Work uniforms

22 Aug

I felt like crap Tuesday. I did not want to go to work, but I had meetings I couldn’t really cancel and stories that really needed to be read and I wasn’t sick enough to justify taking the day off. I could resign myself to going to work; however, I was not in the mood to get dressed.

Enter the work uniform.

Top + cardigan + bottoms + flats + earrings = just put together enough

In this case, it’s a gussied up T-shirt from LOFT (two years ago, I think — you can’t really tell, but there’s beaded flowers on the front and the neckline is a little twisted) and comfortable khakis in a mushroom color, also from LOFT. These are similar — the ones I have are ridiculously comfy, practically sweatpants. The cardigan is a cheapy from a local shop; I liked it because a) it had has a scalloped hemline that pulls it away from my body, b) it had pockets (perfect from shoving tissues into) and c) the stripes are edged in metallic silver thread giving it a little sparkle. The earrings are big blue baubles from Target.

Compare this outfit to one I wore about a week ago when I actually felt like getting dressed. I had a new necklace to wear and picked out an entire outfit around it.

Top + cardigan + bottom + jewelry + heels = fancy work outfit

That’s an Old Navy cardigan paired with a striped, racerback tank from a local surf shop and an Anthropologie skirt. I love that skirt, by the way. It’s got ruching all down both sides. It’s Elevenses brand and a couple years old, but this one, from Nine West, is similar, though the ruching only is at the top.

Here’s the thing: I still was pretty comfortable in the skirt outfit. I was just MORE comfortable in my flats and pants. Neither outfit required a great deal of thought on my part. I spent a little more time on the skirt outfit, but only because I felt like fussing. And from the outside, I don’t think someone would look at me in the pants and say, “Man, she’s phoning it in today.”

I’m trying to expand my uniform — adding more blazers instead of relying on cardigans, changing pants styles — but for the most part, this is what I pull out when I reach in my closet in the morning. I’ve found that making sure I always have a few finishing touches — earrings, mascara, a good haircut — are enough to make me feel put together with minimal effort, which is great considering I’m also wrangling two small children out the door in the morning.

Oh, and just because it’s one of my new favorite things, here’s a close up of the necklace. It’s from Abby Jeanne, on etsy. Her prices are reasonable (this was $22) and shipping was fast. Definitely recommend.

So, do you have a work uniform? What things make you feel put together?

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5 Responses to “Work uniforms”

  1. Becky August 22, 2012 at 12:01 pm #

    I have had a work uniform for the last year or so, but I kind of hate it and am trying to change it up now. It was dress pants, t-shirt, cardigan. BLECK. It doesn’t help that the pants I’ve been wearing are not the most flattering.

  2. RA August 22, 2012 at 1:00 pm #

    My uniform is pretty similar to yours, and I also lean heavily on the cardigan crutch. When I REALLY can’t get it together, though, I wear dresses. One piece! Done, out the door.

  3. Andrea August 22, 2012 at 1:39 pm #

    That is also pretty much my uniform too. Today, it’s grey cardigan, green tank top, jeans, & flats.

  4. Stacey August 22, 2012 at 3:50 pm #

    I love cardigans. Both are great outfits!

  5. Michelle August 23, 2012 at 10:37 am #

    My work uniform is any dress with a cardigan and possibly leggings depending on the weather. Accessories, shoes and belts to change up the look. It’s amazing what a belt can do to a dress.

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