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What Do You Wear to Work? Nine Cup of Jo Readers Share Their Real-Life Looks

Real Women Share Their Work Looks

Two years ago, we featured six readers wearing their work outfits. Recently, we asked readers again what they wear to work and we got hundreds of amazing emails. (They were impossible to narrow down!) Today, we’re excited to share nine women — from the campaign trail to the classroom — on what they wear regularly…

Real Women Share Their Work Looks

Name: Andrea
Job: Relationship Manager at finance firm
Location: New York City
Style: “I want to look professional without being stuffy. (My work style icon is Kerry Washington in Scandal!) My role includes a lot of travel where I need to dress well, but also be comfortable as I’ll be on my feet a lot. I look for clothes that are easy to pack and do not wrinkle easily. If I’m not in block heels, flats are my go-to shoe. My mantra is to ‘buy less, splurge on quality staples.’ Some favorite brands are Theory, Banana Republic, Scanlan Theodore and COS.”

Real Women Share Their Work Looks

Real Women Share Their Work Looks

Name: Nancy
Job: General Counsel and Chief Talent Officer of a non-profit
Location: Cambridge, Massachusetts
Style: “Our office culture is very relaxed, which is a change from the office culture of my prior work life at two big law firms. When I shop for work clothes, I look for pieces that bridge the gap between dressy and relaxed, that have a bit of movement so I’m confident no matter what the day brings, and pieces I’m not desperate to take off when I get home at the end of the day.”

Real Women Share Their Work Looks

Name: Paulina
Job: Sommelier
Location: Detroit, Michigan
Style: “When I first started working at our small, bustling restaurant, dressing myself was a challenge. I store my wine in various places around the restaurant due to minimal storage — requiring ladders, crouching and reaching. I’ve settled into a uniform of a bodysuit, high-waisted pants and trusty clogs (every lady in the restaurant proudly wears Danskos!). This usually means I’m dressed in all black, but lately I’ve been accessorizing with manicures, earrings and scrunchies. I’m always ready for an inevitable wine spill!”

Real Women Share Their Work Looks

Name: Leslie Teng
Job: Corporate lawyer
Location: New York City
Style: “Our law firm’s dress code is ‘business casual,’ so I try to keep it professional, along with fun flourishes. That means daytime sequins (thank you for paving the way, Jenna Lyons), statement necklaces, and colorful shoes. I also play with shapes — a voluminous sweater with a sleek skirt, for example. I’m not big on makeup, but my work style will always include a touch of lipstick; it gives me an added boost as I’m about to deal with clients, even if it’s over the phone and they can’t see me.”

Real Women Share Their Work Looks

“I thought it was only right to pose in front of my giant wall calendar. My boyfriend made it as a gift when we moved to start my job. It’s the command center that runs my life!”

Name: Rebecca
Job: Professor of Communication Studies
Location: Las Vegas
Style: “I’m a professor and there’s no dress code, but as a young woman, the classroom can feel so vulnerable! I want my work clothes to be foolproof so I can be exuberant about theory, run around the room checking on my students as they work, etc. I’d describe my work style as extremely simple and a little modern. I thrift a lot of my clothes. I really like silk shirts, and I don’t think I’ll ever buy one new — they’re abundant online and in local thrift stores. I look for brands like Equipment. Before I started thrifting, I thought that only very artsy people could shop at thrift stores, but I find plenty of my ‘Plain Jane’ work style at thrift stores, too! When my students tell me something I’m wearing is ‘cool,’ I take it as a badge of honor. It’s hard to get the 18 to 22-year-old vote!”

Real Women Share Their Work Looks

Photo taken on a work trip in Mongolia.

Name: Megan
Job: Disaster Response Coordinator
Location: Anchorage, Alaska
Style: “I’m an emergency manager in Alaska, which means I prepare for responding to events like Hazmat releases, earthquakes, floods, volcanos, wildfires, etc. There is no typical day for me. My go-to outfit is a cashmere sweater, silky tank top, scarf, and dark wash jean. I haunt places like Nordstrom Rack and consignment stores for deals, and only buy items I love that fit with the neutral color palette of my closet. It may not seem like professional attire to ‘lower 48ers,’ but Alaska is laid-back by all accounts — it’s perfectly acceptable to wear rubber boots, a ripped-up sweat shirt, and Carhartt bibs while smelling faintly of diesel and salmon, to a nice dining establishment.”

Real Women Share Their Work Looks

Name: Eda
Job: Environmental engineer
Location: Ankara, Turkey
Style: “Dress code at the Ministry is pretty formal, but if I’m not attending a meeting, I tend to wear smart-casual. These comfy heels add a pop of color, and my culottes are easy to pair with anything. Being 5’3, I like wearing high-waisted pants and skirts, since they makes me look taller. As a person who religiously follows Cup of Jo, I’m inspired by the week of outfits posts.”

Real Women Share Their Work Looks

Name: Madison
Job: Deputy Finance Director for U.S. Senate campaign
Location: Austin, Texas
Style: “I bought this suit on sale at Macy’s as a #TreatYoSelf purchase when I found out that my former boss was running for office again! Feeling powerful in my clothes helped quiet the self-doubt right under the surface asking ‘Who the hell let you do this job?’ Political campaigns can move quickly, so after six months of waitressing and applying for jobs I had about one week to pack up, move to Texas, and help launch a U.S. Senate campaign. I was so glad to have this suit in my closet when my boss and I had to take a very big fundraising trip — a day packed with donor meetings and ending with a fundraising reception. I like collecting strong, business-professional pieces, so when an occasion comes up, what I need is there.”

Real Women Share Their Work Looks

Real Women Share Their Work Looks

Name: Nicole
Job: Art teacher
Location: Portland, Oregon
Style: “I channel Ms. Frizzle‘s style, but like, an artsy Ms. Frizzle. I like to wear lots of patterns, and dress in a way that can start silly conversations with my students. I also never wear anything too expensive because 1) teachers don’t have a ton of money to throw around, and 2) art is MESSY. My favorite things to wear in the art room are patterned dresses and skirts with sneakers or flats. Teachers rarely sit down, so I dress for movement. And I’ve worn splatter patterned leggings when painting murals, so the inevitable stains wouldn’t be noticeable, ha!”

What do you wear to work? We’d love to hear…

P.S. The best comfortable work pants and a $2 work lunch.

  1. Emily says...

    I have had so much trouble finding work pants that are A. high waisted and B. full length. Everything seems to be ankle length these days. I live in a cold climate and am definitely not walking to work in a snowstorm in ankle length pants! I keep hoping Everlane will come out with the perfect pair but most of theirs are too much like leggings for me.

  2. Summer says...

    Is that a spelling error on the teacher’s apron?! (Not that it matters – I can tell she’s a FANTASTIC art teacher)

    Love these real reader’s looks so much more than the normal series – also so fascinated by all their jobs!

  3. All these women look so beautiful and confident! The teacher especially made me smile 💛

  4. Shannon says...

    I love seeing all of these real women and what they wear to work! I’d also love to see a post on what stay-at-home moms love to wear on a daily basis. I have a hard time finding the balance between comfortable and stylish. I always feel half-dressed, no matter how hard I try to look put together. I’d love to see a few sample outfits that combine comfortable, moveable clothing with style.

  5. Alaina says...

    Just moved to Ann Arbor from NYC, so I was excited to see Detroit represented! Love Paulina’s style, too! I would love to hear if she has any Michigan must-do/must-see recs…or best affordable local wines?

    CoJ readers are so stylish..thank you for sharing :)

    • Paulina says...

      @Alaina! Thank you for your kind words I’d be happy to give some Detroit/Ann Arbor recommendations. My instagram is @shmaulina if you’d like to get in touch!

    • Kim says...

      Alaina, I really like the Grand Traverse wine collection. They have sweet and dry varieties, but everything I have tried has been very good. Also, it’s worth a drive up up there to visit the actually winery in Traverse City. But the wines are available throughout the state, even at Target. Welcome to Michigan!
      Love from Detroit

    • I just went to Spicer’s Apple Orchard in Fenton and believe they have a winery. I grew up in Michigan, it is beautiful! My favorite thing to do in the summer is to go to Sleeping Bear Dunes on Lake Michigan. Traverse City is also really special. Enjoy Michigan 💛

  6. I love the little flourish that Eda’s scarf adds! I’ve never figured out how to pull off a little accent scarf, but she does it so stylishly, it’s fantastic.

  7. Carly S Eichhorst says...

    My 9 year old’s response to this is, “I want that art teacher!”

  8. Jessie says...

    I homeschool my daughters, so it’s jeans, t-shirts, sweater or sweatshirt for me. 9 times out of 10 I have my hair up in a bun off my face. My clothes are also weather dependent. I take them on hikes or we are playing outside no matter the weather. If we go out and it’s raining I’ll wear skinny jeans and tall rainboots and rain jacket. If it’s hot, I’ll wear my rainbow flip-flops, or birks, and cutoff’s with a t shirt. If we go hiking, I’m in my hiking boots, and mostly Lululemon or Athlete cloths. All depends on the day

  9. Ranwi says...

    Love this post! So many cool women out there! Thank you for showing us some of our fellow readers.
    I’m the head librarian at a university library. We can pretty much very anything we want to work, but I like to look nice and a bit professional. I also like to dress up at bit extra on Fridays. So today I’m wearing the Résumé dress from J. Crew which I discovered here on CoJ and have coveted for more than a year. Last week I found it on sale! I put in on with my favorite blazer, red booties and some nice gold jewelry. When we left the house this morning my daughter (5 y) said “You look like a boss”, and I said “Honey, I AM the boss”. Made my day! :)

  10. Caitlin says...

    Love this post as I *literally* just started a new job this week that’s “business casual with the option to wear jeans on Friday” and I haven’t had those restrictions in a while! I actually had a friend ask me what I might be wearing because she said she couldn’t imagine me in typical black dress pants and I can’t either. Thankfully these ladies gave me some inspiration!

  11. T says...

    “Salmon and diesel” just made my week!! :)

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      same!

  12. Sarah says...

    I love this post so much! It’s great to see real women doing their thing and also meeting fellow readers :) I love Cup Of Jo!

  13. Jane I. says...

    Cool! Another COJ reader from Las Vegas! I thought I was the only one.

  14. amy says...

    Oh my gosh! The art teacher reminded me of Ms. Frizzle even before I read it, spot on! :)

  15. Simge says...

    Shout out to Eda – loved the representation of Ankara, my city! She is the only other Turkish CupofJo reader that I have come across. Should form a club or something :D
    Would also love to see people from all around the world in this section!

    • Eda says...

      Hey Simge!
      This is so funny that we live in the same city and come accross from this blog :D
      Joanna you are doing a fantastic job!

    • R Şenel K says...

      Hi fellow Turkish readers! So cool to see Turkish representation on the blog.

      -Şenel from Gaziantep

  16. Kav says...

    I LOVE THIS SERIES and it is wonderful to see the variety in professions and styles represented!

  17. Meredith says...

    Where is Nancy’s dress from? It’s lovely!

  18. A says...

    This is so much fun! Like others I have been so intrigued by what these ladies do for work! What cool jobs!

    Where do we sign up or contribute if we would like to be considered for the next one? :)

    • Kim Rhodes says...

      You can send photos and info to kim@cupofjo.com!

  19. Kaia says...

    I love this so much! I love seeing what people wear to work, but I found myself getting drawn to what these women DO for work! Disaster response coordinator?! Deputy finance director?! Chief talent officer?!

    I would love to see a COJ series where women talk about their jobs, what sort of training they did, how they got to where they were, etc. There are so many cool, interesting jobs in the world that I never learned about as a young girl and it’s so inspiring to me to read about all the ways women contribute and make a difference!

    • Noelle says...

      Agree so much!! I’ve been working with a career counselor and a couple of the women on here have jobs I’m currently researching and I’d love to hear more about what they do.

    • Anna says...

      Yes to this!

    • MJ says...

      Agree! Would love a series like this.

    • Kav says...

      What a wonderful idea, I couldn’t agree more! It’s hard to understand the day-to-day of different jobs without something like this. I’m a lawyer and even when I go back to speak at my alma mater, the law students always want to know the nitty gritty of what someone in my job actually DOES! I would read a work-related series with so much interest!

    • AGREE!!!!!

    • Anonygirl says...

      Same. I wish they’d start a series doing a day in the life with some of these women, and the women from beauty uniforms and week of outfit posts. Like the ballerina they featured a week or so ago. What’s her day to day? What’s her day to day during, say, The Nutcracker, if she does that?

    • agreed!

    • Yes!! I love hearing about what people do for work. Today I met someone who’s a pianist for funerals. Who knew that was even a thing!?!

    • Suzy says...

      Ditto that there are so many interesting fields of work I never knew about during my teens/20s when trying to forge a career path in the world, including the job I do today, actually. An archive of stories of real women doing all sorts of jobs and what their day-to-day experience is, and how they got there – yes please!

  20. Elizabeth says...

    Would love to see more rural representatives here, a la Megan. Thanks for that! From another truck driving, rubber boot wearing, still style loving Alaska gal.

  21. Emily says...

    Love this post! I was in the workforce during my 20s, but am now at stay at home mom to our two little boys. Would love to see a similar post on what moms like to wear while at home with their kids that keeps them feeling comfortable and cute!

    • Anna says...

      Since there are no real outside restrictions, does it not just come to your own style and preference what to wear at home? I prefer to see how ladies combine their sense of style within the constraints dictated by jobs.

      Jo, could you do a post about dressing formal in winter? Snow&formal footwear??? Help.

    • Alex says...

      As a stay-at-home Mom myself I will say that “dress for success” is still very much a thing. I’m more productive and our day moves more seemlessly when I’ve gotten up even just a smidge before them to get myself ready (hard I know! Especially if you’ve got a baby who wakes early!) No weekends or vacation days for us mommas. Keep up the good work.

  22. Absolutely love this!!! So fun to see down-to-earth pictures of the ladies that make up this community, and hear where they’re from and what they do! Love it!

  23. Rue says...

    I just ordered a Material World box, and I thought this audience might appreciate it too! It’s a style box (like Stitch Fix) but everything is pre-owned designer stuff.

    I get overwhelmed by in-person and online thrifting, because I don’t really know where to begin. Material World does that for me by curating the box. Mine hasn’t arrived yet but I got to preview ten items and select which five to have shipped. It includes brands I’ve coveted that are too expensive for me and ones I hadn’t heard of before. I want to shop more sustainably, and this feels like a good place to start with shopping used.

    Also, solidarity with my fellow “young hip awkward lady profs” out there.

    • ks says...

      @rue let us know what you think! I love this idea.

  24. Mélina says...

    Absolutely love this feature! It is possible to have a link to their Instagram if they are open?

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      we would love to do this in the next one! xo

  25. Elisabeth says...

    Jo and co, please make this monthly, or at least quarterly! I’m a psychotherapist in private practice, so I’m lucky that I can wear what I want, but I do sometimes get stuck in a denim-and-a-cute-blouse rut. I need the inspo, and it’s fun to see other readers at work!

    • Kat says...

      Seconded! This was AWESOME and I’d love to see this as a regular feature. And keep up the diversity of roles & body shapes! :)

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      we would love to make this a regular feature, thank you!

  26. Hi ladies,

    I can’t believe I’m seeing my face here after years of being a loyal reader. Your comments have made me so happy!! I have always been equally obsessed with the articles by the COJ team and the comments that follow after so this is a really surreal moment.

    My outfits are from Scanlan Theodore and it is very much a pricey purchase. The reason I have invested in these pieces and am loyal to the brand is because: I am always complimented, amazing fit, I do not spend a penny on dry cleaning or tailoring (delicate wash +hang dry), and the quality has held up so well. I hope you love the pieces as much as I do and see beyond the initial sticker shock because I promise, I wouldn’t promote this if I wasn’t 100% passionate about it. Keep an eye out for seasonal sales too!

    My shoes are Rothy’s (leopard flats) and Marc Fisher (snakeskin block heels). My bag is quite old from Banana Republic.

    Lastly, a shameless plug for the career blog I run called ‘At Her Desk’ where I cover more topics related to working women, both in and out of the office. I would love the opportunity to hear from you, collaborate with you, and build even a sliver of the community that COJ has.

    Thanks everyone, xoxo
    Andrea

    • JC says...

      Andrea,
      I walk by Scanlan Theodore store every day and now you’ve inspired me to check out their clothes! I often see something I like in their window but never actually stopped in.
      JC

    • Lucy says...

      Girl, you look FAB. Professional *and* cute, the workwear holy grail! Loving the outfits!

    • Thank you so much, @JC @Lucy!! Ask to try on the crepe knit pieces – you won’t regret it!

      For anyone that wants to chat or meet up, I’m NYC based and you can find me via IG @atherdeskco :)

    • Enn says...

      Andrea! Link to your blog please… ps love your style

    • Sarah says...

      This is why I’m so loyal to MM LaFleur. They’re pricey items but 100% worth it. As someone who requested this info in the comments a few weeks back, thanks so much for sharing the details!

    • AG says...

      Thanks for sharing – I love your look!

  27. Tina says...

    Love this feature! So refreshingly real.

  28. Maria Vazquez says...

    Great new addition to the blog! Yes, make this a monthly feature!

  29. kanika says...

    Would love to know where Rebecca’s brown blazer is from. Have been looking for one like it :) also want to echo everyone’s praise for posts like this–love seeing this community’s personal style!

    • Hi! It’s from H&M. I don’t know if it’s still in stores but I see many of them on Poshmark :)

  30. Mary says...

    Love seeing other readers in the flesh, reading about their lives, and seeing their inspiring outfits. Thanks for this feature!

  31. Another chance to be featured, I was planning to take part but dunno what happened !

  32. Kris says...

    I love this feature! Please make it a regular feature, but try not to crop out the shoes!!

  33. Jody Winter says...

    I work in technology and our office is super casual, as is the culture here in New Zealand. But I like to dress up for work. I go for modern separates, with a simple and elegant silhouette. I do stand out amongst a sea of jeans and slouchy tshirts (software developers!) but clothes are one of my only creative outlets. At 5′ 10″ I choose to wear high heels not to make me taller but because I love the look.

  34. Catie says...

    This was so fun to see!

    I’m also a young, female professor and LOVE Rebecca’s blazer…it’s got the simple, clean-lines look I’m always after to feel professional and at least sliiightly set apart from my students, but not stuffy. Now I’m on the hunt!

    • Hey! It’s from H&M :) there are also many of them on Poshmark! I’m on Instagram @phdinclothes if you wanna talk professor outfits!!

    • Catie says...

      Awesome–thanks, Rebecca! I love seeing how other academic folks handle teaching attire, so your instagram is perfect :) (I’m @archaeolochia)

  35. K says...

    Been a stay at home work for almost 5 years now. I miss dressing up for work! My outfits consist of mostly jeans and skirts with a pretty print or stripes, and I looove jackets (where the fit is more forgiving!). Have been getting into cool looking sneakers to add some snazz and still keep up with the kiddo, and cute stud earrings. I love fashion but sometimes I feel silly dressing up. But it does help with my mood. This was fun to read. Thank you!

  36. Nina says...

    while I enjoyed this post, it would’ve been nice to see some real diversity. given you received hundreds of emails, not one black woman? would also be nice to see a spotlight on women from various backgrounds who don’t just have storied careers. there are also so many amazing STRONG women who work in restaurants as waitress/line cooks, construction, nannies, housekeepers, etc. they too get up and take pride and thought in getting dressed. rarely are there any features (a week of outfits/beauty uniform) of women who have domestic or blue-collar backgrounds. it seems everything has to be aspirational as opposed to sometimes just being really real.

    • Sarah says...

      Diversity is not limited to black and white. The first woman appears to be south Asian or maybe biracial and there is an Asian American (I’m assuming) woman and a woman from Turkey in the post! Plus a good variety of careers and locations are featured. Your complaint is a little odd to me in light of all that.

    • Anna says...

      I disagree. Why the negativity? I actually think that this post did showcase diverse backgrounds of very different, strong, beautiful women. Instead of focusing on what is potentially missing, I salute the coj team for doing such s kickass job of featuring so many women of such varied backgrounds. Thanks Joanna & Team

    • C. says...

      But this is only the first installment….? Maybe wait until there’s more than one post in this series before you reach conclusions of bias?

    • MJ says...

      They were only able to feature nine women on this post so it wouldn’t have been possible to feature women from EVERY kind of job category. Also, there is a fair bit of diversity. Also, there definitely is a restaurant worker in there. So, this seems like a strange comment.

    • Elizabeth says...

      I agree with you, Nina. It isn’t wrong to want to be represented, especially since representation has been so hard to come by. It isn’t necessarily a complaint against Cupofjo, just a recognition that we value Cupofjo and hold it to a higher standard than other blogs.

    • Andrea says...

      I agree, Nina – I hope to see more blue-collar and labour-based jobs featured in the column in the future.

  37. Sarah Sanford says...

    Awesome! Thanks for the post.

  38. I’m a potter so can’t ever relate to the office attire, but I love seeing it anyway. Kind of like trying on different lives for a moment, plus it’s so fun to see other people’s styles! I wear lots of linen and denim, ie sturdy fabrics. My linen overalls probably get the most use alongside my jeans and tees. I love sustainable fashion and I still want to feel good in my clothes so finding pieces I love that also hold up to studio life is a challenge but the pieces are do find get lots of use and love!

  39. Alex Pearl says...

    I love this. I work from home and have two kids, so my style has been suffering lately. I wish I could dress like these gorgeous women more often – but hey, there’s always bright lipstick for even those schlubby days.

  40. Anita says...

    Hold on. That first post was TWO years ago???????? I can’t cope with that fact……..

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      i know, time flies!!! felt like yesterday :)

  41. Love love love all of these outfits 😍 thanks for showing women who work in a wide variety of fields! It’s so cool to see women dominate the workforce!

  42. Emily says...

    I work in a museum education department! Dress varies from role to role but as an educator, I’ve settled into a comfortable dress code that feels like my normal style but slightly elevated. I usually wear jeans and a nice top from Madewell, j. crew, banana republic or gap with some dressed up shoes, like clogs or block heels. I also add jewelry, scarves, etc! It feels like me and reflects my creative, casual but put together personality and role.

  43. Meghan says...

    Can we see a week of outfits from Nicole, the art teacher?? Please!! Teacher over here! And I get the whole dressing up for the kids/ dressing down for comfort balance 😉

  44. RebeccaNYC says...

    I’m an opera chorister at the Met in NYC, so what I wear to work is pretty unusual. What did I wear today? We had a rehearsal of Gluck’s “Orfeo” where the chorus (90 of us in this production) portrays dead historical figures..ranging from Neferititi to Alice B. Toklas. I portray Lizzie Borden. Then it was to a rehearsal of Philip Glass’ opera Akhanten where they are teaching us to juggle, so it was jeans, a tee and my trusty AllBirds. Tonight was a performance of Puccini’s Madama Butterfly, so I put on my Geisha get-up and climbed two flights of stairs upstage (which is reflected in a mirror hanging over our heads) for one of the most challenging and spectacular chorus entrances in the opera repertoire. Now I am sitting at home in my jammies, icing my knees, with a well earned glass of wine. Tomorrow brings more get-ups and adventures. I can’t wait.

    • Jackie says...

      So neat Rebecca! My father in law is a percussionist with the Met and sometimes he gets to play onstage, like in La Boheme. I brought my daughter to Lincoln Center on Monday and we sat on the fountain for an hour watching it go through its own routine. Such a fun work life!

    • RebeccaNYC says...

      Jackie that’s incredible! I bet I know who he is. (Does he play the gong backstage in Turandot? )I love when orchestra members put on a costume and join us on stage.

    • C. says...

      Wow! what an interesting and fun job!
      for contrast – I act out a highly dramatic performance every morning while trying to locate clean footies.

    • Cait says...

      SO cool! Thanks for sharing!

  45. Rochelle says...

    Loved this post. So great to see all their outfits.

  46. Althea says...

    I’m imagining what my “every day look” would be. I recently left my job and am now a stay-at-home mom. My look would be black leggings, black nike tennis shoes, a ponytail and a crewneck sweatshirt (I pretend I’m always either coming from or going to the gym so I can wear this kind of thing all the time). I cringed at first thinking about this, but I’m pretty pleased with it actually. The old, office me would be so jealous!

  47. Althea says...

    This post is THE BEST!

  48. What a fun post! Real work outfits on blogs are so rare these days. I work in advertising and usually wear a t-shirt and jeans, but I just got back from a work trip where I had to step it up. So I rounded up exactly what I packed and wore for ‘business casual’ looks get some more ideas out there.

  49. Kate says...

    Omg love this. Will you of this monthly please? Pretty please?

  50. Ana D says...

    I would be so excited to sit next to any and all of these women at a party or work event. They look and sound so kind, fascinating, intelligent, creative, and bold. This is a very aspirational CoJ post for me.

  51. Emily says...

    I love this post so much!

  52. Kate says...

    I think you meant “How does your boss expect you to present / Are you personally/financially comfortable with those expectations?” Just sayin’ it for all the rest of us.

  53. Laura says...

    I’m a pediatric nurse. Have you considered featuring the medical professionals? I love my weekend/mom style but I do TRY to look cute with my “work clothes” even though they center around scrubs (some are better than others! Fit is essential! Expanding outside the “scrub” world is KEY. Kids love seasonal fun!). just an thought 😊

    • M says...

      second this!! I have worn scrubs for so many years. Fit is essential, but is so difficult. For some reason Cherokee believes women don’t have hips… Also, I’ve only worked for hospitals with a color dress code (navy for nurses, black for physical therapy etc) which can make scrub shopping and looking cute extra difficult! Would absolutely love a medical professional wardrobe post

    • Joyce says...

      Same! I wear Figs joggers, a scrub top and a cute cardigan with some fun Nikes. Or my favorite “So far so good” shirt lol. Hospital fashion is constricting but totally exists :)

  54. Bliss says...

    Colored pencil skirt for the win!!

  55. Cynthia says...

    So fun. Love seeing the different outfits and their corresponding jobs.

    I work in a military hospital. So I either wear gym clothes and immediately change into hospital issued scrubs or I wear the military uniform of the day.

  56. Kerri says...

    I love this whole post!

  57. Loving the continuation of this series! And especially seeing all these smart, fashionable women!

    • Love this series! Are you accepting commissions for future posts? If yes, can we email them in?

  58. Alice says...

    I second this!

  59. Midge says...

    SO MUCH FUN. Nancy looks like a blast and HOORAY for art teachers everywhere! Seriously, every single one of you looks terrific. Every outfit was inspirational.

  60. Sara says...

    Another vote for the link to Andrea’s burgundy top, and the bag in that pic too! I’ve been looking for the perfect medium work tote and that looks like just what I’ve had in mind.

    Thanks!

    • Katy says...

      And the dress in the second pic. I am packing for a work trip tonight and I wish I had that dress!

      Thanks

  61. Loved seeing so different types of work styles! I’ve stuck with a simple all black uniform at work since it’s mostly casual: black Uniqlo stretch jeans and black Uniqlo U crew tees. I love jackets so I try to have a different jacket each day of work.

  62. Barbara says...

    Show us a doctor!!

    • D says...

      Hah! This doctor wears hospital pajamas (AKA scrubs- the shapeless OR kind, not the Grey’s Anatomy fitted kind), Allbirds sneakers and a lightweight track jacket. I tuck in the scrub top so I have a waist, and then load down my pants waistband with trauma shears, pager, etc. Self expression is in the color of my tools: teal stethoscope with rainbow finish ears, lime green shears, this badge reel ( https://theawkwardstore.com/collections/all/products/liver-id-badge-reel ) .

      The great thing about the OR-issue scrubs is they somehow never hold stains of any kind. I work in a kids’ ER, and boy, can I attest to their resistance to all kinds of things. :) On the rare day I wear regular professional clothes- to teach a class, go to meetings, etc- there are lots of comments.

  63. Alex R says...

    My biking outfit has to be weather appropriate and then I bring a work outfit with me in my bag. I always keep a pair of flats at work and bring some along if I need to for an outfit. But never boots lol. It seems like a lot but it has worked for the last 2 years commuting by bike to work.

    • Tovah says...

      I was literally just thinking/asking around about how to continue bike commuting in the cold! If you happen to see this, Alex, could you share specific pieces (hat gloves etc) that you wear? My commute is only 12 minutes but I know if I’m uncomfortable I will cave in and drive…

    • Mina says...

      My husband bike-commutes (45-60 mins each way). Year-round. In Sweden. When we were in Vancouver last summer he found a brand, Kit and Ace, that makes regular (work) clothes especially for bike commutes. Blazers, pants, etc. They have women’s as well.

    • Danielle says...

      Tovah- I bike commute in Colorado as much of the year as possible. Your body warms up surprisingly fast on a bike. Mostly it’s the wind that gets ya. My essentials for especially cold days:
      silk long underwear (makes a big difference but isn’t bulky in the least): https://www.rei.com/product/802216/rei-co-op-silk-long-underwear-bottoms-womens

      Fleece lined tights are nice if you are dressing up.

      windproof gloves: https://www.outdoorresearch.com/us/womens-stormtracker-sensor-gloves-244882?cat=22,5

      Something to cover my face if needed (but not too heavy) like a lightweight scarf or a buff

      fleece headband for ears or some Bern helmets have insulated liners you can add.

    • Rachel says...

      Tovah, I live in Nova Scotia (read snow, ice, wind, rain, more wind, humidity and sun) and commute by bike all year round. My ride isn’t really long and I can dress pretty casually at work so I usually wear my work / school clothes on my bike. I’m fortunate that I don’t sweat a lot.

      I swear by studded tires in winter along with really bright rechargeable lights, good fenders and waterproof panniers all year.

      My hands & feet get cold easily so I use bar mitts in winter along with reheatable hand warmers http://barmitts.com/new/road-mitt_lg.jpg and wool socks in Blunstone boots. Otherwise I don’t wear a lot of clothing because I warm up quickly. Waterproof jacket and pants for snow, clod rain & really low temperatures. I also wear a merino wool neck gator and thin cap under my helmet.

    • Tovah says...

      Thank you so much, Danielle!

  64. Gulgun says...

    Nicole is our son’s art teacher! She is the most creative, encouraging teacher and all the kids at our diverse neighborhood public school come home with beautiful pieces. Bless you for all you and all you teachers do, Nicole!

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      oh my gosh, tears!!!!!

  65. Jessie says...

    COJ crushes it again! I would love if all of the featured ladies gave their top 3 stores like Andrea did! I always ask myself: where do we buy clothes as adult ladies? #HALP
    Thank you!

    • Kate says...

      Yes, agree with naming the top shops for each person! I get into a total rut and would love to have more options. Online shopping is overwhelming without specific recommendations, however.

  66. Kate says...

    Paulina!!!!!!!! I went to school with her. She’s always been incredibly stylish!

  67. Jenna says...

    What I love most about this post is being able to see all the wonderful women ACROSS THE WORLD (!!) who read this blog.

  68. Alex says...

    This post is great—both their outfits and the talk about their jobs! Out of curiosity, I would LOVE to hear more from Megan about her job working in disaster response (like what is her background? this is selfishly from career standpoint) and from Eda about working in (what sounds like) a government job given the prominence of the AKP. Note: I attended a seminar on women and conservatism in Turkey just last week, so it’s fresh in my mind : )

    • Kathryn says...

      I second this!

    • Megan says...

      Alex, Thanks so much for yours, and everyone’s, kind words. I am blown away and honored to be a part of this community.
      I was (am?) a scientist who started out working contaminated sites, and moved into responding to oil spills. Those experiences (and a lucky break) led me to my current job. It’s also worth mentioning that the first few years in emergency management I had a really wonderful boss who always took responsibility when I asked ‘Who the hell let ME do this job?’ LOL.

    • Meredith says...

      Agreed! I loved this post and it felt serendipitous that the one woman from outside the US is working in Ankara–just this week I’m contemplating job offer there. Eda, your style is inspiring! CoJ team, in addition to outfits it would also be fun to hear more about women’s career development in different sectors (and countries:)).

    • Eda says...

      Hello Alex!
      I am working on marine pollution issues such as marine litter etc. since 5 years. I actually cannot compare the former government and AKP since I didn’t work with the former one, i am too young to know that :) My branch consists of a team of 4 women. I do not face any discrimination for being a woman or for what I wear. Environmental engineering in Turkey is generally preferred by female students maybe this is why the sector I am working for is dominated by women. I am also working about Antarctic environment issues. There is someone I’m really proud of! Leader of Turkish expedition to Polar regions – a woman scientist, Assoc. Prof. Burcu ÖZSOY, if you wanna google ;)
      Thank you very much for your interest.

  69. Emily says...

    May I just say how much I appreciate the COJ team for trying to be inclusive? I feel like every single post ends up with comments that are passive aggressive (i.e., nice to see fill-in-the-blank finally!) or just plain complaints, but on balance, you guys do a wonderful job. Not every recipe can be vegan or keto or gluten free or whatever. Not every product someone recommends will fit every person’s needs or ethics. And not every post can feature every type of body or gender or career, but if you take the site as a whole, there is something for everyone and you handle the comments with a grace I would not be able to muster. <3

    • Dawn says...

      👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻Beautifully said!

    • Rebecca says...

      Well said, Emily. The COJ team displays beautiful adaptability and resilience, particularly in view of some pretty fierce audience feedback. I personally feel immensely grateful that I’m able to read all on offer, for free, all the way from Melbourne, Australia. COJ is my online heartbeat 🥰

    • d says...

      YES to that, and thanks for expressing my exact thoughts so eloquently!!
      Unlike a specific Brooklyn-based, “uber-woke”, mommy blog I have in mind that keeps rubbing me off the wrong way with all the pretentiousness and the sheer lack of content, I really do appreciate the variety of perspectives and the graceful, kind and thoughtful way women are celebrated in here.
      I once noticed a reference to a painful page in European history in an unrelated family post, made a respectful comment about it and the CoJ team immediately fixed it and emailed me to let me know. I found it so thoughtul and damn amazing. At the end of the day, all blogs need to make money and expand their readership to people of different (cultural/financial/ethnic backgrounds), but this gesture spoke volumes to me regarding the ethic of this blog.
      Apologies for the rant and thanks again

    • Sharon says...

      1000% agree.

  70. Sandra says...

    I would also love to see included people who bike to work !!! Girls, do you change shoes at work ? Always wear flats ? How do you manage dresses or cold weather ? (goodbyyye cute but unpractical coats!)

    • Kate says...

      Check out Kit & Ace!!

    • Melissa says...

      I bike to work everyday (except when it gets too snowy, then I walk)!

      I always wear flats. With dresses, I wear bike shorts underneath and just don’t worry about them showing. I don’t wear maxi dresses, but if I’m wearing a midi I’ll sometimes gather the skirt and awkwardly tuck it into the hem of the bike short. I have a really short commute, so it’s not a big deal. However, here’s a trick I saw for biking in a dress that might help: https://www.bustle.com/articles/30367-want-to-bike-in-a-skirt-this-trick-helps-you-stop-flashing-everyone-on-the-street

      As for cold weather, yeeeaaah, warm coats and gloves are a must. That wind is killer on a bike!

    • liz says...

      I bike to work everyday rain or shine (4 miles through DC) I am lucky to have a locker room in my office building so I wear whatever the hell I want while I’m biking and then run into the locker room and change into the work clothes I’ve packed. I often have to wear suits (I’m a lawyer), but typically keep two blazers in my office and a few shoe options in my desk drawer. When I didn’t have a locker room available, I just changed in the restroom on the first floor. Small price to pay in my opinion to get a free commute, happier morning (subway trains are always PACKED and stressful to me), and a little exercise at no expense to my schedule!

    • RCheung says...

      Seconding this request! As a person who likes to dress up but also ride hard, what works on the (office) runway is generally not what works on the bike. Personally, I have some sassy sneakers that work on the bike and at the office, as well as a small stash of nicer shoes that I leave at the office. When winter comes, I transport in that cute impractical coat to leave at work for the season, so that I can continue to wear my all-weather, not-too-long, not-too-short jacket on the bike. And I always keep an extra bra, underwear, and tights at work for those days when I inevitably forget to pack them. Would love to hear others’ strategies. What’s in your pannier?

      Love seeing all these stylish ladies at work!

    • Sarah says...

      I used to bike in my work clothes and then I realized I could CHANGE AT WORK! I pack all of my clothes, including shoes, in my panniers and wear workout clothes and a sports bra to bike. Serious game-changer that allows me to bike in the heat, drizzle, and cold. Wind and rain are my two no-bike weather patterns.

    • Jane says...

      Agreed I am forever on the hunt for midi length a-line skirts and dresses. I work at a high school where everyone is pretty casual, but I have always found practical, affordable, bike-friendly stuff at old navy, jcrew factory and uniqlo. Once I stopped fooling myself that I was ever going to wear a pencil skirt any more, I felt like my drawers and hips were freed! Plus honing in on one style that I know I’ll wear and is flattering makes me more willing to just go ahead and buy something.

    • Emily says...

      Yessssss! I started bike commuting two years ago, thinking I would do it until it got too cold for me. But then I made it through the winter and it wasn’t that bad (or at least not as bad as the bus-to-subway transfer I would have otherwise had).

      I do bike in dresses (most of mine are knee-length and are fine), but once it got cool, I started wearing my black Uniqlo leggings every day and it pretty much became my uniform! So now come fall and winter, I wear my black leggings and a dressy top every day, and manage the cold commute with a few different coats. I wear whatever shoes, but I leave a pair of nice black flats at work for when I want to change. Works for me!

    • Ari says...

      It depends on one’s commute. When I had a shorter ride, I would just wear whatever I wanted (including strappy, impractical sandals and dresses!), but that was like a 3 mile commute to work. Now that I have a 7ish mile commute, with plenty of hills and sweating, I just wear weather-appropriate fitness wear and then change/put makeup on at work. For cold weather: gloves are a must! The cold air on knuckles is not fun…Happy riding!

    • My bike commute is just under 6 miles in NYC. I was in a rush the other day and just wore my Rothy’s flats (instead of changing into my normal sneakers). Bad idea. One of my shoes fell off on Second ave. while I was biking and I had to hop/walk a few feet barefoot in the gross Manhattan bike lane (which is essentially a gutter) to go grab it! It still haunts me.

      So my rule is never wear flats. Fortunately, they’re small and fit in my small bag.

      For cold weather dressing, I find wearing leather boots and gloves a must. They keep out the wind. You don’t need to put that much on your chest/arms because they’ll warm up. However, I do need something over my ears! I use a buff that’s pretty and floral: https://buffusa.com/

      In the winter, I normally bike in what I plan to wear to work, but in the summer I almost always change.

      Also, this post I wrote might be helpful: https://cityambition.com/womans-guide-biking-nyc/

    • Meredith says...

      I bike to work most days in workout clothes and then change at work. I live in Northern California so I don’t have to deal with too many weather extremes, but my commute has quite an elevation change and I sweat. So I definitely can’t wear the clothes I bike in. It helps that my workplace has a pretty causal dress code so I don’t have to worry about nice things getting wrinkled in my bag on the ride.

      I definitely dream of being more stylish about it though. I absolutely love seeing women biking in dresses or cute shoes

    • Tovah says...

      Hi and thank you to all of the biker-people offering tips and suggestions!! New bike commuter here, and loving all of this info and inspo :)

  71. Amanda says...

    I love this post! I hope you continue to share more pictures of those that responded. It’s fun to see a mix from all over.

  72. Kate says...

    Any COJ readers care to share where they shopped for work clothes when pregnant? My office is on the more conservative side (i.e. no jeans or leggings) and I am having the hardest time finding things that aren’t too tight, too trendy, or too casual!

    • NK says...

      Seraphine! And many of their pieces work post-pregnancy too.

    • shelley says...

      Old navy and pink blush had some good stuff when I was pregnant and working. I mostly wore dresses though – maternity and not, with a sweater.

    • Kit says...

      A little spendy, but I had a few black jersey dresses from Isabella Oliver that I absolutely loved and worked well for my business casual office. Machine washable (I did hang dry) and they held up to frequent wear. I felt put together and because they were all black I don’t think people noticed how often I repeated them. I tried to change things up occasonally with a belt / scarf / necklace but towards the end just felt proud that I’d actually gotten dressed at all! Good luck!

    • Lisa says...

      Cos was my go to in pregnancy. All their dresses seem to be maternity appropriate, and they’re smart enough for the office (I work in an investment bank and the clothes were fine)

    • Alix says...

      M.m. Lafleur has lots of stretchy knits and you can filter your search based on pieces that are pregnancy-friendly.

    • Motherhood Maternity has great work wear pieces! Their pants were so comfortable I almost miss wearing them!

    • Wanda says...

      Try Loft.

    • Hilary says...

      Old Navy and Pink Blush! I was kind of shocked by Old Navy since their clothes typically aren’t great for me, but their maternity work pants were amazing. I’ll also say that I only bought a handful of things and just committed to lots of re-wearing the same outfits, so I probably could have splurged more. I got like 2 Old Navy maxi dresses, 2 jeans, 2 work pants. Target’s Ingrid and Isabel line had great basic tanks and shirts that I would wear to work with a cardigan, cute scarf, etc.

    • Meaghan says...

      Pregnant law firm lawyer here :) I also have to dress more conservatively (business casual or business if in court/meetings), and I don’t want super tight clothes. I wear work pants mostly from Gap – they have a good basic pants in neutral colors which you can get with the high belly or inset elastic (I like inset). I have one suit from jcrew which is a partnership with Hatch – I actually bought the maternity pants, but a standard jacket that I just wear open. Shirts come from Gap, pea in the pod (I like Isabella Oliver a lot and you can often get them on sale), old navy, jcrew (x Hatch again), and Loft. I have dresses from Gap, Old Navy, and Loft. Same places for sweaters. Although it takes a bit more looking, I’ve also found good work dresses from ASOS. Hope that helps!

    • Lindsay says...

      I have found some good pieces at Zara and ASOS. I usually go for dresses and I’ve managed to still wear my pre pregnancy blazers (unbuttoned of course)

    • Katy says...

      I bought 4 jersey dresses that were super stretchy that were in dark colours (3 black and 1 navy I think) and wore them with blazers I already owned. I was lucky that I wasn’t too big Until late spring / summer so I didn’t do pantyhose. Honestly If it were winter I would wear leggings to Commute to work and try to skip hose if appropriate for your workplace. Friday’s were casual so I wore shorter / casual dress with leggings. I found dresses so much more comfortable.
      Cole Han short wedges were great instead of my normal pumps at the end.

  73. Joaquina says...

    Nancy’s purple dress is so cute & stylish, loving it!

  74. Stephanie says...

    What a cute colored pencil skirt on Nicole!

    This series was a good idea👍🏻

    More, please!! 😄

  75. Ali says...

    I adore this series!!

  76. Suzanne Fleck says...

    I did really want to see a medical professional. I wear a white coat… every single day to work, and it’s very difficult to dress however you want, when you always have to have that white coat on.

    • liz says...

      Not a medical professional here, but just asking out of curiosity: because of that, couldn’t you always wear basically whatever you want? I’m assuming uncomfortable shoes are not an option (but honestly I wouldn’t wear any anyway! life’s too short! haha)

    • eliza says...

      Hi Suzanne, have you checked out the white coats on the Figs website? I don’t know if it’s realistic or helpful to have a variation for white coats, but I wear their scrubs and love them and was *wishing* i needed a white coat when I was perusing theirs!

    • Eliza, I’m not in the medical field, but clicked to the Figs website out of curiosity, and, wow, that Statement Lab Coat had me totally wishing I needed a lab coat for something….!

    • Tess says...

      I love figs!! I wear the scrubs to work as an RN at an OB/gyn clinic, they have been my favorite. I also have ogled the lab coats just for fun.

    • Akc says...

      I’m a dentist. I wear scrubs. I use to wear business casual clothes under my white coat in order to be taken more seriously, but I hate the thought of all blood/spit/etc coming home with me. I love figs. They can get washed on the extra hot/steam cycle and still look great. Figs white coats look really nice but for a practioner who is doing procedures all day the coats are a little too thick in my opinion (very warm, a little restricting depending on style.)

      Also I adore the art teacher feature and love miss fizzle.

  77. Julie says...

    Nicole’s literal pencil skirt is the cutest thing EVER.

    I wear dresses almost every day (I work in medical publishing), in the summer I pair them with sandals, in the winter/fall I wear leggings or tights with boots of some sort. I’m a fan of patterned dressed with gold hoops or solids with statement earrings or a colorful pendant.

    • Courtney says...

      I really like this series.

  78. Jacqueline says...

    Yep I second this! Currently on mat leave and I miss my work clothes! Firstly because I have nowhere to go and secondly because they don’t fit ha! But would be cool to see a SAHM feature and see how different moms dress in different places, different aged kids, etc!

    • Dajana says...

      Such a fantastic idea! My wardrobe has changed drastically since leaving a corporate communications gig to ‘mom it up full’ time. I have my ubiquitous momiform but would love to see others.

    • Lizzie says...

      Mine with a newborn is trackies or running tights with a long sleeve t shirt! Plus my gold jewellery and a mom bun. If I go to buy groceries or to grab a coffee it’s jeans & a black denim jacket. Coming into summer now, it will be floaty dresses or cut off jean shorts with a tee! I also miss my work clothes!

    • Rachel says...

      I would love this too! Since having my kids I work full-time from home, and while sometimes it’s amazing to work in my pajamas or running clothes, I would love to just see what other practical and cute pieces people have found that still allow you the freedom of movement to get down on the floor with a toddler. I remember looking at my closet after my first child was born and realizing that I didn’t own a single thing that wasn’t a button down/blazer/silk blouse and all my pants were so stiff that sitting on the floor was miserable! Would love to hear about chic, comfortable, and machine-washable clothes for moms.

  79. Meredith Vilarello says...

    Love love love this feature! It’s so cool to hear what people do and why they dress the way they do. Inspiration for fashion and life!

  80. Kate says...

    So excited to see a fellow art teacher! I almost bought that pencil skirt myself! Normally I dress to match the color of the messiest media that students will be using that day, try to do a lot of my shopping at Goodwill so I’m not so bummed about splatters, and wear a variety of fun aprons. I love Nicole’s look and am so jealous of all the windows she has in her classroom!

  81. Julie says...

    Love this post!!

  82. Gaby says...

    I LOVED Rebecca’s outfits and am also from Las Vegas, so I would love to know her favorite thrift stores if she’s willing to share :)

    • Ahh! I wish I had better recommendations! I haven’t found “the one” yet but I had great success in the arts district Buffalo Exchange last week! Ps my Instagram is @phdinclothes if you wanna be friends—always looking for people to talk about Vegas with!!

    • Tovah says...

      Rebecca, we essentially have the same job (I teach undergrad drama) and I love all of your looks! Totally agree about feeling a bit vulnerable at times. I will for sure be checking out your Instagram :)

  83. Gilly says...

    Where are Paulina’s black jeans from?! They look like the holy grail of jeans :)

    • Christie says...

      And the bodysuits! I need bodysuits, but many they have to have a snap closure like we used to have back in the day. I got a bodysuit from Everlane instead of a camisole to wear under blouses, but what a shock the first time I tried to go to the bathroom. I have to take off my work coat, my blouse, and then pull down the bodysuit to pee. It’s a pain. I feel like men must have designed this bodysuit. How could they not know?

    • Emily says...

      @Christie, Target and Nordstrom Rack have some great bodysuits. I switched to using them for undershirts instead of camis and I LOVE them. The snap is a must!

    • Alix says...

      If you’re willing to invest in them, Wolford has great bodysuits (and hosiery) that last forever.

  84. CS says...

    So great to read what different women wear to work and the reasons for their choices. Love Eda’s look!

  85. Trena says...

    Wish you incorporated the medical field into this! We have our own style, even when we have to wear sterile scrubs!

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      we definitely will on the next round, thank you so much!! xoxo

    • shannon says...

      I was in the worst rut for ages with my body cotton-poly blend scrubs, feeling frumpy, wrinkled, and less than professional. Finally I bought some scrubs that actually fit and have Spandex. I’m so much more comfortable at work now. I went with Grey’s Anatomy Signature scrubs and highly recommend them.

      I also use a hair scrunchie, fun patterned socks, slim profile sneakers, and a Jane Eyre pin on my ID badge. It’s lots of little touches that many wouldn’t notice, but I feel good about them and they fit into our super strict hospital dress code!

  86. Rose says...

    Fun thread- it’s great to get a glimpse of this community of women during their days. I wear a size 22- what a drag to see no one at all that looks like me. I appreciate your occasional articles about or by women who live and work in larger bodies- but when you exclude us in your regular features like this one, it’s easy to feel pretty rotten. Thanks for thinking about this in the future!

    • RebeccaNYC says...

      Hear, hear.

  87. manda says...

    OMG Nicole makes me want to be an Art Teacher!

  88. Jackie says...

    OMG I love my fellow readers’ fashion! I desperately need to know where Andrea got that amazing maroon/wine suit top!!!! (Link please Jo!)

  89. Nicole says...

    Could you please share where Andrea’s outfits are from? LOVE them :)

  90. Kate says...

    I am in love love love with Nancy’s dress!! I would love to know where it’s from! What a great post!

  91. Jenn says...

    Lovely to see the COJ community’s week of outfits, please do more!

    PS: It’s Ankara, not Ankura :)

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      thank you!

  92. ks says...

    i work as a construction | design pm & got tired of the blue jeans and super casual attire that goes with this industry. just bought new clothes from jcrew, cos, and sezane to try on for a new more professional look – excited for them to arrive. any other suggestions? i dont mind spending a little money if it travels well & is well made.

    • Emily says...

      Boden! I got a few really special tops from Boden and they always make me smile.

    • Emily says...

      KS – i’m on the design side, but same industry, so i need outfits that can transition from presenting to the job site! I love everything from Vince and Elie Tahari for pants that move well and clean up easily. You can get great deals on both from Neiman Marcus Last Call, but I have pants, blouses and sweaters from both brands that I have had for years (and in one sweater’s case, over a decade – still looks brand new), so worth the splurge if there’s a design you love.

    • ks says...

      thanks emily, 5 minutes on boden’s site & i’ve already got a scary number of things in the basket! ks x

    • Jessica says...

      I am on the design side, but also have to make many random field visits! I’m excited to look up yours and Emily’s recommendations!

  93. agnes says...

    ‘Who the hell let you do this job?’ ah ah.
    I LOVE seeing the hidden part of this blog… the readers! Love that they are all so smiley and simple and normal! it shows they just trust this community! Thanks, you all look comfortable and ready.

  94. Rachel says...

    Nancy is my spirit animal! <3

  95. Jessica Hartshorn says...

    I don’t know why but this post, of all topics, brought me so much joy today!! I just love seeing such a variety of powerful, happy, hard-working, kick-a** women. It made me get off the couch (once I finished reading ha ha) and want to seize the day. Thanks for sharing!

  96. RoseMarie says...

    Source for Andrea’s black dress. Sorry if I missed it.

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      we’re on it! (i love it, too.) stay tuned :)

    • cinnamon says...

      And the jacket as well! It’s everything.

    • Gilli Treiman says...

      Yes another vote for Andreas black dress link!

  97. Van says...

    Ditto on Andrea’s outfits! Where is her tie dress from??? Love seeing what ladies are wearing to different jobs and places!

  98. Adrienne says...

    Love that Leslie puts on lipstick even to talk on the phone – awesome! And Andrea’s whole look – swoon. :)

  99. Jane says...

    Leslie is so beautiful and it was very refreshing to see that (corporate) lawyers do get the chance to show their personality ☺ – I always envision folks in dark suits (men or women) and this is so different and yet totally professional and serious!
    Well done

  100. Z says...

    I love this! Can this be a monthly feature or a seasonal feature?

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      yes! great idea!

    • Emily says...

      Yes, please! This is so fun and awesome.

    • Rachel says...

      Yes, please!!
      Maybe even mid-season, when the newness of wearing all that seasons clothes have worn off (as in mid-winter when I begin to give my sweaters dirty looks) ;)

    • Kate says...

      Rachel, I’m the same – as soon as we’re past Christmas and New Years, I want nothing to do with the sweaters I was so excited to wear in fall ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

  101. Rin says...

    Really enjoyed this! I felt like I got a sense of everyone’s personality, as well as some great outfit inspiration. My favourite things are Leslie’s cardigan and Eda’s scarf. Looking forward to more!

    • Eda says...

      Hello Rin my scarf is from Uniqlo I bought it during a business trip in 2017.

  102. JFS says...

    Thank you to all the readers who sent in photos, I *LOVE* seeing you in your IRL outfits! It’s so fun to notice how you express yourselves through your choices. As someone who works from home, you’re inspiring me not just to put on pants but step up my game.

    And thanks to CoJ for publishing fun posts like this: it makes us feel like a community, for realz!

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      yes, we love this community so much!!!!!!

    • Same same!!! Love seeing all these readers, love these sweet beautiful posts where amidst all the turmoil in the world we can have a moment of levity. Hugs!

    • Katie says...

      I agree, I felt such a strong sense woman pride after reading this! And then straight away stared having fantasies of a CoJ summit, a place where all these amazing women and readers can come together and share ideas and gab and just revel in the beauty that is this community.

  103. Deana says...

    Thanks for the post. Lovely women wearing it well at work.

  104. Lauren E. says...

    I love love love this post! I’m a personal assistant so I have no idea what I’ll be doing on any given day, and Paulina’s looks are so inspiring. I can definitely pull those off while still prepping food or moving dirty boxes in a storage unit, and then maybe jetting off to Fendi for a sweater pickup :)

    • Paulina says...

      Thank you so much! I have to say – adopting a daily work uniform has lessened my anxiety and made me more productive overall. Then I can wear less utilitarian outfits on my days off!

  105. Heather says...

    I really love this. Its awesome getting a peek into the readers themselves! And also to Madison: GO MJ!!!

  106. Sarah says...

    Echoing the requests for Andrea’s outfit details – clothing and also the snakeskin pumps! I’ve been looking for a pair of that exact style and heel height!

  107. Rebecca Hough says...

    A shout out to the work wear of the stay at home mom….

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      yes! we have one in our next batch!!! please stay tuned… xo

    • M says...

      Happy to hear this. I strive to look presentable without compromising on functionality. Also because dressing in gym gear every day drags my whole mood/energy level down.

    • Chelsea says...

      I look forward to the stay at home mom post as well! And M, I’m trying to stop wearing gym gear everyday! Would love ideas for practical, stylish, casual wear for chasing a toddler, volunteering at school, and playing at the park.

    • Sophia F. says...

      SAHM here – I find that a good pair of pants (high waisted and flattering, with something about them that’s interesting) can make any basic top (because I’m forever on Team Machine Wash, No Iron) look less blah. And I French tuck or full tuck everything. Anything to make run of the mill outfits look purposeful and styled :)

    • M says...

      High waisted, flattering jeans are definitely a staple for me with a simple top and maybe nicer sweater. Then I also love leggings (thicker ponte style ones) with longer tunic-length button-downs. I also pick out my clothes before bed which for some reason makes a huge difference for me because otherwise the frenzy that ensues in the morning makes me usually give up on getting dressed in anything other than gym gear.

    • Hilary says...

      Not a SAHM, but I do have a toddler. I learned during maternity leave that it’s important for me to get dressed every day and feel put together. Totally get why so many mamas wear athleisure and such, but I don’t feel my best in that. I’ve embraced rompers (not my usual style, but really loved them this summer) and you could do jumpsuits for fall/winter. I typically go for dark jeans or jean shorts with a cute top (Madewell, Loft, Old Navy, etc.) and a little jewelry like studs that little one won’t grab. Cute slide sandals made me feel a little more elevated this summer, but still easy to get on and off. I’m seeing lots of jeans, booties, and sweaters in my winter wardrobe. Minimal makeup- mascara, undereye concealer, and a swipe of Fresh sugar lip treatment in rose or berry to finish!

  108. Tania Susan Barnes says...

    This article was wonderful. What an amazing group of women with different styles and so many different, interesting, cool jobs. I would love to know more about what some of these women actually do all day in their job (hello, Emergency Response management?!)

  109. Kristin says...

    This is so fun! I run my NYC company from home so am either in PJs (currently) or much nicer, client facing clothes. I wear a lot from Shopbop, Net-a-porter, and & Other Stories (with as much vintage as possible thrown in).

    • Riley says...

      Paulina, you babe!! Love your style. I’m not a sommelier, but I’m going to start channeling this look…

    • Paulina says...

      @Riley – wow, thank you!!

  110. Kari says...

    These women are so chic! I must have Nancy’s dress – it’s to die for. And Rebecca and Eda’s looks are exactly what I aspire to wear to the office! (But never pull it off quite as well. What perfect inspo!) Thanks for sharing ladies and COJ!

  111. I run an instagram account that I refer to as my “narcissistic bathroom selfies.” My handle is @melaniegetsdressed. It’s so fun to look back and see which pieces are clearly favorites and how I style them. I’ve even referred to it when I was trying to figure out what to wear for a date night!

  112. Sheri says...

    What a fun feature, and a great mix of professions! This place is such a beautiful community; I feel so proud to be part of it alongside these smart/gorgeous/creative/talented ladies. PS Andrea – you look amazing even with subway platform lighting – tell us your secrets! ;) xo

    • Alice says...

      Can you please post links for all the clothing pieces? I LOVE them all!

  113. becky says...

    Omg literally a pencil skirt!!!

    • Deana says...

      It’s from Modcloth.

  114. Anna says...

    Please, please, please can I know where Andrea found her lovely burgundy jacket in the top photo? This post is fantastic!

  115. Lizabeth says...

    I love seeing how people dress for work. Andrea is just beautiful. I work in a super casual office. I could wear sweats & a ball cap to work. So it is hard not to fall into the too casual trap. In the warmer weather I only wear casual dresses. Too hot for anything else! But come cool weather, bring on the jeans, sweatshirts, leggings, and sweaters.

  116. Cynthia says...

    Can we do a week of outfits from Eda?

    • Heather says...

      Agree on Eda’s outfit! Where is all that good stuff from? I’m also 5’3″ and have tried similar style pants but they don’t look that good!

      Love this series – more of it please! The variety of geography and professions makes it even more fun. Thanks!

  117. I would absolutely love to read more roundups like this! Beauty roundups, recipe roundups (with real iphone photos of the results!), date outfit roundups! Such a good idea and so inspiring!

    • Kari says...

      YES to this! CoJ readers are the best!

    • Jenny says...

      Love these ideas!

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      we would love to! thank you, lexie!

  118. Bevin says...

    This is so great! I’m a freelance writer and editor who works from home, usually while wearing my workout clothes. Sometimes I want to get a job just so I can get dressed!

    • Heather says...

      I work from home too, so I was surprised that Paulina’s sommelier “uniform” spoke so strongly to me. I can totally see wearing a bodysuit + high-waisted pants + clogs combo around the house. It sounds comfortable, practical for chasing after my kids in the evening, and yet pulled-together enough for running errands on those rare occasions that I leave the house.

      The only issue is that I love Dansko clogs for the support and durability – but my feet tend to roll off them, which is painful and kind of hazardous. Maybe I’m particularly clumsy, but I always wonder how people working in restaurants deal with them – rolling your ankle while carrying a tray of food or bottle of wine sounds like a recipe for disaster.

    • Paulina says...

      @Heather – ankle rolling is a serious issue with Danskos! I think through years of wear I’ve adjusted my step to accommodate the height and weight of these shoes. Though, during the winter months, I switch to Blundstone boots which are totally flat, supportive and waterproof! ;)

    • Heather says...

      @Paulina, thank you – great tip! And this is the perfect time of year (in Boston) to try out some Blundstones.

  119. Olivia says...

    I thought a lot about sending in a photo, but ultimately balked given my profession. That said, I was dying to share that as a physician assistant, wearing a white coat is THE BEST. A white coat fancies up any outfit! I also stopped wearing “office” pants when I got back from maternity leave. Now, I wear slim fitted pants/jeans, as long as they aren’t blue. Black, gray, green. I wear booties and feel so adorable and put together at work.

  120. Colleen says...

    Yes! This is great! Links or sources (store, brand) for everything would be awesome. There are such wonderful looks and ideas here.

  121. courtney says...

    I’m so happy to see someone else in Disaster Management – Megan works in Response and I work in Recovery, but experience similar settings. My day-to-day is jeans and a sweater (I’m often behind a computer or with donors), but when I’m on sites, I need clothes that can handle a construction site, plus a hard hat and work boots.

    I love the variety of professions here!

    • Megan says...

      Thanks for all you do on the Recovery side of the house! You folks are all rockstars in my book!

  122. L says...

    We are a team of mostly women, femme, queer, and Trans*Gender non-Conforming Black and Brown farmers. We need to be able to drive tractors, bend, stretch, lift heavy crates, take care of chickens, pull carts up hillsides sloshed with mud… While wearing our uniform of work pants and coveralls, we are still pretty proud of our creative and stylee touches to bring fun and comfort to our tough work uniforms.

    • Katie says...

      Please submit some pics! I used to have a job that required a lot of manual field work, and it was always carhartts and tee-shirts with a thermal underneath. I’d love to see what you guys wear.

  123. Ashley says...

    I’m sad to see no plus-sized women in this line-up. We read COJ too! I’d have really loved to see what someone my size would wear in a business professional environment! I find it hard to believe that out of “hundreds” of emails, not one single woman was over a size 10.

    I feel like you guys make an effort to be so inclusive, but this one was a total miss for me.

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      thank you so much for your feedback, ashley. you’re absolutely right and we will definitely do better in the future. thank you again for your note. xo

    • Lina says...

      Hear, hear.

  124. May I know where is Nancy’s dress from?

  125. Lucy says...

    Awesome article. It is always good to be reminded that other people (mostly women . . . do men do this?) spend their days thinking “who the hell let you do this job?”

    Also, pretty please, would you share links for Andrea’s outfits and the name of Paulina’s Detroit restaurant? Keep up the great work, COJ :-)

    • Joyce says...

      Mabel Gray in Detroit!

    • Young Directionless says...

      Yes, please I need the links to Andrea’s outfits, lol!

  126. Cynthia says...

    This is a fun post. I really liked Nicole’s pencil printed skirt.

  127. MKW says...

    So fun. More, please. Just asking… what location in Alaska has camels?

    • Susan says...

      That was my biggest takeaway from this post too!

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      oh yes! she was on a work trip abroad. adding a caption! xo

    • P says...

      The pic is captioned ” shot on location in Mogolia”, so no camels in Alaska but your comment made me LOL.

  128. Lindsey says...

    There are so many incredible, beautiful women in the CoJ community! Thank you for this post <3

  129. Nina Nattiv says...

    I love this! I wear scrubs every day, which is the BEST, but I’m also a little jealous of people that can look cute at work.

    The art teacher is my FAVORITE! But these women all look so fantastic!

  130. Joyce says...

    That’s my BFF, Paulina!!! Hi, P! LOVE YOU!
    We’ve been reading COJ together for ages and this is the most fun surprise! P is the realest and chicest som in the biz, everyone go to Mabel Gray in Detroit :D

    • Paulina says...

      Love you JJ!!

    • Sabrina says...

      Joyce –

      Can you ask Paulina where her high waisted black jeans are from? I’ve been looking for the perfect pair that won’t fade!

    • Joyce says...

      @Sabrina lol that I know this off the top of my head – wide leg black high waisted in bottom right pic are Everlane, but her fave high waisted black jeans are madewell!

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      this is the cutest thread!

    • Paulina says...

      @sabrina — the black jeans are old, old Madewell and have served me well! I’m pivoting from skinny jeans into a more wide-leg silhouette these days (s/o Everlane wide-leg crop!!)

    • cg says...

      High school aet teacher here and most definitely not a wearer is much color, lol! My closet palette consists mostly of black, gray, some orange, some turquoise, and a handful of subdued red. Many of the color pieces were given/gifts from my mom hoping to insert more color into my wardrobe, she finally realized the colors I’m willing to wear. Hahahaha! But yes, No matter what, the clothes must be able to get dirty/stained, washable, and bonus if there are pockets.

    • Lenna says...

      Paulina, would you mind sharing where your tan sweater is from? I’m on the hunt for something exactly like this. Love the way you style your bodysuits!

  131. EM says...

    Hey! I went to college with Andrea! Too funny

  132. Sloane Whelan says...

    love this! Please share sources! Everyone has such great pieces!

  133. Lena Corwin says...

    cute!

  134. The outfits are great, but i LOVE seeing the various jobs these women are working!

  135. JB says...

    I, too, would love a credit on Andrea’s fabulous dress!

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      we’ll ask her!

    • Little Miss says...

      so nice to finally see some women engineers being featured here.
      as a chemical engineer who always moves around men its nice to see fellow women engineers on CoJ!
      i noticed you never really do..or almost never :)
      however,please note that not all engineers are this fancy wearing “casual” workwear. some of us wear all black clothes when dealing with fuel (to cover oily stains) and simple (but nice) shirts for meetings,safety shoes to climb tanks and ballerinas during office days :)

  136. kate says...

    What a lovely dress Andrea is wearing! Where is it from?

    • Allison says...

      upvote^^!

  137. Grace says...

    No scientists again I see! Well, an environmental engineer, but she seems to be mainly office-based. In my lab, no skin is allowed to be showing from waist down. Ballet flats aren’t even allowed even though they are closed-toe. I almost never buy any cute work dresses or skirts, as they only get worn about once a year for conferences. Ankle-showing pants seem to be the trend for the past few years, and at 5’2″, I often buy regular instead of petite sizing to be fully covered. In the summer I wear Cole Haan oxford sneakers which are both comfy and cute, and for the rest of the year I have Chelsea boots or LLBean boots.

    • Anna says...

      A junior doctor and, yes, would have loved to see more restricted outfits. Most days it’s uniform, overcoat, nursing shoes, but when it’s outpatient day I switch scrubs for another kind of uniform- jeans/trousers, striped breton, overcoat and sensible shoes.
      At this point I find it hard to dress fancy (or stylish) for conferences or even going out. Hard to say if it’s because of the ease of wearing a uniform, being stuck in a rut or, hey, it’s clean, so that’s nice. x

    • Cat says...

      Science can come in SO many different forms. Maybe what you meant was no wet bench scientists? “But… office based” is dismissive of science that doesn’t happen at a bench (which is probably a lot of science at this point).

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      oh yes! there were SO many different types of jobs that people wrote in about — we would have loved to show them all! we’ll be doing another roundup and we’ll definitely be sure to showcase some scientists, doctors, etc. for sure.

      here are a few weeks of outfits with scientists as well:
      https://cupofjo.com/2017/08/shaheen-kabir-style-interview/
      https://cupofjo.com/2017/05/best-ethical-brands-stores/
      https://cupofjo.com/2016/12/beauty-uniform-moriel-zelikowsky/

    • anne says...

      Physicist here: For a lot of the time, it doesn’t matter what I wear because I’m doing data analysis in an office or in the coffee shop or on a plane or on my couch etc. There are definitely times when my work dictates my clothing, including the fun of trying to find undergarments made of entirely natural fibers to deal with possible electrical safety hazards (you can’t have anything that would melt rather than burn…fun times). Science is a big field and there’s such variety of our roles even within one field!

  138. Maggie says...

    This. Is. Fantastic!

  139. Kate says...

    From one waist cinching fanatic to another, I LOVE Andrea’s outfits! Might she share the sources for those?

    • Caitlin says...

      Agreed!! Andrea’s red structured top is ta dieeee!

  140. Tracy says...

    “Artsy Ms. Frizzle” is work goals, for sure! All these women have such interesting jobs and amazing style! Go, girls!

  141. Shannon says...

    Can you provide links? Especially for Andrea’s tops and Nancy’s cute dress? Thank you!

  142. Elise says...

    I love seeing who the COJ readers are – would love more articles like this one!

    • Charlotte Keys says...

      I agree–more!

    • Emily B says...

      Agreed!! So fun to see COJ readers and the variety in work!

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      so glad!!! we would love to do more xoxo

  143. Niamh says...

    Love this! I love seeing what super stylish people wear around the world!