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Hey Jaclyn! I'm a such a big fan of your blog and I have a question for you! I'll be working at a PR firm over the summer, and I'm pretty much working from the ground up in starting a work wear wardrobe that is summer appropriate. The dress code is conservative with very casual fridays. I'm 20, so I'm always walking the thin line of dressing too young or looking like I'm going for something too mature. Do you have any ideas? Thanks so much! :)

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Hey! I definitely get your dilemma. I think your best bet (especially considering you’ll be working over the summer) is to focus on basic, well-tailored shift dresses that are appropriate for a conservative office. You can wear a blazer/sweater over them at work (or just do what I used to do—keep a few neutral cardigans and a black jacket in an office closet) and a dress will be cool and comfortable for commuting or going out after work. 

  • Get a few shift dresses in neutral colors. This sleeveless black dress from H&M is just $35. Pair it with a black blazer and simple pumps. This crepe dress is $35—love the sleeves. I love this J.Crew Factory sleeveless ruched dress ($49.50). The bright colors are pretty, but go safe with the navy or black. This striped dress is $82, but strikes the perfect balance between fun and conservative. For days when you might have clients visiting the office, try this peplum dress ($69). 
  • LOFT is a great spot for you to pick up work separates or dresses since they run sales all the time. Look for things you might be able to integrate to your everyday wardrobe. This crepe open jacket ($98, 40% off with code 4PEEPS) is the perfect layer for dresses or blouses, but you can wear it on the weekend with a basic tee, jeans and flats too. I am in love with this ivory textured jacket too ($98, 40% off with code 4PEEPS).
  • For inexpensive work skirts, check at Target. This jacquard black skirt is great ($28). For a basic twill pencil skirt, you can’t do better than this one for $23
  • Use your accessories to keep your look younger and more modern. A lightweight scarf in the office looks nice (and can help keep you warm if the office has overactive A/C). Doublecheck the office policy on shoes. Some conservative offices frown upon open-toed shoes. If they do allow toe action, a pair of mid-height wedges is nice for summer ($90 from Nine West). Watch out for shoes with heels above 3” and make sure you take a pair of comfortable flats along with you. If you’re interning (I’m not sure if you are!), you may have to run a lot of errands and doing that in heels is zero fun. ZERO fun. Be prepared! Anyway, try ZARA for affordable heels that aren’t too high—like these slingback kitten heels ($60) or these medium heel court shoes ($60). Jewelry is another way to add a bit of individuality to your outfit, but don’t go too crazy. I’m not generally a big fan of statement necklaces or big earrings at work (they look too youthful), but be creative with bracelets. This cuff from Baublebar ($38) would look great with a white buttondown blouse and a pencil skirt. This one ($28) is pretty too. 

I hope this gives you a place to start looking! Have fun and good luck! You’ll do great. 

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I’m in love with these sandals from Anthropologie. They’re $78. 

I’m in love with these sandals from Anthropologie. They’re $78. 

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These poplin shorts from LOFT’s Lou & Grey line ($44.50) look just about right. Not too long, not too short, not too fitted. They’re available three other colors. I like the black/taupe outfits here. 

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I like the flounced skirt and sporty racerback on this black dress from ASOS ($84). 

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Two perfect tanks to wear all summer: Left is BCBGMAXAZRIA for $138 (also available in black) and right is Demylee x Revolve for $71 (also available in navy and white). 

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While I was organizing my closet over the weekend, I found a few things I forgot I had—like these jeans. It feels like I JUST cleaned out my closet, but I guess I stuck these at the bottom of a stack somewhere. I also got rid of almost every pair of heels I had. (I did keep one black pair for emergencies.) It seems counter-intuitive, but it’s so much easier to get dressed with less to choose from. 
Acacia Scarf
Fabletics Switch Back Tee
Gap Boyfriend Jeans (Similar from Gap)
J.Crew Factory Flats
Cuyana Tote

While I was organizing my closet over the weekend, I found a few things I forgot I had—like these jeans. It feels like I JUST cleaned out my closet, but I guess I stuck these at the bottom of a stack somewhere. I also got rid of almost every pair of heels I had. (I did keep one black pair for emergencies.) It seems counter-intuitive, but it’s so much easier to get dressed with less to choose from. 

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A chic little shift dress for summer—just $49.90 from ZARA. It’s also available in white/orange colorblock. 

A chic little shift dress for summer—just $49.90 from ZARA. It’s also available in white/orange colorblock. 

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Perfect tank (and outfit) for summer. It’s $45 from Shoptiques. (If you haven’t heard of Shoptiques, it’s so neat. They collect stock from local boutiques in various cities. Prices are all over the place, but it’s mostly under $200.)

Perfect tank (and outfit) for summer. It’s $45 from Shoptiques. (If you haven’t heard of Shoptiques, it’s so neat. They collect stock from local boutiques in various cities. Prices are all over the place, but it’s mostly under $200.)

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Looking for a new gym bag? This striped one by Mimo is $96 from Athleta. Really cute and has a outer pocket for a yoga mat. 

Looking for a new gym bag? This striped one by Mimo is $96 from Athleta. Really cute and has a outer pocket for a yoga mat. 

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Is it just me, or is Fabletics drunk? The few things I have from them I like, but it seems like the new items they're releasing are mostly focused on being "unusual" and "unique" rather than, you know, what women actually want to wear while working out or slugging around.

Yeah, April’s Fabletics release was by far the weakest I’ve seen. I hope they were just focusing on their new extended inseams and that’s why they had so few other good products. The prints were really ugly and the colors kind of strange (so much orange, why?!). 

If I could give them some advice, here’s what I would say:

  • Always have basic workout attire in stock in all sizes in black and white—at least. This includes full-length leggings, crops, a basic tank without a shelf bra, a basic tank with a shelf bra and a hoodie or jacket. These are items they should always carry in every single size. I don’t see any reason why they couldn’t or wouldn’t do this.
  • Bring back best-sellers or stop using old, long since sold out pieces in marketing materials or on social media. They posted this on their Instagram a few days. This is completely baffling to me. Why even mention the leggings? They’re not available! Or this banner image, right on their homepage. I don’t think any of these items are available any longer. A few of the tops pictured are some of my favorite shirts I own—period!—so I’d like to see them come back.
  • Their initial releases were a lot less fussy. Recent designs have been way more trendy and, in some cases, bizarre. A transparent vest? A HOODED CAPE? Stop it right now, Kate Hudson. 
  • Some months are stronger for slugwear and other months are stronger for actual athleticwear. They need to work on striking a better balance between the two. I’d like to see a better tank with a shelf bra or just a better, longer, higher-quality basic tank. The fabric quality on athletic tanks/tops seems to be a little off. I’m still off Lululemon, but their Cool Racerbacks or Power Y tanks can run circles around some of the fabrics Fabletics got their hands on. (I’m not a big Fabletics Embra tank fan.) 
  • With all that being said, I was thinking I wouldn’t place an April order because I felt so meh about their options, but I ended up getting several pairs of their shorts and am REALLY happy with the fit and compression. 

Basically, I’ve got my eye on you, Fabletics. Don’t let me down. Don’t make me quit you like I did with Ellie

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