Awww. Little T loves joining me for my photo shoots and occasionally sneaks in for a good ol’ photo bomb. Love it!
You work in a “business casual” environment, whatever the heck that means. I’m pretty sure the guys most likely wear a button down shirt, khaki or similar trousers, and dress shoes. During the summer, they might opt for a short sleeve polo shirt if things are really getting casual. Getting dressed in the morning for these guys is pretty.straight.forward…
Then you walk into your own closet and a whilrwind of confusion ensues. Is this dress too short? Does this skirt have a slit that’s too high? Is this shirt cut too low and does it expose cleavage, even if only when I’m sitting down and bending over? Is this sweater dress fancy enough? Are these pants too tight? Or maybe too baggy and sloppy? Is this bright pink dress too informal because it’s just way too pink?!
The list of questions goes on and on and on and on. Some days, like when I wore (this green and gray outfit or this thrifted blazer and white skirt), I’m far from the gray area of what defines women’s business casual. It’s pretty clear that “I’m good.” But what I wear today probably walks the line of being a tad too casual depending on the context of my day. A sweater dress certainly doesn’t lend itself to being the most formal of fabrics, and the skirt might be a tiny bit on the short side. Despite these things, I’m arguing that it works (at least at my job). And if you work in a teaching environment or a more casual or creative environment, this outfit may not even be in one of those fifty shades of gray between “totally good” and “totally trashy.”
So what makes this work for work? Or what makes me think this works for work? (Hopefully my bosses don’t disagree…) Let’s start from the top and work our way down.
The neckline provides plenty of coverage so I have no fear of over-exposing my goods at any point during the day. Check.
The fit nicely skims and doesn’t hug my body too much which makes the silhouette ok. Check.
The muted, neutral colors keep the color palette of the outfit from drawing too much attention or being too loud. Check.
And, of course, I added tights, which I always joke “adds an inch or two to a dress.” Check.
How about your work environment? Are there a plethora of shades of gray (no pun intended) that surround what’s acceptable in your office? Let us know in the comments what works at your work and how you navigate the complicated world of women’s style in the workplace.
Dress – Theme; Shirt – American Eagle; Tights – Target; Boot Socks – DSW; Boots – Aerosoles; Bag – c/o SUSU Handbags