The weather continues to feel more summer than fall – yet it is definitely time to update your wardrobe for the season.
Although it’s important to stay true to your personal style, sticking to cuts and colors that work best for you rather than blindly following trends, it is also true that an updated touch goes a long way in influencing people’s perception of you. A little style detail can take your image from frumpy to fabulous, or from boring classic, to classic with a memorable edge. These little details say, “I have my pulse on the status quo”.
And if you are in a career rut – a complete style transformation will launch you out of it quicker than any other remedy.
The moral of the story; definitely add a couple seasonal pieces. Or tweak the way you wear what you already own to create fresh combinations.
Yes, in theory, but not all runway trends translate well to the office. Here are seven runway trends interpreted for women in leadership:
1. Classic Saville Row- Fabrics like herringbone, glen plaid, and houndstooth are everywhere, in every style permutation conceivable this fall. The Saville Row trend translates perfectly for work. From suiting to jackets, pants, skirts, dresses and even fall coats, you likely have a piece hanging in your closet already – I know I do, and it’s the perfect opportunity to style it up for work.
2. Monochromatic White – Why not embrace minimalism this season. A palette cleanser among falls bolder shades, a head to toe white minimalist silhouette is a great option for those brave folks who are coordinated at mealtime, and coffee. Head to toe white or cream is not only brave – it is a sophisticated business look too.
Note: All monochromatic outfits are on point this season. Is white not an option for you? No problem, simply chose another color to work this look.
3. High Waisted Everything– from skirts, to trousers, to casual Friday jeans and your business travel leggings – everything comes in a high-waist version this fall. I highly recommend jumping on board. Not only will you look incredibly chic- all your bits will be neatly tucked into place – no muffin tops. Finally!
4. Fall Perennials: Florals for fall are easy to interpret in your workstyle. Simply take your summer florals (darker background does work best but there are no hard rules) and combine with somber coordinates. For example – this dress translates to a business casual environment when paired with a black blazer – and perhaps a black tank to minimize the deep V, and add a layer of warmth too.
5. Sleek Suiting: Sleek suiting is the perfect go-to for your high power looks this season.
The working woman’s wardrobe has been given a high-fashion upgrade for Fall, thanks to designers like Alexander McQueen sending sleek suiting down its Fall/Winter 2018 runways. Incorporate the trend into your professional wardrobe this season with tailored coats, pantsuits, and blazer dresses. Look for an interesting pattern, texture, style or color.
6. Assertive Shoulders– The 80’s are still going strong on the runway. Dramatic shoulders are popular for a second year. Embrace shoulder pads in your blazers and tops. This is especially good trend for those of us who who are smaller on top than the bottom, or have narrow shoulders. A great year for you to stock up!
7. Ankle –grazing skirts and dresses– A great option for the modest professional crowd such as Muslim women at work. Or simply to show off your shoe collection, because ankle grazing dresses and skirts look incredibly sophisticated, paired with a great pair of heels or boots.
Structured ankle grazing skirts and dresses look the most sophisticated, while pleated versions read sophisticated, yet more casual.
To your elevated presence this fall!
P.S. What is your favorite trend to incorporate in your workwear this fall?