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What I (Actually) Wear to Work

Well, ladies, I like to call this outfit my boss betch ensemble.

You know those days when you have a really important meeting or presentation at work, and you really need your outfit to exude confidence, but also be comfortable, so you can focus on the task at hand instead of ill-fitting clothes?

In those situations, I always reach for this outfit. And I think the cape blazer is really the key piece that ups the ante on this look for me. (It’s also the same one I wore in this post!)

So what exactly is a cape blazer?

It has the structure of a blazer, but sits off your shoulders and lacks traditional sleeves like a cape. Because of this, I find it an extremely versatile piece for work since it’s easy to type and move around due to the lack of sleeves—something that is hard to come by in other winter clothes! 

business casual work outfits for winter

In the winter, I generally opt to wear pants because it’s so cold outside and abhor traditional panty hose. However, I recently discovered Hue’s Brushed Sweater Tights and I am in love. They are just as warm as any pair of leggings or pants, are easy to wash, and don’t run like traditional panty hose.

I usually wear my UGGs on the Metro to work because I’m a wimp when it comes to the cold, and then switch into my BP Trolley Ankle Booties when I wear these tights since they’re thicker than normal ones and thus do not work as well with normal heels. If you do need footwear that is a little more elevated for your office—mine is pretty casual—high-heeled booties like these would work extremely well.

Got any tips or tricks for dressing professionally for work when it’s cold outside and all you want to do is bundle up in a sleeping bag you can wear? Share ’em in the comments below!

*** SHOP THIS POST ***
Sleeveless Pearl Collar Dress—similar here
Project Gravitas Cape Blazer—similar here and here
Hue Brushed Sweater Tights
BP Trolley Ankle Booties
Ray Ban Original Aviators
Daniel Wellington Classic Sheffield Watch—only $88 on Amazon!
Revlon Lipstick in “Cherries in the Snow”

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Photos by Monica

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36 Comments

  1. Very cute and I am a big fan of all black!

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    • Katie wrote:

      Thanks Linda! xx

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  2. Shannon wrote:

    Such a great look! I would never think to wear my cape blazer to work, but with this it totally works. When it’s cold out dressing for work is the worst. I’m not a great one to give advice in that arena 🙂

    Shannon
    Clothes & Quotes

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    • Katie wrote:

      Thank you so much lady! Definitely try the Cape Blazer for work – maybe even on a Friday to start!

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  3. Brittany wrote:

    I have a pair of fleece lined tights, and they’re basically the best piece of clothing I own. It’s like wearing sweats but looking chic!

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    • Katie wrote:

      Yes! They really are THE BEST. xx

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  4. tianna wrote:

    love that cape coat! super cute for work or anywhere really 🙂

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    • Katie wrote:

      Thank you so much. xx

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  5. Rachael Orr wrote:

    Black on black on black! Lookin good girlie! I love this outfit! I’m a huge fan of these caps!

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    • Katie wrote:

      Thanks so much! xx

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  6. I really miss having to get dressed up for work. I work from home now so I wear yoga pants and hoodie like every day! It isn’t until I have to go in the office for a meeting that I get to dress up and I usually wear black like what you are wearing!

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    • Katie wrote:

      Yes! Black really is the power color when you need it! xx

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  7. You are styling at work! I run around chasing kids half the time so I try to dress pretty comfortably with nothing that I would be too upset if I got glue or glitter on 😉

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    • Katie wrote:

      Aw thanks lady! Yes, I am running around after adults so it requires a lot less glitter-friendly clothing :]

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  8. Kati wrote:

    Looove this outfit. I’m all about black and TEAL. Love your site!

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    • Katie wrote:

      Aw thanks lady! xx

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  9. Kathryn wrote:

    I am in love with the cape blazer. This is so chic.

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    • Katie wrote:

      Thanks Kathryn!

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  10. I love this look, that cape is so cute! I saw a red one at TJ maxx the other day on sale for so cheap..I could kick myself for not buying it!!

    Great style and thanks for sharing!!

    Valerie
    Fashion And Travel

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    • Katie wrote:

      Thanks so much Valerie! I am sure you will find another one soon!

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  11. Jenny wrote:

    I have these booties in cognac and grey and think I need them in black now haha.
    I also need to check out those tights because every pair of pantyhose I have ever owned snagged by the second time I wore them.

    xoxo, Jenny

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    • Katie wrote:

      I have them in cognac too! They are the best booties ever. And yes, Hue is such a great brand for tights!

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  12. Corbin wrote:

    Um YES girl! I love this cape blazer! You are rockin’ it!

    XO Corbin Tate
    Classy South Blog

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    • Katie wrote:

      Thanks Corbin! xx

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  13. Émilie wrote:

    I had never seen cape blazers before! Such a cool concept. It makes your outfit a bit more edgy in my opinion, which I like!

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    • Katie wrote:

      Completely agreed! Thanks so much! xx

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  14. Kamara wrote:

    I love the cape blazer, it’s stunning! Such a statement piece yet not over the top, ideal for a work outfit.

    Euriental

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    • Katie wrote:

      Thanks so much! I agree completely :]

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  15. Jackie wrote:

    This is such a perfect outfit for the office on those days where you just want to look and feel amazing! I love the cape on you, but until you mentioned it was easier to type in…I hadn’t really figured out the practicality of that type of piece!

    Jackie
    Something About That

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    • Katie wrote:

      Aw thanks so much Jackie! A win win :]

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  16. You look AH-MAZING girl!

    Xx Taylor
    http://lightscameracatwalk.com

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    • Katie wrote:

      Thanks so much, T!

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  17. Chelsie wrote:

    You look adorable in your cape blazer! I love the way it looks on others, but it just doesn’t work with my body type for some reason!

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    • Katie wrote:

      Props for you for knowing what works for you! xx

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  18. Christie wrote:

    You look SO stunning, Katie! I love those chic all-black work days. Your cape is amazing!!!

    Hope you have an amazing week ahead of you!

    Christie
    The Closet by Christie

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    • Katie wrote:

      Thanks so much, Christie! You are so sweet. xx

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