Some days, you wake up and think “I just want to wear a t-shirt and sweats today.” Right? I don’t think this is just me, especially when the weather gets cooler. I’ve written about days when I ponder how to pull off a snuggie at work, flannel pajama pants, etc. Seeing as how those dreams are not about to become realities, I decided to wear dress pants today…and a long sleeve t-shirt. How do you dress up a t-shirt for work, you ask? Well, it’s actually really simple. Pearls and heels.
Also, can I please have a moment to discuss the amazing, elegant, and magical (okay, maybe that takes it too far…nah) nail wraps by Marchesa for Revlon? It’s safe to say that I’ve stalked the shelves on these babies. Now that I finally have them, I am loving them! I am completely in love with Marchesa’s designs in general and feel that these nail wraps may be the closest I will come to owning anything by those talented ladies. Sigh. Lovely. Here they are in all their glory, and no, neither Marchesa nor Revlon know anything about this blog. I am just a long-time fan, readers and frankly, can you blame me?
Long sleeve t-shirt: Banana Republic ($18 marked down from $45)
Cardigan: Banana Republic ($18 marked down from $70)
Pants: Banana Republic ($90. Sigh. Full price. But, if you’ve read about my pants postings before, sometimes you have to just get pants when they fit and you find them!)
Shoes: Betsy Johnson via Marshall’s ($50 marked down from $160)
Nails: Marchesa for Revlon nail wraps ($5 on sale!! Normally $10)
Fashion Huntress tips:
1) I’m a strong believer that you can dress up a lot of casual pieces for work. T-shirts and long sleeve t-shirts really are no exception. Adding dress pants, accessories, heels, and other more dressy accents can easily transition your weekend wear to work wear. This is a great way to save money on your “work clothes” budget and your “weekend clothes” budget. It’s rare that I have something that flat-out cannot be made to work at work, even formal dresses, as I posted on a couple of days ago! I like to call this transition of clothing the ‘coffee to cocktails’ transition which I lovingly picked up from my mom. Getting creative with layers and accessories can really save your fashion budget to get more use out of even your more casual pieces.
2) Power heels. What else can I say? They can really work wonders for your wardrobe. If you’re going to invest in a good pair of power heels, they don’t have to be plain. I do think they need to be versatile. The bow on the heels pictured here is big and unique, but the style of the shoe is versatile, as is the color. Similar to my first tip, these shoes can go from coffee at work to cocktails at an event and not look out of place. If you don’t already have a pair, you can still find a good price on a pair without sacrificing quality! I like Marshall’s, DSW, and Nordstrom Rack for power heels.
Anyone else strongly believe in power heels? Marchesa nail wraps? Comfy casual chic at work?
Thanks for visiting, lovely readers!
PS- Shout-out for support, I want to thank the lovelies at Girl on the Go and loveriennelife for nominating me for two awards this week. I very much appreciate it- and cannot say thank you enough for all of the support!! Both of their blogs are a joy to read; here are the links to check them out:
38 replies to “professional in pearls”
Love how you pull of this outfit, turning simple outfit into romantic chic. I always have such mood for tee and pants:) very rare for dress and blouse:) haha teamboy:)
I love the contrast in colors you chose for this outfit! Red, white and black make such a great combo! Love your strand of pearls too!
Pearls & Lace
Heels and bling always takes casual to office! My other staple is a blazer. You look very professional!
Great outfit and cool nail wraps! I think I need to get me some power heels! 🙂
I really like this outfit + cool nails!! xx
Nice….love your nails!
the pearls and the red cardigan make a wonderful combination 🙂
How cool your nails I love them!! 🙂
Love your nails!! And I’m loving your adorable “coffee to cocktails” tips!! xx
I love red. And I love stripes.
nail wraps…my one and only attempt was a complete disaster! Do tell if there is some great secret to application. Loving those shoes and I adore red and stripes together.
Okay, I really struggled with the application. It’s not as easy as it looks. A few of mine are a little bumpy. I’m guessing it gets easier with practice? But I’ll let you know if I figure out a tip. Most likely I just need to be more patient…I got too excited!
Great pairing! I am in love with your nails! 🙂
These pieces are all so different but go so perfectly together! Absolutely adore your entire outfit, especially those nails!
So sophisticated…I love adding pearls to any outfit 🙂 Love the cranberry color of the cardigan, and WOW on the manicure!!
Oh I feel that way everyday haha I love how you added pearls and heels and your dressed, love it 🙂
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Thank you so much for this nomination!! I appreciate it very much!! Xoxo
You’re very welcome! Your blog rocks so it totally deserves it! =) Congrats!! ❤
Too sweet!! Yours too! I love reading it! 🙂
Oh my goodness, I really want those nail wraps!! I have to find them.
I believe they are on sale at most places that sell Revlon products. I found them at Ulta for buy 1, get one 50% off. I believe they also have them at Walgreens and CVS! There are so many great options…I wanted them all but I stopped myself! The other cool part is I found that I could probably get two full manicures out of one box! 🙂
nice look :
Looking good and perfect combination black white and red.😀
Such a classic look, the nail art adds a nice touch.
I couldn’t agree more… even tees can be work appropriate if you know how to pull it off (and you always do!).
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Thank you again!! So excited!!
ah yes I adore heels- they make every outfit special, you don’t even need a bag, heels are enough 🙂
Hello! I nominated you for the Versatile Blogger Award! Check it out here -> http://beautybloggergoddess.wordpress.com/2013/10/13/the-versatile-blogger-award/. Xoxo!
Thank you so much for the nomination!! That is such an honor and very much appreciated! xo
You’re welcome! You deserve it! 🙂
Thanks, everyone, for supporting nail wraps and t-shirts at work!! 🙂
woahhhh such cool nails!!! we wish we would get more creative with our nails, we’re usually too lazy lol
pearls are such a classic and a must in every closet! xoxo
obsessed with all of your posts! so adorable and helpful. got so much inspiration for this fashion season! xx
Love the outfit……and those shoes….OMG….In love.
Love your nails!!!!
Those are so awesome!!!