September 13, 2011

Style Inspiration-Working Separates

Working Separates

A great work wardrobe is always made up of basics in neutrals, having separates that can mix and match will give more outfits and stretch your working wardrobe farther.  If you are looking to add some interest by buying new items or looking to change things up with what you already have, here are some ideas:
  • Texture:  Tweeds and textured pants, skirts & jackets add interest to an outfit.
  • Pattern: Subtle patterns such as hounds tooth, plaids, and herringbone can be treated as a neutral and worn with anything. Don't be afraid to mix patterns such as florals with herringbone, polka dots and plaid, etc. The idea is to have the same color scheme so they "go".  Patterned scarves and blouses are a great way to mix patterns. I love to mix florals and animal prints-you can do this for a work outfit by having a floral scarf or blouse and animal print shoe or bag. But just keep the animal print to one or two pieces so you still keep a professional appearance.
  • Sparkle: Statement necklaces and bold jewelry is great for professional wear and ads some sparkle to any outfit. You can also look for metallic tweeds or embellished blouses to wear under a jacket.
You may recognize this flashback post from earlier this year. The outfit below consists of 3 patterns: A floral Blouse, brown herringbone pant, and giraffe peep toe pump-and is totally work place appropriate. This would also look great with a chocolate brown blazer over top for a casual professional look.
Floral Blouse: Alfani, Macy's $15
Pants: H&M $35
Shoes: DSW
Belt: NY & Company $15
Earrings: Absolute Chocolate diamond hoops, HSN,  Birthday Present
Bracelet: Stretch pearl bracelet, birthday present

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