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Thursday, December 15, 2016

Holiday Office Outfit


Continuing the holiday outfit theme today and talking about outfit ideas for an office Christmas party. A little different than a Christmas party at your home, but just because it's in the workplace doesn't mean you can't dress festive!


Coat: J.Crew Factory | Plaid Shirt: J.Crew | Midi Skirt: J.Crew {mini version HERE} | Bag: Modalu {leather version HERE} | Ring: David Yurman | Sunglasses: Ray-Ban | Pumps: old {similar HERE} | Lipstick: #09 

Each year, my office celebrates Christmas with a lunch out and I always like to wear something festive. Last year, it was insanely cold, so I opted for a big down coat and red lipstick. That's as festive as it was going to get in that weather! This year, we aren't able to celebrate until after Christmas with so many people on vacation, but I wanted to share outfit ideas for those of you who are looking for a more conservative, work-friendly holiday look. 

Nothing is more festive than THIS plaid button-up shirt, not to mention it's fun but professional at the same time. I paired the shirt with my favorite midi faux leather pleated skirt from a few years ago {it is still available online, but sizing is limited -- there is also a mini version!}Naturally, I couldn't resist wearing THIS red coat with the faux fur hood. I wasn't kidding when I said I have been wearing it all.the.time. It a necessary accessory with our latest burst of cold air.

A little backstory about these pictures. Last Sunday, we went into DC super early to get two sets of pictures done before too many tourists started sightseeing. We took these pictures in front of the U.S. Capitol and Christmas Tree! Just as we started taking the pictures, my husband said a strange warning came up on the camera, something about the card being damaged!!! Needless to say, I freaked out. I didn't have another card with me and we are about 45 minutes {on a good day, with no traffic} from the city and their was no chance of us coming back. I took the battery out but the card was stuck. We were able to finish taking a few pictures and decided I would worry about the stuck card when we got home. Well, let me tell you, it's really stuck. Of course I lost the USB cord to connect the camera to my computer {I probably threw it away when I did the massive cleaning of my office} but we found one on Amazon Prime and had it shipped off. Thankfully it arrived Monday evening and worked, but the card is still stuck! It looks like I'm going to have to take it to a camera technician this weekend, but what timing with Christmas next week! It has been a stressful few weeks and this camera debacle was the icing on the cake. I cannot tell you how excited I am for a day off next week. Anyone else with me?!

I apologize for my rant -- I would love to know if this has happened to anyone else before and what the solution was. Thanks for dropping by and I hope you all have a fabulous weekend!

This post is linked up with: Mix & Match Fashion  | Twenties Girl Style | Stylin in St. Louis | Living in Color | Pumps and Pushups | Thursday Fashion Files  Rachel The Hat | Fashion Friday | Friday's Fab Favorites | Daily Style Finds | East Coast Chic | Friday Favorites | Casual Friday | My Refined Style  | Fizz & Frosting | More Pieces of Me | Lipgloss & Crayons | Start the Week Stylish | Still Being Molly 



  1. Ok it's always bad when something unexpected comes up on a shoot. They are so stressful in the first place, it's no good when you're thrown a curve ball! I hope you can get the card out soon. Ugh, blogger problems! Love this outfit! I have been living in my plaid shirt this christmas!

    Whitney & Blaire
    Peaches In A Pod

  2. Perfect red coat!! I love it. And a perfect outfit for the holiday office party.

  3. Oh gosh, how awful about the camera! I haven't had that happen to me before, I can't believe it's stuck!! Very strange... But you look gorgeous in this coat, and I'm happy that you were able to snap a few before all the people show up (don't you hate when that happens? lol) Hope your party was fun last weekend too!


  4. Sorry to hear about your camera.. Of course no photoshoot is complete without some sort of issue lol - This look is perfect for the office festivities! Obsessed with that coat :)

    Brittany :)

  5. How cool to see DC at Xmas time? Love your furry red coat!
    Merry Christmas,

  6. You look stunning Rachel! I'm convinced that every single color is YOUR color, everything looks amazing on you!
    I'm so sorry to hear about your camera...thank goodness for Amazon Prime! I actually only use my USB because I'm afraid of loosing my card. Haha! I have a couple of cards but it still always scares me. Hopefully you get it figured out soon!
    xo, Lily
    Beauty With Lily

  7. Oooh, digging that faux leather skirt- so cool!

    Le Stylo Rouge

  8. Gorgeous holiday outfit! You look so festive and darling! Loving the red coat. I have one up on my blog today as well :)

    XO Christine

  9. This is such a cute outfit, and I totally agree with you about still wanting to dress festive even if it's a work Christmas lunch. That sucks about your camera! I've never had that happen before, but I hope that you can get it fixed before Christmas!

  10. I died when I saw this on IG! You look so fabulous! That coat is so stunning and even more stunning paired with that skirt! So gorgeous!

    <3 Shannon
    Upbeat Soles

  11. Sorry to hear about the camera! I hope you are able to get the card out! This is such a pretty look! I love your plaid top and your pleated skirt is fabulous!

    Doused In Pink

  12. How cute do you look! I love this skirt on you so much! And I am so sorry to hear about your Camera that is never any fun!

  13. Gorgeous! Loving the bright color of that coat, and of course that these pics were snapped in front of the capitol <3
    Green Fashionista

  14. yikes, no, that's never happened to me (although lots of other problems have!). i usually can get pretty good idea of whats going on by just googling the problem.

    Easy Petite Looks Blog

  15. I absolutely adore this outfit! The coat is gorgeous and perfect for the holiday season and I also love the plaid and leather combo you've got going underneath, indeed perfect for the office this time of year! As for your camera situation, I'm SO sorry this happened, especially now! Over the summer, I had taken 3 photos one day to prep for the week ahead and didn't realize that I had left my memory card in between my laptop screen and keyboard BEFORE I had imported the photos, closed the laptop and yup, CRUSHED the card with ALL my 100+ photos! It was SO stressful, so I definitely understand how you must have felt. I definitely suggest seeing a tech and don't try doing it yourself because it can make it worse. At least you were able to recover the photos. Are you able to still take photos saved on the card for your next shoot? If so, then don't worry, you'll at least be able to import with the new cord and I'm sure the tech will be able to easily remove the card :) Sending all the positive vibes your way and wishing you a wonderful weekend, beauty!



  16. love that outfit and coat. so festive

  17. Yikes I hope that you're able to get your SD card out of your camera! I love your outfit and it's perfect for a holiday work party!

  18. What a perfect setting for these photos!! I LOVE DC at Christmastime. You look fantastic, and that furry coat looks so warm :)

    Meg, Borrowed Heaven

  19. Wow, I adore this coat! Such a beautiful color :)
    Nati xx

  20. Great photos dear! I really love the pleated skirt. Xo, Ellese


  21. Such a pretty outfit and that beautiful red coat just tops the whole look off! Perfect for a holiday party :)

    Sarah Bell
    Trendy & Tidy

  22. Serious coat envy! Love this with your plaid. So perfect for your work party. Good luck with the card! I hate camera issues.

    Amy Ann
    Straight A Style

  23. LOVE the leather skirt girl - such a great idea to pair it with the plaid and of course that coat is just my favorite!! xo, Biana -BlovedBoston

  24. That coat is so gorgeous and I just checked the price...not that bad at all for how luxe it looks!
    I'm sorry you're working around Xmas but at least you look cute at the office!


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