Creative Office Style

New Job, New Outfit. Naturally.

I just started a new day job as a digital product manager (what is that you, you ask?) at a pretty cool agency in DC.  Naturally it feels a little like the first day of school.  It may not happen once a year anymore (hopefully), but it certainly has the same sense of new beginnings – what will I do, where do I go, will I make friends, and most importantly, what do I wear??  

Naturally, I’ve been shopping for some new additions to my wardrobe.  I mean, when the directive is to “Think of [the office] as your runway. Or don’t, that’s cool too,” it’s time to step up my game.  It’s pretty much my dream come true.  I now have carte blanche to wear whatever I want, without worrying if it falls within the standard confines of “work appropriate.”

I knew I didn’t want to come off as too “corporate,”  especially since it’s such a creative environment.  Although jeans and a t-shirt would totally be acceptable, I wanted that to be the exception, not the norm.  I really do enjoy dressing up and looking professional.  But I still want that unique, personal style to shine through.  I mean, it is the whole reason why I started this blog.  Can’t stop that now.  Plus, I wear casual looks for when I’m feeling most casual – at home and relaxing on the couch, binging Netflix and getting annoyed everytime it asks if I’m still watching.

Style tips:

For my first day, I wanted to look put-together and wear more than just “jeans and a t-shirt.”  First impressions and all that.  So, I chose a pair of Rag and Bone slim boyfriend jeans with a raw edged hem in a medium blue.  I generally avoid wearing distressed jeans to work.  No matter how cool they may be, they rarely feel professional.  The fade and the raw hem are on trend but still classy.  I upgraded from a t-shirt to a loose fitting blouse with some interesting design details.  I played off the white of the contrasting collar and pleated cuff with white kitten slingback heels – both feminine and comfortable.  To offset the feminine frill, I added an edgier necklace at the collar.  Finally, I chose a simple shoulder bag, that’s just big enough to fit all my necessities for work – my laptop, water bottle, wallet, and lunch.

 

Spring Stripes

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12 Comments

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    Kait Around The Kingdom
    April 13, 2018 at 2:31 pm

    So much new! Glad to hear things are looking up for you!

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    Alexis
    April 12, 2018 at 12:51 am

    Congrats on the new job! Love the sleeve details, so cute!

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    nicholle
    April 11, 2018 at 6:46 pm

    That is such a cute top! Congrats on the new job! Sounds so fun
    -Nicholle
    http://www.nichollesophia.com

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    Deborah
    April 11, 2018 at 11:44 am

    Oh I love this cute business casual look! I work in DC too, though at a trade association in the lobbying and advocacy department so my work outfits tend to be more formal

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    Betsy
    April 11, 2018 at 9:43 am

    Yay for a new job! I think that is the perfect work outfit. I wish we could wear jeans all the time in my job.

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    Bella
    April 10, 2018 at 11:18 pm

    Such a cute outfit!!! Congrats on your new job girl!! enjoy it.

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    bonjourchiara
    April 10, 2018 at 10:37 pm

    Love the details on the top! The statement brooch looks fabulous and adds a twist! Congrats for the new job! xx
    http://www.bonjourchiara.com

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    Annaliese
    April 10, 2018 at 9:52 pm

    Congratulations on your new job!!! 🙂 I just started a new job three weeks ago so I know the feeling. You’re looking great in this outfit!

    xoxo A
    http://www.southernbelleintraining.com

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    Annaliese
    April 10, 2018 at 9:49 pm

    How cute is your outfit! Congratulations on your new job!! I just started a new job 3 weeks ago 🙂 It’s an exciting time!

    xoxo A
    http://www.southernbelleintraining.com

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    Annaliese
    April 10, 2018 at 9:49 pm

    How cute is your outfit! Congratulations on your new job!! I just started a new job 3 weeks ago 🙂 It’s an exciting time!

    xoxo A
    http://www.southernbelleintraining.com

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    the sophia diaries
    April 10, 2018 at 8:43 pm

    ohhhh looks like you got some good pieces to start your new job! congrats btw on the new position 🙂

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    Rachel
    April 10, 2018 at 8:36 pm

    Cute outfit! I love the mix of casual + business!

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