StyledChic: Style At Work | Chic & Modern with Ann Taylor

Monday, December 4, 2017

Style At Work | Chic & Modern with Ann Taylor

At the top of the year I started a new series here called 'Style At Work'.   The first installment was a bold beauty look to wear to a conference or board meeting.  You can view the post and video HERE in case you missed it.  I created this series because when I entered the working world years ago I had to learn through trial and error how to properly build my professional attire.  I was always out of ideas on what to really wear to the office that wasn't just a pair of black slacks and a white button up.  I always wanted my attire to still feel like Samara.  I aspired for an effortless and chic work wardrobe, so back then, I'd gain inspiration from style magazines.  Hopefully this series can be a guide for you to help with your professional look.  Not only that, but I'd like to make it a point to share my everyday lifestyle with you and that includes a bit more details involving my corporate lifestyle.  For me, it doesn't matter wether I need to wake up a little earlier to take the time to put myself together.  While looks aren't everything, I'm definitely a firm believer of dressing appropriately.

Recently I attended a three day business conference and this was one of the looks I wore.  My wardrobe reflects my lifestyle and is comprised of modern, classic, and chic/trendy pieces here and there.  I love making an outfit come together effortlessly and having items that can stand the test of time definitely helps me to achieve that.  I'm sure for most of you, your work place requires professional attire everyday with the exception of casual Fridays--But for me even then there are no tennis shoes or distressed denim allowed.  

I've just added these window pane printed pants to my collection from Ann Taylor and have so many ways that I'd like to wear them.  I just love when I can find a pant that is elegantly tailored to fit just right! 

This is definitely one of those outfits that you can literally get dressed in the dark in.  Black turtlenecks are on heavy rotation for me during fall and winter because they are timeless and pair well with everything.  Really--that's what it takes to make an outfit come together without really trying.  Having items that pair well with almost everything.  My sleeveless blazer was added as an extra layer for the am and cooler office temps and to also add more interest.  Under normal circumstances you will find me in a pair of flats, but for this particularly warmer afternoon, I went with a block heel to take things up a notch.  I'll be doing more of that in the upcoming months.  It will be a busy time for my office because of the upcoming General Assembly session in January.   I work for a state agency that is involved in assisting constitutional officers through budget and costs.  The General Assembly session is where legislation is made and an important time that provides us with new policy and budget changes that affect the constitutional officers for the fiscal year. Showing up and doing my job well is important to me--dressing the part is the icing on the cake.


  1. Samara, I am going to love your "Style At Work" series. I am always looking for new ideas and inspirations as it relate to clothing-especially for work! I am loving this outfit as well. Black is King and one can never go wrong with it. Also, I did not know you were an State employee....I am as well. And I know all too well about when session is in. I can't wait to see more from this fun series

  2. Samara....I love everything about this effortless look. Plus, you can never go wrong with black. Office look is something I need to focus more on. Right now my office is business casual and we can wear jean daily. I normally wear a blazer with my jeans. I also work for the State of Georgia and I know all too well about the session time, lol. Keep up the good work and I look forward to following your Style At Work series

  3. Hey Bobbie! Thank you so much for your sweet comments! I really appreciate that! Girl, black is my go-to when I am in a rush! All Black everything--you can't go wrong and can quickly get dressed in the dark, lol. Aww man, you are so lucky to get to wear jeans everyday! I love the jeans and blazer combination! It's so modern you can't really go wrong. Thank you so much for following along! Good luck during the session!



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