Back to Work Style

Remember when the summer would end and you’d go shopping for back to school items?  You’d find colorful Lisa Frank folders, binders to hold your Teen Beat photos, and a new calendar for school assignments.  Times may have changed, but back to school shopping can translate into your adult life.  I think now is the perfect time to mix things up.  Get a new bag, retool your wardrobe, and find a fun planner.  Go all the way to finding a cute new pair of glasses if that will get you in the productive mood.  When I was a student, I always loved shopping for new school supplies and outfits.  It was a new beginning and it may be just the thing to bring some excitement to your daily work life.  After all, one thing that hasn’t changed in adulthood is that the end of summer sucks.  That’s why new shoes, bag, and a new outfit can really bring a whole new positive attitude to your life.  It’s perfect timing for talking to your boss about that big promotion at the end of the year.  All the new school gear always gave me a more positive attitude.  If that translates to the office, people will notice.  So below are the ways I think you can update your 9 to 5 uniform to hopefully make it feel less like a chore.

 

ADD A POP OF COLOR

An easy way to stand out in a sea of black and grey suits is to add a bit of color.  Adding a bright top or pants is an easy, eye-catching way to mix it up and be creative while on the job.

Back to Work Style

1. Banana Republic – Cascade Top | 2. Zara – Tote Bag | 3. Mango – Belted Trousers | 4. Julie Vos – Lafayette Bracelet | 5. Louise et Cie – Esperance Pump 

 

PRINTED PENCIL SKIRT

Swap out your simple black pencil skirt for something more fun.  The slim silhouette is flattering on all body types.  It’s a timeless work wear staple for a reason, so why not update it with a colorful pattern?

 

Back to Work Style

1. Madewell – Crepe Tank | 2. Sole Society – Callum Trapeze Tote | 3. J.Crew – Ikat Print Midi Skirt | 4. Cluse – La Boheme Watch | 5. Sole Society – Katarina Heels

 

MIX AND MATCH PRINTS

After you’ve mastered the last look, it’s time to take your style to the big leagues.  Mix and matching prints can be tricky and overwhelming.  But, no matter what you thought before, it’s appropriate for the work place.  Confidence and keeping the prints in the same color wheel is the trick to pulling off this look.
 
 
Back to Work

 

1. J.Crew – Polka Dot Blazer | 2. Asos – Croc Tote Bag | 3. H&M – Pencil Skirt | 4. J.Crew – Gingham Blouse | 5. Sam Edelman – Tonia Pumps

 

GOODBYE BLAZER, HELLO CROPPED JACKET

I’m not saying to nix a blazer all together, but every once in awhile it’s nice to update a classic design and keep things interesting.  This season, stay warm and HR appropriate by wearing a chic cropped jacket.

 

Back to Work

1. Mango – Jacquard Jacket | 2. Michael Kors – Adams Bootie | 3. Jigsaw – Waist Dress | 4. KT Collection – Long Gold Necklace | 5. Kate Spade New York – Cedar Street Maise Bag

 

Others to keep in mind…

 

Let Your Jewelry Shine 

Want to keep your outfit simple?  Then focus on accessories that make a statement and will bring lots of compliments  your way.  Accessories are an inexpensive way to elevate your look.  Just don’t go overboard, but do have fun mixing and matching for more or less drama.  

 

Carry a Statement Bag

Your bag may not come into play when sitting at your desk, but your workday starts when you leave your apartment and goes until you’re home at the end of the day.  Factor in business lunches and meetings out of the office.  Your bag makes a big impression, so you want it to be something that compliments your style. Also, if you’re not in the mood to dress up, carry a fashion forward bag and it’ll immediately transform your outfit.
 

Keep the Classics in Play

Like the pencil skirt, there are so many classic items that are a given when shopping for your work attire.  Blazers, skirts, trousers, and pointed-toe shoes will always look polished and professional.  They are items you should invest in and now is the perfect time to replace those worn out shoes. If you want to jazz them up, go for culottes over trousers, and a midi length instead of a pencil skirt.    

Currently Coveting: Leather Moto Jacket

Lately, I have started obsessing over all of the new fall fashions.  I may love summer, but autumn is my favorite season for clothes.  There are a lot of exciting options out there, and you get to play with layering different pieces and mixing textures.  I know we’re not close to packing away our summer wardrobe, but it’s never too early to start shopping for fall.  One item in particular that I am looking forward to wearing is a leather moto jacket.  No matter the color, leather jackets are great layering pieces that add a much needed edginess to an outfit.  I always consider my summer style as being romantic and pretty, whereas in fall, I want it to be more dramatic.  Enter the leather jacket!  Also, I am a big fan of trying to get the most out of my seasonal clothing.  You can easily keep wearing your favorite summer dress by throwing on a leather moto and, poof, you’re ready for cooler weather!   Yesterday’s post was all about essential items you need in your wardrobe for autumn, and this style definitely falls into that category.  Even though, some years, this style is more popular than others, doesn’t make it too trendy.  A leather jacket is classic and can last you many years.   Below are some of my favorite pieces and I made sure I covered several different color options.  You can easily wear a lighter color like bone or heather grey this season; the sky’s the limit!

 

Currently Coveting: Leather Moto Jacket
Currently Coveting: Leather Moto Jacket

IN THIS POST:

1. Cupcakes and Cashmere – Breck Faux Leather Jacket | 2. Free People – Leather Jacket | 3. Via Spiga – Leather Jacket | 4. Halogen – Leather Moto Jacket | 5. Asos – Leather Biker Jacket | 6. Cupcakes and Cashmere – Kadence Faux Leather Jacket

Fall Wardrobe Essentials

Is it autumn yet?  I don’t know about you, but I am so ready for cooler weather.  Seriously, with the high temps and muggy weather, I am reaching my limit.  Hopefully, prepping for my fall wardrobe will make it bearable.   When each new season starts, I like to go through my closet and get organized.   Going through old sweaters and boots can be a fun game of “I love this” and “I never want to wear this again”.  Purging some of those old clothes is a great way of finding out which items you love and which you hate.  Your style and tastes change; it’s important that your wardrobe changes too.   With summer coming to an end and fall about to begin, now is the perfect time to create a capsule wardrobe.  What is a capsule wardrobe? It’s a mini wardrobe made up of really versatile pieces that you completely love to wear. Don’t get caught up with buying the latest “hot” trends.  Make a closet that may have fewer items, but that tells a story and shows your individual style.  A necessary part of dressing for fall is tackling layering.  Once you have mastered this, it will be so much easier getting ready in the morning.  Keep layering in mind when shopping; buy pieces that you know can be worn together so that you aren’t left with a bunch of stuff that doesn’t match.  Determine which colors you prefer to wear before shopping.  They don’t all have to be the same hue, but choosing complimentary shades will make it easier to mix and match your items.  Putting together the perfect fall wardrobe can be overwhelming to some.  With this guideline below, I have simplified it a bit so you can have fun shopping this season.  You’ll be able to see in this collage how many different ways you can pair these pieces together.  You will be a layering pro in no time!

 

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Fall Wardrobe Essentials Fall Wardrobe Essentials

 

IN THIS POST:

COATS

Banana Republic | Zara | Gap

SWEATERS

Dorothy Perkins | Mango | J.Crew

SHIRTS

Madewell | TopShop | J.Crew

PANTS

Mango | Jigsaw | Gap

SKIRTS/DRESS

H&M | Jigsaw | J.Crew

SHOES

Sole Society | Vince Camuto | Louise et Cie

SCARVES

Zara | Madewell | Sole Society

Beat the Heat With Culottes

When you’re walking on the city streets or waiting on the subway platform for the train, it is unbearable to wear jeans.  I know that we all love jeans because they go with everything, but comfort is key for beating the heat.  I may wear a light jean jacket for those rare cool summer evenings.  Other than that, denim is high on my least-friendly-summer fabrics.  Thankfully, for those days where pants are necessary, there are several options that are lightweight and comfortable.  My favorite style at the moment is culottes.  They are chic, comfy, and provide coverage without being too constricting.  It took me awhile to get on the culottes bandwagon because I thought they aren’t for everybody.  However, I think that no matter your body type, you can pull them off with confidence if you pair them with the right ensemble.  The best way to style culottes is to wear them like an a-line skirt. Tuck in a blouse or go bold with a crop top, and then finish them off with heels for some height (especially for you petite ladies).  Don’t go too crazy; stick to basic colors like black, navy, or soft neutrals. If you’re still on the fence, try a longer pair and they will appear more like a wide legged pant.  I understand that styling these pants can be tricky, but I have your back.  Whether you’re wearing your culottes on a night out, for a weekend brunch, or to work (yes, it’s possible), here are 3 outfits to inspire you.  Summer is sticking around for another month, but who knows how long this sweltering weather will last.  One thing for sure, this pant will keep you cool, stylish, and be a great transition piece for fall.   Which one of these outfits do you like best?  I just can’t decide!

 

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1. Mango – Top | 2. Rebecca Minkoff – MAB Tote | 3. Zara – Culottes | 4. J.Crew – Blazer | 5. Nine West – Galiceno Sandal

Beat the Heat with Culottes

1. Zara – Lace Top | 2. Gigi New York – Uber Clutch | 3. Mango – Culotte | 4. BaubleBar – Tiffany Tassel Drops | 5. Sole Society – Tiia Studded Heel

 

Beat the Heat with Culottes

1. Madewell – Rivet & Thread Tee | 2. Sole Society – Callum Trapeze Tote | 3. J.Crew – Rory Pant | 4. Julie Vos – Bee Studs | 5. Allison Cole Jewelry – Nautical Rope Bracelet | 6. Halogen – Rena Crisscross Sandal

Currently Coveting: Colorful Jewels

Accessories are probably one of my favorite parts of putting together an outfit.  You can wear something really simple and jazz it up with accessories to make it shine.  When it comes to jewelry, I go through stages of what different styles I prefer to wear.  Some seasons I wear only delicate pieces, whereas the next season I am all about costume jewelry.  This summer, I am obsessed with the latter.  Large chunky colorful jewels are my go-to right now, and, I got to say, they are the perfect summer look.  For me, a little white dress is practically my summer uniform.  You will definitely make a splash pairing these colorful baubles with a LWD.   Unlike the winter, when it’s hot out, we tend to wear less clothing.  When it’s colder we pile on layers and costume jewelry can be too overwhelming.  Whereas when you wear less, your accessories can really stand out.  I have a lot of favorite jewelry brands this season.  One absolute favorite is Loren Hope.  I am in love with her vibrant colored jewels.  Other standouts are of course BaubleBar and a new favorite is Peyton Williams.  I have rounded up what I am really lusting after.  I may have a few of these items in my shopping cart as we speak.  I hope you find the jewel of your dreams here.

 

 

Currently Coveting: Colorful Jewels

Currently Coveting: Colorful Jewels

 

IN THIS POST:

1. ShinyMix – Pretty Minty Necklace | 2. Loren Hope – Abba Earrings | 3. BaubleBar – Zoe Leather Collar Necklace | 4. Loren Hope – Luau Bracelet Rose | 5. Loren Hope – Luau Bracelet Green | 6. ShinyMix – Fancy Pancy Bracelet | 7. ShinyMix – Royal Flare Necklace | 8. Peyton William – Catalina Earrings | 9. Loren Hope – Sylvia Necklace Paradise Red | 10. Loren Hope – Small Sarra Cuff Iridescent | 11. Loren Hope – Small Sarra Cuff Hibiscus | 12. BaubleBar – Apollo Tassel Drops | 13. Peyton William – Demi Ring

Get the Look: Reese Witherspoon

Today is the first post for the blog’s new section, “Get the Look”.  Like you, I often browse the Internet and magazines for inspiration on latest trends and new outfits to try.  Living in the city, I can find what I am looking for on the streets, but I always have my go-to celebrities whose style always speaks to me.  I recently stumbled upon this picture of Reese Witherspoon out and about and it immediately piqued my interest.  I am a huge fan of Reese’s preppy meets classic style.  Reese and I have very different body types, so as much as I love her style, I know we can’t always wear the same things.  This outfit however, would totally work for me.  I love the simplicity, color combo, and how classy this outfit is.   It is perfect for brunch in the city, shopping in the Hamptons, or cocktails on a summer night.  Below I have put together my take on this ensemble and I think it complements it well.  So tell me, where do you find your style inspiration? 

 

Get the Look: Reese Witherspoon

IN THIS POST:

1. J.Crew – Cuffed Sleeve Top | 2. Banana Republic – Paisley Pant | 3. KT Collection – Gold Chain Necklace | 4. Halogen –  Rena Sandal | 5. Kate Spade – Cobble Hill Adrien Bag

Color Crush: Summer Blues

Yesterday I talked about my go-to summer uniform.  Well today, I want to keep the conversation going by revealing more of my fashion favorites for summer.  It’s been a while since I’ve done a Color Crush post, but this one is very appropriate for July.  So let’s talk about my current favorite hue to wear:  blue.  I mean who doesn’t love blue?  There are so many different variations that you really can’t go wrong.  Pick navy for a nautical look, powder blue for a softer feminine style, or cobalt to stand out in the crowd.  I am always putting together nautical outfits.  I haven’t met a navy striped shirt that I didn’t like.  Blue makes me happy because it is calming and peaceful.  It reminds me of water and, whether you’re at the beach or stuck in the city, it should get you in a good mood for some summer fun.  Today, I rounded up my favorite blue looks and I hope it inspires you to wear it all season long.

 

Color Crush: Summer Blues

Color Crush: Summer Blues

 

Color Crush: Summer Blues

 

IN THIS POST:

1. Halogen – Shift Dress | 2. BaubleBar – Bubblestream Necklace | 3. Madewell – Striped Top | 4. Sole Society – Zahara Sandal | 5. Ann Taylor Loft – Embroidered Halter Dress | 6. Peyton William – Carter Earrings | 7. Gigi New York – Taylor Tote | 8. Humble Chic – Stripe Long Sleeve Tee | 9. Sarto by Franco Sarto – Vala Flat Sandal | 10. J.Crew Factory – Romper | 11. J.Crew – Eyelet Floral Skirt | 12. Kate Spade New York – Orchard Street Hemsley Bag

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