Fall Must Haves for Work

Labor day is behind us which means fall is right around the corner (technically 16 days away). Although I am trying to get my last couple of wears of my summer wardrobe, which is definitely going my way in NYC with the recent “heatwave”, I’m already thinking about all the things I need to get ready for the upcoming season. So I’ve put together my list of must haves and am sharing them with you. What do you think?

 

Fall Must Haves for Work

 

  • Leopard flats – I love leopard print anything but when you’re talking about incorporating it into your work look, you do want to be subtle.  Shoes are a great way to rock this animal print.  And bonus  – they are flats!  I love heels (more than I love leopard) but sometimes you want to give your feet a break.
  • Swarovski ballpoint pen – Sure, you can get a fancy Mont Blanc, but if you lose it, like I did, you are out $200 – minimum.  This pen is functional, absolutely beautiful and most importantly, the price is right. And if you lose this one, you are only out $35.
  • Button down white shirt – You can never have too many button down white shirts.  What I love about this particular one is that it is not your standard oxford shirt.  The bow is so feminine.
  • Productivity tools – I love a good app, but I especially love apps that increase my productivity, help me be more organized and ultimately give me a competitive edge at work.   Evernote is all the talk right now and I encourage you to check it out.
  • iPhone 6 – I’m not a tech geek but everything I read about the iPhone 6 has me excited for the big unveil on September 9th.  We work in a world where we don’t sit at our desks all day.  We work from anywhere and all the time.  The (rumored) bigger screen on the iPhone 6 but all the upgrades (speed, technology, camera, battery, etc) definitely makes this an awesome mobile device for our on-the-go integrated work-lives.
  • Berry colored lipstick – I have nothing to say other than I really like this color!  The jewel tone of this particular one by Milani (drugstore brand) will work well from fall into winter (did I just write winter? gross!)   And the color lasts all day.
  • Statement bracelets – Bracelets are the new ‘it’ accessory.  Move over statement necklaces – I still love you but I am going to start incorporating bold bracelets into my look.  I especially love this one from Banana Republic.  It will look great with my work outfits but also works well with my weekend looks.
  • Vision board – As we get closer to the end of the year, its important to give thought to what you want to accomplish in the upcoming year.  I think vision boards are a great way to visualize your career aspirations and helps keep you focused.  I especially like the vision board tool on Oprah.com.  Great way to create a board without paper cuts and sticky hands.

Click on my Polyvore board to get links to all my must haves!

 

 

 

Must Have Snake Print Shoes!

Earlier this week I stopped by Macy’s @ Herald Square during lunch. Unfortunately for my wallet, but fortunately for their stock price, I work a few short blocks away. If you haven’t been to this Macy’s in a while, you are missing quite the transformation, especially of their shoe department which is now an entire floor!!!! I was on the hunt for a leopard print flat, which is one of the must-have items for this fall. However, midway through my search I aborted that mission when I stumbled upon the beauties you see below. I love all animal prints but it’s hard to find it done tastefully. And it’s even harder to find ones that can be worn to the office.  But these Sam Edelman snake print pumps are perfect. The coloring is neutral enough that I can wear these heels with many outfits for work.   As soon as I got to the office I took a picture so I could share them with all of you. They go perfectly with what I wore that day – blouse and skirt from H&M. By the way, that skirt was one of my special finds of the summer. It’s such a fabulous skirt that I think it deserves its own post.

Unsure what to pair these shoes with, let me make some suggestions:

  • your go to LBD that’s work appropriate, of course.
  • any colored suit – tan, navy, gray, brown.  Would look extra adorable with a pant suit, showing off just a hint of the snake pattern.
  • any color would look great with these shoes so your options are endless.

If you are nervous about incorporating animal print into your work wardrobe, I strongly encourage you to try snake print. It’s a nice, neutral print. Other animal prints, like leopard as an example, can be a little intimidating. What do you think of these shoes? Good choice?

 

Sam Edelman Snake Print Pumps

Sam Edelman Snake Print Pumps

 

snake print shoes with outfit 2

I couldn’t wait to put the shoes on!!

Pack Perfectly For Your Next Business Trip

Pack Perfectly

Packing for any trip, especially a business trip, can be a stressful experience.  I used to overpack and literally bring my entire closet on every trip so I felt assured that I would have something to wear, regardless of what was going on.  But slowly I got smarter about it and developed my method for packing perfectly and always looking good when away from my closet.  And now I want to share my tips with you.  Watch my video to learn how you can pack perfectly for your next business trip and look great!

 

 

Does Your Outfit Speak to Who You Are?

Last month I attended a networking event in NYC that was targeted towards mid-career corporate professionals. As I was observing the women at the event, I noticed how many of them had similar work attire: dark color suit, neutral colored shirt and some variation of a shoe. What I didn’t see was everyone’s individual personality come across in their work-look. What they were wearing didn’t tell me anything in particular about them.

As woman we are lucky to have access to so many different clothing options (which can also be pretty overwhelming) that we aren’t forced to fit into a corporate work-wear stereotype. Very different from our male counterparts who wear a suit, shirt and tie day in and day out. Me, as an example, I have an outgoing and expressive personality, and my clothes tend to reflect that– bright colors, patterns and bold jewelry. I take risks with my clothes while still being professional and aligning it to my personal brand. Think back to your outfits this week, did they say something about you?

Let me share a few tips with you on different things you can introduce into your work look that let’s you stand out, but still be professional:

  • Color – Add a pop of color for a vibrant work look. You can accomplish this with a shirt, scarf, jewelry – the options are endless.
  • Patterns – Whether bold or subtle, patterns introduce a new element into your outfit.
  • Separate your suit pieces to create new looks – my favorite thing to do is wear a colorful or printed bottom (skirt or pants) and add a solid colored blazer. But mix-and-match creations can be endless so play around in your closet.
  • Shoes – Shoes come in so many different colors, materials and styles that you can change the entire look of your outfit with the swap of a shoe. It’s pretty incredible!
  • Statement jewelry – Similar to shoes, your jewelry can really change the look of an outfit. Statement necklaces are in right now and a great way to make your outfit pop. Also consider wearing heirloom pieces or something you picked up at your last trip.
  • Handbags – I love handbags!  Try something colorful, in a fun shape and in a material or texture you wouldn’t have previously considered.

To help you visualize this, I’ve created a couple of looks and added them to my pinterest board (YAY! I’m on Pinterest!!!!) Hopefully these inspire you the next time you are pulling your work look together. I would love to see what you create – send me pictures!

Fun Suit Look

Follow Alexandra Brunetti’s board Professional Work Looks That Let Your Personality Shine on Pinterest.

 

How To Build Your Career Wardrobe: Start with the Basics

Recently my friend and former intern, Samantha, called me with a dilemma. She had recently graduated from Fordham University, landed an awesome new job in sales but had no clue what to wear.   It can be a daunting task to think about building an entirely new wardrobe and or just making sure you have the right pieces you can build upon.  I can relate; I was there once myself. Sam asked for my help and we spent an afternoon shopping and discussing how to create her career wardrobe. Whether you are starting from scratch or just want to make sure you have the basics, here is my list of go-to-pieces that will never go out of style and will be the foundation of many amazing outfits:

  • A black suit. A classic, tailored fit suit is a must have. I recommend getting one in a solid, light wool material and get three pieces – jacket, pants and the skirt. You will be able to change up your top and wear that suit in so many ways.
  • A second suit – navy or khaki colored, that’s a personal choice. Again, the name of the game is mix and match. Get the three pieces for countless outfit options.
  • A white shirt. Notice I didn’t say button down. That’s because you aren’t limited to a button down shirt anymore. I definitely think you should have one, but also get a blousy top too. Button downs can be masculine and sometimes you want to femme-it-up!
  • LBD. Yes a little black dress that’s day appropriate. Make sure the length and cut on top is appropriate for the office. You don’t want to look like you are going to cocktail party…or something worse.
  • Basic cardigan – color choice is up to you, although it’s always good to have a few in some neutral colors. Great to layer over a dress or shirt.
  • Black pumps – a basic black heel is a must to complete your outfit. There are so many heel options today; you aren’t limited to a 5 inch stiletto. Kitten heels are back in style or you can even go with a flat.

Now that you have your list of must haves, hit your closet and see how many you can check off the list. And if you need to purchase any, make sure you pay close attention to fit and material. Clothes should fit you well and the material should be of good quality. And quality does not equal expensive.

Are there any other basic pieces you would add to the list?