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
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!
Earlier this week my colleague was complaining to me that she had nothing to wear. She wakes up every morning, goes to her closet and stares at her clothes until she finally throws her hands up in the air and grabs her go-to outfit – something in black. Does this sound like your experience? We all have days like this! With all the pressures of the mornings, it’s a miracle we can even get out the door on time, let alone looking presentable. But these moments can easily be avoided with two super simple tips.
- Plan your outfit the night before. Sounds too easy right? I bet you already know this but don’t practice it. This is key to putting together some great outfits for work. Mornings can be tough with the rush to get ready for that early morning meeting or maybe you are running around after two little boys, like I am. Why not take 10 minutes the night before to play around in your closet. Pull a few tops and bottoms, add the accessories – get creative and see what works. I bet you will put things together in ways you had not considered.
- Create a virtual rolodex of your best looks. After you put that awesome outfit together, snap a pic with your iPhone or Driod and store them in a separate album on your phone. On those days when you are completely stumped, pull up your pictures and pick your outfit. It was that easy! (In my mind I am pressing the”That was easy!” buzzard from Staples :))
Hopefully these two tips will help you look great at the office everyday. Remember, you want your exterior to match your interior. You are spending a lot of time planning out your career and making those critical moves so make sure your appearance supports it.
A few of the pictures I have stored on my iPhone.
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.
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
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!
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:
- Primary colors
- Bright neons
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.
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.
Add a pattern to create more dimension. Blazer: Theory, Shirt: Banana Republic, Skirt: Ann Taylor Loft, Necklace: Ann Taylor Loft, Shoes: Isaac Mizrahi