Do you ever stare at your closet full of clothes and find yourself saying, “crap, I have nothing to wear!” This occurrence is more common than you’d think. A common perception that leads us to such closet dilemmas is one suggesting that dressing “Professional” means you can’t be chic & trendy. The good news is that this idea couldn’t be further from the truth – you can dress chic and professional at the same time in many workplace scenarios.
Here are a few summertime closet updates you may want to consider:
Choosing color – Be mindful of choosing colors. Colors can make you look younger, healthier and slimmer. So choose the colors that complement your skin tone, and be sure to test unknown colors by holding them next to your face and asking a friend to give you their honest opinion. Ask “does this make my face pop?” Such tests work well with scarfs, shirts, ties, necklaces, glasses, lipstick, and more.
Choosing style – In the summer, your professional attire can be a little looser & comfortable, but always avoid plunging necklines, open shirt backs and short shorts. For the most flattering professional look, we suggest keeping the length of your skirt and shorts just below or above the knee.
For many of our clients, it has been well worth it to invest in these summer items:
- A summer suit (if you have the budget) or dress pants in your best neutral color
- A pair of lightweight jeans or lighter colored Capris
- A sleeveless dress that fits your body shape and your personal style (hint: in 2016, we are seeing a lot of patterns)
- A short in your best neutral color (black, gray, khaki, cream, brown or white)
- A tee in your best color
- A printed blouse within your color palette
- A cotton or linen cardigan
- A statement piece, like a cotton or linen scarf in your best colors & pattern
- Accessories, such as a lightweight bag, sandals, necklaces, bracelets, earrings, and sunglasses
Keep in mind that you don’t have to break the bank to find new summer looks; often times, inexpensive deals can be found online, on sale and at outlets. The key is to start looking now and not waiting until too late in the end of summer to start.
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