What I Wear to Work

Four days a week, I work in a corporate office as a healthcare quality analyst. The dress code is traditional conservative, which means I can’t have unnatural hair colors, wear sandals or lots of jewelry, or show my tattoos. Basically, your standard “business casual” dress code applies.

When I finished graduate school, I really wasn’t sure how to dress for work and would swing between two extremes: stiff button-ups and suit separates that I absolutely hated, or I’d throw a cardigan over my going-out clothes, which always looked sort of sloppy and unkempt. Although my freelance business is my passion, I do care about my job and want to be taken seriously while I’m working there, so I had to find some sort of middle ground.

After my recent post on tattoos, I received a few questions about what I wear to work in order to cover up my tattoos, so I put together this post. My best advice if you’re in my situation is to start with a fair amount of basics: pants in colors like black/brown/gray, a black pencil skirt, shoes in black and brown, a few tops and cardigans in neutral colors, etc. Those are easy to mix and match and will be the base for a lot of different outfits – from there, you can branch off into buying things with more color or patterns.

Here is a sample week of outfits – all outfit details are listed below the pictures. I hope this is helpful! xo

All photos by Jana Powers.


Monday: American Apparel blouse (similar here), Madewell dress (similar on sale here), Kelsi Dagger cap-toe flats


workblog2Tuesday: J. Crew sweater, Ann Taylor printed pants, Madewell skimmers

Wednesday: Cloth & Stone tunic via Anthropologie (on sale now + also worn here), Madewell cardigan, Ann Taylor pants, XOXO oxfords


workblog3Thursday: J. Crew sweater, Express belt, LOFT pants, Madewell d’Orsay flats

Friday: LOFT blouse, Limited cardigan, Express skirt, Madewell d’Orsay flats

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