Working Lady Style
June 25, 2013 § 2 Comments
Working in a corporate environment has its upsides [read: working with great people + challenging work + pay + benefits + stability]. And then it has its downsides. One of the main cons being formal attire.
If you haven’t noticed yet, I LOVE color and glittery things. These often find their way into my at home wardrobe. So finding a way to balance my personal style, while maintaining a professional appearance can be a challenge.
If you’re like me and needing to strike a balance between work appropriateness and fun, stylish clothing, I recommend trying out these work staples. I think you’ll find they will play well in almost any corporate setting.
1. SLIM-FIT ANKLE PANT
Cafe Capri by J. Crew: Okay, ladies. This is like the skinny jean. If you’re anything like me, it took a while to get on board with the skinny jean. You kept thinking, “How could wearing skin-tight pants make me look slimmer?!? That can only draw majorly unwanted attention to my more sizable assets.” And in this case, you’ll probably ask yourself how wearing “high-water” pants with heels could possibly be stylish. But just go with me. These slim-fit, cropped/ankle pants are going to open up so many style doors for you. Not only does the tailored cut make you look thinner (and I mean this for any body type), it works with shirts tucked in or loose and flowy AND with flats or heels! This gives you a ton of flexibility when packing for a business trip and instantly upgrades your overall look. Start slowly by purchasing a black pair. It may not be long until you’re venturing into all kinds of colors and patterns!
2. STYLISH TANK
Sunglint Chambray Tank by Maeve for Anthropologie: If I could wear straight-up chambray every day of the week, I would. If you’re not quite sure what chambray is, it’s basically a really soft denim [see here]. But this version is a little more dressed-up. And when you add in the Peter Pan collar, you’re golden. I would wear this tucked into pants with a nice belt. The reason I’m adding this as a staple is because of the cut of the top. Everyone needs a sleeveless top with a high neck that has some nice detailing, like on the collar here.
Schoolboy Blazer in Dotted Linen from J. Crew: If we’re going for staples, you have to have a blazer. And since we’re tiptoeing into fun corporate attire, I think a simple polka dot is the way to do it. This blazer maintains structure and a level of sophistication, while adding something whimsical.
4. CLASSIC PUMP WITH FUN COLOR
Suede Court Shoe from Zara: These shoes. I die. If you want to add some fun to your work wardrobe, 9 times out of 10, shoes (and other accessories) are the easiest and safest way to do it. For example here, the fuchsia is loud, but the structure of the shoe is pretty classic. You could pair this with a black suit and a white button-down and immediately take it from stuffy to chic.
5. FUN ACCESSORIES
J. Crew Factory Crystal Flower Stud Earrings and J. Crew Factory Half Moon Bracelet: The best way to polish off an outfit and take it from “color threw up all over her” or “does she think this is dress-up time?” to “wow, she looks incredible. i love that outfit!” is with accessories. Accessories are the finishing touch on an outfit and tie everything together. The two options here aren’t matchy-matchy, but they flow nicely and tie in well with the Peter Pan collar and polka dots above.
My goal with outfits is to always avoid “matchiness” and go for “flowiness.” That is quite a weird concept, but the idea is to pair things together [that I like – important] that complement each other, not match perfectly.
If you’re like me and work in a corporate environment, my hope is these staples will be an inspiration to you as you try and weave more fun into your wardrobe!