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Fashion at work beyond the office by Jasmine Tate

As a student in college and grad school, I always dreamed about the days I would dress up for work and walk into my office feeling like a model on a runway.  Clear a path and cue the music....Today, that's my reality.

I celebrated a quarter of a century in October, but its not uncommon for people to mistake me for an 18 year old, especially on the weekends. Working at United Way, my dress code depends on my day. Most days I wear professional attire, however; when I'm leading a corporate volunteer group or painting murals on a Saturday, denim and Nike's are acceptable. 

Although I'm not a fan of baby heels (unless it's a wedge), open toes (in professional settings) or lace up styles (in general), I can't get enough of the following wardrobe staples. Whether I'm in the office or out on the town, I'll take one in every color and style. 

Pointed Toe Pump

Heels add a little age, a little confidence and a little spice to my ensembles. I usually wear them four days a week and feel like the star of my show. Because I am responsible for volunteer scheduling, I try to wear flats on Tuesdays and Thursdays in case I have to jump in an assembly line to pack bags of food for hungry kids or assist with other service projects onsite. Sometimes I just pack a pair of flats to be safe.  

Although the SJP Collection is outside of my price range, l'm obsessed with the Lucille, Fawn, and Trance Styles. A girl can dream, right? I know Carrie Bradshaw would agree. 

Wrap Dress

Growing up in a Christian family and the Church Of God In Christ Denomination, dresses and skirts were once the only clothing I owned, and I longed for the days I could wear pants or shorts. Now I truly appreciate the selection of dresses in my closet. It's the perfect option when I can't figure out what to wear and there isn't much time to decide; many styles and materials don't require an iron or steamer which is an added bonus. They are cute and comfortable. Two birds. One stone.  From personalities to celebrities to royalty, every woman has or should have a wrap dress in their wardrobe.

Blazer

Whether you're wearing a suit or jeans, there's a perfect blazer for anything.  One of my best friends, D'Anthony Jackson styles them seamlessly from day to night, dressy to casual and everything in between. 

In addition to the staples listed above, I love the Torie Pant by Apt. 9. They are affordable, made with quality and feel amazing. I'm also a huge fan of with Lauren Conrad's line. Her ensembles always have the perfect splash of feminine. Both are available at Kohl's. I bought several pieces while I worked there through grad school. I'm also wearing the Torie Pant in both photos below and an LC top in the photo at the Auto Club Speedway. 

Fashion isn't about what the world says is trending. It's about an ensemble that makes you feel and look confident in your personal style. As I walked into church on Sunday an usher complimented my smile and told me I looked "fashionably wonderful," and that's how I felt. That's fashion. I hope you feel it too.

What are your favorite pieces? Do you have any rules, favorite brands or places to shop? Share below. 

XX, 
Jasmine C. Tate