A Workin' Girl is someone who, well, works! But the catch is that when we think of work we think of business settings, offices, schools, buildings - and not all of these generally categorize the work that Workin' Girls are doing. It doesn't have to be in any specific profession - Workin' Girls are women who work from home, work in a corporate setting, in education, in retail, and the list goes on and on. Even women who stay at home, whether as mom's or as at-home entrepeneurs, are Workin' Girls too! This series isn't about defining or defending any particular type or way of working, but about how we adjust our personal reflections and styling to the settings that we are accustomed to given the limitations that can, at times, be placed upon us.
So What's This Series All About?
Workin' Girl is ABOUT those women! This series isn't about defining or defending any particular type or way of working, but about how we adjust our personal reflections and styling to the settings that we are accustomed to given the limitations that can, at times, be placed upon us. A lot of Simply Sarah has focused around my professional setting and the outfits I am able to wear in them. You've seen me in casual Friday wear, casual casual wear, but mostly in office wear that is appropriate to my setting and expectations. What I'm eager to do though is to hear from women all over the world and the expectations that are placed upon them for their type of work, yet how they add their own individual "flair" and execution to their styling! I'm also interested to hear from women who don't work out of the home, and how they go about using their environment and setting to display their own style. The series is open to anyone who considers themselves a Workin' Girl.
I'm very inspired by the various types of work that we, as Workin' Girls, do. In my office environment alone there are women who are in VP and President levels of power who only wear suits every day, women at mid-level who stick to business casual attire, and then our supportive staff that are able to come to work in jeans and sneakers every day. Each Workin' Girl has a very different position and responsibility at the establishment, but we all find ways to mix in our style. What I'm interested in finding out is if you as my readers think it is appropriate for a VP in a suit to wear the trends (neon, bright colors, etc.) or anyone for that matter! What SHOULD and SHOULD NOT be seen in the work place? While all opinions I give are solely reflective of my viewpoint and my own experience, I am by no means the be all and end all opinion on this topic. That's why I'm looking to have Workin' Girls unite and hopefully learn a thing or two from the other!
Topics Included in Workin' Girl
As the series is just beginning on June 18, 2012 I will be showcasing women in their everyday wear and how it reflects the environment they work in. Whether it means wearing a chambray at work and making that office appropriate, or the discussion over open toed vs. closed toes shoes, I'm hoping the series will bring each of us to think about the ways in which we can work WITH our environments rather than AGAINST them! Topics therefore will include (But at this point are not limited to):
- Color in the Office
- Office Do's and Don'ts
- Real Workin' Girls
- Workin' Girls OUTSIDE the office
- Workin' Girls Who DON'T Work In An Office
- Professional vs. Casual Wear
- Shoes: To Toe or Not to Toe
- Bringing Your Style Influence to your Daily Outfits
- How to Dress for the Job You WANT, NOT the Job You Have
- What NOT To Wear
So to start off the Workin' Woman series, lets learn more about some REAL Workin' Woman! These women both work on a college campus and therefore an office setting. Please meet CP and KW of Ladies in Navy!
CP:"My interactions at work are primarily with college students, so while I save the jeans for Fridays, my typical work-wear is generally on the more casual end of the spectrum. I believe you can be stylish, professional and casual all at the same time. It's the look I strive for each day. Here I layered a blouse over a somewhat fancier dress, making it a good mid-week look. If I were going out after work I might remove the blouse revealing the whole dress and covering my shoulders with a nice pashmina. I would also add some sparklier jewelry and voila! I can easily shift from casual office wear to a girls' night out with ease." - CP of www.ladiesinnavy.com
"I work in the Human Resources department at a college, which means I interact with people from all areas of the university administration include potential employees every day. Our office required business casual attire, which can often mean blazers and suit pants. The Limited slacks are a staple as they can transition from a very professional look, when incorporating a silky blouse or blazer, or more toned down looks for warmer summer days with classic tees like this look. Though it can be hard to branch out from looking corporate in slacks, I paired this bright tee with a hip-slung belt to add some flair and a focal point for the outfit. The clutch was a hand-me-down from my mother that doesn't look gaudy or too fancy at work."
Real life, every day Workin' Woman - from business casual to classy and professional! What is YOUR work setting like? How do you maneuver it? Make sure to email me if you'd like to be involved in the series! Thank you to these lovely ladies for being the first featured on Workin' Woman! Stay tuned later this week for:
Dress for the Job You Want, NOT The Job You Have Series