Work Wear: Thinkin’ Outside the Cubicle

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Regardless of whether you’re taking that trip to Europe this summer or simply dressing like you could be, summer fashion is all about ease. Casting all of the complicated layering of colder months aside, summer usually means breezy linen tops, simple sundresses and strappy sandals thrown in a beach tote. But wait—a girl’s still gotta work, right?

You may have lived in that tie-dye maxi or pair of perfectly worn-in cutoffs all weekend, but come Monday morning, it’s back to work wear. And for many of you who may work in settings where professional attire is the norm, the office isn’t exactly the place you’re likely to wear your fave beach dress. After seeing a few customers at Here We Go Again struggle with what to wear to work, I decided to put together a few tips to help shake things up a bit.

Blazers1. Bold-Printed Blazers

As forever chic as matching suits are supposed to be for women, let’s face it: They can come off a little dated if they aren’t done right. And in resale, you’re hard-pressed to find a matching set unless A) a consignor just so happened to wear the same blazer and pant size and B) it just so happened to be too amazing for us to pass up. Many women come in as they prepare for job interviews, and their first inclination is to ask for suits. I’m always quick to offer the much more versatile alternative: a unique blazer that can be paired with both pencil skirts, dress pants, and on days off, even a cute pair of jeans. The summertime is a great time to shake it up with a bold print or lacey texture, too.

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2. Playful Pencil Skirts

Remember that saying, “Who wears the pants around here?” How about who wears the pencil skirts?! There’s nothing quite like the power symbol of a perfectly-tailored, flattering pencil skirt in the work place. Long gone are the days where pencils were just the femme alternative to a man’s pant suit; today they are a celebration of femininity and expression.

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3. Air-Conditioning: Layering in July

Summer fashion and sweaters don’t usually go together. Or do they? If you work in a heavily air-conditioned office, you might find yourself going from roasting heat at lunchtime to an arctic chill indoors. But you’re in luck! Sheer tops have never been trendier, and we take them for consignment all year long. Wear a bright-colored tank beneath, and shed your open-knits and silky sheer tops the minute your watch turns 5 o’clock. Two outfits in one—what could be better than that?

Whether you’re stumped on an outfit for your next presentation or you simply want to blow off steam about your day, we’re all ears (and eyes!) to set you up right. Bonus: stall the work traffic this evening and fill up a dressing room instead!

 

Author: Chris Gauger

Chris is a self-confessed resale fashionista. A fashion recycler from an early age, she learned the consignment business from her mother, Jan Gauger, at omt divine resale in Lincoln, Nebraska. Chris moved to Portland, Oregon in 1990 and immediately felt at home, among her people. She started Here We Go Again Deluxe Resale Boutique in 1992 and has never looked back. The second location of her store opened in 1997. Chris loves pretty much everything about clothes and fashion, but she has a serious boot and shoe addiction that is fed by the two stores. It's doubtful she will ever be recovered. In addition to clothes, Chris loves mentoring young women and teaching them about what it takes to run and manage a small business. She has employed some pretty remarkable women over the years and is grateful for all they've done to help grow Here We Go Again. She is a Hoosier by birth, but was raised in Nebraska. She has two sisters who continue to run the consignment store there, and one brother who has sense enough to stay out of the way. Her husband of twenty-seven years, is a land use planner and the fix-anything-guru that Chris relies upon more often than she'd like.

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