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My name is Jen.  I live in Chicago with my husband (we'll call him "M") and two boys ("T" and "J"). If you're headed in this direction, I've provided some great ideas for a tourist visit that feels more like a trip with the locals than a ride through too many tourist traps. 


In my tiny corner of the Internet (a.k.a. this blog) you'll find...

... I've spent nearly a decade since graduating from school navigating the all-too-complicated world of professional style on a young professional's less-than-limitless budget. Many of us no longer wear suits every day, and the business casual code for women can makes one's head spin between the wide assortment of what may or may not be acceptable in each workplace and the plethora of places from which to acquire said wardrobe. My novice journey, lacking any natural knack for style, certainly hasn't been without hiccups or on an endless budget. Through trial and error (lots of error admittedly), I have honed a healthy understanding of what works at work for a business casual code. After debating with myself for some time, I decided to make the leap and start sharing my simple approach to and lessons learned about professional style with the rest of the internet world.

I share my simple yet sophisticated outfits regularly as examples of how I execute my lessons learned (and lessons continued to be learned) about decoding professional dress code. During your hopefully frequent visits here, expect to see a regular dose of fashion forward "real-life" style for the office (with a few casual looks tossed in as well, because we all love Casual Friday and, of course, the weekends). Check out the Gallery for all the previous goodness that's been buzzing around here.


I'd love for you to easily receive updates on new ideas I'm sharing by following my blog via your favorite form of social media. I've added a host of links in the left sidebar so you choose which outlet suits your style best. 


I also have some additional resources for your perusing pleasure.



A starter guide to building a professional wardrobe without breaking the bank.

Periodic compilations of outfits focusing on remixing one or just a few 
pieces to find new and interesting ways to style those pieces

Volume of profiles through which readers (bloggers and non-bloggers) share 
a few of their secrets to curating the perfect real-life corporate closet. 
I'm always looking for new contributors, so connect with me if you'd like to be featured.


Weekly opportunity to see a wealth of professional style shared by 
so many others getting dressed for offices everyday just like mine 
and yours. No shortage of great style ideas and inspiration here.


A recurring series about just what the heck "business casual" means for those new to the professional environment or those just interested in a refresher on how to interpret the complex, and widely vague, dress code that can quickly end in unprofessional style snafus. 


My "real" job is...
... Aside from being a Chief Mom Officer, I work part-time for a large public accounting firm serving private equity and venture capital investment funds. I perform financial audits, so Excel and I spend a lot of time together – sounds glamorous, right? To keep it simple, I’m a professional double checker, and I don’t do taxes. I generally share outfits relevant to my "real" job but a few Chief Mom Officer outfits occasionally sneak up on me and find their way into my posts. 

I test my DIY creative limits...

... occasionally, I incorporate simple do-it-yourself ("DIY") elements into my outfits. I dabble in basic jewelry construction, wander into the land of attempting DIY quick fixes on a piece that needs a little TLC and even stumble through a sewing project when I'm getting really ambitious. I have no fancy training in any of these crafts, but the Internet hosts a tutorial for everything! Whether your creative DIY skills flourish or have never been tested, consider trying one of the many projects sprinkled throughout this little blog. In many cases, a piece that needs updating or a quick fix doesn't get much wear anyway and may end up heading into the donation bin or trash, so you've got nothing to lose! Here are a few of my favorite projects I've completed and a summary of all DIYs:








Modest Neckline Adjustment
Button Down Pucker Prevention
Simple Button Shift




I've been a style maven since...
... never.  In fact, my journey through fashion has been quite the opposite.  In elementary school, I thought matching meant items shared the same color (or tone), so I often sported monochromatic get ups, but not the cool kind, I promise. 

My style matured in high school to include tank tops and shorts in contrasting colors, boring jeans and baby T's often in pastel shades, and occasionally a skirt but only when my friends and I all called each other the night before (on our parents' land lines, because cell phones had not yet taken over our lives) and planned to all wear skirts together. 


And if I ever needed to wear a dress, there was a good chance my mom had to take me shopping for a $30 floral shift dress because whatever dress I bought the last time I had a special occasion no longer fit me.

I reached my fashion pinnacle in college sporting sweatshirts and sweatpants to class with my hair tied up in a ponytail like it was my full-time job. I frequented the gym, so my yoga pants and spandex tops did the rest of the heavy lifting. Dressing for a night of partying took no time at all - I had barely anything to choose from!


I attempted to pull my fashion self together when I joined the corporate world but that did not go so well. (Recall earlier I admitted no shortage of mistakes along the way.) I tried buying interesting things, ended up with a lot of random pieces that never worked together, and conceeded to my styleless self the day I showed up at work in an outfit that clashed so badly I'm pretty sure my co-workers were noticing. For a good while after that day, I committed to wearing only black with pops of color. 


Everything changed when I discovered fashion blogs. That's not to say I became a fashion maven - my posts are proof that's not the case. But I finally had a resource for basic concepts, ideas and inspiration. After some time of being an avid reader, I aspired to start my own blog and share my ideas and lessons learned. That brings us to the here and now.  I certainly won't be showing up in the chronicles of high fashion any time soon.  But I've come a long way.  And I hope you enjoy as I share with you my simple spin on sophisticated style.

If you have more questions, drop me a note at: 

fashionablyemployed[at]gmail[dot]com

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