Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Wear to Work

I love this business casual outfit from Banana Republic! I always try to mimic Banana outfits because I think they're so polished and put together. That's what I did for today's outfit...

My purple dress is from Loft - its a cotton-spandex blend that's super comfortable to wear all day at work (only problem is that it wrinkles easily!). In the inspiration photo above, they pulled a pink sweater for the dress. It's almost 100 degrees in Baltimore today so I skipped the sweater, but ideally you would be able to match any color to this muted purple dress. I added a silver bracelet and a statement necklace to match the outfit above. To complete the look and to resemble her beige platform sandals, I chose a pair of nude platform heels. 

(Note: This outfit can be mixed and matched, and adjusted throughout every season of the year. A simple knee-length dress, sweater, and heels works for almost any occasion, and is always work appropriate. In the fall and winter, add a pair of opaque tights and a cute trench to make the outfit more weather-friendly.)

I wanted to show a close up of the necklace and bracelet detail. Statement jewelry is an easy way to add in both color and character to an outfit. I also painted my nails a bright turquoise color, and added in a turquoise ring for an additional pop of color. Side note: In this picture, my dress looks more gray than purple for some reason.

Make it your own:
Dress: Loft (Similar)
Heels: G By Guess at DSW $44.95
Bangle: Tiffany & Co. $200
Necklace: Loft (older)


  1. I love the necklace! The whole outfit is totally chic.

  2. What about the nail polish color?! Love that, too!

  3. Katie-- The polish is Sally Hansen's "The Real Teal". It's in the Hards as Nails X-treme Wear collection. It's a little under $3 so totally reasonable, and great treatment for our nails. You can get it at Ulta here:
    (sorry kinda long link!)


    Hope this helps!