On Thursday nights, Capitol Hill comes alive with fundraisers, receptions and Happy Hours. Staffers, interns and the occasional MoC leave the confines of their cubicles to have a few drinks and swap war stories in celebration of the coming weekend. This is the Capitol Hill way.
So on Thursdays, I always make sure to wear something that I want to be seen in. This means dresses and skirts, ladies, dresses and skirts.
Now some of you will see today’s outfit and cry out in horror: But Belle there’s no jacket! And why Belle, why did you choose a dress that is so tight?!?
To these questions, I respond: Just because this is a professional workplace doesn’t mean that showing a little arm is off limits. However, if you’re cold, you can certainly add a blazer or cardi. I recommend something in grey or beige, or if you want to go really bold, green. But certainly not black.
Also, just because something is form fitting doesn’t mean that it’s off limits for work. As long as you buy the appropriate size (the dress shouldn’t ripple or ride up, and you should be able to breathe without difficulty both before and after lunch), a dress can show your curves and still be professional.
If you’re concerned that the dress is too tight, buy the bigger size and visit a tailor. It’s better to be safe than sorry.