AJ Wears :: An off-the-shoulder top (to work!)

Can you wear an off-the-shoulder top to the office? AJ Wears Clothes investigates.

After happening upon this article from Vogue last year tackling the issue with some hard-hitting journalism, I was intrigued to find out on my own. Of course, they said it was okay to wear them if:

  1. You work at Vogue (cue MAJOR eye roll)
  2. You work in a creative, casual environment
  3. You balance your sexy, tantalizing shoulders with more conservative pieces.

These rules were followed by a barrage of some of the FUGLIEST outfits I have ever seen. No, not just outfits. Pieces. In what office, nay, WORLD would you wear that dress? The top is okay, but are you suggesting I layer it over (or worse, under?) the dress to make it office appropriate? And who is tall enough to pull off that hemline with ugly loafers?

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I am fortunate enough to work in a pretty casual office. I see someone wearing a company t-shirt and jeans nearly every day, and I suspect the shorts and flip flops will be pulled out as soon as temps rise above 90. Honestly, I always feel a little over dressed around there in general, so why not use it as an excuse to experiment? 

So bright and early (read: 10am) yesterday morning, I bared all (read: shoulders) at work. The results may surprise you...

...or not. Honestly, shoulders are about the least offensive body part you can show. I played hard and fast by the Vogue rules and made sure to wear pants, and I even fashioned a makeshift strap by wearing overalls. WOULD I BE FIRED? WOULD PEOPLE STARE? AM I A HARLOT???

Honestly, they should've been more offended by the fact that I wasn't wearing a bra, but that's another post for another day.

No one even blinked an eye. There were no murmurs behind my back, HR didn't call me out, and my shoulders could finally breathe freely, often oppressed by those terrible, sweaty arm prisons called sleeves. So can you bare your shoulders at work? For this girl, it's a yes.

Top, JustFab.
Overalls, STS Blue (similar from Asos).
Heels, Stuart Weitzman (exact // similar for less).
Bag, Gucci (similar from Asos).

AJ Wears :: A Floral Dress

I hope everyone had a lovely Thanksgiving! We spent our time down in Texas with my family, and I can tell you right now - I did not eat enough TexMex while I was there. Not even close.

I hopped back onto the Rent the Runway Unlimited wagon this month when I needed a few dresses for some parties/galas/etc, and since I didn't get a chance to wear this one to the event for which it was intended it came to Texas with me. Thanks to the super stretch scuba material, I couldn't even tell if I'd gained any turkey weight.

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Dress, Erin Erin Fetherston (rent it // buy it - I'm wearing the 8)
Heels, ShoeDazzle or JustFab or something.
Bag, Louis Vuitton.
 

AJ Wears :: A Daisy Print Romper

I've been going on what I like to call "The AJ Humiliation Tour" lately. It started with losing my job a few weeks ago, followed by not getting a job I should've been a shoe-in for, and ended this week with a mental breakdown at the unemployment office. Losing a job is a bit like a messy break up, really. I've spent a lot of my time eating Cheez-its on the couch and watching countless episodes of Game of Thrones. I've cycled through the stages of grief, going from sad to angry back to sad again. I've updated my dating profile (LinkedIn, of course) and spent a lot of time thinking about what comes next.

And then last week, something clicked in my brain and I thought...could I do this on my own? Maybe it's because I re-read #Girlboss recently, but I feel like it might be time to start building my own business. And that thought terrifies me. 

So if you know anyone who needs help with their social media, I'm your girl. After doing it for my agency clients, the whole thing is a well-oiled machine. It's what I'm good at. It's what I love doing. I'm ready for this (she says, still trying to convince herself a little). I've spent this week thinking up names and starting on a website, so I haven't been wearing clothes so much as the same pair of black cotton shorts while I type away on the couch. When I do get dressed, I make sure to wear something cheery to remind myself that I am awesome, and I am more than my job. For that, daisy prints always do the trick.

Romper, Kate Spade (rent it // buy it - on sale! //shop more floral rompers at Shopbop).
Wedges, ShoeDazzle (super cute striped wedges from Kate Spade).
Backpack, Coach (similar from Forever 21).
Earrings, Kendra Scott (exact).
Glasses, Karen Walker.