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