Fashion Friday: How to wear scarves to work

This past week it has been frigid, we are talking below zero temperatures. This isn’t the norm for a winter here, so it’s taken most of us off guard and we find ourselves putting on as many layers as we can. I have a wool scarf that I put on every day and it’s the only thing that keeps my neck and face warm. However, it’s pretty chunky and not the most professional looking. This got me thinking, what types of scarves are appropriate for work and how should I wear them? Here’s what I’ve found:

linen scarf

Linen scarves are versatile and look professional. A linen scarf is great for fall, winter, and spring. They are lightweight and can be worn in a variety of ways. Wearing a neutral colored linen scarf with a skirt and blouse is a great professional look for winter.

silk scarf

Silk scarves are still in. I always associate silk scarves with my grandma. I was nervous to try one out of fear of looking older than I wanted or simply just not looking fashionable. However, a silk scarf can look amazing when worn right. Pick a pop of color, wear it with a denim top and you are bound to look great. If denim is too casual for your office, wear it with a blouse, tuck it into a button up, or tie one around your purse as an accessory.

Scarves add femininity. Sometimes I start to feel a bit like a man if I’ve worn button ups and pants to work for a few times in a row. I often get bored or frustrated with my work wardrobe. Scarves can fix that! I don’t know why it didn’t dawn on me before, but adding a scarf to an outfit adds the perfect touch of femininity.

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Patterns are good. In the winter my wardrobe starts to get a bit bland. With heavy coats and so many grey and black sweaters, I start to look incredibly monochromatic and blah. Scarves are the perfect way to add in something new and break up a dull outfit.

 

FASHION FRIDAY: Cold Weather Fashion on a Budget

When the temperature drops, it is common for most of us to pull out the frumpy sweaters and bulky wool coats that sit in the back of our closets. However, just because it’s colder doesn’t mean that we have to sacrifice our style or the money in our wallets for new clothes.  Here are some fashionable and budget friendly tips on how to stay stylish during the winter season.

Layers, layers, layers!  I can’t say it enough. Layers are a girl’s best friend when it comes to switching up your style during the colder months. Easily switch up an outfit by wearing your favorite sweater with a different color tank underneath each time. Or try to pair a simple top with vest or blazer that’s too hot to wear during the summer months. Don’t be afraid to be bold and take chances with layering during the winter. Anything goes!

 

Boots are your best friend. Boots are a must have for cold weather. It is the perfect way to keep warm from the cold while still looking fashionable. While boots can be pricey, they are an absolute staple for any winter goddess’s wardrobe. A single pair of sturdy boots can be sufficient for the season and can be easily dressed up with a pair of colorful leg warmers folded over the top.

Dare to bare your legs. Just because the temperature is dropping doesn’t mean that it’s time to ditch your dresses and skirts. Tights and leggings can help you utilize your whole wardrobe during the colder seasons. Change up your favorite black dress with a pair of sweater tights with a fun pattern or match a sweater dress with a pair of black tights and boots.

It’s all about the coat. The winter season it is all about finding the perfect coat. We are all looking for something that is going to keep you warm while still maintaining your feminine figure. Like winter boots, women’s outerwear can be an investment, but it is still possible to find a great deal. Your coat for the season should be something that you can throw on and style up with any outfit. Finding the right leather coat, trench coat or fur jacket can make or break a fashionista’s winter wardrobe.

Wrap it all up with a scarf. Scarves are the perfect way to dress up a plain sweater or long sleeved shirt. They add a little pop to your outfit and cost only the fraction of a new sweater or jacket. Fashion scarves for women are all the rage right now and can be found in any color and style. Bring your wild side to the office with a fun animal print pattern scarf or warm up with a cozy wool infinity scarf.

When it comes down to it, it’s always important to remember that even though you have to bundle up during the winter, you don’t have to be limited by the temperature. By incorporating these affordable tips into your wardrobe, it’s possible to remain fashionable even while you are staying warm.

About the Author

Megan Hasbrouck is a staff writer for Cache, a nationwide specialty retailer of women’s clothing, dresses, formal wear and accessories.

 

Fashion Friday: How to wear animal print to the office

These days, it’s not hard to spot a little cheetah or leopard roaming the streets. Women have zebra protecting their feet and cheetah wrapped around their necks and this animal fashion trend shows no signs of slowing down. It also seems that women are getting more courageous with how much animal print they are incorporating into their wardrobe, and so of course, this got me thinking about wearing animal print to the office. Is it appropriate? Or should we keep things a bit tamer and only bring out the animals at night? After researching and asking around, here are the general rules for safely wearing animal print to the office.

Wear it sparingly. Don’t go to the office everyday with animal print. People will start to think you are a little too obsessed with either wanting to be an animal or wanting the animals dead so you can wear them.

Don’t go overboard. It’s easy to start feeling brave when you put on animal print. And then you start thinking that the more animal print you wear, the braver you are! False. You just look more tacky and scary. So keep it simple and don’t go crazy.

Accessorize. Animal print makes for some great accessories. Scarves, shoes, purses, bracelets, these are all great ways in which to incorporate animal print into your outfit. Plus, it adds to your outfit, rather than takes away. So buy that cheetah scarf and wear it with pride.

Don’t mix animal prints. Never ever ever ever decide that it’s a good idea to wear the entire animal kingdom. If you have multiple accessories in different animal prints, don’t wear them together. If you have cheetah ballet flats, don’t wear any other animal print unless it is a small accessory that is also cheetah.

Fashion Friday: Colorful pants in the office

Colorful pantsThe new trend for pants this year has been color. In every city and town you could see women wearing bright pink, yellow, orange and green pants this spring. The trend continued into summer with bright shorts and skirts. Women walked into fall with rust colored skinny jeans under their boots, and winter is shaping up to include color as well. I’ve spotted deep green trousers and cranberry skinnies all over the place. So I’m curious, do these colored pants translate to the office? Is it appropriate to wear colorful pants to meetings and presentations? Here’s what I’ve come up with:

Like most trends, it depends on your office environment. I know, you’re sick of hearing that, but every office is different and you have to feel it out. Fashion and the office is not a black and white relationship. There’s a lot of gray in there, you just have to find out which shade is appropriate for you.

Color scale according to your office

Very Traditional office: You are expected to wear suits, heels, and blouses to work everyday. If you don’t tuck your shirt in, you get weird looks.

  • If this is your office, stick to basic colors. Black, tan, gray, and navy are all great choices that will fit the environment and not get you weird looks.

Traditional Office: You are expected to wear skirts or dress pants and blouses to work, but you have more flexibility with how you wear them. Flats are acceptable and prints on blouses are regularly seen around the office.

  • You have more flexibility for color, but don’t go crazy. Deep green pants or a cranberry skirt would be appropriate, but I wouldn’t go any brighter than that.

Modern office: You are expected to look nice and dressed up, but you have flexibility in how you do so. Colors, patterns, and prints are regularly seen at the office.

  • Have fun with colored pants! Your office environment thrives on creativity and doesn’t expect traditional wear, so bust out those aqua capris and red skirts.

Casual office: No one cares what you wear. Shorts, flip flops, and sweatshirts are seen on the daily.

  • Go nuts. Wear whatever colors and patterns you want because your office space doesn’t mind what you wear. Try not to dress up too much though, or you will feel out of place in a casual office.

Fashion Friday: Wardrobe Pare Down Guide

I have a tiny closet, and the amount of available space does not agree with my habit of adding new items to my wardrobe. Thus, I find myself needing to purge the clothes I don’t wear a few times a year. This usually happens when the seasons change and I’m swapping out my t-shirts for sweaters and scarves. It’s this time when I realize that I don’t even end up wearing half of the stuff I bought. However, sometimes getting rid of clothes is hard and I don’t want to let go. This year, I came across this graphic that helps you decide whether to donate, sell, or toss. What a saving grace. Follow this guideline, be honest with yourself, and you’ll have your closet pared down in no time.

Things to never wear at the office

Guest post by Michelle Andrews from Fashionstepz.com

While I don’t think that fashion is what defines a person, or that it is important to have the latest fashions lined up in your office, I do believe that there are certain things better left at home and never taken into the office. Office wardrobes can be tricky to define because each office is different. However, there is a group of special items of clothing that shouldn’t be included in any office wardrobe.

Uggs. These are not boots. They are slippers. Don’t pretend like they go well with skirts or dresses because they don’t. Leave the pajama wear at home this time.

Flip-flops. These are unprofessional and lazy. They signify to everyone that you are either going to the beach or about to shower in an unsanitary area. There are better alternatives to comfortable shoe-wear.

Torn clothing. You’re ripped jeans might seem cool to you, but they make you look like a punk teenager or just that you don’t care at all. You don’t want to give the impression of being  a grungy slacker while at work. So save the ripped jeans for when you are painting or something.

Sweats. Sweatshirts and sweatpants give off the vibe of wanting to lounge around all day. The office isn’t somewhere to be lazy and you definitely don’t want your boss thinking that’s your work ethic.

Leggings as pants. Leggings are supposed to be for yoga or working out. They can also be used to keep you warm around the house. Just don’t try wearing them as pants to the office.

If you keep these items away from the workplace, you will be all the more respected. People will take you more seriously and you will avoid any awkward conversations with your boss about appropriate articles of clothing for the office.