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What I (Actually) Wear to Work

Hello again, friends! Only two more days until Thanksgiving!

It’s rare that I post outfits back-to-back, but a) I promised you a new wear-to-work post last week, b) last night was super busy for me and this post was easier to get up than the gift guide I had planned, and c) I’m trying to throw in some non-holiday content when I can. (Though, I will say, this would be a fun look for a holiday open house or drinks with the girls.)

Candidly, I’ve been really “eh” about shooting outfit photos lately. I typically shoot three or four looks at once, and it’s a lot of time and work to get all the accessories and items I’ll need together, load them up in the back of my car, drive to the shoot location, shoot an outfit, change in my car, and repeat for each outfit. I also am not the most natural/confident person on camera, and I’ve been more judgmental of myself lately. It’s hard to want to put pictures of yourself up on the internet for public consumption when all you can focus on in a picture is the hair that’s out of place, the way a shirt wrinkles on camera that you didn’t notice in real life, or the fact you forgot to throw on the earrings you meant to shoot. (Also, I really do think the camera adds ten pounds…)

What I do like about shooting outfits is that I feel like it allows all of you that I don’t know in real life to get to know me a little bit better because I’m putting a face to a name. I’ve read some blogs where you never see the author’s face, and I have a harder time connecting with those bloggers due to a lack of personal connection. I also love being able to share my workwear with you because these posts really seem to resonate and, let’s face it, I’m in my work clothes more than I am in any of my other ensembles.

This all being said, I have some fun holiday outfits coming up for you on the blog—and then likely will take a little outfit photo hiatus, or at least enter a lull, during winter because 30 degrees is just too darn cold to be traipsing around without a coat, and I only own so much cute outwear.

But for today, let’s talk about what I’ve been (actually) wearing to work lately.

It’s that time of year again when I turn to old faithful—the all-black look for work. Though I’ll occasionally wear a dress with tights this time of year, on any given day, you can catch me in a black crop pant—I shared my work pants favorites in this post—and a cute black blouse. When I spotted this Lace Mock Neck Sleeveless Top from Ann Taylor, I knew it’d be perfect for work. I paired it here with these velvet-dotted pixie pants from Old Navy, but it also looks great tucked into a skirt. For the top, I would size up—it runs rather tight and short. For the pants, I purchased an 8P, which is my usual size at Old Navy.

I also can’t say enough good things about these Sole Society Embellished Flats. They look much more expensive than they are—they’re only $80!—and are a fun way to dress up any work outfit. I will note that these took 10-15 wears to break in. I seriously left them in my desk at work for three weeks, wore them nearly every day, and by the end of that time period, felt like they were finally comfortable enough to walk to/from work in or wear straight to happy hour.

My office environment allows me to get creative with my earrings, and I’m loving these Baublebar Piñata Tassel Earrings, but if you work in a more conservative environment, just throw these on before you head to post-work drinks for a fun twist.

Ann Taylor Lace Mock Neck Top
Old Navy Ponte Pixie Pants
Baublebar Piñata Tassel Earrings
Rebecca Minkoff Love Crossbody
Sole Society Embellished Flats
Ray Ban Original Aviators


Photos by Monica Dutia

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  1. Tess Felber wrote:

    I love your flats! Do you work in a really business casual environment? All happy Thanksgiving week!
    xx Tess |Sequins are the New Black

    Published 11.21.17
    • Katie wrote:

      Thanks so much! I’d say our environment is business casual esq – we can’t wear jeans except on Fridays, and people tend to dress more business formal when they have an important meeting.

      Published 11.22.17
  2. Love this look!
    I totally understand about outfit pictures. The results are wonderful, but it is a TON of work to put the looks together and a lot of effort to get the pictures done.

    Published 11.30.17