What to wear to work in the summer // business casual outfit ideas

linen wide leg pants summer work outfit ann taylor petites
Ann Taylor pants 00p (current version), bracelet, top xxsp c/o (also styled here

With the start of a new season, I've gotten several requests to share more workwear ideas! I work in a coworking space downtown, and while it isn’t the corporate environments I used to be in, it still allows me to make the most of my favorite professional pieces. I also have the occasional need to dress business formal for public speaking or volunteer events, so would be happy to cover that when interview aka suit season rolls around. I'm a firm believer that dressing the part (regardless of what field you're in) makes a big difference in your attitude and confidence as you take on each day!

I often talk about my trusted outfit "formulas." The blouse tucked into a pencil skirt is undoubtedly one of my go-to looks, and can generate endless varaitions with different prints, fabrics, and detailing. Another practical favorite is the skinny ankle pant with a longer (or tucked-in) blouse. And on certain days, nothing feels more chic than a pair of tailored, wide-leg trousers and a cropped blazer.

Ann Taylor is having 40% off everything right now - my pants above are old, but they just came out with a new linen-blend pair which I’ve tried on and confirm are super similar. They're so flattering paired with a more fitted top. AT bottoms in general are loose on me at the waist, so I love ones with a sash belt that you can tighten a bit. From the new arrivals section, I'd also recommend this versatile navy top in a weightier stretch fabric (I got regular xxs as a casual fit). And major sale alert - I've never seen my Manolo BB pumps in a classic nude marked down this much and still left in all small sizes. Don't miss out!
what to wear to work in the spring summer elegant office style
On me: Ann Taylor top, ASOS skirt, BP purse, Sole Society sandals 5.5 c/o (also sold here)
On Karen: Modcloth top, Ann Taylor pants, Talbots bag c/o, Halogen flats (similar)

If my cousin Karen’s outfit looks familiar, you might recall this Modcloth peplum top from back in this post! See how I styled it there for work with a pop of color and a shorter blazer, as a play on lengths.
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First Day of Summer // Gingham Print + Pineapple Sandals

white j brand skinny jeans summer outfit petite style
Maison Jules top xxs, J.Brand jeans sz 24 (no hemming needed; also sold here)
Talbots sandals sz 5.5 c/o, Celine box bag (review), Quay sunglasses (similar - see on me)

Happy (almost) first day of summer! And what better way to welcome warmer days, than with gingham print and whimsical pineapples paired with my trusty white jeans. I borrowed this adorable navy peplum top from my same-sized cousin, whom recently moved to Boston! Aside from practically doubling my clothing options, she's been teaching me all sorts of yummy dishes from our family recipes (some of which I can't wait to share with you guys)!
navy gingham check top celine small box bag

Paris designer bag reviews (Fendi, Prada, & newer Goyard totes)

goyard artois anjou st louis tote reviews comparisons paris france This post is long overdue, but better late than never, right? I've been getting some handbag questions lately (especially on Goyard) that reminded me to dig this out of the drafts folder. The last time I visited Europe, I did a good amount of purse "research" and wanted to share more photos and info on my favorites! I reviewed some smaller, petite-sized bags earlier and saved my favorite larger totes and handbags for this post. In case you missed it, here are the previous posts in this series:

Part 1: Saving on designer goods in Paris (including VAT refund tips)
Part 2: Petite designer bag reviews (Chanel, Celine) + Louboutin

goyard bag shopping in paris
Goyard can be rather polarizing (just take a look at the very, shall we say..."spirited" discussion on this post from my early blogging days). I totally get that not everyone cares for the pattern or wants to fork over $$$ for canvas bags. But the old lady in me loves the practicality of their totes, their hand-painted chevron pattern, as well as the brand's deeply-rooted history as a French trunk maker. Sentimentally, it's also the first (and perhaps only) brand of handbag I've received as a gift from my husband. If you don't care for their popular Saint Louis totes, there are two more recent options that I love and wanted to review for you guys!

When Life Gives you Lemons...

lemon print cardigan sweater jcrew summer outfit

...make a cute outfit! I have a weakness for fruit print, and admittedly scooped up several pieces from J.Crew's lemon collection last month. The print is perfect for adding a dose of whimsy or bright color to your summer looks. I've worn my cardigan open over tanks and dresses, or buttoned-up and styled as a regular shirt, like I did here. This outfit would be work-appropriate if you swap in just a slightly longer skirt. J.Crew also has a lightweight sweater shell in white with lemons, and I couldn't resist getting this silk headscarf for a wishful vacation on the Amalfi Coast (hint hint, Nick)!
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Cuyana mini tassel bag c/oKJP infinity pearl bracelet xs, Gucci sunglasses

I've gotten so many questions on this mini blush bag, which also comes in classic black or cream! It's a well-proportioned purse in a beautiful pebbled leather with gold accents. The overall design is reminiscent of my Gucci soho bag (at a fraction of the price), with a few differences: