A few weeks ago, I had the pleasure of serving as the emcee for a corporate fashion show at Ann Taylor’s flagship store on Newbury Street. My company has a great professional women’s group and this event was one in a long series of programs that focuses on professional and personal development. You can guess the theme – dressing for work. We had a lot of fun putting looks together and I was reminded of some great lessons:
You have to have a classic, neutral suit in your closet. A basic black can’t be beat or one in another neutral color…
A soft colored tweed suit jacket work great with pants, jeans, skirts or over a dress!
A simple sheath dress compliments most figures – aim for a simple color so you can change up the look with accessories and sweaters/blazers – this is also a great day/night transition piece!
In the same category as sheath is the shirt-style dress – they tend to work on most body types and the asymmetrical hem and bright color make it trendy.
Be sure your closet has a few blouses (button-down and shell) and cardigans so you can mix and match easily!
Trends worth trying!
Don’t be afraid of color – vibrant is in and IS office appropriate!
Go with the feminine – pleats are so pretty
Prints are fun – be sure to have a few in your closet
Need something casual, say for “Jeans Friday” but don’t really want to wear jeans? Try a denim trouser
Larger, vibrant pieces look great over solids or with a classic white button down
Don’t forget a scarf or sash to add color. They look especially great with a cardigan
Want to make a neutral outfit a little more exciting? Add a fun shoe to the mix
If you haven’t stopped by Ann Taylor lately to take advantage of their summer sale, at least pop by in the next few weeks to check out their fall line. Great pieces at great prices!