While I would love to roll into work wearing my converse and a breezy tank like I did during my stay in California, the reality of the situation is that I perform better when I dress nicely. Not only do I feel more ready to tackle the work day, but I can see a noticeable difference in the way my coworkers view me as well.
So how would I describe my work style?
Clean. Tailored but relaxed. Modern.
This summer I'm addicted to black and white, partially because it's easy to throw on in the morning but also because it gives me more space to experiment with cuts and patterns. I can't limit myself to a strictly black and white wardrobe, however, so I try and add pops of subdued color for variety.
Wear to Work:
1. Simple cotton dresses that I can throw on in the heat of the morning are a staple in my summer wardrobe. I have countless cotton dresses from Forever 21 but happened upon this gem at Mimi & Red, a boutique local to San Diego. Adding the teal loafers and cognac bag is a winning combination that adds dimension to this dress.
2. Black and white never fails to make me feel polished, tailored and ready to work. I would like to think I could wear this to work during the New York City summertime, but probably have a few years to go before I can test that theory.
3. This knee-length skirt is the ideal for work. The length is appropriate and is so classy with heels, and is so easy to layer and style differently. I love wearing it with collared shirts like my lightweight white and black shirt, but in the fall I would style it with a solid long sleeve, tights and high heel boots.
4. I have an addiction to my black pants from Madewell, and wear them as much as I can. Since they are black they can get pretty warm, which is why I would pair this lightweight pink sweater with this look. The sweater has slits halfway up the sides, making it a playful but polished look to rock in the city.
Wear to Play:
1. One of my go-to looks. With ripped boyfriend jeans and a solid cropped tee, this classic look is great for saying "I'm lazy, but stylish." Rock it with loafers for a fun accent, and wear it to run errands or for a walk around the park. This is also a versatile look if you are thinking of traveling, and you can easily layer a sweater or flannel as well.
2. I simply adore wearing all white and carrying my rich, congac colored Madewell tote as my main accent. Wearing white on white is not only a clean look but is fresh for summer and accentuates your sunkissed glow as well.
3. If you are planning on going out to dinner in Second Street District with your friends, this black-on-black ensemble is a great option. I would pair this simple cotton tee and black skirt with my teal loafers to add a simple pop of color and jazz it up some. This is a great way to look classy while maintaining max comfort level (and leaving room for more pasta.)
4. This pale pink sweater is great for a gloomy summer day. The slits up the sides keep you cool and let a breeze in, and the holes in the boyfriend jeans dress it down enough to wear to the movies or to your favorite food truck. I love wearing this pale sweater with my white loafers, because it makes the look seem very polished for how casual it is.
One of the best things about Austin is the all-around relaxed vibe, which makes it easy to experiment with different styles of clothing and pieces that may not be acceptable in other cities... even the clothes you wear to work!