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1 Girl, 4 Work-Appropriate Looks For Transitional Weather

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    These days, fashion bloggers are a dime a dozen — from globally recognized names to small-town stars, there are literally thousands. So, when a style writer emerges from the saturated haze with a truly unique look and a way with words, we're all eyes and ears. Laura Ruof, the voice and face of the blog Call To Style and regular contributor to Refinery29, is one such fashion blogger. But, she isn't just about snapping pics in complementary designer duds. Forget the scene-y parties, front-row seats at Fashion Week, and fancy swag — Ruof is a dentist by day. Yes, as in, she is just a real girl with a real job who happens to love style. It's only after hours that she fits blogging into her busy schedule, and we can't help but be enamored by that.

    Up ahead, this working gal trades her scrubs for a bright blue topper — her go-to style statement this season. And, using her favorite fall pieces from Ann Taylor, she shows us four different ways to wear this coat for those colder days to come. Let's just say these looks are exactly what the doctor ordered.


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    Look 1: Pumped-Up Casual
    "I am obsessed with the cut of this oversized sweater — it's sort of slouchy and effortless. I knew these jeans would look amazing even before I tried them on. The cut is fantastic, and I like their muted color, this dusty slate. And, the leopard-print pumps are super chic. I actually think of leopard as such a neutral. I like how they don't distract from the coat; they complement it."

    So, how did you land on this coat for your wear-with-all fall piece?
    "I like having effortless outfits and then having that one thing that really stands out. I love statement pieces that involve a bright color or pattern, which is why I'm so drawn to this coat. The color is amazing, and the funnel neck just turns it up a notch."

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    Your day job is dentistry, but we know you best as a style blogger. Would you say fashion is your second passion?
    "Fashion has taken over my life in the last couple of years, in a good way. I spend a lot of my time being thoughtful about the content that I’m putting out, researching, reading, and styling. That's the bulk of my time outside of being a dentist. It’s a lot of work, but I don’t even think of it that way because I love it so much. If I were a rapper, my name would be 3Jobz because I always have so many pots on the burner."

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    What do you think sets your blog apart from others?
    "To start a blog today, you have to say something different. You cannot just take pictures of yourself in clothes. Nobody cares, and everyone already does that. There are always going to be girls with better clothes than you. The thing that bothers me with some blogs is that I would feel worse because I'm like, 'Well, I can’t afford that.' So, I promised myself that was something I wouldn’t do; I want to be relatable. I still have student loans. I want my readers to feel better, to laugh, and maybe learn something afterwards. This isn't where I’m bragging about my cool shit. It's why I share embarrassing things about my childhood. I want to be honest."

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    Look 2: Cropped Cool
    "This outfit I'm wearing is such a great fall look that you can also wear to the office. I think work clothes can often be too conservative and dowdy, but you can find ways to look tremendous and still be work-appropriate. The length of these pants is perfect, so you can show a little bit of ankle and wear booties. You don’t have to give up your style just because you have to be in an office. The clothes can still stand out."

    Why do you think office dressing is such a hot topic?
    "I think that dichotomy is what a lot of women struggle with because it IS work, and you wanna be taken seriously. The truth is, how we look affects what people think of us. If you’re an attorney in court, you can't show up in miniskirt. We don’t have the luxury to wear whatever we want...unless you work at a really cool place."

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    So, how do you work your personal style into your office attire, considering you're a doctor? Is there room for playing with fashion in your field?
    "I used to spend a lot of time in the morning styling my outfits, but it’s not appropriate for me to wear really nice clothing in a medical setting. So, I thought, 'You know what? I just need to start wearing scrubs.' And, it’s actually been nice. But, what hasn’t changed is that I still wear amazing shoes, like metallic silver loafers. I won't give up the cool shoes, but I wear scrubs now. As you’re doing surgery, you don’t wanna worry about getting saliva on your sequined top. That would be a little much."

    Hey, nothing beats amazing shoes. Was it nerve-racking exploring fashion writing without previous experience?
    "I limited myself at first. I was like, 'Well, I’m a dentist, and this is what I do,' and I wasn’t allowing myself to say what I wanted to say. I was doubting it because I wasn’t in fashion before. But, I believed in myself that I can do this."