Monday, September 5, 2011

How To: Dress Trendy for Work

So many women are concerned about dressing appropriate for work while still managing to keep their sense of fashion. I did a little fashion research, and here are a few tips I found that will help you dress fashionably for your corporate job.

Bazaar - April 2011
  • Pair unexpected colors for modern suiting (camel blazer and red pants)
  • Strong-tailored seperates

Elle - April 2011
  • Simple shapes in bright colors will keep a basic outfit un-boring (color block).  
  • Conserative dress and outrageous shoes
  • You can wear pattern. You can wear short (opaque tights help keep things appropiate) things. The difference between looking finished or not lies in the details: gorgeous, groomed hair; a structured bag; and classic killer heels.

Cosmopolitan - May 2011
  • Denim gets all sophisticated when it hooks up with a drapey silk blouse and a chunky bracelet.

  • Paired with a tailored blazer, a mini skirt seems suddenly professional. A low heel downplays your showing a lot of leg.
  • Disguise a t-shirt's casual vibe by tucking it into a pencil skirt and belting it at the waist.

Instyle - July 2011
  • Impress work associates in a dark sheath with flashes of brilliance.
  • Turn on the glow with a form-fitting dress in a shimmery fabric. The touches of gold at your wrist and on your bag and heels make it clear you know how to shine.
  • For a twist on the tuxedo, try dramatic black draped with a soft white cowl to light up your face. Echo the black-and-white with your purse; then add sexy sandals.

Glamour - September 2011
  • For a corporate job wear things that flatter, but aren't revealing, like a classic sheath dress. No cleavage, but arms are okay.
  • A one-piece (jumpsuit) for work is possible. Add a blazer to look pulled together, not pajama party.
  • Try tall, flat boots - so stylish and comfy, and great for work
Elie Tahari boots

Cosmopolitan - September 2011
  • Wide leg trousers are a Monday-to-Friday staple. Add a belt and a tucked in top.
  • With a tucked-in blouse and skinny belt, denim looks polished enough for work.
  • Accessories are essential! Use fun and trendy accessories to punch up your outfit. Some current accessory trends are:
    • Snakeskin bags (work as a neutral, so wear them with anything)
    • Beaded or feathered (boho) jewelry 
    • Strong,  bold, architectural pieces
    • Gemstones in geometric settings

    • Color Block bags (3 colors max)
    • Minimalist bags (Solids with a trim are chicest. Look for a small envelope size.)
    • Sleek ankle booties
    • Glam loafers (perfect with a knee-length skirt or pants for work)
    • Lace-ups (to offset the tie's casual feel go skyscraper high)

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