17 January 2013

pin to present: semi-professional attire

I've always found dressing for work trips a bit difficult. I'm a lot younger than the professors I work with, so I definitely want to appear professional and be taken seriously. But on the other hand, our meetings don't require the formality of a business suit, and most international business professors are not exactly the most fashionable people I've met, so I don't want something overly corporate or dressy or out there. Now that I work from home, it's even more difficult to pack for work meetings, since dedicated "professional" wear has pretty much been phased out of my wardrobe.

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:

pin to present: red pants and blazer
inspiration: repinned from Tiny Twigblazer: 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.
pin to present: red pants and blazer
pin to present: red pants and blazer

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.

24 comments:

  1. Adorable and so much better than slacks. Ick.

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  2. I love your recreation of that pin! Gorgeous :)

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  3. Grat job recreating that pin. Love that outfit!

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  4. What a lovely and easy everyday look. You're the Queen of effective Pinterest-use, Anne!

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  5. Great outfit! All of the layers real add extra to the entire look.

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  6. Fab style, Anne! This is something that I can definitely attempt to recreate. It's a biz casual look, plus it'd work for weekends and evenings, too.

    Chandra
    More Modern Modesty

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  7. Isn't this blazer great!? I kind of want it in every color. Love this look - we are kind of twins today!

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  8. What a great knockoff. This outfit is so cute and dressy casual. Love the red pants

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  9. Oh My Gosh! I love this outfit! And love that you linked up! I am so excited to start following you and reading more often - I'm already inspired by the few posts I've read!!

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  10. Great inspo! Love love love your look! The turquoise necklace was a great addition!

    xx
    giovanna
    www.HeyLoveBlog.com
    MayBooks Giveaway!!

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  11. Nicely done! And a good bag is the finishing touch!

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  12. I just read your blog back to September and LOVE it! We have so many things on common- we would be friends if we met IRL. :)

    Aubree
    Lookfeelbebest.blogspot.com

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  13. Great inspired look! You look fantastic in those cords and I love those tassel-y flats!

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  14. Love that outfit! I def need to get a blue button up shirt ... I've seen so many fab outfits with them today! Thanks for the inspiration!

    Happy Friday and have a great weekend!

    Shia
    World According to Shia

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  15. omgosh! you did an amazing job! this outfit is seriously cute! and i would totally rock it to my office.

    happy friday!

    Redheaded Daybook

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  16. Love it!! Pinterest is pretty much my number one source of outfit inspiration these days :) Love the red pants and the bright bubble necklace!
    xx, Emily
    http://soanthro.com

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  17. you know, I'm usually not a fan of the bubble necklace - but it MAKES this outfit. yay for imagining it real!

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  18. You nailed it!! Love the red pants and navy blazer together -- so chic.

    http://dreamingenfrancais.blogspot.com/

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  19. I really like your red pants. I've seen so many cute outfits with them as a center piece that I'm looking for a pair for myself. If I ever find a pair, I'll have to replicate this :)

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  20. So this is a strange question, but what temp was it when you wore this outfit? I'm still trying to figure out when to wear cropped or ankle pants with layers on top. I pinned your outfit because I totally want to steal it but I just don't know when to wear it!

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  21. I love this outfit! The addition of the bubble necklace to your version really gives it some extra oomph!

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  22. adorable! loving the shoes and bag girl!

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