“How does she do it?” We all have that one coworker in the office that seems to have mastered the quintessential office "chic" style with a modern feel. Believe it or not, that fashion fearless female knows that the way she looks plays a very important role in how others perceive her and can also affect her opportunity for a promotion. So many of us struggle on the daily with finding the time to put in the extra effort it would take in the morning to rummage through our closets and put together something that slightly resembles what she so effortlessly seems to pull together. To help my fellow career minded fitness hoteey's out, below I have listed my 5 best work outfit tips to get you going in the right direction.
Pinterest Is Your Best Friend
The application “Pinterest” (https://www.pinterest.com/) is a great resource for work wardrobe inspiration. To begin with, I like to pick an item I already have in my closet and then enter a description of that piece into pinterest's search bar at the top (e.g. Women's White slacks outfit for work). Pinterest will then return to you multiple photos that suggest different outfits with the clothing piece you chose. It’s a win win situation because 1) you already have one of the items in your possession and 2) sometimes you can find a photo that incorporates other clothing pieces you have in your wardrobe. Give it a try and let me know how this works for you.
Neutrals are for Royalty
Did you know that the new Duchess of Sussex, Megan Markle, is only allowed to wear neutral colors on her nails? Well it’s true. Neutrals such as beige, ivory, taupe, pale pinks, and light greys are safe colors to wear that always look clean and posh. My go to's are white, light blue, and beige. You also might want to start thinking about color coding your closet, but I'll save that for another blog!
Keep Jewelry Simple and Classic
Say no to gaudy statement necklaces! Don’t get me wrong, a nice statement necklace can really make an outfit, but those multi-jeweled, multi-faceted, chunky linked necklaces are not very work appropriate and can definitely have your boss guessing as to what statement you are trying to make! So Instead, try to go for a simple piece of jewelry like a pendant necklace or a single toned (gold/silver) collar necklace like one from Chloe & Isabel (http://www.jeweljealousy.com). Keeping jewelry to gold, silver, or rose gold are always a classy bet.
The Perfect Blazer
A well made blazer can transform you! Yes, it can cost you a pretty penny but if you wait for the sales at Express (https://www.express.com) you can find a quality blazer for about half the price. You will want to have a white and a black blazer in your arsenal of basic work wear. Make sure that your blazer is fitted through the shoulders and the waistline, and that the sleeve length hits somewhere between your wrist and your first thumb joint. Your blazer should fit you like second skin, if it doesn’t, I would recommend getting it tailored. Other blazers I would consider buying: a Tweed, houndstooth, and a red blazer.
The Oh So Chic Sheath Dress
There is nothing more feminine and commanding than a sheath dress. If you have ever seen the television show Suits, you would know immediately that the character Jessica Pearson, played by Gina Torres, was the one in charge. Characters like hers have made the sheath dress a staple in female work attire. So what do you look for when buying one? Make sure that the neckline is modest, that the dress is form fitting but not too tight, and that the length is right above the knees or just below.
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