5 Ways to Add Color & Personality to Your Office Wardrobe

5 Ways to Add Color & Personality to Your Office Wardrobe, A Lily Love Affair, Chicago Blogger, Kate Spade haring lane corinne tote, Ann Taylor wide leg trousers, office style

Who says your work wardrobe has to be boring?

Y’all know by now, color is my thang! I love mixed prints and vibrant colors. While I like to keep things crisp and professional at the office, I don’t feel you have to sacrifice style for professionalism.

Here are a few ways I like to add spice, character and personal style to my office looks:

1. Start with your accessories.

A great way to gradually add more color and character your work wardrobe is to start with a few statement accessories to brighten up your look or to add dimension. Perhaps it’s a nice red pump, a patterned tote or bag, or a colorful scarf . Throwing on quick, thoughtful pieces will add polish and poise to any look. Both the red heels and tote from this look (which is my new obsession and also shown here for a more casual look) have been great additions to my closet and are extremely versatile pieces! Both perfect for day, night and weekend!

2. Consider swapping out your LBD for a Little Blue Dress.

A few rules to remember: sapphire and cobalt shades work best with fair complexions while softer tones place nicely with more peach skin colors. Shades such as navy, teal, chambray and sky look great on just about everyone. Swapping out your LBD at the office for a LBD (little BLUE dress) is a great way to also add color and personal style in the boardroom.

3. Change up your polish.

I have a hard time with this one myself, but I have begun to experiment with new colors such as mints and baby blues. I am typically someone who only chooses colors in the shell pink, red or brown families, but opting for soft colorful shades is one of the most affordable, versatile ways to accessorize your look while getting your feet wet in color experimentation.

4. Add a jacket or blazer.

Bags are like coats; we often stick to neutral colors, so that the coat goes with everything. A brightly colored jacket or blazer can really make an impact however. Think of jewel colors like red or green – or Spring shades such as light yellow or pastel pink.  These shades will really brighten up your mood and look during the warmer months ahead! If you’re really bold, look for a patterned jacket or blazer.

5. Change up your eyewear.

A really fun way to add flare and color to your office look is to update your eyewear frames. Visionworks is my go-to shop (for both Shawn and I) for the hottest trends and colors. I particularly love frames with color detailing, metal bridges, gold highlights and angular hardware. Be on the look out for more posts this week which highlight a few of my favorite pairs.

6. Boost your look and mood with lipstick.

This is also one that took me some time to get comfortable with, but now I am hooked. Shades of reasonable pink, a soft orange or bright red lip can really draw attention and pizzazz to any look. Think a black cocktail dress with a great bold lip? Yes, please!

How do you add color and personality to your work wardrobe?

If there are any other tips, styles or topics you would like to see here on A Lily Love Affair, I would love to hear your thoughts in the comments below! I’ll do my absolute best to bring you content you desire and hope this continues to be a space for seeking inspiration and style advice.

XOXO,

Anna

5 Ways to Add Color & Personality to Your Office Wardrobe, A Lily Love Affair, Chicago Blogger, Kate Spade haring lane corinne tote, Ann Taylor wide leg trousers, office style

5 Ways to Add Color & Personality to Your Office Wardrobe, A Lily Love Affair, Chicago Blogger, Kate Spade haring lane corinne tote, Ann Taylor wide leg trousers, office style

5 Ways to Add Color & Personality to Your Office Wardrobe, A Lily Love Affair, Chicago Blogger, Kate Spade haring lane corinne tote, Ann Taylor wide leg trousers, office style

5 Ways to Add Color & Personality to Your Office Wardrobe, A Lily Love Affair, Chicago Blogger, Kate Spade haring lane corinne tote, Ann Taylor wide leg trousers, office style

5 Ways to Add Color & Personality to Your Office Wardrobe, A Lily Love Affair, Chicago Blogger, Kate Spade haring lane corinne tote, Ann Taylor wide leg trousers, office style

5 Ways to Add Color & Personality to Your Office Wardrobe, A Lily Love Affair, Chicago Blogger, Kate Spade haring lane corinne tote, Ann Taylor wide leg trousers, office style

5 Ways to Add Color & Personality to Your Office Wardrobe, A Lily Love Affair, Chicago Blogger, Kate Spade haring lane corinne tote, Ann Taylor wide leg trousers, office style

5 Ways to Add Color & Personality to Your Office Wardrobe, A Lily Love Affair, Chicago Blogger, Kate Spade haring lane corinne tote, Ann Taylor wide leg trousers, office style

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31 Comments

  1. May 10, 2017 / 9:30 am

    I love these tips and your photography! So clean and crisp! I am always looking for new ways to add in colour, so this is perfect. Thank you!
    Love from Austria,
    Theresa | http://www.primetimechaos.com

  2. May 10, 2017 / 9:42 am

    I loved this post!! I always feel like my work outfits are so blah! Def going to try to change up my eye wear too! Thanks for sharing!!!

  3. May 10, 2017 / 10:18 am

    These are fantastic tips! I love the swapping a little black dress for a little blue dress 🙂 I’m definitely gonna try a few of these.

  4. Tasia Bruderer
    May 10, 2017 / 10:38 am

    Okay I’m addicted to this article. My husband calls me a bomhemian child that should of been born in the 80s. I LOVE florals, aztecs, & bold prints. I think adding a little pop of color can make you feel good too! You look absolutely wonderful!

  5. Dasha
    May 10, 2017 / 11:04 am

    You had me at color. I haven’t met many colors I don’t like. I’m drawn to bold patterns and texture and DEFINITELY agree with you on the lipstick. Nothing like a bold lip color to brighten my day.

  6. stephanie
    May 10, 2017 / 11:40 am

    these are awesome tips! i definitely agree that adding color in whenever possible can help boost the outfit. i don’t work in an office environment anymore, but if i still did, i’d be seriously wanting to steal your cute style!

    stephanie // SheSawStyle.com

  7. May 10, 2017 / 1:35 pm

    This look is giving me all the feels! I was notorious for wearing bright colors and patterns to work because it killed my soul to wear black pants and dresses every day!

    xo, Sara

  8. Adaleta
    May 10, 2017 / 6:42 pm

    What great ideas!! There is no reason why there cant be colour and style in the office

  9. Ashley
    May 10, 2017 / 7:09 pm

    What a chic office look! I love the addition of the red heels and that fab printed bag!

  10. May 10, 2017 / 7:18 pm

    Love all these tips! I love adding color through accessories and that purse is so cute!

  11. May 10, 2017 / 7:45 pm

    I love wearing a pop of color with my shoes or pants!

  12. May 10, 2017 / 8:03 pm

    Love these tips! That outfit is so perfect for the office.

  13. May 10, 2017 / 8:29 pm

    those red pumps are just fabulous!!

  14. May 10, 2017 / 8:57 pm

    Everything about this work look is perfect! Love that vertical striped top with the bell sleeves and the pop of red with the lip color and pumps!! Showing people who’s boss! I don’t have to dress up for work I wear scrubs but I definitely agree on lip color and accessories to spice up a work outfit!

    Xo, Steph
    http://www.sassandsun.com

  15. May 10, 2017 / 9:18 pm

    Cute look – amazing bag – love that floral

  16. May 10, 2017 / 9:34 pm

    LOVE this bag- the print is so fun!

  17. Nicholle
    May 10, 2017 / 9:53 pm

    I LOVE this entire look on you! Professional but still has personality. Dying over these frames.

  18. May 11, 2017 / 6:18 pm

    you nailed it! i love the red its simple but yet it pops! and that bag is just so much fun!

  19. May 13, 2017 / 9:42 am

    This couldn’t have come at a better time. I have worn black for most of my adult life at work. Bright colors have been calling my name recently so I’m on a quest to add more into my wardrobe (and other areas).

  20. May 13, 2017 / 9:32 pm

    I just love this!! Such a great post. That bag is fabulous!!

  21. May 14, 2017 / 2:43 pm

    I love that colorful bag and those red pumps are perfection!

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