There is a time and place for your ‘cold shoulder’ tops, for your Jack Rogers sandals, and for your maxi dresses – maybe to a backyard BBQ or a night out with friends. But – unless you work in a truly casual setting, the time and place is not to work.
What you wear each day sends a message to the world around you. It affects how you are perceived, your credibility, and can even affect your ultimate success. Especially if you are representing a product or service that is more serious than fun (finance, healthcare, law, etc), your clothes better send a serious message. What does that mean? Dark or neutral colors, simple styles, subtle jewelry. Sounds boring you say? Need not be boring! This outfit is a perfect example of serious business attire with flair. The jacket has metallic threads, so adds bling on its own – simple gold jewelry and an accent belt added just enough in terms of accessories.
It has been in my closet for years – can’t even remember where I found it, but it was a bargain for sure. If you are a working lady, never pass up a good jacket on sale!
And I am obsessed with belts! Will never pass up an unusual belt on sale. This one I found at Revolve in Lexington. Basic black top by Wolford.
Ok. Now let’s get really serious. These shoes! Classic Chanel two-tone with an ideal heel for being on your feet all day. Also looks great with cropped trousers, walking shorts, or even jeans. Ana Adamyan in the Neiman’s Shoe Salon/Boston knew these would be perfect for my feet and that they would be a wise investment. She was right!
Two-toned shoes add instant interest and sophistication to an all black outfit – and they need not be Chanel. There are brands at lower price points that give you the same look – Paul Mayer makes a nice shoe in the $200 range, and I have a pair from Ann Taylor that were under $100! (See them in a previous post).
Ready to hit the road, carrying Ginger’s Prada handbag…stylish? Of course. Serious? What do you think???