At SFS (Street Fashion Style) we get a lot of emails, and we try our best to address your questions and requests. I recently recall a reader asking for examples of what one could wear to a professional job. We've got an example of business attire here in an older post, but I'm happy to post some new examples like today's flaxen ingénue.
Today's radiant model is Casey. She literally came from work, and this was not a planned shoot whatsoever. She works in Law, in a professional 9-5 office environment. She usually wears a proper woman's suit, but this look is for when she has a more casual day. The conservative colors keep the look professional, and the loose cuts of her pieces keep everything comfortable and feminine despite the restraints of a professional outfit. See more shots of her adorable outfit, exquisite views of downtown SF, and all my annotations at: www.muchbloggery.com
I did my homework. Just because I'm a straight man in the fashion world doesn't mean I can't understand and appreciate women's wear! Straight out of the pages of September's LUCKY magazine, I can break down Casey's outfit for you, and she didn't even follow the magazine for the outfit. Just about all San Francisco girls are just inherently stylish whether they are fashionistas or not.
0. The Boxy Blazer. Professional but not uptight.
1. Black sweater. Professional but comfortable. You can't see it but it has little front pockets.
2. Understated blue skirt. I know your momma told you never to mix black and blue or black and brown, but this is 2012. Times have changed. Same goes for that no white after labor day thing. Get with the times, daddy-O.
3. Equestrian Boots. Practical, current, and perfect for cool SF days and the coming Autumn months. Give your dogs a rest from the pumps and heels once in a while.
4. The length of where her skirt ends and her boots rise up to are paramount. It all depends on your body type and proportion, but the dimensions shown here are really good on a girl of Casey's stature.
5. Casey likes Woody Allen Films and is channeling a little bit of the Annie Hall organized chaos style here. She let her hair get windblown because SF can be a windy place and a girl's gotta let her hair down after a long day's work.
6. Chloé bag. I always say that your bag is where you can splurge, since you'll likely be using it daily, and a beautiful well made bag can take your basic work outfit to the next level. It can be a standout piece, conversation starter, and your base of operations where you keep your phone, wallet, keys, documents, necessities, and emergency water/snacks/flats. Even if you're on a budget, places like F21/H&M/Urban/TJM/Ross can have some decent options until you save your pennies for that designer satchel or hobo you've been pining for.
7. So in the end, it really depends on the dress code of your office. A lot of Bay Area workplaces are casual, dude to the nature of all the web/software/tech business and their casual atmospheres. Find out what is acceptable where you work and go from there. Just remember that unless you're in a creative field, it is better to err on the side of conservative and basic when it's time for that important interview or meeting. You can always spice things up later. Let your small details and accessories be your flair. #THEMOREYOUKNOW
P.S. I'll try to post some more examples for you-all. Men's options too! Stay tuned.