Fashion

Business Casual OOTD

While it’s still not terribly cold, I wanted to share this business casual look! There’s something chic about a pair of jeans and button down. The jeans keeps it very casual and comfortable but the button down shows you mean business. I also added in a pair of nude heels to really amp up the business aspect of the outfit. It’s also a great look to transition into happy hour after work! If you throw on a long trench or fuzzy coat, this outfit can take you way into the fall and winter! A bold red or orange also adds a fun pop of color to this otherwise simple outfit.

Lately, I’m thinking a lot about my future and what I want it to look like. Where do I want to live? Do I want kids? How many? Should I get married? How am I going to make money? Will I get to travel? Will I be happy? There’s tons of questions floating around in my head and to be honest, it’s tough and frustrating to figure it all out. Somethings that have really helped me stay calm while trying to get my life on the right track has been reading lots and lots of books! Books that are uplifting and motivating and positive, but not necessarily self-help books. Just books that make me feel good and inspire me to look at things differently. There’s a world of endless possibilities out there for me. I’ve also found that a quick prayer every night to say thank you and ask for guidance helps too! It’s so easy to get caught up in where I’m not and what I’m not doing and what’s missing so taking the time to just say thank you for what I have reminds me just how good I have it.

 

 

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Fashion

Business Casual Work Outfits

Figuring out what is office appropriate and what isn’t has taken me some time to learn. In my first year of working in a corporate office, I’ve had my fair share of not-so-good office outfits and some that really hit it out of the park! It took me some time to figure out what my professional style was going to be and during that time I also realized that how I dress affects how well I perform in my job. I’m all about being comfortable, but I also like to look professional and put together. So, I put together some of my favorite summer work outfits to hopefully inspire you to be comfortable and professional!

Monday

Mondays are when I like to look the best in order to start my week off right. Right now for the summer, I love bright or patterned dresses on those rough Monday mornings to put me in a great mood!

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Dress: Target (similar) / Shoes: Steve Madden / Bag: Kate Spade (similar)

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Tuesday

Similar to Monday’s look, I try to keep my most professional looks for the beginning of the week because that’s always the busiest part of the week and I want to feel as productive as possible. Does anyone else feel like Tuesday is even worse than Monday?? I kept it comfortable with a bright red dress and some mules for this look!

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Dress: H&M (similar) / Shoes: Charlotte Russe (similar) / Bag: Kate Spade (similar)

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Wednesday

Ahhh hump day! By this part of the week, I’m in full comfort mode and like to keep it really simple. A comfy pair of Pixie Pants from Old Navy and a button down is always a great office look. Plus these cute pink loafers add a fun pop of color without being too over the top!

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Top: Target (similar) / Pants: Old Navy / Belt: Old Navy (similar) / Shoes: Steve Madden

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Thursday

Thursday is always one of those days that can go either way. Either I’m in a great mood and want to dress up or I’m crazy stressed and just want to be comfortable, so this outfit is good for both! The simple pants and top keep me comfortable but the wedges help me look a little bit more put together.

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Cardigan: Target (similar) / Top: Express / Pants: Target / Shoes: Steve Madden / Bag: Kate Spade (similar)

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Friday

Yay for casual Fridays! Even though I’m a firm believer in business casual for the office, I do love a good pair of jeans after a long week of meetings. For the summer I like to keep it simple with a soft button down and a pair of mom jeans with casual sandals.

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Top: American Eagle (similar) / Jeans: Topshop / Sandals: Steve Madden

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