Thursday, April 12, 2012

Do You Like Work Wear? Me Neither...

For those of us who have the privilege of having regular old 9-5s (or 8-4s or 10-6s or whatever), there's always the conundrum of what exactly to wear and how to incorporate trends. For me, it's because I cannot stand the thought of corporate wear. I don't enjoy it. Nothing in me wants to wear a pants suit. Ever. For any reason. Kudos to those of you who do it every day! I should probably be taking tips from you...

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:

Trend: Floral

Jacket: Dorothy Perkins, Top: Miss Selfridge, Pants: Aritzia
Earrings: Marc by Marc Jacobs, Bangles: Nordstroms, Bracelet: Aspinal of London, Bangles: Bloomingdales
Shoes: Topshop

 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
Shoes: Mango

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 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?


  1. I love stripes and florals together, so I would have to say that the last set is my favorite. I do like the leather jacket in the first set, too. I'm not a pant suit type of person, either. So much so that I don't own one.

  2. You've found some great stuff! Luckily I work in a fashion boutique and we get to wear the stock!

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