Archive | June 2012

White at the Office – Oh My!

The color for summer is white.  However, depending on the nature of your professional will determine how much white you incorporate in your business wardrobe.  Here are some tips that will help you to make peace with fashion in the office.

  • If employed in traditional fields such as banking, accounting and financial planning, wear white in small doses.  A white shirt will always be a mainstay in a business wardrobe no matter the field.
  • If employed in marketing, television, real estate, incorporate white in greater doses such as a white jacket and spectator pumps.
  • If employed in the fashion, interior design, theater or the movie business, the unexpected is expected.  Incorporate white as in a white suit with nontraditional lines such a safari style or box style jacket.  Forget the hat and consider spectator pumps or sling backs in white and another color.
  • Remember that white makes an image appear larger so use it to your advantage.  Wearing a white jacket and dark slacks or skirt will make the top portion of your body in proportion to the bottom half, which is the case with most women.
  • Forget totally white shoes.  If you have large feet this will only make them appear larger.  Spectator pumps are always in style and create a sophisticated look to any business ensemble.
  • Be sure to accessorize with gold, silver or pearls to create the look of affluence.
  • If you don’t feel comfortable with wearing white, consider it in small doses such as a white belt, scarf or white purse.
  • And yes, you can wear white after Labor Day!

White is a great color this summer.  It’s cool and hot at the same time.  However, when it comes to business, moderation is the key.

 

Outfit of the Day

Need something Red White and Blue to celebrate America’s independence.  Here is an idea that’s comfortable, smart and very patriotic!

Travel Basics for Men

This is a continuation of our series on traveling right and light!

  • For men where suits are required, consider bringing a gray suit or just a navy blazer and coordinating slacks and shirts.  Double up on your ties and shirts so you have variety each day.  Make sure to include coordinating belts and shoes as well as other accessories.  For the weekend consider button down pin point oxford dress shirts with trousers and a cardigan or pullover with your blazer.  Limit shoes to two pairs such as wing tips, ties or slip-ons.
  • If jackets are optional you will want to include a pair of trousers in a neutral such as gray, khaki or olive to wear with button-down oxford shirts, polo shirts, or long sleeve plaid shirts, pullover sweaters, v-necks, or turtleneck sweaters that coordinate with your blazer.  Confine shoes to loafers and perhaps deck shoes.
  • If jeans are permitted bring your best pair in a dark wash.  Consider a black or navy blazer for evening, dressier occasions.  For these you can wear a white dress shirt, jeans and your blazer.  Introduce pullovers, cardigans and short sleeve pullovers tops that coordinate with your jeans.

Some pointers on Going through Security

  • Wear slip-on shoes.
  • Wear your blazer (it will give you tons of room in your suitcase).
  • If bringing a carry-on bag the TSA provides tips for packing this so the security agent can see everything quickly if they need to open it.  Go to www.tsa.gov.
  • Know the TSA regulations for liquids and have them available.  Basically its 3-1-1, liquids in containers no larger than 3.4 ounces, 1 clear quart size zip lock bag to put them in, and one suitcase.  Have the zip lock bag in your outer compartment of your luggage so you can get it out quickly as you approach security.
  • Make sure all your electronics are out and your pockets are empty and your jewelry and belts are off.  You will also have to take off any jackets and scarves.
  • Have your laptop in a TSA approved carrier, opened and ready to go through the screener.  Go to www.tsa.gov for specifics; however, the carrier should have a laptop only section that opens and lies flat without inside or outside pockets and no zippers or buckles inside or underneath this side.  Moreover, only keep the laptop in this section.
  • Have your boarding pass and ID in your hand.

Now you will go through without a hitch and make it to your gate on time!  Happy travels!

Travel Basics for Women

When traveling, whatever your occupation or position, bring items that can coordinate with other pieces of your wardrobe.  Build your travel wardrobe around neutrals such as black, taupe, camel, navy and go from there.  Include lots of accessories, such as scarves, jewelry, belts and hosiery to change up the look with the same pieces.  Here are some ideas for a great travel wardrobe:

  • If suits are required bring a suit or suit separates.  Add blouses and shirts for variety and accessorize for impact.  Consider a black dress with bold jewelry for evening and stripy sandals.  Or consider a dress with a coordinating jacket that works both during business hours and after.  Wear the jacket over the dress with some jewelry during the day, take off the jacket and add some bold jewelry and perhaps a shawl for evening.  Consider trousers and a coordinating cardigan with a top for weekend events.  Choose a couple of pair of shoes such as pump or ties that go with your travel wardrobe with medium heels.
  • If jackets are optional, consider knits for day and evening wear.  Chico’s has their “Travelers” line that was popularized by Michael Phelp’s mother during the Beijing Olympics.  Made of Lycra and Acetate, they travel well, are easy to care for and comfortable to wear.  Consider pants and skirts and coordinating tops and jackets that can go anywhere as well as day into evening like black, silver, deep navy or dark chocolate.  Team up black Traveler’s pants with a black turtleneck and jewelry and perhaps if its cooler, a tailor mandarin collar jean jacket with jeweled buttons for evening events on the road. For day try the black pants with the black denim jacket and a tailored shirt, belted for day.  Everything goes with black.
  • Consider classic suit separates that go from day to evening such a gabardine twill trousers or skirts and a single blazer in black or navy.  Bring an assortment of blouses, shirts and sweaters such as turtlenecks that coordinate.  Accessorize dramatically for evening events and employ scarves and some jewelry for day.
  • If you have a tendency to get cold in air conditioned hotels, bring a blazer or good rib knit or double knit cardigan that coordinates with the rest of your travel wardrobe.
  • If jeans are permitted choose ones in a dark wash that are in excellent condition as well as another pair of pants or skirt in a neutral such as khaki or black.
  • Introduce knits such as sweater sets, cotton V- or round neck pullovers or turtlenecks and mock turtle styles.  Look to natural fibers blended with synthetics or 100% synthetic fabrics for ease of care.
  • Consider bringing one jacket, perhaps a black blazer or a cardigan that coordinates with the rest of your wardrobe.  A blazer or box jacket, if necessary, can take you to evening if jackets are optional and jeans are permitted.  Wear it with a silk blouse or jeweled tone shirt and bold jewelry.
  • Regarding shoes, don’t buy any new ones to wear on your trip, your feet will hate you.  Buy the shoes about a week or two in advance and break them in at home, then they will be ready for your trip.  Consider bringing a pair of shoes perhaps slip-ons, loafer or tie styles in a medium to low heel such as an inch and a half.
  • When it comes to cosmetics, have them in a makeup bag.  You may lots of makeup but you can only take what you really need and the colors you wear most often.  All of my makeup is in such a bag and makes it really easy to travel anywhere and cuts down on decision making each morning.