Monday, August 31, 2015

How To Make Your Vintage Inspired Wardrobe Office Friendly

While I may not technically have a dress code at work, I understand the struggles when trying to make your vintage/vintage inspired wardrobe work for everyday life.  I also work at the Pinup Girl office, which means my outfits are similar to my usual ensemble but tweaked a bit for comfort.  I know every office is different and some of these might not work for you, but here are my tips for getting the most from your wardrobe!  P.S. All the examples below were actual work outfits.

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- Comfortable shoes are must (but don't have to be boring!).  I have a ridiculous amount of basic flats for everyday wear, but they tend to be anything but exciting.  I love my lace up flats from Pinup Girl Clothing and my Mandalaye flats from Jessica Simpson.  They're comfortable and great for a casual work environment.  If your office is a bit more dressed up, I'd recommend anything from Bettie Page or Chelsea Crew.  Their heels are incredibly comfortable and work perfectly with a retro inspired wardrobe.

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- Cardigans are your friend.  Depending on your office situation, many necklines/sleeveless tops and dresses won't be appropriate.  That's why a cardigan (or an arsenal of them if it's my closet) are the perfect solution.  I prefer a cropped cardigan because it doesn't take away from the silhouette of your outfit.  Pinup Girl Clothing and Modcloth have a generous assortment of colors to match everything in your closet!

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- Skip the petticoat.  As much as I love a big full skirt, it's just not practical at the office.  When I wear a dress or skirt to the office, I'll wear an underskirt (like this one HERE) with a full skirt or opt for a more demure a-line skirt.

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- Dress down your fancier wiggle dresses.  I'm kind of new to wiggle dresses and pencil skirts because I rarely wear them outside of date nights.  I recently decided to get more wear from these pieces by styling them casually to work.  Again, cardigans are your friend and a pair of flats can completely change an otherwise "fancy" dress.

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- 3/4 sleeve tops are the perfect staple.  If you enjoy skirts as much as I do, then you're constantly on the hunt for a great top to wear with them.  I really love 3/4 sleeved fitted tops because they're office appropriate, comfortable, and stylish.  The Sabrina top from Pinup Girl Clothing (pictured above) is a wonderful top that comes in an assortment of colors.  A budget friendly option is the Boatneck Tee from Target, which also comes in varied colors and prints.

Do you wear your vintage or vintage reproduction pieces to work?  What are your tips for keeping your wardrobe office friendly?  Let me know in the comments below!

xoxo

Ashley

P.S. To see more of my work outfits (I post them every weekend), follow me on Instagram!

8 comments:

  1. All of these outfits are SO chic! You look so cute at work - I really need to step up my game, haha! I appreciate the inspiration :)

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  2. Thanks for all the tips, Ashley! I'm looking for an office job at the moment, so all these awesome outfits are giving me great ideas for interview looks!

    -xo-
    Becca

    http://www.superstyleme.com

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  3. I bet a lot of these would be totally appropriate for a more strict office! You look gorgeous in all of these! When I worked as a secretary I didn't have much of a dress code either, so it was fun to experiment and get to dress a little bit fancier than true officewear. It's fun to work in an environment that is a little more forgiving!
    xo
    Kristina
    www.eccentricowl.com

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  4. I like wearing my vintage inspired pieces to work as much as possible. I work in speech therapy for several elementary schools. My essentials are cardigans and tights, mainly to cover my tattoos. I don't need any little kids asking me about the sexy fairy on my leg, lol. I also love dresses with sleeves, they're naturally more modest looking. The worst thing is when the occasional teacher asks me, "why are you always so dressed up?" While they're wearing their t-shirts, jean shorts, and tennis shoes. And having to explain, I'm not dressed up, this is just me. I guess that's the way it goes in a small farm town...

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  5. Yeah, I use these same rules so much of the time! I work in a school and personally tend to prefer circle skirts ( a bit longer length and you can get up and down and kneel in them because with kids you are always sitting on the floor in in very small chairs!), basic tops with more conservative necklines. I also wear my skirts with button up tops.

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  6. These are all so perfect and almost make me wish I worked in a regular office... being able to wear pajamas has its perks, but I actually like getting dressed up for work!

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  7. Awesome girly! I need to start dressing up for work again <3

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  8. All are such wonderful outfits, I wish I could dress more nicer for my work, but I have to wear a uniform!

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