It feels like the end of summer is just around the corner, and with that comes thoughts of back to work and school. With Covid restrictions relaxing, some of us may be heading back to the office after a prolonged spell of working from home. I have a few days here and there in the office, but I’m still mostly working from home. It’s a balance that suits me well from a childcare point of view. Plus, it’s much better for the environment to not make so many journeys. I hope that after resisting requests from employees to work from home, many companies now realise that they can trust their staff. Maybe a permanent form of hybrid working will be a positive outcome of the pandemic.
On the days that I am in the office I like to wear my “work clothes” rather than my working from home clothes, which are usually joggers and a T-shirt. I’m trying to keep my work outfits summery because I’m not ready to turn the page on my favourite season yet. Although the weather has been wet and miserable lately, I’m hoping we’ll have more good weather before the end of summer.
I bought this 2nd Day skirt from Brand Alley a couple of years ago but this is the first time I’ve worn it. Although it’s from a past season, I’ve found it currently on sale at online retailer Namshi, which is based in the Middle East, but ships globally. The pale blue and red colour combination really appealed to me. (I love red and turquoise jewellery, like the ring I’m wearing.) I’ve paired the skirt with a very old top that comes out of storage every summer. I kept the colour scheme simple, with red shoes and bag. For a fun touch, I added my beaded cherry earrings. Back to work style doesn’t have to mean boring!
SHOP THE LOOK
2nd Day skirt (old) | Wallis top (old) | Marks & Spencer shoes (old) | Mila Blu bag (old) | Emilio Pucci sunglasses | Zara earrings
“There’s no reason why we can’t be both comfortable and professionally dressed at the same time. Here I pair a comfy metallic tee with an elastic waist skirt. Pointy toe flats keep the look dressy without the pain of heels.”
“One take away from working at home over the last year and a half, is that comfort does matter – and that comfort and business fashion CAN co-exist. As we begin to work our way out of joggers and leisure wear, it’s important to have a few basic essentials, like this pair of linen pants, to help make creating work-ready looks a bit easier. Dressing for work in the California heat can be a challenge, see how I make these pants work multiple ways (and stay cool) in today’s blog post.”
“Work wear looks is a bit of a tricky one for me as I have been out of work for 9 years due to my illness. In addition, I have never worked in an office and when I think of a work wear look I always think of an office. And if I had worked in the office I would often have worn a suit. In the store where I was manager, we always wore the clothes from the store. This suit is from that store so I’m basically killing two birds with one stone.”
“In a casual work environment, a solid color shirt dress is a great option in summer. I loved the all black of the 1990s. Thus, I own a couple of LDB in different styles. This black shirt dress is my favorite work dress.”
“Many of us are heading back into work versus zooming from home; or perhaps you’re doing a combination of both. As an educator, we are heading back into work in person and very excited about it! I am my school district’s Prevention Coordinator, which allows me to work with and train staff across the district. Therefore, I tend to dress up more so than most educators. Plus you know that I just like to be fancy, including going to work daily. The first day of school is still a special event requiring a special outfit!”
“When I was in my 20’s into my early 30’s, I worked in NYC when your personal style was just as important as the quality of your work. It’s been a hot minute since I dressed for corporate America, NYC-style and this is sort of how I imagine I’d dress if I magically dropped back into that life.”
“This Amazon red swing dress is perfect to head back to my kindergarten classroom in September. It’s comfortable and I look put together with these Target neutral slides.”
“Whether you work from home or are heading back to the office, August marks summer’s last fling. This post is packed with fresh ideas for work including great at-home styles, looks for teachers and great options for those headed back to the office. Plus a few bonuses to make getting back into your post-summer routine with ease.”
“Back to the office means back to the classroom for me! Always feel like I owe it to my fashion students to look bright and colourful and happy to see them (even if still online!). In keeping with a professional look, thought this fun skirt paired with my favourite colour of blouse would be just on point to make them smile😊”
“My Full Time job title is Executive Clinical Account Specialist in Women’s Health. My work wardrobe is business professional. I love easy sophisticated looks. An easy back to work look. I love a light plaid high waisted midi skirt for a sophisticated business look. I paired it with a classic satin ivory blouse and my favorite cap toe sling-backs. Jewelry added is my white Abalone KS choker.”
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