Life + Style

September 29, 2014

Black and White + Leopard | Work Wear

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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  1. Girl you look awesome, those pants make your legs a mile long!! Professional done right. Sometimes I miss getting dressed up for work!

  2. You look great Julia! Love your classic style.

  3. I was looking at those pants the other day, but I just couldn't pull the trigger because of the price point. Do you think they are worth the splurge?? I do work full time and wear black pants probably 3x a week in the fall/winter.

    1. They were for me because they are wool suit pants and looked significantly more professional than some of the other pants I've tried on or purchased before. Also, they fit me perfectly right off the rack, even the length was exact. Most of the other pants I've tried either have a wide leg which I don't love or have some stretch or cotton blend and could be mistaken for nicer leggings from a distance. I also only need one pair which weighed on my decision. I put these on and called them my power pants. Ha! I hope that helps.

  4. You might just be the sexiest working mama I've ever seen!!! Take that back you def. are!!!! xoxo

  5. Julia, I love these pants! I've been loyal to the Sloan cropped pants for work for two years, but I like the relaxed fit of these! I may need to go with the Anne Klein version for now--just as nice and I'm loving that price point! Thanks for the wardrobe ideas!

  6. I love this outfit! My favorite are the shoes.

  7. LOVE this outfit. The shirt fits amazing and love the pants and shoes.


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