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Personal Shopper: Professional-but-sporty grad student attire for Monique

Monique S. wrote: "Outblush staff: Just as so many of your readers.... I LOVE your blog. That being said, I have a difficult request! I work as a graduate research assistant for the Human Performance- Exercise Physiology lab for my University. I will also be teaching this fall for the first time! I need something sporty, classy, and fabulous to wear! I would love your help! I'm super tall 5'11, size 6-8 with broad shoulders and shockingly long arms. The people that I teach and research are exercising at high levels. I need clothes that can look appropriate for the setting, sporty.....yet look like a researcher and a teacher! I've been having the hardest time figuring out what that should look like! I have a million exercise clothes, I think I need something that looks professional and sporty..... I start school in 2 weeks, and it would be so wonderful if you had time to get to my request!"

Monique, think business casual here: trousers & khakis, blazers in lightweight fabrics like twill and cotton, and casual blouses with a twist. Pair 'em with flats or oxfords, and you'll be comfortable all day long. Good luck with school!

1 - Gap Perfect Trouser Pants ($60)

2 - Limited Lexie Triple Button Classic Flare ($42 on sale)

3 - Arden B Pieced Waist Buckle Pants ($49)

4 - Bluebird Pizzoccheri Jacket ($50 on sale)

5 - Banana Republic Three-Button Saturday Blazer ($70 on sale, in 2 colors)

6 - Urban Renewal Vintage Wool Blazer ($48, in 2 colors)

7 - Burberry Puff Sleeve Polo Shirt ($98, in 6 colors)

8 - Day Birger et Mikkelsen River Embroidered Cotton Blouse ($80 on sale)

9 - Lauren by Ralph Lauren "Cera" Poplin Ruffled Blouse ($90)

10 - Charm Tee ($45, in 2 colors)

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