Red and White Stripes for Work

As a follow up to yesterday's post, I was asked by a reader to create an outfit on a budget.  Thus, we are showcasing one dress styled three ways.  In yesterday's post, we styled this basic red and white striped dress for a casual day look.   As I mentioned yesterday, this dress cost less than $40; a steal if you ask me!  Today, we are styling the dress for the purpose of a work ensemble.

I exchanged yesterday's denim jacket for a classic white blazer, (mine is from an old BR skirt suit), to create a more tailored, professional look.

I kept some of the accessories--the earrings, rings and necklace, but I switched out the belt, opting for less eye grabbing, more neutral color, in order to keep the ensemble a little more on the reserved side.  

Additionally, I swapped the clutch for a small shoulder bag, the sandals for a pair of classic pumps, and the bracelet to coordinate with my shoes.

I kept the side braids in my hair, but I opted for a more sleek, pulled back 'do, which presents a more polished and professional look.

Dress: Pink & Blue at South Park Mall, here's one in red and white, and one in black and white, Jacket: Banana Republic (old), but here's one, Belt: Pink & Blue at South Park Mall, but here's one I love, Sunglasses: Blinde, here's a less expensive similar pair, Purse: Coach (old), here's one, Pumps: Belonged to my Great-Grandmother (so classic!), here's a fabulous pair, Earrings: Gifted, Necklace and Left arm bracelet: Belonged to my Grandmother, Right Arm Bracelet: ivy & leo, here's a favorite chain link bracelet, Ring: BCBG (old), but here's my favorite new statement ring. What do you think?  Is this a look you could wear to your office?  

I could see this possibly not working in the bank or courtroom, which make up a large contingency of professionals in the Queen City. Bring down the hem a few inches, and you should be just fine. Perhaps swap the dangling earrings for pearls or other studs.

Tailor the look so that it is appropriate for your work place.

For the love of mixing it up in great style!  Whitley