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Top: Forever 21; Skirt: Forever 21 (similar here); Jacket: Michael Kors; Shoes: Christian Louboutin; Earrings: Banana Republic; Purse: Hermes; Sunglasses: Nordstrom

In the weeks leading up to my first day of work after I graduated college, I remember panicking. Not about whether or not I could do the job. Not whether or not I could imagine doing something all day for five days a week or how monotonous eating the same food around my office for lunch would become. Nope. I worried about what I was going to wear. Now looking back three years later, I can only laugh. I was worried about what I was going to wear because I had so many preconceived notions of what it was going to be like working in corporate retail. So, here is the truth.

I would wear this outfit to work, minus a few details.

1. HEELS: I would not wear those heels. Although they are ultra padded (thank you mom!), they are still not comfortable enough to commute on the bus. I know I could wear flats and change, but combine that with my gym stuff, my computer, a book and my wallet, there just is not enough room in my bag.

2. PURSE: I use my Longchamp bag everyday to commute. Yes this Hermes bag is beautiful (it also isnt mine, thank you Mimi for lending it to me!). My Longchamp bag is the perfect commuter size, as well as an easy zipper, so I do not have to worry about theft.

3. MAKEUP: On a daily basis my makeup routine consists of washing my face, adding lotions (NARS is the BEST) and then maybe mascara. I wish I was a makeup wiz but I am not. So that is why I usually wear sunglasses.

The three things I outlined are a few reasons why I love doing the blog. I do not regularly get dressed up for work. My job is draining, and wearing uncomfortable clothes just does not make sense. Although, I still try to look presentable on a daily basis, I also realize, I like to lounge in bed in the morning, read the news, clean, blog, and eat breakfast and that does not always leave time for makeup and hair and that is okay by me. Good thing my coworkers already like me :)

-Chelsea

PS: My thoughts could also be swayed by having only ever worked in San Francisco and naturally we are a pretty casual city. What do you think?

LocationLOCATION: Fort Worth


  1. I wish I could help you with work attire. I am a nurse, so my work outfits have always been simple(: I agree with not wearing heels for a commute. Not comfortable! But I love your skirt, jacket and top! Just gorgeous! I am sure you will look perfect for the office! Susan

    • Thank you Susan! Yeah, bus commuting is no fun somedays. I live in the Haight in SF, and despite being a top tourist spot for the city, we really do not have enough buses come through. It is always packed like sardines and I have witnessed hysterical domino affects of one person losing their balance (I dont know why people fall still gets a chuckle out of me…I feel so immature admitting that haha!). So heels would definitely just add to potential dominos!

      Also, nurses run in my family and friend group and I have so much respect for the profession. You are saving lives and making people feel better everyday, I would day that rates much higher on the importance scale! Happy Saturday!

    • Thank you Courtney! Its a super affordable outfit! I got the main pieces from F21. I really try not to shop there, but sometimes, I get sucked into the beautiful items at such inexpensive prices!

  2. I think we all have to rate our priorities and some days are easier than others to look good! But as an old fogey….I do believe that if we look better, we feel better and do better work! I also think work clothes can be just as comfortable as lounge clothes with today’s addition of spandex and non wrinkle materials! That being said…I think this outfit is fabulous for work…even with nice black flats!!! Jodie
    http://www.jtouchofstyle.com

    • Hi Jodie! Thank you so much for your thoughtful comment :) and you are completely correct! The infusion of spandex and non iron fabrics into our catalogue of materials is so wonderful. Do you have any specific places you like to shop for work clothes?

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