Last weekend I went to my first blogger conference and it was an amazing experience because for the first time I really had to discuss what I’m doing and why. In my corporate career it was easy to rattle off my career, company and vision in 30 seconds because I did it so often at career fairs, interviews and class presentations. My path as a blogger is still new and it almost feels like I’m a fraud when I say “I have a lifestyle blog” yet I really went back to why I’m doing this. For years as a busy mom I relied on bloggers (like the wonderful Erin from Living in Yellow that I got to meet during the conference) to shop and get ideas because there was no way I had time to go to a store and try things on!
Although I did feel frustrated at times because what looks good on a size 2 body doesn’t always translate well to my size 10/12 body. Also I worked in a business professional environment and it felt like no one was talking about work wear. So when I started The Recruiter Mom I have always tried to incorporate work wear into my posts. That has taken several shapes as I navigate how I bring you ideas but I think it’s fun to have a whole haul from one retailer so you can shop a store at a time. The last one I did was from Banana Republic Factory (check out that post here) and in the fall I brought you an entire capsule wardrobe (check out that post here) this time I’m headed back to Target! I know that you all have different budgets so I will continue to mix it up on price points.
Before we get started let’s also get the awkward conversation out of the way, I’m 5’5 and typically wear a 10/12. I’m a 36DD and in most tops a medium or 8/10.
Quick side note: If you’d like to see more of these workwear posts, please consider not shopping via the Target app when on your phone/tablet. Not only does it not credit the sale to me, but it keeps me from seeing what you like most! When you use my links I receive a small commission if you were to purchase an item (at no additional cost to you) so thank you for considering this option.
This dress fit the best of all the dresses with a tie waist and shirt dress shape. It was a good length for a business casual environment.
Fit Tips: Dress true to size, medium
Blouse | Similar Jegging | Slip-on shoes | Skirt | Pumps
The blouse is a great silky popover that has roll sleeves and knit back. It is one you can totally dress up and down like here. The skirt on the other hand was a total miss, I sized up and even with that the pockets were buckling and it fit tight.
Fit Tips: blouse true to size, medium. Skirt runs small size up 1-2 sizes, in a 12 and still tight.
The blouse is this same chiffon material all the way around so great to wear with or without a jacket. These ankle pants have a pull-on waist band and front seam so they look professional yet they are SUPER comfy!
Fit Tips: Top true to size, medium. Pants true to size, 10
This blazer has the best colors of grey, light pink, black and blue so basically everything looks great with it. The first look I have this cream colored cami that I swear feels like it’s double the cost, but alas it was too tight across the chest in the medium. Same pull-on pants as the look above and the skirt same one as with the pink blouse.
Fit Tips: Jacket fits slightly tight size up if you button your jacket, medium. Cami size up if you are larger chested.
This floral top is great for spring for an office look or grab some jeans and untuck it because it’s loose and flowy.
Fit Tips: Blouse true to size, medium
This knit dress I had some high hopes for but it was a big miss. Too tight, way too deep of a V-neck and even with sizing up I don’t think it would be professional enough for work.
Fit Tips: Dress size up and most likely will need a cami, in a medium
DON’T MISS A POST!
Subscribe to get email updates! In addition to my most recent blog posts, you’ll receive exclusive newsletter content like special sales, my newest favorite finds, and updates on sales and deals — all delivered right to your inbox. I have changed my schedule to only email you once a week so you are not getting a ton of emails just one packed full of greatness! Through February 28th if you are a new subscriber you will be entered to win a $50 Gift Card so sign up today! In March I will be having some additional giveaways so sign up to get first heads up on those as well!
// FOLLOW ALONG //
This post contains affiliate links and I will be compensated if you make a purchase after clicking on my links. As always, all thoughts and opinions are my own! Read more about my site, privacy, and disclosure policies here.