If I weren’t so happy about our RHW pairing I’d definitely be strong-arming Mera into writing a blog called “What Katie Should Wear.” I’ve worked in classrooms, in labs, and out in the field, but my current job is the first time that I’ve ever worked in a real office. While it’s definitely not a suit-type place – jeans are acceptable (it is Eugene after all) – I do have to be more put together than the Carhartts and X-tra Tuff boots that passed muster in my previous jobs. Mera has mastered a stylish, work-appropriate look, so I asked her to pull together some casual office outfit ideas for me.
Speaking of work, it’s been a whirlwind lately. Also some huge changes are afoot here at RHW South (of a very different sort from what you’re about to read from Mera), that I’ll be revealing soon. Sadly the combination of work and the other, secret thing, has meant less time for project-based posts. But if all goes as planned, that will change soon! In the meantime, Mera writing this post is pretty much a dream come true for me – enjoy!
I’ve been a student of Katie’s style for nigh on twenty years, so I feel like I know what she likes and what she’ll actually wear. Plus it was fun for me to peruse some of my favorite online shopping spots, which I’ve stayed away from for the past few months. Why, you ask? Because I am gestating. It’s true! Our baby boy’s eta is the beginning of September, and we are, of course, totally excited. That said it hasn’t been the easiest pregnancy, which is at least a partial explanation for why RHW has been a little content-light lately.
But back to the shopping. When I haven’t shopped for a while I feel like the falcon cannot hear the falconer, and maternity just doesn’t count, so it was a pleasure for me to put together a few super casual outfits for Katie.
This first get-up is basically my own work uniform, but with a more blousy shirt and elastic-waist pants. I own the jacket in the army green color, and it’s been a game changer. I am seriously considering getting the burgundy too. I also have leopard print low wedges that I’ve worn so much I need to get them re-soled–for me they’re a neutral. Now if I know Katie, she’d be 97% more likely to wear leopard print Vans, but since this is an office, even if a casual one, I went with the d’0rsay wedges instead.
During pregnancy I refer to myself as PAM–Pregnant Alternate Mera. I’m totally fuzzy-brained, and I can’t remember anything. Well Pam is trying to convince me to buy this dress, even though it would look ridiculous on me in my present state, and even though there are probably only 10 days per year in Alaska when I could wear such a thing, pregnant or not (which actually has never stopped me in the past, so I can’t really blame Pam). But I love it! If anyone can rock a tunic dress it’s Katie, and the climate in Eugene is perfect for it. She already has the clogs (as do I. You should do yourself a favor and get a pair too–they are the best) and I gave her that bracelet for Christmas last year. Cropped leggings make the proportions work just right.
This final combo is really simple, and to me springy but totally casual-office appropriate.
We’re curious: Do you have a work-wear formula or a favorite piece that gets you through long days at the office?