"The look I'm going for: Confident, current (trend-aware but not trendy), age-appropriate, but with a youthful air. Somebody you'd take seriously as your manager, but whom you also might run into at a Radiohead or Pixies show.
I’m just shy of 5’5” and a very fit 140 pounds... I seem to wear a size 6-8 most of the time. I love my legs and collarbone, and my arms & back look pretty good right now, but my 36D bosoms are more trouble than you might think … so hard to dress “cute,” since with a rack like this, what looks cute on a B girl can look bovine or whorey on me (and I can never, ever not wear a proper bra, which means nothing one-shouldered, unfortunately).
I CANNOT ABIDE a high-waisted pant or jean of any kind. It needs to sit on my hipbones or I flat will not wear it. Mostly this is because I have longer legs & shorter torso, but also a high waist makes me feel like I could tuck my boobs into my pants, and that’s not a good feeling. I like a fitted midriff in a shirt, since blousy ones make me look like Annette Funicello or a pregnant lady (which I am not at present). (Either one.)"I'm letting Marianne handle the casual outfits (tomorrow) because she has more freedom in her workplace dress code and I am tackling some work looks that will gain respect but still look current and a little edgy. You don't have to be boring to be work-appropriate, but it helps to wear more structured items in order to look pulled together. With that in mind, I decided to do three looks - separates, dress, and pants.
What I think she needs: Simple well-cut basics that she can make more interesting with a statement necklace, a fun top, or some unexpected color. Also, bags and shoes can make or break a look. Nothing ties together an outfit more than the right accessories.
So, here's what I came up with:
A pencil skirt is the perfect classic piece to own, but the animal print keeps it from being too boring. The bronze detail in the top picks up the bronze in the skirt and the grey and black accessories keep it all tied together. The blazer keeps it all professional and nipped in. All neutrals, but it doesn't feel neutral.
How to make grey trousers less meh? Pair with a bright top, a lush velvet blazer and an unexpected dark purple bag instead of the usual black. The earrings give it an extra pop of color just because I say so.
And finally, my favorite, the day dress:
Everyone needs a day dress that makes them feel amazing. Pair it with tall boots, a statement necklace and an enviable bag and watch the hell out. If you must tone it down, that's what the cardigan is for.
And finally, a wildcard just because:
So, what do you all think? Would you wear these looks to work or did I miss the mark?