Celebrate Halloween Without Tarnishing Your Personal Brand

In honor of Halloween, this week I’ll be dishing style advice for work appropriate Halloween costumes.  Just because it’s the one holiday of the year where anything goes, doesn’t mean you can be that literal at the office.  Let’s face it, work doesn’t stop, our clients will call us and while the atmosphere may be a little bit more laid back, you could get pulled into a meeting with a Vice President AT ANY MOMENT.  You do not want to be in that meeting thinking “I should not have worn this costume today.”  So it’s important your Halloween festivities are on-point.  Here are a few tips for celebrating while still being office ready.

  • Halloween is not the time to forget about work attire etiquette.  Thinking of dressing up like a sexy nurse or a sultry vampire?  Think again.  You still want to be taken seriously so make sure your costume doesn’t give too much away, or everything.  You wouldn’t dress provocatively on any other day, so don’t start today.

If it says "sexy" on the packaging, don't wear it to the office.

  •  Make sure you are client ready, literally.  Even though it’s a fun holiday, our clients need us, and when they do, they mean business.  Don’t get caught looking like an episode from “Walking Dead”.

 

 

 

  • Leave offensive costumes at home.  Better yet, leave them at the store.  It goes without staying, racist or offensive costumes are a no-no, no matter what the occasion.  It’s about having fun, not being a jerk.

Rude costumes need not show up.

 

  • The best costume ideas are the ones that incorporate your professional attire.  If you have a casual Friday policy, you can wear jeans with a flannel top, add a hat and boots and you are a cowgirl.  Hat off with a quick shoe change and you are ready for that last minute meeting.  Have to dress more “corporate”?  How about a black sheath, a string of pearls, hair pulled back and now you are channeling Audrey Hepburn.

 

Can't go wrong with a classic.

 

Hope these tips get you into the Halloween spirit while keeping your reputation intact.  Have fun and stay safe!  Happy Halloween!

Get The Most Out Of Your Work Wardrobe

Hey there!  Ready for a quick tip?  Want to get the most of your business suits?  Pull them apart!  By treating the blazers and bottoms as separate pieces and adding stand alone pieces you already own, you can create an endless amount of new looks.

Here’s an outfit I wore to work this week.  I used the blazer from a suit, with pants I bought this summer and created this professional look.  Navy and beige is a pretty classic color combination so you can never go wrong with this pairing.

Mix-n-match suit pieces to create new looks.  Blazer:  Banana Republic, Shirt: Banana Republic, Pants:  H&M, Shoes: BCBG Necklace: Ann Taylor Loft

Mix-n-match suit pieces to create new looks. Blazer: Banana Republic, Shirt: Banana Republic, Pants: H&M, Shoes: BCBG Necklace: Ann Taylor Loft

And if you really want to make your suits, and your entire wardrobe for that matter, work for you, check out the board below.  I created 10 looks out of a suit, a cardigan set, a classic white button down shirt, a striped skirt and a sheath dress.  Now go play in your closet and see how many new outfits you can create by mixing up your pieces.  Better yet, send me your new looks by tagging me on Instagram & Twitter.  Can’t wait to see what you create!

Get the Most Of Your Work Wardrobe

 

Another Celebrity Fashion Line to Check Out – Great Work Pieces

Let me start by saying that I am not one of those people that buys things because it’s celebrity endorsed.  These last few posts have been purely coincidental.

 

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This past weekend, while my friend and I were driving down back to NYC from a girls’ weekend in Cape May, NJ (Yes, I have a life aside from my day job at tech giant EMC and night jobs of blogging & mother/wife/house manager AKA CEO of the Brunetti Family ) we stopped at a mall in Freehold, New Jersey.  As we were perusing the mall, my friend spotted a 50% off all items sign at New York & Company so we had to go in.  Can’t pass up a good sale!  I discovered that Eva Mendes had collaborated with the store to create a line of clothes.  The clothes are really colorful and quite stylish – several pieces that would be perfect for the office.  A couple of things caught my eye but I eventually left the store with just one (no reflection on the clothes – this was the last store we hit and I was exhausted so I didn’t want to try much on.)  Below is the Isabella Polka Dot Bow Blouse that I picked up.  It’s a great blouse that can be paired with so many things – think an endless array of solid colored bottoms and even large prints, possibly plaid.  I am wearing it with a red skirt and black pumps.  I went light on the accessories because that bow is pretty massive but I did add statement earrings that really stand out, although I forgot to take a picture of them.  Check out your nearest New York & Company to find the collection or shop online.

I should mention that the shirt was not on sale, but almost everything else in the store was.  Shirt retails for $49.95, which is still a good price for such a versatile piece.

 

Shirt: New York & Company, Skirt: Escada, Shoes: Saks Fifth Avenue

 

 

Now We Can All Shop Olivia Pope’s Closet

Something amazing has happened.  The Limited teamed up Scandal star Kerry Washington and costume designers Lyn Paolo & Elliot Staples to create a collection inspired by Olivia Pope.  If you watch Scandal, and who doesn’t, this is a dream come true.  No one embodies confidence, style and success like Olivia Pope.  You can shop the entire collection on The Limited website, but I’ve pulled some of my favorite pieces from the collection.  Only problem, we don’t have a Limited in NYC – ugh!  Guess what I’ll be doing this weekend! :)

 

Scandal Gladiator Wear

How to Incorporate the Color Block Trend into Your Work Look

Dressing for work doesn’t mean that you have to wear the typical muted color palette that comes to mind when you think corporate environment.  Enter one of my favorite trends: color blocking.  Color blocking is simply when you wear multiple solid colors together in an outfit.  You start with two colors, typically in shades that are bold and bright.  You can build upon that and add more color with your accessories.  Check out two looks I recently wore to work.  The first is combining bluish/teal with fuscia.  Those colors are very bright (the picture tones it down a bit) so I chose to keep the accessories neutral.  The second look is bringing together cobalt blue and black.  The black is an easy way to cheat on this look because black goes well with so many colors.  I chose to add more dimension to my outfit by wearing a geometric black and white blouse. (Geometrics – another one of my favorite trends!)  Now that you have an idea of what you can do with color blocking, while keeping it professional, you should give it a try.  There are so many color combinations you can do – many that you would think clash but in reality look great and so stylish.  Orange & pink, purple & pink, purple & red, purple & green, the list is endless.  The trick is to stay within the same color-type.  A burnt orange and a baby pink won’t work, but if they are both bright, then it looks great. Here are color-type suggestions:

  • Bold
  • Primary colors
  • Bright neons
  • Pastels

Go into your closet and play around with what you have. You may be able to create a couple of new outfits you wouldn’t have considered.

 

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Sometimes its the two colors you don’t think go together that create the interesting color blocking look.  Shirt & Skirt:  Banana Republic, Necklace:  Ann Taylor Loft, Shoes:  Cole Hahn

 

Black is an easy add to any other color to create an office appropriate colorblocking look.

Black is an easy add to any other color to create an office appropriate colorblocking look.

 

 

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Add a pattern to create more dimension. Blazer: Theory, Shirt: Banana Republic, Skirt: Ann Taylor Loft, Necklace: Ann Taylor Loft, Shoes: Isaac Mizrahi