|blouse||–||Theory (found at Elliott Consigmnent, similar)|
|pencil skirt||–||United Colors of Benetton (similar)|
|pumps||–||Ivanka Trump (similar)|
|earrings||–||Kenneth Jay Lane|
|ring||–||House of Harlow (similar)|
|wristlet||–||Tory Burch (found at Elliott Consigmnent, similar)|
|lip||–||Burt’s Bees (Ruby Ripple)|
I was recently in D.C. for a quick business trip–so quick, in fact, that I didn’t have time to visit any monuments or museums (sadness). When I’m packing for such a short trip, I try to keep things as light and wrinkle-free as possible. Given that we’ve entered into autumn territory, I tried to keep the palette of this outfit dark and warm, which had the added bonus of looking professional and sleek.
One of my go-to hairstyles for business trips is a quick low bun. It takes almost no time to do, and it looks quite a bit more professional than wearing your hair fully down. To make this bun, I just pull my hair into a low ponytail and secure it with a hair tie. I then pull the hair at the crown of my head out of the pony just a bit to create some volume. Then I a wrap twist my hair in a circle around the base of the ponytail and secure it with two spin pins. That’s it. It’s super easy and mercifully doesn’t require any heat styling–unless you want to. If you’ve got extra time, you can curl a loose piece of hair around your face as I’ve done here.
When it comes to travelling to work, whether that means commuting or traveling a longer distance on a business trip, I think there are two handbag essentials: a solid backpack for carrying heavy items and a cute wristlet to keep your essentials on you at all times. I prefer these two to one large tote bag simply because I think a laptop is far too heavy of an item to be lugging around on one shoulder. Having sustained several neck injuries in my life, I can tell you, it’s not worth it. Get a backpack. There are lots of sleek options out there if you’re particularly image-conscious. I like this backpack from Tory Burch, this simple backpack from Ojio, and even this budget-friendly Eastpack backpack.
Many of the pieces in this look have been in my closet for quite some time. That’s the nice thing about business professional attire–if you make smart purchases, you only have to make a few of them. This skirt is over five years old. I bought it as part of a full suit for my first real job interview after college. Clearly, it’s stood the test of time. I found this wrinkle-free stretchy blouse from Theory at my favorite consignment store several years ago and its also held up well. I like tighter fitting, stretchy blouses because not only do they tend to be wrinkle-free, they’re slimming and sleek when tucked into a pencil.
One final note, because it must be said: I purchased these pumps long before Ivanka Trump’s father decided to run for President. I do not support him or his politics, and I’ve stopped buying her shoes for the duration of the campaign. I encourage you to do the same.