Business Professional. What does this phrase really mean for 2017? This is one of the hot topics that will come up during my closet audits. Most people think business professional attire is a suit…meaning pants and a jacket or skirt and matching jacket…which for the most part is true. However, that does not mean that you have to continue wearing that grey pinstripe suit from the 90’s that you got from you first interview. Just because it is a suit, doesn’t necessarily mean it looks professional. And while we are on the topic, why do have to wear charcoal in order to feel professional? Why not have some fun with it?  And don’t even get me started on dark brown suiting that is reminiscent of a men’s brown leisure suit from the 70’s. You just don’t need it. Not only, will it make you feel masculine, but the color is outdated and just plain frumpy. I could go on and on about how “just because you are wearing a suit, doesn’t mean you look professional” but that isn’t what we are talking about today. Today we are talking about how to pump up that work wardrobe with a little bit of color…more specifically with the power color of the season. RED! It’s everywhere this Fall and might be just the thing to take your confidence up a notch! AND….if the suit pant or jacket is tailored to fit you, even a bold color like red will look sharp and professional.

Back in my Nordstrom days, I acted as store manager a couple of times per month. On these days, we were expected to dress up a little bit more than normal…dresses or trousers. Because I never had an “office job”, my business attire was a little lacking and wanting to “dress the part” of a Nordstrom store manager, I set out to find some trousers. What I found was the most amazing pair of red PANTS. They had a little bit of a wider leg, a flat front with some gold button details and after I got them altered (which BTW alterations are SO important with business attire) fit like a glove. The first time I wore them for a manager shift, I received multiple compliments on my LOOK…not just the pants. I know it was because they made me feel professional, fashionable and most importantly confident. I loved those red pants then and still have them to this day.

When the Fall 2017 trends started to drop, I was delighted to see shades of red gracing the runways in unexpected ways like suiting. Now, I know that red pants might not be for everyone, but if you are looking to step up your wardrobe game, it might be just the thing. This color is classic in style and yet makes a bold statement. It also mixes well with solids like black and white and traditional prints like leopard and stripes.

Need a business profesh look? Throw on a black top with a sharp black blazer and black or nude heel. Or grab that white blazer (that is one of my wardrobe staple suggestions) and pair it with a complimentary top. If you go with the white blazer, I would stick to a nude heel to keep the look fluid. And don’t forget to finish off your look with a some jewels!

For my red pant inspired look, I went outside my own box (since I normally wear neutrals) and paired these adorable wide leg pants with a blue and white striped blouse that has little tiny bird details! Since I am a “creative” professional, I don’t necessarily HAVE to wear a jacket. But, if I wanted to pump this look up a notch, I would have added my white blazer. This look is fun, whimsical and makes the world think, “If she is confident enough to wear red pants, she must know what she is talking about.” This could be you too!

Below are some of my favorite styles of red pants in lots of different styles. Pencil, cropped, wide leg, culotte, side split, high-waisted, plus size…so many options there is bound to be one just for you. Are you ready to join the red pants movement?