I thought it was time for a little work update. I sat down to write this post the other day and I thought to myself, I was dressed in slacks and a blazer all morning and by 1:00 was back in my comfy old jeans and a soft gingham button down. Like, who the hell am I today? I had to leave a meeting with a problem still unresolved and still managed to be a few minutes late picking up the kids. I feel like I'm living a double life and not always so successfully.
It's funny how the clothes can affect your entire sense of self. At least with my two contrasting identities it does. I feel like I finally get Clark Kent's need for the cape. Not that I'm trying to say I'm a hero, I just get the bigger importance of a wardrobe change. Which one feels more like the real me? Do I like being the mom in yoga pants pushing the swing more than the woman dressed in a super smart outfit using my brain? There is no doubt in my mind that I'd pick rolling around on the floor with my kids any day. But I have to admit it's fun to play dress up and feel smart and recognize a little bit of my pre-kids self in the mirror.
I purchased my first pair of official work pants from Nordstrom last week. They were a major splurge and really the only pair I anticipate needing since I'm only in the office one or two days a week. If I immediately needed multiple pairs of dress pants to wear every day I would probably start out with a less expensive pair like these or these.
I love how I automatically feel really professional when I put these on. I am just starting to build a work wardrobe so I'm tying to pick quality pieces that will last more than just a few seasons and in a basic color scheme. Y'all know me, I love a good classic. I paired it with a tailored white button down because I love the polished look of black and white. I'm also a huge fan of this blouse but will have to add that to my wish list.
These leopard slingbacks are a few years old and have been a staple in my wardrobe. I love the look of leopard with black so much; black pants, a little black dress, pencil skirt, or even just dark denim skinny jeans. I'm going to have to replace mine pretty soon so I've rounded up a few of my favorites for you below. If there is one stand out pair of shoes every woman needs it's leopard pumps. You will never regret it.
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