Last week Emma kicked off our new fashion feature, Work Wears! It's a pretty simple concept (and God knows we need simple right now!). We're sharing real outfits that we wear at work along with some little peeks of what we're working on at the moment.
We didn't always put effort into our work clothes. Years of DIYing trained us to be pretty casual (read— lazy) with our work wear. For me it's been mostly a yoga pants uniform for the past few years (nothing wrong with yoga pants, but I'm not doing ANY yoga here at work—haha!). This past year, we started dressing up more. Nothing like hiring employees to help keep us accountable! And you know what? It's been really fun. I feel more productive and more ready for my work day when I'm excited about what I'm wearing. It's a total mind game, but it works for me. All of that to say—we're excited to share some of our office looks with you. This will be fun!
What I'm wearing: Vera Scarf/The Birdcage Vintage Etsy, Necklace/Need Supply, Top/F21 (I cut the sleeves off), Skirt/Anthropologie (a few years old), Bag/Madewell, Clogs c/o Swedish Hasbeens. Oh, and a fitbit… function over fashion right there.
Current project? Decorating my new office. My goal is to have it done and ready to share with you by September. Andddd this is how it looks today.
So—funny story! We recently decided to move all the office spaces upstairs so we could give people a bit more space. When we were planning the rooms, Jacki and Sarah immediately "called" sharing Emma's office because she's clean and very quiet when she's working. I volunteered to share my room with Laura, but because I am storing a bunch of supplies for one of our new projects in there, Emma said I could have my own office. Basically, nobody wanted to share with me because I'm messy. Ha!
Even though I am, by far, the messiest person here at A Beautiful Mess, I am working really hard to create an organized, colorful, and functional office area. It's a ton of fun! I'll share more as we go.
Laura brought me this disposable camera snap from Costa Rica, and it's my first photo in the new space. Many more to come, but this one's a keeper! Reminds me of ALL my photos from high school.
I've been collecting vintage Vera Nuemann scarves from Etsy for a while now. They have so much personality, and there seems to be an endless supply of different patterns and colors. It's my favorite vintage collection at the moment.
Oh, and before I go, here's a not-so-subtle hint to some of my co-workers (cough, cough, Trey George) who like to keep it reallll chilly around here. Hoodies are, sadly, a big part of my summertime work outfits. Haha!
Love you guys! Elsie
Credits // Author: Elsie Larson. Photography: Emma Chapman. Photos edited with Stella and Merit from The Signature Collection.
I have a really awesome vintage Vera scarf that I would love to send you pictures of. It’s a long rectangle instead of a square, and it is black and white gingham print with a red band across the bottom that has drawings of bicycles all the way across in white. It’s probably about 3 1/2-4 ft. long. Please e-mail me at email@example.com if you’d like to see, or let me know where I can send you some pictures. I love it but it’s just been sitting in a basket, and I’d love it to go to someone who will both use and appreciate it! 🙂
I once heard this type of pattern-mixing as “power clashing” 🙂 and you pull it off so well!
Ah, you have inspired me with this series to actually get dressed every day! I work from home, plus I have a 6 month old, so getting dressed has been the last thing on my list… even though pre-baby I swore I’d never be that mom. HA!
But getting dressed every day makes such a huge difference in productivity levels, and how I feel about myself and the day!
Your outfit is so cute! And haha, I’m pretty sure nobody would want to share an office with me, either, cuz I’m messy.
Ah well, I dance in everything in the dressingroom, to see whether I like dancing in it and to see how it looks when I actually move in it 🙂
So for me the rule is: buy it if dancing in it feels AND looks good!
Elsie, I just love it when you write personnal posts. You´re so sweet, vibrant and gracious!
what a fun look!
I am in love with the bag
Hey, being messy pays off I guess! Love the outfit.
Yeah I totally get that. My sister and I do have one rule when we’re shopping together…if it makes you dance in the dressing room…BUY IT! 🙂 So I guess I can rephrase that to “if it makes you dance in the mirror when you get dressed in the morning…WEAR IT!” 🙂
YAY! I love it!! That was me that commented on Instagram about needed fashion advice for work! Thank you guys so much for this, I can’t wait to see what all is in store 🙂 🙂
Cute outfit and nice concept! 🙂 Have a nice Sunday!
Those are definitely the two hardest things about sharing a space- differences in cleanliness and preferred temperature! Having friends around all the time makes it worth having to wear a sweater around the house and doing a few extra dishes. <3
The last pic made me laugh!!!!
Great mix, I love it!
I totally agree with you, Katie. It’d be awesome to see what some of the others wear too!
Score! Your own office means you can listen to whatever music you want, whenever you want and you have freedom to spread out! Woo!
I’m a really messy worker also. My ‘clean’ house doesn’t stand a chance when I take on a new project. haha
You have a super cute style! I love it 🙂
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LOVE your head scarf.
It would be really great to see what some of the other ABMers wear sometimes, too. I enjoy sister style a lot, but we never really get to see Sarah, Laura, Katie, Mandi, or the guys’ styles.
uh-freaking-dorable! total outfit inspiration.