Daily Outfit: Professional Life

Now that I’ve started my new job (as a substitute media specialist at an elementary school) I’ve begun to realize that I really need to expand my professional wardrobe.  I’ve got tons of great casual pieces, but not so many work separates.  I’ve only got three pairs of dress pants, and only three or four skirts that are really appropriate for working with kids.  This is an area I need to start focusing on.


So now we come to this outfit, which I wore last week while going through training for my new job.  I liked it at the time, but something about it bothers me now.  I think my issue is with the proportions.  I’ve read in many places that wide leg pants are good for women who are curvy on the bottom, but now I’m not so sure if that’s true.  It’s supposed to balance out the width of your hips, but I think it makes me just look larger.  I think I might take these pants to a tailor to have them made into straight leg pants.


The other part I’m not so sure about are the proportions of the cropped jacket here.  I love how this jacket looks worn over a dress or with a high waisted skirt.  Do you think it works here worn over a longer blouse with pants?  Or does it chop up my proportions too much?


Blazer: Forever21 (thrifted)
Blouse: Anthropologie
Pants: Banana Republic Outlet
Shoes: Clarks Apple Sky
Tote: Thrifted and re-conned
Pearls: Pixisette
Bangles: Jill Popowich


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11 Responses to Daily Outfit: Professional Life

  1. bluerose says:

    I really like your outfit posts lately. You are getting VERY good at combining “off” colors. By which I mean mixing light/dark, warm/cold, dusky/bright. The above is perfect, as it combines many elements, but still centers around the turqouise top. If that makes sense.


  2. nurmisur says:

    I have large hips and sometimes I feel larger with large width pants but I think that’s just my perception because there is extra fabric on the legs.But when I compare photos of straight leg versus large leg they look good. Have you tried to compare photos?
    I like the proportions of the outfit.Even the blazer.
    Let’s listen to other opinions. 🙂


  3. I think you are right about the wide trousers. I know that the ‘rule’ is wide leg trousers to make your hips look smaller.
    These are smart trousers – but I think they look just too wide! It shouldn’t be too difficult to take them in a bit .
    Good luck with the new job.


  4. Sal says:

    You’re making me want a cute little short-sleeved blazer, you temptress! I prefer it worn over a dress, but the color combo here is just lovely.


  5. gina says:

    I like the colors of the jacket and shirt together. I think the cropped jacket looks fine with pants. I occasionally wear cropped jackets with a longer shirt and pants.


  6. Goober says:

    I had a pair of wide leg pants very similar to the ones you are wearing. I felt like they just make my already pear frame seem even more pear-ish. Which wasn’t really what I was going for 🙂 I think you’re on to something with having them tailored to be straight leg pants.


  7. Becky says:

    I find that boot cut pants are the most flattering on me (even though my pants run the gammet in the leg widths), but I find that with wide leg pants like yours there, I high high heel boosts the “thinning” effect. Think Rachel Zoe (ok ok ok I know she’s already SO skinny, but she is ALWAYS wearing wide leg pants with sky high platforms). As far as the proportions on the shirt and cropped blazer, I would wear the blazer with a shirt that’s about 1.5 to 2 inches longer (long enough to go below your pockets) I think it would elongate the silhouette. That’s my 2-cents! That shade of blue is divine on you, btw. 🙂


  8. kirafashion says:

    So great to see you having fun at the park!
    My best wishes for the new job!
    I love a new challange!


  9. WaterGirl says:

    Building a work-appropriate wardrobe can be somewhat daunting at first, but hang in there! I love the colors and everything of this outfit, especially the short sleeve blazer!


  10. Clare says:

    I love these wide legs on you! I agree, they can be a bit difficult since they really are adding volume, but I think these are great on you. I think I like the jacket best worn over a dress, too. But the colors here are great, and I think you have a great start on a fab work wardrobe!


  11. Bianca says:

    ITA. 100%!! I have a several pairs of wide leg trousers, and I always feel so bottom heavy when I wear them. When I started shopping at Talbots, they don’t really do a wide leg pant like many of the misses bridge stores – so I just tried on what they had and I found I really prefer a closer fit. I have been revamping my pants wardrobe one pair at a time, but most of my solids are still the wide legs, and I am trying to find the perfect pairs to replace those.

    You look lovely today btw. 😉


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