The Friday Files #1 – Fashion Forward: How to Build a Grown Up Wardrobe Part One

If you’re like me, you’ve lived your life in what feels comfortable. Jeans and Tees, Sweatshirts and Sweaters, as well as the occasional Skirt or Dress when the opportunity arises. But how do you take that level of comfort with you when you transition to working in an office, or if you’re working from home, attending meetings, either in person or via Skype/Google? That’s where having an adult wardrobe comes in handy.

First off, what makes a wardrobe adult? I generally call a piece of clothing adult worthy if I can wear it for work or out for drinks. Things like skirts, trousers, and sweaters are my go-tos. They’re easy to mix and match and still comfortable for daily wear.

Today, we’re going to start with bottoms. Specifically, skirts and pants.

In general, skirts should go no more than 2″ above your knee. Any more, and it’s probably not office appropriate, though feel free to wear it out for drinks or on a date!

Personally, I like my skirts to be knee-length, but I often have trouble finding any that long because of my height. I’m 5’9″, but I have the legs of an almost 6′ person, so I have to shop around to find the lengths I need. One of my favorite places for skirts is Modcloth. Check out these three midi skirts!

 

 

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Prim Class Hero Midi Skirt – $64.99 on Modcloth

 

 

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Bugle Joy Midi Skirt – $59.99 on Modcloth

 

 

^^ Comes in FIVE colors! ^^

 

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Just This Sway Midi Skirt – $49.99 on Modcloth

 

^^ Comes in SIX colors! ^^

 

More skirts that come in a million colors and patterns:
Amazon:
Yige – High Waist Flared, Pleated Midi Skirt – 18.99
Alaroo – Print Flared Skater Midi – 16.99
Face N Face – High Waisted A-Line Street Skirt Pleated – 39.99
Grace Karin – Pleated Vintage Skirt, Multi-Color Print – 19.59
Taydey – A-Line Pleated Vintage Skirt – 18.99
Persun – Basic Flare, High Waisted Midi Skater Skirt – 22.99
Zeagoo – High Elastic Waist Flare A-Line Midi Skirt – 18.50
Kate Kasin – A-Line Vintage, Grid Pattern Plaid – 20.99
Paris Sunday – Midi A-Line Skirt w/ Self Tie – 39.50

 

 

When it comes to trousers, it’s nearly impossible to find a pair that fits in all the right places. Still, it’s good to have slacks/trousers on hand for those days when a skirt just won’t cut it. Here are a couple I’ve found and tried, or definitely will be trying, in the near future:

 

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Seasonless Bootcut Black Pants – 89.00 at White Houe Black Market

 

^^ On Sale for 62.30 right now! ^^
These are my favorite slacks EVER. Seriously, I think I own three pairs!

 

More staple black pants options:
Target – Merona Bi-Stretch Twill Flare Leg – 27.99
Target – Merona Bi-Stretch Twill Straight Leg – 27.99
Macy’s – JM Collection Studded Pull-On – 49.50
Macy’s – INC International Concepts Pull-On Bootcut – 69.50

 

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Delighted Foresight Pants – 59.99 on Modcloth

 

Add some pep to your step with these colorful options:
Target – Zac and Rachel Women’s Slim Pant – 34.99
Macy’s – Alfani Faux-Leather-Trim Slim-Leg Pants – 69.50
Macy’s – Charter Club Slim-Leg, Tummy Control Ankle Pants – 69.50

 

 

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Collectif High Sass Neighborhood Pants – 59.99 on Modcloth

 

Show your wild side with patterns:
New York and Company – 7th Avenue Palazzo Pant Navy Stripe – 59.95
New York and Company – 7th Avenue Palazzo Pant Floral Print – 59.95

 

When it comes to business, your outfit doesn’t have to be the same every day, even though some people swear by their uniforms. You need to find your own style, and figure out how to adapt that into your grown up wardrobe and your work attire. Feeling more like yourself at work will help give you that little confidence boost you need to ask for that raise or speak up during that meeting.

What are some of your favorite ways to dress up the bottom half of your wardrobe?

Happy shopping!

 

 

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