Wear-to-Work Style

I can’t believe I’m already more than halfway done with my first week of work! These past few days have been a rush of getting moved into my apartment, meeting my coworkers and starting to get used to living in the city.

The weirdest part so far has been listening to the sound of cars and people outside my window at night. In Lexington, everything is so much quieter! It’s definitely going to take some getting used to.

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Yesterday, our class had an especially exciting day because we were invited to participate in a meet and greet with a senator on Capitol Hill. I absolutely love spending time on the Hill and walking through the beautiful marble halls of the Capitol building.

For the meet and greet, I wore an eye-catching red blazer, a classic white blouse, and a figure flattering pencil skirt. Here’s how to recreate my professional look with similar items:

1) A Pop of Color: Red Blazer

I was a little hesitant to wear such a bright colored blazer to work. At the Pentagon, clothing choices tend to be more conservative, and I didn’t know if it would be appropriate. To my pleasant surprise, my supervisor immediately complimented me on my outfit when I walked through the door! I can now confidently conclude that a red blazer belongs in everyone’s closet, regardless of your workplace.

A colorful blazer immediately draws the eye, and can add a youthful touch to your professional ensemble. I like this blazer in particular, which is the same brand as mine, because it has a more relaxed form and can easily be re-purposed to wear with jeans for a more casual event.

2) The Classic White Blouse

It’s so important to have at least one classic white blouse in your closet (aside from a white button down, which is also crucial). A classic white blouse is easy to wear with your favorite pencil skirt or cropped pants, especially if they have a pattern which makes them difficult to match with other colors.

I recommend choosing a classic white blouse with a few subtle differences to help set you apart. That’s why I’m so obsessed with this blouse, which is a v-neckline with a drape tie-neck you can make into a bow. I love tie-neck blouses so much that I actually have an almost identical version of this shirt in purple!

3)  Patterned Pencil Skirt

This is my first pencil skirt, and I love it. I have always been cautious about buying longer skirts because I’m on the short side, but I actually think the length is incredibly flattering (even more so than some of my shorter skirts).

The particular pattern I’m wearing from White House | Black Market was a little difficult to find online, so instead I am linking to one of my favorite alternatives. This skirt is the same length and style as the one I am wearing in the picture, but with a beautiful spring appropriate pattern. I love the idea of dressing up florals to be work appropriate! It’s definitely on my must-have list.

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I can’t forget to add that after our meet and greet, my apartment hosted a dessert party for our class. It was so much fun to spend time with everyone, and to enjoy these amazing sweet treats!


How has your week been going? And what do you think of my first wear-to-work style? I’d love to hear your thoughts in the comments section!



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