Freedom at last! That’s how so many of us feel once the weekend or vacation arrives. Fall break is here for many of us. Thanksgiving allows time off work to travel and spend time with our families. We abandon our workday routine, and even our workday wardrobes, to indulge in much needed relaxation and playtime. However, there’s no need to completely abandon your work wardrobe when playing. You should have a wardrobe that you live in. By mixing and accessorizing pieces that you normally wear for work, you can easily create outfits to suit your needs when playing on the weekend or when traveling. I’ve partnered with J. Crew Factory to show you three easy ways to go “from work to play.” J. Crew Factory is a great place to find classic J. Crew style at discounted prices. I love their daily deals, great quality, and excellent customer care. For a limited time, students and teachers receive a 15% discount now thru December 31, 2017.
“I don’t think of work as work, and play as play. It’s all living.”
The Printed Quilted Puffer Vest has become an iconic J. Crew piece. It’s black and white pattern goes so easily with just about anything. For work, I wear a basic white shirt and black dress slacks. However, by pairing this vest with a black turtle neck shirt, black skinny jeans, and boots (ankle or over the knee) this classic piece is suddenly very chic and sophisticated. It’s a great look for the jet setter who wants to hit the ground running once they step off the airplane. The vest will keep you warm, but not too hot, in the airplane cabin. By wearing your boots onto the plane you save space in your carry-on bag.
Is it date night? Are you meeting family and friends for dinner? I love a little black dress and stilettos. However, this time of year, I find myself feeling too cold in my little black dresses. And let’s just face it, after managing a classroom of 8 year olds, sometimes the last thing I’m looking forward to is walking in a pair of high heels. I want comfort as well as appeal. The key- just the right amount of animal print. For the school day, I wore a mustard turtleneck and my basic black slacks to work. For a dinner date, the same mustard turtleneck paired with skinny jeans and leopard flats sends this look to a whole new level. Amp it up a notch with a leopard print clutch if you have one. If not, your structured work bag will still look great with this outfit.
Are you planning to wander the halls of a museum, meet up with a friends for lunch, or chase kiddos on a play-date? A bright crew neck sweater and comfy jeans topped with a plaid scarf is the perfect way to go! Finish it off with cognac boots (ankle or tall boots). Grab your trusty cross-body bag and you’re all set for the day. Color is the key in this outfit. The bold color of the sweater against the classic plaid scarf makes this outfit equally playful and structured. This same sweater and scarf than I wore to work with my slacks is now perfect for the weekend by simply adding a scarf.
So there you have it- 3 easy ways to go “from work to play” with J. Crew Factory. I’ve linked all pieces for you in this post. Just tap the links to be taken directly to each item. You can also visit J. Crew Factory stores to find even more pieces that you can utilize at work, at play, at living. Find a J. Crew Factory store near you and check out their latest styles for fall and winter. Their classic pieces, timeless styles, excellent quality, and affordable prices make great gifts for both yourself and others! J. Crew Factory has put together a Gift Giving Guide for inspiration. Be sure to visit them during Black Friday. Right now everything is 50% off in stores and online. Last, don’t forget to enter the J. Crew Factory Sweepstakes before 12/7/2017. J. Crew Factory is awarding 14 giftcards in the amount of $300 and 1 giftcard in the amount of $500 to it’s winners. Pretty cool! So, besides hurrying to a J. Crew Factory Store near you, what are you planning to do over your Fall Break from school or work? Leave me a comment below. I’d love to know. Thanks so much for stopping by!