fashionable career women

  1. DebHj says:

    I’m “of a certain age” and never feel comfortable showing my knees. So while I love the boots and dress and jacket, I’m not sure I’d wear it unless I was wearing tights. What do you think about this with tights?

  2. Priscilla Stephenson says:

    Thanks for the nod to all working women whether paid or not! At 67 I’m still working in finance as a Controller – as long as I still enjoy working and no one is asking that I retire, I’m keeping on! One advantage of reaching my age is that I have finally learned to only buy what I really love, keep it classic (my style) and making sure whatever I buy works with other items I already have. Love reading your blog – thanks for a little fun & knowledge on a Monday!!

    • Beth Djalali says:

      wisdom comes with age. love your style philosophy. and love the fact you’re still in the workplace doling out that sage advice you certainly have earned through the years.

  3. Amy says:

    Smart and Sassy Beth!

    Love the whole outfit!


    • Beth Djalali says:

      i just fell in love with the retro look! my mother always had a matching dress and coat hanging in her closet. so this ootd makes me think of her. xo

  4. Connie says:

    I have several pairs of knee high boots and I love this look but never wear boots with a skirt. I seem to only wear them with tucked in pants or jeans. I think the slim skirt or dress is an opportunity for me to try it. In a moment of pure delight, I bought a pair of red leather knee high boots and I’ve never worn them…any ideas?

    • Lea says:

      Connie, omg, I’m so jealous right now! Wear them with your jeans, pants, anything you desire! Instead of reaching for the black boots, grab the red ones… yes, you’ll get a few looks (and compliments!) but you’ll get used to it, trust me on that one! Lol
      I’ve been looking at red boots to wear with my new electric blue puffer coat… you’ve inspired me, thank you, Connie.

  5. Norma G says:

    Beth, I love your blogs, your photos and all your outfits, many of which I would wear in a minute. I retired 6 years ago from my job as an Elementary School Librarian. It was important to look professional, yet casual so the students felt comfortable around me. Pants or slacks were important to me for modesty when bending, stretching, or on a step stool.
    I continue to work my successful Avon business and some days are very casual for work from home. Other days are out in the community, so appearance is very important and first impressions do make a difference. My style is business or classic casual and I live in a suburban area near Los Angeles.

    • Beth Djalali says:

      both careers sound like fun! so happy to hear you are enjoying the next chapter in life. it’s so important to find new adventures to embark upon. xo

  6. Suzanne M Smith says:

    Cute look! Those pieces will be very versatile, and will last forever. I have so many clothes from work, but I was really fortunate to work in academia at a grad school where I could wear pretty much whatever I wanted to–I loved it! I had lots of classic dresses, skirts, pants, jackets and could look professional, but I was lucky that I could also easily wear them with jeans and denim skirts, etc. So, essentially I was able to build up a good wardrobe of things I can wear now that I’m retired, too–classics are so versatile. Who knows–I’m even debating whether I might find some other part-time gig or work I could do from home, too. We’ll see! It’s fun to know I don’t have to, but I could if I want to. Love this age.

  7. sherry says:

    I am a paralegal and always looking for ways to look current but still stay within a conservative wardrobe. I get lots of great ideas from your blog.

  8. Becky Rice says:

    The words and messages in todays post are very inspirational and spot on! I retired about 18 months ago and the transition from executive clothes to casual has been a real challenge. I no longer need all of those dresses and suits and re-purposing items is harder than I thought it would be. I donated about 250+ dresses, suits, jackets, pants, shoes, handbags, etc to Clothes That Work to help empower other women entering the workforce. So…I appreciate your daily blog and the fact that you show us multiple ways to wear the same garment from casual to business. Thank you!

  9. Vivian says:

    Hi Beth,
    Love your ootd.
    I have been retired for 3 years.
    I was a kindergarten teacher for most of my career, and absolutely loved it.
    I loved the children and their families, the friendships with my colleagues….and getting dressed up each day. I regularly visit with my 3 children, do volunteer work…and life has surprises…I got married 2 years ago and we enjoy travelling, far and near.

    • Beth Djalali says:

      how sweet! life definitely has it’s twists and turns and i’m so happy you find yourself a newlywed. what’s better than traveling with the one you love?! xo

  10. Astrida Berzs says:

    I have never commented at websites but this posting brought up a puzzled reaction. You have emphasized good health through eating habits, exercise, etc. The suggestions for fall shoes leaves me puzzled. The pointed ties, high spiked heel pumps are uncomfortable, create a variety of back and foot problems as we age. Your comment about instant glamour but I ask, long term problems?

    You are not the only fashionista to wear the “torture boxes” but the dissonance between the health emphasis and spiked heeled shoes led to this response.

  11. Lindsey Akin says:

    I’m 41 next week and have a 6 year old. This past January I cut my work back to 30 hours per week so that I could have more time with my daughter and it has been one of the best decisions I ever made. I’m in student services at a major university and have an amazingly supportive woman boss, who worked the same schedule when her now grown kids were younger. While I’m out of the house within minutes of waking her up each morning, I’m home in time for the school run, so feel like I’m a working mom and a 80% stay-at-home mom too, I get the best of both worlds.

    Loving this post and the advice in it. This might be too early to say, but Beth, I think the recent loss of your husband is translating into a renewed sense of purpose with your blog. I’ve been a fan and daily reader for about 2 1/2 years now, but the past few months, the posts seem deeper, like you’re thinking about legacy, and while improvement was not something I ever thought the blog needed, I have been pleasantly surprised at how much more I’ve been enjoying reading with this new style. Though if going back to how it was before means that Mr. Style could come back, I’d swap in a heartbeat. I just mean to say, I admire and respect how you’re coming through, and taking your own advice of leaning in on your family and friends, and on us, your extended blog family too. It is easy to give advice, not so easy to take either our own or others!

    • Beth Djalali says:

      what a thoughtful comment! i honestly don’t know what i would have done without my family these past few months without mr. style. i still feel adrift at sea but they’ve anchored me in so many ways. and i’m so grateful for lovely readers like you who take the time to read the blog and share their thoughts. thank you from the bottom of my heart. xo

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