Office Style Inspiration

Where do you work?

I work in the marketing department at a college.

What did you wear to work today?

I am wearing a black cotton t-shirt dress, a khaki jacket and wedges with gold chain detailing. No jewelry.

workstyle polyvoreHow would you describe your office style?

I would describe my office style as feminine and minimal. I love a simple, body-hugging t-shirt dress for everyday style, both in and out of the office, and I can’t stand to wear anything that is baggy or has frills and embellishments. This I attribute to my body shape; anything loose fitting looks like a smock on me. Out of the office, my style is the same but with a hint of teenage angst. I also love a great wedge heel for the office.

The fashion rule I always enforce is never look like I’m trying too hard: pick one standout piece and keep everything else to a minimal.

Go-to fashion rule or styling trick?

My mom taught me that you can wear red lipstick or heavy eye makeup, but never both simultaneously. The fashion rule I always enforce is never look like I’m trying too hard: pick one standout piece and keep everything else to a minimal. Outside of work, I love to wear a body-hugging t-shirt dress with Converse sneakers. It helps to tone-down the overall look; the Converse sneakers are essential because they help to balance the overall look. If I wear a form-fitting dress, it must be accompanied by flats or Converse sneakers; I will never pair a form-fitting dress with high heels. I’m not saying it’s wrong to do so, but it’s not my personal style.

Favorite part about your job?

I love anytime I get to write feature stories about our students. It’s always a learning experience for myself. Each of our students has their own story that defines how they ended up at our college. Working at a tech college brings a unique mix of students, and it’s always interesting to hear the situation that brought the student to our college. With graduation coming up, I’m working on a “Humans of New York” style Facebook campaign for our upcoming graduates. It will be interesting to hear their different stories.colorfulofficeinspo

Most challenging part of your job?

Working in marketing at a college, I have to be able to speak with an authority in 50+ different industries, everything from machine tools to architecture to nursing. Since I can’t possibly do that on my own, my job requires getting a lot of feedback from many different people, and trust me, everyone thinks they are a marketer. I do value their opinion because they know their student, but sometimes there is “too many cooks in the kitchen,” so to speak.

One thing in your closet you could not live without?

Fitted t-shirt dresses are life! I can throw one on and feel comfortable while looking put-together. Win-win! I also LOVE my scoop-back, ballet style fitted shirts. I wish I could find more of them.


If you could choose any shoes from our Summer in the City collection, which one would it be?

I think the blush Nora d’orsay pumps are gorgeous. Low-key with simple lines is my jam.