Career Wardrobe Staples to Start Collecting Now – Part 2 January 19th, 2013
Photo via Elle.com
So, you already read Part 1. You already have your professional black blazer, white button-down shirt, and comfortable heels. You’ve been sorting through job listings and dreaming of your future career. Now what?
The answer? You still have time; you’re in college! Keep dreaming, job-hunting, saving, and building your future career wardrobe! Here are the rest of our career wardrobe staples that are worth buying now (or once you save up!):
4. A Sleek Pencil Skirt
Black Lightweight Wool Pencil Skirt – Banana Republic
If possible, it’s a great idea to get a pencil skirt that matches your blazer (go for the set, if you can!). The sleekness of a pencil skirt is certainly a subtle way to convey your professionalism. The clean, simple lines flatter your figure without drawing inappropriate attention, and unlike other skirt styles, you can rely on a pencil skirt to be both stylish and timeless in nearly any setting.
When shopping for your skirt, keep these things in mind:
- Length - This is a no-brainer, ladies. It’s a good idea to start at or below the knee cap, but slightly above the knee (say, an inch or so) is fine, too. We recommend starting conservative, but take your cues from the other women in your field. Mid-thigh, however, is always too short!
- Fitted, but not tight – It’s important that your skirt isn’t too loose; you don’t want to look sloppy! However, too tight is just as bad – you’re going for “professional”, NOT “sexy”. When you’re looking for a good fit, make sure you can move comfortably. If you see areas where the fabric is stretching, that’s a warning sign that you need to size up. Also, see what it feels like to sit down, bend over, walk up stairs, etc., before you buy.
- Texture and color - So basic black is an obvious “must-buy”. But assuming it’s appropriate for your office, your skirt is a great place to bring some pizzazz to your ensemble. Save up for a skirt in a fun color (emerald green, anyone?) or a stand-out texture. Don’t go too wild, but have fun with it!
5. A Selection of Cardigans
The “Jackie” Cardigan in Fresh Mint, Iced Lilac, and White – J.Crew
Cardigans, cardigans, cardigans! If you’re like us, chances are you have accumulated several of these already. Cardigans give you unlimited versatility when it comes to layering and mix-and-match outfits – they’re essential to any wardrobe! Keep your closets stocked with these guys throughout college and keep them for your transition into a career.
Here are some things to think about when shopping for career-caliber cardigans:
- Fabric quality – Look for durable fabrics that won’t stretch out or “pill” with wear! You want your cardigans to always look fresh, not shabby. As a general rule, the softer the fabric, the more likely it is to pill – so tightly woven acrylics, cottons or wools may be the best bet. (If you invest in supersoft cashmere, which we love, expect to take your sweater to the dry cleaners periodically!) When in doubt, it can never hurt to ask a salesperson about how a particular cardigan wears over time.
- Quantity – Don’t be afraid to get the same cardigan in more than one color! If you find a fit and style that works for you, don’t hold back. Cardigans are basic enough and the variations between styles are small enough that most people won’t notice if you have more than one of a kind, especially if you’re mixing and matching!
6. Dressy Flats
Tory Burch ‘Reva’ Flat – Nordstrom
You already have a great pair of comfortable black heels, but say your feet are sore from breaking in that new pair of Louboutins you wore yesterday. (Hey, we’re talking future career here – dream big!) You have absolutely no desire to wear heels again. This is when it’s just as crucial to have a good pair of high-quality flats as it is to have some comfortable pumps. But keep in mind they still need to be professional!
Some good qualities to look for:
- Again, comfort – Just like your pumps need to be comfortable, so do your flats! Look for flats that fit your foot well and have great support, and don’t be afraid to try on a million pairs before you find your perfect ones. (Also, always try on shoes at the end of the day, when your feet are at their largest/most swollen. This will ensure a comfortable fit at all times.)
- Professional style – “Professional” is what we keep coming back to. It’s a good idea of have a pair of modest black flats in your inventory, even if you only want to wear them between the bus stop and your office (where you put on your heels, of course). You never know who you’ll see in the elevator! And if your flats are the shoes of the day, you want them to represent you just as well as your heels do. Experiment with colors, prints and textures so long as they remain professional!
What do you think?
That’s it for our list of buy-now career essentials! There are plenty of other pieces that are worth investing in, but if you start with these, you’re guaranteed to look sharp whether it’s for an interview or every day of the week. Good luck out there!
Now we want to hear from you: What do you plan to wear for your future career? How many of these staples do you already own? Any brand recommendations? What career do you want to have? What’s the one thing you’re most excited to wear? Please let us know with a comment! We’d love to hear from you!
Benefits Of Sliding Wardrobe Doors May 13th, 2012
Sliding wardrobe doors offer a contemporary alternative, individual in style they provide convenience and practicality without any clearance required for the opening and closing of doors. This is often perfect where space-saving is necessary, in an area with restricted room. People often simply choose them as an alternative to more traditional designs.
The freedom of enabling the disguising of alcoves, chimney breasts, awkward shaped rooms and walls, sloping ceilings and areas that would be impractical to accommodate free-standing furniture are some of the multitude of advantages. Perfect for attic rooms, extensions, or non standard shaped rooms. They are also widely chosen in regular shaped rooms because of their style and contemporary look.
The doors may be frosted, mirrored, reflective, high gloss, wood, or mixed panel, providing the freedom of choice to create exactly the look you require. A variety of runner systems and frames can then be selected. Accompanied with your decor and furnishings, you can design your room individual to that of your neighbours, family and friends. It can be worth considering that brighter colours and reflective panels will offer an illusion of spaciousness. Lighting is essential to transform the overall look.
With all the excellent quality and benefits associated with fitted furniture, they can maximise the use of space, with flexible storage solutions, providing the capability to choose internal fixtures and fittings. Shelving, hanging rails, drawers, belt, shoe, tie and scarf racks can certainly be included within the interior of your wardrobes for all your storage requirements. Custom made to measure they utilise all the available space. From a walk-in dressing room to a built in wardrobe, Sliding doors can provide the ultimate in design and practicality and transform your home.
How Sliding Wardrobe Doors Can Improve Your Bedroom March 21st, 2012
Sliding wardrobes supplier – Sliding wardrobe doors provide a contemporary alternative, individual in style they feature convenience and practicality without any clearance needed for the closing and opening. This can be perfect where space-saving is required, in a room with restricted space. People often simply choose them instead of more traditional styles.
The liberty of allowing the concealing of alcoves, chimney breasts, awkward shaped rooms and walls, sloping ceilings and areas that would be impractical to allow for free-standing furniture are among the numerous benefits. They are ideal for attic rooms, extensions, or non standard shaped rooms. Also, they are widely chosen in standard shaped rooms because of their style and contemporary look.
The doors can be mirrored, frosted glass, reflective, wood, high gloss or mixed panel, offering the freedom of choice to create just the look you require. A variety of runner systems and frames can then be selected. Complemented with your decor and furnishings, you can create your room individual to that of your friends and neighbours. It is worthwhile considering that brighter colours and reflective panels can give an illusion of spaciousness. Lighting is essential to transform the overall look.
With all the excellent quality and benefits of fitted furniture, they will utilise all available space, with versatile storage solutions, offering the ability to choose internal fixtures and fittings. Shelving, hanging rails, drawers, belt, shoe, tie and scarf racks can be incorporated within the interior of the wardrobes for all of your storage needs. Custom made to measure they employ all the available space. From a walk-in dressing room to a built-in wardrobe, Sliding wardrobe doors can offer the ultimate in design and practicality and transform your home.
6 Must-Have Items to Update Your Wardrobe for Summer June 5th, 2011
Although it’s not officially summer yet, I think it’s safe to say the hottest season of the year is in full swing. Now that the warm weather calls for a change in fashion, it’s time to update your summer wardrobe. Of course, this doesn’t mean you have to spend tons of money on a closet full of new clothes. That’s why I found six trendy, yet versatile items that will keep your look stylish all summer long and can easily be paired with the items you already own.
No matter what your clothing budget this summer, rest assured that purchasing even one of the items below will help to freshen up your summer look:
1. A Straw Tote
Product Info: Flower Straw Bag- H&M, Fun in the Sun Beach Bag- PacSun, Foldover Shopper- Debenhams, Straw Crochet Bag- Debenhams, Straw and Sequin Bag- Calypso St. Barth for Target, Poppie Jones Straw Tote- DSW
Is there any bag out there that’s more quintessentially ”summer” than the straw tote? This classic carryall is laid-back, lightweight and earthy, making it perfect for summertime. Use one as your go-to summer bag or as a chic tote to carry your essentials to and from the beach.
2. Something Neon
Product Info: Orange Stripe Bow Back Dress- Dorothy Perkins, Striped Jersey Tank- J. Crew, Bandeau Bikini- Jessica Simpson Collection, Neon Yellow Top- H&M, Platform Sandal- Zara, Neon Belt- Hot Topic, Chain Necklace- Topshop
Add a punch of color to your wardrobe with neon clothes and accessories. Pick a piece in your favorite hue to instantly brighten up any ensemble. Not sure how to incorporate them into your look? Pair neons with neutrals for a trendy and foolproof warm-weather outfit.
3. A Floppy Sun Hat
We’ve been waxing poetic about the oversized sun hat for the last few weeks at CF and rightfully so! This summer’s “it” accessory is not only stylish, but protects you from sun exposure — talk about a win-win. Wear a floppy sun hat with your swimsuit or your favorite sundress for a look that is both stylish and functional.
4. Colorful Shorts
Product Info: Shocking Pink Chino Shorts- J. Crew, Red Self-Tie Shorts- Forever 21, Mint Scallop Hem Tiered Shorts- Topshop, Sunshine Broderie Anglaise Trim Shorts- Topshop, Lilac Shorts- H&M, Rust High Seas Shorts- Forever 21
Give your trusty denim cut-offs a break this season and instead try a pair of brightly colored shorts. Whatever your color preference, you can be sure to find a pair in your favorite hue. Use them to add a pop of color to an outfit or pair these shorts with other bright pieces for a bold color-blocked look.
5. A Maxi Dress
Product Info: Floral Maxi Dress- Forever 21, Ethnic Print Maxi- Delia’s, Gray Halter Dress- Old Navy, Wild City Life Dress- ModCloth, Blue Floral Dress- Dorothy Perkins, Strolling the Sandbar Dress- ModCloth
These long, breezy dresses have been popular for several seasons now, so if you don’t already own one, get on it! Maxis can be easily dressed up or down and can even work as an impromptu beach cover-up. These versatile pieces have a distinct bohemian vibe and are a stylish alternative to the typical summer dress.
Product Info: Espadrille Sun Wedges- Forever 21, Red Canvas Espadrille Flats- Dorothy Perkins, Canvas Espadrille High Wedge- Payless, Slingback Floral Wedge- ASOS, Espadrille Flat Sandal- ASOS, Floral Lace-up Espadrilles- Topshop
Espadrilles are always a popular choice for summertime, but this year they’ve gotten a makeover. They’re now available in countless styles, colors and patterns, so there’s a pair of espadrilles out there for everyone. Whether you like flats, lace-ups or the traditional wedged espadrille, you’re sure to find a pair that’s right for you.
What do you think?
How do you plan on updating your look for summer? What do you think of these items? Do you already own any of them? Be sure to leave a comment and let me know your thoughts!
How to Improve His Wardrobe: Holiday Gifts Worth Stealing December 3rd, 2010
With Black Friday and Cyber Monday already behind us, it is hard to ignore the fact that the holiday shopping rush is in full swing. The season of giving will be over before we know it, so today I am going to give you an insiders guide to buying clothes for your boyfriend that both he, and you, will be able to enjoy.
Below, are my tips for significant others looking to steal their holiday presents back… So do yourself a favor this Holiday season and pick up something that both he and you will love to wear – it will be the best present you ever gave yourself.
Merry Gifting to All and to All a Good Buy
For the past four months, my girlfriend has been eying a certain flannel shirt of mine over Skype. When I return to America, I am almost positive that within two to three weeks it will end up in her laundry basket. But, I have come to grips with this fact. Though I love this shirt, I am willing to share, and am also hoping that her love of it will prompt her to buy me another…
This brings me to my first tip: When looking for a present you want to steal from your boyfriend, keep these three adjectives in mind: functional, soft, and replaceable. Why? Well, you want the clothing to be functional so that your boyfriend doesn’t feel cheated out of a present, soft so that you can wear it, and replaceable in case you take it for good.
Furthermore, these adjectives put you in the right mindset when looking for clothes to buy. Think, “He will wear it on a Friday, but I can sleep in it on a Tuesday” or “I can wear it to class while he sleeps in.” Your main objective is to put something in his hands that he will love to wear, you will love to see him in, and that after a couple of weeks, you can add to your wardrobe as well. Therefore, I recommend you stick with basics; think casual button-front shirts, sweatshirts, and underwear, and you can’t go wrong.
Below, I’ve listed some options along these lines sure to please both you and the guy in your life.
Hook Him Up With Clothes a Plenty…Fa La La La La, La La La La
Above are what I consider the perfect storm of “shareable” holiday presents for your boyfriend. From the male perspective, I love the feeling of a comfortable button-up shirt and have to have at least three good clean ones on hand at all times. For the holidays this year, invest in a shirt for your boyfriend that ignores the formal, but doesn’t look sloppy. And if it’s soft enough for you to sleep in, all the better. Chambray, Oxford, and Flannel are three distinct weaves of cotton that are sure to please the wearer, male or female.
Second, a college pullover sweatshirt is a must-have for a guy to wear around his dorm. The softer the inside, the better. For you, the significant other, his brand new sweatshirt can double as a top when you want to get comfortable in the library or are lounging in his room watching a movie.
Finally, woven boxers and fine undershirts are perfect sleepwear for a significant other. You should pick holiday themed boxers for your boyfriend, giving them a shelf life that, when expired, leaves them up for grabs. Make sure they are comfortable enough to wear all day, but loose enough to sleep in, and don’t skimp on quality. The longer they last, the longer you get to share them.
What Do You Think?
What are you buying for your significant other this holiday season? What are you wishing for most? Any particular clothes you love to steal from your boyfriend or girlfriend? Let me know what you think, I write for you!