Wednesday, February 12, 2014

How to Dress Down - Part 2

This time last year, I was fed up with my colleagues after several horrific style encounters during our Dress Down Week. We do these weeks to support a charity every year, and if you pay $5, you get to wear jeans for the week. The problem is, some people take jeans & pair them with an oversized hoodie, ratty sneakers, and bed head. They use the week as an excuse to look like total slob-kabobs & I was over it. Thus, I wrote... How to Dress Down Without Looking Like a Total Slob-Kabob. Apparently I'm not the only person with this concern, as it's my second most popular post ever. 

Unfortunately, I think I failed to get my message across. Last week was Dress Down Week & I'm just as fed up as I was last year. While I didn't think that anyone at work read my blog, I did think they'd at least read the paragraph in the dress down email reminding everyone that we were still held to a standard of professionalism, as parents & district administrators would be in and out of the building. If they did read it, they have a very different standard of professionalism than I do. 

So today, we're going to do a little re-teaching and I'll share with you some of my personal favorite outfits for dressing down, as well as some of my favorite Pinterest looks for dressing down. If you want a refresher on my general rules, click here. Let's get started... 

This is the outfit that I am wearing today for Animal Print Day for Spirit Week. While I was tempted to buy a pair of cheetah leggings from Target last night, I chose to wear my leopard flats with skinny jeans and a black blazer. I added a statement necklace & my favorite arm candy to spice up the look. It's totally simplistic, but looks far more pulled together than a hoodie (or cheetah leggings) ever could. 

This is one of my go-to combinations for Fridays. I love to wear my favorite tank tops, like this one from Ruffles with Love, with a cardigan layered over top. My room is freezing, so I need the warmth, but this looks a lot more pulled together than a Rangers hoodie.  I like to think the sparkly flats add a little something to the outfit too...

This outfit probably took me 2 minutes to throw on. I know this for a fact because we were running WAY behind the morning I wore it (but not too behind for me to snap a picture obviously). I have a growing collection of simply blouses that can be worn with skirts, slacks (does anyone say that anymore) and jeans. The great thing about this outfit is that if I was sitting with you at a meeting table, you'd never know I was dressed down! 

I've told you before, I own a million sweaters. They can all be worn with jeans & are easily dressed up or down with jewelry. I chose to wear wedges on this day because I had meetings at our District Office, but didn't need to be fully dressed up. I think the look works perfect for in-between days that are meant to be casual but are spent with judgmental people. 

And in case I haven't provided you with sufficient inspiration, here are my top 5 dress down outfits from Pinterest... 

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  1. I work in a call center and we are lucky enough to have a semi-casual dress code. IE- Jeans. People seriously wear legging with shirts that dont even cover their cooka, yoga pants, Old navy flip flops, hoodies, t-shirts (not fitted ones either, i'm talking like band style tshirts. next thing you know we're going to have a professional dress code cause people look SLOPPY.

    this was a great post - wish i could share it with them! lol

  2. Dressing down is my fav. I love the cardigan on top of a graphic tee. I look forward to Fridays all week so I can wear jeans! haha! I find dressing up jeans to be the easiest way to make it outfit, so much easier than work pants!
    Kallie @ But First, Coffee

  3. Totally agree! Why do people think jeans day means they can wear whatever they found lying at the bottom of their closet? I need to direct their attention here...