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.

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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

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