Hey there, friends! I’ve been really enjoying obtaining your insight and feedback over the last few weeks, and especially in the survey I posted on Monday, about what you want to see from the S&T team and I in 2017! I’ve been using this information to brainstorm blog post ideas, strategize ways to make those posts a reality, and sitting down with that list every few days or so, plugging them in to my editorial calendar. From here on out, I’d love to continue to plan posts a month or so ahead of time. I’d like to encourage you to do two things for me as we move forward. First, continue to give me feedback in a kind and constructive way. I love hearing from you and, while I’ll never be perfect, I do want to improve and be better! 🙂 And, second, please be open-minded as a reader, and remember that I am taking feedback in from everyone. So, while you may not LOVE or find a need for my travel posts, there are people who have taken the time to submit a request for me to continue to include travel posts in my content to fulfill their needs. Everyone is asking for different things because everyone has different needs and interests. Overall, I hope you find the content I’m sharing the reason you want to come back and see what’s going on around here more often than not, so I will continue to work toward fulfilling the requests you submit. Anyway, I hope y’all are as excited as I am about what is to come here on S&T this year.
I’m going to leave the SURVEY open until Friday, so be sure to submit your thoughts before then!
Yesterday’s post was the beginning of the above mission I shared. It was a byproduct of A LOT of you requesting a tutorial on how to achieve an dark brown smokey eye I had been wearing. Today’s post is no different. Over the last few months, I’ve had numerous requests to incorporate workwear into my blog posts at least once a month to give those of you who work in an office setting some inspiration for the workplace! This outfit is definitely work appropriate, although it may be considered a little ‘out there’ for some! What I want to do, as a blogger you seek inspiration from, is to encourage you to think outside the box. It’s so easy to just throw on black pants, and a button-up, and call it a day! But if you really want to step up your style game … you have to take risks and be willing to try new things! So, the bottoms are actually ‘culottes’ not a skirt … but that’s precisely why I LOVE culottes! [Anyone been following me long enough to remember this post from a few years ago?] Culottes have the professional appeal and sophistication of a skirt, but the comfort of pants! Definitely give them a try! I will admit … some are a little TOO funky for my liking in the way they fit or fall, but when I saw these … I thought they looked really nice and appropriate for work. These, in my opinion, wouldn’t make people want to scratch their heads too much, which is definitely something you don’t want to do in the workplace! The pair I’m wearing are only $53, as well, so not much of an investment just to try them 🙂
I decided to pair them with a favorite J.Crew piece of mine, the Tippi Sweater. It’s a classic closet staple that is PERFECT for the work setting. It comes in so many colors and size options. You’re bound to find one that works best for your style and taste! Pair those with your favorite neutral bag and heels, and you’ll be good to go for your day, looking like a total BOSS!
I hope today’s post was helpful for those of you who have been wanting some workwear inspiration! Let me know what else you’d like to see in terms of work wear or posts in the comments below! 🙂 xo.
Simply gorgeous! Love the look! 🙂
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Simply wonderful work outfit, so classy, stylish and could be easily worn after work too.
I LOVE this outfit! I travel a lot for work. Do you have a flat shoe suggestion for this outfit. Wearing heals at the airport is hard work!
Hey Courtney! Whenever I got dressed up for dinner or an occasion in London, I would wear flats until I got 10 feet away from wherever I was going. I love the Tory Burch Minnie Flats because you can fold them up and they can be stored in your bag. Because they worked so well for me traveling to and from, because heels aren’t the comfiest long term, I’d recommend the same flats for traveling to the airport for a work occasion, as well, especially because you probably have enough room in your carry on bag or work tote to carry your shoes. You can shop those flats here: http://rstyle.me/n/cdb4ewt826
I also really like these flats, which are similar, but I can’t vouch for comfort. http://rstyle.me/n/cdb4crt826
Hope that helps! xo.
Thank you so much!
Love the look! It’s such a classic look! At first I thought the culottes were a skirt!
I love this look! I work in an office setting and am always looking for ways to branch out of the “black pants and button up” routine. Thanks for the inspiration!
P.S. I don’t think I’ve ever commented before but I’ve been following your blog for over a year and love the content! I also personally love your travel posts 🙂 Keep it up!!
Love this look! It makes me want to go somewhere warm! We have been loving the stripe trend this season!
Keep it up xoxo
This is why I continue to admire you!! I loved how you said to be open-minded as a reader, because even though I personally may not have a “need” for certain posts (i.e travel), other readers might find benefit in them. Your posts reminds me to keep an open mind about EVERYTHING – so a huge thank you for the nice reminder!
I haven’t filled out the survey (but I’m hoping to do so later today!), but a big post/topic idea I’m interested in is how to find great PANTS!!! It’s such a struggle to find nice fitting pants for work, for play, etc etc. If I could live in jeans, I would, but finding a great pair of pants is so difficult!
Have a lovely week!
Love this look…these camel shades are gorgeous!!!
Be Happy with Fashion
Wow! Really thought that was a skirt! Very cute and professional! I love the shirt though, especially that color!
Work appropriate? Sure. Affordable? The shirt, pants and shoes alone total over $800.. you’re outta touch sweetheart!
Hi Laila! I meant the clothing is affordable as they are both under $100. The accessories are just what I would personally style and what I own already so I linked similar to be in touch with everyone’s budget. 🙂
Culotte’s aren’t business professional and are basically long shorts. Corporate America would frown on that.
Thanks for your thoughts, Cindy! I think the important thing to remember is that there are a lot of readers that frequent Sequins & Things and everyones workplace and policy on work attire is different. I have a lot of friends who work in business or sales settings, who I know for a fact would be able to wear this to work without a slap on the wrist or frown from their employer. But, if YOU happen to work in a setting where it is SUPER corporate, then I’m sorry this post wasn’t helpful for you. I never said it would be the perfect option for everyone. I just hope to provide inspiration and help to those who have asked for workplace outfit inspiration, and if it’s not the inspiration you’re needing for your particular workplace, all you need to do is give me a head’s up and ask! I’ll be incorporating work wear posts on S&T at least once a month from now on so that kind of feedback would be so helpful for me as I plan for those future posts! If you do decide to comment on S&T again, I would appreciate it if you would do so in a more kind and courteous manner. Thank you! xo.
Absolutely love this! These culotte pants are gorgeous on you! ♡
xx Taylor | http://www.mycupofchic.com | @taylorwinkelmeyer
Thanks, Taylor! I love them so much! xo.
Oh my gosh, the skirt is amazing!! You look gorg!!
Rachel / http://www.helloher.co
Thanks, Rachel! 🙂 Appreciate you saying that!
Damn girl!!! This is SO cute!!! It reminds me of the 50’s a but but better because its the perfect modern take?! Ahh, LOVE! PS. This mustard color is your COLOR!
Thanks, girl! Glad you like it! It’s so interesting how everyone sees color differently! This looks like a camel color to me haha! 🙂
Such a cute work outfit!! I seriously love this whole ensemble. And I took your survey. SO GOOD! What a great idea to do.
Hope your 2017 is going well and you are enjoying being back home!
Hope all is well.
Thanks, Kelly! Appreciate you taking the survey!! xo.
Heyyyyyyyy – I was so excited to read this post, as I do work in an office environment. I love everything about it – EXCEPT your average office worker can’t afford Loubs and Valentino bags. My meager 36k a year barely affords me a Kate Spade or a nice Tory Burch bag. I have been following your blog for years and it’s amazing to see your style, (and your designer bag & shoe collection evolve – trust me I am BEYOND envious that you can afford such amazing labels) but maybe from now on – if you put the word AFFORDABLE in your post – maybe actually include some affordable items for us working middle class gals. xo
Hey Kari! Girl, I totally understand where you’re coming from! I didn’t mean to mislead or frustrate anyone. When I decided to use ‘affordable’ as a part of the title, it was because the top and culottes were the hero pieces and both are under $100. AND, even though the accessories and shoes I paired with it are much more expensive, I did include more affordable, similar options to both because I do understand that my purse and shoes aren’t in everyones budget. But, those similar options would still give you an affordable work outfit. I’ve gotten a lot of feedback from readers about comprising looks where everything is under a certain amount, including handbags, shoes, etc. so I’m going to try and work in more of those in the weeks and months to come! Again, sorry if the title mislead you and I will use it a little more thoughtfully in the future! xo.
This is the perfect outfit for me to wear to my workplace. I could also see myself wearing it after work too. Thank you for another great post.
You’re welcome! xo.
The word Affordable in this title post I feel is very appropriate. Sure, some of the accessories may be high-end, but the outfit itself is affordable. And I think that was the point Alyson was trying to make.
Thank you, Lydia! Definitely wasn’t trying to be misleading. xo!
I couldn’t agree more! Finding good fitted, well
Made pants would be a great post idea!
You’ve already acknowledged that you are out of touch when it comes to what to wear in an office setting. Not sure how a shopping blogger would know what working in an office is like anyways. Seems like this post was including expensive items to get those clicks and money from partners? Shame.
Hey there, Erika! I’ve never said I am out of touch when it comes to what to wear to the office. I’ve said that because I don’t work in an office setting, I don’t typically shop for the items that people that do are looking for. But, I’m here to provide outfit inspiration and I’m here to help my readers who have asked me to incorporate more work wear outfit posts. I’m not going to nail it for everyone and their particular office setting but I am going to offer a variety of posts and hopefully they will be helpful for most. What I find to be a shame is how you’re choosing to be unkind to someone you don’t know whatsoever and assuming you know how things work around here. I’d be more than happy to help you understand, but I don’t think that’s what you’re looking for. If you’re not a fan of me or what my blog has to offer, and especially if you have nothing nice to say, I’d like to encourage you to just not come back. Honestly, your words say a lot more about you than they do about me. Thanks so much!
I love this entire outfit. Those who claim they cannot afford it, just save your money. A good bag is worth the investment.
I’ll never get it right in the eyes of everyone so I just have to stay true to what I like in terms of style, and I like this and linked to similar items that are more affordable 🙂 Thanks for reading! xo.
This look is awesome!