What to Wear: Sporty Work Event

Remember Ellie, my friend who had a mid-winter event for her husband’s work last December? I gave her some outfit inspiration for that event, and now she’s asked me to come up with some style ideas once again. This time her husband’s work is doing a family-friendly soccer/carnival event in a soccer stadium. We decided that she should look “casual pretty; fresh, effortless, and superior to other moms.” (My words, not hers!) I came up with three ideas for this event that incorporate some fashionable trends, and are sure to make Ellie a standout!

1. Polished Shorts

Polished Shorts

Peplums are back! They are fresh and cute, and this is polished enough for a work event. I love the detail on this top, with the yellow zip up the back. Thus, the colorblocking look makes sense as soon as you turn around. This look even hints at nautical, which is always great for summer even if you’re not on the water. AVOID shorter shorts; a longer, Bermuda-style pair of shorts is more work-event appropriate.

2. Cool Crops

Cool Crops

Eyelet lace is another sweet summer trend. A smart way to wear this is to pair it with a bright color. With a green tank underneath you get a peep of that color through the eyelet over-blouse. I also love an ankle-tie sandal with crops, to show off that cute bit of ankle. One thing all these outfits have in common is a canvas tote. With a family-friendly event, Ellie will need to carry around things like sunscreen, wipes, water bottles, etc. And in a soccer stadium, you want a tote that you can set down on the grass or the concrete without worrying about it. With canvas, you can throw it in the wash or spot clean it later.

3. Trouser Jeans

Trouser Jeans

Jeans are classier when they’re a dark wash trouser jean. The top is dainty without being adorable. A little jersey shrug is included to protect from the sun or if it gets cool in the evening. I’ve paired each outfit with wedges, which are a fun summer shoe, but any of these outfits could be worn with a flat sandal or an espadrille. For a work event, I would avoid flip-flops and tennis shoes. Each outfit is functional for running around after kids, sitting in stadium seating, and riding carnival rides, while still being stylish and appropriate.

My philosophy as I put these outfits together was “Be mistaken for the CEO’s wife.” At an event like this, you represent yourself and your husband, and you want everyone to walk away thinking how classy and put-together you are, with x number of kids running around, not how you look like a harried SAHM. Dress for success, even if the success is not your own. I admire Ellie for being a smart, stylish, savvy SAHM! Thanks, Ellie, for asking me to help out!


The school year is on the verge of being over–HALLELUJAH!–and I can start thinking about what’s up next! After the summer (which will be busy in a different way), right before school starts, I will be presenting at a national teacher’s convention on using iPads in the classroom. I am both psyched and nervous! For me, the right clothes bring confidence, so I’m already thinking about what to wear! (Don’t worry, I have my started creating my presentation, too!) This is not a terribly formal group; it’s not a business suit kind of meeting. These are creative types just coming off their summer break. Since I am heartbreakingly in love with the summer collection at eShakti, I’m thinking a classic summer dress from their collection plus a pair of fun wedges. Here are my initial thoughts:

Sweet and Low

Amazing Grace


Ain't Misbehavin'


What do you think? Which combo says “creative, smart, and tech-savvy”? Opinions in the comments, please!

Sperry Gets Cute

Prepsters and dads everywhere have embraced the Sperry Topsider, a classic boat shoe, for their everyday wear. I believe in appropriate footwear for different activities, so if you’re boating, Sperrys are fine. But their incorporation into all-purpose wear–it’s not to my liking at all.

Then when I was looking for some cute wedges for work, I came across a bunch of bright, colorful, nautical wedges. I couldn’t believe they were Sperrys! Better than a brightly colored Topsider, these shoes incorporate nautical details and motifs without being all-out boat shoes. In other words, you probably shouldn’t sail in these, but you can definitely be sassy!

Here is a selection of cute Sperrys; you can find even more styles at Zappos.

Cute Sperrys

What do you think? Cute? Or too nautical?