With moving to a new state comes changing jobs. And in changing jobs that means adapting to new office attire that you sometimes would find hard to accept. But if you like the work you’re doing, you enjoy working with the staff, and you find that there are perks along the way, you are most likely willing to accept those new changing.
So, three months ago I moved to the state of Washington. Going into the move I knew what to expect such as not making the type of money I’m accustomed to making, not finding the same types of jobs I am used to working in. I came prepared to work in a corporate office environment more than I was prepared to work in a job that did not require Fortune 500 fashion attire, therefore I had to rethink my office wear and rethink my fashion sense on the whole idea.
The fall/winter season is brutally cold. The normal Nine West high heels and Anne Klein Slacks with the Calvin Klein chiffon blouse are tucked away in my closet with the shoes carefully packed away in their box. It’s about the jeans, the boots with tread, heavy sweaters and coats, long sleeve tops, scarves, beanies, gloves, and a good umbrella. Coming from Long Beach, California, being born and raised in Los Angeles, I looked in my closet and saw that I did not have a lot of long sleeve tops. And where I work, the owners of the companies do not believe in tattoos — and anyone who knows me knows I have a few on my arms, and one on my chest. This means I have to invest in long sleeve tops and cardigans.
Looking ahead into the Spring/Summer 2018 seasons, I decided to get started with two cute tops from Aliexpress.com.
I’ve had my eyes on this chiffon top for a long time but had never made up my mind to buy it. What I find attractive about this top is the deep neckline which I can wear a white soft tank top under it, and I especially like the buttoned back. The buttons on the sleeves makes it possible to fold the sleeves down while at work and fold them back up when I am out on the town with friends or out with family.
I have a pair of white jeans with a flower print embedded down the side, and I have a pair of blue high heel sandals I can wear if I want to dress it up. I want to get a pair of chiffon shorts to wear with this top during the summer when I go out listening to live music or having an evening at the local paint and sip. And if I really wanted to jazz up the outfit, I can add my blue lens sunglasses that I bought back in August just before my 50th birthday that I wore to Catalina with some friends. This is the start of showing Washington how California does fashion.
Next, I thought it would be fun to add some bold polka dots into my wardrobe, also from Aliexpress.com. And since I have become more acquainted with my blue jeans, these two tops are certainly perfect for the occasion.
The possibilities with these two tops do not just stop with white pants. I work in the automotive repair industry, so wearing white pants is not a good idea especially when I am in and out of the shop working with the technicians. The white polka dotted top I can pair up with my dark blue or light blue jeans, Guess dark blue sneakers and be casual in the office for the day. Going forward I would dress them up with a more upbeat casual appearance with sandals and white pants to bring up the colors.
In dressing up polka dots comes coordination. How you coordinate with polka dots in this matter to me in critical. The tops are chiffon fabric so you can’t just coordinate any old way without throwing the entire style out of whack. You have to give some consideration to the fabric type and though of a casual style, still make it look nice.
Me being me would pair up the tops with denim high heels and high heel sandals.
These are two of my favorite pairs of shoes because they really jazz up a jean ensemble. I have chosen the light denim high heel sandals for the white polka dotted top and the dark lace up high heel sandals for the dark polka dotted top. I have capri jean that would coordinate perfectly with these. And for the office, I have my Tommy Hilfiger sandals (below).
Even though I am keeping bundled up this wintery season, the spring and summer temperatures are sure to give way to some pretty warm weather so I can show off my fashionista stylings.
It’s been a lot to adjust to, and the move has been hard, but I can say I am settled in, have become an official resident of Washington, now I am ready to reach out and let people know about Styled By Rene and how I can help them achieve improved fashion sense.
Creating a casual look for the office environment has been a lot to consider, but I am on track and ready to for the long haul.
Food for Thought: If you are face with making a change to your wardrobe, and not sure how to make the change, think about how you are outside of the office and what you can incorporate into the new environment based on their dress code. It is not as difficult as you may think. But remember to keep it tasteful. Look at how others dress and go from there. If you need help, I am an email away.
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