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Chic Summer Office Essentials -
Part 3 Skirts
I suppose it is time to flatter our bottom halves :)
I have posted a lot about tops in this series, it's time to focus on bottoms. Skirts are more flattering to a women's silhouette than any other type of bottom, in my opinion.
Great for the office, presentations, client meetings...perfectly appropriate EVERY time.
The photo on the left is definitely more of a whimsical style skirt. I really LOVED the photo. So fun with the Alice in Wonderland inspiration...
I will show you a few different types of skirts that are work appropriate and teach you what styles will flatter your shape the most.
I have a few suggestions for wearing skirts. As much as possible, accompany your skirt with a heel or wedge, something to give your legs extra length. If you have long legs, or don't carry much volume on your bottom half, ballet flats are fine, just make sure your skirt's hem is right at the knee or just above it (not longer). I like to see bare legs under skirts, but if you are uncomfortable with that, I would suggest a VERY sheer pair of panty hose. A wonderful client of mine shared with me that Talbots carries great sheer panty hose (Thank you Mary Claire, muah!). Skirts should be at your waist or high wasted and tops should be tucked in generally. Let's get started...
The High Wasted Pencil Skirt
This style hugs the waste, bum, and thighs. It is a super flattering cut on most body shapes. GREAT if you are curvy, especially if you have a smaller waste compared to your bottom half. Also equally as fabulous if you have little curve to your body and want to add a more curvy appearance. I would say a high wasted pencil skirt is a universally flattering skirt for sure! If you haven't tried one before, I would HIGHLY recommend it. This skirt will give your body some va va voom curves!
The A-Line Skirt
This type of skirt fits at the waist then shapes like the letter A and floats away from your body at the bottom. This is a great type of skirt if you have a more voluptuous bottom half (pear or hourglass shape) or if your shoulders are broader than your hips (inverted triangle). You need to be careful with the length, if these skirts are too long, they can add more volume than you probably want. Keep the hem around knee length.
Skirts, unfortunately, aren't a staple in most professional wardrobes I visit. They should be! Skirts are flattering and interchangeable with so many items. If you don't usually look at skirts when out shopping or getting ready for work in the morning, try it! They can do as much for your self esteem (if not more) as a power suit can ;) Thank you so much for reading!
P.S. Do you have a favorite skirt? What does it look like and how do you wear it?!
*Bonus Blog* Inspiration and Organization in One
I made an inspirational, organizational, interchangeable art piece! Well, technically it's a pin board ;)
I just wanted to share this project I worked on over the Memorial Day weekend. I thought some of you might like to try it yourself. I'm sure some of you already have made or bought one and use it on a regular basis :)
I had found a large BEAUTIFUL antique picture frame at the St. Vincent De Paul dig and save. I paid $2 for it! It is 30" x 40".
I bought a foam display board at Stapples (it was perfectly 30" x 40") and some cork squares to cut and glue to the foam board.
After my hubby kindly put it together for me (I am good at coming up with the idea, not so great at the execution when it comes to precise measurements and cutting), we put it in the frame and hammered in tiny nails to hold it in place and here it is...
I was really happy with how it turned out! This will be sitting right over my home office space. I was VERY excited to add some of my favorite magazine tears to create my own inspiring visuals...
I laid the board out on our dining room table. As you can see, it covered my whole table! This is one serious board...
Laying everything out before committing to pinning them...
Here is the finished board up in my office space :) Squeeek!
Close up look...
There you have it! I LOVE that I can easily change out the tears with the new ones as the seasons and styles change.
What do you think? Would you use something like this in your home/office? OR, do you have some more ideas for how to use it?
Image from Lulus.com
Chic Summer Office Essentials - Part 2 Blazers
You might be thinking "Blazers?! In the summer?? That might be a little toasty...". I totally understand, but as I said in my last post, you need layering pieces in the summer for the air-conditioned office, lunch appointments, client meetings...etc. Make sure whatever blouse or tank you wear underneath is appropriate when your blazer is removed and your set! PLUS, blazers are a miracle worker for flattering a women's silhouette. In the photo to the left, I really like how she is wearing her blazer with shorts and a tie blouse...SUPER cute! Throw on some heels and "work" it girl ;)
When working within your own closet, or buying new, there are a few things I want you to look for in your blazers. Choose a 1-2 button lapel blazer, these are the most universally flattering (for the ladies with a substantial chest and ladies without). If your blazer is more that 5 years old, you most likely need to update to a more current style.
If your body shape carries more weight in your middle and bust
(apple shape), blazers are your BEST friend because they give you a smaller appearing waistline and add structure to your shoulders. Make sure the blazer hugs your waist when closed to give you a nice small waist-ed appearance. EVERY body shape can benefit from blazers. I'll show you a few different styles and who they work best for.
Here is the universally flattering style blazer. I chose great summer colors. These blazers have a 1-2 button lapel. I tried to keep it light, bright, and happy...
These blazers don't have closure buttons and are meant to be worn open. They will still give you some shape, but not as much as the blazers with buttons will. These are great for women that are more voluptuous on the bottom (pear shape), have a proportionate bust to hip ratio (hourglass), or have little to no curves (rectangle or boy shape). These are a bit more fashion forward, let's check them out ;)
I could blog about blazers for days...They are flattering on EVERYONE and instantly give you a put together look. I hope you enjoyed learning more about blazers for the summer. I am so exited for the next post about chic summer office essentials! Next round we'll focus on something for your bottom half. Thank you so much for reading!
P.S. I would LOVE to know which blazer is your favorite and why? It can be one you already own or one you saw above ;) Have a fabulous day! xoxo
Image from Lulus.com
Chic Summer Office Essentials - Part 1 Blouses
Summer is a whole different animal when it comes to dressing professionally. You need to have removable layers in case it's chilly inside, but an ensemble underneath that works when worn alone. In the next few posts, I am going to share some great interchangeable pieces that will make your summer office wardrobe go much further. I am super excited! Let's get started...
It is ALWAYS great to have blouses in your work wardrobe (year round). Light sheer fabrics will be helpful in the summer heat. Blouses can be tucked into skirts, pants, chino shorts (check with office dress code), and slim or skinny trousers. They can also be worn un-tucked with any of your usual work bottoms. I have a few different options to flatter your unique body shape and enhance your style. When it comes to choosing the most flattering blouse for you, there is more than meets the eye ;)
Tie Blouses - These blouses look great on just about everyone. Because they open up the neckline, they draw attention up towards your beautiful decolleteand face. The sleeves however can make a huge difference depending on your body shape.
Button Down Blouses - These blouses also open up your neckline with the slight v-neck they create. Great for adding structure to the body which benefits many different body shapes, from ladies with curves to ladies without. This is a "classic" style blouse with a sheer twist ;)
Well, there you have it for fashion forward blouse options! I hope this info was helpful in knowing what is the best type of summer blouse for you. I am looking forward to sharing more Chic Summer Wardrobe Essentials over the next few weeks. Have a wonderful weekend!
P.S. How do you feel about tucking in your blouse? I would LOVE to hear your thoughts and questions!
*Bonus Blog* Inspired by Lace in a Magazine
I got my hands on three of my favorite magazines this past Saturday. The June Issue of People Style Watch, the June Issue of Lucky Magazine, and the J Crew May Style Guide (thank you for sharing your J Crew Lu!).
I was inspired by so many fabulous looks in all of these magazines, but there was one in particular I just
HAD to share with you! Last week I did a blog post on the spring trend doily lace. In my Lucky Magazine I saw another great idea for how to wear lace that I wanted to execute with items in my existing closet :) So I pulled out a few of my pieces and created my own combo that I haven't tried before.
Here is the image that inspired me. Scanned from my Lucky Magazine:
Image taken from June Issue of Lucky Magazine
So cute, right?! I had a few items I thought I could work with. I also wanted to make this look a bit more me and appropriate for my body shape.
Here are the items I had...
This sweet little lace shift dress. I have been really happy with how easily I can dress it down with boots and a jacket...
Basic chambray camp shirt. This style shirt is extremely versatile, you can wear them open, closed, tied at the bottom, layered...etc.I pull this out a TON.
These are my basic boho wedges. I LOVE the shoes the model is wearing in the Lucky look. They are like a men's saddle shoe. But, I also know I am not a 6 ft. tall model with legs up to my ears (I am 5' 1" on a good day), I need a bit more height with a shorter skirt and what better way to add some than a wedge? Plus, they feel a bit more "me" :)
I really like the cream moto vest too, but I don't own one, so I improvised with what I had. I like how everything turned out :)
Here is the completed look(s):
The camp shirt is buttoned. It's hard to tell in the pics, but you can see a little bit of the lace peaking out at the neckline of the shirt and the bottom of the sleeves. The fun little details make a look interesting...
I had a lot of fun with this one :) I hope it inspires you to grab some pieces out of your closet and play with them in a whole new way!
P.S. I would LOVE to hear your thoughts...which look did you like the best? How would you make the Lucky mag look more YOUR style?
2012 Spring Trend Focus - Doily Lace for Everyday
One of the 2012 spring trends I have been loving is doily lace :) We are seeing lace in tops, dresses, skirts, tanks...layering lace on top of each other or differing types of lace on top and bottom. It all works! The beautiful picture on the left is showing the doily lace trend at Spring Fashion Week 2012 from multiple designers. Lace looks sweet, feminine, and all grown up. This season, we are seeing it paired with floral prints, pastels, or other lace pieces. I think there are even more ways to play with lace...
The most wonderful thing about this trend, is that it can be incorporated into your everyday spring looks or sweetened up for a special occasion.
Check out these Lace Trend inspired dresses at different price ranges :) Just add heels and a clutch...
Fabulous Lace Tops! These are so easy to pair with shorts, rolled skinny jeans, or tuck into a skirt.
I LOVE the Lace and skirt combo. You can dress it down with a tee shirt tucked in and sandal flats, or dress it up with a blouse and some heels/wedges...
I hope this encourages you to try the 2012 Spring Trend Doily Lace for work or play :) I would love to hear your thoughts on this trend!
P.S Do you have anything lacy already in you closet? Or...is there a lacy piece you'd like to own? Tell me about it!
P.S.S. Undies don't count ;) xoxo