This outfit is a recreation of what I wore to deliver a project to one of my clients last week. As a freelance designer how I dress is an important part of my image or “brand”. I want my look to reflect my abilities in fashion and design, but I also want to look professional. The situation would be different if I worked in a less creative field, but as a designer I feel I need to look like a DESIGNER. Getting super dressed up in a suit and heels is almost always complete overkill. Business culture in Los Angeles is rather casual, so wearing dark jeans to meet with my client seemed appropriate. After all, I’d spent the whole day working in my studio to finish the project and I didn’t want to look like I’d wasted hours getting dressed.
I was really inspired by the article “Tips for wearing blazers” on Grit and Glamour. I’ve never actually owned a black blazer, so I was a little hesitant to just go out and buy one. It seems like such a conservative item, and I almost never have an occasion to wear a suit. But I found this one at the Goodwill for $5 and thought even if I never wore it I would not have wasted much money. It’s a size 10 but designed to be rather oversized. (I’ve since found an even nicer, fitted, Ann Taylor version of the same thing for $25 at the same Goodwill store!) Now that I have one I wonder why I never got one before. The addition of a black blazer over my jeans and scoop neck t-shirt added just the right touch of professionalism.
- Jacket – Thrifted
- Necklace – Cara Couture via Gilt.com
- Sunnies – Fendi
- T-shirt – Target
- Jeans – J Brand
- Purse – Target
- Sandals – Nine West
What do you wear for casual business meetings?