Elise Armitage is an entrepreneur and founder of What The Fab, a travel + lifestyle blog based in California. At the beginning of 2019, Elise left her corporate job at Google to chase her dreams: being an entrepreneur and helping women find fabulous in the everyday. Since then, she’s launched her SEO course Six-Figure SEO, where she teaches bloggers how to create a passive revenue stream from their website using SEO. Featured in publications like Forbes, Elle, HerMoney, and Real Simple, Elise is a firm believer that you can be of both substance and style.
This outfit post is the first of a series of workwear looks. My boss was actually the one who suggested I do a post like this, since it can be hard to describe different workwear styles. Sometimes “business casual” just doesn’t cut it to describe the style at an office. Biz casual for whom? An east coaster will have a very different take on that term than a west coaster.
Story time: One time I joined a coworker for a meeting at one of our client’s offices. They’re a large software company. When I asked what I should wear she said “Something a little nicer than business casual.” In my mind at the time, the tiers of workwear went: Casual, Business Casual, Formal. So “nicer than business casual” (to me) = suit. But that didn’t sound right either. I knew I would be way overdressed if I showed up wearing a suit. So I just stuck to my go-to business casual outfit (black slacks and a sweater). And when I showed up to the meeting, I didn’t look inappropriately dressed, but I also didn’t feel like I’d nailed it.
Moral of the story, if I’d worn something more like the above outfit, I would have hit the nail on the head. I actually did wear this exact outfit to a conference in Vegas a couple weeks ago and got lots of compliments on the skirt (thanks to Caroline for letting me buy it off her!). A tip for wearing skirts for business: Make sure they’re not too tight or too short. A couple inches above the knee is about as high as you’d want to go. Tight and short says: I wanna sex you up. Longer and less clingy says: I’m a young professional. Yes, you can take me seriously.
Keep an eye out for more Workkit posts!