One of the biggest perks of my work-from-home gig as a graphic artist is the option to wear flannel pajamas and Spongebob slippers while I work without disapproving glances from co-workers or admonishments from the HR department. (Though sometimes I swear the dog gives me the stink eye when I wear yoga pants two days in a row).
And while most of my job can be done via email and phone calls, occasionally I do have to meet up with a client face to face. It's then I have to pull a suitable outfit from the closet to convey the message that while I'm not a stuffy, corporate advertising drone, but I'm also not a hippy-dippy, creative sort that wears maple-syrup stained sweatshirts to work, either. A delicate balance to obtain, no?
So here's a good example of something I might pull together for just that purpose: My favorite button-down shirt layered under a striped pullover, a cargo skinny pant and a few pops of color in the shoes and accessories.
This briefcase was a college graduation gift from my parents, and it has served as a diaper bag, scrap supply tote, purse, and most recently, a laptop case. Because my motto has always been - regardless of your activity, you'll look smarter carrying a briefcase!
Checked Shirt: J. Crew (similar); (similar)
Striped Pullover: J. Crew (similar); (similar)
Cargo pants: Hollister (similar);
Necklace: Nordstrom Rack (similar)
Briefcase: Eddie Bauer (similar); (similar)