What Does Casey Wear to Work?

Last week, Bridget shared some insight into her day job as a high school teacher. Today, it’s my turn to dish the scoop on my “real job” outside of the blog and the clothing I choose to wear to work each day.

casey-work-18But in order to explain my work wear and current day job, we should dive a little into the history of my career. Ever since I was a little girl I always dreamed of being a TV journalist. I absolutely loved reading, writing, and English classes and idolized the newscasters I saw on TV. After studying broadcast journalism in college, I graduated and moved to small town in Wisconsin to become a news reporter.

I loved it, but eventually I was ready for a bigger city and more experience. At that time, Finn & I moved to St. Louis where I worked for Anheuser-Busch (yep…the beer company!) producing and hosting all of their internal videos. It was an awesome job! I was on-camera, writing scripts, and traveling all over the country to produce fun & entertaining videos. But my real goal was to find a TV job in Chicago to be closer to our families.

casey-work-11We moved back here in 2013 and I ended up working for a local channel producing a DIY show here in Chicago. Combining my love for DIY with my skills in TV was a match made in heaven,  and I ended up producing 3 seasons of the show Weekend Workbench.  But all good things must come to an end, and I was ready for a new challenge so I accepted a new job last fall.

Today, I work for a large startup in the healthcare industry producing lifestyle content that airs nationwide (think cooking shows, exercise videos, patient stories, doctor interviews, etc.) My office is located in the heart of Chicago, and I absolutely love what I do!

My office has a definite startup feel, and is very casual. The rules are no pajamas and you shouldn’t ever be able to go from work to the gym without changing. So yes…it’s incredibly laid back.

casey-work-wear-purseI typically dress for my day. So if I am out interviewing a doctor, I’ll dress up a bit more than I would if I’m just reviewing footage and writing scripts.  But just because I can dress fairly casually, doesn’t mean that it comes easy for me! It can be hard getting dressed everyday and I’m still working on finding my work wear style.

My Go-To Work Wear

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Overall, I aim to look pulled together and also comfortable when I head out to work each day. And like Bridget, I don’t want to spend a ton of money on a huge wardrobe so I look for quality pieces that I can wear during the week and on the weekends. Here are some of my staples…

Blazers

casey-blazer-workwearI love a good blazer and own at least a half-dozen. I think my love for these jackets stems back to my news anchor days when I literally wore one on-air every.single.day. Today my blazer arsenal is much smaller, but I still love the feeling of putting on a blazer and feeling put together.

casey-work-blazerThis structured blazer is my current favorite. It’s dressy, but has a bit of an edge to it so it certainly isn’t boring. I actually got this one on sale at an outlet store, but I’ve seen a lot of great structured blazers in-store recently (like this one). I also have a rotating collection of blouses (like this one from LOFT) that I wear underneath, mostly in blues, grays, and blacks.

Skinny Work Pants

casey-work-pantsI feel like we need to do an entire post about finding the perfect work pants because it is HARD! Some of the ones out there are a bit too frumpy, or if they’re the slim kind then they’re often cropped at the ankle (which isn’t great when the temp is in the single digits in Chicago). I recently picked up these work pants from Ann Taylor on sale for $25 and they’re amazing! Thick, appropriate for work, and they are skinny at the ankle. Yes, yes, yes!

Comfy Shoes

casey-purse-bag-workI never wear heels to work and instead opt for boots or wedges. I have these TOMS in both black and gray and wear them constantly. They’re so comfortable and I have no problem on my commute to work (where I walk over a mile).

casey-work-12I have yet to find the perfect pair of flats that are both chic & comfortable. I find that I’ll often wear some and the soles break down or the backs give me blisters. But once winter is over, my goal is to find a great pair that I can wear to work and on the weekends! Any advice for finding good flats? Any brands you love?

Structured Bag

casey-workwear-bag-purseFinally, my work wear look wouldn’t be complete without a big ass bag. I’ve always been a working girl with a big tote because I like to always be prepared and have things on-hand. This black bag was a steal from TJ Maxx and it holds everything from file folders, to my laptop, to my yoga clothes. They’ve got a good collection of work bags at good prices (like this one).

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Now I want to hear…what is your office dress code like? Are you more casual like my office or are you super dressy? Hopefully we can all learn some fashion tips from one another as we try to look polished for work each day!

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  • Kate

    I agree with you about flats, they can be tricky. Ballet flats just don’t cut it, and sandals are usually way too uncomfortable for city walking.

    These are a game changer, though: https://www.amazon.com/FRYE-Tracy-Oxford-Antique-Leather/dp/B01015UPX0/ref=sr_1_5?ie=UTF8&qid=1487775389 I’ve been obsessed with oxfords lately—they’re a little bit masculine, but in an awesome way, and perfect for work. Super comfortable. Plus Frye has a year warrantee on their shoes which is amazing!

    • This is awesome, Kate! Thank you so much for sharing. Seriously, the struggle is real when it comes to flats. Most don’t offer enough support or they cause so blisters if you walk too much in them.

      I will be checking these out immediately!

  • Lindsey Hammer

    I have yet to take the plunge but I hear Tieks by Gavrieli are amazing!

  • shawnna griffin

    Hey girl- love the post!

  • Hillary

    You HAVE to try these flats from Payless! For the price, who knows how long they’ll last (although I’ve worn them probably 15 times now with no wear yet), but they are by FAR the comfiest pair I’ve ever worn – I always get blisters from flats, but these are amazing! http://www.payless.com/womens-claire-scrunch-flat/70092.html?dwvar_70092_color=black

    • WOW! And with almost 400 5-star reviews! That is awesome. I may have to try these out (& for $25 you can’t beat that!)

    • Amanda

      These are my go to flats as well! I am in the trade show business which is standing hours and hours a day, for several days straight. You can usually wait until they go on sale + a coupon and get them for about $15-$18. I have owned at least half a dozen colors over the last 3 years. As I have found inevitable with all flats they do get gross and smelly eventually, but I would rather replace these than have stinky expensive flats.

    • So happy to hear that you ladies love these so much! I can’t get over that price tag. Amazing!

      And Amanda you’re so right about the inevitable gross smell that happens. haha

  • Katie

    I bought suuuper comfy flats from a Nine West outlet. It was years ago so I’ll be due for some replacements soon. Hopefully they haven’t changed them!

  • Kate LaCorte

    The Audrey Brooke Lydia Ballet Flat is my go to. It has a little hidden heal so it gives more support than those cute-but not so comfortable Steve Madden ones. Plus they have a rubber sole, so they feel more substantial and last forever. J.Crew’s Cece is a similar (but more expensive) style that is also comfy.

    • Cannot wait to check these out! After all of these suggestions it sounds like I may have some shoe shopping to do!