Happy Monday morning! We’ve got lots of business to cover today.
First off, my outfit. I hadn’t taken a second look at this dress in a LONG time. And when I pulled it out, I loved how it fit. How nice! I added some pops of yellow / mustard and, per the usual, still sit on the fence about these tights. To be honest, I wore them one other time recently, which I will share with you later this week. But I think they have seen these legs for the last time. They’re such an odd color. I like them, sort of, but always feel self-conscious in them because I imagine they draw attention for being a bit unusual. We’ll see about them, but for now, they’ll be residing in the back of my drawer for later reassessment.
I definitely can’t wear them to some of my more conservative work commitments, but I wore this outfit to a women’s networking event with Step Up Women’s Network. These types of events offer a more casual dress code that allows for mustard tights and other slightly unique elements. Along with some chit-chatting at the event which took place at LOFT, we got to shop and take 30% off our purchase. I picked up one shirt with which I have an upcoming Remix It Up post next week (get excited…).
Second order of business – this bag. I have been in the market for a new bag for some time. I wanted a perfect business bag to take to the office on days when I have work events in the evening. On normal days, I wear my corporate backpack. It’s by no means a style statement, but given that I walk over a mile each way to and from work, a backpack is the best option to keep from killing my back.
But a backpack at a networking event or client reception… sucks! It looks terrible, it’s hard to carry, and it’s just not the best. Call in the perfect red work tote reinforcement. After some serious searching, I stumbled upon this bag at DSW (while searching for shoes – good things always show up when you least expect them). I wanted, and found in this bag, all of the following:
Qualities of a Perfect Work Bag
- Versatile color that would work in all seasons
- Big enough to hold my laptop, a pair of shoes, my wallet, phone and keys
- Small enough that I didn’t feel like I was headed to the beach
- Light enough that it wasn’t breaking my back before I filled it with all my junk
- Had a zipper on top
- Had a reinforced bottom so the weight of my laptop didn’t make it sag or become misshapen
- Small interior pockets so my phone, keys, and business cards didn’t get lost in the bottom
- A light interior so the bag didn’t become a literal black hole
With a laundry list like this, it’s no wonder it took me a while to find what I wanted. But willing to make an investment, I finally found it and saved about $100 off the retail price by buying it at DSW. Nice work, me!
I couldn’t find the exact same bag, but this SUSU handbag is a pretty darn close match and meets all the requirements on my laundry list of “needs.”
Do you have the perfect work bag? Did I miss any requirements for a great bag? Let me know in the comments so I can be sure my next bag makes the grade and so others can have a comprehensive list of “must haves” if they’re in search of a new perfect work bag.
Above is the front. Below is the back.
Bonus: This bag has a little back pocket that perfectly holds business cards. I hate fussing through pockets and card holders during a conversation in which I probably have a drink in one hand while trying to maneuver through crowds of other chit-chatters and hold a conversation with someone I barely know. Surely, this pocket will save me on at least one of those fronts.
Ah – look how easily I can sneak out a card when the time calls. (The SUSU handbag doesn’t have the exterior pocket, but it does have an easy access internal pocket that would work just as well.)
And there’s all my junk I mentioned earlier. (Yes, my iPhone case is purple. You’re surprised?! Really?!)
For this week’s featured Fashionably Employed contributor (from last week’s adventure), I have Juliette from Tall Tales at Crystelle Boutique. She’s wearing a great little black dress that works perfectly for any office setting and can easily be dressed up or down. This comfortable yet classy outfit looks like something I would definitely be happy to wear in my cubicle!
And now show us what you’re wearing to your office this week.
Dress – Maggy London; Boots – gift; Belt – Target; Tights – Target; Bag – Ralph Lauren, via DSW (similar option)