Monthly Archives: May 2013
Happy Friday Everyone!
To gradually transition into the more relaxed style of the weekend, I am wearing this nautical/Michael Kors inspired look to work today. The tone of the photo setting has more of an office vibe compared to MK’s sunlight drenched and nautical infused advertisements. However, I would do my best to recreate the mood of his ads into the office:
– I would incorporate stripes and “cognac” (the color, of course) into my office outfit. DONE
– I would play my fave 90’s reggae hits in the background (Yes, I am stuck with 90’s music)
– I would wear Jennifer Lopez Glow fragrance (I have had this for a while but it has a scent that reminds me of a suntanning lotion).
– Open the blinds up so the sunshine brightens up the office and change my screensaver to an image from Tahiti.
– I would have to borrow a hunk from the neighboring office
Work should get done somehow and I would beg my co-workers for forgiveness later for the excessive sunlight, perfume and noise 🙂
I hope you have a great weekend filled with laughter and sunshine.
Nautical Stripe Top – BEBE
Ribbin Skirt – TeodoraB.com
Purse – from Bulgaria
Are you looking to add some variety to your work wardrobe? Pencil skirts and pants work great but you are searching for something new that exudes power, comfort and style? Tailored shorts may be the answer. To say that this is a trend that got my shopping juices going would be an exaggeration. Angie with youlookfab.com and this particular post inspired me to dig for this trend within my wardrobe. Once you try the right pair on, you cannot deny how chic and work appropriate they can be. The 4 inch heels are of course optional.
There are a couple of things in your office that do better without creativity and additional spice – office gossip and possibly your lunch. However, your experience in the office can always benefit by brighter colors coordinated in a tasteful way. Recently, more and more magazines cover the transformation happening in the office fashion. Some of the reasons they mention for employees fearing color in the office are:
- The dress code does not allow it
- My boss would never do it
- I don’t want them to think that I care more about fashion than about my job
- I just don’t know how to mix and match
- It is just too much work
Do you think that these are valid excuses? Do you think that more exciting office attire is worth overcoming these challenges?
P.S. I could not believe I have been spelling fuchsia wrong all this time. I would blame it on English being my second language 🙂
Stripe Office Dress Shirt – Banana Republic
Fuchsia Skirt – Ann Taylor
It took me years to find what I believe the perfect hair color for me. And it seems like this is how far I would take it in regards to hairstyle creativity. Every morning, after spending most of my preparation time to figure out what to wear, I have no time left to style my hair. Maybe this reality would change for me after taking a second look at my favorite fashion bloggers.
We are fascinated by their forward fashion style and class. Hairstyle is not the first thing we associate with them. However, when I was trying to figure out what makes them the best bloggers, I started noticing other seemingly small but significant details. And hairstyle is one of them. It completes the look and the image they are trying to portray – retro, classic, forward, edgy…
Blair’s pairings are so unique and captivating. After taking a second look, you realize how it all comes together. Her hairstyles are perfect for both the office or for a good time with your girlfriends.
Wendy has luscious, long tresses and she has mastered the art of creating beautiful hairdos. Since a lot of her styles feature updos, they are appropriate for both conservative and casual office. You should check out her tutorials.
Nicole is a chameleon. Each of her magazine-worthy looks represent a drastic change and tells a different story.
There are so many articles listing what you should and what you should not wear to work, what is appropriate and what not. This blog is not about that. It is about wearing what fits and what feels good physically and spiritually. Feeling good about an outfit may come from feeling confident and powerful in it to feeling good about finding the dream piece at a bargain. If wearing black and grey to the office is what you like, so be it. In fact, here is a link to my Pinterest Black & White – Achromatic Fashion Board with some amazing two tone outfits for the office. But if you have the slightest inclination to incorporate some color in your work style but you are afraid to stand out in the office, please go for it. Showing some creativity would not take the promotion away from you, it will only enhance your image of creativity and leadership.
Or if you are bold and if your office allows, you can go ALL color. This outfit was inspired by a recent Ralph Lauren ad I fell in love it. I liked it so much that I had to come up with two versions – “at work” and “at play”. Again, there is no universal “business style” appropriate for all offices, but I can definitely see this outfit in a more creative work environment. So here is how I took it from “at work” to “at play”:
1) Ditched my beloved blue pointed-toe flats for open-toe, patent platforms. My propensity to have more fun just jumped by 4 inches.
2) Added a bright, bold, chunky jewelry – the best conversation-starter piece I have ever owned. Who knew jewelery had such an amazing power.
3) Add a flirtatious touch to your look by enhancing your make-up colors or by adding some summer waves to your hair. I tend to straighten my hair for the office and add some spirals for the after hours.
4) Show off that joyous print that you have been hiding all day behind your tailored blazer, even if it is a bright cobalt blue blazer.
5) Put on your best accessory – your smile. You are off work after all 🙂
Cobalt Blue Blazer – Arden B.
Bird Print Top – Teodora B.
Skirt – Ann Taylor