Work Wardrobe Essentials

For those of us who work and in particular, in an office setting, will know just how troublesome it may be to decide what to wear every morning. For those of you who wear uniforms regardless of if you think it is tasteless, consider yourself lucky. You are speared the waste of ten minutes or more each day of standing in front of a closet, staring at clothes, hoping that the right items could just volunteer themselves. With the price of clothes and everything else these days, it may be difficult to maintain a large work wardrobe. By adding a few basic items however, it can make the task a little lighter because you’ll be able to mix and match and be creative with your outfits.

These are ten basic items to put on your checklist for work wear. These can be altered based on your own personal style and or figure so the you can get the best out of these items.

10 Essentials for your work wardrobe

1. Pencil Skirt- Choose a skirt that falls on or slightly below the knee for a more classic look. Black is more all purpose but then so is grey. If a pencil skirt is not suited for your body type then choose something more appropriate but stick to knee length and the colors suggested.

2. Black Pants – It can be pleated or flat front, wide legged or pencil cut, it depends on your preference.

3. Well Made Dress – The color and style on this piece is flexible. The length should be around your knee.

4. White shirt of blouse- It does not have to be the traditional long sleeve shirt. Make your choice based on your personal style and or figure.

5. Blazer- Pick one that is versatile and can be paired with a range of colors.

6. Fun Cardigan- Have fun with this item in terms of color or pattern. Depending on where you work choose a basic color or go for a pattern.

7. Playful Skirt- Again have fun with this item in terms of color and patterns.

8. Basic Tees- These are great for layering or for dressing down on Fridays. Can be worn inside of jackets, cardigans and blazers.

9. Black Shoes- These should be selected based on comfort first and then style since they will most likely be worn for long hours. Close toed with a lower heel are always best suited for work.

10. Black Hand Bag- Black is perhaps the most versatile color so you can never go wrong with a black bag. Select something large enough to hold all your apparatus like wallet, makeup, lunch etc.

One item not mentioned above that is  essential to invest in is a well tailored suit. Not everyone likes suits (myself included) but it is great to have one at hand for that last minute interview. It will save you having to run out to buy one.

Tip: Invest also in some accessories like scarves and necklaces and a pair of pearl stopper earrings. These will come in handy to spruce up and change up the looks of your outfits.

Some stores that carry great pieces at affordable prices to add to your work wardrobe are Bang Bang and  Sweet 16. 

What are some of your work wardrobe essentials?

The Mullet Dress

Just a few weeks ago Nicole Richie attended the the 2012 FIFI awards and in a gorgeous, black, baby doll, mullet dress that in my opinion took this trend to another level.

The mullet dress, much like the hairstyle, is short at the front and long at the back, or like “they” say, “business at the front, party at the back.” Just like the hairstyle, this dress style has always gotten a lot of mixed reviews. Most people either love it or hate it. Like most trends, the mullet dress is most certainly not for every one. Nicole Richie though, is very petite so along with her hairstyle and accessories she nailed this look. Another aspect of her dress that I like are the sleeves. I’m not a fan of long sleeve dresses but I think this is what makes this particular mullet dress memorable (try to picture the dress without the sleeves.)

Quite a number of celebrities have worn this trend over the years with a number of variations to a range of events. Check out these photos to see which adaptation of this style you like the best.

Beyonce

Jessica Alba

Selena Gomez

Miley Cyrus

Christina Aguilera

Granted, some of these dresses are very costume-ish and may not be very practical for your everyday gals like you and me. However, mullet dresses are available in simple variations and did I mention that there are also mullet skirts?

So what do you think of this trend? Would you wear it? As always, feel free to send us photographs of how you wore this or any trend to trufashionfink@gmail.com and we’ll be happy to feature you on our blog.

Color Blocking

Are you afraid of color? Have you heard about color blocking? I’m sure you’ve seen it around lately. It certainly is a bold trend but you’re not afraid of fashion. Color blocking is when you take opposite or contrasting colors and combine them. The results can be  pretty striking but then that’s the whole point. The thing about fashion is that you can’t run from it and this trend is everywhere. Some garments are already constructed into the trend or is it the trend into the garment? Either way it makes it easier to wear the trend since you don’t have to figure out how to mix and match the colors.

Quite a number of celebrities are wearing this trend already. Maybe after seeing it on them you may be more inclined to try it. Here are some for your viewing pleasure.

Tyra Banks

Rihanna

Ashley Greene

Kim Kardashian

Leona Lewis

Ashley Tisdale

Who do you think wore this trend the best?  Would you wear this trend? Feel free to send us pictures of how you wear this trend and we’ll feature you on our blog.

Would you wear this trend?

Pastel and brightly colored jeans.

Kim Kardashian wore her pastel jeans with neutrals. (love those sandals)

Lauren Conrad also stuck to neutrals with her bright red jeans. (looks great with the striped top, sort of nautical)

Do you like this trend? Would you wear it?  Maybe you’ve tried it already. Let us know what you think. 🙂