Top 10 Desk-To Dinner Work Wardrobe Essentials

Are you simply starting out with your work wardrobe? Or, perhaps you just want a fresh start. The following pieces are the perfect base for business casual office environments.

Since, as a woman in leadership, work-life balance and networking are important components of your successful career, I have assembled this list of ten pieces to take you  through your workweek, to casual Friday, and to evening social events:

1-2. Power Suit– Invest in the best black power suit you can find.If you are wondering about the fit of the pants, here is a helpful guide for how tight your pants can be at work,

Wear the blazer and pants together for interviews, important meetings, and anytime you need a suit look. This is the best starting point.

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4 Ways To Reuse The Clothes In Your Closet

Here’s a fun, free way I love to shop. I call it “closet shopping”. Before purchasing new clothes for the season, I see how I can reuse the existing clothes in my closet.

You can do this too. Your wallet will love you, and since you won’t need to purchase as many new pieces, you can invest the savings on fewer, higher quality pieces when you do shop. Here are four ways to reuse the existing clothes in your closet:

 

1. Recombine Colors – You can instantly update your style by switching how you combine colors. Start with a jumping off point for inspiration like YouLookFab did with this printed DVF top.

 

Then head to your closet and see what you have in those colors. Here YouLookFab remixed the colors from the DVF shirt as shown above.

When creating spring and summer looks, try  infusing white and nude instead of black. It works like a charm.

A few other ideas for reusing the pieces in your closet:

2. Turn a dress into a skirt – Especially if the dress has a lot of pattern. Pieces with a lot pattern sometimes work better when there is less of it. Visit your tailor for fine tuning. source

3. Transform dress pants into shorts – Perhaps have them cuffed. Long dress shorts are on point right now. Wear your dress shorts with pumps and a blazer to work, if you work in a creative work environment. Or wear them on the weekend.

4. Define your waist – Pair a belt with a flowy top and leggings on the weekend, or a fitted top and a pencil skirt for work. Belts are an easy way to update your look. Try a kimono style belt for the most updated belt look – but really any belt that suits your personal style and body type will work well to define your waist. And defining your waist is the goal!

What ways have you found to reuse the pieces in your closet?

Happy closet shopping!

xo,

Jamie

 

 

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7 Spring 2015 Accessory Trends Guaranteed to Update Your Work Look Instantly

A
re you feeling outdated at work?

Do you look in your closet and feel less than excited about your day because you are sick of wearing the same things over and over?  It’s going to be “A” ok ladies – I found some ideas for you to help you over your sartorial hump:

Here are seven amazing Spring 2015 accessory trends fit for women in leadership:

1. Statement Earrings – For a more conservative office- wear smaller interesting earrings that reflect your personal brand. For more liberal offices, have fun- just enough to make an appropriate statement!

 

2. Statement Stone and Metallic Choker – Mixed media necklaces and cuffs were all over the runway. Metallic and stone necklaces were a favorite mixed media combo.

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6 Tips To Transition From Tights To Bare Legs At Work

 

The calendar says spring has officially arrived.

But spring weather is fickle.

You never know how the weather will turn from the time you leave the house in the morning to the time you head home. The day could start out warm and end up cold, windy, and rainy.

Even snowy.

So when is it appropriate to stop wearing tights to work?

Here are five tips on transitioning from tights to bare legs for women in leadership:

1.  The 50 Degree Rule – New York based Glamour editor Sophia Chabbott has one simple rule that once the mercury dips below 50 degrees, the tights come on. When it surpasses 50- the tights come off. source Continue Reading →

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Looser Dress Codes Tighter Pants

“Are these pants too tight?” That is what my client- a millennial woman in leadership- asked me the other day.

We were working on her closet. She was trying on a pair of fitted ankle pants she loved to wear.  Her conservative company is forward thinking. They are embracing millennial ideas into their historically conservative company, in order to connect with younger consumers.

It got me thinking.

One important thing for millennials is style, and self expression through style. But what are the new professional boundaries? How tight can your pants be and still be  acceptable at work for a woman in leadership?

I looked into it:

In Corporette‘s blog post The Perfect Pants Fit, Kat suggests being able to pinch at least an inch of fabric at your thigh.  For that reason, Kat also believes skinny jeans are not appropriate for the office. Corporette is a style blog and forum largely for lawyers, so their offices are typically ultra conservative.

 

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5 Amazing Spring 2015 Handbags For Women in Leadership

Having a great handbag can make your day.

But it has to be practical and functional when you are a woman in leadership.

It has to be easily accessible, fit a small laptop or iPad, perhaps a file or two, and your other daily essentials. I did a little research and here are my five favorite WIL- friendly Spring 2015 handbags.

Balenciaga came out with a work tote size of this mini tote.  What beautiful yet simple detailing.  I visualize stopping by a big client’s home for an afternoon meeting by the pool.

This amazing picture was taken by Chriselle Lim who has a style blog The Chriselle Factor. I have always admired her artistic blogging style and work ethic. She just had a baby, and this was her “push present” to herself. Great choice!

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11 Spring 2015 Trends to Wear to Work Today

 

This winter is too cold! But warmer days are around the corner. I love snow and the fun layering opportunities winter allows, but right now I can’t wait for spring! How about you?

Now is the perfect time to start popping little bits of spring happiness into your work week rotations. To get you going, here are 11 spring 2015 trends that work right now for women in leadership:

Floral– Try working pops of floral into your work looks- perhaps in the form of a shell, a scarf or a belt.

I know what you are thinking -“Florals for spring – groundbreaking!”But really, every year florals for spring seem fresh all over again. Note, that is one of my favorite lines from the movie The Devil Wears Prada. Yay, I got to use it.

 

Head to Toe Blue – Blue is still the new black.  I love these powder blue pumps paired with the model’s navy dress. You could also try powder blue earrings, necklace, or a statement ring instead.

 

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