3/19/13

business wear

 cardigan: old navy // tee, skirt: h&m // necklace: nordstrom rack // tights: nordstrom // shoes: thrifted

This is my take on business wear. Mostly because I'm wearing a pencil skirt. There's something about pencil skirts that instantly make me feel a little more dressed up. Sometimes I wish I had more excuses to wear business wear, but at my job, jeans are the norm-- even for the CEO.

I'll be honest I'm stressing out a little bit over packing for Europe. I decided that I don't want to look overly American or casual, and of course my Seattle wardrobe doesn't really translate into the effortless French or British chic. I confess I've been reading a lot of French fashion blogs (I love this one and this one.)

Any tips for me? I decided I am bringing the pencil skirt. :)

xo, erika

15 comments

  1. Super cute outfit! I have no idea what to pack though. Sorry!


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  2. I just returned to England for 6 weeks, after 3 years in Canada. Quite the culture shock when it comes to fashion. It doesn't really matter what you wear, it's usually about how you wear it. Jeans and t-shirt work but only if they're fitted and you have great make up. Some countries it's just about quality over fashion but mainly it's just about dancing to your own rhythm. lol, I stand out as not living here but that's more to do with the embraced culture of North America as opposed to how I dress. Loiter after dinner, take time to pay the bill and indulge in small talk and smiles with waitresses - all things I'd forgotten during my time away.

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  3. P.S. Pencil skirt is awesome and the above outfit would work fine for late afternoon lunch or museum touring.

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  4. Wear lots of muted colors...black, brown, etc. I always think about that when I pack for Europe. and comfortable shoes are key!
    Are you going to reveal your itinerary...which countries do you plan to visit?!

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  5. You always look so chic Erika!! xo

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  6. Pencil skirts rock my socks, mostly because they do feel dressy but then you can also dress them down.

    I feel like Europe is so much more about being yourself. Just dress the way you feel awesome.

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  7. I felt like a frump the first time I went to Europe so I tried to be cute the second time around, but still comfortable with light luggage. I bought a few lightweight dresses and used scarves and jewelry to make myself feel fancy.

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  8. My suggestions! Take your favorite big scarf (can be used to keep you warm on the plane, as a shawl, and also the scarf it is), your favorite pair of boots (maybe those grey booties, and a your best bright lipstick-it's funny how put together a bright lipstick makes one appear. It's a trick I use if I'm having a frumpy day.

    Side note: That second fashion blog you linked to has a post about Austin and that little sandwich shop there is a photo of could be seen from the porch of my apartment there. Oh how I miss it...

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  9. The first time I really traveled in Europe (mind you I was backpacking for 5 weeks) I read to bring lots of lightweight, dark colored clothes, which I did. And then when I got there, everyone obviously looked so much better than me and I ended up at H&M buying a few colorful, cute items. So just bring simple clothes that make you feel good, and then bring scarves, cute shoes, jewelry, a nice bag, and whatever hair and makeup stuff you normally use, and you`ll feel great and most importantly look and feel like you :-)

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  10. I have always loved pencil skirts but I feel like I have nowhere to wear them Are they too business-y for a night out?

    Have fun, I will miss you! xo JA

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  11. I bought a skirt, and a dress on my cruise and I only ended up wearing the dress once. I think I would have wore the skirt more if I had brought some thick leggings/tights.

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  12. yes, the pencil skirt for sure. and a good pair of comfy skinny pants {or several} and flats/ankle boots.

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  13. guuurl I AM SO STOKED FOR YOU! my only advice is that when I was in ireland I bought these super comfy leather flat-ish horse back riding boots to also make me look "less american". The only problem? They are comfy in the states b/c we don't have cobblestone streets. After an hour in them I had to go back to the hotel and begrudgingly put on sneakers for the rest of the trip.

    My tip? Don't worry about what the locals think of you! You're there to soak up the culture and the sites, be comfy while you do it! Trust me, its not worth looking cute if you're uncomfortable, you don't get to see europe THAT often so enjoy it! MISS YA BOO

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  14. I'm with you on Seattle wardrobe not channeling chicness in Europe. I just finished packing my bag for Italy and I must confess I went out and bought a few pieces :) Also packed a pencil skirt haha I'm wearing a black one with a flowy mint top

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  15. pretty lady - i love this look on you. oh so sassy and sexy! hope you and the husband are have tons of fun in europe! :)

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