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Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Monochroma.chic: Office Attire, From Boring to Daring

Hi everyone! I’m Kristy from Monochroma.chic and I would like to thank Natasha for letting me contribute to her blog while she’s away. I hope you’re having fun with your family wherever you are!

Ok, maybe “daring” isn’t the right word for this post, but I just had to make the title rhyme and “amazing” would have given me too much credit :p

I am aware that a lot of bloggers and blog readers are not in school anymore or working from home. A lot of them (including myself) are working the 9 to 5 job, sitting behind their desks, typing on their computers, and sipping unhealthy amount of coffee to keep them awake for the next 8 hours or so. We like to browse through tons of fashion blogs, yet only a few of these blogs cater to the “working women” audience. Admit it, you can’t wear ripped tights with jean shorts and doc martens boots to the office, right? Or mini skirt with suspender/hooker tights and Sam Edelman’s Zoes. Or a sheer white blouse with a black bra. Or innerwear as outerwear. You get the picture.
While I don’t think I’m the expert in the “trendy office attire” subject, I’ve been challenging myself to come out with outfits that are both blog-worthy and office-worthy. As a blogger, it’s a struggle that I’m facing every morning. So how can you make your office attire look more interesting? Here’s a week worth of looks that you can wear to the office:

MONDAY: I like to start my week with a bang. Something that can perk up my day because we all know… we hate Monday! So I added some colors to my look. You can play with colors in your work outfit as long as you do that using accessories instead of clothes. In this look, I purposely wore a red cocktail ring and a red purse to add a pop of bright color to the overall look. They provided just enough dose of color without making me look like Ronald McDonald (red and yellow, yes?) You can also tone down the bright color palette with a pair of black shoes. It always works for me ;)

TUESDAY: Swap your trousers for a skirt. For me, the perfect length is when the skirt hits about 2 to 3 inches above your knees. After a Monday full of colors, you can play with the basic colors on Tuesday. Pick 2 to 3 shades of the same color family to keep the outfit interesting. A simple fitted sweater and a pleated skirt will do the trick (and provide comfort!) As a blogger, I couldn’t just stop there, so I added a faux-fur vest. Yes, I got a few stares from my co-workers. I even let some of them touch my fur, I mean, fur vest ;)

WEDNESDAY: Oh hump day. The most uninspiring day of the week. But your outfit doesn’t have to be like that. Depending on your workplace’s dress code, grab your dark-washed skinny jeans or black tapered pants and pair them up with a comfortable cardigan. I like to wear a belt over my cardigan. It cinches the waist nicely and gives me the hourglass shape that I’m lacking of. It’s also the easiest way to accessorize an outfit ;) Of course, add a pair of black pumps to make your jeans look more professional.

THURSDAY: One more day until the weekend. Take another modest-length (2-3 inches rule) skirt and pair it up with a cute, yet office-appropriate cardigan. I like to invest on cardigans because you can wear them for both work and play. All you have to do is button it all the way up to make it look more professional. And look! I’m wearing the same pair of pumps three days in a row. When you invest on something as classic and versatile as a pair of black pumps, you will make a lot of use of it.

FRIDAY: Finally! It’s time to take a full advantage of Casual Friday. I’ve always wanted to try the chiffon blouse & sweater combination ever since I saw it on an American Apparel mannequin. So I did that on one Friday and I was happy with the result. Who knew that cotton and chiffon could look so good together? It’s one of the looks you that often see on fashion and street style blogs, but you can still make it work for work. I dressed it up with a pair of heels, but you can substitute them with a pair of brogues or oxfords.

So, that’s it, ladies. Office looks don’t have to be boring. Incorporate your casual/weekend pieces to your office wardrobe and come up with creative combinations. Always look for inspirations from fellow “working woman slash fashion blogger” friends and inspire each other!

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