-tips to make the most out of your work wardrobe-
Ok working girl, getting a little tired of the same boring black and grey work outfit, or not so sure how much personality and sparkle is allowed in the office? Not to fear here are J & M's tips for taking you from the mail room to the CEO office in style.
We will start with the basics and move to different careers (cause lets be real, different jobs have different dress codes) so not seeing what you need, read on!
My best advice: Do not be afraid to have a "uniform" at work, if you find a cute look that works than wear it constantly. Repetition in your wardrobe is what creates personal style, don't be afraid of it, embrace it. It is not boring it just means you know who you are, what you like and what looks good on you and works for your body.
The Pencil Skirt
Past research has indicated that a woman going for an interview will be more likely to land that job if wearing a pencil skirt. Strange, I know, but lets not argue with success. The best place on earth to buy a pencil skirt is TJ Maxx and you should always start here if you are on the PS hunt. Pencil skirts can be worn for a lot of different occasions so you want to make sure that the one you buy for work does not match the same criteria as the one for the bar. Some rules to follow:1. Length- just above the knee
2. Fit- not too tight, if you walk around the store in it and someone's teenage boy is staring at your butt, move on.
3. Color- Have fun with the color! This is such a traditional piece so please do not be afraid of the colors and prints. ONLY WEAR A NEUTRAL COLOR TO THE INTERVIEW but once you land that job break out the fiesta de pencil.
Ok so now that you have found that perfect skirt, how should you wear it?
|With a great white button down- tuck this in. I love this one because it is not a stiff material and therefore it moves with you. A little pricey but I think it is worth the investment.|
|Throw on a blazer over it, I prefer a dark navy to black. I think there are very few people in this world who truly look great in black and navy is so much more forgiving but can be worn in the exact same way and, if dark enough, can be paired with black shoes. You have to try this on before you buy it and do not get discouraged, a blazer is one of the hardest things to find the right fit in- its like jeans only worse.|
*Now for the sparkle*
Because you are at work and can not pull out a cocktail dress and full on jewels (total bummer) we have to find inventive ways to bring some sparkle.
|Throw a skinny belt, like this one from Ann Taylor (ps its on sale for $19.99!) over the waistband of the pencil skirt. This color is going to look gorgeous with that camel. Find a great skinny belt but it doesn't seem to fit you in the exact right place on your waist? Not to worry- go to the shoe department in any department store, they have a gun there that they use to punch the holes in the shoes, ask nice and I am sure they will punch you some extra holes wherever you need in that cute new skinny belt.|
This can be worn over and over again over tons of different colored skirts and can be put in the waistband of a great pair of trouser work pants.
For those of you who know me well you know I don't have my ears pierced (I'm weird I know) however, that has not stopped me from perusing the earring aisle constantly- I'm obsessed I think because I cannot wear them.
Anyways, enough about me. These great little studs from Betsey Johnson will bring a lot of bang but in a very conservative way.
Don't be afraid to layer on some great bangles or a necklace, I suggest some pearls too. Keep it simple and classy. If you wouldn't wear it to a wedding then abandon it!!!
One of the hardest jobs to dress for- being a teacher- eek. Here you go ladies my best advice and my favorite outfits just for you!
Note to all teachers: Buy cardigans at Target, TJ Maxx and wherever they are on sale, separate your closet into school clothes and not school clothes. Stick to patterns on the top if you are working with small kids (aka forgiving prints that you wont be able to see the stains in) also do not be afraid to wear a white shirt underneath to layer- thats what bleach is for- I suggest xsmall hanes v necks from walmart. Also get a couple of pairs of bootleg and wide leg trouser pants and trouser jeans and cute sneakers.
How to Dress By Job
1. Not so Conservative (teaching, interning, etc): wear some neutral pointed flats instead of power heels to work everyday. You can get away with wearing a cardigan, depending on the job, so throw a printed one on over a shirt. I love to layer so I suggest getting some shirts from NY & Company, Old Navy, TJ Maxx, AT Loft, etc. that have details like ruffles that will really pop underneath a cardi.
2. Somewhat conservative: Wear the heck out of that blazer and pencil skirt! Add some tailored pants into the mix as well, I suggest going to The Limited and looking for some trouser pants (pants that are wider legged on the bottom than on the top) to put with those neutral pointed ballet flats and those trusted pointed kitten heels you just bought!
3. Uber Conservative: Sorry girls but you are going to have to stick to pants. You are probably living in a mans world and the best advice to give to you is to dress like one (or a much cuter version at-least). The best way to bring out your inner girl is to layer ruffled shirts under your blazer and to start a collection of fun colored skinny belts and some conservative but blingy jewelry.