workwear wednesday: where's my summer power suit?

I had an awkward moment on Monday. Our dress code is lax, but I'm starting to sense notes are being taken. When my boss said, "You look nice in that little sundress, a bit bare... not that I care." I wondered, Errr...are you sure? Couple that with the WSJ article on the matter and I'm officially in full-blown paranoia mode.

safer bet than a sundress

I think I need to up my "power dressing" for summer or, likely, in general. But how can I answer the riddle of our unwritten dress code? It's more fashion than professional. It's more trend than classic. It's also -drum roll- on a budget. So what's a gal to do?

I've decided that my office dress code role model should be a little style icon named Lucy Laucht.

I love how deceptively simple her outfits look--they're never stuffy, or scruffy, just... perfect.

She's really a girl after my own heart. I've always said I prefer to dress somewhat plainly and play up the third piece [vest, jacket] or accessories, and that seems to be her aesthetic, too. But what I'm missing is the base that she's perfected. From the looks of it, there are several things I need desperately:
  • The perfect white T [x 5]
  • The perfect khaki trousers
  • The perfect summer blouse
  • Shimmering neutrals
  • To put on some damn heels
At least I know my jacket obsession is not for nothing! But I really need tips for petite-friendly trousers and T's... please share if you have them!

Tell me, what do you wear to work? Have you ever had an awkward fashion moment with a boss?


M. and O. said...

Perfect style,
just love the outfit !
xox from France.
Olivia & Mariam


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vdcouture said...

she's uber gorgeous, really love her outfit :)


alison (semi-fab lane) said...

those sound like good staples to get for the office. i guess you shoud try to wear a blazer/light sweater if you're showing your legs and if you are showing arms, cover the legs. makes it look less "bare." you're probably right, she seems like she was maybe trying to suggest something subtly or she wouldn't have said a little bare-not that i care. makes me so glad i don't work in the fashion industry anymore-although i know it has good moments.

Anonymous said...

OMG this blog post is amazing I'm obsessed with you!

Love, KB

Audrey Allure said...

Her outfits are great & I think are perfect for work & going out! For me, it depends on where I'm working - sometimes I'll be all dressed up & other places I'll be more casual.

Ashley said...

I know EXACTLY what you mean about petite friendly things. I try thrift stores and I get lucky most of the time, but I'm still on the hunt for the perfect pair of trousers. I found two at Goodwill that I love but they need to be tailored. haha.

Lovely blog btw!

Nubiasnonsense said...

She has a very effortless chic style.. very pretty

libys11 said...

effortlessly chic.. now that im beginning to enter the workforce, i dont think my current wardrobe is apt for it. really need to invest on trousers and modest skirts! :D

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thequietingmuses said...

I love her outfits as well, very effortless and chic :)


Lucia ♥ said...

I love all of her outfits, she has an amazing sense of style!!! absolutely adore it!

Isquisofrenia said...

those pants are just so good.
i wish i can wear pants like this but no, i cant i look ridiculous funny hahha
dont know why
it must be the shortness of me hahha

kacedilla said...

I love this post, you should know why :-)

Also, love the shorts in the last picture... mmmm.

Alice said...

thanks for posting such great pics. your blog is terrific, thanks for sharing as usual!


Zabrinah said...

That first outfit is safer than a sundress! You're totally right. I get cautious on windy days, even with the most secure sundresses. So, I don't wear those to work. I usually wear jeans and a long-sleeved tee. Not too interesting, I suppose.


Best wishes from one blogger to another,


Emma said...

I really love the second and fourth outfits. The fourth inspires me to do something really casual chic.


Carissa said...

so simple yet so chic <3

Carissa said...

so simple yet so chic <3

Leia said...

she is GORGEOUS. I don't go to work yet as I'm a student, but soon I'll join the workforce so I really need to think about what to wear!

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La Lola said...

ugh, i have a deep obsession with trying to find the most tres chich work wardrobe. summer makes it even harder. so love love this post! xx

Pixie said...

loove these outfits! :) xx

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Cara-Mia said...

These are all so great! When I substitute teach, I tend to wear nice pants with a blouse. I also work as a sales associate at Express, though, so that's where I am a little bit more free with what I wear. I tend to wear mini skirts & cute tops, or dresses.