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Overdressed vs. Underdressed (with Pattern Mixing!)

You guys, last week was pretty hectic. I usually don’t apologize for not posting because let’s face it, sometimes life happens, but last week was intense at work. I worked five looooong days, most of which were outside in the heat standing on my feet all day. Needless to say, posting was the last thing on my mind. (First was a shower. Second was sleep.)

Also? Hey, Florida. When are you inviting Fall over? I’m tired of sweating in OCTOBER. Thx.

Anywho, after a long week at work, this post is super relevant so I guess it’s a good thing I waited to share. If you enjoy my #ootd posts on Instagram, you may have noticed they were null and void recently. That’s because I lived in shorts, sneakers, and work t-shirts last week. Nothing really exciting to share. That’s a segue into the meat and potatoes of this post.

My Canadian friend Ashton recently posted her feelings on being overdressed at work. After reading her post I smugly thought to myself girl, just wear what you want to wear and don’t worry about what other people think! And then I realized that I do the exact same thing.

In my line of work “business attire” is shorts and a t-shirt and casual is the name of the game. While it’s nice to be able to dress down on those days you want to slum it in a jeans and t-shirt, I hate that I look out of place when I dress… well, like me. I firmly believe that it’s better to be overdressed than underdressed but I also feel like it hinders customers’ confidence in my knowledge. (A pretty, well-dressed girl in an outdoors store? Surely she doesn’t know anything about the outdoors! Ahem, I beg to differ.)

I recently started working on a new project which requires me to work out of a different office most of the week. I’ve enjoyed being able to wear more of my wardrobe and not worry about looking out of place. The new office is at an advertising and marketing firm and since photography gadgets are abundant, I asked my coworker to snap some shots of my outfit. He even taught me a few tricks with my camera that are hopefully going to help out with future fashion posts. (Thanks again, Pat!)

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I have to brag about those booties for a minutes. I wear them quite a bit (they’re a favorite!) and have received some Insta-queries about where I purchased them. At the end of last Fall/Winter, Forever 21 had a huge clearance blowout. I managed to purchase five (yes, FIVE) pairs of boots, a top, and a pack of socks (just to make free shipping) for only $50. I haven’t been able to top that haul yet. It was epic.

I love the pattern and texture mixing going on in this look. I feel like there’s a lot going on but it’s not too much. This whole “pattern mixing” thing is a new concept for me but I love it. I can pull various things from my wardrobe and they seem to work. It’s almost like I bought them all at the same time.

Also, note that the weather wasn’t actually cool. I’m just SO over my Summer attire right now.

Also also, please ignore my squinty face. We were trying out some camera tricks so I wasn’t exactly prepared for photos. (Notice how the background in the last photo is blurred out? I finally learned how to do that with my little DSLR! Fashion photos are about to be taken to a whole other level, friends.)

Also also also, when did my hair get so long? Getting closer to my goal of mermaid hair!

How do you dress for work? What patterns are you mixing these days? Tell me in the comments below!

WHAT I WORE: SUNGLASSES Costa; SHIRT TJ Maxx; NECKLACE Amazon; VEST & BOOTS Forever 21; PANTS H&M; WATCH Reactor; SPIKE BRACELET Claire’s; LEOPARD BRACELET Hand-Me-Down; PURSE Bluetique; GLASSES Rayban.

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