What I Wore: Shirt (Old Navy), Pants (Old Navy), Belt (Similar Here), Bracelet (Popbasic; Similar Here), Necklace (Popbasic; Similar Here), Shoes (Old Navy)
Printed pants were one of those things I'd seen on other bloggers and adored, but could never find a pair that looked good in real life - till my mother imparted some great advice. She was wary of them too, but when Stitchfix sent her some (she seriously has the BEST luck with Stitchfix and makes me want to try them again.), she decided there was nothing to lose by trying them on. Turns out the prints look quite different on than lying flat and folded. So it it was with me too.
I found these on sale at Old Navy (you'd think based on how much of wardrobe is from Old Navy that I'm there ALL the time. I really only go in a few times a year.) I've been rather desperate for more work appropriate pants, actually. With elementary kids, one minute teachers might be kneeling, then jumping, then getting-the-wiggles-out-dancing and we're doing all of this on the floor, in tiny chairs, up and all about the room. Basically, you have to be able to move, but still look professional. It's funny- my style journey really began once I shifted into the work world and realized owning mostly jeans and t-shirts was both boring and less-than-useful. So,the style I present here on NFD and what I'm wearing in my work place are often quite similar (I've definitely presented other outfits I've worn to work before, such as here, here and here). But that work style is definitely always evolving as I try to find that "me" in the balance of being professional.
That said, this is definitely one of my new favorite work outfits. It seems like there's a shift in how I'm dressing for a more sleek look, like I "live in Paris" as one co-worker said. I find myself gravitating towards more neutral colors and statement jewelry (like this necklace and bracelet set which were part of Popbasic's latest collection).
Some of my readers are still in school while others work from home or are a stay-at-home caregivers, but for those of you who have a work environment with a dress code, how do you find the balance between professionalism and your own sartorial voice?