I get so excited when I find a brand that creates flattering, feminine business casual dresses. It can be tough for me to find affordable pieces suitable for a professional setting that are true to my style. Traditional workwear can be incredibly bland and also expensive! While there’s no shortage of bright, floral print dresses, it can be harder to find styles like this Ivanka Trump floral dress that don’t reveal cleavage (not that I have any…) or are knee-length.
I remember during my sophomore year of college feeling panic over what I was going to wear when I got the offer for my very first PR internship. My professional wardrobe didn’t really extend beyond the single Brooks Brothers pencil skirt and blouse I’d worn for my college interviews. I knew I’d need more than one outfit for my full time summer internship at a large corporate PR agency in New York City…
Big thanks to Kendall for snapping these photos!
My Spring Workwear Favorites!
Luckily, grandma came to my rescue and took me on a much-needed shopping trip to build out my corporate wardrobe at Neiman Marcus. I was so nervous about making a good impression that I shunned away anything that was bright or had an eye-catching print when we were looking through the racks. The last thing I wanted to do was walk in wearing something that would make me stand out like a sore thumb. In my mind, all New Yorkers only wore dark solid colors and to fit in I would have to adopt that style.
While I left the store that day with some beautiful pantsuits, blazers and dresses that are still in my closet, if I had to go back I would’ve been more open to vibrant colors and floral patterns. I had an amazing experience at my internship and of course I worried for nothing, but I think I would’ve felt a little more comfortable if I’d stayed true to my taste.
So key learning experience: you don’t have to completely change your style for the workplace. If anything you can make small modifications like opting for a midi dress over a mini style, or choosing a blazer in a fun color instead of one in grey or black.
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