Work It!

Wearing: DEPT dress // Essentiel bag // Twice as Nice earrings
I’ve been getting a few questions about work wear so I thought I’d show you something I’d wear to a day of meeting clients as a social worker. I am starting my last bachelor year next Monday (yikes!), so I don’t have a real job yet, but do have internships during my education. I had an office internship at an elderly home last year, and I have another office internship coming up this year. As an intern I pretty much have carte blanche, but there are a few rules I try follow when I get dressed in the morning.

My basic rule is to dress so that I look approachable. People should feel at ease around me because as a social worker I am their counselor and guide and I am the one they have to tell all about themselves and their life. So in contrast to a lot of classic offices black and grey are not the best color options when I’m meeting clients. I do sometimes wear these colors when I have a meeting with the big chief though. There are the obvious rules like: no cleavage, no short skirts/shorts and no stiletto’s and thirdly: I try to radiate personality. This actually aligns with the first rule. My appearance is a big part of the impression I make on others. I try to look inviting by wearing a smile all the time (not when discussing serious problems, of course) and I try to dress colorful.

The dress I’m wearing today is the perfect work dress for me. It’s long enough, and when layered with a tank top, the cleavage isn’t too bad. The fun leaf print and marine blue color make the look more soft than an all black two piece suit. I wasn’t at work when we took these photos, so that’s why I’m wearing my pretty heels, but I can easily switch to a pair of flats for the office. 
The Big Bang Theory just ended, so that means I have to wrap this post up. I promised K we’d play Call Of Duty together. I’m going to K-I-C-K H-I-S A-S-S! 
Have a good one folks!

PS: What’s with the invisible cellphone in the second picture? 


  1. 10 September 2012 / 17:24

    A very sensible choice for an outfit! Two thumbs up!

  2. 10 September 2012 / 18:56

    Dat jurkje staat je super leuk! πŸ™‚

  3. 10 September 2012 / 19:04

    Hmmm, I never thought about what you would want to wear as a social worker before, but these all make sense. They are kind of the same rules for teachers too!

    Very cute outfit, btw.

  4. 10 September 2012 / 19:24

    i love this look for work. i always pair fun dresses with cardigans, or blazers for something a little more upscale. it also totally depends on your industry – if i looked too professional in an interview it could be bad as it shows im not creative enough. anyhow – LOVE that bag. and i love that you play games with your man – i'm going home to a night of guild wars 2 with my hubby
    <3 katherine
    of corgis and cocktails

  5. 10 September 2012 / 19:57

    I love that you write during Big Bang Theory and then rush off to go kick some boyfriend ass, haha. Also, I think this look meets all of the style requirements handed to you, so nice job! (: I dig it.

  6. 10 September 2012 / 23:02

    AWESOME! I used to play call of duty with my ex all the time… I think that's one of the only things I miss about that relationship.. lol
    You work outfit is great. It's neat that you have to think about what colours you're wearing and what it says about you. Kind of fun πŸ™‚

  7. 11 September 2012 / 00:09

    I love that "radiate personality" rule. It's brilliant and I am definitely going to keep that in mind. I hope your last year is amazing and that you beat Kenneth at COD. I believe in you.

    And now I'm going to watch The Big Bang Theory. Haha.


  8. 11 September 2012 / 00:41

    You look so pretty and professional! That dress looks great on you. I'm loving your bag too. I need one like that! I'm going to have to wear professional clothes one of these days. I can't say I'm looking forward to it too much. But at least I can wear pretty dresses. I don't think the no stilletto rule applies in the states though. I'm pretty sure business-y people wear those all the time haha

  9. 11 September 2012 / 03:48

    This is such a cute look! I love the pattern of this dress. An the Big Bang Theory is one of the best shows of ALL TIME!

    xo, Megan

    indie flower

  10. 11 September 2012 / 04:12

    You look lovely, that dress is a gorgeous color. πŸ˜€ Also, yay for Call of Duty!!!

  11. 11 September 2012 / 15:11

    I love this look! It's so versatile – I could probably wear that to the office and out on a lunch date. πŸ˜‰

  12. 11 September 2012 / 16:17

    oh wow i love you with that dress, perfect shape and i love love love the electric blue on you, such an amazing color for your fabulous porcelain skin

  13. 11 September 2012 / 22:47

    Totally adorable. I teach five year olds so unfortunately I can't wear cute dresses like that to work…well, unless I want little handprints all over them. πŸ™‚

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  14. 11 September 2012 / 23:16

    This is definitely a very work-appropriate outfit! Love that simple but pretty and flattering blue wrap dress and those nude heels (the latter of which I am still looking for, because of how much they flatter legs). I especially love how that shade of blue flatters your enviably perfect skin and bright hair! πŸ™‚

    With love from San Francisco, California, USA,

  15. 12 September 2012 / 16:20

    Oh yes, approachability in your outfit is key when dressing for work. Like you said, you want people to want to talk to you and not feel intimidated. You're outfit does all of this and more

  16. 12 September 2012 / 16:26

    Great work outfit…I just love the pretty print! And nude pumps make your legs look miles long πŸ™‚

    <3 Cambria

  17. 12 September 2012 / 19:10

    I love work outfit posts! That’s my biggest challenge – i am fine for weekends and evenings, but to look really cute and professional is hard sometimes. You look beautiful, as always!


  18. 13 September 2012 / 12:58

    Leuke werkoutfit! Je tas doet me spontaan terug verlangen naar de Mulberry Alexa (die al héél lang op mijn wish list staat >.<)

  19. 14 September 2012 / 14:32

    love that blue print on you! great shoes and bag. love the rock wall background!

  20. 14 September 2012 / 17:43

    Heel mooi kleedje en staat je super goed!

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