Tanesha Awasthi (formerly known as Girl with Curves) wearing a plaid dress and nude pumps as officewear in downtown San Jose, CA.Tanesha Awasthi (formerly known as Girl with Curves) wearing a plaid dress and nude pumps as officewear in downtown San Jose, CA.


Dress (true to size, wearing XL)

Cardigan (true to size, wearing XL)

Sunglasses (old, love this cat eye frame)

Tote Bag

Pumps (old, similar herehere)

My approach to workwear has always been untraditional, so when I’m faced with the task of dressing conservatively for a meeting or event, I love finding office-friendly pieces that are versatile enough to transition to after hours. If you’ve been following the blog for a while, you probably aren’t surprised that my version of workwear always includes an office-appropriate silhouette in a fun color or print, like this plaid dress.

I constantly get asked how to dress for the office without sacrificing personal style, and the answer is simple: office wear should be something you feel confident in – especially on days you have to tackle an important meeting or presentation – and it should always showcase your personal style, while being conservative enough for an interview but versatile enough to wear to drinks or dinner after hours. Injecting your personal style in the form of color (think black, navy, grey, burgundy or forest green) or a subtle print (like plaid or pinstripes) keeps the look conservative without being boring. If color or prints aren’t appropriate for your work environment, personalize your ensemble with a single statement accessory, like a silk scarf worn as a neckerchief, a necklace worn over a collared blouse or a chainlink bracelet. 

I’ve mentioned ModCloth over and over as my go-to source for special occasion and everyday dresses, but something else they really understand is office wear. With their unique, vintage-inspired approach to fashion and thoughtfulness in carrying extended sizes throughout their collections, they really understand the need for office wear to be noteworthy and versatile. I highly recommend checking out their selection of office-friendly attire that extends far beyond dresses, including tops, bottoms and shoes.

Thanks to ModCloth and ShopStyle for sponsoring this post.