Wednesday, February 9, 2011
What to Wear...to Work edition
So we've finished college ladies. The always trusty delta t-shirt, Nike shorts and Rainbows are definitely a no go in the real world. For some of us, we have found more relaxed environments and a creative take on workwear is acceptable. When a dear friend suggested a post be dedicated to career clothes, a (very excited) light came on. Although it is nice for some people to dress corporate everyday, I prefer to bend the rules and add some sparkle. (however; I know a very snazzy Loft goer that works corporate like it's her job ha) When working in a creative atmosphere in, say, LA, one must unfortunately take a page from Lauren Conrad. She keeps it minimal and to the point with adding subtle color here and there. I really enjoy her feminine take, but some ladies aren't into that. Selena Gomez (yes, shes like 12, but I like her style) Kate Bosworth and Rachel Bilson are all great LA ladies to gain inspiration from. I would suggest a multitude of layering Tshirts, skinny jeans/pants (or a style that fits your body type), a strong button-down oxford or two, comfy flats and lace up gladiator esque shoes, bold accessories, and major sunglasses. Throw in a designer looking bag, a fierce attitude and loads of organic lattes/smoothies, and you have a bright future ahead of you! When I think LA, I think of slightly edgy but carefree at the same time. Here are a few of my would-be essentials.
-A little white dress can make up for a little black one. Very spring and very perfect to dress up and down- day to night.
-A strong handbag is a must, but we cant always drop $$$ so, try this site. Fakes are so gross, but a no name black satchel doesn't break the rules. It's not quite Proenza Schouler, but we can pretend, right?
-A patterned skirt can add some flavor to your day, and mix prints! Go bold, but just enough for people to notice.
-A tuxedo oxford adds some personality to black skinnies or a full skirt. For laid back weekends, add cut off shorts.
-A strong, but classic flat will keep you grounded throughout the day, and then for events or drinks throw on an open toe lace up stacked heel.
-A skinny pant says career woman, but it can be relaxed with a plain white T and a bold necklace.
-Once summer comes, try dressed up shorts and a blazer for a 'its 90 degrees, but I'm still chic' vibe
-Layer tanks, then dress them up with a black maxi skirt
-While running errands and stopping at Starbucks, wear these, and the paparazzi will be following you
Stick to affordable stores for basics of course, but for splurges on sale try theoutnet.com . Sign up for everyday sales for huge savings at gilt.com, hautelook.com and ruelala.com. To get sort-of-the-same outfits, but on a budget, try Frugal Fashionista and search for celebs. A new LA favorite of mine is also mikkatmarket.com. Everything is produced and modeled by the owner, Kat Kim. Obsessed with laid back feel and slashed up sweatshirt! This is a lot of black, but add your own special pieces to brighten things up.
Now, go on, make your mark and please don't forget to put me on the guest lists.
photos from urbanoutfitters.com, topshop.com, revolveclothing.com, asos.com, jcrew.com, nordstrom.com, mikkatmarket.com