If you have taken heed of my tips and suggestions for must-haves, you have likely been getting the right kind of attention everywhere you go; from the desk to dinner! Here are a few additions to regenerate your old wardrobe and make old looks new again with just a new view on how to wear it.
A Blazer Vest
This classic double-breasted blazer is the perfect warm-weather layering piece. Wherever you would wear a blazer, substitute it for this sleeveless alternative to give your regular suit and blouse combination just the right finesse without the trouble of becoming too hot in the summer heat.
The White Collared Shirt
In a twist of events, the white collared shirt—a classic office staple—was actually a hot trend on the runway this year (but with an update, of course). Think very crisp, a bit edgier, and a more interesting silhouette. But this souped-up fashion version still works perfectly with your go-to work outfits.
A Flounce-Hem Skirt
The flounce hem gives a ladylike touch to the classic pencil skirt but is still totally work-appropriate. It’s a refreshing piece to pair with a collared shirt, light summer sweater, sheath top, or boxy blazer—and, if your office is cool with it, try out some fun colors.
Modern Suiting and a Graphic Tee
A jacket and blazer never looked so…chic. A cropped trouser cut and emblazoned T-shirt give the traditional suit a whole new spin. Fashion has often sought inspiration from art. Geometric patterns, water brush marks, graffiti, you name it–GRAPHIC PRINTS are back in style. For the workplace; it looks pretty cool to wear this trend with a suit or with jeans and a blazer and heels. Wear your art to work
Black and White
- Tried-and-true monochromatic always works, but a little detail offers a twist on the classic. Black and white alone or in combination with another color like shown here is a strong and easy fashion statement to stay in trend
- Black and white alone or in combination with other solids like that traditional navy suit everyone has tucked in the back of the closet is a strong and easy way to make new fashion statement and stay in trend with little cost
- You can also add a bold colored brooch, or statement necklace to elevate the classic pairing.
White on White
White on White isn’t usually considered a reasonable color combination for the workplace, however it does work beyond weddings and christenings. Mix it up a little and try wearing gold accessories with White. It’s a fantastic way to bump up the soft ethereal feeling you get when wearing all white. Don’t be scared to ride on the wild side every now and again!
Next month will be my final installation for the Summer Style Philes then we will get ready for the fabulous transformations in store for Fall/Winter Fashion. Stay Tuned! Keep enjoying summer; it’s almost over.
Pamela Watson is an experienced stylist who currently works as the trend expert for Builders of Style, where she prepares A-list clients for red carpet events, music videos, concerts, and award shows.