6 Work-Wear Looks that are Anything but Boring

Too often we walk into a coffee shop before work, line out of the door with professionals doing the same, only to notice that everyone rocks a pretty similar work-uniform. Women are clad in a typical (boring) navy skirt suit or the classic office style hiccup: black trousers a misfitting blazer, rolling brief case in tow, and no personality whatsoever. And like the infamous joker in Batman we continuously ask ourselves, “why so serious?”

Now you’re the best judge of what will fly with the boss, but we’re here to remind you that even corporate workwear doesn’t have to be so mundane. Add some personality and a dash of fun {even sexy!} to your normal rotation. Just take it from these ladies who know a thing or two about how to put together a striking look – one that is far from boring and means nothing but business! Ladies, #werk!


We love these almost snakeskin printed trousers. Switch up your pants from solids to print and go wide!


Make an entrance and exit with garment details that make a statement like this blouse with bold contrast stitching and billowing cuffs.


Pair fresh white pumps with a sexy navy suit instead of your classic black – the look feels modern and fashion forward.


Throw an oversized blazer over a flowy dress while we still have warm days and cooler nights in the forecast. Rolls those sleeves for a little added detail.


Instead of a skirt suit, consider a short suit! An unbuttoned button on your blouse and glamorous bag keeps this from looking too masculine.


Bell bottoms, bell bottoms, bell bottoms. If you haven’t hopped on the resurrected trend, the extra fabric is perfect for fall. We also love a good neck handkerchief!

What do you think? Are you ready to take your office wear from drab to fab? We certainly are left inspired to do so!


image 1 via Majawyh // 2 + 4 via Collage Vintage // 3 via Damsel in Dior // 5 via Gianluca Sense for Stockholm Street Style // 6 via 5 Inch and Up

You’ve Got Style: Elizabeth Suzann

Confession: I thought that seven weeks post baby a lot things would be different then they actually are. I thought I’d running all around town sweet babe in tow. I thought I’d have it all together – energy, confidence, know how. Instead I’m still figuring out how to fit a shower into my day and maybe gulp down one chunk of calories that could count as a meal. Another thing I thought I’d have back by now – my pre-baby closet! I’ve shed the maternity clothes, but my fully stocked wardrobe now mocks me – as it was built around a lifestyle that’s long gone. I’ve quickly learned complicated fashion choices are no longer an option! There’s no time nor energy to expend on styling the perfect look. And high maintenance fabrics like my silk prized silk button-downs? Or anything that says dry clean only?? Forget it! I need to be able to grab, go, but still look damn good – even if it’s just to treat myself to a {decaf!} cappuccino. This is where Elizabeth Suzann comes in – the line heralds itself for being “simple, utilitarian and beautiful.” That’s speaking my lady-with-a-baby language!


This collection brings uniform dressing to a whole new level of chic. I’d be thrilled to reach into my closet and grab that gorgeous jumpsuit again and again and again. And the Cocoon trench? Don’t even get me started! That jacket is perfect for every season. I’d wear it over a dress or cropped pants all summer and then layer a lush sweater come winter {or right now since Karl the Fog has returned to San Francisco}. And that knot bag – possibly the coolest diaper bag ever?? I’m dying to test one out to see! All of the line’s silhouettes are timeless yet feel very current. And the fabrics 100% machine washable. Boom!

Thank you Elizabeth Suzann for disguising great mom clothes in super chic skin. I’ll take one of each please.

What about all you power mamas out there? How did you tackle the whole baby-friendly wardrobe conundrum? I’d love to hear your pointers!!

How to Dress for Your Dream Job

It’s a little known fact that I came to the world of blogging from a very different career path. I actually started out…in politics! Yes, it’s true!! I studied political science in college, actually went on to get a master’s degree in public policy analysis and even worked in both the United States Senate and the White House! I know, crazy right??

And while I did love a lot of things about what I was doing at the time, I ultimately walked away from working in politics for well…political reasons. And while I look back at it nostalgically, there’s one thing about the whole experience that I really miss. The wardrobe! If you live on the West Coast and work in more creative fields like I do now, when it comes to your daily look, just about anything goes. Sure that can be fun too, but there are times when I miss my days of power dressing! So when I was invited to create a look for my “ultimate dream job” as part of the countdown to Cotton’s 24 Hour Runway show {happening this weekend!}, my ideal outfit immediately sprang to mind.


I decided to recreate the look and feel of the Washington Powerhouse! In this case, I started with my trusty cotton trench coat. This baby has been in my closet for a long time {truly more years than I’d like to even admit to myself!} and I realized it’s high time she got to see more daylight. A beautifully tailored trench is going to elevate anything you wear, but I love the sense of poise, confidence and purpose I have whenever I rock mine.

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As fall is my favorite time of year, I also gladly pulled out another closet must-have: a stellar sweater. This ribbed cotton turtleneck is tailored to have beautiful twists and folds that give it interesting structure and unique detail. A classic wide-legged trouser, a chic black heel and lady-like bag definitely make me feel like I could give any Washington-insider a run for her money!


Now I’m about as far from the halls of the Capitol as I can get, but putting my old DC-influenced styling skills to the test was a great reminder that I can still pull out my power look whenever I’m in need of a little oomph. You see, style has this amazing ability to communicate who you are {or want to be!} without you having to say a word…and I love what this look is sayin’! Even if your dream job is far from your grasp right now, who says you can’t dress like you already have it. Dressing the part is half the battle after all.

Of course, preparing for {or landing!} your dream job is only one of life’s major moments. There are so many others, ranging from big to small, that can leave a lasting impact. That’s why I love the concept of Cotton’s 24 Hour Runway Show. It’s dedicated to the various parts of our day to day as well as the major milestones that make up “The Moments of Our Lives.” You can see our Dream Job inspired look along with 23 others streaming LIVE from Cotton’s runway in South Beach starting at 8pm on November 7. Tune in to TheFabricOfOurLives.com or People.com to check it out!

I’m curious. What key moments would you say have stood out in your life??


original photography for apartment 34 by aubrie pick

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