One of the first things I think about when I'm shopping is "How versatile is this item going to be in my closet?" Is this going to be a fun statement piece I can only wear once in a blue moon? Or is it going to be able to be worn in a plethora of ways on many occasions? There is a time and place for both items but ultimately the smarter choice is always the more adaptable piece.
Once I've established that the item can be worn in many different ways, I like to then try and find creative opportunities to spice it up. So if a blouse comes in a several colors, I'll go for the bright color instead of the basic. This is what works for me to keep my wardrobe full of surprises and yet, full of functional pieces.
I actually NEVER get the opportunity to rock a pencil skirt. When I used to work in bridal I would wear pencil skirts on the regular. But I'll admit, it's not my go-to item when running to the park for a play date or even shopping with a client. Some days I yearn for the option to wear a killer office look. I took this opportunity and ran with it.
So, with that being said, the above outfit is my version of a 9 to 5 look. You can take the city out of the girl, but that little bit of city spark always stays. When putting together this ensemble I thought about two things.
1) How can I make it fun, yet sophisticated?
The Answer - Classic shapes with bold shades. Are we used to seeing a blouse and pencil skirt together in the office. Obvs. But is it usually done in gorgeous, unexpected colors? Nope! A lot of my clients mention that they feel they have trouble feeling trendy at work. This outfit also is a great example of how ot incorporate new fashion into your daily looks.
2) How do I make color blocking work for the office?
The Answer - Keeping the look to two colors makes it consistent and not overwhelming. I paired the look with a matching heel and purse to not introduce too many colors. I also wore all gold jewelry for the same reason.
By now you know I'm a jeans lover. If not, you should probably check out my Style Guide to your right! Do it now! While I love me a good dress, my favorite date night look is a jeans and heels combo. Comfort meets sexy. It has never failed to amaze me how a dressy blouse, jeans, and heels can work in the majority of situations. Dinner date: Jeans and heels. Bachelorette party at a club: Jeans and heels. Happy Hour: Jeans and heels. Mamas night out: Jeans and heels. All I'm saying is... when in doubt, wear heels and it always adds the level of dressed up you were looking for.
As you can see, I wore the same blouse AND the same heels in both looks. This was intentional for two reasons. I wanted to show you that if you have a bold colored item that you want to wear a lot, sometimes it helps to have a shoe that works as well. The other reason is that I find that most women wear the same accessories and shoes more often than a fashion blogger would (shocker). So in an effort to be helpful and transparent I'm once again wearing similar jewelry to this post and the same shoes with both looks.
What's one thing in your closet that you find is a "Go - To"; but is still fun and unexpected? One of my favorite things to chat about is how clothing can work in different ways. Let's start a conversation by leaving a comment below!
Photography: MELANIE DUERKOPP PHOTOGRAPHY
Hair and Makeup: MELISSA HOFFMANN