Jun 15, 2011 10:07 AM
Diana R writes, "I hope you can help! I manage several gas stations within my company and I feel like I am overdressed most of the time. I usually wear dress pants from the Gap and a button down shirt with flats. However, from time to time I feel like this is too much when my employees are wearing uniforms and boots. I don't actually work at the stations so I can look a little nice without worrying about getting dirty. What would you suggest that looks professional without being sloppy but not overboard either?"
Hey Diana! Layla here, bringing you casual-yet-professional wardrobe options today. I focused on lightweight pieces for you since it's summer time, but you can always find similar styles in long sleeves or dress in layers for chillier weather. There are a few key things to remember when you're trying to look professional, but still maintain a casual aura (not to mention being comfortable while you're on your feet or traveling!). 1) Wear cottons or knits on top--but look for something with simple prints or an embellishment or two to take it from a plain tee to a dressier shirt. 2) Look for dark-colored jeans to maintain some of the dressy quality of your GAP pants while staying on the right side of casual--since jeans can always be dressed up or down. 3) Always look for fun accessories to add a personal touch to an outfit. Good accessories can take a plain look and dress it up, or take a dressy look and add some quirk!
1 - Charlotte Russe Dangling Hoop & Gem Earrings ($4)
2 - Old Navy Flutter-Sleeve Embellished Top ($17)
3 - Delia's Marlene Lace Short-Sleeve Top ($35)
4 - G by Guess Weller Smocked Top ($20, on sale)
5 - Delia's Sofia Bow Back Tee ($10, on sale)
6 - Juicy Couture E-Pave Strawberry Stud Earrings ($42)
7 - Old Navy V-Neck Pointelle Cardigan ($26)
8 - Rue21 5 Row Pearl Necklace ($10)
9 - Forever 21 Nautical Bangle Set ($10)
10 - DKNY Jeans Boot Cut Jeans, Soho Stretch Black Rinse Wash ($48)
11 - Talbots Signature Fit Rain Rinse Denim Trouser Jean ($42, on sale)
12 - Dorothy Perkins Mid-Wash Button Through Skirt ($43)
13 - BC Footwear Milkshake Boat Shoe ($35)
14 - Talbots Mary Jane Flats ($50, on sale)
15 - Urban Outfitters Wanted Crochet Oxford ($39)
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