Today I’m back with a guest post concerning revamping your workplace wardrobe. I hope y’all enjoy Meredith’s piece.
Revamping Your Workplace Wardrobe
If you’re the type of gal that stares into the abysmal gray of a cubicle Monday through Friday, then maybe it’s time to add a touch of whimsy and fun to your workplace without having to completely remodel your workspace. Rather than adorn your cubicle with decorations alone, why not also wear your affinity for prints right there on your sleeve—literally. Whether it’s floral, geometric, stripes, or another choice, injecting a little pattern play into your professional wardrobe might actually do a lot of good. That goes for lifting your spirits and in expanding your fashion mindset.
Wearing patterns can seem daunting at first, but there are many ways to conquer the foray into printed fabrics without clashing. In fact, using patterns strategically—like wearing vertical stripes rather than horizontal stripes for a more elongated look—can really make a difference if you’re worried about appearing slimmer. However, if you’re ready to simply get started on incorporating patterns, then start by wearing one printed item with a solid for an ensemble that’s not too busy or too boring. Check out our picks below and see if you can get inspired!
Floral prints have been popping up all over the runways for spring 2016 and Marie Claire highly recommends trying out the trend, too. These sweet feminine patterns aren’t something to be lusted after from afar. In fact, these can easily be incorporated into your workplace wardrobe, especially with the vibrant blossom pattern, crisp pleats, and lots of cheerful color seen in the Eliza J A-line skirt. Pair this with a white cashmere shell and matching cardigan or with a tucked-in long sleeve button down with a pair of closed-toe pumps. Have fun with jewelry against the neutral tops by choosing a matching necklace in any of the colors found in the skirt’s print.
Stripes are a tried-and-true pattern and should be a staple in everyone’s wardrobe. We prefer ours to be horizontal, but the direction is ultimately up to you. In an article in Elle, the writer talks about the timelessness of a striped shirt and how to wear this piece fifty different ways. Our example, though versatile, is best worn with a sleek pair of slim-fitting black trousers and pumps. For a little fun, pair the Diedre blouse by Gestuz with colored slacks in buttercup, Kelly green, or pink.
Lyst recommends taking a walk on the wild side at the office (without looking too sexy) in a pair of leopard print pumps. Not only would the Terry De Havilland heels look stellar with a pair of slacks, but teaming these with a traditional black pencil skirt and white button down shirt would really allow them to shine. However, don’t feel like you’re restricted to wearing them with neutrals only. The Mandi leopard pumps would also look great paired with colors like fuchsia, violet, scarlet, or emerald along with a neutral top, bottom, or accessory to balance it out nicely.
We hope you’ve enjoyed our suggestions for incorporating a power print into your professional wardrobe. The key to getting it right for work is all in the ability to balance. Remember to incorporate neutrals and solids in order to tone down the patterns and prints to an acceptable level in the office and you’ll be well on your way to revamping your workplace wardrobe into something that’s much more uplifting and exciting.
Bio: Meredith Stewart
Meredith is a West Coast transplant living in Texas who lives and breathes fashion. When she’s not working in a boutique, writing about fashion, or shopping, she loves watching trashy reality shows, drinking wine, and having dance parties with her roommate and best friend.
I hope you enjoyed this post and now have a little more insight on revamping your workplace wardrobe! Let me know down in the comments what your favorite way to spice up your workplace attire is.
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