Style at a Certain Age is a lifestyle blog by Beth Djalali dedicated to aging with grace, strength, and beauty.
i made the jump to full-time blogger almost five years ago. my job, in part, is to put together and model outfits in the hopes that it provides you inspiration in your daily lives—both personal and professional. as women, our daily lives are nothing short of robust. we are asked to wear a variety of hats and function in a multitude of roles. so today, i want to encourage and celebrate those amongst us that are career women. and i want to continue to inspire all of us to be fashionable career women.
my readers all (or have) worked their entire lives. you are teachers, lawyers, professors, nurses & doctors, entrepreneurs, executives, fashion bloggers, and, yes, mothers. some of our work pays. and some of our work should pay more. regardless, you all have helped and continue to shape the direction of our world with your countless hours of dedication. thank you.
many of my readers are retired or are in the process of retiring. however, i have many readers that are just starting or are amidst their professional journeys. my advice to you: lean in on your network of women for advice and supports. your mothers, grandmothers, sisters, cousins are there to help you navigate your chosen careers. whether you are a stay-at-home mom, or whether you go off to an office every day, trust in the women that have gone before you. they are trailblazers, and their wisdom and experience will serve you well.
as my readers know, i’m a believer in both health & wellness and fashion. feeling our best and looking our best each and every morning prepares us face whatever life has in store for us that day. yesterday i continued to chart my health journey. eating correctly and staying physically fit allows me to get up every morning and work well into the evening.
today i want to encourage us to look our best when we enter our jobs—no matter what that job may be. when we feel good and look good, we exude confidence. and confidence propels us forward and helps achieve our professional goals–no matter what those goals may be.
i’ve put together a plaid mock neck dress and jacket courtesy of Ann Taylor. the jacket sold out immediately, so i’ve found a similar one from Talbots. nothing says fall quite like “plaid.” and the sleek, sharp lines on both the dress and jacket are perfect professional ware.
it’s time. time to pull our boots from the back of the closet to the front. whether you’re calf- or knee-high type-of-gal, fall and winter are all about the boots. in case you missed it, i put together my top 10 list of shoes for fall & winter. (see the video above.) it should come as no surprise, a large portion of that list was comprised of boots.
i’ve got a pair of suede Vince Camuto’s from Nordstrom. they’re a neutral that offsets the plaid dress and jacket. and if you’re looking for other options, i’ve compiled these boots here, here, here, here, here, and here.
no professional outfit is complete without a bag. over the years, i’ve talked a lot about handbags—how, where, and what to buy. (see also this post.) sticker shock is a thing. no doubt. but it’s always important to reiterate that bags are investment pieces. they can and should last you a lifetime.
i’ve put together a list of bags that are perfect with any fall outfit. prices range from high-to-low. i’m just loving the Gucci python bag.
alright, gang! it’s monday, and the workweek is upon us. here’s to all the fashionable career women out there, including mothers. as always, i want to hear from you. let me know what your chosen profession in the comments below. is it your first career? second? are you retired? do you miss working? not at all? have a great week.