February 21, 2018

Professional Outerwear for Work

5 pieces of outerwear to add to your work wardrobe to conquer the elements, which what to wear to work when it's snowing and what to wear to work when it's raining. How to start building a professional wardrobe. What coats and jackets you really need for work. professional coats. work jackets. law school blog. law student blogger | brazenandbrunette.com

Hi hi hi! Since basically all I do anymore is work or watch Friends, I figured I'd start a new series called Work Wear Wednesdays where I share little tidbits I've learned out here in the real world. I'm still building my professional wardrobe and I know a lot of you are so this will just be a running list of things to look out for. 

Related: How to build a lawyer wardrobe 

These past two weeks in Dallas have been crazy with last week being so cold and this week being rain nonstop, so I thought I'd kick off the series talking about outerwear. And when I say outwear, I don't mean suit jackets or blazers. This is to protect your outfit and keep you warm/dry on your way to and from work.


Long coat


The Long Coat — 5 pieces of outerwear to add to your work wardrobe to conquer the elements, which what to wear to work when it's snowing and what to wear to work when it's raining. How to start building a professional wardrobe. What coats and jackets you really need for work. professional coats. work jackets. law school blog. law student blogger | brazenandbrunette.com

I'm listing this first because it's #1 on my buy list right now! I'm dying for this petite wool coat because it's not only warm but also very professional and aren't the buttons and oversized pockets the cutest?? (if you're not short like me, they also make a tall version as well). I think the camel color is just perfect and would go well with any outfit, and would look great over both black and navy. Now's actually a great time to buy a coat because they're all starting to go on sale (like those 2) so you can get them for really cheap and then have something for next fall and winter. One thing to keep in mind though is that if you do plan to wear this over suit jacket/blazer, then you'll want to size up at least one if not two sizes to make sure that you have room to move in it.




Quilted jacket

The Quilted Jacket — 5 pieces of outerwear to add to your work wardrobe to conquer the elements, which what to wear to work when it's snowing and what to wear to work when it's raining. How to start building a professional wardrobe. What coats and jackets you really need for work. professional coats. work jackets. law school blog. law student blogger | brazenandbrunette.com

Let's just all stop and admit that a Burberry quilted jacket is just like the most timeless and good looking jacket you get. One of the lawyers I work with has one and 10/10 times it always raises her outfit to another dimension. I've asked for this for the past two Christmas so come December you can bet that I'll be hoping that third time's the charm and my parents won't again give me the "get a job and buy it yourself" line lol. But luckily there's still plenty of great quality dupes out there in case I don't get it. I guarantee you that any day you hear the wind chill has dropped that you'll get a little excited that you have an excuse to bust this bad boy out and show off how polished you can look while strolling in to read legal documents.


Puffer coat

The Puffer Coat — 5 pieces of outerwear to add to your work wardrobe to conquer the elements, which what to wear to work when it's snowing and what to wear to work when it's raining. How to start building a professional wardrobe. What coats and jackets you really need for work. professional coats. work jackets. law school blog. law student blogger | brazenandbrunette.com

I like to think of this as the other two's big brother. Those are for when the temps drop, but the puffer coat is for when the snow comes out and you're spending all morning just hoping for a text or call saying that the roads are too icy so just stay home. Believe it or not, Texas actually does snow in the panhandle where I'm from and went to college so I've had a trusty Land's End coat that has saved my life over the years. And if you live in a place that gets below freezing then just trust me that you'll want to get one long enough that covers your butt. As the name describes they aren't exactly Spanx, but one key trick I've learned is to get one that cinches on the inside! Pulling it in even just an inch on your waist can actually send the message of "there's a figure underneath all this" and can help you not feel like a whale with a ton of blubber.



Trench coat


The Trench Coat — 5 pieces of outerwear to add to your work wardrobe to conquer the elements, which what to wear to work when it's snowing and what to wear to work when it's raining. How to start building a professional wardrobe. What coats and jackets you really need for work. professional coats. work jackets. law school blog. law student blogger | brazenandbrunette.com

This has been my saving grace this past week!! Last fall I found my Banana Republic trench coat and was so excited because at that point my only water-proof jacket was a pullover rain jacket that had DG on it real big so basically my options on rainy days were to either look like a sorostitue or be soaked (although let's be real if I could I would've gotten the classic and iconic Burberry trench). Two quick tips about managing the rain when you're trying to be an adult— 1) get a dome-shaped umbrella because they protect you more than a normal umbrella and 2) wear travel rainboots to work and pack shoes in your bag to change in to or you're going to ruin your work shoes. 


Duster cardigan

The Duster Cardigan — 5 pieces of outerwear to add to your work wardrobe to conquer the elements, which what to wear to work when it's snowing and what to wear to work when it's raining. How to start building a professional wardrobe. What coats and jackets you really need for work. professional coats. work jackets. law school blog. law student blogger | brazenandbrunette.com

A duster cardigan is perfect for the days when the wind makes it just a little cool, but it's not necessarily cold and you'd burn up in a regular old coat. If your office has a more casual vibe, then you might be able to pull off wearing this all day long (which is a major W because offices are always freezing). To my fellow shorties out there, live by the golden rule of always wearing heels when you wear these or seriously your legs will look six inches tall (I've learned this lesson the hard way). 



And there you have it my friends! That's everything that either I currently own and am so grateful for or are currently dying to buy! Of course, this is a very small list with only 5 types of outwear, so I'd love to hear if any of y'all have any must-haves that need to be on my radar. Anyways, happy humpday and I'll see y'all soon :) 

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