Blazer: Banana Republic (thrifted)
Sweater: Gap (thrifted)
Lace Top: Urban Vibe
Jeans: JBrand (gift)
Boots: Madden Girl (Famous Footwear)
Clutch: Bueno (thrifted)
It's definitely hard to inject personality into work appropriate coloring. After getting out of high school and coming away from four years of working at a barn full time as a barn manager and riding instructor my first job in "the real world" was working as a office girl for a large local Tourism company. It was such a awesome company to work for and I really enjoyed it aside from one thing, we had to wear uniforms. As in, everyone wore the same pair of black slack, the same company sweater, the same boring, ugly shoes. We weren't even allowed much leeway with our accessories since we were only allowed small post earring and dainty rings. Pretty boring stuff. Since then I've worked at a variety of places with a variety of dress codes, from very strict to non existent. (One applicant even came to her interview dressed in dirty sweatpants. High class stuff here people.)
I've never been very daring in my work-wear and have pretty much always erred on the side of comfort and appropriateness. To be honest, I have almost no advice for jazzing up your work outfits aside from playing within the bounds of your dress code. If your job is office casual, you usually can get away with dark-wash jean (no whiskering!) cute skirts of your preferred style with some fun closed toed shoes or cute little booties. With stricter office dress codes playing with your jewelry and accessories is your best bet for showing off your personalitly and personal style.
And if you have to wear a uniform, I'm sorry. (But it does make getting dressed in the morning a no-brainer.)
Wow, I really got off track of what I was originally going to write about. This was a silly little run down on how I felt like I had to dress up like a grown up and be appropriate because today is a big day for us Americans. Voting is serious stuff and even if I do really hate this system of Electoral Votes counting for more than the votes of the people, it's a occasion to show your respect. I suppose my respect doesn't go far enough to tuck my shirt in.
Bad Katie, bad.