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What to wear when driving a Vespa to work

vespaAs the summer is about to come to an end, I’m reflecting on how much I enjoy driving my Vespa to work on a daily basis in the warmer months. I really love it, not only because it’s really fun, but also because it can turn a 25-minute walk into a five-minute drive.

In the past few years of driving my Vespa to the office, I’ve also learned a few tricks to adapt my warm-weather work wear to keep me safe and warm, helping to make driving a scooter realistic. They involve Superman-inspired quick changes that are really easy to incorporate into my routine.

Below are some outfit additions I often make to drive my Vespa to work.

A Leather Jacket

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Driving a Vespa is one of the only reasons I’ll wear a leather jacket in the summer. Although it can be hot and humid during the day (although not this past summer!), the morning and evening temperatures can be quite chilly as I drive to-and-from the office. Combine that with the breeze one always feel while driving, and the warmth of a leather jacket is greatly appreciated.

Sturdy Flats
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Like many Toronto commuters, I like to wear flats or flip flops for the trek to work, and then change into one of the many pairs of heels I keep under my desk for the workday. I like these Michael Kors flats for my scooting commute because they have a sturdy rubber heel, which is perfect for gripping the ground when stopping. Depending on the style and colour, flats can also go from the street to the boardroom in a pinch.

A Backpack

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As a professional who tries to keep it sophisticated when I’m going to work, a backpack isn’t something I wear everyday, but it can be handy when it’s needed! My Vespa has storage space under the seat that conveniently fits my purse. If I have to bring a laptop, heels, books or lunch to work, it’s great to have a backpack available too. The above Mountain Equipment CO-OP backpack is a great example because it’s light and can be folded quite compactly, so if I’m not carrying anything in it on the way home it can be tucked into the under-the-seat storage space.

Leggings

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In the summer, I often wear dresses and skirts to the office. A quick way to make these outfit choices work while driving a Vespa is to have a pair of simple leggings handy. Wearing them under a dress allows me to move freely as I’m driving because I’m not worried about making sure my dress stays down, which can be really distracting and therefore dangerous. Leggings are also compact enough to be tossed in my purse after changing when I get to the office.

In conclusion, driving a Vespa to work is totally possible for professionals!

By incorporating these minor outfit additions into my work wear, I’ve made driving a Vespa to work realistic. I avoid major outfit changes, making the commute process simple, short and sweet.

As a side note, these outfit hacks would work well for driving a motorcycle or riding a bicycle as well!

What other clothing suggestions do you have for riding a Vespa to work? Share in the comments.

Image credits: Laine Jaremey; Mackage.com; MichaelKors.com; MEC.ca; Lululemon.com.

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How do I keep it professional on “Casual Friday”?

When you’re working on weekdays, Fridays are awesome. If your office has a “Casual Friday” policy, Fridays can be even better. But the words “can be” are key here. If you’re not careful about your “Casual Friday” look, you may come across as someone who is less professional than he or she truly is.

A good rule of thumb to keep in mind as you plan your “Casual Friday” outfit is to ask yourself if you’d still consider it appropriate if you had to attend a last-minute meeting with a client, company president or CEO.

What to Wear:

Today is “Casual Friday” at my office, so check out some of my colleagues’ looks that reflect the more casual nature of the day, and also demonstrate the professionalism required for an office setting.

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I love Renel’s look, above, as the desert-inspired palette of her outfit reflects our hot July weather. Her blazer is a neutral colour, adding both professionalism and visual interest to her look. Also, her woven shoes are an interesting take on a more traditional flat, and are completely office-appropriate. Our office is jeans-friendly on Fridays, and if a client were to pop by, Renel could easily roll down her pants and shine in a last-minute meeting.

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Lisa’s look, above, is another great way to wear jeans on “Casual Friday”. Dark denim exudes sophistication and can easily be dressed up. She’s wearing a classic black blazer to keep the look professional. Her bright teal pumps would be appropriate in any meeting, and they give a nod to her fun personality.

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It’s a hot day in July, so I’m wearing a multi-coloured shift dress that’s versatile enough for the office (above). Summer dresses can be tricky, as many dresses can cross the line into being unprofessional if they’re too tight, too short or if the straps are too thin. To mix it up and add a casual flare, I’m wearing beige booties rather than pumps. Should a client drop by or if the president wanted to meet, I can easily put on the black blazer I have hanging by my desk to transition my outfit to a boardroom setting.

What not to wear

Things like racer-back tanks, ripped jeans and flip-flops are generally frowned upon in any office. However, it can be tempting to let these items creep into your “Casual Friday” office wear rotation if others are sporting them. It’s important to remember that you’re still responsible for your own career, and a professional look at all times is greatly appreciated by company leadership.

What are your tips for dressing professionally on “Casual Friday?” Share in the comments.

Image credits: Pixabay.com; Laine Jaremey.