Women’s Business Casual… What to wear- Fall 2016

Do you need some Fall inspiration? Are you tired of wearing the same old pants to work every day? Fall is a great time to add the perfect layering pieces to your wardrobe… clothes that’ll mix and match for lots of options and add some fun back into getting dressed for work!

Start with pants that have style and a modern silhouette like the cropped Avery Pant from Banana Republic. The Avery is available in a wide variety of colors and fabrics and looks especially flattering when worn with heels, but can also be worn with flats or booties for a more casual look. These cropped pants are perfect all year long so don’t think you need to put them away for the winter.banana-republic-avery-pant-plum

If you prefer a more tradition trouser, try the Ann Taylor “Devin” fit pants. They’re available in regular sizes 00 to 18, as well as petite and tall sizes. This style is available in a selection of fabrics and colors to create your perfect outfit.ann-taylor-devin-trouserAdd a top with special interest like this silk blouse from Banana  Republic. It can be worn casually with jeans, with a pencil skirt, or dress trousers.br-silk-top

Finish off your outfit with a jacket for extra polish. The “Campbell” blazer from J.Crew is a great addition to your Fall/ Winter wardrobe. This will keep the chill away all season long. Going out for a weekend lunch with friends? Wear the jacket with your favorite t shirt and faded jeans to get the most bang for your buck.j-crew-campbell-blazer

Add a great bag from Tory Burch that’ll hold all your work essentials.

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Slip into a powerful pump with a spike trimmed heel made by Sam Edelman… the “Tonia” in port wine suede from Nordstrom.

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You’ve got all the pieces for a great workday outfit and so many options for more outfits when you mix in your favorite denim jeans.

 

 

 

 

 

Chambray is Everywhere

What’s “Chambray” anyway? You hear it all the time but just what does the word “Chambray” mean and what’s the difference between that and denim? According to Merriam-Webster’s dictionary, Chambray is- “a lightweight clothing fabric with colored warp and white filling yarns.” and denim is ”  a firm durable twilled usually cotton fabric woven with colored warp and white filling threads.” Ok, that seems confusing but the real difference is the weight of the fabric. Denim is a heavier weight while chambray is much lighter and versatile. Chambray shirts, skirts, and dresses or even shoes are made by just about every brand!

This off the shoulder top from Alice + Olivia from Neiman Marcus would be delightful on a hot summer day! Pair it with your white jeans or tuck into your favorite skirt or shorts.J. Crew has a chambray version of their J. Crew Regent Blazer and it’s available in regular sizes as well as petites. This jacket can take you from the office to a date night. It can be worn over a dress, or with pants or a skirt. You can even wear it with jeans as long as the denim wash is substantially darker or lighter than the jacket.j. crew jacketCropped ankles pants are a great option to wear with heels and flats! The Banana Republic Sloan fit slim ankle pants in chambray are available in regular, petite and tall sizes.Banana Sloan PantAnd just for fun, try this Calypso St. Barth chambray top with beading, hand embroidery and tasseled neck ties. Wear it with white denim on your summer vacation.Calypso St Barth chambrayIf you’re looking for a chambray dress, this one’s super soft and relaxed. Made by KUT from the Kloth, it would be a great year round staple worn with tights, boots and under a jacket in the Fall or with flat sandals, a bright beaded necklace and a straw bag in the summer. Switch out the self belt with a leather belt of your own to give it a little more personality.

chambray dressMix chambray into your wardrobe for lots of great new outfits for work or days off! You just might be tempted to slip on these comfy Cole Haan Pinch Chambray Weekender Loafers to run your errands!

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What to wear to your company party?

The holiday season is here and many people will be attending the annual company holiday party. Now is a great time to put your outfit together so there’s no need to stress the day of the event.

First, think of the basis for your outfit. If you’ll be going straight from work, focus on accessories for your party inspiration. Ditch your blazer or cardigan for the special top underneath, and add a sparkly necklace, belt or earrings and great looking heels… you’re ready to go! This top from Ann Taylor is work appropriate, probably not something you’d wear on a regular day but perfect for a special event.

Ann taylor navy lace top

Switch out your every day plain pumps or flats and slip into something more festive like these platform sandals from Stuart Weitzman at Bloomingdale’s.

Stuart Weitzman

If the company party isn’t a work day then dress in something special but appropriate for socializing with your coworkers…. this is not the time to show cleveage, wear a super short skirt or something that’s a little too revealing. This gorgeous sheath dress from Chiara Boni La Petite Robe available at Nordstrom is perfect for holiday events.

La Petite Robe

Throw on a wrap for warmth and add a small clutch (not your every day handbag) like this metallic bag by Diane Von Furstenberg available at Neiman’s and you’re all ready to head off to the party looking festive, fun and appropriately dressed to celebrate with your co-workers.

Diane Von Furstenberg clutch Neiman Marcus

 

 

 

 

Polished Peplum

PEPLUM is BACK!

The modern take on the peplum style is super flattering on most body types. This style has been around and back again, starting with the 40’s, then the 80’s and is a huge trend again for 2012. This extra flounce of fabric has been added to tops and jackets, skirts, dresses and high waisted pants…even hemlines.

Here’s Charlize Theron in a classic red Lanvin peplum dress for the MTV Movie Awards back in June,

and Emma Stone at the same event in a dramatic black peplum top. While Emma is wearing a fuller skirt, its generally best to have a fitted silhouette on the bottom by wearing slim pants or a pencil skirt.

If you’re looking for a top with that extra ruffle try this cozy cashmere sweater from Bloomingdale’s which could be casual or dressy.

Another great peplum top, this one for plus sized women made in a metallic fabric by Alfani for Macy’s.…is perfect for the holidays!

And, a fantastic skirt that’ll make you want to wear peplum is this Alice + Olivia pencil skirt from Neiman Marcus. Pair it with a fitted blouse for an office party or dinner date.

Curious to know more about Peplum? Here’s a tiny little history lesson…..http://fashionandhistory.wordpress.com/2012/01/07/the-frilly-tale-of-the-peplum/

HAPPY THANKSGIVING TO YOU!!!