Reinvent Your Workwear

August 17, 2015

Happy Monday everyone! Hope you all had a great weekend. We really enjoyed spending some quality time with my family on my parents’ farm. I shared a snap on Instagram if you follow me there. Lots of fishing, playing with my adorable niece and nephew, eating my mom’s amazing food, and generally having a good time. It’s fun to trade my heels in for boots occasionally.

Today’s look is a totally recycled one. I love this gingham top. You last saw it here styled for a date night look. It’s one of my favorite pieces, but I’ll be honest, it feels a little one dimensional. I really wanted to get some additional wear out of it before the summer season closed, so I challenged myself to come up with another, more wearable outfit. Since work is where I spend most of my time, I added it to one of my all-time favorite pencil skirts and topped it with a jean jacket to make it office appropriate. I try to get creative with my workwear because it’s easy for it to get boring. It made me realize it’s easy to reinvent your workwear by styling a nontraditional work piece with more classic workwear for a polished and professional but non-stuffy look. How do you restyle pieces to make totally different looks or reinvent your workwear?

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Shoes: Gianni Bini // Skirt: J.Crew (similar below) // Top: Zara (similar below) // Jean Jacket: Gap Outlet (almost exact) // Sunglasses: Prada via Ditto’s Endless Eyewear Program – use code STRAIGHTASTYLE for your first month FREE

Pieces Previously Seen

gingham top, zara black culottes, pink heelsOTK Boots, bow shirt, polka dot pencil skirt 1

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  • Reply Meghan Conard August 18, 2015 at 2:51 pm

    Love the print mixing! That gingham top is perfection!

  • Reply Grace Liang August 18, 2015 at 2:38 pm

    I am so in LOVE with this outfit! I will feature this look of yours on my Friday’s post. I run different themes everyday and that day is called They Got It Right! Thank you very much for sharing and keep in touch!

    Please stop by every Wednesday for Color and Grace Fashion link up! 🙂


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  • Reply Kamara August 18, 2015 at 12:33 pm

    What a gorgeous top! It pairs wonderfully with the skirt, I love the mixing of patterns. As usual, you rocked it.


  • Reply August 18, 2015 at 12:27 pm

    Great look! That top is absolutely adorable!


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  • Reply PetiteSilverVixen @petitevix August 18, 2015 at 10:59 am

    Summer can be so fleeting sometimes – especially here in the UK so this is a great idea to get some extra mileage out of a favourite top. I like the denim jacket with the heels. The formal and the casual work together by meeting somewhere in the middle so are ideal for days where you don’t need to be quite so formal but when you want to be slightly more edge with the casual this is perfect too! The skirt is to die for.

  • Reply Jillian August 18, 2015 at 10:00 am

    I absolutely ADORE the gingham top! Especially with the pants and pink heels!
    xo, jill

  • Reply Shauna C August 18, 2015 at 9:47 am

    Love this different take on gingham, it’s such a pretty look. And can we talk about how I’m having major hair envy?! Gorgeous!!


  • Reply Ivete Correa August 18, 2015 at 9:07 am

    I love what you did here. Perfectly appropriate for work but with an edgy kick! I also love how you styled the top previously with the wide-leg pants and hot pink heels. Btw, did you change your hair color a bit? The ashy undertones are awesome!

  • Reply WE August 18, 2015 at 8:11 am

    Love the gingham and polka combination!! The skirt especially is gorgeous!!

  • Reply Adela Acanski August 18, 2015 at 7:42 am

    Beautiful look! That sandals is so cute <3

  • Reply tiateilli August 18, 2015 at 7:39 am

    Love the skirt! xx

  • Reply Victoria Fox August 18, 2015 at 7:21 am

    I love that pencil skirt!!! They are so fun to work into fall wardrobes! I love this look, but you also look so amazing!

  • Reply Larissa August 18, 2015 at 7:13 am

    I also really love pencil skirts and I find them so wonderful to combine with all different kind of tops, makng them look more classy, cool, elegant, relaxed etc. 🙂
    Thanks a lot for your last comment : )



  • Reply Thais gomes August 18, 2015 at 6:44 am

    wow you look great! love the skirt!


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  • Reply Ashley White August 18, 2015 at 6:24 am

    Love the print mix + the denim jackets adds a cool feel. And yay for fun weekends at home! 🙂

    Le Stylo Rouge

  • Reply Amanda C August 17, 2015 at 11:41 pm

    Love all the ways you paired the pieces in your outfit. I have to say the one thing I sometimes dislike about being a nurse is that I don’t get to wear cute clothes to work. Besides a couple great form-fitting scrub companies, most things with pretty colors and cute prints end up looking like hefty bags haha. Oh well, it is what it is. Glad you shared these pieces again 🙂

    Xo Amanda | Sans Scrubs

  • Reply Shoshana August 17, 2015 at 10:56 pm

    Nothing wrong with restyling or redesigning a piece. I did just that on my blog post today. I think it shows creativity you’re housing inside your mind and closet. Anyone can put on free clothing that was shipped to them by a designer. Sure, you could wear something new everyday. But where’s the thought process in that? Where’s the well trained eye. You look too cute. Love the mix of texture and styles. Good job.

  • Reply ISA Professional August 17, 2015 at 10:34 pm

    These looks are just gorgeous, your sense of style is impeccable!

    ISA Professional

  • Reply kelsey bang August 17, 2015 at 10:27 pm

    love how you mixed prints! the pencil with the little flared peplum is such a cute combo! great look!

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