What to wear to Your laid-back work environment

Jun 18, 2022 Clothing Accessories

I’ve lived as well as worked in the San Francisco start-up world for a full year now, as well as am continually amazed at exactly how laid-back numerous expert environments are here.  While the Zuckerberg hoodie is still nowhere in sight for me, it’s still unexpected exactly how numerous of my business meetings truly demand a much more unwinded denim look over anything remotely company formal.  Of course, it always depends upon the day as well as the meeting, however there are numerous instances where a laid-back attire such as this one is really much more professionally suitable because of business cultures here.  

So what’s a pant-suit-loving manager woman to do, you ask?

Move back to new York where they gown like genuine people.

I kid.  It’s flipping freezing there best now.  Also, much more importantly, we just painted the house a couple months ago.  There’s actually no method I’m going to allow the ten hours of my life that I spent applying painter’s tape to 8,765,937 inches of crown molding to be thrown away.  

Priorities, y’all.

While business formal environments definitely present their own set of challenges, company laid-back offices frequently get disregarded as “easy” environments where you can “wear whatever you want!”


As I’ve discovered from working in both environments for long periods of time, they’re really both extraordinarily difficult for women—especially women that have an rate of interest in hanging onto their sartorial souls while at the same time looking work appropriate.

In a company formal environment, if you’re truly desperate, quite much everybody understands you can throw on a dark fit as well as be safe.  But in a company laid-back environment—certainly one in the San Francisco area—you’d look crazy coming into work on your very first day at Google or [insert awesome start-up here] clad in Brooks Brothers’ newest wools.

So, for the start-up or otherwise laid-back workplace, what’s a woman to do?

To be honest, there’s no cut as well as dry answer.  For me, everything comes down to that intangible aspect of polish.  The look featured today is a laid-back outfit that I sported for a work day full of laid-back meetings last week.  Even though I’m wearing trendy, faded wide-leg denim, I’ve balance out that laid-back aspect with a much more tailored cable television knit turtleneck sweatshirt as well as loose curls.  My pointed-toe brown leather booties are bookended by this brown leather moto jacket, gratifying my inner like for a touch of the matchy-matchy, as well as truly uniting/finishing the ensemble.  

Whether its curled hair or a neat top knot, a fresh cable television knit sweatshirt or even a crisp tee (like the one in this post), there are so numerous methods to surface off a “casual” attire to make it look truly polished… as well as thereby much more professional.  This may imply abandoning those sweatshirts that are covered in pilling, those tee shirts that are all stretched out at the neck, as well as those denim with hems that are frayed for days.  It’ll truly assist your expert rep, as well as you just may be amazed by exactly how much it boosts your performance as well.

Plus, it’s a great reason to go shopping…  Amiright?

JEANS: 7 For All humanity  |  SWEATER: Zara (old, however similar HERE, HERE and right here in blush)  |  LEATHER JACKET: c/o Bernardo (on sale!  and likewise extremely similar HERE)  |  BOOTS: Steve Madden (similar HERE)  |  BAG: Phillip Lim (black version HERE and other colors HERE)  |  LIP: Neutrogena (Warm Caramel – my preferred nude!)  |  SUNGLASSES: vintage very Future c/o Ditto

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