In any case - I am fortunate to have a job that is pretty flexible on work attire. It still has to be appropriate, of course, but I get to be fairly free in my interpenetration of that. Still, it can be a challenge to not go too far one way or the other. If you work in a heavily corporate environment, this may be a little much. Take the suggestions and filter them through your work culture...please don't get written up on account of me - and don't tell 'em it was my fault if you do. I will take this post down and deny, deny, deny!
So, all you hard working ladies - here is my interpenetration of some options for the woman who has to dress for the job, but really doesn't want to:
|Jacket: Dorothy Perkins, Top: Miss Selfridge, Pants: Aritzia |
Earrings: Marc by Marc Jacobs, Bangles: Nordstroms, Bracelet: Aspinal of London, Bangles: Bloomingdales
We start out fairly toned down, unless you don't call this toned down. I love the muted tones of the color pallet, but it's still a stand-out kind of look. Add the same type of tones with bangles or add bold colors to spice up the look a bit. Also, I used to get all weirded out about mixing metallic - such as silver zippers with gold bracelets - now I love it! Do it subtly and no one will even notice. Or, go bold and if you want to make a statement.
|Blazer: Flannels Fashion , Top: John Lewis, Skirt: Dorothy Perkins |
Earrings: JC Penny, Bracelet: Saks Fifth Avenue
This skirt and jacket are quite bold between the print and color. You will definitely not be able to hid in something like this, so you may not want to come in late that day...no sneaking in for you! When you're going this bold with two pieces, obviously everything else stays simple. The top is nice because when you take the jacket off, there is still some interest created there, but not so much that it's super busy against the print. Nice responsible pumps and a subdued bracelet and earrings keep you from looking like you're doing to much. I mean, this look is kind of doing too much already...but in the best possible way!
|Blazer: We Like Fashion, Top: Aritzia, Jeans: Go Jane |
Ring: Topshop, Earrings: Nordstroms, Ring: Boticca, Ring: House of Harlow
Shoes: Nine West
Ok, here you are doing way too much. So if you're not really sure if it's going to fly, I'd suggest leaving this inspiration board alone - stop looking. Just quit! I love the idea of mixing classics like stripes with an updated classic like this floral print. Again, because these two pieces are busy, the rest of everything should be basic, hence the plain top and skinnys (which I'd find a different kind of belt for btw). Ad a pop of color on the ears and stack some rings that play off of the floral idea happening on both hands and voila, you're ready for business! If you are in a creative industry or a very relaxed work place, have at it! If not...see sentance #2...
What do you think? Do you have any tips for folks who don't want to do traditional office wear?