Work It | 3 Ways to Wear Black & White to Work

Okay, how is it only Thursday…but at the same time, how is it Thursday already?! You know those weeks when you can never quite grasp what day it is, and everything is dragging, but still flying by? Yeah, totally confusing, but perfectly describes my week. Fortunately we’re leaving it all behind soon and heading to the beach to savor the final days of Summer break!

I get a lot of requests to show more office-appropriate looks, and today I’m excited to share some chic Work Wear styles with you! I work mostly from home now, but I have to admit, I miss getting fully dressed and putting on makeup everyday. I’m sure Mr. SP misses it, too! #yogapants

I noticed several of the pieces I fell in love with from the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale (only 4 days left!) were black and white, so I put together a 3 Ways to wear the graphic color combo to work…and virtually every piece is on sale! #bonus

Obviously you know how I feel about color, but sometimes it’s fun to let black and white do all the talking. Who am I kidding? Of course I have to throw in a pop of color or touch of leopard, too.

This first outfit is made up of amazing staples, and each piece could mix-and-match countless ways for both work and weekends, but together, they create an effortless, easy-to-wear look.

This blouse is one of my new favorite pieces…it dresses up perfectly with skirts or slacks for work, but looks just as darling with jeans and booties. It comes in countless colors and patterns, and is a great price point.
Fit Tip: To wear as a shirt with skirts or jeans, I recommend sizing down two (I’m wearing an XXS Petite here). But order your normal size if you prefer to wear it as a tunic with leggings (see that here). My mom actually got three of the tops…two for pants, and one for leggings (see her in it here). 

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The skirt fits like a glove, with a flattering a-line shape, and is sturdy enough to pair with tights in Winter. The patent heels are dead-ringers for Kate Spade (without the Kate Spade price!), and the block-heel makes them comfy for standing and walking. Two important things when working. 😉

Fit Tip: Both the skirt and shoes are true-to-size.

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Dresses are always favorites for busy mornings, since they take all the indecision out of getting dressed. #oneanddone This darling shift has little details that make it both unexpected, and incredibly chic.

Fit Tip: I reviewed this dress for you a few weeks ago, and couldn’t get it off my mind, so finally caved and ordered for myself…but my usual size wasn’t available and I had to size up one. I think it’s a tad big, so I’m impatiently waiting for my size to come back in stock!

This last look might be a tad edgy for some office environments, but makes a great outfit for happy hour! #priorities You could easily tone it down by adding this blazer (on sale!), or pairing the skirt with this top instead.

Fit Tip: I found the skirt to run big in the waist, and I’m wearing an XXS. The halter blouse is true-to-size, and I’m wearing an XS.

Um, what’s the story with my pinkie in this last pic?! Don’t worry, no fingers were harmed in the making of this post. 😉 Which look fits your work environment best? Or which look would you prefer to wear to work!? See more 3 Ways posts here, and more Work Wear styles here. Happy almost-Friday, lovebugs!!!

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Photos by the darling & talented Mary Summers.

*The post is created in collaboration with Nordstrom, but all styles, opinions, and excessive sweating are my own. Thank you for supporting Hi Sugarplum sponsors!*

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  1. I love the black, white and leopard together!

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  2. All of these outfits look so great on you!

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  3. LADY! You are smokin' in that black pleated skirt! That geometric a line skirt is so unique and darling, and you know I love a scallop! Great post!

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  4. Teachers are headed back to work next week, so you just gave me some GREAT ideas! Thanks, Cassie!


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  5. Christina wrote:

    Absolutely love the simple but edge-y black and white combo. And leopard just makes me happy! Your pinkie made me laugh!

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  6. That dress is adorable! I hope the skirt comes back in stock soon in the print, I love it!

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  7. Adorable as always! I was kicking myself for not getting that dress before it sold out. I'm so glad you showcased it today because it's back in stock (back ordered), and I'm not letting it slip away again. 🙂

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  8. That necklace totally completes the blouse, oh and I'm ordering the black bag as we speak!

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  9. Brenda wrote:

    You look great in all 3 outfits. Since I'm a substitute teacher, I think the second outfit would be best for my work environment.

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  10. Karen wrote:

    How well do the pleated pleather skirts travel? I wanted to pack one with me last week for a trade show in Chicago but was worried it would permanently crease in all the wrong places!??

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    • Good question! I haven't packed the skirt, but since it's a faux material, I think it wouldn't 'absorb' any wrinkles. I've found that unpacking things as soon as I arrive helps them to relax and stay looking good! xo

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