Business Casual often makes me wish that I chose to join a company in the fashion industry, or even tech, or any industry except financial services. Because in financial, business casual means conservative basics in a neutral palette, which isn’t terrible but veers on the edge of boring. I am reluctant to buy button-down after button-down or black pant after black pant but there’s very little room for creativity among suits and pencil skirts, or at the very least, slacks. A recent e-mail about the upcoming training week and first day of work got me brainstorming various outfits that are both work-appropriate and would make me feel comfortable. I turned to Pinterest and came up with some looks and styling tips that I can’t wait to use come October.
Top: 1. I love how Aimee Song of Song of Style added dainty jewelry to style a basic light gray sweater. The delicateness of the top could be easily balanced with a power heel and statement bag. Another option would be to add a statement necklace to an otherwise completely neutral and basic outfit.
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2. This is a very basic office-appropriate outfit, but I love the pulled-back polished updo draws focus to a fresh face and bold, but not flashy, red lip. (Photo via Pinterest from Stockholm Street Style)
4. Could J. Crew ever do wrong? I think not! Because I’m on the short side, I tend to gravitate towards cropped lengths for pants. However, I love the look of wide legged pants and a fitted tee on top. It’s a great balance of casual and chic and perfect for a business casual environment.
What are your favorite business casual tips? Any Pinterest “office wear” boards out there I should know of?
Taking some styling cues from these ultra-chic dressers this season and beyond, snapped on the streets of Milan via neimanmarcus.
I haven’t rocked short hair since before freshman year in college. Hasn’t even crossed my mind to consider one since then. And now I find myself one CPA problem set away from chopping off my usual medium-length ‘do for this chic little cut. I’ll probably regret it about five hours later when I realize how annoying it is to have hair that can’t easily be swept back into the non-caring ponytail, or the amount of styling I would need every day to get it to look like Marta Antolinez has here, but who knows? Maybe the change is for the better.
New year, effortless style: take a crisp, white cotton shirt. Switch it up with a lightweight silk, like this one. Maybe toss on a wrap sweater because it’s fricking cold out there. Jeans should always be the most reliable pair in the closet, hair should always be minimally styled. Top it off with minimal but meaningful jewelry, glowing skin, and a Julia Roberts smile.
Photo via nearlyvintage.
You’re young, so you’d look good in anything.
--Mom, today while shopping
"Though retirement from Vogue may be within her sights, Ms. Coddington deferred any characterization of herself as a genius to the designers whose creations she has devoted the better part of her life promoting. She named the stalwarts Marc Jacobs and Miuccia Prada as favorites and mourned the many others currently out of commission, for whatever reason. ‘John Galliano, whom I adored — gone; Helmut Lang, major talent — gone,’ she said. ‘Hopefully Nicolas won’t just give up and walk away. He’s too good, too strong, too brilliant, too passionate.’
And what of the up-and-comers? ‘I think they need time, and I think too many of the young designers really think that they can step right out of school and be a best seller, and that’s a mistake,’ Ms. Coddington said. ‘I mean, you know, Nicolas took forever to get where he was. Marc got fired 10 times before he made it.’
Anyway, it wouldn’t hurt young designers, or anyone for that matter, to have ‘a few things going wrong in their life,’ she said. ‘I mean, I hate to say it, but it teaches you a hell of a lot, you know.’”
—Alexandra Jacobs for NYT
"Keep the look loose, easy—the sensuality not of bared skin but of long, unconfining sleeves on skin, maybe shades or a hat."
—Vogue Oct. 2012, “Lost Highway: Kati Nescher and Garrett Hedlund Go On the Road”
While we’re on the topic of fall, my 7 essential items for the season: 1. A printed Comptoir des Cotonniers dress 2. Topshop cardigan 3. J. Crew cashmere in cabernet 4. Tory Burch Robinson wallet 5. My favorite skincare items: Aveeno Positively Radiant for day, Shiseido Night Moisture Recharge for night 6. CDC blouse 7. CDC colored denim
Lady Di looking perfect in a fuchsia and royal purple Catherine Walker gown during a 1988 official visit to Thailand. Obviously the statement piece would be best complemented by matching floral hair accessories.
I think people in Boston have a way of strategically not following things that are happening, which is great. They’re not sucked into a vacuum of ideas that make them fashion cattle. You always hear people knock style in Boston, but go anywhere, and you’ll find people who don’t care about fashion.
IRONIC ROMANTICISM. The fashion industry’s obsession with Russia transforms the city I’ve always characterized by their severe-sounding language to an ironically romantic one. Sure Russia will always evoke the USSR, Stalin reign, and figurative (and literal) coldness, but it now also reminds of me of the supple feeling of buttery leather, and thick, lush wools and cashmere (that could only be essential given the weather) in saturated hunter greens, chocolate browns, and crimson reds…in one word: autumn.