Flattering Items Every Woman Can Wear to Work

Are you tired of your normal day to day work wear?  Why not try something new or different. These are my suggestions to spice up your current wardrobe.  They are simple and easy, but they can really spruce up an ordinary outfit.

Brooch ~ Pin a fun brooch to a plain colored sweater.

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Chunky Necklaces ~ A statement necklace can add some lift to a traditionally boring outfit.

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Printed Blouse ~ A printed blouse always looks fashion forward while maintaining the appropriate dress code.

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Pencil Skirt ~ A colored pencil skirt can kick things up a notch. You can pair it with another bold color or something more neutral.

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Colored Heels ~ More conservative dressers can add color to any outfit by choosing some great heels. Red is always a classic go to, but teal, orange and bright yellow are all great choices as well.

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Scarf ~ A scarf is another great way to add in some pattern to an otherwise neutral outfit. You can pick a silk one for a more dressed up feel.

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Sheath Dress ~ A sheath dress is the perfect canvas to dress up with jewelry, heels or a sweater.

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Stacked Bracelets ~ Stacked bracelets are a great way to create visual interest without having to buy new clothes.

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Wrap Dress ~ A wrap dress is a perfect example of a universally flattering shape that will look good on all body types. A well fitting wrap dress will accentuate your curves and hide your trouble areas.

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Tights ~ Depending how strict your work dress code is, printed tights can be a great addition to your wardrobe. Plenty of stores have subtle print patterns as well.

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Plaid Blazer ~ Plaid blazers have become pretty popular this fall and can definitely be dressed up for a work wardrobe. A relaxed work dress code is best for something like this.

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Long Necklace ~ Wear a long necklace with pullover sweaters.

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Summer Dress ~ Pair a summer dress with tights, pumps and a cardigan to make it more fitting for the cold weather.

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Leopard Print Belt ~ Any printed belt will do, but a leopard print belt will go with just about everything already in your wardrobe.

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Tweed Skirt ~ Tweed skirts are great for winter with tights and a nice pair of leather boots. Sweater skirts are another alternative to look for.

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Coat ~ Get a coat that is both flattering and fun. This coat is perfect for fall before it gets too cold.

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Inspiration from Pinterest.

Fall Must Haves

Soon the weather will be cooling down, and we will start to feel a bit of a chill in the air. I know some of you up north are already experiencing cooler temps.  As summer draws to a close, you may be wondering what items to pull from storage and what you should buy new to transition into a fabulous fall wardrobe. Just follow my basic guidelines and start with these fall wardrobe essentials. You will be on your way to a stylish autumn season. Deep, rich colors and pieces for layering on cooler days are essential to the fall wardrobe. Earthy fabrics and knits bring warmth to a cold season, and subtle metallics and leather also make a comeback this time of year.

1. Long sleeved tees  Perfect for layering, long sleeved tees will keep you warm and add depth to a fall outfit. Blacks, grays, and creams are good colors to start with and can be layered under some of your more versatile warm weather clothes if needed.

2. A pullover sweater  A pullover can be a lifesaver when weather suddenly changes. Choose close knit styles for a tailored look or bulkier knits when you just want to cozy up with a good book and your favorite cool weather beverage.

3.  Boots This one is almost self-explanatory, but there are many styles, heights, and colors when it comes to boots. Choose a pair or two of favorites like ankle, knee-high, or mid-calf boots and switch things up depending on the weather.

4. Leggings and tights – Leggings and tights come in a huge variety of patterns and colors. There really is something for everyone. The bare legged styles of summer may not be warm enough for the fall months, but a good set of leggings can extend the life of some of your favorites, and tights make any skirt more practical.

5. Scarves – Another accessory worth stocking in many colors and styles is definitely the scarf. You can still wear scarves made of sheer fabrics during autumn, but can also start to introduce bulkier, warmer varieties.

6. Cardigans – Cardigans are another versatile essential for the fall. They can be found with or without buttons, long-sleeved, ¾ sleeved, colored, patterned, with hoods, and in all kinds of fabrics. For a staple, go with a neutral color that you can get a lot of wear out of, but if you have the budget for a second cardigan choose something fun.

7. Leather  I could be more specific, but if you choose even a single leather item for your closet this year, you will be on the right path. A leather pencil skirt, pants, or a jacket are great additions to any outfit.

8. A loose blouse  You just cannot go wrong where a blouse is concerned, no matter the season. Plus, they are perfect for pairing under a cardigan or pullover if it turns extra chilly.  For fall, choose darker, rich colors (try jewel tones) or creamy neutrals.

9. A sweatshirt / hoodie  There are going to be gray, drizzly mornings this autumn when you wake up and think one thing….I wanna be comfy. Those are the mornings to don your favorite hoodie and jeans. But a comfy outfit does not have to be a frumpy one. Go for a more fitted sweatshirt that flatters rather than covers your curves.

10. Metallic accessories If you have got your other essentials hanging in the closet it is time to add some bling. A little bit of metallic jewelry will go a long way in jazzing up your basics and you can start to look for clothing with built-in sparkle as well. Keep it subtle at first – bronze, gold, brushed metallics – then slowly kick things up by adding in more silver and sparkle as the weather cools.

Five Ways to Wear Oxblood

Tired of wearing black on black? We still have all fall and winter to go, so switch it up from your browns and blacks with this winter’s favorite neutral and must have hue – oxblood.  Somewhere between a bordeaux and a burgundy, this sultry dark red adds effortless sophistication to your everyday look. Whether you are rocking a designer piece or you are on a fashionista budget, there are so many easy ways to add this red wine accent.  Check out a few ways to slip into this sleek shade.

1) The jean ~ paired with black or brown booties, a chambray top and a messy bun, this look easily transitions from lounging around the apartment to taking a quick afternoon shopping trip.

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2) The coat ~ pair it with a leather skirt and you are ready to hit the town….even in the snow. 4a0c0e4faf7dfcf9708214e8d6b98a36

3)  The vest ~ This one goes out to the biker chicks, the daredevils and those daring souls who are not afraid to test the limits. How about an oxblood leather vest?  If you are in, here is a cool new way to wear a classic leather vest.

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4)  The sweater ~ Easy, breezy, oxblood sweater.  It is going to get cold ladies, and this flirtatious shade looks good on just about anyone.  Style suggestion ~ pair with patterned tights, short booties and a long gold necklace.

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5) The dress ~ Everyone’s favorite is the party dress.

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Inspiration from Pinterest.

Add a Layer ~ Change the Look

When you add a layer, you can easily change your entire look. This is a perfect idea for fall when it starts to get a little chilly outside.  Add a collared shirt under a dress or add a vest to your outfit.  Want to pump a basic outfit, just add a scarf.  You can practically double your wardrobe by experimenting with different layering combinations.  Give it a whirl.

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Inspiration from Pinterest.

What Gretchen Wore

Yes, you are seeing it correctly….I have on PANTS.  I rarely wear pants.  I just like the way dresses and skirts look on my body better than pants.  It is just a personal choice.  The weather is finally getting cooler, so I thought I would wear a pair of pants today.  A pair of  black pants should be a staple in everyone woman’s wardrobe.  They can be dressed up or dressed down, and they can be worn so many different places.  I paired my black pants with a pretty purple top and my leopard print peep toe pumps today.  What does everyone think of me in pants?

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What Gretchen Wore

This is a perfect example of how you take a summer dress and make it work in the fall.  I bought this dress at Old Navy back in June for only $8. I have been wearing it all summer with sandals. Today I added a black cardigan and my Nine West booties to bring the look into the cooler months.  So I get to wear this cotton dress year round. The chevron necklace is from Ann Taylor Loft and the chunky silver bracelet is from Charming Charlie.

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By the way, the scene behind me is the view from my office window.  I am a lucky girl.