For last weekend's travels then, I turned to my Pinterest boards - surely I could find inspiration for something with the right mix of professional and not overdressed, done all with regular, everyday wardrobe items? I think the answer is yes:
inspiration: repinned from Tiny Twig | blazer: Gap; chambray: Crewcuts; sweater: Target; cords: Loft; flats: Zara
For Friday's meeting, I started with what I think was a winning combo of this dress and this blazer. Professional and pretty but still laid back enough with riding boots. For the next day, since it was just a couple of hours of meeting followed by traveling home - and was a Saturday after all - I wanted to go with pants... but denim isn't quite appropriate, and I don't have actual dress pants any more, so what to do?
Pick something from my collection of colored pants, obviously! With a blazer and a nice thin knit sweater, cords go from casual pant to a professional and put together look, but the outfit is still age-appropriate, stylish, and me. Since I'm not used to wearing business wear, it's nice to be appropriate but still feel like me when I'm at meetings - and we all know how an awesome outfit can up the confidence factor, an excellent thing for a work event.
And I should add that the ability to so thoroughly recreate this outfit definitely shows it deserves a place on my things to wear board - it's me because it's made up of all items in my closet, but it encouraged me to wear them in a new way (similar to this previously done look but better, I say!): in a new combination and for a new (professional) use. Thank you, Pinterest.
p.s. if you're curious, there's a little explanation of what I do by day and by travel at the end of this post...
Sharing with Thrills for Frills Copycat Friday. Also: it's perfect timing with the blazer theme on the Work Clothes, I Suppose linkup (check out more blazer looks here) and with the outfit crush theme on Friday's Fancies.