How To: Dress for Work with + A Giveaway!

Summer work style

On the whole, my work environments range from the casual and creative to the down-and-dirty. The rare occasion—a first client meeting, for example—calls for a tad more polish. And certainly I have friends whose dress codes fall on the corporate side of the fence. So when the ladies at asked me to model my favorite piece from their All Day Every Day collection, I wanted to explore a side of the brand that anyone could fit into their regular rotation. bow + blazer

The girlie bow perfectly straddles the line between spiced-up and buttoned-up. I chose the newest navy and white polka dot version, but there's a satin iteration that would look so pretty with a black shift dress and chignon. The philosophy is all about finding fun in even the littlest things, and I see no reason why we can't do that simply because we're filing expense reports—and frankly, a fab hair accessory is practically required just to survive that spiteful task! 

Creative work style

As for the rest of the outfit, a silk romper and loosely structured blazer would suit almost any professional situation. (I'd throw on stockings if I really felt the need to impress.) Oxblood heels and a vintage attaché compliment the personality imparted by the bow. Now you have a chance to incorporate this accessory into your every day too! Comment here telling me how you mix it up with your work outfits. One week from now I'll select a winner to receive a polka dot girlie bow!

Images: Thank you to Woodnote Photography for shooting these photos! Additional outfit credits: Romper, Helmut Lang (similar). Blazer, Helmut Lang (similar). Suede mules, DVF (similar). Attaché, vintage Louis Vuitton at Simply Chic.   

  • Cait

    I love adding a pop of color in my accessory choice to brighten up my work day!

  • jaime @ laviejaime

    that LV clutch…swoon!

  • Emily

    I love incorporating unique jewelry and accessories to mix up my generic work uniform!

  • Maureen Sullivan Stemberg, Interiors

    Love your pic’s and LV vintage bag!

  • Regina @ Margarita Bloom

    OMG, that bow is sooo cute! Oh, my I have my own beauty (and now adding fashion) company so I can set my own dress code…yep, it’s pretty fabulous. I’d probably pair one of these gorgeous bows with jeans and my new “Meow” statement tee or a pretty tank and my neon green skater skirt! Meow (and polka dot) fabulousness. :)
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  • Alicia

    well fortunately or unfortunately (i’ll go with the former), my work wardrobe consists of wearing lululemon every day. but i do love throwing in a little flair for girls’ nights out or date nights with husband! you make this bow look adorable and i want one too!!

  • the homesteady

    I love wearing clothes with a little vintage touch — especially high-waisted pants a la Katharine Hepburn! That touch of menswear is always surprising, and I love the effect. Thanks for the great giveaway, Anne!

  • joanna

    ooooo i want this! i’d totally rock this giant bow at the base of my top knot. as for the outfit, i’m thinking cut offs, boxy white tee, and an army jacket. shoes would be studded leather sandals!

  • courtney d

    My work is pretty casual so I could wear the bow with any outfit!

  • steph

    I love hairbands or funky watches.

  • Holly L

    I’d love to dress up a casual friday look with a fun piece from!

  • Emmy

    I would LOVE to wear it in my hair with my white blazer, navy chiffon blouse tucked into my slim cut black slacks, and black pumps<3!!! THANK YOU SO SO SOOOO VERY MUCH:)!!!