Friday, February 26, 2016

outfit post: blue sheath dress, navy blazer, nude wedges


Inspiration - Kate Middleton

What a whirlwind the past month has been! Four back-to-back trips in four weeks (Tennessee, Ohio, Texas and Colorado) topped off by being majorly involved a giant philanthropy event our Jr. League puts on the week/weekend I got back. And of course work projects got busy. And the house is a wreck. And the tiny human lost her sleep training. And I haven't exercised outside of taking stress-relieving-keep-myself-awake coffee walks. Basically I've just been operating in survival mode - trying to attend to the critical things and know that I will someday catch up on everything else. Honestly, what I'd really like is a nice comfy rock to hide under for a few days.

Backing up to the first week of February... my San Antonio trip was for a ginormous company conference that my team was attending. (My team does specific software module implementations under the umbrella of the bigger company.) It was the first time I was meeting my new boss in person and some of my coworkers who I've worked with for 3+ years face to face. Plus I knew I would be mingling/networking with all the bosses and bosses' bosses that a 3K person conference entails. I wanted to really look sharp, professional and approachable.

I struggled a bit around what to wear because while my team leans 'start-up business casual' my company as a whole is much more on the formal side of business casual. I decided that it's better to be over dressed then under and went with a classic sheath dress, navy blazer and neutral walkable shoes. It turned out to be a perfect choice and I felt totally appropriate among the sea of other fancy pants professionals.

And bonus - totally surprised when my super fashionable and cute work friend (who we jokingly refer to each other as 'twin' because we have so much in common) showed up in basically the same outfit. If she's wearing it - then I did good! Picture of us below. :)

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This is a pix with one of my favorite people ever & eternal work twin. We were accidentally twinning at the conference - same color dress, blazer, shoes and even nail polish! Totally unplanned.

13 comments:

  1. I love this outfit! Super professional but doesn't make you feel old or stiff. I struggle with professional not feeling too much like my parents wardrobe! Good thing stores like Loft and Limited exist!

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    1. Thanks! You're right - there is sometimes a really thin line between professional and just plain old/boring. I'm always trying to stay on the right side of it! :)

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  2. How funny! It's so weird seeing your hair. For some reason I always pictured you as a brunette.

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  3. Love the outfit-- Kate Middleton can do no wrong and you pull off the look effortlessly! Make today work, Rachel -CubicleCouture

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  4. Welcome back! I spent the time browsing through lots of past great outfits you've worn :)

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  5. HAHA! I love the pic with your "twin", so cool and funny you even had the same nail polish. The blue on the dress is your color, it looks great on you. Welcome back!

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    1. While we talk almost every day at work - I hadn't seen her in person in over two years! Even we were surprised how identical we accidentally were. :)

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  6. I am going to try to purchase this entire outfit - it is perfect :)

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  7. I am going to try to purchase this entire outfit - it is perfect :)

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