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?
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