Working with Style: Crazy North Carolina Weather

Liberating Working Moms has a weekly feature on working clothes, and I’ve wanted to participate for weeks but haven’t had the chance.  Lucky, lucky you, dear readers, because today is the day!

My style is classic I suppose.  I’m not really sure if as an adult, I have a style.  In high school, I definitely had a style: grunge-as-interpreted by The Limited and some dramatic black pieces (because I was in mourning for my lost childhood.  And that’s a true statement.  Oh the melodrama).  However, I always preferred classic pieces.  Plaid.  Twin sets.  Pearls.  Not necessarily conservative but good taste.

As a professional (woah, did I just type that????), I’m not sure I’ve given much thought to my attire.  I know what I like and I (think) I know what looks good on me; I also know what is acceptable in my university environment (though apparently years ago I committed the unforgivable faux pas of not wearing hose with a shift.  True story).  Beyond that, I try to wear what appeals to me.   I’ve always enjoyed dressing up and wearing nice clothes, so dressing for work is much easier for me than dressing casually.  I do envy my office neighbor Kimberly because she has a bohemian style that really works for her.  She is cool and dresses that way.  Cool is not a word I would use in relation to myself or my wardrobe.

I’m a little frustrated with my clothing options lately.  I used to shop quite a bit at LOFT and occasionally at Ann Taylor, but their clothes have been hit or miss lately.  I like some of the things in Talbots, but they seem to skew a little older.  I’m 34.  Hooker attire is not appropriate at my job nor is a style to which I aspire, yet I’m not ready for old lady clothes.  Where’s my store?  Seriously…give me recommendations but remember I’m in North Carolina – we’re not quite as hip as Atlanta (yet).

Fall in North Carolina is awesome, but it’s also a challenge to dress for.  One day you are wearing long sleeves; the next day you are wearing a sweater.  It’s seriously bipolar.  So without further ado, here are a few of my recent work looks:

Sweater and slacks

Sweater:  Dress Barn (seriously!  I think I paid $20 maximum for it).  Pants: LOFT.  It was 45 degrees that day, but the day before, it was 3o degrees warmer with tornadoes coming through.

Why yes, that is a knife I'm holding

Close up of the pants

Pants and shirt: LOFT.  It was 75 degrees.  So very wrong to be that warm so close to Thanksgiving!!

Your turn: what do you wear to work?


  1. I HAVE THOSE LOFT pants! I need to get them taken in. For some reason, I bought them right after coming back to work post-baby. Yeah, then my body continued to change!
    You have a great look. I’m 34 also & work in a fairly conservative place. If you want to experiment with different looks without going overboard, maybe some different accesories? I have some funky earrings & necklaces that can funkify otherwise neutral outfits. 🙂
    Glad you joined to feature. It’s been so fun! 🙂

    1. I like the accessories idea. That’s an area in which I am lacking. I try to express myself through funky socks, but those aren’t really visible. So funny you have the same pants!

  2. Awwwh, thanks for the props! I was slow to the ‘build on your accessories’ notion until a few years ago. It really does help diversify your closet, while adding your own flair (not in the Jennifer Aniston ‘Office Space’ kinda way. I love your style KeAnne, classic and sophisticated – perfect for a woman who so eloquently speaks her mind!

  3. Thanks for linking up!!

    I love the LOFT too, but I’ll admit, most of my pieces from there are at least a year or two (or five) old. I totally agree about them being hit & miss lately. I love their slacks, but have little to no use for them now where I work. If I were to wear slacks on a daily basis, my style would be much like yours, classic & cute. I really love those slacks with the pin stripe you’re wearing!

  4. You and the knife crack me up! I feel in between the junior section and the “old clothes” too. Heck I’m almost 35 and will buy stuff in the juniors section sometimes but the clothes there annoy me more and more. I like Old Navy still and Kohl’s has decent stuff too! I need someone to come dress me though– I’m horrible at layering clothing to look cute!

    1. I would love someone to dress me! Unfortunately I am too tall for the junior section, but I do like Kohls. I need to go there more b/c they have great basic pieces.

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