Dress for the weather, not the season to look work appropriate
December has been unusually warm so far. Thus, I used this as an invitation to dress like I dress in the typically short week or two of fall. In the featured photo, I even wear my turquoise fall booties. Of course, I have to admit that on that day I had a ride to the office. Thus, my toes had not much of a chance to get cold. I had just to walk from the curb side to the entrance.
Look for posh chic color combinations
I created this office outfit around blue shades and hues. Using neighboring colors always yields a chic color combination. Doing so looks especially posh and work appropriate when the colors are based around a neutral. In the example shown here, I picked dark blue as the anchor color for a posh casual office outfit.
Using these adjacent colors gives the feel of a monochromatic look when you ensure that the colors stay close to the anchor color. The advantage is that one does not have to work with different texture and shine to keep the outfit interesting. Doing so is a must, when going for a straight monochromatic look.
Classic color combinations work well for the office
Another fool-proof color combination for posh chic at work is the eternal American gray plus blue and black. In the business casual office look shown in the photo below I re-visited the classics – gray cashmere sweater, dark gray tweed skirt, and blue cardigan. To not look Old Lady I picked a trendy long cardigan. This means I added a twist to the typical business casual look of tweed skirt with twinset.
Pay attention to shape and proportions for a posh office look
Furthermore, I belted the long cardigan for shape. When layering, one has to pay an eye to the proportions. This caution applies to shape. You don’t want to layer and look fat. It also applies to the hem lines. As a rule of thumb, go for short over long or long over short. Never combine two items that have about the same hem length. It looks as if one piece shrunk. The eye gets irritated which line to look at. Any line is a break and hence attention goes to that line. When they are to close, it feels like the lines fight with each other for attention.
Also go for combinations like tight with loose. Never wear a loose piece at the top and at the bottom. Doing so will add pounds that you don’t actually have. Who needs that?
Finish your office look with accessories
For a great chic work look, add some accessories. Add on until it looks right. Sometimes it is hard to identify. Then look whether the added piece sends the look over the edge. If that’s the case, take the added piece off. In other words, you are not a Christmas tree.
My five cents on accessorizing a work look
My rules of thumb are short or no necklace with a statement belt; long statement necklace with studs and no belt; Long earrings without necklace plus statement belt.
Have a signature piece
I always wear my collier de chien bangle. It is my signature piece. As such, I don’t consider it as an accessory, but more like the identification ring of a bird. LOL. It’s part of me, not part of my outfit.
What have you been up to in November? What is your style challenge in December? Let me know, so I can help you.
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Top of the World OOTDs
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Top of the World Style Winner
The winner of this week’s feature is Nistha the Indian fashion blogger from Pune at FashioNistha. She linked up her winning post at the 139th Top of the World Style party. She wore a classic French woman in the 70s inspired look. Such a great timeless and chic look.
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Top of the World OOTD Readers’ Fav
Readers, you clicked the thumbnail of Andrea Nine the most. She is the blogger at Living on Cloud Nine and became Top of the World OOTD Readers’ Fav. Her outfit shows a grown-up holiday sweater that doesn’t fall into the category of ugly holiday sweaters. On the contrary, the imprint will also work after the holiday season is over. Smart purchase.
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Top of the World OOTD My Fav
Suzanne Smith’s posh chic weekend look was my favorite at last week’s party. She is the lifestyle blogger at Crazy Blonde Life. Wearing white denim in winter is so chic. She really has the denim-on-denim styling down.<3
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