workweek chic

March 2nd, 2015

Blazer 1.Final

So, here’s the thing. I used to post all these cute outfits that I’d wear on the weekends, and exactly none of the way-less-exciting suit rotation that I wore to work every. single. day.

But lately, since my weekends revolve primarily around machine-washable clothes that can be spit up on (sigh, but it’s reality), I really haven’t had many outfits to photograph.

But you know when I do get dressed up? For work! And since I started my own practice, I have a little more freedom to take fashion risks, even in the courtroom. The legal profession is very conservative, but I’ve become pretty good at choosing workweek outfits that are professional but still fun — I’m frequently (always) the only lawyer sporting colorful blazers and stiletto heels, but hey: it’s what I like.

(The other day, going through security at the federal courthouse, my Jimmy Choos set off the metal detector, yes they did. The officer asked if my heels were dangerous, and I promised him they wouldn’t hurt anything except my feet. Hahahahaha. I had to work that story in because I thought I was hilarious, but it occurs to me now that it might also be construed as wildly dorky.)

I didn’t actually wear this to court — it was for a regular day of meetings and a charity event. What I love about this outfit was that it went really easily from work to play — just taking off the blazer made this a cute, summery outfit (I know, it’s February, but this is Houston we’re talking about), but I could still put it back on and be professional.

What I don’t love about this outfit: the blazer is probably four years old and was originally under $100 from Zara — it’s showing some wear, and I need to upgrade. I’m insanely picky about blazers — the cut, fit, and style have to be exactly right before I’ll buy one. But here are a few I’m thinking about ordering, and I’d love your thoughts! None of them are exactly like this one, but they’re all under $200 and could be really fun additions to my workweek wardrobe.

I’m thinking about ordering this one from Shopbop in black — I like the three-quarter sleeves and the single-button style. If that doesn’t work out, I’ll probably try this bold blue from Nordstrom, or maybe even this blush pink from Topshop. (I wish I could see the color in person on the last one, but Houston doesn’t have Topshop yet!  It’s only $90, so I may order it just to try on.) Let me know if you have any thoughts and I’ll let you guys know when I decide!

So, here we go: Workweek Chic. What do you guys think? Should this be a regular Sugarlaws feature?

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Tags: style · work

9 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Emily // Mar 2, 2015 at 10:57 am

    Yes!  This should absolutely be a feature!  This post was adorable AND very helpful.  I have been looking for affordable blazers that I can wear to work, but aren’t SUPER conservative/boxy etc.  I LOVE the Topshop one and the ShopBop one.  I think I may get both myself.  Thank you for doing the leg work for me…I don’t feel like investing in a really expensive piece (even if I know it would last forever)…but I want something stylish and under 200.  So this was perfect!  Thank you!  Please keep this up!  Finding stuff for work that I am happy to wear ALL THE TIME is crucial!

  • 2 Lanae Bond // Mar 2, 2015 at 11:04 am

    I think it would be a great feature! I love the outfit by the way and would like to see more!

  • 3 Alexis // Mar 2, 2015 at 11:14 am

    Yes! I am forever searching for ways to make my weekday suits seem younger and more fun, but still professional!

  • 4 Lisa // Mar 2, 2015 at 11:27 am

    Yes yes yes! Definitely should be a feature!

  • 5 Kova // Mar 2, 2015 at 12:26 pm

    Yes! I am always looking for fun and cute work outfits. Where is this dress from? I love it!

  • 6 wendyb964 // Mar 2, 2015 at 9:56 pm

    Yes, please make it a regular feature. It’s nice to see a mix of traditional business with interesting options and alternatives. Agree about being picky re: blazers. I’d spend more for work horse pieces than the “fun” clothes. Cost per wearing is a good value, and there’s nothing like a well-fitting, exquisitely tailored jacket.

  • 7 Irene // Mar 8, 2015 at 2:25 pm

    Yes! I really like this post and I could do with some more ideas to dress to work.
    I’m also interested in knowing where the dress is from, it’s lovely!

  • 8 Andrea P // Mar 16, 2015 at 4:09 pm

    Yes, more workweek outfits, please!

    I have a question about your bag: is that a single flap or double flap? Do you enjoy wearing your 2.55?

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