I work in a conservative business casual office setting. It can be hard to stay true to my personal style while still keeping my outfits work-appropriate. I feel like I spend most of my waking hours in office clothes, so it’s a constant challenge to me to find a way around the restrictiveness of work dress codes. I try to find ways of keeping my office looks interesting with fun details and subtle design.
Today, I’m starting a series on a wardrobe workhouse for many of us – black pants.
|Pants: New York & Company Petites (Similar here)
Blouse: The Limited (Available here)
Black pants are my go-to work staple. I practically live in them, and a week doesn’t go by in the winter where I’m don’t wear black pants at least once or twice. I think I like them because they seem less stodgy than tan or grey might. Black pants can get a little boring though, so I am always looking for ways to keep them interesting with details like the satin tuxedo stripe on these trousers.
|Blazer: The Limited (Similar here)
Clutch: The Limited (Similar here)
|Boots: Target (Available here)|
The ivory blazer has a subtle herringbone design that complements the floral pattern on this satin bow blouse.
Floral is not usually the first pattern for which I reach, but I loved this blouse at first sight. The floral pattern has a slight Asian influence, and the color combination of orange, black, tan, and ivory is lovely.
|Bracelets: World Market, Express
Earrings: The Limited
Do you have a work dress code? Do you ever get bored with your work clothes? How important are black pants in your wardrobe?