. My first and only stop was Loft. I received an email saying that everything in the store was 50% off, so I practically drug my mother to the mall after dinner one night. And I hit the jackpot! For starters, I got the Marisa cropped pant in black, white, and khaki.

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I like these because they mix and match with everything! I also like the cropped length for summer- not as hot as long pants!

Next, I added tops. I got these shells from Loft as well, but I couldn’t find them on the website anymore (but check out this similar option. I love the coral!). I chose purple and gray. I wear the purple top with the black or white pants, and the gray with the white pants. Also, please excuse my closet-it’s such a mess!

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I also bought this white sheer long-sleeved top.

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First of all, it desperately needs to be ironed. But anyways, I like to wear this with my long black pants and heels on days when I want to really look like a pro. Also, I love this because I can wear it in life outside of work! It pairs well with dark skinnies (or colored jeans) and wedges for a great dinner look.

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I absolutely adore this paisley sweater. It’s very light, so it’s not too hot! I love the stripes on the sleeves, too! I wear this with my khaki pants or jeans on Friday. I wore it in real life with my JCrew khaki chino shorts at the beach-I’m all about double-duty!

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I also bought this flowy black top. It looked fabulous on, and was only $14! I wear it with my white and khaki pants and my turquoise Kendra Scott Elle earrings for a pop of color! Once again, I can pair this top with shorts or jeans for a cute after work look as well!

Everything I purchased was from Loft, and it was also WAY on sale! If you sign up for their emails, you will be notified whenever they have a sale, which is great because most of their really big sales last for just one day!

In addition, I mix in the cardigans from the above-stated mom phase, JCrew solid tees, and other dressy tops from my closet or my sister’s. I typically wear sandals or black flats or occasionally heels. It’s not a huge wardrobe, but it’s enough to get me started! My take-away must haves for a beginning work wardrobe are:

-Comfortable dress pants in black, white, and khaki

-Shells that match each pair of pants (2 or 3)

-One white sheer long-sleeve

-One black shell or tank

-One fun patterned top that matches each pair of pants

-Cardigans galore.

What are your workplace wardrobe staples?

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