So imagine that you walk into a “work party” (an industry networking event, to be exact, but let’s call it a party to make it more relevant for the majority). You arrive at the party, look around, and see you’re among about 100 men, aged 30 – 65, most over 6 feet tall and all wearing dark expensive suits. And you’re wearing…this…
That was me last night… Needless to say, I stuck out sorely. To be fair, I had roughly twelve female counterparts (we counted) including two female friends from work. So vastly outnumbered, we stuck together probably more than we should have (live and learn), but we did meet a few new “friends” and the organization hosts another event in September I plan to attend.
On an unrelated note, I took advantage of a little street style inspiration to bring this outfit together. Surely it seems like an obvious color combination in hindsight, but I never thought to pair this skirt and blouse until I spotted a woman walking on the sidewalk in front of me wearing a navy polka dot skirt with a bit of her pink blouse hanging out from under her sweater. I liked the combination and started mentally scanning my closet selecting these items to mimic my morning sidewalk friend’s inspiration. I celebrated when it actually worked in real life as well as it had in my head. All too often, that’s unfortunately not the case. You’d think starring in my closet as often as I do that I’d know my clothes well enough to more successfully combine imaginary outfits in the air in front of my face. But I don’t.
Maybe it’s a skill developed over time, maybe clothes are more deceitful than I want to believe, or maybe I’m just a really bad judge of fashion and need a mirror to give a me clue (all very real possibilities). Regardless, I had (what I thought was) the perfect combination for my “work party” the following day.
One of my stay-at-home mom days, when I stay home with T and J and then get dressed for work in the afternoon, I made my day to night transition super simple by pairing my skirt with a casual t-shirt of the same color for an easy daytime outfit. I know my backwards schedule starting my day at home and then heading to a more formal work event in the evening doesn’t reflect many of your lives, but I think this makes for a great work to weekend combination as well. And if you’re just a fan of anything navy and pink, how about this dress, also a fan favorite?
In light of my little under-dressed fashion faux pas at the “work party,” do you have any suggestions of great style bloggers who share their professional business attire? I absolutely love The Classy Cubicle, but I have yet to find too many others quite as corporate or “Wall Street” which more closely reflects the industry in which I work. I suppose few women work in the financial services industry and even fewer have time to curate a blog, thus explaining the void. But I’d love to hear any recommendations you might have.
Blouse – Target; T-Shirt – Target; Skirt – The Limited; Leopard Flats -Target; Sandals – Target; Necklace – Vintage