A couple of weeks ago I gave a presentation to my extended team. Our dress code hovers somewhere in a gray zone between traditional business attire and business casual. So, I wanted to look professional, but not stodgy. And, of course, it wouldn't be me if I wasn't wearing color.
Instead of a traditional business blouse, I opted for a trimmer more youthful one-piece in red from Chadwick's of Boston (those one-pieces are lifesavers - I just bought two more to stock up). The skirt (also from Chadwick's) is my alternative to a pencil or straight skirt - those just do not look good on me and do not fit right what with my smaller waist and big tush. The cut and length are still very business-like, but the flared hem and the softer brown color make it more feminine.
The shoes are my favorite two-tone peep-toes with a stacked heel from Target. (I SO need to replace those - I am wearing them to death!) The earrings are red enamel and brass chandeliers from Target. The laptop bag is, of course, my fabulous Mango Tango from eBags.
The verdict? Was comfortable all day, including during the presentation, and felt professional, sophisticated and pulled-together.