Professionalism. Dressed to the nines. Looking the part. These are phrases that one hears upon entering the work force, but in today’s age they don’t have the same meaning as they did 10 years ago. How many times have you gotten dressed in your “professional attire” to only feel confined into something more restrictive than a boa constrictor? Don’t get me wrong, I love the pulled together look of Joan Halloway (Mad Men?), Jackie Kennedy, Dior’s New look or almost every fashionista or blogger. Plus most millennials are wearing jeans daily along with sneakers, so the expectation of what is professional is shifting. But let’s not get it twisted, upper management is still the Gen X’ers who expect you to look put together. However the sucky reality is that I work in an office and often over sleep. So my mornings consist of pulling together an outfit and trying to getting out the door. Sadly most women’s work fashion isn’t comfortable or very versatile. This means time lost as you debate on what to put on, before prob settling on something you wore two days prior. I mean have you tried to put on a satin top with pleats, and you’re busty? Black slacks that are cut for a size 6 fit model, not a real size 14? Or if you’re on your period just forget being comfortable. I mean what if there was a company that made COMFORTABLE work attire….
And then there was Betabrand! So in my ongoing search for great clothing that is a bit more conscious I discovered this great San Francisco based clothing company. The brand crowd funds ideas (think yoga dress pants, travel gear, to a metallic yarmulke). They help get the designs funded, and everything is customer driven (models, advertising, and even designers). So in trolling the site I came across their women’s pants, more specifically THE dress yoga pants. I mean what’s in a name? Shakespeare? No idea what I mean? Ok, lets spell it out, DRESS YOGA PANTS… fit+comfort+stretch=work day awesomeness. I mean whoever thought of this is genius. Taking the best of work attire and blending with comfort. (insert happy dance). Plus they come in a multitude of colors and cuts. BUT THERES MORE! So I got to stalking the site and noticed that everything they offer transitions from work, to casual to even travel. Plus it’s all great staple items that I know you have for yeeears! They also have denim, dresses, skirts and tops! Plus this is great as I’m all about supporting local business and Betabrand helps me to do that. Which makes me think, do you even know how great these dressy yoga pants would be for dinner dates single ladies??? I mean DO YOU? (sorry tangent thought)
Now we all know that Monday thru Thursday we still need to keep it profesh and honestly you need a top for those pants right? I found this great paw print top from Betabrand (and I❤ cats) that would be great for a Monday meeting or running errands. So then I got to website stalking and went to one of my fave sites, Ann Taylor. And honestly Ann Taylor is giving me some life right now with the spring collection and the crossover between work and casual. This Palm print top is great under a cardigan or blazer, but also great with jeans for casual Friday or drinks. I love pieces that are easy and versatile and can be layered, because how often does your office go from Siberia to Africa?
So don’t just take my word but head over and check out the collection of women’s pants (here) and maybe even invest in an upcoming idea and get a discount! And check out all the great photos.
P.S I too do a yoga pose when opening doors, opens my Chi as well…oh and they have a men’s line as well BTDubbs