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Working Girl Wardrobe | Daria: International Student Services

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Today's spotlight falls on working girl Daria Patrusheva. In her position as Student Information and Program Support (at the International Office of University Student Services), Daria works with incoming and outgoing exchange students, as well as international students studying in Canada.

Daria stocks her closet full of basics that she can switch around to create new looks as well as layer to accommodate Vancouver's climate and a sometimes chilly office. She prefers lighter neutrals to black – especially a neutral look with a splash of color. Her go-to clothing and outfit combinations include:

Stock Up on Basics
Not only are basic tees and plain blouses comfy, but neutral colors like white, black, and grey are versatile with dressing up, dressing down, and layering.

Season-Friendly Layers
In Vancouver weather, layers are essential. So Daria's closet is stocked full of long cardigans and blazers to layer over basic pieces.

Classy but Casual Denim
In Daria's office, wardrobe is casual and most everyone dons denim throughout the week. She keeps it chic with dark blue or charcoal skinny jeans.

Weather Proof Wellies
While Daria usually reaches for her favorite tall tan boots that go with most anything, she often wears her pink gum boots to and from work - changing into more work-appropriate shoes when she gets to the office.

Professional in a Pinch
Daria enjoys the laid-back dress code in her office, but sometimes unexpected meetings come up. To dress up any outfit, she keeps a plain gray blazer and pair of low-heeled tan pumps at her desk just in case she needs to take casual to business casual at the last minute.

Minimal Accessories
Less can be more - especially in a casual work environment. Daria keeps jewelry to a minimum, but she loves scarves - usually alternating between a grey one and a pumpkin-orange one. Bonus: if it gets chilly at her desk, her scarf can double as a shawl.

Go-to Outfit 1: Dark Skinnies + Neutral Tee + Bright Scarf
Simple and comfortable, dark skinnies and a neutral tee work perfectly in the casual work environment - and can easily translate to after-office errands and activities. Plus, it can be dressed up in an instant with her go-to blazer and low-heeled pumps.

Go-to Outfit 2: Gray T-Shirt + Pencil Skirt + Strappy Sandals
Ideal for hot summer months, a gray t-shirt tucked into a pencil skirt looks pulled together and professional without breaking a sweat. Strappy sandals bring the outfit down to earth in a casual, cute way. Amp up the style with a printed pencil skirt, such as houndstooth.

Go-to Outfit 3: Pink Jacket + Lacy Blouse + Dark Skinnies
Soft, feminine, and still professional, one of Daria's favorite ensemble's opts for a not-so-basic blazer in pale pink. Paired with a lacy white blouse, dark skinnies, and her go-to tan boots, the outfit is a lovely option for spring.

Go-to Outfit 4: Colorful Frock + Long Cardi + Belt
The comfort of dresses (especially when sitting at a desk all day) is undeniable. Plus, a dress requires little to no styling to look cute. Daria dons colorful patterned and color block dresses made office-appropriate under a long neutral cardigan and cinched at the waist with a belt. Plus, the look works with boots or the low-heeled pumps she keeps on-hand.

Thanks for sharing, Daria!

To shop for the items I used in creating Daria's wardrobe set, check it out on Polyvore here.

Need more outfit inspiration? 
Whether you're interning, working full-time, or job searching, you can never get enough workplace wardrobe inspiration. Business casual doesn't equal boring. Professional doesn't mean stuffy. New on The Lovely Side, we'll be spotlighting how young professionals, college students, and interns dress for work – combining office-friendly elements, chic style, and elements of their own personality.

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