Kat’s “Made For” Moment + $250 Giftcard Giveaway!

Kat - Behind The Scenes: American Living for JCPenney Video ShootEeeek! I had not seen this until this very morning — we filmed it a few weeks ago, super early one Saturday morning — the sun was shining, skies were blue, it was a comfortable temperature — oh so long ago! Many thanks to the talented director Yuli Ziv of Style Coalition, to Tara Drake for make-up and Jen Paelmo for hair, and to Jennine Jacob of The Coveted for photos!  (Photo credit:  Jennine Jacob.)

The really cool part about this collaboration is that I have a $250 JCPenney gift card to give away to one lucky reader!  And, of the ten sites who participated in this project, one comment will be randomly selected to win a $1500 gift card.

As I mentioned earlier, I’m wearing a great dress from American Living by JCPenney, as well as my own pearls (Mikimoto), watch (Cartier), bag (Dooney & Bourke), and heels (Sacco).  I think I got my earrings from Kaufmann’s in Cleveland (which is now Macy’s) — I’ve had them for years and wear them all the time.

In the video I talk about how my native-to-Kat style was a bit wacky/creative. Let’s put it this way: I was that kid in college who either dressed in all black or red pants with jewelry I’d made myself or found in one of Chicago’s thrift stores. So for me, adapting to Wall Street dressing was a challenge when I started working there back in 2003 or so. So: in order to enter the giveaway, PLEASE either a) tell us how your style has changed over the years — how you’ve adapted as you’ve gone from college to grad school to a professional job or b) tell us what your “made for” moment is, or c) which JCPenney outfit you’d like to wear to the office.

A winner will be drawn randomly on July 31, and I’ll announce here on the blog who was the winner on August 2.  UPDATE: I’ll announce the winner on my blog, but PLEASE give me your e-mail address in your comment — I promise to keep ’em private, not sell your information, all that good stuff. Here are the official sweepstakes rules.

And, without further ado, my “Made For” moment!

The video series is sponsored by JCPenney and produced by Style Coalition.


  1. I used to dress very rough-and-tumble in college – women’s cargo jeans, ribbed tank tops, usually with a denim jacket or my uncle’s green wool army jacket from Vietnam, and sneakers or sandals. I don’t think I owned any pumps or high-heeled shoes.

    My style became a little closer to normal “casual” clothes in law school – jeans and a t-shirt or oversized button-down – in part because I spent most of my 2L year pregnant or nursing a baby. I liked a lot of my maternity tops and continued to wear them over jeans throughout the rest of law school. The pregnancy also made me move away from sneakers and towards loafers.

    When I first began to work professionally I had a lot of trouble affording new clothes, but I tended to gravitate towards very conservative, plain, dark-colored suits. I’m petite, so it’s sometimes hard for me to pull off accessories without them overwhelming my appearance, so for a long time I just tried to play it safe.

    The longer I work, though, the more of my personal style I tend to show. Today, for instance, I’m wearing black suit pants and a long black vest, and underneath wearing a multi-colored, lace, ruffled shirt that always reminds me of David Bowie from Labyrinth.

    Thanks for this post, Kat. It’s kind of fun to think about style history.

  2. I’m a t-shirt, jeans and flip flops kind of girl. I was in college, and I still slip into my “uniform” on the nights I attend grad school. Unfortunately, my style is not particularly welcomed in the office, so it’s been a challenge for me to find my personal corporate style. I tend to wear a lot of black and gray dress pants with plain button downs – I’m boring! But I’m excited about enhancing my wardrobe and my corporate style since I just found this website. Thanks for the opportunity, Kat!

  3. The sweepstakes rules link doesn’t work so I’ll post my story here.

    My style has changed drastically between my last two jobs. In my prior job, I was on active duty in the military. After many years of wearing camouflage and boots, polyester suits, and wearing my hair really short or up in a ponytail, my personal style was on life support. When I switched to my current job where I spend a lot of time in court, I saw many women unnecessarily dressed in frumpy or boring clothing. It amazed me how many women who were free to express their style, chose to wear non-imaginative and ill-fitting clothing. In building my new wardrobe, I developed a style that is professional yet feminine. Properly fitting clothing, pops of color, an occasional ruffle, and proper accessories make me feel more confident. To make up for all those years of wearing uniforms, I almost always now wear skirts and heels. The only problem with the new style is that it’s much more expensive to shop at Nordstrom’s than the military clothing store!

  4. Hi Kat, just wanna say, too cute in the vid. Your make up was flawless. Love the purse (and dress! and pumps!). You smile alot naturally when you speak, which makes me instinctively smile back. Have a great day!

  5. In college, I was into mismatched earrings and two colors of nail polish on each nail. Just wore jeans and t-shirts. T-shirts were oversized. I always believed I had a myriad of flaws to hide.

    After college, my style was skirts and blouses as a paralegal. But, the skirts were long. No jewelry, no makeup.

    In law school, it was back to the oversized shirts and jeans. No jewelry except a watch.

    Now, as a lawyer, I wear suits. I prefer skirt suits. They are knee length, not beyond. I am wearing colors other than black and blue. Often with a fun color — purple, rose, yellow for the shirt. All my shirts are the proper size. Appropriate small jewelry and makeup.

    Oooh, the big one. When I graduated law school, I had six pairs of heels. 4 of them were black, and one pair was black with white polka dots. Even my flats were black. I now have several pair of heels that are various colors.

  6. I hate being underdressed. In college, I never wore pajamas or flip-flops to class. I was raised to believe that was disrespectfulto the people around you. I wasn’t very fashionable (read: plain and boring), and I was fine with that. Fast forward to starting out as a professional – plain and boring again. I wore plain suits with blouses underneath everyday. I’m just now starting to experiment and have fun with color and shoes (shoes!) while still never being underdressed. I’m young and need clients to take me seriously. However, thanks to this website, I realize I had been focusing on that to the exclusion of including the “me” in how I dress. It’s getting better all the time. Thanks to Kat and commenters!

  7. I grew up in a pretty small town, where fashion was not cutting edge by any means. Everyone dressed pretty conservatively, and most of the students wore some version of jeans/t-shirt/flip flops/sneakers. When I went to college my look got a little more experimental. I dyed my hair red in celebration of striking out on my own and dressed a little more adventurously but still on the boring side, without much personal style and with very few accessories. During college and in the few years that I worked before going back to law school, I began to develop my own personal style, which blends my conservative roots with some more quirky fashion touches (especially when it comes to shoes). My casual uniform is no longer faded bootcut jeans and flip flops, instead it is skinny, pencil jeans and brightly colored ballet flats. I draw inspiration from Hollywood stars like Audrey Hepburn (for weekends and dressy events–cardigans, skinny cropped pants, and little black dresses), Diane Keaton, and Katharine Hepburn (my dream style for work clothes is a feminine version of menswear inspired looks full of wide-legged trousers and a few pencil skirts). I am very happy with the evolution of my personal style and cannot wait to see where it will take me next as I finish law school and re-enter the working world.

    • I forgot to include my email for the drawing, so I am replying to add my email. Thanks.

  8. I too was a t-shirt, jeans and trainers girl during college. And after my first year of law school my style hasn’t changed that drastically. My style ,however, was not welcome at my summer internship meaning it was time to buy more than the 4 pieces of work appropriate clothing I had in my closet. I wish I had found your website before my pre-intern shopping spree but I can’t wait to use it for next summer as I try to figure out how to stop dressing like a college student and start dressing like a “real adult”.

  9. Let’s see:
    College – black, Doc Martens, complete with asymmetrical haircut.
    2 years in non-profit in NYC – about the same, throw in the occasional black blazer, white t-shirt, long black skirt, Doc Marten high-tops (I ROCKED that look!)
    Law school (and yes – I was public interest bound…) no money = jeans and t-shirts almost exclusively
    Directly into – Army JAG Corps – ’nuff said.
    4 years later into 1 1/2 year of staying at home with maternity clothes
    Back to work into state government litigating – Nordstrom Rack suits (still no money), nice shoes under my desk, Merrills to and from the train
    Now – in-house managing litigation. Still hit the weekends in jeans and t-shirts, but can now finally start to splurge on more lasting work clothes, some very nice suits for occasional travel to deps and such, and HEELS, SKIRTS, JEWELRY and well-fitting clothes that make me feel confident and happy (it helps that I also finally lost the baby weight.)
    Wow – that was cathartic! Thanks!

  10. Kat, you look wonderful in this video! Really put together and polished.

    I used to spend very, very little money on clothes, maybe something like $300 for the entire year. I would scour the racks at Ross and Marshalls and buy cheap, polyester prints that did my figure no favors. Going to Banana or Ann Taylor was real splurge for me. When I got married, my husband begged me to buy more expensive and trendy clothes to suit my shape (do I have a great husband or what?).

    Once I graduated from law school and joined BigLaw, I realized that I needed to invest in a professional and classy wardrobe. Through the help of this site, the wonders of Nordstrom, and my husband’s good eye for what looks good on me, my style has completely changed. I now buy timeless pieces that are of high quality and last a long time. At work, I gravitate to pencil skirts, blazers, feminine blouses, and bold jewelry. I love color and continue to wear it with abandon, but I’m always careful to pair a bright color with a netural.

    I balked at the first time I bought a skirt for $150, but you know what? I wear it twice a week and it has become a staple in my wardrobe. I now get complimented often on my clothes (which never really happened before) and am now known among my girlfriends as being the really stylish and put together one. Who knew?

  11. As a kid I was a tomboy, so it wasn’t until late in high school/early in college I started finding a bit of a mod/indie aesthetic–lots of trousers, sweaters over button downs, and the occasional men’s tie a la Annie Hall–which all worked well for college in New York–because all the clothes were in blacks, greys, and forest greens.

    When I moved to DC to work in the nonprofit sector, things got much more conservative. I started wearing pastels, the occasional pearls (I said they were ironic–but it would be hard to tell), and suits, suits, suits and high high heels.

    Eventhough I’m only 30, I’m more senior in my organization, and based out of Philadelphia. I’ve tried to find the middle ground between professional, but with personality. Not as many suits, not as many pastels–more bright colors mixed with neutral hues, more tailored dresses with cool statement jewelry, shoes that aren’t quite as high, but are much more comfortable. I’ve definitely traded up to higher quality pieces, and become incredibly loyal to the brands that work well for me.

  12. Great job, Kat! You look beautiful in the video – it’s great to see what you really look like, my image of you has been based on the self-made videos you post from time to time, usually showing you from the shoulders up.

    My style has changed a lot over the years. I grew up with not a lot of money and wore uniforms to school, and like many of us who were teenagers in the 90s, my weekend wear included a lot of flannel, and then evolved to include a lot of black, including black eyeliner and (yikes) black hair. In college I was completely a jeans and t-shirt girl, and I recall living for over two years with only one pair of shoes – Sketchers sneakers. When they wore out I’d buy a new pair. I can’t even fathom that now. I also used to have my parents cut my long, long hair straight across the bottom every six months or so to get rid of split ends.

    During my senior year of college and in law school I grew up a lot, and became more conscious of what I wore but at the same time also became conscious of how others judged me based on what I wore. I was constantly scared to wear the wrong thing, and my go-to interview look was your typical black suit with white shell, itchy cheap hose, and pumps I could hardly walk in. I also became bulimic, a condition that I struggled with for years and will probably never be completely free of. Once I started working, I gained more and more confidence in myself as a professional and as I realized that people respected me based on my work and not my clothes, I started trying to have more fun with what I wore. Unfortunately, I became more concerned with quantity than quality, and had a closet full of cheap stuff that fell apart.

    In 2007 I worked as a consultant and didn’t have health insurance, and was unable to manage a chronic medical condition. I unfortunately gained nearly 50lbs, and my fitness level was not helped by a stay in the hospital and a back injury. Once I had insurance again in late 2008, I was able to manage my health, and eventually start losing weight. I went from an 18-20 to a 12-14, which is the size that I’d been since high school so I’m not looking to lose any more. I took advantage of my new size to begin replacing my wardrobe with better quality, more adult and less trendy pieces.

    I’ve been a big fan of style blogs for a few years, and I decided to start blogging as a way to publicly challenge myself to maintain my current level of style, nutrition and health. I started this month after writing a lot of draft posts over the past few months. I’ve posted here a few times under another username, but this is the first time I’ve felt comfortable sharing my blog (linked above). I’m doing it more for me than for an audience, but it seems like the culmination of my personal style evolution.

  13. I am (still) a jeans, tanktop and fleece girl. Hard to break out of since it’s so comfy. I’m still balancing college student – grown up wardrobe (hey, I’m only two months out) and it doesn’t help that my office is super casual, even in the summer. I’m trying to work with a lot more sweaters, since the office is always cold!

  14. I was lucky in college and as I started a career in the tech industry that I was able to wear my jeans, t-shirts, and Chucks interchangeably between work and grad school after work. Once I decided to go into more of a conservative finance field, I had to change and “grow up” my closet. It has been a challenge but I decided to stick with tried and true basics all in complementary colors so I can roll out of bed and everything for the most part matches. The key for me to not get frustrated with my wardrobe is easy to choose and use pieces in the early morning. That means for me more dresses in my closet than I ever would have thought I would own. And heels…where as I didn’t own a pair in my old life I am now addicted to wearing them!

    I still break out the jeans and Chucks on the weekends to hang out with friends but more and more I find my week day wardrobe creeping into my weekend life.

  15. I am absolutely a tshirt, jeans and flip flops person, but for an unknown reason decided to become an attorney. Therefore during the work week, I have to button up my style, but still keep it somewhat comfortable. I’m most often found in flowing skirts or comfortable but nice looking black pants and a cardigan set (unless, of course, I have to go to court, in which case its just a classic black suit!)

  16. Not a whole lot changed between college and my first job–the department was very relaxed. My new department, though, required purchases of more dress pants (as opposed to jeans) and some closed-toe shoes! Not that I dressed down all the time before, but definitely more so than I can here. Now it feels wrong to wear jeans, unless it’s Friday. And even then, not everyone does.

  17. My school attire was ultra-casual. I wore jeans and a college sweatshirt for most of the school year. When I started working, I had these awkwardly long skirts (only 3 of them, all a little too distinctive to be worn so often) that I wore all the time with August silk tops. I was terribly frumpy. Since then I’ve improved my look and significantly increased the size of my wardrobe. I’d describe my look now as crisp and professional with tons of appropriately-lengthed pencil skirts.

    Kat, how will winners be notified given that most posts are anonymous?

    • excellent question. I’ll announce the winners on the blog — although it will be easier if folks actually give me their email address. I’ll revise the rules to say that…

  18. I was such an alterna/punk girl when I was young, and I took a lot more trendy style risks as I got a little older. Then I started working… And these days I’m as boring as can be, same outfits from the same stores we all shop in! I still try to put in a little of my own style when I can though.

  19. Oh jeez, in high school I was acid-washed jeans, permed hair, and white fringe leather boots. In college I adopted the earth girl/feminist woodswoman look with hiking boots, natural flowy fabrics, fleece, and hair that reached all the way down my back. Since grad school I’ve worn more professional clothing although no suits. At my current position, it’s super casual and I wear jeans, casual blouses, capris, flip flops, and the occasional t-shirt. I could dress up more if I wanted, but I’ve found I cannot fight the law of entropy, and end up wearing the easiest thing I can find.

    I still love reading this blog though, and if I switch jobs, I’ll definitely have to step up the professional content of my wardrobe.

  20. Love the video!!! Great pumps and bag, and watch!!!! Have you featured those items yet? :)

    My style in college – mostly casual, but not all jeans (I didn’t like jeans for a long time). I did rock the little flannel minidress with tights and mary janes for a while (90s!!!). I bought a lot of fun dresses and my first suit my junior year of college. Then I went to law school in NYC, so we did a lot of dressing up for class – but still lots of jeans etc.

    Now my style is pretty preppy with a twist – like that professor look posted a few days ago, but I have a lot of printed skirts that I wear with blazers to work, and colored jackets to pair with neutral tops and bottoms. Lots of ballet flats (I have bunions, so no heels).

  21. I was hired as in house counsel to a law enforcement agency right after the Bar Exam. My personal style went from jeans and cute tees to pencil skirts and blouses. I prefer to buy suits in basic black, and shades of grey and play with colored tops that make me feel girly. It’s a challenge to stay withing my government job budget for clothes. I am surrounded by uniforms, so I stand out anyway – but it’s nice to be able to show some personality and this site has helped me with the boundaries.

  22. Growing up in California I got used to wearing flip flops and t-shirts year around. I owned one winter jacket – a classic black pea coat – that lasted me seven years because I only had to wear it occasionally. I moved to the Midwest for law school and found that my wardrobe left me drastically under prepared for the winter months (who knew flats with no-show socks in the winter could lead to a minor case of frostbite). Throughout my time in law school I have slowly built up my winter wardrobe. The biggest challenge has been being able to afford major winter pieces like winter coats – I needed one for work and one for more casual/outdoor settings. As it turns out, sales for seasonal clothes are very predictable and I made a conscious effort to keep an eye out for special discounts on full priced pieces from retailers. Moving to the Midwest has allowed me to diversify and mature my wardrobe.

  23. I was a jeans, sneakers, and sweatshirt girl in college. I would only dress up if going out at night. Once I got to law school, my outfits remained the same. Comfort over style always won out unless I had to wear a suit. To combat that, I had a rotation of four suits: Black, Brown, Grey, and Black Pinstripe. I realized, that once graduating, I needed to look more professional and since I never felt comfortable in the suits I already owned, I needed to make a change.

    I am now a public interest attorney. It is rare that I have to wear a suit, but I still need to dress professionally. My go to basics are fitted dress pants in an assortment of colors and work appropriate dresses. I can get away with being a bit more funky with patterns if I so choose, and I usually play up my style with a fun pump. I also layer a lot, weather it be sweaters or jackets. My jewelry changes on a day to day basis as well.

    I like to have fun with my looks, but still keep it appropriate for work. I have grown into my style, and hardly ever wear jeans, sneakers, and sweatshirts. I have learned you can still be comfortable while being stylish.

  24. Ugh, can we skip the 90s? In my case that was junior high, high school, and much of college. Fashion wise, it was pretty painful. Casual clothes were very boyish and boxy. I don’t think I knew what to do with a tall, size 10, hourglass shape. Dressy events were fine, in part because dresses work well on me. Post college got much better. Preppy but with fun tweaks. Mama was a lawyer and had very conservative ideas re clothing, which I think helped me stay professional. Even today, I never wear closed toe shoes to work and do wear pantyhose to court, depos, etc. I now like working the hourglass shape, and lean towards vintage, feminine silhouettes using clothes that have structure. Almost always skirts and dresses. Pants are still hard for me to figure out. Using more blazers and statement jewelry these days, thanks to Corporette’s influence!

    Cute video, Kat!

  25. Sometimes I cringe when I see the photos of me from high school and college… partly because I was fat, partly because I wore some pretty horrible stuff! In 2003 I went to college, and it was when pale pink was popular… unfortunately it makes me look fairly dead (and not in a sexy True Blood vampire way!) – In college I wore a lot of GAP outlet clothing – basic jeans, plain long sleeve t-shirts in winter, cargo pant capris in summer (even when they weren’t popular I wore ’em), short sleeve plain t-shirts… When I started working in accounting in 2006 I stepped it up – I bought my first suit – a Jones New York pinstriped number, I wore a variety of black pants and ____ sweater/shirt combos – and in the past few years that has not changed much.

    I did lose a significant amount of weight, so in the last year my style as shifted – mostly b/c I can wear high heels, and I like how my legs look in skirts. I still dress fairly preppy, but I like unusual details – I have Kenar skirt w/ zippers on the outside that’s a littl funky, and I threw out any shoe that seemd “orthopedic” in a celebration of feet that are no longer wide!

  26. Well, this is my bar studying summer, so I’m currently “between styles” and oh so very on a budget. This summer I’ve been soaking up what feels like my last opportunity to wear knit skirts, tees/tanks, or sundresses pretty much everyday. In NC it is hot!

    In law school, I think I wore jeans and cardigans (trying to look a bit nicer than sweatshirts) almost everyday, but still my style was boring. Before law school, I worked in social work, and was just discovering how to look professional– but on a very tight budget. During my summer internships (both in prosecutor’s offices), I realized that some of the “business” clothes that I’d worn pre-law school were not really that nice and so it was something of a challenge to come up with professional outfits (that could handle the summer heat!).

    I’m actually excited to get to wear suits and dress clothes again on a regular basis–and I will soon–I take the bar next week and start a clerkship in August.

    Thanks Kat for all your good tips and advice! You really make such a difference by teaching people, providing a forum, and helping all of us to feel and look our best!

  27. I was totally that oddly arty girl who dressed the part- i had no shame when it came to crazy jewelry bought on vacation, wearing multiple mismatched patterns in one outfit, and i generally took my reverse-cues from dress codes (as in, if no jeans were allowed, i would purposefully show up in jeans). I worked in the nyc art scene so it was pretty normal.

    And now i’m a corporate litigator. And I’ve learned how to be me at the same time. I wear colorful patterns blouses under my dark suits, bold pencil skirts with button downs, and smaller but just as funky jewelry and baubles. and gasp—- i own “basics” now. It’s an adjustment, but i also think it’s part of building a classic wardrobe. all of my clothes (except my suits) i’d love to wear casually, so it feels good to finally be a little cohesive.

    thanks for the daily inspiration kat!

  28. Your video is so cute! You look great. I have been a really boring conservative dresser for a while, but have tried to have more fun with my clothes in recent years. I am trying not to be afraid of color. [email protected]

  29. Another Kat :

    I was a hard-core-with-fun girl in college (bright red long johns under torn jeans, combat or motorcycle boots, layer tank tops). As a professional, I am pulled together and a little butch in a fitted mannish pants suit and stacked heel loafers, or can’t-ignore in fitted skirts and three inch pumps. I am tall and lean so I can get away with both. Both work well when I am the only woman in the room (which happens often).

  30. Makeup Junkie :

    I used to wear a lot of florals – I even had a skirt suit that had a yellow background and a floral print. The jacket had a peplum waist. I wore that with bone-colored stilettos and ivory hose. This is when I was in college working at bank, I thought I was so sophisticated! Now I’m the opposite – plain pantsuits, maybe a pinstripe, plain tee shirts, and flats. I put all my color and creativity into my makeup now!

  31. As a child, I insisted on wearing Tinkerbell sweatsuits! Then there was jeans period of high school, the high-glam era of college where I spent most of my time with a drag queen and didn’t feel dressed without glitter, and the development of a personal style in law school, which led me to seeking a polished, elegant look. Now I gravitate toward jewel-tone or neutral dresses that suit my silhouette with blazers, pumps, and distinctive jewelry – thanks to resources like Corporette, I feel like I can express my personality while maintaining a professional presence at work!

  32. I’m a new follower and enjoying this site, thanks for doing such a great job!

    Over the past several years, I’ve slowly learned how to balance conservative with fashion. I certainly haven’t arrived, but I’m learning to invest in good pieces that are age-appropriate.

  33. In college (art school, no less) it was perfectly acceptable to run around in wacky attire… probably expected. And I DID. I spent freshman and sophomore years braless, bed-headed, wearing band t-shirts, goodwill t-shirts, my little brother’s flannel shirt from 1996… and ratty houndstooth ballet flats every day. Confession: I kind of miss it!

    In my first job (design) I had little to no interaction with clients and while I had pink hair, a lip stud, and wore jeans every day I would classify my clothing as sort-of professional: a nice blouse, a nice t and a blazer, etc… Kind of a perpetual Casual Friday look. It was just the culture of that office and it was GREAT.

    Fast forward a couple years and a couple more serious, in-the-public-eye kind of jobs (Marketing and Higher Education design) and I now have hair a natural color, only piercings are my ears and my favorite places to shop for work are Banana Republic and The Limited… with fun, funky stuff thrown in every once in a while. Oh how times have changed!

    I think each stage has been great in its own way, and I’m satisfied with the style I’m rocking now. Fun post, Kat!

  34. In college I was influenced by the punk/rock music my first, serious boyfriend (at the tender age of 19) introduced me to during college. Green Day, Yellowcard, Dashboard Confessional, Motion City Soundtrack. Yes, I have gone to the Warped Tour before. I wasn’t crazy into the punk look – as I went to college in FL I adopted a little bit of the FL college student look. I was frequently in jeans, flip flops or Chucks, band tshirts or stuff from Gadzooks (remember them). I also developed a love of fun accessories, particularly earrings.
    Truthfully, I still didn’t have a hell of alot of style at the time. I didn’t now how to dress my figure. Looking back stuff was too low cut or too tight, because I refused to accept my body is the size/shape it is. And not that I was a tomboy, I was just never particularly feminine or girly (never had the urge to buy a skirt or dress to wear casually)
    I don’t think it was really until I got to law school that I figured it out. I embraced my size and shape and finally learned how to dress it. And I love dressing like a girl in dresses and heels and pretty jewelry. But I most importantly I learned to dress as a professional, which was probably the biggest single factor affecting my current wardrobe. My current style still has a little bit of the girl I was in college – I have a love of vintage clothes and styles both classy (ala, Mad Men and Joan Holloway) and fun (pin up and rockabilly), and I love infusing my daily work and casual outfits with bits of color and fun accessories.

    • Whoops. Forgot the email addy. Put it in this time.
      Thanks for everything, Kat!

  35. In high school and college I always dressed with others in mind. I was always worried about how others would judge my outfit. But, when I went to Europe to study during law school I came back with a whole new view on clothes. You can pair things together just because they make you feel good. Now that law school’s over I have had to cut back on my mix and matching a little, but I still love knowing that there really is no right and wrong when it comes to self expression.

  36. Great video, Kat! So glad you were able to participate in this.

    My style in high school and college was “thrift shop eclectic.” I loved fun and funky clothes bought at rock bottom prices.

    When I moved into the corporate world, I still kept a bit of a funky edge. I think that was easier in the 80s, when bright colors like hot pink and asymmetric styles were in fashion. It also helped that I was in engineering, which is less conservative than banking or law.

    Now that I travel extensively and volunteer in the non-profit sector, my style is much more casual. I prefer a “uniform” of solid colors that I can mix and match. I’m striving for simple, clean and elegant. Funky and trendy no longer appeal to me for my personal wardrobe, although I love to see it on other, younger women.

  37. I’ve always dressed on the more feminine end of the spectrum (e.g. I own two pairs of jeans and one pair of pants), but I definitely push it with texture, color and patterns. It’s become more refined as I’ve grown older, but one of my favorite skirts is one I made with some orange and green barkcloth fabric that was intented for couch cushions. When I’m shopping for work clothes, I look for structure, interesting and subtle details, and high quality construction as opposed to color or pattern. I feel like I can get away with more “daring” construction when it’s a dark neutral or black. One thing I haven’t been able to give up is funky jewelry – I have shoulder-length massively curly hair, so I can hide my cicada -shaped earrings underneath and still feel funky even though no one can see them. I save my snake bracelet and harmonica necklace for happy hour though :)

  38. I love that this begins in college. In college I wore uniforms. I did not possess any non-uniform clothing for an entire year. I was issued socks, bras, shorts, t-shirts, camouflage, dress uniforms, every-day uniforms. (I went to a military academy, can you tell?) My colors were reduced to white, blue, and camouflage. My only “breakout” was buying a little racy lingerie, when I was sure it wouldn’t be found. Even on the weekends and at night I was in uniform. After the first year, I probably got some illegal civilian clothes, “contraband.” But I only wore those far, far away from school. FINALLY, in my third year, I got to wear civilian clothes! I remember the first time I did, it was a wildly inappropriate, clingy red and gold print skirt, slit waaaaay too high, and a red, sleeveless, cowl neck knit top. With red high heels. One of my freshman told me I looked hot. I told him that was insubordination, but inside I rejoiced! After college I was in the military, so my “work wardrobe” was uniforms, and my off-time clothes were either ultra-comfy–jeans and t-shirts, or HOT–too tight, too short, too everything.

    Then I got out of the military and went straight to law school. I had little or no professional wardrobe to speak of. I had to buy a couple of suits and business casual things for interviewing and working. That was semi-disastrous, as now I have hideous, $50, bad color, bad fit suits that I’m loathe to throw away. Maybe I could have them tailored? I mostly slummed in my jeans and t-shirts. Oh, and being pregnant with my second didn’t help my look! Instead of pregnant cute and tailored, I went with XXL t-shirts and maternity jeans. Hehe. It was during this time that I may have submitted myself to “what not to wear,” in the hopes of a new, work-appropriate wardrobe. They never called. *sniff*

    Then I started working! And then I got pregnant again. So I have a few cute maternity outfits, but mostly I’m hording money until I’m done with the pregnant and nursing stage. Then I’ve recruited my much-better dressed co-worker and friend, Laura, to help me winnow through my current wardrobe, buy new pieces, and accessorize. I’m terrible at pulling together outfits, so I’m thinking I’ll take photos or something, so I’ll always know what “goes” together. My favorite work item is probably the Tahari jacket that I bought at Marshall’s. It still cost me a fortune, but it was about a quarter of the original price, tailored, good material, excellent fit, and classic. I’d like more of my wardrobe to be like that. I’d also LOVE to start wearing scarves. I think women who do this well always look so nice, sophisticated, pulled together, and fresh!

    Thanks for the stroll down memory lane. I’m sure I’m not the only one who has enjoyed reminiscing!

  39. I think that the biggest change to my style has been to pay attention to dressing my body. My college wardrobe was boot-cut jeans and solid coloered shirts that were a little too tight. Moving on to my first “real” job didn’t change much as I worked out of my boss’ home and had just had a baby. So jeans and shirts that were a little too big.

    As the baby weight has come off, and the job has changed to working in a corporate office, I am more aware of how clothes fit. I am blessed/cursed with a large chest, a small waist, and large hips, so finding clothes that actually fit is the trick for me. I stay away from button-up shirts unless I plan to have them tailored. I shoot for trousers that fit my hips and don’t bunch or wrinkle in strange places. I look for shirts with a special detail, something that makes them stand out. I have learned to spend the extra time to search for things that really flatter my body shape and to not settle for purchasing something that looks just “ok.”

  40. skippy pea :

    In college I used to wear a lot of colorful clothes but not much jewellery. I always forgot to wear or even think of accesorizing with jewellery and it is true even today, although I am getting a bit better at it.

    I also wore a lot of flats and sneakers with skirts. I still shudder when I think about that!

    Right now, I dress pretty conservatively when I have to since I am an attorney. However, inside, I yearn to wear colorful clothes, like Kat’s dress. I also love to wear bohemian clothes over the weekends and try and have as much fun with them as I can.

    I am also educating my taste by reading a lot of fashion magazines and blogs like this one. I naturally have the fun part pat down, but I need help with melding my personal taste and having fun with looking professional in a law firm setting!

  41. E-mail attached this time.

    My school attire was ultra-casual. I wore jeans and a college sweatshirt for most of the school year. When I started working, I had these awkwardly long skirts (only 3 of them, all a little too distinctive to be worn so often) that I wore all the time with August silk tops. I was terribly frumpy. Since then I’ve improved my look and significantly increased the size of my wardrobe. I’d describe my look now as crisp and professional with tons of appropriately-lengthed pencil skirts.

  42. In high school and college, I had the hippie thrift store thing going on– sundresses, long curly hair, wacky t shirts and jeans when I was going casual. My fairly preppy college had class dress, which basically meant that students were expected to dressed more nicely for class– for me, a lot of wool skirts and sweaters were involved.

    As college went on, I started ditching the thrift store look as I became increasingly disillusioned with the whole hippie thing. I transitioned into a more tailored look, but with a lot of bright colors– lime green tweed, deep purple cashmere pullover, black and red checked skirt, etc.

    After I graduated, I taught for a little while, so I pretty much wore my class dress clothes with cute trendy wool blazers. My wardrobe was heavily Ann Taylor and Loft based at that point. When I became a coffee house manager (my current job), I had to transition my wardrobe to casual washable clothes (lots of bright colors, skirts in the summer) and comfortable flats, which is something that I find annoying. Other people have commented that I have a preppy look at this point in my life, which is something my hippie self would have laughed at.

    At this point in life, I’m that person who would just rather be wearing a suit. Luckily I’m working towards becoming an accountant, so my suit wearing days are coming soon! :)

  43. Nice video! It’s hard for me to imagine you dressing as anything less than sophisticated, but I guess four years ago, when I graduated from college, I never would have imagined myself wearing heels and dress slacks and all the rest. In college I tried to rock the bohemian look, but I don’t think I was ever that successful. For whatever reason, I always seem to look more myself in professional attire.

  44. In college I wore loose jeans, loose t-shirts, flannel and baggy sweatshirts. Sneakers and boots. Thick winter coats. It was Minnesota, and I was (and still am) a size 10-12 and convinced that was the best way to hide my flaws. Additionally, I ran with a sort of proto-hipster group that sneered at anything fashionable.

    My style didn’t change in graduate school, and it wasn’t until I started reading fashion blogs that I started developing my own sense of style. I grew out my hair – it had been pixie short since I was 13 – and gravitated towards skirts and dresses. I have a lot of a-line skirts, a couple of pencils, lots of vibrant sweaters. I wear flats almost exclusively because I’ve never gotten the hang of heels, and they aren’t practical for my 1.5 hour commute. Jewelry and handbags are my big thing; I carry a purple Cole Haan that I bought myself for my thirtieth birthday, and I wear pretty funky jewelry bought on vacation. I work in a casual office, so I can get away with a lot – for instance, yesterday I accessorized with a peacock feather headband – but I try to keep it professional, as it garners more respect from people in general.

  45. Hi Kat,
    My style changed through high school, college and grad school: first boyish/unisex (collared shirts or polos, and jeans – with short hair and boyish figure), then girly (long flowy skirts, preferably flowery, flutter sleeved tops or peasant blouses). I also got into a phase where I love, loved jewellery and used to troll eBay to buy stuff – I had at one point matchy-matchy pieces (earrings, bracelet, necklace set) to almost all of my tops (in a variety of colors).
    Now I am in a serious profession, so I wear professional clothing – not suits, but a lot of pencil skirts, dark trousers, collared shirts, knit tops or shells with blazers or cardigans). I appreciate your site because it helps guide my professional style. Plus, its always fun to read and participate in the discussions!

  46. Having only been out of college just over a year now I think my style is still influx. College was a time of jeans and school logo t shirts, polos and topsiders. A combination of college casual and East Coast Southern prep.

    I’m wrapping up a one year fellowship in the non-profit sector that had me working in two very different office environments for 6 month spans. One office, in the Pacific NW, was very casual. I could have worn jeans to work everyday and no one would have noticed. The climate and the overall culture of the Pacific NW definitely influenced my style while I lived there. I wore lots of jeans, boots, fleece and rain gear. I never wore make up or blow dried my hair. Scarves served as “dressy” outfit accessories.

    In stark contrast the second half of my fellowship has me working for a large think tank in Washington, DC. Here the office dress code is business- somewhere in between business casual and business professional. I wear pencil skirts, button downs, suiting dresses and polished flats or heels everyday. I spend time on the hill in a suit. Neutral make up and straightened hair. My pearl studs from my college days. A complete 180.

    As I finish my fellowship I’m moving yet again to another major city on the East Coast- Philadelphia. Parts of Philly feel a little more gritty and real than DC but my vocational path and personal style means I’m probably going to stick with my East Coast slightly preppy style. With a few bohemian pieces thrown in for flair. I enjoy dressing more on the conservative end of the work-style spectrum and anticipate my work wardrobe will stay relatively the same. I’ll just add a few more “good quality” pieces as my salary and thus clothes budget *hopefully* increases.

  47. In undergrad I wore a lot of black. It was what many of my brilliant friends wore and I like them, so I liked their style. Occasionally I came across an inspiring piece, but for the most part fashion wasn’t on my radar.

    After undergrad I briefly worked for a fashion house in NYC and was constantly inspired. I began to develop a real interest in fashion. One person in particular was very influential. She came to work in perfect blue jeans, flats, a corduroy bomber jacket by theory (which I am still trying to find), and a big pearl bracelet. Everything she wore suited her. I wanted to dress that way.

    In law school I started to really develop my own style, which remains a work in progress, and also began to see items as investments rather than disposables. After landing a summer job in biglaw, I purchased a modest business wardrobe.

    Today I divide my wardrobe into work clothes and non work clothes. The work clothes consist mostly of items purchased at brooks brothers. Your basic button down shirt and pants or skirt designed to make me look and feel lawyerly, personalized with scarves or jewelry. The staples of my casual wardrobe are blue jeans and interesting blouses with a few sweaters and jackets in various cuts.

  48. Ms. Basil E. Frankweiler :

    As I am still a law student (and have not had a “big girl” job yet), my style is still evolving. But I have come a long way from the person I was in high school to now.

    From K-12 I was in Catholic schools, so during the school day I very rarely had to worry about what I was going to wear. I have always been on the larger side of the clothing scale, so I’ve always had body issues that led me to believe that when I was not in uniform I needed to either cover every lump and bump (real or imagined) or dress in such an overtly sexual way to grab the attention I thought I needed.

    As I progressed through undergrad, I (very slowy) began to realize there was a happy medium where I could be comfortable with my clothing and more importantly I began to come to love my body for what it was. And this was my ultimate style evolution. Understanding that while I can lose weight, I will never be stick thin and willowy. I have curves and if you don’t like them tough stuff, because I love them. Now instead of hiding my curves I flaunt them and instead of showing everything, I leave things to the imagination. Learning that the clothes are there to conform to my body (and not the other way around) has led me to choose knee length pencil skirts over aknle legnth A-line’s. I understand that button downs are not my friend, but Spanx are (not to alter the shape of me, but to smooth me out and allow me to be the best me I can be). And while four inch heels make my legs look amazing, if I wear them for too long, my feet do not.

    I am still evolving, and will be until I die, but learning to not only accept my body, but love it was the greatest style evolution I could have.

  49. I lost a lot of weight in college (thanks to those hills of Westwood!) and that’s when I started to branch out of my x-large t-shirt, jeans, and flip-flops rut.

    Now I’m trying to figure out the most stylish maternity wear that won’t cost an arm and a leg!

  50. I grew up in a small town in the midwest where conformity and comfort meant jeans and tshirts pretty much exclusively. Then I went to college at a pretty liberal place known for outsize personalities and questionable clothing choices. However, my junior year I spent abroad in France living with a wonderful and very chic family and I realized what I had been missing! I completely found my style there and it has remained pretty consistent through today. Drapey tops, blazers (tons!), beautiful fabrics and skinny or tailored pants/jeans/skirts. Mostly dark or muted colors with the occasional jewel tone or subtle pattern. I kept that up through law school (ok, not during finals!) and through my summer internships (one in france, one in biglaw) and was pleased to see that I can pretty much keep my style (with the addition of suits when necessary) when I start this winter at my business casual firm. I’m also very much looking forward to having an increased clothing budget because I have always had expensive taste, much to my fiance’s chagrin!

  51. When my husband first met me in college (in the mid 90s), I wore silver combat boots. He still remembers what he called my “moon boots”. These days I’m pretty conservative in my dress and would never wear anything silver on my feet.

  52. My style hasn’t really changed. I still wear jeans and tshirts.
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  53. Elisabeth :

    I tried grunge in high school, but apparently I always ended up looking like a dressed-down preppy. I went to a college on the east coast that boasted its fair share (I’d say over half the student body) of — for lack of a better description — off-beat dressers. My mom saw me coming out of my dorm during parents’ weekend in jeans and a jewel-neck sweater and said that, compared to my compatriots, I looked positively professional! I used to dress ridiculously modestly (high neck lines, low hems, etc.) and looked pretty pulled together and never daring. Now, I flirt with lower necklines but (hopefully) nothing obscene, but I don’t think my overall style has changed much. Still conservative and pretty boring, I’d say.

  54. During law school I knew I wanted to do public interest law and clerked with NGO’s where the dress code was very flexible. At one of my internships, I noticed that my boss would wear Keens or other hiking sandals to work and I followed her lead wearing my beloved Chacos to the office on Fridays.

    In retrospect my boss, who was a recent mom and had been at this NGO for years, had proven herself and was comfortable stretching the dress code limits, but I shouldn’t have been. Since then I try to remember that I can dress comfortably and casually while still looking more professional then Chacos will ever allow. :)

  55. BROKE. That’s what I was in college. The jeans that I could no longer tolerate to wear became recycled cut-offs. I still don’t understand the skater lingo that was on the t-shirt I wore. But hey, it was a free shirt. It was like Christmas when my roommate cleaned out her closet…hand-me-downs…sweet!

    Several children later, I’m still feeling broke, but nothing like the college days of wearing shoes until they fell apart. The attire has became extremely more professional now that I am a cpa, and fortunately, not pair of cut-offs exist in my house.

  56. rising 3L :

    I never really understood good construction when I was younger. I was all about “that’s cute” and “that’s fun.” I recently learned that investing is a much smarter way to use my money. I also recently began sewing and have immediately noticed the appeal of properly fitted clothing. No more “this looks good enough” for me!

  57. I used to wear pastel colors that totally washed me out. Now I realize that jewel tones are what make me pop so I try to find clothes in those colors when I shop.

  58. I wore hand-me-downs until I graduated from high school, and given that my cousins had very different body types, practically everything I owned was shapeless and ill-fitting. I hated my clothes and by extension all fashion; I had no concept of dressing to impress. Since I didn’t want to draw attention to my clothes, I wore the dullest, most utilitarian outfits I could find.

    When I got to college, though, I discovered that even my usual t-shirts and jeans could look great if they actually FIT me. Gradually, I discovered the styles and colors that suited me, and began to enjoy shopping and putting together outfits.

    Today, my style is surprisingly colorful and feminine– lots of prints, skirts, and ruffles– which would shock anyone who knew me as a teen. To a certain extent, I think my current style is a deliberate rejection of the way I thought and felt as a teenager. Wearing orange– even in the corporate context– is my small way of finally standing up for myself.

  59. I’m transitioning from grad student to professional as we speak! My job at big accounting firm starts in October. I’ve put a moratorium on spending until then. I hope to have a few basics to get through the first week or so, then after observing what everyone is wearing, go buy what I need. I am of course, also getting lots of tips and insight from all the corporette readers.

  60. I think my style was mostly early frump (I say early because I was not that old) until I hired a personal shopper/stylist and now the look we are going for is classic with a twist. I am learning a lot and can tell I look a lot better than I used to. I also changed my idea that fashion was frivolous, or that it did not matter. I know it does.

  61. Johanna_D :

    I was loooost in school. I would always wear sweatpants to classes and, if I really needed to dress up, jeans. Awful. I still don’t wear suits every day, but I always try to match dressy pants with professional looking tops and black/brown flats. Doing better!

  62. HotInTheCity :

    My style hasn’t really changed. I’ve always worn mostly solids, very classic colors like black, white, and linen. I only recently bought my first green shirt. Very rarely have I ever done a print. I could use a personal stylist to push me into more variety!

  63. I use to be a rocker chick in high school. Huge baggy jeans and rock T-shirts everyday. I still love rock music but I display it differently. I often like to accessorize a fairly bland outfit with a studded belt, or black leather heels or my Lucky Brand guitar necklace.

  64. I’m actually at an interesting point right now because I’m a 21 year old accounting student who has been working in a professional position for a year and a half. Before working as an accounting technician, I worked at a coffee shop. For work I simply wore a uniform. For class I wore jeans, basic tops, sweatpants, and sweatshirts. I shopped at Forever21, Charlotte Russe, H&M, and of course JC Penney (there’s a location right by my house so I’ve always shopped there). My how things have changed. Since starting my job, my style has change to be much more professional. I wear dresses, tailored blazers, suits, kitten heels, and statement jewelry. I can’t help but dress up for class now. I still shop at JCP, but not so much at Charlotte Russe or Forever21. Now I’m into Ann Taylor Loft and New York and Company.

    As for the American Living outfit, I would chose their Eggplant empire waist dress. It looks flattering and work appropriate. It would be perfect for the fall with black boots and a black blazer.

  65. That’s an easy one. I wore jeans everyday in law school, and now I dress in business casual for work. I think other than that, my biggest change, as other commenters have said, is that I purchase more wisely now–spending money on certain timeless pieces and saving on t-shirts or trendy items.

    Here is how the last decade has changed and secured my style identity, help me spend $ to build a wardrobe instead of a band aid fix and most of all, brings a sense of calm to my easily over stimulated fashion adventures.

    I believe this could apply to all spectrums of style definitions: Classic, modern, preppy, bo-ho, throw back, gyp-set, the list goes on.

    I have learned the value of spending $ for the sake of a purchase that will work FOR me versus because it looks flashy, expensive, trendy or mostly-because it looked so good on a friend, model or magazine:

    1-Within reason, I know what flatters and fits me.

    2-Even if it is flattering, will it be a piece I will really wear? And more than two times?

    3-I try to buy a timeless, unfortunately usually quite expensive, bag every 1-2 years. I buy other bags no doubt, but I want these to really go the distance.

    4-Invest in a great watch, one you could and would pass down(Rolex and Cartier are great, of course, BUT that does not mean there are not other options). Save and buy the best to your ability. A pair of diamond studs, a beautiful strand of pearls.
    Then, I buy lots of on sale J.Crew, Anthro, local boutique costume jewelry for my trendy accessories. Lot of times, on sale.
    A little secret. You know that cool military black Timex that keeps showing up at J.Crew online and in catalogues for $150? I have an almost exact, I mean exact, black Timex from Target for $15.99. I would never fakely try to pass it off and would surely tell if someone asked. But, many times I have had comments,”I love that J.Crew Timex” Go figure.

    5-SHOES. I could have a sickness. But I go back to watch/jewelry philosophy. Buy a great pair of classic pumps, quality ballet flats in black, quality pair of knee high riding style boots, and a pair of sexy night time stilettos. Get that right and then play around with the more trendy stuff(gladiators, wedges(may end up more a classic, they are really sticking around) sandals, flip flops, yada yada.

    6-Always have a Fall-Back outfit for each season: My cool weather one is great pair of dark wash skinny jeans, knee high black riding boots, a great(not shiny) longer but more tailored black blazer, a thinner weight long rectangle scarf looped around neck, some sort of great(but feminine fit)accent t-shirt or slim button down shirt, good belt, hair pulled into low pony or chignon. Shorter hair girls, just a clean, straight blow-out, maybe with one of those thin black elastic head bands. Poof- may not feel lively on inside but off to conquer the day.

    Thank you Corporette. Could I please invite your readers to visit me at my brand new blog http://dana-in-wonderland.blogspot.com/ ?
    If that is infringement, my apologies. Please delete post. I enjoy your writings and wish you and all your readers the best.
    Be well,

  67. I have become a big fan of dresses. They’re easy because it’s all one piece so you don’t have to worry about matching, they can look very formal/professional, they’re easy to transition with accessories, and there are lots of great options at every price point!

  68. I lived the Corporette journey loooong before there was a Corporette!

    I clerked for Biglaw as a 2L summer and when I think back on some of the things I wore, boy do I cringe! I’m old enough that it was the era of Madonna and her Suddenly Seeking Susan movie when I was a summer associate, and I thought I was somebody in my turquoise linen suit, white blouse, patterned scarf at the neck (so far okay, maybe the turquoise color not so great), with my full on LACE TIGHTS! and TURQUOISE PUMPS! What did I know? My parents were both educators and I had no model for appropriate business dress, let alone for Biglaw dress back then. At least it was a suit!

    As my career has progressed from Biglaw corporate partner to in house general counsel of a large international company, and as I have matured along that road, I now enjoy a greater flexibility in what I wear to work. I’ve gone from fabulous ‘skirt suit outfits’—suits that were accessorized with the exact same shell, heels, scarf, jewelry, etc. every wearing to pantsuits (not my thing, I discovered) to a stint at an all-casual-all-the-time dot com to today’s skirts and sweaters, pants and sweaters and occasional St. John powersuit for meetings that matter.

    I still have my copy of Dress for Success; it was always a good mantra. I chuckle now to see the female attorneys who work for me….mimicking my style! I wonder if they are Corporettes….

    I’ve found that though the years have passed (26 at last counting), my morning exercise of what to wear has remained a constant, while just the clothes that are the answer to that daily question have changed. I remember my best and favorite outfits of yore by which deal I was closing or what board meeting I was running when I wore them—for the world’s alpha chicks, ‘what to wear’ is not a simple notion in the least.

    Your business wardrobe is part of your business persona; it carries a message, whether one you carefully orchestrate or one you’re clueless about. How I wish there’d been a Corporette for me and my turquoise suit—so much easier than trial and error, don’t you think?

    • Chicago S :

      I smiled when I saw your reference to Dress for Success as I remember it well from when I started at my career at a Big Eight public accounting firm during that era.

      • I think Kat should change this from a sweepstakes to a contest. And I think your entry should win that contest on the basis of the turquoise suit with the (i’m assuming) white lace Madonna tights!!

  69. @ChicagoS–we should scan some of the photos from it and post them here for the younger crowd to howl at!

  70. Meaghan Bever :

    I was always preppy, think polos, khakis, white sneakers. This was intensified by college on the East Coast. I returned to California for law school and after doing summer internships at the District Attorney I actually ended up working for a brokerage firm in San Francisco. The environment was very casusal there. I was usually the most dressy person in the department. I would say upscale business casual. Then I was a stay at home mom for 6 years while my 3 kids were small. Goig back to work for a small civil litigation firm was the hardest since my mommy clothes were not acceptable. Now I am back in financial services working for a major bank. It is certainly the most conservative place so far although not very dressy. I would say my stly has remained preppy and tailored throughout but gone through varrious modifications.

  71. My style has changed… drastically. From slouchy baggy-bum black pants in college to layered t-shirts post-college and now to a (I hope!) sleeker and more sophisticated collage of dark and muted colors and bright accessories. Whew!

  72. My style has changed a few times over the years. Looking back, I actually dressed better in high school than I did in college and law school. Everything was trendy (or what passed as trendy for the late 80s). In college, jeans, t-shirts, sweaters and sweatshirts were the norm. Money was tight. I got lazy and only “dressed up” when going out. For law school, I devolved into a jeans, sweater, boots ensemble that could have looked like something out of the LLBean catalog. I remember there was a lot plaid.

    After law school, I started building my “attorney wardrobe” which consisted of suits in basic colors. All of them were conservative, generic and boring, even masculine (other than the skirt.) This was OK with me because I worked with mostly male engineers and researchers and didn’t really want to stand out. In fact, fashion was the last thing any of these people thought about as sweatpants were very common.

    And then a few things happened. I changed jobs. I started working with women who looked really professional and feminine. I got a beauty makeover at Saks. I discovered In Style Magazine. I moved away from Talbots to Ann Taylor, Loft, and BR. Then Nordstroms came to the Northeast. My style was mostly classic with a little trendy mixed in.

    Then I had a baby, quit my corporate job, and became a stay-at-home mom/consultant. Most of my wardrobe didn’t fit or wasn’t appropriate. My fashion sense went bye-bye. I wore sweatpants and t-shirts for most of 2008. And now I’m rebuilding a wardrobe that is appropriate for my life as it is today. As I approach 40, I’m going for quality over quantity. I’m more into accessorizing than I was before. And for some reason, my shoe wardrobe has gotten much better. (I can’t wait to wear the Cole Haan ballet flats I just got in the mail today for Gilt.com!)

  73. I used to think I had to show a lot of skin…now I realize that what is left to the imagination is much more attractive.

  74. No Longer Quite so Casual :

    My whole career has been spent in a “business casual” environment, and I am finding as my responsibilities have shifted over the years my wardrobe has not kept pace. Though I have always had “meeting” clothes, my everyday wear while conservative enough for work, has not been sharp, powerful, or stylish. So I am gradually transitioning away from the comfort of khakis and knit tops to at least dress bottoms and twin sets and I find that I feel better about my work and my work is more effective. Who knew? While I don’t think anyone should spend beyond their means, being slightly more formally dressed than everyone else can be a real boost.

  75. I was an athlete in college (on the fencing team) and seriously embraced the “sweatpants” look as it were. On top of that, I’m freezing all the time so a hoodie is the perfect accessory as far as I’m concerned.

    Apparently the legal world does not agree. I graduated from law school a year ago and am finishing a fellowship with a non-profit. Even though their style is more relaxed than a law firm, it’s still not sweatpants friendly. And in 1 short month I start a clerkship which will require another style upgrade!

    That all being said, I’ve managed my style-transition by slowly buying pieces that will be appropriate for in-office and weekend fun. I also refuse to buy an article of clothing if I think Stacey and Clinton would throw it out were I ever to get onto What Not To Wear!


    ps: the sweats are still my go-to for winter weekend football watching!

  76. I really tried to be trendy in college, but when entering the business world, I realized the value of wearing classic pieces that never go out of style. I also learned that sometimes it’s better to pay more for an item than to buy a ton of cheap items.

  77. meeyeehere :

    I am witchy the way I dress and I have always dressed this way.I never thought I was a witchy kind of girl but people always told me I was. So, I still hear it but it doesn’t bother me,it’s nice to be different.
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  78. Blonde Lawyer :

    In high school I rocked the grunge look. In college I work a lot of aero, american eagle, etc. Now I work in business casual and lean more towards business to look professional. I don’t have a large clothing budget so I do a lot of separates, and get my clothes at Kohls, NY and Company, Express (just a suit or two, not a full wardrobe), TJ Maxx and Marshall’s (got some great suits there). I do buy the occasional full price investment piece, but most of the stuff featured on Corporette is a “maybe someday” for now. Kat, I will email you my email b/c I don’t want to “out” myself on here.

  79. My style concept has always been the same but I think I’m finally solidifying it for myself.

  80. Went from too trendy in high school to too preppy in college to too European while studying abroad to professional, conservative yet stylish in grad school. Still building a professional wardrobe, but I think I’m heading in the right direction.

  81. My personal style is classic with a twist. I like things that fit extremely well and wind up looking unexpectedly sexy.

  82. Amanda Davis :

    The short and simple of it is, I once didn’t give a damn and now I do. I used to wear whatever I grabbed out of the closet or drawer, paying no mind to whether or not it matched. It was typically grungy and boyish, and indeed, I was called “sir” a few times. Oy. Now I am as stereotypically girly as one can be. I love dresses, shoes, purses, the whole bit. I guess I’m conservative with a flair of vintage and fun. Love bold accessories. Thanks for this great giveaway!

    Amanda Davis – [email protected]

    • Not MHC class of 2000? This is EC — if you are the same, we went to elementary, middle, high school together. What a small world, though I can’t figure out the Buckeye connection of your email, so I may be off.

      Sorry if this is off topic and inappropriate Kat — I don’t know anyother way, and I’m dying to know!

  83. I went to a women’s college. NOT fashion forward at all. Arrived at medical school with no professional wardrobe and minimal budget. My best friend in med school had gone to Duke on a scholarship, and I picked up a million tips from her about where to shop for professional clothes on a budget, though admittedly everything was boring and frumpy and unobjectionable and bland.

    Fastfoward to surgical residency, which started with basic trousers and blouses (and sweaters, wow, do I love me crew neck fine-gauge sweaters under a white coat in every color of the rainbow). I have the benefit or curse of wearing my white lab coat with my professional garb, which can hide a multitude of sins but also constrains the number of layers one should put on. My husband has been incredibly encouraging of me spending more on good quality basics. I was intimidated by Nordstroms initially, but now am in love. One thing that I’ve realized is that the more expensive house brand (Classiques Entier) fits me much much better than the lower cost (Semantiks). I am overweight and pear shaped, and often discouraged by how I look in clothes. Well fitting well made clothes make me feel like a million bucks, and it’s taken me awhile to realize that I deserve them, and that when something looks bad on me, it’s not because I’m a horrible person (or horribly shaped) it’s because the cut of the garment doesn’t work for me.

    Now, I’ve branched out from the solid dark trouser/solid bright sweater combo to solid trouser and patterned silk blouse, button down with vest over or some other combo. I’m branching out and corporette has brought my attention to some fabulous ideas. I do love shoes and am building a collection of shoes that pop under my dark pants. Thankfully, I am in a field where peep toe is acceptable, though I would never wear open toe for hygiene reasons.

  84. Nenette Mougeot :

    I prefer pantsuits to dresses, something comfy and stylish!

  85. My “made for moment” are those few hours when I’m able to do yoga every week. It totally relaxes me and makes me feel so much better!

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  86. My early years working required very conservative suits, hose/tights, and heels. Things have become much more relaxed now, so I pretty much live in dress pants, blouses, and cardigans and flats!

  87. I used to dress very casually – all khakis and cardigans. These days, though, I dress more professionally – I work at a law firm. But I try to embrace my ethnicity by playing with my jewelry to freshen up look.

  88. The moment that I defined my style I was shopping at Nordstrom’s with a friend. I picked up a classic black short-sleeved turtleneck cashmere sweater. It is gorgeous, fits me perfectly and is timeless. My friend commented that she would never spend that much on a plain black sweater. She would spend on a sweater – it just could not be plain and black. I told her that this was exactly the type of sweater that I wanted to invest in – something that looks great, is of high quality and is classic. That is my “made for” moment and , I hope, who I am.

  89. I’ve always loved classic and timeless style and pieces, my style doesn’t change much all these years, I still love Jeans, fitted white tee and my mikimoto pearls!

  90. I used to wear jeans, a plain tee or turtleneck, black Con’s and gold posts every single day, no matter what the occasion. Luckily, that minimalist look has transitioned nicely to more professional clothes. Just swap the jeans for blue or black wool pants, the cotton tee-shirt for on in merino or cashmere, and the sneakers for black pumps. Add a blazer and I’m ready to roll!

  91. I’ve just started wearing dresses again after many years of only suits (some pants suits, some skirt suits), and it’s great. My professional clothing has evolved from only skirt suits or dresses at a conservative law office in the mid-’90s, through “extreme” business casual as I joined a small consulting firm and shared an office with graphic designers who literally threw toys around the room and played loud rock music (usually) on headphones (they wore jeans and t-shirts; I wore casual pants/skirts with nice Ts and cardigans or casual jackets, and always suits for client visits). Now I’m in banking and wear suits again mostly, but lately have bought a few dresses. My requirement is that they be machine washable. I’m no longer willing to wear anything that must be dry cleaned after one wearing. I hadn’t looked at JC Penney for anything in years, but the dresses featured here are awesome.

  92. legalicious07 :

    My style was pretty much non-existent for the first two decades of my life. Coming off years of Catholic school uniforms, I was a complete novice when it came to fashion, make-up, and style. Even now that I’m well into my twenties, my sense of style is not yet solidified. I’m learning–slowly but surely–what shapes and silhouettes suit me, what colors work best for my complexion, how to invest in quality over quantity, etc. I still haven’t found my look yet, but I’m working on it! I like classic, clean lines in tailored clothing. I’d love to have Stacy “Shut Up” London’s wardrobe!

  93. Working Mom :

    I have finally discovered the beauty of the simple dress. Don’t need to think about matching top and bottom, goes on easy, leaves me time to feed my kids in the morning. I would never have been caught in a dress during my first post-college job, which was in a small mountain town. Back then, dressing up was wearing my best pair of Dansko clogs. I don’t know why it took me so long to discover the dress, but I’m loving it. Can’t order enough of them.

  94. a) tell us how your style has changed over the years — how you’ve adapted as you’ve gone from college to grad school to a professional job

    I grew up outside of US where we had to wear uniforms in school so first day of college was the first occasion to “express my style”. Looking back I should have waited until I knew what my style was before expressing it. I showed up on the first day in wearing black jeans with a brown henley tucked in (and no belt!) and a crocheted white vest. I also had my hair tied back in a tight ponytail, wore gold-rimmed glasses and had a huge faux leather handbag instead of the cool backpacks that everyone else wore. Very unfortunate.

    At my first job in DC, I used to wear polyester pants with equally horrid polyester tops. In fact, one intern I hired told me that in her first interview all she could think about was how my outfit was so bad. This was after we became best friends but still – the truth is hard to hear.

  95. Amanda S. :

    My transition from West Coast undergrad to East Coast law school to West Coast public interest internships has required me to figure out what type of “business casual” is formal enough to show that I’m not too young, yet still fun enough able to show my personality. Right now, I’m working out how to accessorize creatively, instead of sticking to the same small necklaces and earrings. The other part of my transition was definitely cutting 17 inches of hair toward the end of undergrad (check out Locks for Love to donate yours!), allowing me to settle into a more professional, yet modern, above-the-shoulder haircut.

  96. FinanceGal :

    My style is still evolving- four years out of school, I am finally in a place where I don’t feel guilty spending more than $50 on an item of clothing, and slowly but surely I’m replacing my ‘disposable’ clothes, shoes, and bags, with enduring ones.

  97. My made for moment would be a nice get together by the pool and a bbq! I would choose the American Living halterkini and swim skirt and a pair of light blue sandals for a easy outfit for the pool or lounging!!!

  98. Excellent video, Kat! You are so relaxed, articulate and look great!

    Like you, my style had to change quite a bit in my transition from school to work. It basically required buying a whole new wardrobe! I was always draped in crazy jewelry and lived in jeans. Now in the corporate world, I’ve been able to preserve my love of jewelry by often wearing a statement piece of jewelry with my outfit, like a necklace or a bracelet, but then I’ve gone with very classic lines, like pencil skirts and sheath dresses. I’m a huge fan of simple and straight forward clothing choices and then adding jewelry to jazz it up.

    Good luck with the sweepstakes!

    – Meredith

  99. I still feel guilty spending a lot on clothes and therefore still can’t bring myself to buy anything that is not on sale. But I’m trying to buy more natural fabrics now, less synthetics.

  100. I grew up around very fashionable women. My grandmother dressed in her Pierre Cardin, and my mother, in what could only be described as Herve Ledger knockoffs. I think I’ve always been aware of fashion and I enjoy it. I found my style pretty earlyin life, basically a mash up of classic, urban and ethnic. Sounds like an unlikely mix , but for me it’s a combination of my grandmother’s classic influence, my mother’s urban sensibilities and my own love for all things ethnic. A typical high school outfit was a pair of kente cloth “hammer pants”, a black blazer, black Ked’s, the world’s largest pair of gold earrings and a fedora!!!! I thought I looked great. In college I wore a mud cloth mini dress (and I do mean mini), unbuttoned oxford shirt and black Doc Martins, which by the way, I think I still like. Currently, I still have the same style just done differently. I still love mud cloth, but now it’s relegated to the lining of a blazer, on a camisole (under a shirt), or perhaps an accessory. My style is what it is, and I may make some amendments to it every now and again, but that’s life. I didn’t outgrow my style; my style grew up with me.

  101. My dressing has changed over the years in a big way…JEANS. I went from wearing them nearly every day in college and grad school to maybe wearing them on Saturday during a non-summer weekend.

  102. Since undergrad I have transitioned from a steady wardrobe of jeans and t-shirts to professional. One difficulty I face is creating a personal style that is professional, but still young so that my wardrobe does not age me beyond my years. Corporette was a great find to help me with this transition.

    Btw, I picked up the dress that Kat is wearing in the video. It is classic and fun.

  103. RMGillespie :

    I went from thrift store retro (including garters and stockings instead of pantyhose) through mommy professional (baby socks in the pockets, need to wipe off goo easily) to business attire in a masculine profession that would let me go from the office to a worksite in a hard hat. Combining Landsend for basics, Daffy’s discount for color and shape and a really good haircut. No casual Fridays for me, I just want to get dressed in good clothes without a lot of thought. I own a couple of very good Jones Wear jackets and suits – made for winning in tough meetings with people who earn twice as much as me.

  104. In college, I was a jeans + tshirt kind of girl. Once I made it into the workforce, I slowly embraced skirts, but was still Kohl’s slacks and a semi-cute top in a solid color. Dork alert! Only in the past two or three years have I developed a style. It’s taken relentless scouring of fashion blogs, a keen eye from a coworker, and shopping sales at places like Anthro, Macy’s, and J.Crew.

    I would still totally wear jeans a tshirt to work every day if I could.
    lauraloops at gmail dot com

  105. I went from hoodies/jeans ponytail and little make-up to suits (with a bit of flair to them), make-up and a short hairstyle. I am under 30 and am still working out my professional style. I live for causal Fridays where I get to wear denim trouser pant and a cute tee with a blazer.

  106. I’m a young professional. In law school I dressed like a slob (partly because I didn’t have much money and partly because I never paid attention to what I was wearing because it was “unimportant”). I ended up articling at a national business law firm and learned soon how I had to “brush up my image”. Last year I actually went to a personal stylist at a major department store and learned how to break away from the standard, conservative suits and into some more “young” professional clothes that help me look professional yet stylish. I learned it was worth it to have fewer, more quality pieces then many cheaper ones. :)

  107. My “Made for” momentis when I am finally down getting the kids off to school, the hosue started, and I get a little time to ‘DO” for myself. it happends at all differnt timesf the day, but i snatch it when Ican!

  108. My style has changed dramatically in the last few years; I used to own only 2 pairs of shoes, both of them ugly black loafers, and I would literally get shaky legs in heels. Now I own so many shoes people envy my collection, and my heels are my favorite part!

  109. I used to be a jeans and tee shirt person and now never wear tee shirts. But I do get to wear jeans once a week at work.

  110. I grew up in the mountains and went to college in a small mountain town where I wore outdoorsy hiking clothes (a la Patagonia) or hippy skirts (while following Phish). Worked in DC as an intern in college I had many many people tell me I would have to “clean up” once I left college … I didn’t clean up for another 5 years.

    Then I started a position as a 28-year old professor teaching graduate students. With most of my students older than me and undergraduates asking me out, I found I really needed to look older / more professional on the job. I really struggled to figure out how to dress in a professional way, that still let me have my own style. Corporette has been a really useful resource for me. I buy stuff that is highlighted here all the time.

    I now get compliments from my students on my dresses and shoes. It still shocks me to have people comment on my “style” – something I never imagined I would have!

  111. My style has mostly changed in little ways. I wear more girly outfits like dresses and tights. I used to dress a lot like a boy…i still do the whole jeans/t-shirt thing though.

  112. My office style has gotten more casual over the years – started with exclusively silk dresses and skirt suits – now include tailored pants with stylish tops in the mix

  113. I’ve gone from mostly t-shirts and jeans to longer skirts and button down tops.

  114. Hi, Great giveaway! I went from dressing up nice all the time to what I call mommy gear. lol …I’d love the chance to be able to go shopping for myself for a change. To be able to get out of the mommy gear that is stained and torn from the kids. Back into something nice my husband would love that it might help out in the romance department too. Woo Hoo that would be great. It would truly be a win win for me. [email protected] Thanks for the chance

  115. I’ve managed to make my outfits office appropriate by wearing one, fun & colorful piece (i.e. boldly printed shirt) in combination in an ensemble with more toned-down, classic pieces.

  116. My style has evolved dramatically. I went from a baggy-jean, concert tee-shirt clad teenager with piercings and blue streaks in my hair to a punk rock college kid to the black pants, cardigan, sometimes skirt or wrap dress coporette lady.
    I work as a copywriter in a casual office but I think dressing up and making an impression is important. I grew up in a very working class enivornment and have trouble giving myself permission to spend money on nice clothes. The giftcard would definitely help! Love the blog. My email is [email protected]

  117. michelle r :

    My style has changed a lot !!!! I went suits (while working) to tees & jeans (now a stay at home mom)

  118. I still wear jeans almost every day, but I went from t-shirts with logos/funny sayings on them to buttons downs.

  119. Kathrine Russell :

    I know my style has changed because I have to think about whether I have court this week before getting that blue manicure :)

  120. My style has changed because in high school leggings and legwarmers were in, but as I grew up, I’m more into sophisticated things for American Living!

  121. I started out working in a nursing home, so when I had to transition from wearing scrubs to working in the office, it was a big change. Even then, my style has changed a lot as I’ve matured as a professional. I’ve got from wearing slacks and trendy tops/sweaters to preferring more polished ensembles such as fitted button-downs, slacks, pencil skirts and tailored dresses.

  122. I’ve gone from being a complete tomboy who my mother had to fight to put in a dress to a woman who finds dresses the easiest and most sensible way to dress for the office–throw on a coat and I can head to court, throw on some dangling earrings and head to cocktails.

  123. I’m in the middle of a transition. I’ve worked in higher education for the past 10 years where the style is business-casual to casual, and my wardrobe includes tan or black pants and a variety of solid color t-shirts, polo shirts or sweaters. During the fall and winter I would layer with sweater or scarfs, and in the summer I was trade out my pants for neutral skirts and sandals. Occasionally adding a chunky necklace.

    Now that I’ve graduate from law school, and I’m starting a clerkship in a month, I desperately need to step-up my wardrobe. I have the traditional interview suits, but sadly, they are black and drab. Last summer when I worked as a summer associate I felt like I was dressed to go to a funeral each day. Over the past year, I’ve been slowly trying to build a new wardrobe (with the help of Corporette). I’ve invested in some suit separates that I can mix and match (Macys), soft feminine professional tops (NY&Co.), pins to add a some flare to the boring suits, shoes which are both professional and comfortable (Jessica Simpson, black pump), and trying to find ways that add a splash of color yet maintain their professionalism. I’m trying to find that balance which shows that I have a vibrant personality, yet portrays a strong vibe of professionalism.

    [email protected]

  124. My style has definitely grown up over the years. I have learned what “appropriate” means for the length of a skirt, how to show a little skin without being provocative, and the importance of a nice-fitting suit. As a new mom, the importance of certain clothing aspects changed even more – emphasis on wearability and washability!!

  125. Charity S. :

    I really like the American Living X-Back Pleated Dress w/Pockets. I could easily wear this to my office or out at night. I would pair it with a sleek black blazer. In the past, I would never wear a dress, but now I love them.

  126. My style has not changed a lot over the years. Since high school I have always tried to dress elegant and classic with a stylish twist. However, my current office is a lot less conservative tha, a number of the places I’ve worked. Now, I tend to incorporate a lot more trendy pieces in my outfits.

  127. My style has changed a lot over the years. In college I was strictly jeans and t-shirts, then went to a dressy business style once I started work. Then I quit work to have kids and my style went back to jeans and t-shirts. Now I’m transitioning back into the work force and looking to dress up more again.

    ajolly1456 at gmail dot com

  128. My style has changed a lot over the last few years. I used to not care so much about what i wore. I liked to look nice, but I didn’t care too much about trendy fashion. Now i keep up with fashion and update my style a lot more often. It makes me feel more confident!

  129. My made for moment is Friday evening favorite Italian restaurant with a cute, buff, smart 35 year old guy wearing the American Living Cowl Neck Pleated Dress-Sapphire and my sexiest black sling-backs.

  130. I’d love wear this to the office:

    American Living Tiered Sheath Dress-Black

    Really great dress! :)

  131. I wear more skirts and dresses now than I ever did before – not only to work, but on the weekends – especially in the summer. I also have discovered great pleasure in investing in artisan jewelry that is “tame” enough for corporate life, but adds visual interest to an otherwise plain business suit.

  132. My style hasn’t changed much over the years. I’ve never been trendy – I have a lot of timeless pieces in my wardrobe: I still have (and can still wear!) the first suit I bought after college – a navy blue, wool blend, DKNY beauty. I’ve also had some J. Jill microsuede, boot cut slacks since 2000.

    I would love to have this in my closet: http://www2.jcpenney.com/jcp/X6.aspx?GrpTyp=PRD&ItemID=1834d0f&DeptID=70660&CatID=70662&PCatID=70660&SO=0&CatSel=4294953014|dresses+%2b+skirts&Ne=4294957900+598+5+23+3+29+585+596+593+1010+1011+1031+18+904+949+833&CatTyp=RLE&Dep=AMERICAN+LIVING&N=4294953014&Pcat=AMERICAN+LIVING&Cat=womens&Nao=0&PSO=0&CmCatId=70660|70662.

  133. My style is very much in transition: after a couple of years in a lower-profile job, I’m now much higher profile. Will likely need to start wearing suits every day after Labor Day, after almost 10 years of business casual.

    I’m planning on buying this suit: http://www2.jcpenney.com/jcp/X6.aspx?GrpTyp=SIZ&ItemID=190b676&deptid=70656&dep=WOMEN&catid=71648&pcat=WOMEN&cat=Suits+++Sets&SO=0&pcatid=70656&Ne=5+29+3+1031+8+18+904+949+833&N=4294953661+4294963458+4294964475+4294965667+4294964433&cattyp=RLE&Nao=0&PSO=0&CmCatId=70656|71648
    (4 piece wardrober) as my in-office emergency suit for last-minute stuff.

  134. When I graduated from music school and headed to law school, my style shifted from that of a peasant-shirt-and-flowing-skirt-wearing music major to a much crisper, professional style.

  135. I’ve always bought and worn really bright colors, but after college, I started mixing in neutrals, instead of combining coral with turquoise, etc. I’ve also realized that it’s better for me to buy classic, made-to-last clothes, instead of trendy flavor-of-the-month clothes, because it’s really hard for me to purge my closet. So, mostly, I’ve just classed it up a bit in the last few years. : )


  136. Fashion blogging has really changed my style or maybe more it’s allowed me to refine it and define it. I liked stylish things before, but I still wore jeans a lot believing them to be more comfortable. Now that I wear skirts more often, I realize they can actually be more comfortable than Americans’ beloved jeans.

  137. My “made for” moment would be sitting in a bed & breakfast in Vermont, watching the fall foliage through the window while drinking a hot chocolate, and wearing an American Living s/s cardigan. In reality I stay home with 3 small children and won’t see the inside of a B&B for many years…I can wear the cardigan to the supermarket, though.

  138. I’ve generally stayed pretty classic, to the point of generic, in terms of work clothes over the years but I’ve started to branch out more now that I have a budget and some better resources – blogs like Corporette, working in more functional working environments, etc.

  139. I always find gems at J. C. Penney and love trolling the racks. There is definitely something on trend for every age and personality. Friends are always assume that I paid far more for my J.C. Penney wardrobe pieces and often ask if I bought the item at a specific very pricey boutique. I love it!

  140. Jennifer Patch :

    In college I remember a comment one classmate gave on my style: whimsical. I liked that and strove to add pieces to my closet that I would enjoy at my new post-college job while secretly feeling whimsical.

    A few years later I was unsatisfied with the disjointed look and feel of my wardrobe, there was no cohesive color scheme, shape, or style, and I didn’t think it projected the “pre-professional” image I now wanted to maintain as I began researching graduate schools. I enlisted the advice of my mom and sister, and with their help I have pared down my wardrobe to colors (blacks, greys, and purples) and shapes (straight-leg pants, blouses, cardigans) that work together. To add in some of that desired whimsy I now use accessories such as flowered scarves or pendant necklaces.


  141. My style went from the classic jeans and tee to slacks and blouses. I am in my late 20’s and still trying to find my perfect wardrobe but thanks to your site it is coming together.
    [email protected]

  142. Throughout college and the beginning of law school, my style was very casual – predominantly jeans and t-shirts. As law school progressed, my in-class style remained the same, but I began to look for a more tailored professional style at internships and summer clerkships. I didn’t have much of an idea how to dress and assumed any old suit would do at first. Now that I’m two years into law practice, my style has evolved into a more crisp, clean, classic styling – both at work and on the weekends. I’m still evolving and building my wardrobe into what I want it to be, but it’s great to feel put together and presentable everywhere I go!

  143. I would like to wear the short sleeve knit pajamas but I will wear the American Living skirt and the American Living ruffle top.
    [email protected]

  144. My Made-For moment was today, when I information-interviewed people in my dream job, and realized that my professional goals are completely attainable.

  145. I’ve gone from jeans and t-shirts with the occasional night ladies night out dress to conservative law firm attire hoping to overcompensate for my young look. Now that I’ve hit my mid thirties, I find myself looking for ways to look younger and more hip while staying professional.

  146. my style has changed a lot since high school! my uniform used to consist of blue nail polish, ripped jeans, a red beret, and a military dress jacket i picked up at the flea market. my style has gotten much more rocker chick. i still love ripped jeans but i traded my air force blues for leather jackets and spiked accessories.

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