Lately, I have had quite a few clients shopping for wear-to-work wardrobes. These shopping trips include a sprinkling of casual wear too, but the 9-5 looks have been a major focus. In theme with what I have been shopping for recently, I thought I would share my view of “The New 9-5”.
For years, all women wore to work was power suiting. Lots of black and grey filled their closets…along with lots of gloom. As years pass, work places are adopting a more fun way of dressing and I am all about it. I mean, if you work in an environment where everyone dresses up in suits all the time, do not let me steer you away from owing a perfectly TAILORED modern suit. This is a staple and will serve you for years and years together and also broken apart as separates. But, if your work attire landscape has become a little more casual, then this is the perfect time for adding in some unique pieces and to add some color in your life!
STYLE TIPS FOR THE NEW 9-5
Tip 1: Look for conservative colors like black and navy that you can pop with brighter colors like yellow or red. Red and navy is a great combo and more conservative. The black and yellow combo has now emerged as a modern color combo. Take a chance and you might actually like it!
Tip 2: Stripes. Whether it is on top or on bottom, stripes are a great way to add a sophisticated print to your day. Don’t be afraid of horizontal stripes. They aren’t all bad, I promise. If you aren’t quite sure about it, TRY IT ON. If you still are not sure….text me.
Tip 3: Embrace White and Navy as your new neutrals. I especially love all of the white 3rd pieces that are available right now. These colors are perfect for spring and summer weather, and besides, you can never go wrong with a nautical look.
Some of you may have seen this skirt that I posted the other day from a Lookbook styling appointment that I had with my cute, cute pregnant client. She loved the comfort, the versatility AND that it would grow with her throughout the duration of her pregnancy. No you guys, this is not a maternity skirt. I purchased it from the TBD department at Nordys (because being pregnant does not have to mean wearing something for only 6 months and then giving it away.) There are lots of “buy now wear later” options too. For example…this skirt:)
STRIPED T-SHIRT || STATESIDE
JEAN JACKET || JAG JEANS
SNEAKERS || CONVERSE SHORELINE
BOOTIE || PAUL GREEN
EARRINGS || KENDRA SCOTT
NECKLACE || BP
I loved this skirt so much that I went and bought it for myself! The stripes had me at hello. This skirt is comfy knit but heavy enough that it doesn’t show imperfections…kinda like budget St. John. I paired my skirt with a shorter, somewhat flowy, red sleeveless top to balance out the length of the skirt. Then, I finished it off with this amazing sleeveless long line cardigan. BTW, this trend is totally growing on me. You could also wear this awesome midi knit skirt with your new white sneaks I told you about in last month’s Herlife Magazine! Throw on a fitted t-shirt and you are casual chic.
SKIRT || TROUVE
TOP || FOREVER 21
LONGLINE SLEEVELESS VEST || 1.STATE
SHOES || CORSO COMO DEL
CLUTCH || SCOOBIE
So all in all, this skirt was a great find; for me, my client and maybe even you! Are you ready to branch out and try the new 9-5 trend? I think you are. So….Just. Do. It.