I’m very picky when it comes to work-friendly garb because I want to look stylish yet be comfortable and appropriate at the same time. My uniform obviously varies depending on what hat I’m wearing (piano teacher versus food blogger for example), but today’s look is typical of what I wear when I go teach at the Peabody Prep. Today’s post features my latest buy from Kate Spade.
Their clothing’s really cute but also super expensive so I don’t even bother shopping their store unless they have a big sale going on. They recently opened an outlet at Arundel Mills Mall so I’m looking forward to checking that out. I also drive back and forth between Pittsburgh and Baltimore a bunch so I frequent their Hagerstown location since it’s on the way. I purchased this a few months back in Orlando while I was there for the BlogHer convention, and it’s been a favorite ever since.
I like wearing a-line pieces and shifts to work because they’re comfy yet form-flattering. Built-in tie belts are also always a do because they accentuate one’s waist and create an exaggerated hourglass silhouette while elongating one’s stems. This number’s made of 100% polyester so it doesn’t wrinkle at all, and it transitions seamlessly from work to happy hour. When investing in clothes, think hard about versatility! You want to be able to wear “x” to many different functions to get the most bang from your buck. For example, I could wear this Kate Spade dress out to brunch, date night or even the symphony.
Personally, I look for comfy styles with pretty details (ie. the lace trim on this feminine number) when shopping for workwear dresses. I recommend hitting up your local TJ Maxx, Ross, and Marshalls for affordable designs that’ll last. The outlet mall is also a really great option – head to the Banana Republic and Ann Taylor factory outlets for fashionable options. Note: they sell different stuff from the regular BR and AT stores so keep that in mind when shopping. Not everything is going to be quality so be picky when sifting through their sale racks.
I have young facial features so wardrobe plays an important part in my professional life. I typically wear pieces like this Kate Spade dress on the regular, but pretty blouses and slacks (or skirts) are a common combo for me as well. To be honest, skirt and slack combos may actually be the more sensible option if you’re looking to save money since you can do more with them in terms of pairings. I have about 4 go-to pairs, and they’re all from Ann Taylor. I’ve had them for years, and they’re still in perfect condition. If you find a style that suits you, don’t be shy about stocking up. If you guys have any questions regarding workwear, feel free to shoot me a message. I’m always happy to help you out! To browse other work-friendly outfits, make sure to check this tab out.
Other fab pieces like my Kate Spade dress (under $50):
Photos shot by the wonderful Sung Shin.