35 Work Outfit Ideas: Favorites So Far This Year

(Note: most of the items in these posts are way older than 2018, so qualifying them as favorites for this year is based solely on when I posted to the blog.) 

Real talk: has the definition of "work" clothes dramatically changed, or is it just me? When I look at my office style 8 years ago, it was mostly pencil skirts and cardigans. Now, my work style is:

  • Big skirts.
  • Pants.
  • Ladylike dresses. 
  • High-waists with a tie.

Is that just part of getting older and wanting to wear different silhouettes?

Or am I bored with the old way I used to define "work" and want to think outside the box?

Or did trends change? Silhouettes certainly have "flipped" in the last couple years. Now instead of skinny jeans with a longer top, smaller tops tucked into high-rise and full skirts are trendy. (Which does not mean you have to wear it. Don't listen to trends unless you just happen to like it, I never do!)  

What are your thoughts? Are you wearing different silhouettes now, or mostly rocking originals? Which of these outfits are "work" for you, too?

Today's Everyday Fashion: Pretty Polka Dots


When you order two pleated skirts and wind up keeping both! Yesterday's rainbow stripes and today's polka dots were both just too cute to pass up. Polka dots never go out of style, and the shape and length of this skirt is so classic. It's work appropriate (prob. with a different top or a jacket over it) and yet I wouldn't hesitate to wear this look on the weekend, either. I am all about this feminine, retro style lately!

Top: Forever 21, $6
Skirt: Forever 21, $20 (similar below)
Shoes: JCPenney, $18 (similar)
Purse: Bloomingdale's, $70
Earrings: Jane, $5 (similar)
Sunglasses: Francesca's, $10 (similar
Approx. dates: Shoes and purse are recent. Top and skirt are new.

Yoox  /  Revolve  /  Nordstrom (plus)  /  Anthropologie
Asos (plus)  /  Yoox  /  Asos  /  Nordstrom Rack
Mango  /  Nasty Gal  /  Nordstrom  /  6pm.com

Today's Everyday Fashion: Rainbow Stripe Skirt


I am as predictable as they come! If it's rainbow and in my budget, it's got my name on it. The sizing on this skirt runs a bit small (check out the reviews), but otherwise I can't rave about it enough. It's great quality - I did zero ironing before these pics. I love the length, and the way the stripes line up on the side. I can see this skirt working for so many outfits, at any age. It's a definite keeper!

Top: JCPenney, $15 (similarplussimilar)
Skirt: Forever 21, $20 (similar)
Shoes: JCPenney, $18 (similar)
Purse: Aldo/Amazon, $60 (similar, similar, similar)
Earrings: Jane, $5 (similar)
Approx. dates: Purse and top are 3 years ago. Shoes are 1 year ago. Skirt is new.

Forever 21  /  Reformation (fair trade)  /  Anthropologie (petite)  /  Reformation (fair trade)
Topshop  /  6pm.com  /  Asos  /  Nordstrom
Nordstrom  /  NM Last Call  /  Nordstrom Rack  /  Eloquii (plus)


Today's Everyday Fashion: Adventures In Personal Shopping


I haven't done personal shopping in forever, but several nonprofits asked for donations to their silent auctions this year and I decided to go for it! Most of the auction winners so far have opted for a closet clean-out, where we go through and make new outfits, plus a wish list of things they will eventually add or replace. Two weeks ago though I had my first shopping trip, and it was FUN. I picked out this dress for her, and then after our session ended, I went back and bought it for myself! When it's 100 degrees like it is right now, it's so nice to have something easy and breezy to throw on, and this dress has been on serious repeat. You know what they say - when you're not looking, that's when you find the best stuff!

Dress: Forever 21, $23 (similar below)
Shoes: Soludos, $55
Purse: Jane, $29 (similarsimilar)
Earrings: Jane, $5 (similar)
Approx. dates: Shoes, earrings, purse are this summer. Dress is new.

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