July 16, 2012

Guest Post: Rachel on Office Wear

Hey everybody! I have Rachel guest posting for me today, as I am bellied up in my bed recovering from a minor surgery. While I am living off of McDonald's hot cakes and chocolate, I hope you enjoy what Rachel has to share!


Hello! I'm Rachel from For the Birds and I'm happy to be stepping in for our friend Sarah today. 

If you're like me, your style is something that is important to you. It's a great form of creative expression. For me, dressing the way I do keeps me true to myself. The last thing I want to do is feel like somebody else - even when I go into the office. I just want to be a more refined version of myself. 

I love wearing fun colors, Vintage items, leopard print and patterns (especially florals & stripes.. sometimes I'll even wear them together). Some of those things aren't traditionally "office wear"..

Says Who?

Here are some tips for staying true to your style while still looking professional. 

1. Color and prints are totally appropriate (unless you're a funeral director.. and even then, what the hay). I'm a big fan of modesty and I'm actually most comfortable in a long skirt or maxi dress. That doesn't mean I don't enjoy wearing a shorter dress every once in awhile either, but I make sure I'm more covered up on top.

This dress embodies so many things I love : Vintage, turquoise and floral print. It's my favorite. Bonus : I wore it the other day and my boss loved it. The real kicker? It was only $1.99.

2. Even when you want to wear a tasteful black or navy dress, you can through in color elsewhere. Here I'm wearing a Vintage black dress with my favorite ruby wedges.

Another example is my post here - one of my favorite navy dresses with burgundy tights (it's the same dress that I also wore here).

3. Animal print is still your friend. Sure, maybe you're not going to wear a leopard or zebra print dress.. but  an animal print belt or pair of shoes? A definite do. My favorite is leopard print:

4. Again, bright colors can be work appropriate. My favorite pencil skirts are red and royal blue. Color is still your friend!

5. When in doubt, add a blazer. Throwing in a "serious" piece like a blazer is a great way to take your outfit up a notch. Plus, if your office is like mine, sometimes the AC seems to be on overdrive. This skirt was also a recent thrifted find.

Maybe you don't have an office job or internship, but I hope you can still use these tips and find a way to look professional while still being you.

Thanks for having me, Sarah!



  1. Great post, and just what I needed to hear. I'm going to be looking for a job soon, and was worried that my wardrobe was too colorful/pattern-y. Guess I was wrong!

  2. Is it bad that I actually look forward to the day when I can dress for work? This post just got me more excited! Of course there's the whole matter of graduating college and actually getting a job...but, hey, minor details.

    Great post! She's adorable.


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