You may have noticed that things have been a wee bit quiet around the blog of late and I have 2 reasons for that: 1) I started a new job at the beginning of the month; and 2) I’ve had a somewhat entertaining round of bad luck trying to get some outdoor outfit photos.
First, the bad luck! I have an outfit that I really want to show you and have tried and utterly failed on 3 different occasions to get photos of it outdoors. I wore it one day on our recent trip to France only to discover that I’d left the camera on all night and the battery was kaput! Completely dead. Oops! I wore it again while the husband and I went for a countryside drive a couple of weeks ago hoping we’d find a good spot to snap a few shots but that didn’t materialize. And I wore it yesterday to brunch hoping my we would find time for a quick photo sesh, and this time I forgot the camera battery!!! At this point, I was wondering if this is a bad luck outfit?! Turns out that is not the case since a friend and I enjoyed today’s beautiful spring weather by meandering through a local garden. She loves photography and happily took scores of photos of me. Stay tuned for the outfit later this week! I guess the 4th time is the charm, huh? I’m sure some of my fellow bloggers can feel my pain with regard to taking outfit photos. The struggle is real!
Second – the job! Remember my write-up on business suits for tall women that I did back in November? After another interview and much ironing out of logistics, I was offered the job and started on April 1. I’m still pinching myself that I was able to find a job in my field in a foreign country. I feel so fortunate! Of course, the job comes with its own unique challenges. Learning the ins and outs and different systems of a new company is hard enough when working in your home country. Add a different language/culture to the mix and WOW! I’m a teensy bit overwhelmed after my first week. Being in a work environment where English is not the default language (although all of my colleagues speak perfect English) is certainly an interesting situation. However, I’m up for a challenge and hope that I will be efficiently cranking out work in no time.
Tall workwear can be quite hard to find so I thought it would be fun to show what I wore for my second interview and also share a few outfits from my first week of work. Enjoy!
Tall Workwear Outfit #1 – Second Interview
A black pant suit and a white lace top…could I possibly get any more safe and
boring classic? I am feeling very spoiled having Long Tall Sally stores within a reasonable traveling distance from home and I set off for one of the stores a few days before my interview with the hopes of finding a grey, navy or pinstripe suit…something with a bit more personality than plain ole black. Unfortunately, the sizing for the “fun” options didn’t work for me, and I ended up with the basic black “Weekday” pant suit. At first I was pouty that I didn’t come home with something more interesting but it’s grown on me. I know it’s a staple that I need in my closet and I’ve been getting decent wear out of the pieces as separates (as you will see in the following outfits). Overall, I was super happy to have a tall suit to wear to the interview and I felt quite confident and professional in this outfit (although I do wish the pants fit a smidge better in the rise area).
Tall Workwear Outfit #2 – First Day of Work
First day of work jitters! You know the feeling and the last thing you want is to be fussing with your outfit. I didn’t quite know what the day would bring so my goal was to be comfortable and confident. I thought about wearing my black suit again but figured that might be too serious. Instead, I wore the black pants from the suit and paired them with my trusty tall grey blazer from Loft and a tall Banana Republic silky teal/navy chevron top with tiny gold buttons. Both the blazer and the top were purchased during my Project Remix and go very nicely together. Turns out, I was in HR on-boarding presentations most of the day and didn’t really see my colleagues. I am SO glad I wore my Tory Burch pointed toe flats instead of heels because we also took a 2 hour tour of some of the company’s production facilities and heels would NOT have worked.
Tall Workwear Outfit #3 – First Day with Colleagues
April 1 was a Friday which meant my first week of work was as short as can be. My first workday with my colleagues was last Monday and I knew I’d be introduced to a bajillion people so I needed to look good. I decided to go with my Ann Taylor tall teardrop lace skirt, Banana Republic tall puff-sleeve blazer, burnt orange Loft top and Tory Burch flats again. Are you noticing a theme here? Blazers for the win!!!
Tall Workwear Outfit #4 – Half day
I’m only working part time at the moment and Wednesday was a half day. As I was rifling through my closet, I stumbled upon my J.Crew green stovepipe trousers. These pants have a slimmer fit making them a little sleeker than your average bootcut pants and are so long on me, I can only wear them with heels. I think that the green is a nice alternative to black! I paired them with my Long Tall Sally weekday suit coat and a sheer black top with cutout detailing from White House Black Market.
Tall workwear outfit #5 – Thursday is the new Friday
Thursday was my Friday and I was feeling a bit springy. I opted for my new LTS blue herringbone blazer, LTS lace top and LTS black weekday pants. I guess you could say I was LTS’d out! I did break up all of the LTS-ness with my Cole Haan flats. By the way, a full review of the LTS jacket is coming in my next post!
As you can see, the name of the game for me when it comes to workwear is blazers! They up the “polished” factor of an outfit and are great for mixing and matching. The interesting thing about the company I’m working for is that the dress code is very relaxed. The required attire at my previous jobs has always been dressy and a “no jeans” (except maybe on Friday) environment. At my new company, many of my colleagues wear jeans all week and it’s perfectly acceptable. I’m not sure at what point I’ll wear jeans for the first time but – who am I kidding – I’m sure it’ll happen sometime soon. For now, dressing professionally makes me feel confident and I need all the confidence I can get in my new surroundings!
Do you love blazers? Do you work at a company with a dressy or relaxed dress code? Where do you find your workwear?