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As seasons change, sometimes we
all get a little confashioned [confused+fashion]. Winter and summer are the
seasons in my experience that cause the most confashion.
For those of you who know my addiction to and possible judgments of fashion,
it's not surprising I feel the need to write a post about what to wear.
[obviously the sunny side, look at me and my resolutions!]
I am a What Not To Wear television show addict. I'd like to think of myself as
a slightly less fashionable, not as well dressed but want to be Stacy London
[host of What Not To Wear and fashionista extraordinaire. If you haven't read
her books on style. Go read now. Ok after you finish my post pretty
Top Ten Winter Offenders for the Office 10. Over accessorizing. Don't get me wrong, I love a good accessory and
some individuality when it comes to a wardrobe, but when working the
9-5 you don't need your 6 gold chains, 7 cocktail rings and your two big hoop
earrings to get noticed. Pick one statement piece: chunky bangle, statement
necklace or stunning earrings, the others? Think simple.
9. Crocs. Crocs are not for the office. Unless you work in a garden, hospital
or an environment that requires slip resistant shoes. Just don't do it. And don't even think about Jibbitz.
8. Poor or no outer wear accessories. Please, scarves are my favorite part of
winter. I once caused a scarf-demic at a former work place. They are a must
but, please don't wear tacky ones. Please? Also, gloves should be a nicer looking material that keep your hands warm. No holes and ensure they match. I was the guilty second grader with
mismatched hole filled gloves.
7. An unstylish winter coat. Ok, think about it. You're headed to a networking
event or an off-site meeting with new clients, what's the first thing they'll
see? Your bright pink camo puffy marshmallow coat with the fur lined
hood. Unless you're meeting your clients on a ski slope,
try a well fitted trench in a neutral. Or, go out on a limb and find a trench, or
well fitted coat, in a fun color or even a pattern. Think black &
Try Anne Taylor's Loft, dreamy trenches.
6. Stripper Heels. I get it. Stilettos with the extra platform are more
comfortable, but I must warn you there is a fine line between the stripper shoe
and one that is appropriate for work. If you're not sure, don't push it.
I find some of my best shoes at TJ MAXX. I never
know what I'll find! The thrill!
5. The ugly sweater. There are so many definitions of the ugly sweater. Unless
your office has a designated ugly sweater day, please stay away from
embroidered winter scenes.
4. Sweater Sets. Hello, grandma. I mean that in the nicest way possible.
Sweater sets are a great buy, but for the love of all that is fashion can you
please separate the sets and mix in pattern and color. Rules not applied to
3. Leggings as pants. This rule stretches far beyond the office and into real
life. Yes, leggings are comfy, easy to layer and great to throw under a tunic. Keyword:
tunic. These tops cover your bottom and possible camel toe. Yes, I went there. Just because something covers your butt does not mean they are pants.
General rule here: wear leggings or opaque tights with dresses that might be a
little short for the office.
Try ModCloth.com for some opaque tights or check out Anne Taylor's Loft for
skinny dress pants, they're killer! Also, for super cold days a pair of Fleece Navidad Leggings will do the trick!
2. Sandals. I am guilty of not keeping my pedicure up through the winter
months. Sandals are not work appropriate except maybe casual Friday. But in the
winter, lay off and hide your toesies until spring. Debut them with a killer
If you do wear opened toed shoes in the winter I recommend peep toes and opaque
tights. And please don't let the toe line show. If you're brave go with the
peep toe tights [american apparel carries some].
1. UGGS. The name says it all.. Ugh! I feel like I shouldn't have to explain
this one. But Uggs have this power to make even the most professional,
respected and intelligent able-bodied people forget how to walk. I remember in
seventh grade when dragging my feet on the ground was all the rage [if you
don't believe me ask my mom who constantly corrected me -- 12 years later and I finally got it!] I know that winter is a time with snow on the ground and your feet are
cold, your office might be freezing, but I promise you there are stylish,
comfortable and warm dress boots [see DSW, ModCloth, or anywhere else that
sells dress boots - they'll be on sale now so stock up!] that will come in a
variety of interesting styles, etc.
Do you walk or commute outside or on public transit? I would imagine Uggs to be
the go-to, so wear your Uggs and drag your feet to work. Then promptly change
into acceptable footwear -- flats, dress boots, heels, booties etc. Would you
want your business advisor to greet you in the waiting room dragging their feet
wearing sparkly uggs? [time & place is important people]
The biggest thing with office fashion I've learned is to dress for the job you
want. If you want people to take you seriously, unfortunately what you wear
impacts that. So why not have a little fun, dress nicely for work but let your
personality shine through. Don't overdo the jewels or make up, and cover your
butt and cleavage! There are exceptions to all these rules and each
office environment is a little different. Some food for thought!
My key pieces:
An A-Line Skirt
A few button downs in fun colors [great for layering]
Sheath dresses [any and all colors :)]
A variety of tights colors and patterns - they can spice up a drab outfit
Neutral shows in varying heights and styles
Don't forget to mix in some statement pieces like red pants in a classic fit, a
beautifully fitted blouse in a fun pattern. Play with textures, patterns and
These are mine, what are some of your office no-no's?
B aka Bri runs the blog
fit[fash]run! She's a midwestern fashionista, runner and fitness junkie who
inspires others to take that first small step out of their comfort zone. Her
blog features fashion, food and fitness all while following her journey. In
Bri's other life, she's a communications professional who's full of jokes, she
did always dream of being a comedian.
gracie b. has been fortunate to work with some really great bloggers in the past year. Just look to the right on our sidebar and you'll understand what I'm talking about. After giving this a little thought over the last several months it dawned on me that gracie b. could be doing a much better job of showcasing our blogger friends. I mean, these are some great ladies with exceptional style.
So, I am excited to announce that gracie b. is implementing The Style Crush - a program designed to feature some of the best style the blogosphere has to offer! To kick us off, I am pleased to introduce you to Krysten of Why Girls Are Weird! We think Krysten looks pretty amazing in the Let's Go to the Fair Isle Cardigan (seen above). But even more awesome is her generosity in hosting a gracie b. giveaway on her blog! So, go check it out and enter to win! You could find yourself decked out in some pretty awesome frocks!