Work Worn: How to dress down for office yet still look stunning

Most women assume that dressing casual at the office really doesn’t pertain much to them.

Sure, you have your days when “Casual Friday” means you can wear jeans, but not much else comes of a day like that for women who want to somehow slip Yoga pants or a sweat suit into their office wardrobe without anyone noticing just how comfortable their clothing appears.

In a sense, you’re simply trying to get away with dressing down, yet still looking the part on the days when you’d much rather be in your comfy clothes rather than donning a business suit, dress slacks or anything else from your closet that would be deemed cumbersome to wear.

This dream sequence of sort is just that, as women aren’t really believing the idea that you can somehow wear all the clothes you enjoy on your down time or when you’re off from work to work in place of other garments and clothing that only reminds you just how uncomfortable you are.

Now, if you’re the CEO of a company or have a job that requires that sort of wardrobe, chances are you’re stuck with all the pant suits you can handle.

But some jobs have a little bit of leeway when a power suit can give way to a little less of a dressy look but still with the expectation that you’d look as though you’re coming to work at a respectable office and not simply rolling out of bed.

So how exactly do you pull that one off?

One of the bigger women’s fashion movements is the jump suit, which is a one piece that is the epitome of relaxation but tends to come across as more laid back when it comes to wearing it at the office. Fashion experts will tell you that the jump suit is comfortable, for sure, but it needs a little help in being totally and fully accepted as an alternative to dressier clothes. You can pair the jump suit with a nicer jacket or blazer to throw over it (one that you’ll wear all day or you can take the jump suit and put on a shirt over top of it, such as a button up dress shirt.
Accessories also help when you’re trying to dress down and keep things classy at the workplace, so don’t be afraid to pair that comfortable outfit, jump suit or not, with a pair of high heels and jewelry, for example.

Dressing down doesn’t have to carry with it a negative connotation but rather should be more about centering on your creativity from a fashion sense so that you can have the best of both worlds: an outfit that looks like it belongs at work and peace of mind knowing you can be fashionable without all the fanfare.

Timeless Classic: Wardrobe staples make fashion that much easier

Not every woman has the luxury of being able to spot something on a runway at Fashion Week, and simply rush to the store and buy exactly as they see it in the pages of their favorite fashion magazine or online.

The truth is most of us need those series of clothing pieces or elements to our fashion attire that are universal, that can be worn with just about anything and help us also from a budget standpoint. You can’t imagine just how remarkable of a feeling it is when you purchase a piece of clothing and realize that the money spent didn’t only get you a remarkable item but something you can pair up or wear on its own for years and years to come, not having to worry about its fashion relevance whatsoever.

When you think about staples in your wardrobe, thoughts immediately turn to three items: tops, bottoms and accessories. That’s easy to identify those categories, but what exactly goes in them as far as timeless classics might surprise you, however.

As for the accessories, think jackets and other wear pieces that aren’t necessarily labeled as “coats” but something more along the lines of tracksuit tops and bomber jackets, both of which have some serious staying power to the point that they’ve become the epitome of style when you want to have that classic, comfortable look without looking sloppier than you’d like. And as long as you’re instituting comfort, why not look at the traditional throwback of the two-piece sweat suit. As much as you’d cringe to see someone wearing a one color sweatsuit (something you’d see your mom wearing to do sit and fit aerobics, perhaps), the idea behind this look is more along the lines of that track suit or exercise attire that looks the part and is well put together, with one color matches for both pieces with perhaps a little 1980s or 1990s flare with the color trim (think black track suit and white trim lines).

As far as the tops and bottoms go, the two pieces you want to be in your closet at all times: the classic white, button up dress shirt and the black leggings. The former pretty much speaks for itself and the latter is all about, again, comfort but also something you pop on to wear out or even to the office without any pushback from the masses.

You really could say that about all these examples: they’ll always be there for you and universally lauded and loved no matter what time, date or year you’re wearing them.

Fashion Rewind: Why the 80s are cooler then ever


What is old, often is rebranded, rechristened and transformed from cast aside to the hottest and most stylish trend women’s fashion has ever seen.

Much the same way pop culture has embraced everything associated with the 1980s, shoes, shirts, pants and accessories are no different as far as women’s fashion is concerned. The real highlight of that decade is the rebirth of just about everything 80s, even the type of clothing or trends that, even back in its heyday, would be considered odd and oft putting at best.

But that is what is so magical about fashion, how something can be lambasted and laughed at 30 some years ago yet return in the modern day runway or department store as being lauded and wanted by the masses and brought back to life to the point that it is utterly clamored for by all.

The best place to start is at the bottom, as in your jeans as those stone washed and acid washed (or varying washes of your choice back in 1980 something) looked hideous to some yet worn by most have marched their way one odd pant leg at a time back into the forefront. The acid wash look, notably better this time around in brighter colors, works well with the oversized sweatshirt, another staple from that decade.

And as long as you’re talking about jeans, why not continue the trend of the high waisted ones? That is another fashion staple that has made a stand and returned to form, along with pairing it with a thinner belt. And that acid wash look isn’t made just for the pants, either. The high waisted look also has migrated into the shorts market, too, with jean shorts making a serious comeback that would make even the most fashion conscious women stop and stare at just how not out of place this stylish staple truly looks.

We can all agree too that one accessory or piece of outwear that also didn’t seem all that great back in the 1980s was the windbreaker, this jacket made of a plastic material that was, in theory, supposed to protect you from the wind (hence the name). What popularity these jackets had quickly eroded when you started seeing them being given away at events with company logos on them.

But the windbreaker is back and being trotted out for a second go around, along with its 1980s (and into the 1990s) partner in crime: the fanny pack. These belt and purse hybrid is hardly just hype.

No matter if you were a teenager in the 1980s or in your mid 30s, you can’t ignore that you maybe quietly enjoyed this fashion and now can revel in the fact that it has returned even better, brighter and bigger than ever.

Tiny dancers: Why small handbags aren’t popular but still great

Think about cell phones and how amazed we all were when the flip phone arrived and allowed those large, outdated cellular phones (yes, you should use the whole name for how big they were) to slowly move out to pasture.

Big was hardly beautiful when it came to phones, but that has changed with the “phablet,” the phrase used to coin a cell phone and tablet melded together to one giant phone.

Now, change gears for a minute and focus on women’s handbags, more specifically that the larger handbags, not that long ago, went away with extreme prejudice and were replaced by the smaller, chic version.

That isn’t the case in 2016 as the larger bags are begging (and getting) a major comeback as the accessory of choice. But downsizing isn’t completely taboo, even if it isn’t the fashionable tour de force it was not that long ago.

Sure, the small handbag isn’t thriving but it’s alive and well enough for a few manufacturers and designers to take note and give the minority of women who still want small wonders of handbags something to choose from that doesn’t forget how much style matters.

Two styles of smaller bags in particular are starting to show signs of life, namely that of a leather or suede ilk and those that sport a thicker, chain like strap (gold and silver both are widely accepted).

The suede bags by Burberry and Chloe send shivers through the spines of women who want small but don’t want to be cast aside for that tiny choice versus their larger counterparts. At first glance, the larger straps on some of these bags is a bit off putting but works with the suede and leather look.

As for the leather, a lot of small bags are the ones that, when pulled shut, have that twist tie look at the top, a really fashionable and trendy style for spring particularly but works year round as well.

The perfect handbag is truly in the eye of the beholder, but big certainly would be considered beautiful as far as fashion goes for now. But if you’re ready to buck the trend and go rogue with your style, you can do so knowing that a smaller bag isn’t going to equal big problems with how you’re perceived from a fashion standpoint.

It just means, in your eyes, good things do still come in small packages.

Eye Balling: How eye color plays into choice of makeup

Have you ever considered the possibility that your eye color and your eye liner play a game of back and forth with one another?

More specifically, does your eye color affect the type of eye liner color you ultimately choose?

The idea that eye liner doesn’t matter is somewhat laughable, almost the same as the comment suggesting that one size fits all when it comes to eye liners.

The truth of the matter is eye liner color does matter as certain shades of a particular hue will ultimately make your eye color pop.

Darker, brown eyes tend to work best with blue liner, while those delectable blue eyes match up perfectly with a gold liner.

While green eyes are always a stunner, a reddish, brown tone doesn’t harken colors of the holiday but instead makes those unique green eyes stand out even more so than they do already.

And as long as we are focusing on the eyes, why not ask the question how you can make them look bigger and bolder? Anyone who pays close attention to their makeup, whether you’re talking about the aforementioned eye color and liner or concealer, foundation or anything that you put on your face.

Your eyes really tie everything together from a makeup standpoint, so it’s hard not to get totally involved in making those peepers pop. How exactly do you make them stand out?

For starters, why not look at not only the eye liner in conjunction with the color of your eyes, but also get rid of the puffiness, the number one concern for eye issues, with cold, not hot in the way compresses. The cold part flushes the skin and takes away the swelling look under your eyes. Concealer, the right one, also will take the attention off the puffy eyes and back on to your eyes and all that you’re done to make them that much more important.

Equally paramount is having eyebrows that are framed for your face but also specifically for your eyes. The right frame can draw all kinds of right attention to your eyes, and unruly brows are best left to those who aren’t interested in making their eyes the focal point of their makeup endeavor.

When you think about the phrase “the eyes have it,” you can’t argue that part of your face is fair game as far as making bold decisions with eye liner and making sure the first impression, the first glance is always the best one you put forward.

Shirt Happens: How to make plain into perfection

Women know that, when it comes to fashion and clothing, that your dollar only stretches so far.

So if you can find places to stash cash in the form of buying a universally lauded product that can pull together several outfits but not cost a fortune, that certainly is ideal.

Anywhere costs can be cut and yet not fall victim to some sort of fashion misstep is a path most women would take in a heartbeat.
One of the best and easiest places to do so and not miss a beat: your favorite T shirt.

Yes, our old friend, the solid colored T shirt, is one that can be used just about anywhere in your wardrobe and paired with any outfit and can be done with a cost that is hardly prohibitive as far as being able to buy one $10 or $20 shirt and use it throughout a variety of different outfits for work, play or any occasion really.

Think about that casual outfit that you won’t to break out this weekend, but still want to maintain some semblance of style and not look as though you’ve relegated yourself to T shirt and jeans and nothing more.

The T shirt, solid color, goes great and wonderfully with denim. No, that doesn’t mean jeans, jean jacket and a T shirt should be the outfit of choice but instead taking that denim jacket, hardly outdated by any means, and putting it together with a set of pumps and a solid colored T shirt. In place of the jeans, think about putting a pair of capri pants with it or even a skirt that has some color and pattern to it.

That same T shirt can be placed under a blazer and paired with those jeans we wanted to hold off on using and either flat shoes or pumps for another look that makes casual Friday at the office hardly something that won’t turn some heads.

Another look that screams simply sexy is a T shirt paired with every girl’s favorite bottoms: leggings. You can pair the T shirt with leggings of the leather variety or even plain, Jane cotton and still have a look when you add heels and some sort of jacket that goes against the grain (maybe leather or some sort of cargo coat), and that look is both cost effective and gives your T shirt versatility.

Then again, what else would you expect from the wonder and awe that is the T shirt. It keeps things easy and laid back but certainly can be leveled way up to appease any look a women wants.

Summertime Blues: Why summertime fashion and work don’t mix

Summertime fashion is fun, exciting and allows you to get creative as the clothes lessen, the functionality and flavor that is warmer temperatures breeds a sense of style that is welcoming to the masses, not just the fashion experts who comb the runways looking for what’s in and what’s out.

The latter sentiment is a unique one as it relates to summer, and less clothing. More specifically, how do you handle the office, work and summertime, when you don’t have the option of layering up or wearing something that is a little more conducive to professional in the colder months.

It’s not secret that winter lends itself more to a business professional look, mostly because of long pants, blazers and long sleeved attire that is more make than break when it comes to fashion at the office and not sticking out like a sore thumb.

That sticking out means quite simply that you’re not wearing fashionable clothing to work during the summer.

What exactly is stylish for summer this year that allows you to fit in?

To answer that question, you might want to think about what isn’t appropriate.

For instance, the summer is all about short shorts, particularly this year but those aren’t going to get the job done at work.

Also not working at work is anything strapless or too revealing (such as a tank top) or showing off too much skin as a whole. That includes mini skirts and dresses that are far too short. As silly as it sounds, the two inch finger tip rule is fashion personified and if your skirt isn’t at that length before you leave for the day, a change is in order.

And even if that skirt or shorts are long enough, make sure your shirt isn’t longer than your pants. Giving yourself the feel and look of not wearing pants (even though you are) makes for a situation that is going to get you all the wrong looks at work.

This year, summertime style sets itself apart from the pack and it has more to do than just the nicer weather and warmer temperatures, but rather a flare for the flirty and free, centering on comfort and not constrictive.

But as much as summer sends all the right messages by the pool and on the beach, for the weekend getaways, you have to remember that the office and summer sometimes butt heads.

Bagged Brilliance: Fanny packs and belt bags beg for attention

When was the last time you saw a fanny pack or anything wrapped around your waist that screamed storage?
Those days are long gone, some would say nearly 30 years old.

But in the last three decades and with fashion being as cyclical as it is, you’d be hard pressed to potentially believe that the fanny pack and keeping things organized near your belt buckle would be making a comeback the likes of which the 1990s boy band craze wishes would resurface.

Say hello to the belt bag and be prepared to be amazed at just how fashionable this old school approach to style is.

Sure, at first glance, the more standard and modern day belt bag looks like a clutch purse or wallet on a string, hardly mirroring its predecessor from the days of old. The belt bag of 2016 is a fun, flirty take on spring fashion that fits well with any and all styles and wardrobes, from more modern dresses to the belt bag that flips over your shoulder.

Yes, the over the should model looks a lot like a book bag and that you’ll be heading toward your school locker, but when these versions are smaller and look like vertical fanny packs, the sky and the looks paired subsequently are the limit.

If you’re still not buying that the belt bag (or call it a fanny pack if that helps) is coming back stronger than ever, you shouldn’t look any further than the companies and designers that are backing this packing trend full force on its return to form in the modern day of fashion.

The likes of Marc Jacobs, Michael Kors, Ralph Lauren and Tory Birch are begging for your attention to their versions of this apparently timeless style for women. Those aforementioned names are heavy hitters and highly credible when you think about handbags, purses and other accessories, so they’re the trendsetters typically when it comes to not only offering the product for starters, but also how they’re designed and positioned in the marketplace.

They’re front and center and being pushed as the next big thing that has already existed and is making a move to the front of the accessories line again. As much as you want to scoff or roll your eyes at this trend, the fact remains is the belt bag is big (well not literally of course) and shows signs that it might be here to stay on its second go around on the women’s fashion front line.

Fashion Trends That Can Sizzle the Chizzle

The weather in the December and January months is just plain cold in many areas of the world. Canada is one place the weather is atrociously cold. Even states in the United States like Florida are staring to experience cold winters. Fortunately, some apparel and footwear exists that can melt away the icicles with their stunning appeal and warm materials. The following are three fashionable pieces that can burn up a woman’s outfit so much that she will think she’s warm in 30-below weather:

Winter Cowgirl Boots

Winter cowgirl boots are a popular trend in the UK. They are boots that look like cowgirl boots on the outside, but they are packed with layers and soft, warm cotton on the inside. Some of the boots have buckets in the front and strings on the side, as well. The boots come in leather and suede options. A number of manufacturers create these awesome boots. Traders is one manufacturer that may carry such boots.

Pure or Naughty Downwear

A down-filled coat is one of the warmest items that any man or woman can wear in the winter time. However, a down-filled coat can still be attractive even if it is thick and bulky. An example of an attractive down-filled coat is the Mountain Hardwear Downtown model. The coat costs about $300, and it has nylon, down and various faux materials on it. The coat is long and goes past the woman’s buttocks. She can choose colors such as Pure White, Stone Green or Dark Raspberry.

Cutesy Winter Hats

Winter hats are another element that can accept a women’s already existing good looks. The Aliexpress website has a wide variety of hats that can bring out the beautiful colors in a woman’s eyes and the sparkle in her smile. Some of the hats have extremely low prices, as well. For example, a woman can purchase some fashionable knitted hats with adorable fluffy balls on top of them for less than $3 a hat. Colors that are available are colors such as red, white, yellow, purple, pink, brown and blue.

Thermal Underwear

Thermal underwear is an example of a winter garment that is personal but still attractive. The female may spend some time looking at herself in the mirror while she is wearing a red fur-lined thermal set from GlobalSaler site, for example.

Women can be cold and still be hot by adding some of the previously mentioned items to their wardrobes.

Women’s fashion can be Fit and Fabulous

When was the last time you went to the gym, wore your so-called workout clothes and had to be somewhere afterward that required you to change clothes?

Seems pretty annoying, right? You have to pack those gym clothes for after work and then go ahead and pack another set of clothes as well. Before you know it, you’re not carrying around a gym bag but rather a suitcase to get from point A to point B.

Furthermore, who doesn’t want to get to wear comfortable, gym like clothing all day every day without actually looking like you threw on your sweats or just wore your pajamas to the gym? Whatever happened to being able to dress down and yet still have your fashion acumen looking up for you at any given moment when you step in front of a mirror?

That doesn’t have to be the case with a new fashion look that is becoming equal parts trendy and stylish without compromising what you wear to the gym as far as not having to change afterward if you don’t need to or the ability to wear something comfortable yet still looking the part of someone who can meet a friend at a restaurant or out for a drink without standing out for all the wrong reasons.

The latest trend is the open back, soft top that is loose in the front and looks comfortable yet not messy and mostly is paired with workout slash Yoga pants and a sports bra.

Now, you’re probably thinking that you have a closet full of Under Armor, NIKE or Reebok gear and that is perfectly fine. While that’s true to some extend, they still look mostly like workout clothes. What this look allows is you to have a fun, fashionable look that doesn’t immediately remain you that the treadmill awaits.

And if you’re not swimming in expensive workout clothes, this look isn’t going to destroy your checkbook while you’re trying to expand your wardrobe with attire that is versatile. You also want to gravitate toward a colorful pairing, mainly with the sports bra being a vibrant choice, such as hot pink or a teal would go great with a light colored blue or grays, some color that doesn’t necessary stand out on its own. Black and gray work well as the colors of choice for the pants, too.

Being able to dress up your workout attire to suffice as every day wearables is the duel threat your wardrobe has been missing. You can’t undersell the convenience element too that you’ll be adding to your closet.