Traveling to Europe

Hi friends!

Good new to come- I wanted to share that I will be expanding Dress Profesh into more of a lifestyle blog. I will still continue to post “profesh” style inspiration, but I also want to create content for the other events that are happening in my life.

Next week I will be in Europe for a 2-week cruise with my family! We’re celebrating my mom’s retirement, my sister’s 30th birthday, and my graduation from Cal Poly Pomona. It’s an exciting time, but also a time of planning and packing.

We’ll start in Barcelona, Spain, and cruise through different cities in Italy as well as France, and Montenegro. I will be posting pictures once I get back, since our cell service will be limited.

In the meantime, here are a few of my outfits that I plan to wear on the trip. Below are the item/price details and other links that might be useful for your summer adventures.

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PC: Myself & Christina Johnston

Outfit 1: Ready, Set, Swim!

Maybe you’re not traveling, but you’re hitting up the beach or the pool, so I thought this link for what to carry in your beach bag might be useful. Check it out here.

Cover up: Target (similar), Swim cover up, $14.99

Fedora: Target (similar), Panama hat, $14.99

Sunglasses: Target (similar), Rose gold aviators, $16.99

Camera: From a friend, Amazon, Pink Fujifilm Instax Mini 8, $62

Bathing suit: TJmaxx (similar), High neck bathing suit $19.99

Sandals: Nordstrom (similar), Havaianas, $42

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PC: Myself & Christina Johnston

Outfit 2: Black, Gold, & Gingham

I can’t get enough of the gingham trend! This outfit would be fun for minimal walking. I could switch out the wedges for sneakers, but these platforms are actually very comfy! If you’re looking for more ways to incorporate gingham into your wardrobe check it out here. I also found a cute gingham dress on sale at H&M as an alternative gingham outfit.

Shirt: Target, Who What Wear Gingham top, $22.99

Shorts: TJmaxx, H&M (similar), white distressed shorts, $19.99

Shoes: Target, Espadrille platforms, $29.99

Clutch: Nordstrom Rack (in Chicago), (similar) Rebecca Minkoff, $95

Belt: Ann Taylor (similar) Camp green belt, $16

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PC: Myself & Christina Johnston

Outfit 3: Casual Coral

I chose to keep this look neutral, while adding a pop of color with my coral bag. If you’ve been looking to buy a new handbag, check out some useful tips on how to find the right one for you.

Fedora: Target (similar), Panama hat, $14.99

Top: Target, Merona, $22.99 (link not found)

Shorts: H&M,

Shoes: Target, Espadrille platforms, $29.99

Bag: TJmaxx $40, Fossil (similar) Coral crossbody, $63

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PC: Myself & Christina Johnston

Outfit 4: Pink and Patterns

I’m bringing back my overall jumper that I wore in my 4th of July blog. I paired it again with my fedora and my instant film camera. I liked this outfit for cruising the pool deck. If you’re looking for some more casual summer outfits, check them out here.

Fedora: Target (similar), Panama hat, $14.99

Top: H&M, Pink crop top, $5.99

Overalls: (sold out at H&M), Similar at Nordstrom Topshop, $68

Camera: From a friend, Amazon (similar), Pink Fujifilm Instax Mini 8, $62

Sandals: They were my sister’s, Nordstrom (similar), Tropical Havaianas, $34

Hope you enjoyed a preview of some of my outfits. I can’t wait to update you all on the rest of my adventure!

Stay profesh my friends,

Elizabeth

 

4th of July Outfit Ideas

It’s a tradition for my family to spend 4th of July at my sister’s house, eating festive food, playing patriotic games, and watching fireworks in her neighborhood. I like to take the holiday to show off my inner fashionista, haha. I put together four casual outfit options to enjoy your day off work.

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(PC: Ryan Yip)

Look #1: Bright, White, and Patriotic

I went for a monochromatic look with the white top and white shorts, and tied my denim polka dot jacket around my waist. I couldn’t find a similar polka dot jacket, but any denim jacket will work! The sunhat ties the look together and it’s a great addition to you keep cool. It’s form the children’s section at Target (haha), but I’ve also linked a similar women’s floppy hat below.

Hat: Girls’ floppy hat Cat & Jack, Target $9.99, Women’s floppy hat Merona, Target $14.99

Top: (similar) White crop top Topshop, Nordstrom $10

Jacket: (similar) Light washed jacket, Kohl’s $34, other Denim jackets, H&M $34.99

Shorts: (similar) White distressed shorts, H&M $19.99

Earrings: Coca Cola bottle caps (my sister made them)

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(PC: Ryan Yip)

If you don’t like hats, consider a fun headpiece! Below are some other headband options I found at Target:

Hairband: Stars and Stripes Americana hairband, $5.99

Hairband: Stripes Americana hairband, $5.99

Headband: Firework Headband, $7.99

Visor: Stars & Stripes Visor, $9.99

I also paired the outfit with my Haviana sandals for a more casual and comfy look. Here are some similar ones at Nordstrom, $34.

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(PC: Ryan Yip)

Look #2: Bold, Flirty, & Fun

I like how the red lip really pops in this outfit. If you’re not into the red pants, you can always pair this top with high waisted denim jeans or shorts. I would recommend distressed denim for a more casual and relaxed look.

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(PC: Ryan Yip)

Top: (similar) Topshop striped crop top, Nordstrom $16

Pants: (alternative) High waisted denim, H&M $19.99

Sandals: (similar) Haviana navy striped, $34

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(PC: Ryan Yip)

Look #3: Denim Americana

I’ve been loving these denim overalls from H&M because they’re versatile and very comfy! It’s also a perfect one-and-done look if you don’t want to think about your outfit too much. I paired it with wedges to elevate my look, but if you want a more casual look, I would pair it with my Haviana sandals, or my white Converse.

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(PC: Ryan Yip)

Denim overalls: (similar) Denim bib overall dress, H&M $34.99

Top: (similar) Short camisole top, H&M $2.99

Shoes: Strappy wedge sandal, Nordstrom $65.96

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(PC: Ryan Yip)

Look #4: Polka Dots & Stripes

This look says 4th of July, but in very laid-back way, since the colors I’m wearing are less intense. I also went with a simple half-up-half-down hairdo for the look.

Shirt: BeachLunchLounge top, found at Nordstrom Rack

Jacket: (Same as Look #2) Light washed jacket, Kohl’s $34, other Denim jackets, H&M $34.99

Shorts: Twill shorts, H&M $12.99

Sandals: (Same as Look #2) Haviana sandals, $34

Earrings: Coca Cola bottle caps (my sister made them)

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(PC: Ryan Yip)

Hope you found some style inspiration for your 4th of July! If you post your outfit on Instagram tag me @dressprofesh and #dress4the4th!

Happy 4th my friends,

Elizabeth

 

What to Wear on Casual Friday

It’s Friday and you may not have many outfit options left for work. Don’t worry! I can help you find an outfit that is still office appropriate for your last day of the workweek.

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Dark wash jeans and cognac leather jacket (PC: Christina Johnston)

Denim is a good option for a casual look, and a dark denim wash make the pants appropriate for the office. If you want to venture past skinny jeans, you can try a wide-leg trouser, or a boot-cut pants. Check out some more outfit ideas and tips here. A cognac leather jacket and nude pumps elevate the look, but if you’re not feeling heels for Friday, wear some cute flats instead.

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Draped jacket gives a more casual look. (PC: Christina Johnston)

You can also drape the leather jacket over your shoulder if it gets cold in the office.

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White jeans paired with navy camp shirt (PC: Christina Johnston)

This second look features white skinny jeans. White denim is a great staple for a summertime look. I elevated mine by wearing strappy nude heels and a gold statement necklace to make it office-ready. This navy camp shirt also makes the look more work-appropriate, since navy is a neutral color and the pattern is subtle.

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The gold statement necklace elevates the look. (PC: Christina Johnston)

Check out some tips on what not to wear for casual Friday here, and if you’re looking for more outfit ideas click here.

Stay profesh friends,

Elizabeth

How to Style Gingham

Looking for a fun, fresh take on a classic? Gingham never goes out of style. I have some special workplace events coming up, and I wanted to incorporate this trend into three different looks.

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A gingham camp shirt is the perfect addition to your wardrobe. (PC: Christina Johnston)

This first look is definitely my favorite. I paired this gingham camp shirt with my white blazer. I wore it with the same black cropped pants and nude strappy heels featured in my previous post. This would be a great springtime look for the office because a camp shirt is lightweight and it is still appropriate to wear without a blazer. Check out more ideas on how to incorporate gingham into the workplace here.

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Close up of shirt with white blazer. (PC: Christina Johnston)

A great tip to keep in mind when styling gingham is that smaller checks are better suited for work because the pattern is more subtle compared to a larger check. Stick to neutral colors, like navy or black, to give the pattern a more “profesh” look. I added a statement necklace to all the looks to add that final bit of pizazz. You can read more about how to find the right statement necklace for the workplace here. I found a similar necklace from Nordstrom.

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Gingham dress with large checks. (PC: Christina Johnston)

This next look adds a pop of color, if you’re feeling a little bold. Since the gingham is a larger check, it seems more casual, but the navy color makes it work-appropriate. Since pink is a contrasting color to navy, it acts as a great accent, which makes this classic look modern and bright.

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Pink accessories add a pop of color. (PC: Christina Johnston)

I found these pink flats at Nordstrom, and I found a similar pink bag online at Nordstrom Rack. These accessories tie the outfit together to make a statement. For a more conservative look, you can pair the dress with a cardigan. Check out more details on how to tie in accent colors into your basic wardrobe here.

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Gingham pants paired with cognac slides. (PC: Christina Johnston)

My final outfit takes the gingham trend to another level with these patterned pants. These pants look great for the office when paired with a white shell and a navy blazer, but can also be paired with a denim top and some nude wedges for a fun Sunday brunch look. I paired them with these cognac Steve Madden slides, which I found online. The slides are a trendy update on the typical ballet flat, and they give your feet a break when you don’t want to wear heels.

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Statement necklace stands out against the white shell. (PC: Christina Johnston)

If you’re looking for more ways to style gingham check out some outfit ideas here.

Stay profesh my friends,

Elizabeth

To Wear Or Not To Wear: Cold Shoulder Top

You may want to go out after a day at the office to get a drink with your co-workers, to go on a special date night, or maybe you can’t think of what to wear for Sunday brunch, so I’ve created three different looks to wear this cold shoulder top.

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Take some time to stop and smell the flowers. (PC: Christina Johnston)

It’s a subtle, yet classy way to show some skin. The trend suits many age groups, and it pairs well with a variety of bottoms, such as this seersucker skirt.

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Drape over a white blazer to cover those shoulders. (PC: Christina Johnston)

If you want to make it more appropriate for work, you could drape a blazer over it.

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Tweed jacket gives the outfit a profesh look. (PC: Christina Johnston)

This look is more office appropriate when I pair it with this tweed cropped jacket, black cropped pants, and nude heels. I chose this jacket because it gives the outfit a modern, yet classic look. Check out some other types of tweed jackets you should own here.

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Strappy nude heels elevate your outfit for the workplace. (PC: Christina Johnston)

If you’re still not convinced that cold shoulder tops can be used for work, read more about it here.

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Black is the key for turning your outfit into a night look. (PC: Christina Johnston)

Pairing your outfit with black will make it dressier and perfect for a night out. That’s why I added my black clutch and kept on my black cropped pants. I elevated the look with a statement necklace and pave bracelets. Check out more work-to-date-night outfit ideas here.

Stay profesh my friends,

Elizabeth

A White Blazer Can Be Versatile

I created some business casual outfits where my white blazer adds an element of “profesh.” You may be thinking, how often can I even wear a white blazer? I initially thought the same thing. White is very versatile though, and it’s great for the spring/summer season.

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Pineapples on pants- subtle but sweet (PC: Eric Johnston)

There are many types of blazers, and this style is called “The Notch.” It’s considered the classic blazer style, and it has small indents on the collar. This one is from Ann Taylor, and I found a similar one on sale at Loft.

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“The Notch” blazer paired with white top (PC: Eric Johnston)

I like that the pineapple pattern on my pants is very subtle, yet it makes a statement. The white top paired with the white blazer brings a light, summer feel to the outfit. If you’re choosing a patterned pant, you want to make sure you choose a colored top that compliments the pants. You could pair these navy pants with a brighter color such as peach or mustard since the pants are dark. I chose white to keep it classic and clean. Here are more tips on how to wear patterned pants and why they are appropriate for the workplace.

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Warm pink toned color theme (PC: Eric Johnston)

Pencil skirts are a classic office favorite to pair with a blazer. I chose one with a floral pattern because floral for spring is groundbreaking, right? Haha. If you choose to wear a skirt it doesn’t have to be floral, but I recommend wearing a pattern that compliments the color of your top. I like the way the burgundy top pairs with the skirt as well as how the burgundy top contrasts the white blazer.

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Floral skirt with burgundy top make white blazer stand out (PC: Eric Johnston)

The warm pink tones are subtle enough to be appropriate for the workplace since they add a pop of color. I found a floral skirt from Nordstrom that’s a little brighter than what I’m wearing, but it’s nice option for the springtime.

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Knit dress with white blazer (PC: Eric Johnston)

If you’re someone who doesn’t like pants, and you want a quick “one-and-done” outfit, a dress is the perfect option. Unlike an outfit with a pencil skirt or pants, you don’t have to think of pairing two items of clothing together. Wearing a dress with a blazer can save you some time. Here are some guidelines on how you should wear a dress and a blazer to the workplace as an alternative to a suit.

If you’re looking for some more fashion inspiration, I found some style tips on other ways to style a blazer.

Stay profesh my friends,

Elizabeth

Spring Into Style With A Hat!

I decided to bring out some of my favorite spring pieces for my trip to a local winery.

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My fedora and seersucker pants are some of my spring faves! (PC: Christina Johnston)

Some people want to accessorize, and I think hats really add that extra pizazz to an outfit. My personal favorite is this fedora. It can be casual, but also adds an element of “profesh” when you pair it with these seersucker pants. If you want to try a fedora but don’t know where to begin, here are some tips on how to wear them. I also found some unofficial rules for incorporating hats into an outfit.

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Full outfit (PC: Christina Johnston)

I paired my outfit with my favorite nude wedges. I found some similar ones at Target. You could also pair this outfit with some nude pumps and a seersucker jacket to make it more work-appropriate. Check out some more “profesh” seersucker looks here.

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Mustard colored top with detailing in the back make a bold statement (PC: Christina Johnston)

Seersucker is great to have for spring because it’s lightweight, and it doesn’t wrinkle. Check out some more seersucker style inspiration here, or if you’re still not sure if this pattern is for you, check out some subtle ways to wear it here.

Stay profesh my friends,

Elizabeth