What I Wear to Work

Ann Taylor Orange Eyelet Flare Shirtdress

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coach cognac leather tote, orange eyelet lace dress

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Dress: Ann Taylor | Shoes: Steve Madden | Tote: Coach | Sunglasses: Selima Optique | Necklace: Taudrey | Lipstick: Lipp Beautifully

Most of you know this, and some of you don’t: but yes, your girl does work a full-time job in addition to blogging. How to I balance a full-time job and a full-time blog? Coffee. Honestly, a lot of coffee. But that’s another story for another day.

I actually have a pretty laid back office environment, so I probably could have titled this post “What I Wear to Work When I’m Not Wearing Jeans.” Contrary to popular belief, a lot of D.C. area workplaces are either straight up casual or business casual, so I really haven’t had to buy too many pieces to complete my work wardrobe post-grad. And no, I still don’t own a suit.

However, there have been a million instances where I have to go straight from work to a happy hour, dinner or blog event, and I also occasionally have to cover some government IT conferences via social media for le day job. Therefore, I need at least a few business-casual/professional pieces in my closet that are versatile, and can go from desk to drinks with ease.

When I saw this eyelet lace dress at Ann Taylor, I was in love. Ann Taylor is kind of a go-to for young professionals in this area; I honestly choose pieces from them in the craziest colors and prints to make sure I’m not accidentally #twinning with someone in the office, because it’s that popular as a Washingtonian. I opted for this dress in a bold orange, but they do have it in a navy for those of you who are a little intimidated by this vibrant hue.

Oh, and P.S. — I don’t work in Georgetown, *but* they have an amazing Parasol Share going on through the rest of summer. Next time you’re shopping, wining and dining in the area, pick up a free parasol to shield you from the sun while walking down M Street!

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  1. Ellen wrote:

    Love this eyelet look! My office is pretty casual too. I like that I can wear jeans one day, but put on a dress when i want to feel a little more put together.

    Ellen | A Pop of Pink

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  2. Dana Mannarino wrote:

    Love this dress on you! It’s a great summer color!

    I like the title of what you would have called your post 😉 I’m usually in jeans at my office too…and then when I wear a nicer outfit, everyone is like “what are you doing with your life?”

    Pink Champagne Problems

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  3. Liv wrote:

    What a beautiful color on you.



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  4. MarvelousintheMidwst wrote:

    this dress is gorgeous!! the color on you is absolutely amazing, I need this dress! xo

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  5. Kate wrote:

    Gorgeous dress! Color is stunning on you!


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  6. Dede Birkelbach Raad wrote:

    Ahh girl this is so pretty on you!


    Dede Raad


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  7. This color is amazing on you, & I love how you paired it with those beautiful blue shoes!

    Lawren Bagley | http://www.saltwaterandstilettos.com

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  8. Lauren Ashley wrote:

    Okay how are you so perfect?! You should’ve seen what I wore to work when I was in NYC… the heat and I were not friends… and I want those shoes!


    The Fashionista’s Diary

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  9. Kamara H wrote:

    This is such a beautiful, bright dress! You look gorgeous, and still very office appropriate 🙂


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  10. Kayleigh wrote:

    Gorgeous color and pattern on you, so perfect for work!

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  11. Nina wrote:

    That is SUCH a cute dress, I’m obsessed with the color!

    xo, Nina
    Law of Fashion Blog

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  12. This color on you is absolute perfection!! Such a cute look paired with those shoes!


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  13. Lauren wrote:

    That dress is gorgeous!! I love the color and detail!

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  14. Love the color pairing!

    Liz @ ShoppingMyCloset.com

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  15. Marvina Musser wrote:

    I love the color and the dress is gorgeous.


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  16. Ok that is your color, girl! LOVE it! I always find the best pieces from Ann Taylor/Loft! Can’t go wrong with eyelet, either! XO

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  17. Ann Taylor has gorgeous work wear! One of my go-to places! Love the color of your dress!!

    How 2 Wear It [] http://how2wearit.com

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  18. Adaleta Avdic wrote:

    This is such an incredibly beautiful color, and I think it looks amazing on you! xx adaatude.com

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  19. shannon wrote:

    Such a perfect dress for both work and play! I love the color combo you chose with the shoes…so good!

    Clothes & Quotes

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  20. Ruthie Ridley wrote:

    Such a beautiful dress! Love those shoes as well.

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  21. Heather Gullett Denniston wrote:

    The little shorter part underneath absolutely makes the dress. it is awesome! Such a great colour on you as well.

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  22. Kari Jonard wrote:

    Super cute dress! I love coral!

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  23. That’s interesting to know that young professionals in DC shop at Ann Taylor!! Funny too! You’re too funny 🙂


    Posted 8.18.16 Reply