9 Ways to Liven Up Your Work Outfits This Summer
The following is a guest post by Christine Rudolph. Her bio follows.
Summer is fast approaching and you finally have the excuse to experiment with your work outfits.This summer, bring some colors and prints into your work outfits.
You should have a few fit and flare skirts for work. If your office dress code requires you to remain on the conservative side then buy yourself a few fit-and-flare skirts in neutrals and pastels.
To make them a little more edgy, you can bring some life into them with brightly colored shoes and some statement jewelry. Hey, as long as you’re dressed ‘conservatively’, they can’t tell you off for shoes and jewelry, right?
For those ladies who can have a little more fun with their outfits at work, buy printed skirts that can work with the simplest blouses or even T-shirts. Pair them with some funky colored shoes. You’ll find that when you wear vibrant colors at work, your mood is generally better – true story, try it!
Midis were once associated with those that are too conservative but now midis are one of the trendiest and most versatile items you can have in your closet.
You can show off your curves in figure-hugging pencil midis but they may be too hot for the summer.
For sunny summer days, slightly loose and flowy midis are your best bid. Pair them with a loose fitting tank top that isn’t cut too low and keep a blazer on you, just in case an unexpected meeting pops up.
You can also wear a more fitted top that you tuck in with a delicate necklace.
If you haven’t already bought a shirt dress, buy one this summer. You really don’t need to do much with a tailored shirt dress. They work in the day and they look great for an outing in the night too.
You can pair them with any type of shoes and sandals to make your look as formal or casual as you please.
Culottes are every stylist’s favorite item of clothing because of their versatility. You can wear them at work without entirely committing to the ‘formal’ dress code. They are usually high-waisted so they automatically look chic.
Pair them with a blouse or a T-shirt, with stilettos/sandals or even ankle boots. You really can’t go wrong with culottes.
Tired of boring the old solid, neutral tones at work? So are we. Nowadays you can get away with wearing anything; you just have to make sure that your outfit is appropriate for work.
Try print-mixing to create outfits that are interesting. If you have a printed skirt, choose a prominent color on it and find a striped top or a top with a smaller print, consisting of the same color. It won’t look too crazy provided you stick to the same color family.
Because white jeans don’t actually look like jeans, you can wear them at work for a more semi-casual look. You can pair it with a pastel blouse or something that is more vibrant depending on how you’re feeling that day.
You can also pair them with your favorite buttoned-down shirt if you want to be a little more formal.
Blazers don’t need to be thick, warm and dull. You’ll find plenty of blazers in fun colors that can make traditional work-slacks much more interesting.
Buy a lemon-yellow blazer, fold the cuffs to create ¾ sleeves, wear it on top of a white blouse and black ankle grazer trousers and some heels.
You’ll definitely be formal but with a bit of an edge.
Smart shorts aren’t that talked about mostly because not everyone can pull them off but if you have the booty, the legs and the guts to do it, why not?!
You need to find smart shorts that aren’t too baggy that they look sloppy and aren’t too tight that make them unsuitable for work. The perfect smart shorts need to be tailored with minimum embellishments.
You also need to be aware of the length, try and get smart shorts that end slightly above your knees and wear them with some elegant heels and a blazer or jacket.
Wide Leg Trousers
Wide leg trousers didn’t really leave the formal scene even when they were out of fashion. They have a way of making you look slimmer and taller. You just need to make sure they fit you well so you don’t get lost in them.
If you’re already tall, you can wear them with flats too but for most of us, they work best with heels.
I am Christine Rudolph, an enthusiastic dreamer and a workaholic to achieve that. Jack of All sometimes, wants to do everything. I am blogger, writer, state level badminton player, technology freak and above all a responsible citizen wanting to save the environment even on her own. For all the updates follow me @RudolphBlogger and become friend’s @Facebook“
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