Just because your 9-to-5 is spent at the office doesn't mean you have to stick to pencil skirts and pant suits. Here's how to "work" the hottest trends at work!
Maxi Skirt: We love easy pieces that can be thrown on during the morning rush! Having one or two tailored maxi skirts in your closet is guaranteed to relieve your wardrobe stress. A pleated maxi skirt in a solid color, or a maxi skirt in a muted print, is a great base to work around. Pair it with a simple blouse, a button down, or a structured blazer for a beautiful balance of business and fashion! Our advice is to steer clear of very bold prints, colors that will be difficult to match, high-low hemlines, and anything that looks too sheer.
MINKPINK Angelina Maxi Skirt, $101
Bold Neons: We're in the midst of a color revolution, but are electric hues appropriate for work? YES! We're not trying to get anyone fired by recommending a bright neon yellow suit and bright pink shoes, but there are easy ways to sneak in neon without comprising your serious side. One of our must-have items is a bright skinny belt. This is an unexpected (and inexpensive!) way to introduce an ounce of color into any outfit. Another great way to wear this trend is to look for blouses with neon piping. Still nervous to wear neon? We suggest investing in a pair of bold running shoes that you can wear during lunchtime workouts and walks with colleagues.
MICHAEL Michael Kors Skinny Reversible Neon To Patent Belt, $42
Pant Suits: Pant suits are an office staple. This year, look for classic suits with a modern twist. Single button and double button fitted jackets, along with slim fit, harem, or wide leg pants were seen all over the runways. The suits we've been spotting on the racks are beautifully done in bright white hues and soft nudes, which look stunning on every skin tone. While most of us try not to deviate from our slimming black options, the latest approach to the suit is more flattering than ever. Be sure to purchase the right cut of pants for your body type and you can't go wrong:
Boyish figures should opt for a harem cut, or something on the more voluminous side, to add curves.
Pear shapes should look for high waisted, slightly flared pants to conceal problem areas, as well as accentuate the waist.
Apples should show off their slim legs in a pair of skinny, ankle-length pants.
Roberto Cavalli Spring 2012 Ready-To-Wear
Tie Neck Blouses: We love the sophistication of the tie neck blouse, and this trend couldn't be easier to incorporate into your closet. Not only can it be paired with just about any of your go-to blazers, the tie adds the perfect dose of style and drama to your look. Tie neck blouses also transition easily from day to night...all you have to do is ditch the jacket or blazer! We love two-tone blouses or versions with geometric prints that easily blend with the rest of your wardrobe.
Rebecca Taylor Python Blouse, $275
High Waisted Shorts: Shorts may seem a bit daunting for the office, but if you have some wiggle room to let your inner fashionista shine, this look is for you! Tailored, high-waisted shorts are perfectly paired with button down shirts, tie neck blouses, and fun blazers. Stick to black or dark navy for an office appropriate look, and always make sure your shorts are the appropriate length. A good rule of thumb is that they should be longer than where the tips of your fingers lay alongside your body. And remember - high waisted shorts look best with a tucked in shirt. Once the work week is over, throw on your favorite pair with some sandals and a large hat for a picture perfect weekend outfit!
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