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

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  • Reply Merritt Beck August 19, 2015 at 10:14 am

    love this print-on-print action! So pretty!

    The Style Scribe

  • Reply Beauty Follower August 19, 2015 at 9:10 am

    Amazing skirt!

  • Reply theladylawyer August 19, 2015 at 8:31 am

    Love this look–I’m all about spicing up my workwear!

  • Reply Amy Johnson August 19, 2015 at 8:13 am

    What a great skirt! I love the pattern mixing, and the denim jacket tones down the dressy outfit beautifully.

  • Reply Missy Dress August 18, 2015 at 10:50 pm

    Stunning skirt, it looks so pretty. I love your style.

    Fashion Dress /

  • Reply Aracely August 18, 2015 at 10:34 pm

    I’m all for restyling pieces and I love how you put this look together. It looks fresh, chic and classic.

  • Reply Alina Gavrilov August 18, 2015 at 10:09 pm

    Oh wow! Love how you recycled these pieces!!!! I swear anything you put together looks so chic – even when you think those items won’t blend well together, they do!!! Love your styling!

  • Reply Leah Behr August 18, 2015 at 9:30 pm

    Love that skirt Amy! It’s so great picking old pieces and putting them together in a new way. You look amazing as usual friend.

    xx Leah /

  • Reply Natalia Gutiérrez ™ August 18, 2015 at 9:20 pm

    I don’t like buying “workwear” because just like you say, it is super boring. I’d rather mix some pieces to achieve a formal outcome.


  • Reply Dressed2dNines.Com August 18, 2015 at 8:32 pm

    I love the contrast of the fabric and pattern in the top and skirt, the denim brings them together perfectly! Very nice Amy Ann!

  • Reply JacketSociety Nora M August 18, 2015 at 7:29 pm

    Love this look on you Amy, I like the combination of the pokadot skirt with the denim jacket, the dressy with the casual looks cool 🙂

  • Reply Cielo Fronteras August 18, 2015 at 7:26 pm

    I love how you styled this! It looks so good!

    – Cielo
    Mermaid in Heels

  • Reply Mica August 18, 2015 at 7:11 pm

    The polka dots and gingham work so well together! 🙂

    I’m finding I want a wardrobe full of pieces I can wear everywhere, so I like things like this top that I can wear casually or to the office too. It means I don’t have so much unworn in my wardrobe now I’m not working 5 days a week like I used to.

    Away From The Blue Blog

  • Reply Denise Kokinis August 18, 2015 at 6:25 pm

    Loving this work wear remix. I am finally working at a job where I can slightly dress up, so this is definitely going to be utilized! I love the two pieces here and how you gave different options for both! I really love your hair! Also, you looked so chic in that first photo as soon as it came up. Those sunnies were made for you!

    Denise | Fashion Love Letters

  • Reply Kelly M August 18, 2015 at 5:43 pm

    You look great!! The polka dots with the gingham top is flirty and fun yet professional and definitely work appropriate. Love those sunglasses and happy to hear you had a nice time on your parent’s farm 🙂 I followed you on Insta! Follow me back!


  • Reply Gina Daily August 18, 2015 at 5:06 pm

    HAHA!! Noelle said exactly what I was going to say about your hair. I really need to go back and look at your tutorial again because I HAVE to curl my hair this weekend (seriously…it’s required) and I don’t know if I remember how. LOL. I am terrible at remixing pieces but hopefully I can get a look closer to your hairstyle. Ha ha.

    Gina || On the Daily Express

    • Reply Amy Ann Arnold August 18, 2015 at 7:55 pm

      That is too funny! I am confident you can do the curls!

  • Reply sandyalamode August 18, 2015 at 4:47 pm

    i love your print mixing lady!!!

    Sandy a la Mode

  • Reply Tiffany Griffin August 18, 2015 at 4:15 pm

    WOW Amy I really like how you mix prints! Have a wonderful week doll!

  • Reply Sierra Oblad August 18, 2015 at 3:35 pm

    I love your skirt! Great idea to pair it with the gingham top! Definitely a fun work outfit!

    Sierra Elizabeth

  • Reply beautygirl24 August 18, 2015 at 3:15 pm

    You are too cute! I love the outfit, but I confess that your hair is really what’s grabbing my attention! It always looks so good! Please do a hair style post in the future, unless you have one that I missed!

    • Reply Amy Ann Arnold August 18, 2015 at 3:53 pm

      You are too good to me. Thanks! I have done one in the past here My process is exactly the same except I use a 1-inch curling iron now instead of a wand which I have decided I like better. I also have a cut and color I like a little better, but my technique is the same. I keep thinking I should do an update on it because I do get questions about it semi-regularly.

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