top: ann taylor // blazer: h&m // jeans: loft // bag: coach
Balancing personal style and an engineering job can be difficult. When you work in heavy manufacturing and wear a hard hat, steel toe boots, and florescent vest half the day, it’s difficult to be motivated to dress stylish. Trying to put an outfit together that feels put together but still meets the requirements for you job feels impossible sometimes.
I’ve been struggling with that since I started my first job. This year I’m putting a much greater effort into balancing the two. Have I got it all figured out? Nope. But I feel like this outfit is a great step in the right direction.
Sure, there are things I wanted to change right from the start. For example, I really wanted to wear my awesome boots instead of these flats, and I think they would have pulled the look together better and made me look taller. But there is no way I’m wearing my nice boots to a dirty work environment. Even if I have to change out of them once I get there, it isn’t worth ruining them if I get a bad parking spot and have to trek it. Flat shoes just feel safer.
But there are some elements that make this outfit perfect for work! The blazer is a recent addition to my closet. I found it on the sale rack at h&m for $20 and I can’t get over how great it is. I feel like I have a trick up my sleeve(s) when wearing it (literally!) since there is elastic sewn in around the elbows to permanently make them look pushed up. I feel totally on trend, but the blazer works so well for work too.
The necklace I have to take off when I leave my office, but the little extra effort helps me feel that much more stylish. I also tend to get kinks in my hair from wearing it under a hard hat, and I’m trying out some messy waves to try to hide that a bit. Little things I wouldn’t have to worry about in a different job!