Warmers temps, birds chirping, longer days, these are all sure signs that spring is here. Another sure sign of spring is brighter colors. Bright colors seem to be really popular this season and I’m here for it! I love wearing brighter colors as a way to embrace the change in seasons and brighten my mood. I also like to mix and match them with difference prints as a way to add more statement pieces to my attire.Many tend to shy away from prints and bright colors by themselves, let alone mixed together. When done right, you have yourself a stylish and chic outfit that’s a great way to make a fashionable statement that’s sure to turn heads.
They key to styling bright colors and prints is balancing them out with solid pieces. I pair the bright green pants with leopard print accessories and a white button down. The button down lets the pants and accessories do the talking while adding a polished and professional element to the look. The three tone purse enhances the leopard print accessories.
Embrace the longer days and sunshine with a brighter hues and fun prints.
I’ve been working from home exclusively since the pandemic began and I had to make the transition from going to an office everyday to making my home my office. A big part of that transition was finding clothes that were comfortable enough to wear around the house yet still enabled me to look decent enough to be seen on camera. Trying to find that balance was a challenge at first but outfits like this dress and cardigan combo make it easy.
The outfit is versatile and could also be worn to the office with a pair of heel or flats. On days when it‘s colder out I pair it with the cardigan, while when it’s warmer out I wear it as is. The dress is stretchy making it cozy for home while also looking structured with the knot tie in the center. I pair the outfit with leopard print jewelry to coordinate with the black while adding a pop of color and design.
Some may be wondering why I put so much effort into a work from home look. Studies show that dressing up signals productivity to your brain and this causes it to go into business mode. Keeping on your pajamas signals rest and relaxation and makes it harder for the wearer to make that transition from sleep mode to work mode. Hence what you wear has big implication on how you feel.
For more work from look ideas see the bottom of the article.
Cheers to the weekend! For many in the workplace, Fridays bring about a more casual vibe and dress code. While jeans may be acceptable this day of the work week, finding pieces to pair with them that are casual while not looking too casual can be a challenge, however that does not have to be the case. This look easily transitions its wearer from the work week to the weekend. It’s relaxed while looking polished and professional at the same time.
The key to dressing for casual Fridays is pairing office appropriate pieces like the blazer and heels with more casual items like jeans. I show two footwear options, heels and sneakers as this outfit easily goes with both. The heels are appropriate if you still have something more formal like a meeting to attend, while the sneakers are fitting if you want to be comfortable and casual while also looking well put together. To complete the look I’m wearing pink pearls and carrying a pink to coordinate with the blazer and shoes.
Command respect, while looking casual and chic in this Friday fashion forward look for casual Fridays.
I like that the high waisted style of bottoms is very trendy right now, as this style is very flattering on many figures and accentuates the waist and hips. It gives women a feminine and classy look. However, for some this trend can be intimidating. Well fear no more, because when done right this style can create the look of an proportional hourglass shape on its wearer. The key to achieving the hourglass shape if making sure the skirt stops at the smallest part of your mid-section. For some that might be right at the waist, while for others who are be bigger in the middle, it may be right underneath the bust area. It’s also key to pair these skirts with a top that works with the skirt to create the hourglass look. For most shapes, a fitted top works great to add proportion to the look. For those that are bigger in the middle, you can opt for a more relaxed fitted high waisted skirt, like an a-line skirt paired with a looser (but not too loose) fitting blouse like the outfit pictured below.
For my look, I decided to pair the high waisted skirt with a fitted puff sleeve blouse. The puff sleeves add proportion to the top, while the fitted skirt accentuates my bottom half. For accessories, I paired the clothes with printed pumps that have both black and pink in them to bring the 2 colors together. I also added a bright pink bag to match the top and layered the look with a black coat to balance out the brightness of the top.
High waisted skirts can give you a sophisticated look that is polished and professional while also figure flattering.
We’re at the long stretch of winter and at times, the winter blues have set in for me with it being cold, gray and overcast, and being hit by snow storms. It can be hard to find joy with the weather being gloomy, however your outfit can be an instant mood booster. People tend to wear darker colors during the winter and I find this to be counterintuitive since it’s already dark and gloomy outside. Why not brighten things up with brighter colors and add some light to the shorter days of winter?
This outfit includes all lighter and brighter hues from the shoulders down. The burnt orange sweater dress stands out with its vibrant color and keeps me warm due to its thickness. I accessorized it with gold and beige in keeping with the bright theme. The gold purse and jewelry brings out the gold in the dress. The beige boots, tights, and coat perfectly complement the bright shade of the dress making this look a ray of sunshine that’s sure to beat the winter blues.
Happy New Year! Hope your new year is off to a great start and for those who set goals, that you are well on your way to accomplishing those goals. For some, one of those goals may be to put your best foot forward and be more confident. One way to exude this newfound confidence can be through a confident and put together appearance. An occasion where you especially want to exude the full package of confidence is when giving a presentation or attending a meeting, whether that be at work or for another event. In today’s virtual world, many of us find ourselves attending meetings and giving presentations virtually and in person.
For me when I first started attending meetings and events virtually, I found it challenging to put together a look that stood out on the screen. The only part of you that is visible is your upper half, but I still wanted to make a statement with what was visible. Hence, it becomes important to invest in stand-out pieces for virtual meetings and events such as the collared sweater I’m wearing in this post. The collar stands out due to its contrast to the black sweater with its white lace detail and pearl and rhinestone embellishments. It’s stylish and makes a statement, while also creating a very polished and professional look. Another option could be accessorizing a blazer with a ruffle blouse or a statement necklace.
The look can easily transition as visually appealing for virtual events to eye-catching for in person events. The pants are comfortable enough to wear while working from home and add flair for in person events. To add a pop of color carried a red bag and I wore red lipstick. The pearl jewelry and the pearls on the belt match the pearls on the collar of the sweater and stand-out against the black sweater. The coat adds necessary warmth while also complimenting the outfit and allowing the red bag to stand out.
Transitioning attire between virtual and in person events doesn’t have to be hard and with the right details an outfit can go from boring to stand-out.
I recently had the pleasure of attending the Christmas play ”A Christmas Carol” and wanted to look Christmas festive in honor of the holiday. Given that I was attending a play in the evening, and I read that the dress was ”dressy casual” I wore attire that could easily be appropriate for the play, a night on the town, or church. I also decided to incorporate green, a Christmas color, to the backdrop of black in order to allow the brighter green shade to pop.
The outfit is composed of pieces that could easily be dressed up or down. I decided to wear the vest because I feel that people tend to wear more red this time of year than green. The vest is also versatile and could be worn with a variety of tops underneath to keep warm. The puff sleeve blouse jazzes up the outfit and compliments the chic look of the vest. It also gives the ensemble a dressy appearance without being too dressy. In order to balance the outfit with the “casual” aspect of the ”dressy casual” dress code for the play I wore leggings. Leggings are great for when you go to an occasion and don’t want to be overdressed nor underdressed as they can easily be dressed up or down. For my accessories I wore gold jewelry to compliment the gold in my handbag. To round off the outfit, I wore black booties to match the black in the rest of the outfit.
There’s nothing like getting in the holiday spirit with a Christmas play and a festive chic outfit to compliment the occasion.
“It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas” is a phrase that has definitely resonated with me lately with the snow we’ve gotten in my neck of the woods. Although the calendar says it’s still fall, the weather has said otherwise. The cold and snow has inspired me to come up with a way to stay warm while still looking cute, hence the sweater dress. This look is a great way to ward off the cold in a practical way, while looking cute doing it.
At the cornerstone of this warm and fashionable look is the sweater dress. It’s cute with its bodycon style and snap button detail, while keeping its wearer warm due to its length. The sweater material also contributes to its wearer being warm. In accessorizing the dress, I decided to go for a monochrome look with beige over the knee boots, a beige coat, and a tan, brown, and cream tote. I wore gold jewelry to bring out the gold in the buttons on the dress. The look is great for a plethora of occasions, from church or the office to going out.
Who said you can’t be cute and warm during the cold weather months?
Typically I like to wear colors that are seasonably appropriate and with it being fall I decided to style a dress in fall colors. Darker colors are usually associated with the fall, however I chose to style a color that doesn’t get much love this time of year but is seen quite often in fall foliage, yellow. I don’t have a whole lot of yellow in my wardrobe and it’s a shame because it’s such as bright and uplifting color. It also contrasts well with other fall hues and adds a pop of color in nature, much like it does to this outfit.
The dress itself is eye catching and immediately when I saw it I thought it would make a great addition to my fall wardrobe. It’s light enough for milder weather while its sleeve and hem length make it perfect for the cooler night and mornings of the fall. The bell sleeves also add a stylish flare to the dress, while the black belt nicely contrasts the bright colors in the dress. I bring out the belt with black shoes and and black and gold handbag. The gold jewelry adds nice and bright finishing touch’s to the fall inspired outfit.
The overall look does a great job of embracing an often underrated fall color, while also balancing it out with a darker neutral.
With fall in full swing, I have started to transition my wardrobe. Lately it’s been a mix of warmer days and cool mornings and evenings making dressing for the weather somewhat of a challenge. Suits are perfect to keep warm in the mornings and evenings, while also keeping cool during the day especially ankle length pants like the ones I’m wearing. I also like that with suits, the pieces can be worn as separates, enabling multi-functional use for them.
My suit is fall appropriate given its rust color and thick but not too heavy material. During the fall I like to incorporate fall colors into my wardrobe and this suit does just that. Since it’s simple, I chose to accessorize it with bold accessories like my leopard print pumps and jewelry. To bring out the black in the pumps and to provide a darker contrast to the suit I wore a black camisole. The tote tops off the look with colors in it found in the suit and the pumps.
Given their ability to be worn comfortably for the rapid changes in weather this time of year, suits are definitely a wardrobe staple that help one to suit up for fall.