No matter how many Starbucks you drink or if you’re having a really good hair day, Mondays are the worst day of the week. Personally for me, they are crazy busy from running to work to class to chapter and planning my outfit to fit all three places can be stressful. Finding a balance between class casual and business casual is not hard when you pack the four necessary chapter items in your bag for Monday:
- Pencil Skirt
- A statement accessory
- Business appropriate shoes
These items transition perfectly from casual outfit 1 to dressy outfit 2 and are easy to layer. When dressing for a busy day like Monday, keep things simple. Pick items that can transition nicely from outfits like a sheer collared button up. I like to keep my shirt and jewelry the same in both outfits since it’s the easiest to changeover. A pencil skirt is versatile and easy to pair with a bright colored blazer. A statement piece of jewelry can jazz up any outfit from drab to fab and don’t forget those shoes! A basic pump or flat are easy to throw in your sorority bag and switch into on your way to chapter.
Don’t be afraid to rock a neon lipstick this spring!
Sheer top (Charlotte Russe), Infinity Scarf (handmade), Jeans (H&M), Sandals (Last Chance)
Pick pieces that show your personal style and will be easy to make into two outfits. My go-to outfit when I’m in a rush in the morning is my favorite dark wash skinny jeans, a flowy blouse and a scarf. It’s comfy yet still looks polished.
Outfit 1 shirt added with pencil skirt, gold skinny belt, watch and black pumps
A black pencil skirt is a business women’s best friend. It is the most versatile piece when dressing up for a meeting and easy to throw in your purse for a quick change. I added a gold skinny belt and basic closed toe Mary Jane black heels. Don’t overthink your outfit; make sure you’re professional and keep pieces simple.
Pencil Skirt (Pitaya Boutique), Watch (Betsey Johnson), Heels (Ross)
I love this coral sheer top and it looks beautiful with a chunky turquoise necklace
Don’t be afraid to mix shorts in with winter pieces during the transition period between winter and spring. Combat boots took center stage in 2012 and don’t forget to still rock them this spring — they make any girly outfit a bit more tough and edgy.
Sheer top (Charlotte Russe), Printed shorts (Pitaya Boutique),
Necklace (Rue 21), Combat boots (Goodwill), Watch (Betsey Johnson)
Just like the first outfit, keep the same top and add a pencil skirt! I paired them with brown leather flats and swept my bangs out of my face. Bright colors are acceptable in the workplace as long as they are acceptable length and in appropriate taste. Although it’s only February, it’s practically spring in Tempe so bring out those floral prints and start celebrating the warm weather.
Pencil Skirt (Charlotte Russe), Brown Flat (Kohl’s)
Transitioning from class to chapter doesn’t have to be a headache. Remember the key four items of a pencil skirt, blazer, statement accessory and dress shoe! If you don’t own a sheer button up, I strongly encourage you to go find one. They won’t bust your wallett and will become your go-to piece in your closet on Monday’s!