Y’all, seriously – how is it August already?!? I feel like the summer just started and I had a bunch of vacations lined up. It’s hard to believe most schools will be back in session over the next few weeks and everyone will be back in work. While it hasn’t completely stopped, work for me is usually a little bit calmer in the summer because of all of the different vacations my clients take. Now that school is back in and there are less vacations, work will start to ramp up, which means my business casual wardrobe needs to, as well.
As a technology consultant, what I wear to work can vary greatly based on the meetings I have that day and my client’s environment. There are some days where I need to be in the traditional business formal (aka. full suit) to present to executives or kick off a project while there are other days where I am working with my internal team and don’t have to be so formal.
The last four months of the year are always the busiest and most stressful for me at work (and this fall is looking like it’s not going to be any different), so I’ve been on the hunt for a couple of pieces that will take me from the boardroom to a day of hustling behind the computer. Knowing that I need pieces that can be extremely versatile to accommodate my ever changing work environment, I’ve been looking for pieces that can easily be mixed and matched.
One of the first places I decided to look was at Lane Bryant and luckily, for all of us curvy ladies their new fall ready-to-wear workwear collection is absolutely amazing and they are making it super easy to find pieces that can be combined to accommodate whatever office environment you work in. While I was browsing on the Lane Bryant website, I instantly gravitated towards this side-tie top because of the vibrant magenta color. If you’ve been around SGSB for awhile now, you know that I am all about wearing color to work because I love wearing color outside of the office so why should it be any different when I’m being a #boss?
Because most weeks I have to pack my outfits on Sunday night into my suitcase (to travel to my client’s office on Monday), I always tend to pack a neutral pair of slacks and a blazer with me because I never know what the week may throw at me. I typically tend to gravitate towards black as my neutral because it can be dressed up to look super business formal and honestly it can endure a lot (including lunch mishaps) without showing the wear.
Since we’re talking about work pants, let’s just say it – finding a pair of work slacks is probably one of the most difficult things to find. Personally, I find it harder to find a pair of work pants than a pair of jeans, swimsuit and shoes all combined. If they fit properly, they usually are made of an annoying fabric that makes the swoosh sound (I don’t need to let the whole office know I’m headed their way…). Or they end up having an elastic waistband (this may be my biggest slack pet peeve) – while I think there’s a time and a place, y’all the work place is not it (or at least I don’t think so).
But, y’all, my slacks dilemma may have been solved by my friends at Lane Bryant, the Allie slacks are AMAZING!! They have a bit of stretch built into the fabric which makes them super comfortable for the 12+ hour travel/work days, but they never lose their shape which makes them perfect for the boardroom or the bar (happy hour, anyone?!?). Could they get any better?
Well, I need to sign off to get some work done that I didn’t finish up at the office, but I hope y’all liked this little glimpse into my work wear thought process and how/why I end up choosing some of the pieces I do….until next time, friends, follow your dreams and feel beautiful while doing it!
Do you have a go-to work outfit? I’d love to hear all about it in the comments!
Photography by L.A. Photography