I was introduced to this Canadian boutique, Aritzia, over the summer by a friend while out shopping in New York City. Her and I both ended up purchasing the Talula Kent Blazer (though my purchase was a gift for my sister). I’m not a typical “blazer person” (I’ve never been a huge fan of the J. Crew schoolboy ones that everyone raves about) but the Aritzia blazer makes me into one. It is a buttery soft fabric, comes in various classic and trendy colors, and is inexpensive and transitions easily from one purpose to another—basically perfect for my office’s business casual environment. Because of it’s light weight, it can work as easily under coats and over sweaters for winter (without the awkward tussle of switching the two out) as it does for warmer weather. I’ve been looking to add a few quality work-appropriate pieces to my wardrobe and this is one of them.
What are your go-to, borderline-obsessive, favorite articles of clothing?
I have the most difficult time selecting and pairing separates that are appropriate for work yet also encompasses my own personal style. Given the fact that the profession I am entering (accounting) seldom, if ever, favors the creative over the traditional in terms of dress, it is easy to fall into a standard neutral wardrobe: black suit, black heels, LBD types. It is times like these that I typically consult the Shopbop Lookbooks, great for any fashion crisis especially when it comes to wear-to-work. Following up on the 2012 (and beyond) resolution to incorporate more bright colors, I scanned the "Work with Color" lookbook, and was very pleased to have found some fresh inspiration that will only require one or two new additions to my current wardrobe to execute.
Have some favorite style tips on how to include color—literally or figuratively—into your work wardrobe? Let me know.