Here’s a list of the the items, in my opinion that would comprise of an excellent work-wear capsule. When choosing items for a 9 to 5 work day, try to maximize their potential to be worn after work and the weekends too.
Dresses: The little black dress (LBD) is a must. This could take you from office to after dinner drinks by just adding a scarf and a leopard clutch. I’ve added a monochrome dress for the second (That’s my love for monochrome talking) as I think it works well in an office setting, but don’t be afraid to add a pop of color or you would look washed out.
Jackets: A blazer in black, navy or gray is a must. Don’t forget a cardigan during winter months or if the AC gets too cold for you.
Trousers: A pair of slim fit or wide leg trousers in any neutral color and fabric. Trousers are best with a wool blend. And of course, dark denim for Friday’s.
Skirts: A pencil skirt is a must. A midi skirt is a good option too, though I’m not a big fan.
Tops: A classic white button down is a must. It can go with just about anything. You could also layer it under your LBD during colder months. A few more in olive, burgundy and black (to transition from day to night).
Shoes: Classic pumps in Black or nude and a pair of ballet flats if you do a lot of walking during office hours or to and fro to work/home.
Accessories: A black, tan,white or nude colored handbag. A clutch for after office parties. Scarves add color and pull an all-neutral colored outfit together. The more, the merrier. A pair of diamond or pearl studs, a strand of pearls or a simple gold chain and a pendant. And of course, a statement watch!
The Boho-Chic style is a combination of the hippie and bohemian style. Made famous by Kate Moss and Sienna Miller, this fashion trend is huge for Spring/Summer 2015.
This style includes crocheted, floral, embroidered and kaftan tops paired with harem pants and denim or printed shorts. Long skirts, printed maxi’s, and floral play-suits teemed with gladiator sandals or tan boots. Accessories include fringe handbags, colourful scarves, feathered and beaded jewellery, head-bands, wide brimmed and fedora hats.
Earthy tones accentuated with pops of red, orange, green or any bright color work best. This is a relaxed look where the rule “less is more” goes out the window. If you’d like to start incoorperating this style into your look (like me) you could start small with just a handbag, a pair of sandals or jewellery.
In this post, I’ve listed the types of jackets you can add to your wardrobe depending on your style and how to wear them.
1. Chanel-Esque Jacket: if you are a Chanel fan but can’t afford to buy a couture jacket, there are many brands which have a similar unfitted, boxy cut and the fabric is either wool or a wool blend. Usually worn as a formal piece, the Chanel-Esque jacket is now teemed with distressed jeans and a tee which dresses it down.
2. Denim Jacket: Each one of us has had this wardrobe staple at one point or the other. Perfect for a day out or to dress down a formal dress for day time occasions.
3. Red Blazer: You can buy this in any color you like but red has a way of instantly upgrading your style quotient. Wear it with ivory, white and black or with leopard print to glam it up.
4. Tuxedo Jacket: When you think of a tuxedo jacket you usually think of pairing it with trousers and high heels at a formal do but the tux jacket can be worm with skin tight denim and a simple white tee for a day-time look.
5. Trench Coat: A glamorous way to beat the chill and a mild drizzle.
6. Bomber Jacket: From the fighter pilots wearing the jacket to Marlon Brando in A Street Car Named Desire, the bomber jacket gives a casual outfit a pulled together look.
7. Leather Jacket:I consider it my second-skin. A garment that goes hand in hand with the rough and rebellious youth culture of the past, present and future generations to come. One in black or tan is a must have.
8. Boyfriend Blazer: The boyfriend blazer is an over sized blazer (hence the name) but is fitted to suit a woman’s frame. Can be worn with skinny jeans and a tee for daytime and a fitted dress for evenings or a more formal setting.
I hope you’ve enjoyed this post I’ve put together. Now, over to you. Which jacket trend tickles your fancy? Leave a comment below!