Last week I attended a week-long event here in Santa Monica called Social Media Week Los Angeles. Now, as you all know from reading my #OOTD posts on the blog, my workplace is very casual. Rompers, strapless dresses, all are fair game. So I always panic when I have to attend a networking event or professional panel, since I don’t have much traditional corporate clothing.
Luckily for me, the PR, digital and social media worlds are all just as casual. For a day when I was attending a few panels during the day and a networking happy hour at night, I threw together this professional-yet-casual-and-fun outfit.
The green sheer button-down tank is from Fashion Rush. It is shorter and has a little tie in the front (which shows belly button). Thanks to the awesome high-waisted skirt trend, no one had to know that! The skirt is from a Goodwill trip 5 years ago when I had my first job and ~actually~ nothing to wear. I paired these pieces with my favorite funky white and black pumps from Payless Shoesource. These heels are so fun – they are professional, with their sleek shape and color scheme, but the black tips are just too cool. They are also incredibly comfortable – they come with padding already inside! Last but not least was my favorite J.Crew giraffe necklace.
Even though this outfit is still relatively casual, I was pretty much overdressed. I mean, there were girls there in crop tops, shorts and sandals! But for a professional event, I felt like I was dressed well. As much as I love me my crop tops, I would never wear them to a work event, even if everyone else was.
At night, I added my favorite cropped white blazer from H&M. It wasn’t cold outside, but I feel like the added layer helped me transition my outfit into the evening. Also, the blazer has shoulder pads, so why WOULDN’T I wear it any chance I get?
All in all, I felt professional, young, fun, comfortable and like my personal style still shone through!
How do you let your personal style show when dressing for work-related events? Let me know in the comments!