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Off off off with your head! Dance dance dance till you’re dead!

These days I’ve been struggling with a clothing problem I think nearly all of us experience- How do I dress professionally for work, maintain my own style, and stay warm? The first two issues are a pain in the butt, add in layering and the possibility of snow boots and it really gets difficult.


Last week, I was breaking in my new corduroys at work. Not a big deal, except they give me plumber butt- so no appropriate for work! It would have been fine for sitting in my office all day, except my boss asked me to join a meeting at the last minute. A meeting with executives, potential donors, and her business contacts. And my demeanor illustrated my uneasiness at being in a room with smartly-dressed associates while my tattoo (and more) hung loose.


*almost* work-appropriate

Cute, but not really work appropriate. And definitely ghetto booty tight. Uh huh.


young professional(ish)
Definitely better, I think.




I don’t really like it, but my job requires me to exude a certain level of professionalism. I hate business clothes, even business casual, but I have to wear it. So that means I have to learn to wear it while showing my personal style (whatever that is).

So here’s my attempt for today. Had to rock the high heels, because nothing makes me feel more in charge and confident than heels. Also, proper pants that cover my tattoo, bum cheeks and everything that needs to be covered. What do you think, lovely readers?


Cardigan- Rodarte for Target
Shirt- H&M (and it’s actually a knee-length dress!)
Pants- Theory
Boots- Report Signature


Listening to: “Heads Will Roll” by the Yeah Yeah Yeahs

{ 8 comments… add one }

  • Brianne January 27, 2010, 8:10 am

    I hate dressing for work too. It is always a constant struggle to find work appropriate items that still let my personal style shine through. Suits make me want to gag.

  • Dita January 27, 2010, 10:32 am

    When I was working for a local hospital, I hated dressing for work because there were so many restrictions. Luckily, I work in a place that not only allows you to wear pretty much what you want, but also sells clothing (H&M: I didn’t even recognize that dress, I loved the way you pulled that off!) I like the outfit you are wearing in the first picture, and the cardigan in the second and third. I need to get to Target (Tar-Jay)!!

  • Nawd January 28, 2010, 8:19 pm

    Hey lady,
    I think this outfit is lovely. Experimentation will get you there!

  • deka January 28, 2010, 9:24 pm

    dressing warm and cute is one of my biggest challenges!

  • districtofchic January 30, 2010, 12:29 am

    I’m so envious that you nabbed that Rodarte cardi! And I love how you paired it with the printed tee!

  • Najeema February 4, 2010, 12:34 pm

    I actually like dressing business, not so much business casual. I often have the difficulty of not looking a lil too hoochy at work (due to my frame) but I have a lot of nice business pieces that make me feel powerful. Love your pics tho!

  • Jenelle February 16, 2010, 9:33 am

    Nice outfit and pics! Very acceptable in the workplace. I am NOT a suit person. No matter my size, I can never find one that is flattering enough! I love tailored pants–especially wide bottom–with a nice sweater or shirt.

  • Jason Witte May 23, 2010, 9:51 am

    Haha, Nice content. Thank you for your information :D

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