To wrap up the month of AUGUST we are recapping our business casual how to dress for work (and anywhere else) at 21, 23, and 25. At 21 we kept it classic, at 23 we played on our love for the edge, and at 25 we went straight for the sleek sexy look.
At 21 your wardrobe will be a mix of all the rags you wore in college and these new-found ‘work’ clothes. The best thing you can do for yourself is buy a nice pair of pants as seen (here) and pair them like crazy. The key to this look is a GOOD pair of paints, meaning the quality is going to be everything. Find a fit you like that doesn’t get too wrinkled or lint ridden and make them your go to!
At 23 you have found your niche and it’s really about breaking out of any boxes work or society may be pressing upon you. Find a way to keep your youth through your style by adding a funky print to your ensemble (shown here) or just toss on a leather jacket. A leather jacket cures all, even a blah outfit day, so they are important to keep around.
At 25 you are grown, so a staple dress might just be your best friend. At this point a cute dress would be great for an important meeting at work and a fun date night. It’s good to have a staple you can wear at anytime of the day like the one pictured here or (here).
For work this Tuesday I took a pass at casual layering with my coveted jumpsuit (previously worn here ) and this really fun tank. Sadly enough, when I got ready to take photos my camera battery was pretty much dead so I had to quickly get what I could get.
I’m the nice girl who is always smiling, does SOX work, and usually wearing something interesting. This is how I’m known at my current company and even in my earlier company. I’ve come to this conclusion by just aggregating what people know me as and these were always mentioned. Now if you ask my boss he would say the smart girl, the hard worker who he can always depend on to get the job done. How would you rather be known by the people in your company?
Me personally I would like a few of both; online and offline skills that are key to climbing the success latter. Currently, I’m caught in a flow that started in the beginning of my career that is slowing this progression. I come in and make friends while quietly getting my work done to the best of my ability. I’m not running to the front of the line saying look at this or constantly asking questions. I’m not claiming I am the best or taking on way to much work just to please everyone. I’m not saying any of these traits are bad, do not get me wrong, but for me they have never been a path option. My thoughts are the right people know what I can do, and this has gotten me where I want to be. So there you have it, I’m known for what I show, but a question is what about what I didn’t show? What if I could be way further in my career if everyone knew how hard I worked? How many other projects would have been offered to me?
So I’m pretty sure there are other emerging young women in my shoes who want to be known for that mix of everything great. I’ve gathered thoughts from my peers, managers, mentors, and personal thoughts to put together this list. This list is a get starter kit to develop the identity (work brand) you want while making yourself known in your workplace.
This orange tank has to be my favorite piece in my closet right now, I wear it with everything. Over the weekend I went for a pure minimalist looks with the basics.
‘Carmel State Beach’
Over the weekend I took a solo day trip to Monterey Country where I beach hopped until the sunset. I captured a few photos of the great scenery. It was truly a magical moment for me, as I caught up on my clarity, travel itch (revisit topic HERE), and motivation. I think as young women its important for us to recognize when we need a quick getaway to get back on track, it makes all the difference.
How to dress for work at 21 has never been made easier and we are discussing this for our third installment of ‘the AUGUST ages’.
Today my workwear consisted of this long sleeve printed dress, my DIY necklace, and pointy flats, perfect for my pre-fall mind frame. Before having dinner with a girlfriend I was able to capture a few shots in this gorgeous gem of a spot in Alameda.