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“This life is what you make it. No matter what, you are going to mess it up sometimes, it’s a universal truth. But the good part is you get to decide how you’re going to mess it up… So keep your head high, keep your chin up, and most importantly, keep smiling, because life’s a beautiful thing and there’s so much to smile about.” – Marilyn Monroe

Workwear Inspiration

For some reason, I’ve read a number of articles lately about how women dress for success, and it got me thinking about my workwear inspiration. As much as I’d like total creative freedom when it comes to my 9-5 outfits, I work in a male-dominated industry where suits and conservative-ish attire are the norm. But according to a Harper’s Bazaar article, this might not be as incompatible with the latest trends as I thought: “Where three years ago, women wanted to look pretty and sparkly, now they want to look smart and polished. Suits are back, hemlines are longer, button-down shirts are de rigueur.”

And while I adore all things menswear inspired, a pantsuit doesn’t have to make you look like you’re trying to be a man. As Tory Burch insists, “If it’s cut beautifully, there’s a way of being really feminine in a suit.” Remember my workwear roundup from S/S fashion week? Diane von Furstenberg showed the most beautiful pantsuits! And as the article explained, suiting isn’t the only option for women today. “It’s 2012 – a woman doesn’t need to look like a robot,” says Rachel Roy. So what is your workwear uniform? Jacket over a dress? Pants and a blouse? Here are some of my favorite ideas for 9-5 appropriate attire!

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PS – If you don’t already, consider following me on Pinterest. I pin lots of these kinds of images and just started a “Work Ready” board for office specific outfit ideas!

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