Transitioning from college to the workplace was a bit challenging as I went from jeans and a t-shirt to pencil skirts and cardigans. I invested in a versatile wardrobe that can be worn in a variety of ways in a wide range of climates. Having a good basic wardrobe is the key to success at dressing business casual. I will show you how to wear one skirt and one purse three different ways.
When shopping at second hand shops, it’s important to know that you may have give your clothes some extra attention before wearing them. I found this Lauren by Ralph Lauren Petite skirt at the local Salvation Army. Don’t be scared off by Petite labeling! If you are of average height like me (5’5″-5’7″), you can usually get away with wearing Petite sizes. See how it looks a little rough? Keep reading to see how the skirt gets transformed!
Lauren by Ralph Lauren Skirt $5.99 at the Salvation Army. Compared to $19-$49. For our first look we are going to go for something a little bit bold by pairing this skirt with a fashionable top that’s sure to get you noticed but is still workplace acceptable.
Top from Gap via Salvation Army for $3. Compared to $30+ full price.Pair it with a versatile purse and you’re ready to go!
Purse from Gap via my sister for $5. Compared to $30+ full price. The next look is a bit more subdued and simple. It’s a good look if you work in a more professional office or with co-workers who may be older than you. It adds a simple pop of color that doesn’t overpower the skirt. With a simple outfit like this, you can easily add an accessory that speaks to you.
Necklace: American Eagle Outfitters for approximately $12. Tank top New York & Company for $3 via Salvation Army compared to $20+ new. For our last look we’re going to transition the second outfit into a fall look/look for a air conditioned office. You can pair simpler looks with boldly colored cardigans to create an interesting look that no one else will have.
Cardigan from H&M for approximately $20. Just remember: Invest in the basics and don’t be afraid to stand out.
Special thanks to my sister, Jillian, who let me use some of her clothes, bedroom and dress mannequin.