We’ve all been told by the fashion world that pearls are classic,
timeless, and sophisticated. I’ll be honest to admit that I didn’t always agree.
Growing up, my mom would pass down to me her own pearl jewelry and unfortunately,
they would just end up at the bottom of my jewelry box.
I was all about the flashy, sparkly, bold pieces. To me, wearing pearls meant that
I was getting old and had to “grow up.” Well, either I’m old now or I’ve come to
appreciate the elegance that pearls can add to any outfit or look.
I’ve also realized that pearls can be both bold and delicate.
The “Kate” necklace from DearMissJ is a great example of how pearls
can accentuate an outfit with the large pearl strand combined with the pearl/cubic pendant.
The “Lorelai Gilmore” necklace from DearMissJ adds a delicate touch to your outfit
with the use of smaller pearls and an adorable pendant.
So whether you’re in the mood to feel powerful and bold because you have to
rock a presentation at work, or if you want to opt for a delicate and feminine look to impress
your handsome date, pearls can add either dimension to your outfit.
FYI, those pearls my mom gave me are no longer at the bottom of my jewelry box.
I’m someone whom you might consider your average 20-something-year-old,
professional San Franciscan woman who likes to attend fitness classes,
happy hours, and startup launch parties after work (I believe the term used nowadays is “basic bitch”).
I work in a corporate environment that enforces the “business casual” dress code,
but my interests outside of work call for athletic wear as well as trendy “night-out” pieces.
So when it comes to shopping and picking out what to wear on a daily basis,
I like to incorporate items into my wardrobe that allow me to easily transform from work
attire to going-out or working-out attire.
I commute an hour to and from my office each day, so it’s important that
I don’t have to pack an entirely different outfit to change into as it can be a pain carrying
a heavy bag on public transportation. I look for quality, style, practicality, and price
when I shop. While I appreciate brand names, I’m not a brand snob because
1) I can’t afford it and 2) Generally I can find the same look for less (Marshalls and T.J. Maxx FTW).
That’s not to say I don’t own any branded items—I just like to mix it up with more affordable items.
Here’s a list of my favorite essentials you can incorporate into your
wardrobe for a hassle-free transformation after your work day!
Ever since I discovered these, I have not worn any other pants to work.These are made with 12% spandex so they are stretchy and super comfortablewithout sacrificing the clean and professional look. Because these pants are madewith a thick cotton material and consist of a front button and zipper, you don’t looklike you’re simply wearing yoga pants to work.
I own around 10 pairs because they cost only around $23 and come in a great selectionof colors. Plus, you can throw these right into the laundry machine without having to worryabout damage. Pair these with some pumps and not only do they look good in the office,but also a casual outing after work.
I’m not gonna lie, I used to be a Lululemon “hater” because I could never justifyspending that much money on workout gear...that was until I was gifted myfirst set of Lulu running pants, and my life changed. I’ve come to appreciate thequality and fit of Lululemon (yes, their yoga pants do make your butt look like you just did 100 squats).They also have items that can you can totally rock to work or places outside of the gym.
DearMissJ Lavender NecklaceJust like how every woman should own a little black dress, every woman shouldalso own a statement necklace. There have been mornings where I could care lessabout putting effort into figuring out what to wear to work.I would throw on a plain top, plain pants, and then put on a bold necklace like this onefrom DearMissJ and BAM! My outfit just got better.
You can never have too many bags, but an essential to have is a classic tote.I like to invest in large totes that can fit my laptop, running shoes, and still looktrendy to bring out to a dinner or happy hour after work without looking like you’recarrying a duffle bag or a tacky laptop case.
This large tote from San Edelman is perfect. I like that it’s made out of nylon, which makesit durable and easy to clean. At the same time, it still looks classic, chic, and oh my goshlook at the cute touch to the bottom!