Washington loves its workwear. I, however, do not.
I always resented having to buy less-than-cute clothes to schlepp into a stodgy office. Why would I want to spend money on clothes (or for that matter anything) I didn’t love?
Thus, I made it my personal mission to find cute clothes that I loved that were also office appropriate.
Despite my best efforts, I’d stroll into the office in a shade other than black or grey, and the comments would begin: “My, that is a bright skirt!” … “Well, aren’t you fancy?”
“Yes, my DVF trousers are a shade other than gray, but they are work appropriate,” I’d mutter to myself as I walked down the hallway.
Ralph Lauren White Button Down | Diane von Furstenburg Navy Lace Skirt
After five years in government, non-profits, and consulting, I have a closet full of work attire that is both fashionable and appropriate for buttoned-up offices. However, now I work for a start-up that I absolutely love, and I don’t need to wear any of it. I’m most often found in Lululemon athleisure at a coffee shop, slaving away on my Macbook. The beautiful pencil skirts and pumps lie forlorn in my closet.
Occasionally, I’ll feel compelled to dress in workwear formal for a lunch meeting or client coffee—but now it’s for no one but myself. And I must admit that’s incredibly gratifying.
Lace pencil skirts and kitten heels are a great work look this spring. I went with my favorite color combo, navy-and-white, as it’s easy to accessorize given my love of all things nautical.
I wear my slim fit white button down with everything from denim cutoffs to a lace skirt. I fill my Barrington Gifts St. Anne’s Tote with everything but the kitchen sink: laptop, makeup, gym clothes, snacks—everything I need to survive a long day on the go. There are all sorts of pockets and you can design your own in all sorts of prints—and throw your monogram on there, should you like.
baublebar necklace (c/o) | Warby Parker Everett Sunnies (c/o)
Las but not least, I am newly obsessed with Spanx, which began offering a very cool every day collection, with tummy-hugging thongs (new concept, I’m in love), and all different styles of undies—thongs, briefs, boy shorts—for every day wear for all shapes and sizes. Most importantly, their bras are amazingly flattering—I’m always looking for an alternative to Victoria’s Secret.
How do you dress for the office some spring? Do you take fashion risks or tow the line? Do you have work clothes you love or a separate wardrobe come 5 p.m.? Tell us your work fashion tips!
Shop our picks on the top white button downs and lace pencil skirts for your spring work attire below.