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What I Wore: The Young Professionals

by Ashley on December 10, 2012

leopard print cardigan, tarina tarantno pave heart necklace

I’m a month into my new job, and I’ve been paying attention to how the “young professionals” dress. Because I’m still in an academic setting, what constitutes as “professional” is still more lax than other environments… jeans on Fridays (or non-meeting days) and overall I can still work in my own flare.  That being said, stick me in a room with people from all over campus, and I think my style and confused looks scream, “Little Arts Girl.”

leopard print cardigan, tarina tarantno pave heart necklace, old navy rockstar bootcut jeans, miz mooz franklin heels,

It’s been hard transitioning into NOT wearing jeans everyday. I’ve been on the hunt for good work pants, and these Old Navy Rockstar bootcut jeans fit the bill.  They’re black and non-denim, so I like to think it makes them look more professional. But with the comfort and ease of jeans. That I can wear on the weekends, too. I’m all over that.

Now that I’m also in a position where there’s less box hauling, paint and torn jeans, I’m trying to break myself back into my closet. First up: heels.  I’ve defaulted to flats most days, but recently broke out these new Miz Mooz Franklin heels as my inaugural heels at work.

miz mooz shoes, miz mooz franklin heels, miz moos wingtip, miz mooz oxford

I couldn’t have picked out a better pair– of the 6 or more pairs of Miz Mooz I own, these may be one of the highest and also the most comfortable. I wore them through my 8.5 hour work day with no aches or pains. Since my foot is just this side of wider than normal, I often find that a few hours in heels leads to pinching on the sides OR the bones at the ball of my feet get stabbing pains. That wasn’t the case here. From the second I put them on, they were perfect.

(Also: this leopard cardigan? Best $15 I’ve spent on clothes all year. I’m obsessed with it.)

What I Wore…

Franklin oxfords – courtesy of Miz Mooz
Leopard Cardigan– Old Navy
White “Essential” v-neck – Gap
Black ‘Rockstar’ Jeans – Old Navy
Chronograph Runway Watch – Michael Kors
Tarina Tarantino Heart Necklace – Ideeli (similar and similar)
“Jingle Bells” Gold Nail Polish – courtesy of China Glaze

(Not seen: “driving” shoes – Rocketdog’s Marlie flats- Trashy Diva. Because I don’t have a death wish while driving.)


Magpie January 11, 2013 at 10:54 pm

I need work pants that work hard-retail, so I can’t wear jeans but destroy my clothes with all the shelving and cleaning-I’m not an old navy fan, but might have to see if those come in talls.

Ashe January 12, 2013 at 10:46 am

I do know the website has them in tall! The only downside, I’d say, is that they seem to fade quickly. I always wash them in cold and then air dry them, and they’ve still gotten that “white washed” look to them. Luckily I bough them on sale for $19 and they’re not unwearable… but the color doesn’t hold up as well as my denim pair!

Ayanna January 1, 2013 at 10:28 pm

So cute!

Natalie December 18, 2012 at 1:45 pm

Oh, those shoes are super cute. I really adore this outfit.

Arash Mazinani December 16, 2012 at 11:46 am

I love the leopard print cardigan and the bootcut jeans! The tone you picked for your nails is perfect as well for the whole outfit.

Ashe December 17, 2012 at 12:24 pm

Thank you, Arash! I have exceptional luck when it comes to coordinating little things like that ;)

Louise In Leopard December 14, 2012 at 10:46 pm

How cute are you? Also, OLD NAVY HAS LEOPARD?!?

Ashe December 17, 2012 at 12:25 pm

They do! A few different tones and sizes, too. It thrills me to no end.

Hannah December 14, 2012 at 1:01 pm

Love the leopard cardi! I have to say, those heels definitely look comfy! x

WendyB December 12, 2012 at 12:52 am

Super-fun shoes!

Franca December 10, 2012 at 1:22 pm

I love the shoes! I think this is a great mix of professional and fun!

Ashe December 10, 2012 at 1:30 pm

Thanks, Franca! It’s kind of what I want to strive for….something playful and me, but grown-up “enough” for work…

Cathy Benavides December 10, 2012 at 12:45 pm

I’ve heard so many good thing about the rockstar jeans – I think I need to just break down and try a pair. I love that leopard cardigan!! I also think that any money spent on a leopard item is money very well spent :)

Ashe December 10, 2012 at 1:28 pm

I’ll admit, I wasn’t crazy about the super skinny ones. I’m pretty slim legged for a size 18, but I had the hardest time getting them on! But the skinny bootcuts? Are perfect. I typically avoid bootcuts because they look like flares on me, but these fit really well. (And I knew what size I wore, so I got these for $19 on the website!)

Katy December 10, 2012 at 10:53 am

Fabulous!!! I love the whole look, but especially the shoes!!!

Also, I have a couple of those rockstar jeans myself–I like em a lot!

Ashe December 10, 2012 at 1:29 pm

They’re really good! I’m still not sold on the super skinny ones, but I’m hoping they’ll keep coming out with them… maybe more bootcuts, maybe some cord ones??

Thanks, honey <3

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