Dressing Like "Yourself" for Work

You know those days at work where you feel like the day could not get worse or that you have a ton to do and not enough time to do it? I have had a few of those already this school year with my move back to Illinois, a bout with the flu, and other bumps in the road as of late, but these days have taught me a few things about myself, one in particular about style. When I am wearing an outfit that caters to my personal style, I tend to have a better day. I know that may sound superficial, but it’s the truth!

For the past few weeks or so, I have been thinking a lot about personal style in the workplace. Both my dad and my mother-in-law are superintendents, and since I am a teacher, I have had some good conversations with them about what’s acceptable for teachers to wear at school. I would say both of them are pretty traditional, and every school is different. I know some of my readers have written me to tell me about how strict their school districts are on dress code. But hear me when I say that a dress code should not limit your personal style. Here’s what I mean.

I have reflected on a few of my recent outfits. As you know from reading this blog, I have an edgy/rocker-chic personal style. I love ripped jeans, ankle boots, studs, spikes, etc. But I can’t wear all of those rocker details at school. My style tip for you is to pair something that is uniquely “your style” with something traditionally office appropriate.

In this outfit, my traditional piece is my chambray shirt. Camo print is my JAM (you know this), but pairing it with something traditional AND wearing camo print in a traditional piece (like a knee-length skirt) keeps it office/school appropriate. I know SO many women who think, OK. Black pants. Solid top. Cardigan. That’s what I wear to the office. I was the same way! I know I’ve said it on the blog before, but stop doing that! Your personal style does not have to be left at home. There are ways to keep it appropriate and fun.

Another example…here I paired a loud printed tunic top (the LuLaRoe Irma) with a basic black pencil skirt. The pencil skirt has leather trim down each side, too, which leans edgy as well. Again, here I’m following the principle of pairing something with personality with something traditionally office appropriate. Now get to that closet and start planning out some fun outfits!

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