I am always looking for ways to mix up the typical work attire. Some days I wish I worked from home and could wear whatever I want. Not so I could wear sweats all day, but just so I could wear anything from my closet without wondering “is this professional looking” “is this long enough?” “will my feet and knees kill going up and down the stairs all day?” I want to be professional and practical yet fun at the same time. I know some people don’t like the look of layering under a dress, but I really liked the idea of this teal turtleneck from Target under a gray sheath dress to add something bright to this otherwise neutral outfit. I love neutrals, but I am always drawn to outfit inspiration that incorporates color. Anyway, with the teal and a leopard belt I felt pretty good about mixing it up at the office.
Also, I have really wanted to show up in sweatpants or jeans every day this week because the boss is out. And I really loving my new jeans, so it would have been a great week to do that. Then I remembered that HR, the CEO and other important people at work would still see me. Drats.
Dress, Loft Outlet (Similar) :: Turtleneck, Target (Similar) :: Heels, Schutz via ShopGoodwill (Exact) :: Belt, Primark (Similar) :: Bag, Aldo (Similar) :: Necklace, c/o JustFab for party (Exact) Earrings, Heartbreaker (Similar)
NancieApril 25, 2013 at 6:12 AM
Looking good girl..love the dress.xx
RachelleApril 25, 2013 at 6:40 AM
I can never pull up that dress and tee look, but you did it so well. And you look so pretty.
AJApril 25, 2013 at 7:03 AM
I love that gray dress! But its fun to add a layer underneath to mix it up (and also essential when the weather is so wacky!) I have a business meeting today and I’m actually wearing a black sheath dress with a dress shirt under it.
AmyApril 25, 2013 at 7:25 AM
I love this layered look! I feel your pain on wanting to wear sweats to work–if only we could be self employed!
AshleighApril 25, 2013 at 8:03 AM
I love this! I have never before seen anyone over the age of 3 make a turtle neck look cute but you did! I love everything about it.
RachelApril 25, 2013 at 9:15 AM
Awww you are too sweet! Yeah turtlenecks can definitely be childish, but I kind of love them. I own two and try my best to make them look chic!
SharonApril 25, 2013 at 8:19 AM
The top looks really cute layered with the dress…it adds some nice color to the look! Don’t hate me, but I wear jeans to work…my office is very casual.
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RachelApril 25, 2013 at 8:39 AM
I love this outfit! People hate on turtlenecks, but I think they are chic and classy- especially when they are made more modern like you did here. Plus, you hair looks extra pretty here (the lighting makes the color really stand out!)
RachelApril 25, 2013 at 9:18 AM
Haha, yeah I love turtlenecks but I always see so many people hating on them. I LOVE them though and thank you! I try to keep things updated! And thank you for the compliment on my hair! The lighting definitely helped show it 🙂
SamApril 25, 2013 at 8:39 AM
Love how you layered this look! Such a creative way to re-imagine two totally different pieces!
AlyssaApril 25, 2013 at 8:41 AM
So pretty! Any time you can add a pop of leopard is a good day in my book!
AshleyApril 25, 2013 at 9:23 AM
Loving the dress, doll! Highlights your tiny waist.
And I’m always trying to switch up my office attire, too. For example, yesterday it was skinny dress trousers, pumps, and a fitted button-up. Very NYC 9-5. And today I’m in a white maxi skirt, desert booties, and a chambray shirt. HA!
molly @ still being mollyApril 25, 2013 at 9:33 AM
i LOVEEE the almost abstract feel of that dress and with the pop of green underneath it’s just beautiful!!
AmyApril 25, 2013 at 9:49 AM
perfect look for the office. chic and classy but still fun with the leopard belt and statement necklace!
MacaApril 25, 2013 at 10:16 AM
You look beautiful and I love the layering under the dress 🙂
Bethie the BooApril 25, 2013 at 10:22 AM
This is a great professional look! I love the shirt under the dress and your fun leopard belt! I sometimes push buttons a little bit for office attire, but I try to keep it mostly professional!
two birdsApril 25, 2013 at 11:04 AM
you look gorgeous. i love the layering!
anngelikApril 25, 2013 at 11:09 AM
You look gorgeous! I bet you are the best dresses in your work haha
GinnyApril 25, 2013 at 11:18 AM
I really like this dress, Rachel. I never would have thought of styling it with this top underneath, but it totally works! Love the belt to make it fun too 🙂
RachelApril 25, 2013 at 11:20 AM
Thanks Ginny! I just kind of put it together the night before and I was like… this may or may not look silly once I actually have it on. But I liked it, so I’m glad others are liking it too!
annieApril 25, 2013 at 2:09 PM
You look gorgeous – I love the green & leopard together!
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GiovannaApril 25, 2013 at 2:55 PM
Cute look! Love the peek of green!
EmmyApril 25, 2013 at 3:51 PM
Rachel, I think you did a great job with the layering. For us Canadians, esp. in winter, layering is a must, even when we don’t like it sometimes:P
RachelApril 25, 2013 at 3:54 PM
Thank you Emmy! I appreciate it 🙂 And it is getting nicer in Minnesota, but not that nice haha!
SueApril 25, 2013 at 4:54 PM
I was kind of questioning the look at first, but this really works well and looks gorgeous. I suppose that’s what I’ll be missing once I graduate – dressing without really worrying about if it’s professional.
ROXTHEFOXApril 25, 2013 at 4:55 PM
LOL showing up in your pj’s would not go so well with your CEO, no! But that would be awesome. Anyway, this is a great work attire. It’s not boring and bland like more corporate way. Glad to see you inject some fun into the outfit, and you look great!
MayaApril 25, 2013 at 9:38 PM
Okay pretty girl! Love the look and that necklace is killer! I’m loving this look as usual 🙂
CKApril 26, 2013 at 8:27 AM
I love the layering! You look work appropriate but totally stylish – that necklace is just divine!
Jackie l Food.Wine.FashionApril 26, 2013 at 9:56 AM
This is super cute Rach! I totally get your feelings about looking professional but on the other side – as someone who works from home – sometimes you just want to lose the sweats or jeans and wear something professional!
Have a great weekend!
Always MayleeApril 26, 2013 at 1:31 PM
Absolutely love this dress and how you layered the shirt underneath. You look so classy and beautiful!
LeighApril 26, 2013 at 3:14 PM
Looking fab as always and I love the dress! Have a great weekend!
JacyApril 27, 2013 at 2:41 AM
I don’t feel like I would pull this off at all, but you look fab!! I’ll have to start dressing for the office in a few short weeks so I’ll definitely be turning to you for inspiration 🙂
Diana MarksApril 27, 2013 at 9:59 PM
you look so elegant and chic!
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life is a shoeApril 28, 2013 at 4:56 AM
such a pretty look! I’m really loving all your accessories
BrynnApril 28, 2013 at 1:56 PM
Your dress is such a pretty color and silhouette! I love the way the leopard belt adds a little pizzazz to the outfit 🙂 Your hair is looking fabulous today, too!!! 🙂
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HeatherApril 29, 2013 at 6:06 AM
I love this look! I love how your eyes match that green (even though they are usually blue!) – you really look just gorgeous.. yay for warmer weather – here we come Kona patio!!!
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jewelApril 29, 2013 at 5:47 PM
Le gorge Rachel.. Love the layering. I would have never thought to wear it that way..
Rebecca GlamJuly 1, 2013 at 3:39 PM
I love the colors in this outfit! Very chic!