Andrya writes: "Dear Outblush, I've been an avid reader since I first started college, and now, its time to graduate and move on to my Master's. Well, I've been offered a teaching position at my university, and my boss's wife (who I'm pretty close to) mentioned that maybe I should spend some of my 'graduation money' on a new 'career wardrobe.' Uh oh. I got the message, so now I'm fumbling about the internet trying to figure out to transition my style to the professional world. I fail at it. So, I was wondering if you could help me locate some foundation pieces of a future hip, classy Professor. I'm usually a size 18, and I have a pale complexion and blonde hair. Usually A-line styles flatter me the most, and I wear dresses and skirts much more often than pants. My favorite wardrobe color is blue. I also can't seem to find awesome, comfortable and professional shoes to wear. My role calls for a slightly higher than standard level of professionalism than some other teaching positions because I'll be working as the assistant to the Chair of the department and the President of my field's National Association... so if his wife says I need to step it up, I guess I really do. I can spend a maximum of $1500, and I will be taking the internet by a shopping storm some time near the end of May. Thank you so much for your help! -Andrya"
Hi Andrya! I'm Found of You. To build your new career wardrobe, I suggest starting with a great a-line skirt in black or grey, a matching blazer, and some button downs (I picked some in shades of blue). Try to find a black dress that flatters you. You can wear it with the blazer or with a cardigan on top. For jewelry, find items that are classy but interesting. For shoes, I highly recommend Aerosoles. They have lots of professional looking styles, and they're the comfiest shoes ever. I swear by them.
1 - Eddie Bauer Wrinkle Free Shirt ($50, in four colors)
2 - Aerosoles Chaperone ($20-$60, in five colors) I have this pair and loooove them.
3 - Aerosoles Cheers ($79, in three colors)
4 - Aerosoles Wise Guy ($20-$30, in two colors)
5 - Stone Teardrop Earrings ($30)
6 - Talbots Twist Neck Dress ($189, in five colors)
7 - Cotton Soleil Top ($69, in 14 colors)
8 - Colorblock Freshwater Pearl Necklace ($135)
9 - Marc by Marc Jacobs Earrings ($54)
10 - Zenergy Greta Skirt ($54)
11 - Anne Klein Blazer ($81)
12 - Jones New York Shirt Dress ($149)
13 - Foxcroft Ikat Print Shirt ($69)
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