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Finance and fashion don’t typically go hand in hand, but that doesn’t mean entrepreneurs can’t look cute while making mad cash money. Since I spend 80% of my life in my office, I’ve made it my personal mission to channel all my creative energy into my personalizing my formal business attire. Being “professionally chic” as a young professional can and should be more than a well-tailored suit, although I’ll never turn a good staple outfit down. It can also be tricky, though. The wrong clothing sends the wrong message about your understanding of your company’s culture. It’s not a social justice or gender gap issue either. If any of my colleagues wore jeans and a graphic tee to the office, it would make our entire office look disheveled and out of sync– like we don’t care enough to dress appropriately for the clients who are giving us millions of dollars in assets under management. Looking for “the right” professionally chic fashion for young professionals allows us to exercise our knack for style while still garnering the respect of our peers and clients.
While working on a Saturday, I channeled my boiling #girlboss frustration into this red and black chic work outfit. Every girl needs a staple black tailored blazer, like this steal from Target, and I would gladly accept these amazing Express textured grid columnist ankle pants in every available pattern, color, and style. Full outfit details at the bottom of this post.
Did you hear about C. Wonder closing all its stores? Biggest BOO of my life, aside from their 75% off clearance sale. In honor of my love and adoration for their company, and in anticipation of how miserable my life will be without their monogrammed cheese plates, I can’t say enough how much I love this Maltese Cross Enamel Cuff. It pairs perfectly with two of my favorite big girl Christmas gifts, my black and gold Michael Kors “Large Lexington” Chronograph Bracelet Watch and this glamorous black and white Chanel Sautoir.
Oh, and aren’t these double bow pumps precious? My real life and blogger bff Ashley Brooke gave these gems to me for Christmas, and I never want to take them off.
Shop the Look: Blazer: Target (exact cotton blazer is no longer available; this is a similar style at a comparably affordable price point) | Pants: Express (available in 9 colors)| Top: Express (Similar) | Bag: Ralph Lauren (available in black, red, and brown)| Necklace: Chanel | Cuff: C. Wonder | Watch: Michael Kors | Shoes: Ted Baker London
For a trendier variation of this ensemble (one that proves you don’t need to shy away from color to look chic), click here! 6 hours til Friday!
This is a fabulous 9 to 5 look! I love the patterned pants!
Wow, stunning look, love your pants. *__*
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Fabulous outfit for work. Have a great weekend
I'm glad you're posting on office attire. I work in an office and try to come up with stylish options everyday that doesn't involve ugly work pants. This outfit is perfect!
This outfit is EVERYTHING. Seriously. I love the pattern on those pants and the pop of red in the top and bag. Nicely put together 🙂 Hope you are enjoying your weekend–stopping in from SITS Sharefest!
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Girl, could you stop looking so pretty and skinny all the time? Thanks! Seriously though, I love the outfit, what a great way to look professional, pulled together and effortlessly office chic? I rely on dresses for four out of five of my work days because I don't have time to deal with hemming of pants and finding coordinating tops… But you as always have made it look so easy!
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I love these pants!