Tuesday, February 11, 2014

back to school

{ What I Wore: J.Crew polka dot blouse, "Lady Day" coat, cropped trousers // "Kelly" wedges ℅ Sole Society, sold out - similar below // Michael Kors "Selma" bag, gold watch // bracelet ℅ Shop Design Spark }

all photos | Zipporah Photography
For the first time in my life I have a reason to get "dressed up" for work, just that extra step of polish that was never needed while in grad school (but seriously, if I dressed this way as a grad student people would have looked at me like I had 3 heads).

So with a new chapter starting in my life, I am really excited about adding some super functional "work wear" pieces to my closet, starting with the pants! I have heard really great things about the Express "Editor" style dress pants & have been looking to try out some of the Banana Republic options as well. Where do your favorite work pants hail from?
Regardless of my new found desire to sport more "professional" clothes, I still want to convey a little bit of me into my outfits. Right now I am really digging a bit of wrist bling & a slightly unexpected blouse. Polka dots anyone?

Funny enough - I wore this ensemble to the school I will be interning at this Spring, & all three women who I met with that day were wearing polka dots too. Looks like I am going to be in good company!
If you are looking to add some work wear items to your closet, it is worth mentioning that J.Crew Factory is an extra 30% off right now + free shipping (code XOXO) - I am saving up for a serious "teacher style" shopping trip there! And J.Crew sale is now 50% off - both of my winter jackets, including this green one, were a result of a late Winter super sale score. You never know!

28 comments:

  1. You look chic, classy, and beautiful. LOVE that coat!

    xo, Yi-chia
    Always Maylee

    ReplyDelete
  2. Great outfit! Definitely one of my favorites!

    Sarah

    aroseinthecity0.blogspot.com

    ReplyDelete
  3. Beautiful look, Jess. I love that coat!


    www.glitterarygirl.blogspot.com

    ReplyDelete
  4. That coat is stunning!
    www.loveandclothing.com

    ReplyDelete
  5. That coat is perfect. I love that this is so classic!

    ReplyDelete
  6. such a cute outfit! I miss getting dressed up for work! and i love that coat!
    forlaurenandlauren.blogspot.com

    ReplyDelete
  7. The polka dots are so fun, Jess! I've heard good things about the BR Sloan slim ankle pants. My favorite work pants are the J. Crew Minnies!

    Jen
    witsicle - a personal style blog

    ReplyDelete
  8. I love love love The Limited's dress pants. I have both skinny and regular cuts of the "drew Pant" and am so happy with them!

    xo, Maddy

    http://cassidylou.com

    ReplyDelete
  9. You look so pretty! I love the combination of green & beige!

    x. Sabrina | Simply Sabrina

    ReplyDelete
  10. That coat is stunning! A perfect teaching outfit!

    ReplyDelete
  11. Ah. love love this! and that BAG!!


    xx
    Sharena

    ReplyDelete
  12. Oh wow this is a gorgeous outfit, I especially love that coat!

    ReplyDelete
  13. I really like this work wear look and the polka dots. It is certainly something that the chic teachers would wear in my little brother's school system. My favorite pants are the J.Crew cafe capri.

    ReplyDelete
  14. Adore this look! The shirt is my fav- polka dots for the win! :)

    ReplyDelete
  15. Pretty much all of my work pants come from the LOFT–I just love their styles and how well they fit! This coat is stunning on you–the color is awesome!

    ReplyDelete
  16. Classic with a twist! Beautiful outfit. I get my work pants from Banana Republic Factory or JCrew Factory. I haven't shopped at Express in at least 5 years but I still have dress pants from there!

    -AJ
    OccasionallyAJ.com

    ReplyDelete
  17. I love Gap slim cropped. They have a great fit and the patterns are to die for! But i have a few editors and love them as well!

    xo, Nina

    afterthe40barfinish

    ReplyDelete
  18. This is the loveliest and most ladylike outfit! I really want a nice "winter" coat (for the crisp Southern California winters haha) - I always have such a hard time with fit - but yours is perfect! And this sage green is so unique but versatile! You look just wonderful!

    ReplyDelete
  19. I am so in love with this outfit. So polished, yet still fun. You look gorgeous!

    www.shannonheartsblog.com

    ReplyDelete
  20. I love my dress pants from express...they fit me the best. I have recently gotten some skinny work pants from target and I really like them, too!

    ReplyDelete
  21. Very cute! I actually wore polka dots on Monday and saw a few of my colleagues wearing them too :)

    ReplyDelete
  22. I used to swear by Express editor pants (back during my first go at the "real world"). Now the legs seems super wide after so many years of skinny jeans! I'm still hanging on to a couple pairs but haven't worn them in a while. I like Ann Taylor's pants because they usually have a lot of cute patterns and colors of cropped slim-cut pants. Anywho, LOVE this whole look. That bag will make anything look professional.

    ~Sarah of Sarah's Real Life (Beauty Giveaway in progress!)

    ReplyDelete
  23. I love this! My favorite work pants are from Gap.

    ReplyDelete

Thank you for your comments, they make my day!!
xx