Thursday, June 6, 2013

Work Wear: Paisley Polka

 Blouse- c/o Oasap, Skirt- Forever 21, Heels- Zara, Necklace- BaubleBar (similar), Watch- Fossil, Bracelet- similar
I have been looking all over the place for printed pencil skirts and found this adorable one at Forever 21 of all places! I love the mix of colors it has in it. Being pattern-mixing obsessed, I paired it with my Oasap polka dotted blouse. This blouse is perfect for summer because even though it is long sleeved, it has the strap and button combo on the sleeves so you can roll them up above your elbow.

I've worked at the same place for 3 and a half years now, but I started out in the hospital where open-toed shoes are a big no-no. A year and a half ago, I transitioned over to IT and work in a different building where the dress code isn't as strict. I am so glad to be able to wear these chunky heeled sandals to work since they are perfectly comfortable and perfectly summery. Now, I wouldn't wear just any pair of open-toed shoes to work. Here are my rules of the road:

1. Get a pedicure. Whether you do it yourself or go to a nail salon, make sure your feet are looking their best. (And that includes those crusty heels...yuck.)
2. Don't go too strappy. Make sure the shoes provide some coverage so that your foot isn't completely bare.
3. No flip flops. I hesitate to wear them even on casual Fridays. Save those for the weekend.
4. Choose something close-toed if you have a big meeting with a new client or higher ups you don't work with every day. Those are times to make a professional first impression, not to expose your neon toe nail polish.

How strict is your work dress code? Can you wear open-toed shoes?

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Linking up with Tara, Bethany and Meghan for Three-fer Thursday, and Agi!

<3 Katie

33 comments:

  1. So pretty! I love the pattern mixing, I think you did it to perfect tigon!
    Ginny

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  2. Such cute pattern mixing! My office is really casual so I do wear open toed shoes. I agree that flip flops are a no-no, even in a casual work environment.

    -Sharon
    The Tiny Heart
    PayPal Giveaway!

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  3. Such a cute combo, Katie! And I love those shoes–I can wear open-toed shoes at work no problem, but I try not to wear flip flops!

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    1. Thanks Alyssa! These shoes are my favorite!!

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    1. Me too! I think this is the only paisley item I have in my wardrobe, but I need more :)

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  5. Love the outfit. What a great find at Forever 21. My office is business casual but I can certainly get away with wearing pretty much anything, not that I do! I stick to pumps or peep toe heels at the office.

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  6. I love it every time you wear this Beautiful Dotted Blouse. Looks great with this Lovely Paisley Skirt. An Awesome pick from F21.

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  7. Love everything about this outfit, the skirt is gorgeous! and i want your shoes! xo

    Pretty Petticoats

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    1. Thank you Rachel! I'd love to find some similar shoes that I could link on my blog since these Zara heels are sold out

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  8. Such a killer print mix- and I'm a huge fan of the shoes! Lovely and so versatile.

    We're allowed to wear open-toe shoes, just not flip flops. Not too strict, although I do try to keep myself from wearing super-high sexy strappy stilettos M-F, haha.

    -Ashley
    http://lestylorouge.com

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    1. Thanks Ashley! I agree about refraining from the strappy stilettos at work, though I do have a new silver pair that I've been dying to wear and will admit I've contemplated it! Ha!

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  9. Love your outfit. And love the heels. Thank God I bought those heels before they got sold out....thanks to you....I can't wait to wear them

    k at www.beautystyleandgrowth.blogspot.com

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    1. Thanks K! I'm so glad you got the heels!! They are so comfy and cute for summer.

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  10. You had me at polka dots, but paisley too?! Too cute!! Thanks so much for linking up with us :) I am now following via bloglovin'!
    xo Bethany
    www.perfectlycoutured.com

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    1. Thanks Bethany! Thank you so much for following :)

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  11. Love this combo on you! Those heels are adorable.
    http://stylishsass.blogspot.com

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  12. Love the polka dot top on you. Thanks for linking up.

    Agi:)

    vodkainfusedlemonade.com

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  13. Cute pattern mixing! And your hair is gorgeous :)

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  14. I love this mix-so adorable! Not a huge paisley fan but it looks so pretty here.

    http://asequinloveaffair.com

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  15. So I love the pattern mixing you have going on here, but I cannot believe that this skirt is from F21!! What a great find!
    Inge
    This Ever Evolving Life

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    1. Thanks Inge! I was really excited to find this skirt during my last trip to F21 :)

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  16. That skirt is so cute! I'm lucky to have a casual job where open toed shoes are the norm. Of course that means keeping my nail polish fresh all the time, but that's not too much of a chore. Found you via the link up!

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    1. Thanks Tori! So glad you stopped by!

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  17. definitely unbeatable!!
    your purposes are simply amazing, hope you follow me back <3

    www.malesclutch.net
    Sergio, xx

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Thanks for your sweet comments!