What I Wear to Work as a Stylist ft. a Workwear Q&A

I have been getting lots of questions regarding what to wear to work, and I do know that the majority of you guys who follow me are around my age who are also working professionals.

I am a stylist, so I get more freedom to dress however I want to considering the casual dress code of my company. However, I still like to dress up and appear professional but not too stiff while keeping myself very comfortable throughout the day. However, regardless of the dress code, I still feel like this ‘What I Wear To Work as a Stylist’ blog post is still pretty applicable to any workwear attire and requirement. Here are some tips:

I get very hot, so thick chunky sweaters and heavy layers are what I tend to avoid. As a stylist, I have to stand on my feet styling products pretty much all the time, so comfy clothes and sneakers are musts. I love wearing trousers with sneakers and a simple fitted top that does not restrict my movement, and occasionally I’d opt for jeans and heeled boots. Fridays are comfy athleisure wear days for me! Most clothing pieces you see on the internet, Instagram and my blog, are exactly what you’d see me wearing to work and on a daily basis. Below are a few outfits to give you some ideas as to what I actually wear to work, minus the heels and the preppy bags.

OUTFIT 1

I’ve worn everything in this outfit to work before, except for the bag. A canvas tote bag that is big enough to fit my lunch is ideal! As you know, I love my pleated trousers, and the Muji canvas sneakers really keep it less formal and stiff! The black belt ties in this look pretty nicely. Notice that my bag and coat are also black?

OUTFIT 1: sweater: UNIQLO (old, used to be a dress but I cut and made it into a sweater) | pants: MASSIMO DUTTI | belt: BANANA REPUBLIC (old) | sneakers: MUJI | coat: ASOS (old) | bag: KOZHA NUMBERS

OUTFIT 2

I love wearing jeans to work, but sometimes they can be quite restricting considering the fact that I have to bend down often. Jeans with a straighter and looser fit are best! I don’t ever wear high heels like these to work, but totally do so if you work a desk job or have meetings to attend in all day!

OUTFIT 2: shirt: JOSEPH & jeans: TOTEME (rented via Rent The Runway, sign up here or use code RTRAN at check out for discount) | bag: YSL | heels: JIMMY CHOO | watch ROSEFIELD | jewelry: MEJURI (shop 10% off at edit.mejuri.com/AnTrieu)

OUTFIT 3

I have quite a collection of pleated trousers at this point, especially the black ones, but they all are different you know!? Again, for this third and last outfit, I’ve tucked in a thin sweater into a pair of high waisted pants to bring back the proportion. See how I’ve matched the camel of the sweater to the trench coat and the black of the pants to the bag and shoes?

OUTFIT 3: sweater: ALMINA CONCEPT | trench: THE FRANKIE SHOP | trousers: MASSIMO DUTTI | bag: YSL | heels: JIMMY CHOO | watch ROSEFIELD | jewelry: MEJURI (shop 10% off at edit.mejuri.com/AnTrieu)

For the last portion of today’s blog post, I want to feature workwear related questions submitted by you on my Instagram, so hopefully, these will be helpful to some more of you!

@cestmoiyen asked ‘Doctor, advice for comfy heels that go well with pencil dress pants?

I’d highly suggest staying at a medium to low heel height or kitten heels, not too pointy but good enough that your toes are not squished. Block heels will be more comfortable. Just a personal tip, I always have an extra pair of comfy flats or ‘driving shoes’ left in the car or pack my heels along if I know I will have long hours of commute. Opt for Italian made leather shoes with cushioned footbed and heels that are about 3 in or less.

Everlane Day Heel is a great low-block heel rounded toe option. I’ve been eyeing the Boss Boot and do think sleek pointy boot like that would totally work for jeans and certain dressy pants. The Gatwick slingback Pump from Eileen Fisher with a V-shaped topline, tapered wedge heels, and a cushioned footbed look very comfortable.

I love my Jimmy Choo Rav pointy mule that I’ve picked up at Nordstrom last year for less than $400, and I’ve gotten tons of compliments every time I wear them. They might be a discontinued style, but something similar that is made from leather, mid-heel, pointy toe, and mule style will be such a timeless easy option to have in your workwear and weekend-wear collection. If you’re willing to splurge, Manolo Blahnik is my favorite shoe brand, and the ‘BB’ Pointy Toe Pump seems to have great reviews on the Nordstrom website. I’d also look on The Real Real for second-hand shoe options from designer brands or styles you love. They do have great selections of higher-end shoes that are barely worn.

@wishuponastarrynight asked ‘Hi An! Just read your latest blog post about work outfits (loved it!) and I’m curious… what are your thoughts on pleated trousers for more pear-shaped figures? I’m very curvy through hips and booty, and on the shorter side (5’4), and not sure I could pull them off! But I love them on you haha.’

I used to work at my aunt’s tailoring shop and did witness many life-changing moments when someone walked in and walked out with fitted clothes. Most ready-to-wear clothes are made for ideal 5ft8 models, and I do have to pick and choose where I buy my pants from. The only way to know which one is best is just go into a store like Nordstrom and try a bunch of trousers on. Just don’t look at the price and take notes on what brand and style name suit you best! I personally love pleated high waisted trousers with legs that are not too flared.

You can certainly opt for something that fits your hips and booty well, then go to a local tailor shop to have the waist taken in. They can also taper the pants’ legs and do much of a better job than what I am trying to explain here. This is why I always suggest investing in quality designer pieces because they tend to be made from higher quality fabric and have much better cut and fit.

I like Aritzia for trousers that are around $150 or less, and they have a lot of styles and cuts to choose from. Topshop, Massimo Dutti, and Mango do great pleated trousers, but their stuff can be hit-or-miss in terms of sizing and fabric. So make sure that you can return the items if you buy them online. For higher-end options, I like Vince, Toteme, and Acne Studios. Please know that things that look good on me do not necessarily fit or look good on you! Perhaps try plus-sized trousers?

Whatever you decide to buy and wear, make sure that you are comfortable enough in it to be productive and that represents you best. May what you wear that day brings you confidence and productivity! Have a productive week and thanks for reading!

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An Trieu

Currently based in Seattle, Style & Senses is my digital life and style journal of all things that inspire my senses and beyond. Hope you stay inspired, as always! - An Trieu.

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