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Business Barbie

I think I’ve shared my distaste for formal business wear. It feels like a costume on me, and not even a fun one like slutty schoolgirl or slutty cop or slutty um…single celled amoeba. But my job requires me to look professional once in a while so I thought I’d share my take on work appropriate with my new favorite jacket.

Outfit One
Different patterns but both (somewhat subtle) prints and subdued colors makes this more polished than free-spirited. And the ubiquitous black pants.

work appropriate outfit

mixed patterns for work


Outfit Two
The top of this dress fits a bit weird (truth: I don’t quite fill it out. le sigh). So I tried to disguise the bagginess with a button-down shirt peeking out from the blazer.

work appropriate outfit

work appropriate outfit

Jacket- Max Studio

Outfit One
shirt- H&M
pants- Gap
shoes- Enzo Angiolini

Outfit Two
shirt- Express
dress- Anne Klein
shoes- Anne Klein

{ 14 comments… add one }

  • Aglimpseofglamour June 7, 2011, 2:10 am

    oh, najeema, i heart outfit #2! so pretty!


  • Lissy June 7, 2011, 2:12 am

    Najeema, you might think it feels costumey but both look great on you!!

  • Allie June 7, 2011, 6:34 am

    I hate professional wear too and I definitely cannot put it together as well as you can!

  • lei ann June 7, 2011, 12:20 pm

    hey, if you gotta go work appropriate, this is the way to go! i LOVE the striped top & i think i have that *same* express blue button-down (so we decided to go hyphenated, huh? hahaha)! that shade of blue has always been my favorite for biz caz ^_^

  • Kristen June 7, 2011, 1:28 pm

    I really like both outfits, actually, particularly #2. You look chic and professional; I’d hire you :) You may have put on the shirt to fill out the jacket, but I think it gives the outfit a pop of color and looks great.

  • Sing June 7, 2011, 2:13 pm

    I like that first shirt with it.  Your hair is so pretty in the last batch of photos.

  • Shanna-Marie June 7, 2011, 4:09 pm

    Love them both! Looks great girl!!! 

  • Manecoarse June 7, 2011, 9:10 pm

    Oh, I adore outfit two. 

  • Martaeu07 June 7, 2011, 11:38 pm

    My favorite is the second outfit with the skirt. I don’t like wearing suits because I don’t like to look so grown up, ha-ha.

  • Noelani@MonPetitChouChou June 10, 2011, 7:09 pm

    Big fan of outfit #2. Don’t ever admit to not filling out the top of that dress- you would never know unless you said it. It looks FAB. I find it so hard to dress business Lani and make her fit in with casual Lani. They do not mesh. Business Lani wants to be downtown but has a hard time being downtown and dressy. Will the two ever meet?

  • Becca June 13, 2011, 3:02 am

    Sexy! I like to see bloggers post office-y, corporate-y outfits because I work in a corporate environment and sometimes I have to polish up too. You look great! You definitely managed to look polished but still stylish, unique, and creative.

  • joelle van dyne June 13, 2011, 7:29 pm

    i feel the same way about business wear- i actually feel depressed when i have to wear it. but i would be happy in both of your outfits! the striped shirt makes the 1st one awesome, and i love the white shoes in the 2nd one.

  • Austin wellness center June 21, 2011, 8:16 am

    I like your dress is so beautiful is so outfit on your body so you look great.

  • Suncooltinting June 21, 2011, 8:18 am

    I love your look and your shirt is so nice and your hear is so pretty i like this.

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