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Catching Rae

Stars and Stripes Whenever

Occasion: Client Appointment
Dress Code: Creative Business Casual
Outdoor Temps: 76°F
Activity Level: Low
Wearing: Talbots tencel blazer (Talbots), DIY shirt dress (DIY), House of Harlow Shapeburst necklace (Nordstrom Rack), unbranded crossbody bag (flea market), Brahmin shoulder bag (Ebay), Hollywould sandals (hand-me-downs).

This week, I've done patriotic outfits for a casual BBQ, smart casual get-together, and pool party - so today, let's talk about potentially awkward work parties! For this post, I mean parties held outside of the office but that are heavily populated with coworkers and supervisors. When it's hot outside, relaxed and festive... yet you still want to maintain some reservation/formality and remind people of what an awesome coworker you are. 

For my work day styling, I chose not to go with a traditional red, white, and blue color scheme, opting instead for purple, white, and blue stars and stripes. Within this palette, I wore a shirt dress I sewed from a men's silk shirt, my House of Harlow shapeburst necklace, a lightweight blazer, and funky statement sandals with a refined (read: vaguely work-like) heel. This combination is aimed at communicating subtlety, creativity, and a bit of good humor and fun!

If you're dressing for your own work party:

  • Aim for a dress code one step less casual than your most casual workday.
  • Choose shapes and colors that remind people of your work persona (e.g. don't show up as a completely different, wild, and unpredictable person).
  • Look for cool and lightweight fabrics that allow you to cover up while maintaining good breathability and airflow.
  • Add a conversation piece that makes you happy and allows you to tell an interesting (read: character-enhancing) story about yourself.

It won't be long now! For those of you who are set to hit the road this afternoon, drive safely and have a very happy Independence Day!