Blazers

The Three Blazers For Fall

After returning from warm, sunny New Orleans yesterday after a week of sporting t-shirts and flip-flops, I was rather sad to take a look at the Jersey forecast for the week and see that temperatures were planning on dipping down to the 30s. It became real – the days of stripy sandals were over and it was time for cozy layers to prepare for the frigid cold.

So what’s the fashion staple of November work fashion? Blazers, of course, which I actually look forward to sporting because they give me a chance to mix up some prints, colors and fabrics. Before winter gets in full spring, check out my picks for the three blazers you need for your cold-weather wardrobe.

1. Navy

You can’t go wrong with a navy blazer – it’s the perfect staple for fall and gives a bit of color and class to all outfits, while also spicing up some neutral pieces. Plus, it complements other classic-colored pieces as well, like a flannel, jean or striped shirt.

Found on amyparent.cabionline.com

Found on amyparent.cabionline.com

2. Herringbone 

Who doesn’t love a classic style staple like a herringbone blazer? Grab one in shades of gray or black in white and pair with various brights to mix up an otherwise color blocked outfit. A very professional piece that will never go out of style.

Found on net-a-porter.com

Found on net-a-porter.com

3. Red

A pop of red mixes up neutral colors that are fitting for fall and due to the layering of the piece, it’s an item that is appropriate for work. Try mixing this up with other prints such as leopard, polka dots or stripes.

Found on expresarte-mujer.blogspot.ca

Found on expresarte-mujer.blogspot.ca

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Where To Build Your Business Wardrobe

When you’re a happy, skipping college student, you know all the best spots to score your party clothes, your bar clothes, your club clothes… and oh yeah, your school clothes. However, I know that for me, and pretty much every other soon-to-be-graduating college kid that I knew, I had but one outfit to interview for jobs in. And it wasn’t a nice one.

However, when you finally do take that big leap from college to post-grad life, you’re not really sure where to start when it’s time to build your adult wardrobe, free of fur, hooker heels, and Uggs. So, here’s a quick guide on the first steps to building your brand-new big-kid wardrobe for that coveted full-time job with the same budget you worked off of when you were delivering pizzas.

1. J. Crew is the Heaven of quirky professional clothing, chock full of brightly colored flats, patterned pants, and funky accents. Yes, some stuff at J. Crew starts out pricy… which is why your best bet is to head backwards to the awesome sale rack hiding in the corner, or better yet, the J. Crew Factory Store. Here, you can snag some classic sweaters, cute blazer basics, as well as must-have accessories.

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2. Ann Taylor is another great locale to score killer sales on some great pieces like basic pencil skirts, solid colored cardigans, and fun work tops. Remember, never pay full price, which is made even easier with the Ann Taylor card. Don’t forget about Ann Taylor Loft, a division of Ann Taylor, that features some younger (and cheaper) pieces that can sometimes be a hit as well.

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3. Target is one that I’m actually kind of embarrassed to present to you, but whatevs. You can get some quality (and cool) blazers, cardigans, basic sweaters, flats, and business heels that you can take to work on a very limited budget. And guess what? No one is ever gonna know. Muhahaha.

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4. Gap is a spot where you can score all the basics you need because let’s get real, if you can get it anywhere, why would you pay a lot for it? You can grab some cute spring jackets to take to work, leather bags, patterned flats, and of course, scarves in every color you can ever dream of.

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5. Banana Republic can’t really be classified as a bargain store like our good friend Target, however, with sales, you can definitely grab some good deals on blazers, business suits, slacks, heels, and accessories such as jewelry and headbands that you can take to the workplace.

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All’s Fair in Love, War, and Casual Friday

CASUAL FRIDAY. 

Just the words bring about images of gray beaten down hoodies, untied sneakers, and old 5k race t-shirts. Somehow, I kind of think that when our fore(mothers) fought long and hard for their beloved Casual Fridays, they weren’t thinking about basically getting away with their pajamas to work. Instead, all it was supposed to mean was that we could now bring our casual chic outfits to the workplace, which we so infrequently get to sport once Grind Life comes around.

This is pretty much why I don’t really adhere to Casual Friday. I still strap on my heels in the parking lot, I still make sure all my buttons are secured on up, and all of my accessories always match. However, on the rare occasion that I take the plunge and do join in on the joy of the Friday, I do the casual chic. Here are some ideas to take your Casual Friday work outfit from supermarket to super awesome.

1. Colored Jeans are a great alternative to blue jeans because they don’t look so much like you threw on the first thing you saw and a t-shirt. Instead, colored jeans (provided that you matched appropriately to the rest of your outfit) ensure a well put-together ensemble with all the fun of jeans! If brighter colors that are appropriate for autumn at work such as forest green and dark reds and maroons are too much for you, then stick to neutrals like white and tan. Colors are a guaranteed dress up. (Photo courtesy of Pinterest.com)

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2. Brights on brights. Speaking of colors, mixing brights on brights is a great way to fun-up the office on Fridays, especially if you work somewhere that is more on the conservative side like a doctor’s or lawyer’s office. They may be a little too much for Monday through Thursday… but Friday is free game. Just make sure you keep the accessories light and pair with a nude shoe. Also, don’t go too crazy with patterns either. Solid on solid bright is a safe way to go, but still fun.  (Photo Courtesy of TheCorporateRunway.Blogspot.com)

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3. Boyfriend jeans. Don’t get me wrong here. Normally, as much as I love baggy, holed boyfriend jeans, they unfortunately don’t fit very well into work wear. However, and most thankfully, on Fridays these fit right in with a fitted blazer and more work appropriate shoes, like Oxfords or a nice sandal. (Photo Courtesy of Socialbliss.com)

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4. Button-downs with bulk. Normally, when we think of button-downs, we just think of pairing them with a classic pant and heels or a skirt. However, if you like button-downs like I do, you can bring them down a notch for Casual Friday by layering them up, especially for the fall. Tack on a furry vest and a knit scarf to stay warm in that damn AC and still look cozy and put-together. (Photo courtesy of KittiesAndCouture.com)

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5. Plain T’s and statement necklaces. One of my favorite (and one of the easiest) trends for the season is big, plain t-shirts or sweaters in a neutral colors paired with a regal-esque statement necklace. I see a lot of these necklaces for sale for $30 or more, but in reality, you can grab them on eBay for less than $10, which is great too considering I don’t see them staying trendy for very long. No matter what, they’re a great way to trick cozy sweaters into being fancy. WIN. (Photo courtesy of TheStyleUmbrella.com)

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