I am spending this week packing up my summer wardrobe. They will be put away by the end of this week. This Friday will officially be fall on our side of the world, that is, it will be the start of cold season. Yay!
And if you know me, or if you´ve been reading this blog for a while now, you´re aware how much I enjoy writing about smart work wardrobe for women. That´s the working girl in me inspired to go to work, even if I now work from home! I may not wear stilettos to work every day (not anymore) but I still feel so pump up every time I write articles such as this. (And for the record, I still wear stilettos to church every week!)
This goes to show how much dressing up was a huge part of my career as a teacher. I worked as a high school Math teacher for eight years. I remember spending at least 30 minutes every night, before I went to bed, planning my outfit for the next day. It might be too much for some people, impractical even, but it was therapeutic for me. Life as a high school teacher was stressful. Wearing a gorgeous outfit that made me feel good about myself was something I loved to look forward to.
And that´s why I write the Work Outfit series. It´s my tribute to my previous career, the one that paved the way to where I am now.
I hope that didn´t sound too sentimental. Ha! But here are the fall pieces that I believe will sparkle up your work wardrobe for the next two seasons.
1. Split-round neckline
I love the subtle sexiness of the split round neckline. I also love the three -quarter length, bell-sleeves. Some people may think that this outfit only looks good for thinner women. But I think, anyone can pull off this top, even if those with tummy (thanks to its high-low hems), as long as you own it. You wear it with confidence. And remember to partner it with a fitted pencil skirt.
2. Long Tweed Duster Jacket
To give your fall work look a total shake, try this long tweed duster jacket. Sure you may have already have a tweed, or a white jacket, but how about something sharp and sophisticated that you can easily throw on any combination?
3. The Choker Neck
Girls, I love, love animal print. Especially leopard print. So when I realized that animal print is such a huge trend this season, I got ecstatic! The wild print has been an underdog for a long time now, and it´s about time for it shine.
Why not inject some wild prints to your work outfits? This choker neck leopard print top makes you look like you´re wearing a necklace even without one. With this bold top, you don´t need any jewelry. A gold watch will more than suffice.
4. The Hazel Pump
Cream, light pink and nude colors are probably too muted for work, but hey, if you finish them up with a pair of bold, wild printed, pointed-toe pumps, who would think you´re muted?
5. The One Button Blazer
I love the classic silhouette of this one button blazer. I realized I`m sort of digging more white jackets right now. But girl, this one is also available in dark blue and black.
6. The Jacket with Rouched Sleeves
I remember a friend, she´s several years younger than me and a young executive for a global company, who commented about how her mom always tells her to buy more suits and jackets, and to wear more of them to social functions, which makes her feel like she´s going to work all the time. To think that she barely gets the chance to socialize, I feel her. Furthermore, she lamented about paying several hundred Euros for another jacket that looks exactly the same with what she already have in her closet.
I think, maybe a jacket with rouched sleeves will be different, no?
7. The Long Sleeve Peasant Top
“Who would wear a peasant top to work? Not I!” You may be thinking …
But darling, have you thought of the possible gorgeous juxtapose it would create with a sharp ponte pencil skirt?
Don´t wear it with a nude skirt if you don´t want to be invisible at work. Wear it with a wine colored, high-waist skirt (A-line or pencil) or a high-waist trouser (such as this Marlena Pant) for a stunning result. If you don´t have anything wine, it works with black too.
Remember, this top can only be work tucked in because I assumer that you´re goal is to look smart and polished?
8. The Shopper
This is perfect bag for the peasant top above. But really, it works with anything!
9. The Gingham Pant
This gingham pant is chic, and smart, and will serve as a gorgeous pivot to your regular, normal black pants.
10. The Peplum Top
I really, really like this cute peplum top … so much so that when I saw, with open mouth I quickly imagined in my head how I would style it. Sadly, this girl is almost sold out. So even if you can´t get it for your size, you can look for something similar. It´s most perfect to partner with white pencil skirt or white high-waist trousers.
11. The Pinstripe Compression Pant
It must be controversial to wear a compression pant to work, no matter if it´s as fabulous as this pinstripe pant, but girl, the key is wearing it with a long topper, something that covers your derriere, something like the long, white duster jacket (see #2) or a long cardigan.
12. The Ornamented Pump
Bored with plain, dark colors? Add fun to your work wardrobe with a pair of ornamented pumps!
13. The Culotte Pants
I`m really into culottes right now. I love that they make me feel chic and comfortable at the same time. I definitely recommend wearing it to work! The key is choosing a pair that looks polished and sophisticated. Hint: overlapping front pleats always mean business.
14. The Tyrell Fabric Pump
A tassel and velvet shoe in gray color will surely complement many of your smart outfits! It´s not only for work though, this shoe is multitasking!
15. The Check Pencil Skirt
I`m a pencil skirt girl. In fact, I recently just ordered another pencil skirt. I can wear it with a button-down and a suit for business meetings, and I can also dress it down with an oversize sweater. A check pencil skirt? Definitely a check!
So this wraps up my fifteen work outfit staples for fall.