If you’re working at an internship or any office this summer, you probably had to update your wardrobe a bit with a few professional pieces. Take a peek at an article on summer style tips for the female executive I wrote recently. Can’t wait to hear what you think!
While the office may always be a place of strict professionalism, there is nothing wrong with having a little fun with fashion by bringing this summer’s trends into your work wardrobe.
As a female executive, every outfit should radiate power, intelligence and experience. The challenge is achieving this look without wearing the same dark blue suit to work every day or appearing overly feminine.
In this case, the latest summer and spring trends may offer some help. Dozens of trends came down the runway last September that can be incorporated into any executive’s closet. The easiest trends to slip in are bold florals and white blazers.
Combine a white blazer, bold floral pencil skirt and solid pumps for a crisp clean look that will keep you fashionable and office appropriate. For a more trend focused look, feel free to experiment with a subtle printed top, corresponding floral blazer, or bold matching jewelry.
For those who want an even delicate nod to the fashion icons of the moment, the slideshow “15 Fresh Suiting Combinations to Try” by Elle Magazine’s Tara Lamont-Djite provides a few options – including the use of monochrome. Here they note the use of a black blazer, sleeveless top and trousers that are black in the front and white in the back. These pants give the woman an unexpected flair to a typically understated classic look.
Another monochrome option is to match a solid straight-leg black trouser with a statement white top. Feel free to use non-neutral colored accessories in this case.
Although they come in white and black, make sure to stay away from the sheer trends flouting around department store racks this season. While color appropriate, there is no straightforward way to wear them in a professional setting.
But, these are not the only trends suitable for the workplace.
Printed and bold colored bottoms mentioned in the aforementioned slideshow and Marie Claire’s “Top Spring 2013 Fashion Trends Straight from the Runway” by Kate Schweitzer, present another option.
Match a printed bottom, such as floral or bold colored vertical stripes, with a solid colored top and flats for a relaxed yet fashionable look. For those who want a slower transition into the trend, this creates an alternative without straying too far away from the norm.
Anyone willing to take a greater risk and catch more looks across the conference room can try this look.
Thanks to the summer movie premiere of “The Great Gatsby”, old Hollywood glam has made a renewed statement in this season’s apparel. Although glitz and glam are not always workplace appropriate, a few touches of the era can create an impression.
Some ways to do so are detailed in Elle’s “Get the Gatsby Look with These 32 Dresses, Shoes and More” slideshow by Alicia Lund as well as Refinery 29’s slideshow, “11 Fresh, Modern (Easy!) Ways To Channel The Great Gatsby,” by Emily London.
Art deco accessories (such as an architectural bracelet or elaborate earrings), t-strap heels, heels with ankle straps or an entirely white outfit are a few touches that nod to the roaring twenties without turning work attire into a costume.
Otherwise, a drop-waist dress with sequins, fringe accents or sheer panels along the neck or arms can increase the presence of the trend without going too far.
While on the clock, it is easy to stay on trend by remembering a few simple tricks. Add pops of color, bold prints, and don’t be afraid to have a little fun with an outfit. Above all, make sure the trends used reflect your personal style and are added organically. Forcing a bunch of items from a specific print, color or trend, can make the outfit appear more like a costume than fashion-forward.