W2W, an acronym used in the fashion industry as “wear to work”. This clothing category is designed for ladies in the work force. The items may include suit jackets, tailored pants, cardigans, button down shirts and pencil skirts.
The wear-to-work uniform in the past have been “power suits” with heavy shoulder pads, nude color nylon stockings and crispy starch white cotton shirts. Well, time has change my friends. Women no longer need to dress the part, to be taken seriously in a “man’s” world. We have earned our degrees, experiences, voices and credentials to back it up. We know what we want and not afraid to share it.
I am lucky! I work in the creative field and the dress code is lenient. Some days I roll into work with jeans and a tee; others in dresses with heels. Pretty much anything goes. We just need to look stylish and be the part! I wanted to share how I would take the W2W look, if I were to work in a more conservative work place.
In today’s look, I’m wearing a black wool blazer, a must have in your closet. It’s a classic piece that looks polish, whether you’re dressing it up or down. I bought mine at the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale a few months back and finally got a chance to wear it. Make sure to invest good money for quality, because you will get a lot of use out of it.
I wore the blazer with a black and white polka dot shirt with a neck tie, that I’ve restyled from this post. The classic print is understated but still novel. I love tucking it into a crisp ivory crop culotte pants to keep the outfit neat.
The wide leg opening makes it easy to walk in. It’s made in this wool broadcloth, which helps retain its shape. I creased the center of the leg to get a nice tailored edge. This outfit looks sharp and professional, without being too serious.Velvet, a material that will be on trend for fall, as mentioned on this post. It is EVERYWHERE! I wore these burgundy velvet stacked mid-heels. The height is perfect for running around in the office and meeting a few coworkers for happy hour.
Working with classic pieces and balancing them is KEY! The idea is to stay relevant by adding “on-trend” accessories and jewelry.
Today, women fell less tied to the traditional “business attire” that once were required. We feel empowered now more than ever before, to dress as they feel and to be free of stereotypes in the work field. Such comments like, “You should smile more!” or “You’re coming off too strong and sound like a b_tch!” The feminist movement is taking over and I’ve never felt so proud to be a working mother in this generation.
Photos by Jason Tang