Hello my friends! It has been way too long. I finally carved out some time to get back to writing my blog. I’ve been super busy with work, family and planning a super exciting series of events that are happening next week. I’ll fill in on those later 😉
Last week was my first full week of the Beyond the Suit Shop Your Closet challenge. I’ve been so good. Despite all the temptation around me (I work in a major shopping area) I stayed focused and didn’t shop. And, most importantly, I spent time in my closet getting reacquainted to all the clothes I own. I dug deep and found some treasures! Clothes I haven’t worn in well over a year and, I’m ashamed to admit this, but clothes with tags still on them. But this challenge is breathing new life into my closet. I now realized sometimes we can all get in a rut with our work attire. Working in a corporate environment can stifle creativity so we wear the same clothes, the same way, all the time. This is why I am really pushing myself to look at my clothes through a new lens and come up with new ways to wear them. Here’s a tip: When you just feel like you have no other way to wear a certain article of clothing, open up your Pinterest app and do a search for that piece along with the word “work”. Instant inspiration!
So here some of my my looks for the past two week. If you are doing this style challenge with me, don’t forget to tag your photos on social media with #BTSShopYourCloset. I’m keeping an eye out for your creations.
And check back in a few days for major news!
Dress: Bloomingdales, Jacket: Saks Fifth Avenue, Shoes: French Connection, Necklace: Kenneth Jay Lane
Top: Target, Skirt: Escada, Shoes: Isaac Mizrahi, Necklace: I can’t remember but i bought it on RueLaLa.
Dress: H&M, Jacket & Necklace: Ann Taylor, Shoes: Enzo
This skirt has been hanging in my closet, unworn, for over a year. A travesty! Sweater: Gap, Denim Shirt: Lauren Conrad, Skirt: Escada, Shoes: Isaac Mizrahi, Necklace: Kenneth Jay Lane
Throwback to a Ted Talk I watched a few months ago where the speaker shared that before any big meeting or presentation, once should stand in a power pose to build their self confidence and pump themselves up. Dress: J. Crew, Jacket: Theory, Shoes: French Connection, Necklace: Van Cleef & Arpels
White Shirt: H&M, Striped Shirt: Express, Pants: Banana Republic, Shoes: French Connection, Necklace: Forever21
Shirt: Banana Republic, Skirt: Ann Taylor, Shoes: Isaac Mizrahi, Necklace H&M
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