One of my main concerns when I started my natural hair journey what now feels like eons ago, especially being an attorney was how to style it so that it would be suitable for a professional environment. I held this misconception that natural hair could not look neat or professional enough.  Well what a misconception that was. Increasingly at work, in meetings, in professional settings from courtrooms to boardrooms, I see more women rocking their natural hair in so many different styles and it makes me so giggly happy. 
When I first started my journey, I was very conservative with what I did, mostly buns, anything to prevent whispers, stares or whatever it was I thought other people were thinking. As my colleagues became accustomed to what was happening on the top of my head (even though it’s really what’s on the inside that should matter), I got bolder and pushed the boundaries a little more. Remember – change is destabilizing to most. It has a lot less to do with the misconception that natural hair is crazy or wild and much more to do with the fact that people just aren’t used to it.
All this to say, for the ladies who wonder what I wear to work or how I dress, this is me dressed for work.  I did switch into more fun earrings for these pics. I also tend to add a blazer when needed and actually extra blazers, scarves and heels are neatly (ha!!) stashed all over my office. I must confess, besides meetings, (thank Goodness, no more court appearances for me in the near future) I dress more business casual for work than business formal. 

And to the how to wear natural hair question, I always say, learn the culture first at your place of work.  Keep it nice and neat but that doesn’t mean you have to hide it all away. After all, it’s what God gave ya.

Dress: current usual Suspect, ASOS
Necklace: Zara   $25
Earrings: Etsy   $8
Sunglasses: Quay Sunglasses   $40  $32 w/Coupon
Shoes: Zara     $39.99 seen here previously
Bag: Zara   
Watch: KLASSE14



  1. Shavonda@AHomeFullOfColor

    December 9, 2014 at 7:39 am Reply

    Everything!!! Sunnies, dress, shoes, hair…just everything!

  2. liz

    November 16, 2014 at 10:39 pm Reply

    i looooveeee!!! http://mebuar.com/

  3. Joké

    November 13, 2014 at 10:40 pm Reply

    Love those shoes

  4. Miss Simon

    November 13, 2014 at 4:21 am Reply

    I love the dress!

  5. melissa ward

    November 12, 2014 at 11:16 pm Reply

    Lovely color on u … This style suits you perfectly

  6. a peck on the chic

    November 12, 2014 at 12:35 am Reply

    This dress is amazing! It's very Mad Men! Your style is so on point, thanks for all of the great inspiration!



  7. Cecilia Mutembei

    November 11, 2014 at 1:33 pm Reply

    You inspire me!!!

  8. Adjoa Kwashie

    November 11, 2014 at 12:14 am Reply

    Those sunglasses are so fun! It's funny, but because of fashion I knew I could not be in the medical field. I would not be able to express myself as much as I could. Now, I'm heading into the business world and of course it's conservative but I want to work in an environment I can be a little creative with my clothing.

    Thy Bliss Calls

  9. Kurly Ken

    November 10, 2014 at 9:20 pm Reply

    I absolutely love that dress. The color and style of it are amazing, and you rocked it!
    Check out my latest post: http://keepingupwithkurlyken.blogspot.com/2014/11/my-marley-twist-installation-top-five.html

  10. Alela Sirah

    November 10, 2014 at 8:26 pm Reply

    Love the hair! Love the dress! Love, Love the shoes! http://www.fashionablyspeakn.com/2014/11/meet-cast-private-school.html

  11. Krystal (The Feisty House)

    November 10, 2014 at 8:24 pm Reply

    I mean, you look amazing. AS ALWAYS.


  12. allthingsammamama.com

    November 10, 2014 at 7:42 pm Reply

    Yasss You look amazing! #ServingLife!

  13. Onyinye Ibeagi

    November 10, 2014 at 7:31 pm Reply

    So classy! Love the entire look…

  14. Natasha Bernard

    November 10, 2014 at 6:39 pm Reply

    Super cute doll. Me like it! Fab as always!

  15. Vintage Closet

    November 10, 2014 at 5:57 pm Reply

    Your dress..your shoes…that body on you=hawt!!!!!


  16. Lesley X

    November 10, 2014 at 4:37 pm Reply

    Love that dress and your hair looks beautiful x

  17. Lulu Monema

    November 10, 2014 at 4:05 pm Reply

    Really elegant, i love that.

    See you soon on my blog

  18. Sing of Singature Style

    November 10, 2014 at 3:29 pm Reply

    Beautiful hair and dress.

  19. Diane

    November 10, 2014 at 3:11 pm Reply

    Great advice, Cynthia! Many of us often put undue stress on ourselves when it comes to wearing our hair in professional environments. A little intuition and confidence goes a long way.

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