Work outfit as a physical therapist

As those of you who read this blog regularly know, I was in physical therapy for awhile (twice a week for two and a half months). I finished at the beginning of June after breaking my arm near the shoulder in January. I’m just about 100% – still need to stretch regularly to get my full range of motion back.

But anyway, while I was at PT, I had a lot of time to observe what everyone who works there wears. Dressing as a physical therapist is a little tricky because you have to balance practicality with style. Physical therapists are on their feet a lot and are physically helping their patients by stretching them out or teaching them new moves. I had a conversation about this with my physical therapist one day and she gave me these do’s and don’ts for how to dress for work as a physical therapist:

Do wear

  • Flat, comfortable shoes.
  • Pants. You can mix it up with capris or colored pants.
  • A watch to make sure you’re sticking to the schedule so your patients are getting in and out on time.
  • Minimal, short jewelry so their not getting caught on exercise equipment or your patients!
  • Hair pulled back if you have long hair.

Don’t wear

  • Low pants or shirts – keep it professional!
  • Long necklaces or scarfs that will get in the way.
  • Cargo pants (they’re too casual).
  • Dresses, skirts or heels (because you’ll just look ridiculous).

For more inspiration, here’s more on what to wear as a physical therapist:

what to wear as a physical therapist

Men: Fossil watch / Gap khaki relaxed fit pants / Sperry top-sider shoes / Ralph Lauren polo 

Women: Michael Kors rose gold bracelet / LOFT tan cropped pants / Shop Ruche pink studded flats / Fossil white rose gold watch / Corey Lynn Calter pink trim button-down shirt

White shoes for summer

White shoes are a great alternative to nude shoes. There’s something about this color that is sophisticated and so summer! You can’t get away with these year round though, so just keep that in mind for your budget. All the shoes below are under $100..except for the Cynthia Vincent flats (#5).

white shoes

1 – Shoemint / 2 – Chinese Laundry / 3 – Steve Madden / 4 – Shop Ruche / 5 – Cynthia Vincent / 6 – Enzo Angiolini

Summer-themed jewelry

Happy summer! It was a great first weekend of summer in the northeast. Warm, clear skies and not too humid. For the few months that we are stuck inside working while it’s gorgeous outside, bring some of the beach inside with cute summer jewelry, like the Lilly Pulitzer starfish cuff and others!

summer jewelry

Adjewelry anchor earrings / Lilly Pulitzer starfish cuff / Jared tropical fish necklace / Betsey Johnson starfish earrings / Smithsonian seahorse necklace

What to wear to work on a breezy summer day

I’ve been a member of Pose for a little over a year now (check it out to see all my work outfits). Just recently they added a new feature to the app that I find super-helpful. Each morning, I get an email from Pose with the weather report for where I live and two outfit ideas related to the weather. So when the weather report yesterday said it was going to be breezy, I immediately ruled out wearing a flowy skirt or dress (holding down a dress while walking in the city through wind tunnels is the worst!) Then I scrolled down in the email and saw that one of the outfits was someone wearing a pencil skirt – perfect for a summer, breezy day!

work outfit

top: Jason Wu for Target / pencil skirt: H&M / yellow belt: from a Jason Wu for Target dress

Enter the UncommonGoods jewelry contest!

UncommonGoods necklace(necklace is c/o UncommonGoods)

UncommonGoods is an online marketplace focused on creatively designed items. In addition to a bunch of great decorative accessories for work, they also sell a lot of unique and recycled necklaces, bracelets, earrings and rings. For a third year, UncommonGoods is giving talented artists a chance to join the online store with a vendor contract and $500 through their jewelry design challenge! The top 5 voted designs will be judged by UncommonGoods Assistant Jewelry & Accessories Buyer Sharon Hitchcock, Senior Manager of Etsy Wholesale Vanessa Bertozzi, and Jewelry Maker Etta Kostick. Enter by June 30th and good luck!

What to wear to a summer internship

Summer internship season starts at my company next week, so I decided to help out new summer interns by sharing some ideas for what to buy to incorporate into your work wardrobes. In putting this together, I realized anyone who works, whether you’re an intern or full-time employee, should have these types of items in your work wardrobe. I will say these are for people who work in a more casual, creative work environment, like a PR agency and not a corporate environment, like a law firm.

The key is to start out with wardrobe staples, like a pair of comfortable brown shoes for men or a pencil skirt for women, and then choose some accessories to keep your outfits on trend, like a watch for men or a statement necklace for women. Any other tips for dressing for work over the summer?

what to wear to a summer internship

men: blue Banana Republic chinos / black Clarks slip-on shoes / Merrell brown casual shoes / blue Brooks Brothers dress shirt / maroon Banana Republic polo / Citizen watch

women: black Gap pencil skirt / blue D.RA peplum top / A-Thread floral blazer / Anthropologie striped dress / TOPSHOP statement necklace / Shop Ruche white flats

The reality of wearing a flowy maxi skirt to work

I really like this flowy pink pleated maxi skirt. I get a lot of compliments when I wear it to work and I like the look of maxi skirts and dresses. But, let me explain the reality of wearing this skirt to work – it’s not easy, especially if you live in a city and take public transportation. To go up and down stairs, which I have to do to get on and off my boat to work and into my office building, I had to lift the skirt up a little and walk slowly so that I didn’t trip over it. Then when I was at the office sitting at my desk, I rolled over the skirt at least 5 times, getting it caught on the wheel of my chair. I’m surprised I didn’t rip it.  These hazards won’t stop me from wearing it again, but I just thought I’d share the realities of wearing a skirt like this to work so you’re prepared if you decide to go with this look yourself. Has anyone else run into these issues?

flowy maxi skirt to work

Dresses to wear to weddings AND work

If you’re like me, you have multiple dresses that you really like, but you’ve only worn them once, maybe twice to weddings. It’s kind of a waste of money and space in the closet, but you don’t want to wear them too many times to avoid wearing the same dress to all of your friend’s weddings. So, next time you’re shopping for a dress to wear to a wedding, think about what you would wear to work so you can find a dress that works for both. Just don’t pick anything that’s too business suit-looking like this cute LOFT mint peplum dress or too bright and bold like this ASOS blue graphic dress.  Here are some ideas for what dress TO buy for a wedding and work (and they’re all under $100!):

work and wedding dresses

striped White House Black Market dress / floral Anthropologie dress / ModCloth chevron dress / Oasap color block dress

Using Pinterest to buy gifts

We have a joke in my family about not knowing who I get my style from. My parents and my sister have no interest in fashion, but I’ve always been into it.  Naturally, clothes end up making good gifts for me for Christmas and my birthdays, but for as long as I could remember, I have rarely liked the clothes my mom has picked out for me. Until now!

She’s a pretty tech savvy mom, not only on Facebook, but also on Twitter and Pinterest. So this year for my birthday she bought me this striped shirt, the first piece of clothing she has given me that I love! Right when I opened the box, I realized I had pinned this shirt onto my “what to wear to work” Pinterest board. She’s a pretty smart lady looking at what I had pinned to pick out something that I would like. So if you’re ever stumped for what to get someone for a gift, look at their Pinterest boards!

work outfit

 

How to wear mint green pants to work

There’s something about mint green that I love. Maybe it’s because it reminds me of my favorite ice cream..mint chocolate chip! Anything in this color is perfect for the spring and summer..whether it’s a mint green necklace or these Blank NYC jeans I got from Marshalls that I’m wearing here. Have you worn something mint green to work?

mint green pants