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Pregnancy isn’t easy. Aches, pains, exhaustion, fluctuating hormones, and incessant morning sickness make it anything but a walk in the park. And then there’s your ever-changing, always-expanding body; that burgeoning bump and those swollen stretching breasts. It ain’t easy growing a baby.

It’s a surreal experience watching your body evolve before your very eyes, and that new body will require new clothes–can’t squeeze that watermelon into any ole thing. While a belly-boasting little-black-dress or skinny pair of maternity jeans sure do look cute, the basics are the most important part of dressing your bump. We’re talking tanks, bras, and leggings. These essentials will keep you looking good and feeling comfortable from the first trimester until delivery day–and beyond!

Leading Lady offers an array of intimates that prioritize fit, comfort, and support. We took a few of their top maternity and nursing item for a stylish spin in NYC.

Camis and Tanks

Layering is key in pregnancy and early motherhood. You get hot, you get cold, and if you’re breastfeeding, you’ll need to be able to get easy feeding access. Start with a tank-top base that’s functional and style with chic additions like a cardigan-coat and jeans.

How to Dress Up Your Basics

This cami offers built-in-bra support, and provides ample room for a belly to fill. You can wear it alone, under a tee,

How to Dress Up Your Basics

This tank will come in handy long after Baby arrives. Strap clips make for easy and discreet breastfeeding access.

Leggings

A good pair of maternity leggings are hard to find. Many are too sheer, too thin, and not supportive enough. But this pair from Leading Lady fits the bill. A full belly panel hugs the tummy with extra back support and subtle compression for optimal comfort.

How to Dress Up Your Basics

We styled these leggings with this fabulous bell-sleeve top from Stowaway Collection. It hugs in all the right ways, and can easily be dressed up or down. A regular military-style jacket and some suede booties complete this simple, but stylish everyday ensemble.

How to Dress Up Your Basics

How to Dress Up Your Basics

Don’t expect your breasts to stay the same size. They’ll get bigger, they’ll get smaller, they may even chnge shape. (Ah, pregnancy is such a beautiful thing!) Luckily, the versatile options from Leading Lady will last you this whole exciting journey.

How to Dress Up Your Basics

How to Dress Up Your Basics

How to Dress Up Your Basics

How to Dress Up Your Basics

How to Dress Up Your Basics

I don’t know about you, but when I was a kid I loved to play dress-up. It was probably my favorite thing to do. Me and my sisters would go rummaging through the box of old dresses my mom had rounded up from here or there and create little dramas, all decked out in someone’s old prom dress. It was fantastic. One of my favorite things about being an adult is getting to dress up whenever I want. Sure it’s nice to have something fancy to go to, but I never let a random Wednesday stop me from putting on something that makes me feel pretty. Sequins are one of those things that make me fabulous, and as a result I like to wear them the most in a daily type setting, you know, during the week, when I’m running kids to-and-fro and working in my studio. I’ve curated quite a little collection of sequin tops in the last few years and they are one of my favorite items to pull from. When I’m wearing sequins on the daily, I like to pair them with boot cut, or boyfriend jeans because it kind of tones them down, but I also love to use the sequins in my closet to dress up my basics. Because I’m not often attending galas I don’t have an array of fancy attire in my closet, but I have plenty of pencil skirts and great everyday staple pieces. I love pairing a sequin top with a printed pencil skirt, it really dresses it up and takes an office appropriate silhouette to a party-ready ensemble in no time. With the holidays rapidly approaching (hello, where did this year go?) I know I’ll be pulling out this combo again and again.

Great sequin tops here , here , and here.

Fabulous pencil skirts here and here. 😉

How to Dress Up Your Basics

Skirt: Corilynn. Silk Blouse: Everlane. Sequin Top: JCrew. (similar here and here. ) Clutch: TJMaxx. ( similar ) Heels: Enzo Angiolini.

PREGNANCY FASHION- DRESS UP YOUR BASICS

FEATURING CAROLYN LOZANO

I am so excited to have met Jennine Coosaia and to have worked with her
on a pregnancy fashion photoshoot! Jennine and I initially met through a
Facebook group online and we instantly connected through our passion to
create content that inspires others. During our photoshoot, Jennine shot
several different outfit looks that were styled and modeled by myself.

Today I will be sharing with you my fashion tips for how to dress up a
basic outfit during pregnancy! Basic clothes don’t have to be basic. And
especially during pregnancy- one of the most memorable times in your
life! Now is the time to take your look to the next level, embrace your
body, and take as many photos as you can. Keep reading for how I took a
nude mini dress from basic to boho glam.

  • How to Dress Up Your Basics
  • How to Dress Up Your Basics
  • How to Dress Up Your Basics
  • How to Dress Up Your Basics

Wear your confidence

The biggest thing I’ve learned with pregnancy fashion is to love the
body I have while I’m growing a little human! True confidence is
something that starts with the inside and reflects outward. Confidence
shows in the way you walk, talk, and can even be conveyed through
photographs. Know that you’re not alone if you feel discouraged when you
try on clothes in your new body or if you’re just flat out confused on
how to dress. Pregnancy is full of life adjustments and learning how to
dress for your new pregnant body is just one of these adjustments! The
big secret here is to love yourself and love your body! Don’t let the
clothes wear you, you wear the clothes!

Flaunt your curves

Don’t hide behind oversized t-shirts and baggy sweats! Wear clothes that
hug your curves and help accentuate the silhouette of your baby bump.
This fitted mini dress is my go-to outfit base during pregnancy because
of how nicely it hugs my baby bump. A good snug and stretchy fit is key
to the most flattering fit. Naturally, I’m not the curviest woman, but
I had fun embracing my new pregnancy curves in this little number. A
woman’s body is truly magical and so beautiful! So why cover it up?!
You’re growing a little human so you deserve to show off that bump and
any other beautiful curves.

Pair basics with non-basics

I brightened up this basic nude mini dress with a bright and colorful
chunky sweater. Nude basics with a pop of color is so easy to style and
so underrated. The sweater also makes an otherwise boring look much
dressier. Combining two different styles creates the perfect balance of
simple and chic.

Wear the heels

Heels can instantly make any look exciting! And there’s just something
different about how a woman walks in heels. It screams confidence. And
there’s no need to kill yourself in high stilettos because small heels are
the new “it” shoe! A small comfortable heel is the perfect addition to
any pregnancy look. Grab those heels and strut your stuff!

Accessorize

Accessories are definitely a game-changer when you’re trying to tackle
pregnancy fashion. I topped off this look by adding this trendy boho hat
to my look. This hat ties the whole look together by giving it a true
boho vibe. Also, I will add that the only item worth investing in
through pregnancy is accessories! Spend your money on statement
accessories that will last you years beyond your pregnancy.

Glam it up

The key to making any statement outfit complete is to go full glam! And by
this, I mean hair, lashes, nails, and makeup on point! Details are the most
alluring factor and it’s amazing how much hair and makeup can transform a look. Take advantage of having the luxury to spoil yourself now before
the baby comes. So put in the extra effort and glam it up!

If you ever start doubting yourself and if pregnancy fashion seems
overwhelming, just remember you can never go back in time to be pregnant with your baby again! So take on the challenge of pregnancy fashion with an open mind. Find reasons to get dressed up and embrace your beautiful body!

I look forward to connecting with you more via my fashion and beauty blog, Instagram, and Facebook Page.

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How to Dress Up Your Basics

How to Dress Up Your Basics

How to Dress Up Your Basics

There are certain items in your closet that we have come to know as timeless pieces, classic garments that are functional and manifest as the building blocks of your personal style. You probably identify these essentials as wardrobe basics, but the problem that some women have with these clothes are the very fact that they are, well, basic. The definition is often mixed up with terms like plain, simple and unsophisticated. While a white t-shirt may not be as statement-worthy as a feminine off-the-shoulder top, how well can the latter mix with the rest of your clothes? How much are you willing to bet that you will wear your t-shirt more times in the year than the shoulder-baring top? Never think of wardrobe basics as boring. Think of them as versatile pieces that are not bound by season or decade, items that can be worn for casual affairs and dressier events. Depending on the basic, these clothes can sometimes be a little difficult to dress up. Thus, some women leave the staples for everyday occurrences and refrain from including them in smart casual and and semi-formal attire. But Pretty Me is all about finding solutions to all the trials and tribulations often experienced with your clothes, and if one of the issues you currently have is with your closet essentials, we’ve got a few outfit ideas for you to upgrade your style. How to dress up your blue jeans Dark, black, and even white denim are quite easy to create dressier outfits out of, but it is slightly tricker with blue jeans in medium to light washes, such as our Old Style Stretch Denim Jeans. Anything with rips and distressed accents are also a bit tough. However, all you need to do to get yourself ready for a dinner party is by cuffing the pants at the right length to show off a pair of cute heels. Wear any fancy top you wish, finish the outfit with a bright clutch or casual jewelry and you are good to go. Try matching your shoes with your accessories to streamline your ensemble. How to Dress Up Your Basics

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How to dress up your white button-down shirt White button-downs and anything resembling our Front Pocket Long Sleeved Shirt are both everyday basics as well as vital pieces for an office capsule wardrobe. With that said, dressing up this item should be easier than other basics in your possession, since the tailoring can instantly add a chic quality to your look. Simply wear it with black pants or a blazer with capris. To keep things fun with a laid-back approach, wear it untucked with long shorts and heeled ankle boots. How to Dress Up Your Basics

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How to dress up your tank Tops like the Burn Out Sleeveless Tank Top are mostly worn as a layer underneath cardigans and outerwear, on its own with jeans or denim cut-offs, or part of workout gear. Some think that they aren’t the most fashion-forward of clothes, but tanks function more as foundational pieces to a snazzy outfit. Think of them as your starting point—a blank canvas, if you will. If you have vests, kimonos and maybe embellished accessories that you would like to balance out with something more subtle, tanks won’t distract from your statement items.

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How to dress up a black turtleneck Black turtlenecks are treated like white t-shirts in the spring and summer, only they’re used in the fall and winter. If you have a form-fitted one, similar to our Slim Long Sleeve Turtle Neck Blouse, you are in good hands. Turtlenecks like these which are less bulky in shape are already quite dressy and sophisticated on their own, perfect for highlighting accessories such as pendant necklaces. You can also wear it as a layer under a basic shift dress to diversify your silhouettes in the colder months. How to Dress Up Your Basics

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How to dress up black pants Another pair of must-have bottoms that every woman should have is black pants that make her look and feel good. Whether you have them in a cropped style, a high waist fit, or a loose leg like our Oversized Harem Wide Leg Palazzo Pants, it’s up to you. The hue and the slimming effect of the pants make it easy to mix and match it with any of your tops. For a formal vibe, opt for a beautiful silk blouse, and for an equally sophisticated look for your off-duty days, try it on with a plain white tee. How to Dress Up Your Basics

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Dear Lifehacker,
I admit that I’m not the snappiest dresser. I know how to keep my clothes clean and ironed and whatnot, but I don’t always know what I should wear and I don’t look quite as neat and professional as my friends and coworkers. How can I learn to dress better?

Sincerely,
Schlemiel in Seattle

Dear Schlemiel,
This is one of those things many people learn growing up, but if you missed out on that exposure, learning later in life isn’t as easy and straightforward. The upside is that most of what you need to learn is observational, and you have hundreds of examples around you every day to learn from. Before you start looking at other people’s clothing choices, start by looking at your own.

Perform a Wardrobe Audit

How to Dress Up Your Basics

Before you go out to buy anything new, the first place you should go shopping is your own closet. If you’re an adult with a job, you’re probably covered for at least three situations: work, social outings, and lazy home clothes. Some of your clothes may serve multiple purposes (for example, the jeans you go out in may be comfortable enough to watch Netflix in), but you can probably put together outfits for at least these situations.

However, being well-dressed starts with being prepared for a situation. Few people you see who look great in their outfits started by hitting the store right before they arrived. Do a review of your closet. Ask yourself if you would be ready, right now, to dress for the following type of events:

  • Weddings
  • Funerals
  • Job interviews
  • Black tie events
  • Dressy restaurant outings
  • Birthday/graduation/anniversary parties

This list is by no means comprehensive, but as an adult (particularly if you’re young), you can probably expect to be invited to at least a couple of the things on this list—if not all of them—in a given year. Do you have clothing appropriate for each of the events? If not, start picking out specific events you want or need to be prepared for and start there.

PREGNANCY FASHION- DRESS UP YOUR BASICS

FEATURING CAROLYN LOZANO

I am so excited to have met Jennine Coosaia and to have worked with her
on a pregnancy fashion photoshoot! Jennine and I initially met through a
Facebook group online and we instantly connected through our passion to
create content that inspires others. During our photoshoot, Jennine shot
several different outfit looks that were styled and modeled by myself.

Today I will be sharing with you my fashion tips for how to dress up a
basic outfit during pregnancy! Basic clothes don’t have to be basic. And
especially during pregnancy- one of the most memorable times in your
life! Now is the time to take your look to the next level, embrace your
body, and take as many photos as you can. Keep reading for how I took a
nude mini dress from basic to boho glam.

  • How to Dress Up Your Basics
  • How to Dress Up Your Basics
  • How to Dress Up Your Basics
  • How to Dress Up Your Basics

Wear your confidence

The biggest thing I’ve learned with pregnancy fashion is to love the
body I have while I’m growing a little human! True confidence is
something that starts with the inside and reflects outward. Confidence
shows in the way you walk, talk, and can even be conveyed through
photographs. Know that you’re not alone if you feel discouraged when you
try on clothes in your new body or if you’re just flat out confused on
how to dress. Pregnancy is full of life adjustments and learning how to
dress for your new pregnant body is just one of these adjustments! The
big secret here is to love yourself and love your body! Don’t let the
clothes wear you, you wear the clothes!

Flaunt your curves

Don’t hide behind oversized t-shirts and baggy sweats! Wear clothes that
hug your curves and help accentuate the silhouette of your baby bump.
This fitted mini dress is my go-to outfit base during pregnancy because
of how nicely it hugs my baby bump. A good snug and stretchy fit is key
to the most flattering fit. Naturally, I’m not the curviest woman, but
I had fun embracing my new pregnancy curves in this little number. A
woman’s body is truly magical and so beautiful! So why cover it up?!
You’re growing a little human so you deserve to show off that bump and
any other beautiful curves.

Pair basics with non-basics

I brightened up this basic nude mini dress with a bright and colorful
chunky sweater. Nude basics with a pop of color is so easy to style and
so underrated. The sweater also makes an otherwise boring look much
dressier. Combining two different styles creates the perfect balance of
simple and chic.

Wear the heels

Heels can instantly make any look exciting! And there’s just something
different about how a woman walks in heels. It screams confidence. And
there’s no need to kill yourself in high stilettos because small heels are
the new “it” shoe! A small comfortable heel is the perfect addition to
any pregnancy look. Grab those heels and strut your stuff!

Accessorize

Accessories are definitely a game-changer when you’re trying to tackle
pregnancy fashion. I topped off this look by adding this trendy boho hat
to my look. This hat ties the whole look together by giving it a true
boho vibe. Also, I will add that the only item worth investing in
through pregnancy is accessories! Spend your money on statement
accessories that will last you years beyond your pregnancy.

Glam it up

The key to making any statement outfit complete is to go full glam! And by
this, I mean hair, lashes, nails, and makeup on point! Details are the most
alluring factor and it’s amazing how much hair and makeup can transform a look. Take advantage of having the luxury to spoil yourself now before
the baby comes. So put in the extra effort and glam it up!

If you ever start doubting yourself and if pregnancy fashion seems
overwhelming, just remember you can never go back in time to be pregnant with your baby again! So take on the challenge of pregnancy fashion with an open mind. Find reasons to get dressed up and embrace your beautiful body!

I look forward to connecting with you more via my fashion and beauty blog, Instagram, and Facebook Page.

How to Dress Up Your Basics

Clothing essentials are the most versatile pieces within a woman’s wardrobe, like camisoles, white shirts, little black dresses and statement accessories. How you style these essentials determines whether you’re just… basic or the office fashionista!

Here are 4 ways you can upgrade your look by dressing up your wardrobe basics:

How to Dress Up Your Basics

Necklaces

Everyone loves a white shirt, it goes so well with your navy power suit or with your favourite jeans for that casual Friday look, but pair it with a statement necklace and you can instantly make a fashionable statement. How? Button up your shirt straight up to your neckline and drape with a brightly coloured, chunky necklace.

[bctt tweet=”Style tip: The best necklace shape that fits this look are round necklaces that rests on your collar bone, bib necklaces or choker necklaces. Take it a step further and throw on a coloured cardigan, preferably a complementary colour to the necklace to make it pop!” username=”jksignature”]

How to Dress Up Your Basics
Printed Blazers

Blazers are not just for pairing with shirts. You can style your blazer with a dress, a cami or even a sleeveless top. Be BOLD and style it with bright colours; the trick is singling out one colour within the print to match with your inner piece. In creating mix and match looks for your wardrobe a printed blazer is a definite must have.

How to Dress Up Your Basics

Printed Belts

Printed or coloured belts add just enough colour and print to take your outfit to the next level. Invest in geometric or classic animal prints for your solid outfits or try neon colours that are trending now to pair with a printed dress.

How to Dress Up Your Basics

A Statement Handbag

Toss the everyday dull tote for a handbag that screams fashion! A brightly coloured or printed handbag can make such a statement with your monochromatic outfit.[bctt tweet=” A statement bag is not only a great investment, it’s an ideal option to use to create that designer look.” username=”jksignature”]

Transform your work wardrobe with these key pieces that will definitely take your looks to the next level.

Dem Franchise Boyz are right: ‘Cause I’m fresh in my white tee. I’m all about keeping it simple and classic most days, but sometimes I get bored. I’m sure you all have a white tee and jeans in your closet. I love dressing up simple classics like these with a pop of color or fun patterns and statement earrings! Everlane is probably my MOST FAVORITE place to buy tees, specifically white ones. I have had mine for over a year now and with every wash it gets softer and hasn’t stretched out!

I LOVE high-rise jeans because they hold everything in and make me feel good. I have had really good luck with J. Crew and J. Crew Factory jeans. I love the toothpick style. I am curvy and they are seriously so flattering! I usually always wait for them to go on sale because who likes paying full price for anything?!

How to Dress Up Your BasicsWomen’s Cotton V-Neck
High Rise Skinny Jean
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Beaded Tassel Earrings How to Dress Up Your BasicsWomen’s Cotten V-Neck
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Beaded Tassel Earrings How to Dress Up Your BasicsRespect The Sisterhood Tee
High Rise Stretchy Toothpick Jean
Leopard Bootie
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Clothing essentials are the most versatile pieces within a woman’s wardrobe, like camisoles, white shirts, little black dresses and statement accessories. How you style these essentials determines whether you’re just… basic or the office fashionista!

Here are 4 ways you can upgrade your look by dressing up your wardrobe basics:

How to Dress Up Your Basics

Necklaces

Everyone loves a white shirt, it goes so well with your navy power suit or with your favourite jeans for that casual Friday look, but pair it with a statement necklace and you can instantly make a fashionable statement. How? Button up your shirt straight up to your neckline and drape with a brightly coloured, chunky necklace.

How to Dress Up Your Basics
Printed Blazers

Blazers are not just for pairing with shirts. You can style your blazer with a dress, a cami or even a sleeveless top. Be BOLD and style it with bright colours; the trick is singling out one colour within the print to match with your inner piece. In creating mix and match looks for your wardrobe a printed blazer is a definite must have.

How to Dress Up Your Basics

Printed Belts

Printed or coloured belts add just enough colour and print to take your outfit to the next level. Invest in geometric or classic animal prints for your solid outfits or try neon colours that are trending now to pair with a printed dress.

How to Dress Up Your Basics

A Statement Handbag

Toss the everyday dull tote for a handbag that screams fashion! A brightly coloured or printed handbag can make such a statement with your monochromatic outfit. A statement bag is not only a great investment, it’s an ideal option to use to create that designer look. Click To Tweet

Transform your work wardrobe with these key pieces that will definitely take your looks to the next level.

How to Dress Up Your Basics

How to Dress Up Your Basics

When it comes to filing your wardrobe with pieces that you can enjoy a lot of mileage from, it is best to stock up on basic tops and bottoms that you can use in different ways. Getting tons of looks out your clothes will not cost you a lot of money. All that you need is a whole lot of creativity and a can-do attitude.

Here are some tips that you may use to spruce up your wardrobe and turn your basic pieces into amazing outfits. Check out the following techniques and use them to breathe life to your #OOTDs!

PLAY WITH YOUR TEES

While there is nothing wrong with simply pairing a plain t-shirt with a fun pair of pants or a colorful skirt, this look can get tired too fast. Everyone else is doing it, too, so you should look for ways to wear them differently.

For a unique t-shirt based look, consider half-tucking your shirt or tying the hem in a simple knot! Doing this will add a new dimension to your look and will also help you get your desired length.

Love the styles you see on “The City”? Well, we’ve teamed up with our fashionable friends at ELLE.com to bring you a weekly guide to getting the latest episode’s looks. Check out our new installment!

Whitney Port’s signature style called for some extra oomph on last night’s episode of “The City.” The designer — along with five other up-and-comers — headed down to Miami to participate in GenArt’s Fresh Faces runway show and entice the crowd with her line. Whit was particularly bent on impressing buyers, editors and her competition . and she sure succeeded! Nothing says, “Pay attention!” like a glitter jacket, so she threw one over a charcoal dress but kept the accessories to a minimum. Visit ELLE.com to shop Port’s easily adaptable look.

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30 comments:

I like #2. it’s different from the other looks!

I love # 3. The boots are divine.

Great job. I especially loved how you layered the leopard cardi over the sequins/tee. genius!

Love it, Vicky! The outfit looks completely different after being dressed up 🙂

You and Jean both have given us bonus outfits! Love it!

My favorite is the animal print cardigan!! I love the sparkles and the cameo!

I love the LOFT military jacket! It has been such a versatile item for me!

#1 is a classic, #2 is unique, but #3 is my favorite. There’s something about the casualness that I love. Great job, Vicky!

diggin’ the boots! my my. you definitely rocked this challenge. a little sequin. a little animal print. ow.

#1 is my favorite! Love the glam of the black blazer and Chanel bag. And it’s super easy to “throw” on.

SO many looks! My favorite is also #1. The different silhouette of that blazer plus your WOC is simply elegant.

I love the leopard print combo Reply Delete

love the shape of that black jacket. you look great vicky.

My favorite look is number 3! I love the look and practicality of skinny jeans with knee high boots! I also love the military jacket and simple crossbody! I am a college student and dress pretty casual, so this look would be most wearable by me. However, I also really love look number 1! I love the idea of dressing up jeans and a tee with a fitted blazer! That is definitely a look I would like to try out one day. 🙂

you really know how to layer, Vicky!! my fave look is #2 with the leopard print cardi. and i’m drooling over your chanel purse too! 🙂

I love looking at everyone’s entries for PFC but your 3-in-1 entry is especially fabulous! My favorite is #2 – the cameo + sequins + animal print – just gorgeous!!

my favorite is the theory blazer and chanel! simple but totally instant glam!

How to Dress Up Your Basics

Ann Taylor fall 2016 lookbook imagery. Photo: Ann Taylor

“Basic” may have adapted a negative connotation in recent years, but there’s no shame in seeking advice on theoretically simple sartorial conundrums. In our latest column, “Back to Basics,” we’re here to guide you through life’s most common (and important) fashion and beauty concerns.

Of all the standard dress codes, “business casual” is probably the most obscure because it holds no clear and simple definition. “Part of the challenge is that ‘business casual’ is going to be a little bit different from place to place,” says Edward Yost, an HR business partner at the Society for Human Resource Management. “What is acceptable in certain workplaces is not acceptable in others; that can be business culture-based, expectations from clients and customers or even geography-driven.” So when it comes to figuring out what your office’s requirements are, it’s best to straightforwardly ask your boss, manager or human resources to be sure. Yost’s former employer put it fairly simple: “Anything you would wear to the beach, don’t wear here.”

Yost also reports a seven percent increase between 2005 and 2015 in the number of employers offering casual dress once a week. From 2012 to 2016, Yost saw a four percent increase in those who offer it every day. Dana Heron, 30, who works in the marketing department at a global food company, follows her office’s business casual dress code: dress pants, skirts or dresses for ladies, and collared shirts with dress pants or khakis for guys. “That description has been the case for my entire corporate experience over the past eight years,” she says. On Fridays, she and her colleagues are allowed to wear jeans, though this exception has recently been extended to any day of the week.

Offering a more relaxed form of attire for the office has become an increasing trend. A recent (and newsworthy) example is JPMorgan Chase: In June 2016, the major banking and finance company notified its 240,000-strong staff that the dress code policy was switching from business formal to business casual, which includes business-appropriate capris, dresses, skirts, blouses, tops and sweaters, as well as dress shoes and sandals. Jewelry and fragrances should be minimal. (Athleisure, despite its growing popularity, is still frowned upon.) “It’s partly driven by the way we work,” Yost explains. “The type of business we are doing now is via Skype and teleconferences versus having customers and clients constantly in the workplace.”

Austyn Zung, creative director at Ann Taylor, is aware of these changes among her own customer base, but remembers the brand’s advertisements from the early 2000s, featuring Christy Turlington dressed in a suit. “Ann Taylor has a heritage of that, but I think the important thing to note is that we’re really changing with the modern woman,” says Zung, bringing up examples like co-working spaces, remote jobs and start-up culture. “It’s really about modern pieces that you put together so you can express yourself.” As for her favorites for the office, Zung prefers wide-leg trousers, feminine blouses and a great statement jacket.

Following your workplace’s dress code without compromising your personal style is a mantra that Jesse Garza, founder of personal styling agency Visual Therapy, practices with his clients across New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco and Chicago. “Be appropriate but also be yourself,” he says. “Incorporate things that are truly you. It makes a difference.” Power dressing doesn’t have to involve a power suit. If you’re into florals and romantic details, balance that with pieces that have clean and modern lines.

When it comes to budget, Garza suggests purchasing apparel at contemporary or high street prices so you can splurge on luxury handbags and shoes. His favorite brands and retailers for business casual attire include Club Monaco, Zara, Theory, Vince and Bergdorf Goodman’s fifth floor, “5F.” When shopping, Garza suggests paying attention to fabric. Will it wrinkle easily as soon as you sit at your desk? Functionality is important, too, like if a garment has pockets or if a tote is roomy enough to store all of your belongings for the day. To easily transform your look for a dinner meeting or happy hour, keep a pair of heels and a clutch at your desk. Plus, a wraparound cardigan will prove useful once the office A/C kicks in.

We also asked shopping search engine ShopStyle about some of the most popularly searched business casual pieces. Long-sleeve blouses and day dresses — from fit-and-flare and shirt-style to shifts and sheaths — are top choices. For shoes, Garza is a fan of the block heel because it’s comfortable and adds height, while ShopStyle noted the versatile Stuart Weitzman’s Nudist heel as a popular sandal type. Flats are a solid option, ranking third among ShopStyle’s list, and many are adorned with office-appropriate details, too, like laces, subtle studs, cap toes and ankle-wrap straps. Interestingly, blazers appeared last on the list. Times are a-changin’.

Click through the gallery below to see (and shop) some of our favorite examples of stylish work-friendly clothing — just in time for a fall wardrobe refresh.

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How to Dress Up Your Basics

Building a capsule wardrobe is one of the most fun and money savvy things you can do. It ensures you always have something to wear and that you don’t get bored of your closet. Having a capsule wardrobe de-stresses the whole getting dressed thing we do every morning, and also saves a ton of money. Creating a capsule wardrobe isn’t as hard as it may seem! Check out our 5 best tips for how to build a capsule wardrobe for beginners!

What is a Capsule Wardrobe?

A capsule wardrobe is a mini wardrobe made up of good quality, versatile pieces that you can wear over and over again. It’s made up of items that you already own and love to wear, and new seasonal items you can add into the rotation. It’s essentially a collection of items that don’t go out of style, such as trousers, skirts, and blazers, that can be mixed in with seasonal pieces.

How to Build a Capsule Wardrobe: 5 Tips for Beginners

1. Create a Specific Wardrobe Structure
Let’s start with the fun part! Create a structure for your capsule wardrobe so you know exactly what you’re looking for in your closet and what you’ll need to invest in. Also make sure to make it specific, citing the colours and styles of pieces you want in your collection. A sample wardrobe structure could look something like this:

Wide-leg trousers: 2 (black and forest green)
Coats: 1 (camel)
Pencil skirts: 2 (black and grey)
Dresses: 4 (formal, work, casual, travel)
Cardigans: 3 (beige, navy blue and black)
Classic button up shirt: 2 (chambray and white)
Blazers: 2 (black and white)
Ankle cut pants: 2 (black and navy)
Jeans: 3 (straight cut, boyfriend and skinny)
Tank tops: 3 (white, black and grey)
Loafers: 1 (brown with tassels)
Flats: 1 (black)
Heels: 2 (black high heel and bone-coloured block heel)
Sandals: 2 (brown wedge and black flat)
Trainers: 1 (black)
Sweaters: 5 (oversized, lightweight, turtle neck, crew neck, v-neck)

2. Declutter and Sort Your Closet
Now it’s time to do what you’ve probably been avoiding for quite some time: Emptying out and decluttering your closet! The easiest way to do this is take everything out and lay it on your bed. Sort it into three piles: Keep, maybe, and get rid of.

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If you haven’t worn something in the past six months to a year, it’s likely time to donate it. If you’ve had an item in your closet for years and it’s on its last string, say goodbye! For anything you’re on the fence about, place it into a box and store it in the garage or another storage space. If you don’t have the urge to wear it at the end of the season, it moves to the “get rid of” pile.

3. Create a Shopping List
Once you know which capsule pieces you already have in your closet, you can create a shopping list for the other pieces you need. Remember, creating a capsule wardrobe will help save you money in the long run. Invest in good quality pieces that will last and work for you season after season.

4. Basics are Key
Basics are the foundation of a capsule wardrobe. They’re the neutral, versatile pieces that pair well with anything from other essentials to your statement pieces. Basics are pieces you can easily dress up with accessories, that can take you seamlessly from day to night!

5. Let Your Style Shine Through
Everyone’s capsule wardrobe is going to look different. Sure, the structure will be similar, but do you know how many black skirts are out there? Tons! Do you love to layer your outfits? Or are you more about simplicity? Your capsule wardrobe should fit your individual style as well as your lifestyle. Don’t try to mimic anyone else, and let your style shine through!

10 Capsule Wardrobe Essentials

Basic capsule wardrobe essentials are those pieces you can wear all year round and can take you from day to night. Here’s a list of 10 capsule wardrobe essentials.

1. The Short Sleeve Tee: Wear it tucked in with jeans for a casual look or with a skirt and blazer to the office.

2. The Button Up Shirt: Wear it with trousers for a more professional look, or pair it with jeans for brunch with the girls!

3. The Denim: Jeans and a jean jacket are musts for your capsule wardrobe! Invest in good quality denim that helps you rock your best features!

4. The Trousers: A key piece of a professional wardrobe, whether you wear them to the office or corporate events.

5. The Skirt: Need to dress up an outfit? Black skirt to the rescue! Choose one that works for your body type and your lifestyle!

6. The Sweater: Light weight sweaters do double duty, helping you stay warm on breezy summer nights and perfect for layering under coats in the winter!

7. The Black Dress: Everyone needs a black dress in their closet! Be it for a wedding or work function, a black dress will be a go-to in your wardrobe!

8. The Blazer: A blazer can pull together just about any outfit! If you feel like your getup is a little lacklustre, throw on a blazer to elevate your look.

9. The Loafers: Wear them casual or dressy, loafers are a versatile piece that can be worn with an array of styles.

10. The Heels: Need to dress up for work, or want to elevate a jeans and blouse outfit to go out for drinks? Heels to the rescue!

The Ultimate Capsule Wardrobe Checklist

For Spring/Summer
1. Denim Shorts
2. Denim Jacket
3. Lightweight trousers
4. Ankle jeans/pants
5. Midi skirt
6. Tanks
7. Tees
8. Lightweight sweater
9. Dresses
10. One piece swimsuit
11. Sandals
12. Flats

For Fall/Winter
1. Sweaters
2. Jeans
3. Jackets
4. Wool trousers
5. Faux leather leggings
6. Scarves
7. Heeled booties
8. Winter boots

For Work
1. Formal trousers
2. Blazers
3. Button-up shirts
4. Skirts
5. Dresses
6. Loafers/formal shoes
7. Silk tank tops for layering
8. Heels

For Weekends
1. Sneakers
2. Shirts
3. Cardigans
4. Coat
5. Trousers
6. Jeans

For Nights Out
1. Little black dress
2. Straight leg jeans
3. Blouse
4. Silk tank top
5. Heels

Building a capsule wardrobe is so much fun, and can save you so much money and time! Create a capsule wardrobe structure and get to work building your dream capsule closet!

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How to Dress Up Your Basics

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The sixth Petite Fashion Challenge, hosted by StylePint is called “Dress Up Your Basics.” Using just a t-shirt and a pair of jeans, we are to dress up/change the style using accessories and layers. Here are two different looks I made from…

The basic t-shirt and the jeans:

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The first look is a little different from what I’d normally wear, but I thought I’d see what people think:

Look 1:

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Cynthia Cheng Mintz, founder of Shorty Stories, also runs the online-only lifestyle magazine, DelectablyChic!

You wear jackets well! You should wear them more often. You can probably guess look #1 is my favorite. 😉

Your scarves really add a nice touch to both of your outfits.

i love the pop of color from the scarf in the first outfit and the sweater in the second outfit looks great on you!

I love look #1 because of the pop of colour 😀

Is that a scarf on top of your purple sweater? What a unique way to wear it! Though my favorite is the first look. I like how you tied the pink scarf and the ends peeking out. Classic and chic!

@Cee Thanks! The “scarf” in the second outfit is actually attached to the sweater!

@everyone else: Thanks! Glad you like the outfits. 🙂

I love the 1st look, with the scarf showing on top and bottom out of the jacket!

You should definitely wear these jackets cuz they look great on you! Great pop of color for your scarf…it really makes a difference. =)

Cynthia I love the first look! I never realized but you don’t wear jackets or blazers that often, they show off your figure really well. The sweater in the 2nd outfit is very unique, but I have to say I like the 1st outfit best 🙂

I hear ya, the challenge was hard for me too since I’m not a big accessorizer (that’s not a word lol). I really like the bright scarf serving as a long tie!

I really like both of these outfits… I have always shied away from Joe’s Provocateur jeans but now I’m thinking I need to try them out!

I like both outfits. The first look is great, I don’t know why you don’t wear that style more often!!

I’m still catching up on outfits for this challenge which I guess is good because the mystery has been solved for me. The scarf is attached to the sweater. Gotta love Anthropologie! I totally dig the asymmetry.
Check out my try at the PFC #6!

I like the asymmetry on the second outfit. I’m still catching up on the outfits for this challenge which I guess is good because the mystery has been solved for me. That ‘scarf’ is attached to your sweater. Gotta love Anthropologie!
Check out my try at the PFC #6!

I love both the looks, but the second one is definitely my favorite!

How to Dress Up Your Basics

Are you over 50 and suddenly started feeling that fashion is not for you anymore? Well, as per studies women over 50 think they are tool old for fashion so they simply start opting dull clothes, apply very little or no makeup at all; there are exceptions too. In many countries even working women over 50 are seen wearing very light or no makeup at all, their clothing also sports very old and dull look. The question is WHY? Why you think there is no need to dress and style yourself at this stage of life.

Fashion is par beyond age boundaries and everyone can be fashionable to keep up with the latest trends, styles and keep up even with much younger women. Keep in mind that it’s all about visualizing yourself and feeling young at heart.

It’s a no-brainier that fashion trends change with time and they cater to different needs, age group and people. 18 year old girl (with svelte body) can sport a look which may look pretty odd on a 50 year old woman and vice-versa.

How To Dress With Ageless Style

Learn how to dress with ageless style, with these fashionable clothing tips for women over 50. Always keep in mind that there is a little girl hidden in every woman, so stay cool and keep looking stylish and trendy even after 50.

  1. Just avoid those tight outfits if possible as these dresses sometimes doesn’t look elegant on women over 50. It is always better to choose clothes which are right fit in order to look elegant. When choosing clothes simply look for better fabrics, better cuts which makes a better fit.
  2. You can wear tunic with sleeves and avoid flashy strapless, one shoulder and halter dresses. For some occasions these dresses look cool but if that’s not your style you can simply avoid.
  3. Do not wear dresses which are meant for an 18-20 year old girl. Always wear comfortable clothes which suits your style.
  4. Choose bolder, bigger accessories than using many jewelry items. A one bold, strong jewelry is more chick and apt for your age.
  5. Do not opt for very low cuts, short or plunging neckline dresses as they may look very odd on woman over 50. Fashion doesn’t mean you have to flash your skin all the time. You can wear such dresses occasionally but try to go for little longer skirts if possible. If your legs have started showing aging signs why not opt for trendy pants which covers what you want to hide. If your legs aren’t showing signs of aging you can try shorts (to the knee) skirt that shows off a great pair of legs. For some women these also helps in taking attention away from their shapeless middle part of their body.
  6. Always opt for bold and classical design dresses with small prints and stripes. Urban fashion for aged women includes trench coats, turtlenecks, A-line skirts, waist-length jackets, shirt dresses, eternal blue jeans, gowns with classy shrugs etc.
  7. Do not wear leather dresses like jackets, miniskirts, low waist jeans or Capri’s as these are for younger generation; it might not look cool on a woman over 50. Since, leather accessories, jackets are back in fashion, so choose as per your style.
  8. Bonus Tip: Women with larger breast may face issues with wrap dress fits. Some wrap dresses (not all) are so low-cut that they make a woman look more slutty than sexy. If you still want to wear wrap dress on an occasion wear a cami underneath. Also, right bra size is vital.

Makeup Tips for Women Over 50

Eyeliner

Eyeliner is very feminine and you should use it often. Simply apply eyeliner above the top lashes as a very thin line. Eyelid should be lighter in color and not very dark. Most importantly eyeliner should be chosen based on your complexion.

Lip Liner

Use lip liner cautiously as it gives an aging effect. Alternatively, you can also wear neutral colors to cheat the lip line.

Lip Gloss

It would be wise if you mix little color in your lip gloss especially if you are over 50.

Eye Shadow shimmers

There is a wide variety of eye shadow shimmers available in the market which aren’t creepy anymore. Don’t hesitate to use little shimmer and try a new look.

Tricks

Apply contouring colors under your neck and chin to shadow the area back. Moreover, to lift the face little up, simply apply highlighting colors above your jawline or bottom of the cheek.

When you reach at 50 you enter into a different fashion world altogether so its better to stay in your world. If you look around you will notice numerous looks you can try even at this stage of life. If time permits why not mix a match, play with your looks a little. Do not try to compete with a 18-20 year old girl who tries weird stuff all the time.

There are various fashion role models for women over 50 who looks calm and classic with good looks. Just think about Helen Mirren, Ann Margaret, Susan Sarandon, Faye Dunaway or Diana Keaton for their casual, elegant and fashion sense.

So, how you dress with ageless style? We would love to hear your own experiences, dressing tips for women over 50. Please leave us a comment and let us know.

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After living in Paris for a while, my views on appropriate dressing have drastically changed. Black is now the dominant color in my wardrobe, short and skimpy dresses are long gone, and 90 percent of my shoes are flat—and that pretty much sums up Parisian dressing in a nutshell. While each neighborhood has its own unique style (just like in any other city), there are a few ground rules all French women follow when it comes to dressing for everyday life. Keep it simple and chic, and make it look as though you didn’t spend more than five minutes in front of the mirror getting ready that morning (even though you technically did).

Less is more

No saying could be truer when it comes to Parisian dressing. Focus on interesting shapes and textures (preferably in muted colors) and you’ll be fine—a stop at COS and & Other Stories is a must if you want to pick up a few tips about young and cool Parisian dressing. Stay away from too many embellishments and short dresses—basically anything that can be perceived as tacky.

Black

It might seem boring, but French women do wear a lot of black. And gray. And maybe a little bit of white. If you’re more comfortable in patterns and bright colors, you should definitely stick with that; but to look truly Parisian, something black should probably find its way into your suitcase. If not, you’ll have no problem finding something new in the French shops during your visit.

With that in mind, here’s what you should pack to blend in with stylish Parisiennes during your French holiday.

Pants

It seems like tourists in Paris can be spotted from miles away. Why? Because they often trot around in their finest high heels and sparkly dresses, or they take the opposite route and wander around in their tracksuits and gym shoes—something a Parisian would never do. Leave that sparkly dress at home (unless you’re planning to visit during New Year’s Eve) and save the tracksuit for the gym or lounging at your hotel. Instead, go with a pair of nicely fitting pants. They are comfortable, stylish, and function very well with all the activities you’ll want to do while out and about.

Point Sur Hightower Skinny Jean (J.Crew, $198).

Flats

Many people might think that you need to be wearing high heels to resemble stylish Parisians, but the truth is that few women wear them for everyday occasions (fancy dinners, clubbing, special events, and workplaces excluded, of course). Flat shoes are a Parisienne’s best friend. Opt for in-style boots, trendy sneakers, a classic ballet flat, or stylish brogues. Not only will you blend in harmoniously with French women, but you’ll also last a lot longer after walking around for a whole day—after all, Paris is a walking city.

Jensen suede black boots (Acne Studios, $550).

Jacket and scarf

On colder days, a jacket is an absolute must. When it comes to Parisian weather, you never know if the sun will be shining, a hailstorm is coming on, or if it’ll be raining the entire day. That’s why layering is key, as is having an umbrella close by. Parisian women have embraced the leather jacket wholeheartedly; denim jackets have also made a huge comeback; and the trench coat will always be a safe classic. And as everyone knows by now, you can’t pass for a Parisian without a scarf wrapped around your neck. This also helps protect against the cold winds during autumn and spring, when the weather is unpredictable.

Burberry Brit midnight-blue twill trench coat (net-a-porter.com, $1,095).

Helmut Lang leather-sleeved cotton and wool-blend jacket (net-a-porter.com, $875).

Beauty products

Parisian beauty rituals seem to be quite simple as well—although how French women have such impeccable skin without wearing too much make-up will forever be an unsolvable mystery to me. Simplicity rules here, too; a clean face will make you look more Parisian. Add a red lip if you want something more fun, but don’t stuff your luggage with too many beauty products. You’ll need to save some room after a visit to the French pharmacy, where you’ll find brands like Avène, Darphin, La Roche-Posay, and many more.

Lipikar Syndet Cleansing Body Cream Gel (La Roche-Posay, $23.50).

Organic Niaouli Aromatic Care (Darphin, $70).

Anthelios XL SPF 50+ Fluid Extreme (La Roche-Posay, $27.95).

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If you want to look picture-perfect in your beautiful wedding dress, you have to invest in the proper undergarments. From comfy shapewear to no-slip strapless bras, we’ve got answers to every burning question you have about what you need to wear beneath that gown. Your next dress fitting just got way easier.

I’m Plus-Size. How Can I Look Thinner on My Wedding Day and Still Be Able to Breathe?

Shapewear doesn’t have to feel like a vise. For the most comfortable options, look for pieces made of lightweight nylon-Lycra rather than cotton, says New York stylist Erin Sumwalt. A one-piece like the Spanx OnCore Mid-Thigh Bodysuit (SHOP NOW: Spanx, from $98) whittles your stomach and hips and creates a smooth line. Pair it with a push-up bra; lifting your bust makes your waist look smaller!

My Dress Is All Sheer Lace in the Back. Do I Need to Go Braless?

If you’re an A- to C-cup, you can probably get all the support you need by having your salon sew cups into your gown. If you’re a D-cup or larger, a bra will do wonders. Jessica Pfister of Le Mystere recommends buying a strapless bra, like Le Mystère’s Soiree Strapless Bra (SHOP NOW: Le Mystère, $74), then adding an extender to keep your bra in place at the base of your back where no one will see it. And don’t underestimate the power of pasties! Stick-on bras can be cut to fit any neckline and even layered on top of each other for extra support, says Intimacy founder Susan Nethero. Her favorite: the Braza Bra (SHOP NOW: Amazon, from $11)

I’m Busty, and My Dress Has a Sweetheart Neckline. How Do I Keep My Cleavage Under Control?

Before your first fitting, head to a specialty lingerie store and get measured for your true size. You want full support with no squeezing! A reducing bra, like the Aviana Embroidered Soft Cup Minimizer (SHOP NOW: Linda’s, $46), smooths the bustline using soft molded foam instead of cleavage-creating padded cups.

I’m Wearing a Clingy Satin Gown. Which Shapewear Won’t Show?

Lightweight, seamless shapewear should be invisible under even the most unforgiving dress. To avoid bra lines and wardrobe malfunctions, wear a one-piece and be sure it matches your skin tone, not your gown; white underthings may show through in photos—eek! We like Wacoal’s Try a Little Slenderness All-in-One Body Briefer (SHOP NOW: Wacoal, $85).

Is There Such a Thing as Pretty Shapewear? I’m Not Into the Granny-Panties Look on My Wedding Night.

Control your curves with a half-slip that fits like a snug miniskirt, for a vibe that’s equal parts sweet and sexy. We love Spanx’s SmartGrip Half Slip (SHOP NOW: Spanx, from $68).

How Do I Avoid the Urge to Hike up My Strapless Dress All Night?

Embrace the power of double-sided tape! Stick some Commando Matchsticks (SHOP NOW: Commando, $12) between your skin and the dress. If you’re wearing a bra, add tape between the cup and your dress. It will stay where you want it—no yanking needed.

Bye-bye, overflowing dresser drawers! Clutter doesn’t stand a chance when you follow our no-fail plan for clearing the chaos in this messy personal spot.

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If you often find yourself battling a stuffed drawer overflowing with clothes, it may be time for a lesson in dresser organization. Follow our six step process for decluttering your drawers and reassessing your wardrobe. With a clear organization system, your drawers will look neat and stay that way. Plus, it’ll make picking out the perfect outfit easier than ever.

1. What Do I Actually Own?

A clutter-free clothing dresser begins with a thorough inventory. Empty the entire dresser and sort it all into piles. Put like with like on the bed or floor. Avoid editing at this point, which will slow you down. Take another look at your biggest piles and sort and subcategorize some more. Tops might be further subdivided into tanks, tees, and long-sleeved, for example. Make labels as you work. Although labeling piles may seem silly, knowing all your options eliminates overthinking and speeds up decision making.

Editor’s Tip: Take a moment when your dresser is totally empty to check that every drawer is sturdy and moves smoothly. Tighten corners with wood screws and run waxed paper over drawer sides and glides.

2. What Do I Actually Wear?

Now you can start editing. Apply these four clarifying questions to figure out what to keep and what to let go of:

1. Do I Love it? Keep anything you truly love. You’ll always remember (and probably regret) giving away something you love. But be aware that keeping a beloved item might mean you must get rid of something else in order to make room.

2. Do I Use it? And if so, how often? Keep anything you use—and start storing the stuff you use most frequently in the easiest places to access.

3. Do I Have More than One? If so, edit down the best one. Of course, having more than one flashlight makes sense if you store them in different, useful places. Two waffle irons, however, may be tough to justify.

4. Can I Get Another? If you think you might suddenly need an item or it could miraculously come back in style, remind yourself you can usually buy or borrow one.

3. Is a Drawer the Best Place to Store This?

You may have better storage spots for specific types of clothing—or perhaps all your clothes. Consider hangers and hooks for work clothing. Try open shelves for folded garments that stack well, such as jeans, sweaters, and sweatshirts. Undergarments may be more conveniently stashed in a bathroom. For a kid’s closet, cloth storage bins are a great option for pajamas or loungewear.

Move bulky items out of your drawers. Sweaters, sweatpants, and jeans are best organized on shelves; pants store well over hangers. Dedicate drawers to smaller items like T-shirts, underwear, and socks.

4. What is Each Drawer’s Duty?

Assign one duty only to each drawer. Designate drawers for each type of garment (accessories, undergarments, tops, bottoms). Or it might make more sense to designate drawers by purpose like work, workout, casual, dress-up, or seasonal. Use sticky notes for the first few weeks to help your designations become habitual.

5. How Much Can I See Instantly?

Do everything you can to eliminate layers in drawers. Roll or refold clothing into packets that stand on end. Use spring-loaded dividers, bookends, and boxes to keep clothing standing tall. When clothes are folded and stacked in piles, the items at the bottom are often forgotten and rarely seen.

Let go of those spare button envelopes you hide in the bottom of your dresser drawers. Give them to teachers for math counting manipulatives or donate to your dry cleaner so they truly get used, not forgotten.

6. Where Do I Check My Look?

Consider moving finishing touches out of the bath or closet and establish a final primping station, using the topmost drawer and dresser top. Use a drawer organizer to keep brushes, bottles, and creams in place. Just remember to return hair and beauty products back to the drawer when you’re done.

By Divya Bala | Brand Partner MYER | 3 years ago

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Celebrities and civilians; high fashion and high street; working class and white collars; cowboys and hippies; rockstars and rappers — what do these disparate groups have in common?

A penchant for a single article of clothing that stands out in sartorial history, a piece synonymous with revolution and freedom — denim.

These days, denim is steeped in leisurewear associations, becoming the go-to for ‘Casual Fridays’ and weekends. Street style stars such as British Vogue’s Sarah Harris, blogger Amanda Shadforth, and style icon Olivia Palermo, often use denim as a base for their wardrobes — embracing the comfort, versatility and effortlessness that the fabric lends to a look and infusing them with everything from lo-fi vintage tees to couture heels and blouses.

And, though denim is a year-round favourite, this season it has evolved into a sophisticated style staple for smart occasions — providing the perfect plus one to spring’s hero styles and a strong foundation for a refined wardrobe.

Want to learn how to step up your denim staples? Read on.
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Blank NYC Shirt , $139; Denim Skirt , $139.

Double denim

Experiment with double denim with the key principle of balance. Break up an all-over denim outfit with simple, classic basics like a white tee.

Similarly, a mix of washes, (say, a light, vintage wash shirt with a pair of dark indigo jeans) make for a clever interpretation.

Do as the street style stars do on blusterier days and wear a denim jacket over a denim shirt for a very fresh twist.
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Nobody Denim Jacket , $229; Nobody Denim Jean , $229; Piper Max1 Mules , $129.95; Miss Shop Earrings , $24.95.

Distressed denim

Once an outré style reserved only for punks and vagrants, distressed denim has joined the sartorial conversation as a cool, quietly rebellious style and — when worn the right way — can be anything but sloppy.

For a dose of femininity, pair a ruffled, off-the shoulder blouse with a pair of ripped boyfriend jeans, adding a heel and a swipe of lipstick to this date-night-ready look.

Similarly, add fashion-forward edge to a classic denim pencil skirt with a ruffled blouse in lumberjack check.
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New ways with the denim jacket

Always in style and almost constantly reinvented season after season, an edgy, inimitable sense of cool is stitched into the seams of the denim jacket. Effortlessly cool, casual and undoubtedly chic, it’s a hard-working addition to any modern wardrobe.

The style has received the seal of approval from Paris Vogue editor Emmanuelle Alt, models Gigi Hadid and Miranda Kerr, actress Dakota Johnson and street style stars Gilda Ambrosio and Leandra Medine — who all rock the jacket on all occasions from off-duty to runway shows and red carpets.

In the evening, try draping your jacket over the shoulders as a cape, adding sequins and heels. Or, take your inspiration from the runway and buttoning only the last 2-3 buttons on your jacket and allowing the neckline to open across your shoulders, as though it might slip off at any moment.

Denim with a fresh attitude? Now that’s spring chic.
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Everything you need to know about dressing professionally for networking events.

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For the final part in College Fashion’s How To Dress Professionally series, we’re going to talk about what you should wear to professional and casual networking events.

What’s funny is that these events are almost trickier to dress for than a normal day at the office, because what you wear has a big impact on how people perceive you. As always, it’s really important to make the right impression and to look the part!

Don’t worry though, as long as you follow the tips below, getting dressed for networking events will be no trouble at all! Here are some guidelines on what to wear and what not to wear.

Networking Dress Basics

In general, you can expect to wear business casual to most networking events, unless your boss specifically tells you to wear a different dress code.

You can also expect to see people dressed slightly more fashion-forwardly than you would in the office. This is a time when you can have a little more fun with your clothes and put some more personality into your outfit. This is a time for you to showcase your fashion style and let your outfits do the talking for you.

Sample Networking Event Outfits:

Here are a few ideas for what to wear to a networking event. These are all fairly business casual, although you might want to skip the trendier touches if you work in a particularly conservative industry and want to be on the safe side.

Option One

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Product Information: Pants – Allison Daley/Dillards, Blazer – Boohoo, Button Up – Kohl’s, Necklace – Forever 21, Purse – Boohoo, Heels – Forever 21.

Nothing can go wrong when you wear a button-up and blazer. You’ll look the part while also looking fashion forward. The black-and-white color scheme used here is also timeless and foolproof.

It’s important to wear professional yet comfortable shoes as well. After all, you don’t want to go to a networking event and have people know your feet hurt by the way you walk! So it’s important to know that if you opt for heels, make sure you can handle wearing them. If not, flats may be the better option.

A few accessories, like a sleek handbag and simple jewelry, are fine, but don’t overdo it.

Option Two

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Product Information: Skirt – Asos, Top – H&M, Earrings – Avenue, Purse – Walmart, Heels – JCPenney.

There is absolutely nothing wrong with wearing dresses and skirts to a networking event as long as they are appropriate and not tight! Remember that your hemlines have to be knee-length.

Unlike the first look, this outfit explores more colors. You can definitely wear color to a networking event as long as you don’t overdo it. Adding color shows personality, so it’s fine to do so at a networking event.

Other Networking Event Tips:

Almost as important as what you wear to a networking event is how you act. Your attitude says so much about you when you first meet people, so make sure you’re feeling good and exuding positive energy.

Here are a few tips to make the best impression possible on the new people you’ll meet:

  • Smile! This is so important, but so easy to forget! Sometimes when you’re nervous it shows on your face, so minimize the nerves before you enter the event. Once you walk in the door, act like you’re meeting a bunch of your best friends, and relax as much as you can. You will automatically make yourself look 10x more approachable, attractive, and friendly.
  • Check your posture. Stand up straight and make sure you keep your body language open by keeping your arms to your sides and your shoulders back. I know it’s tempting to fold your arms, but it makes you look closed off, which is exactly how you don’t want to look when networking.
  • Mingle. This is a networking event basic. Don’t stay in one group all night talking to the same couple of people. The point is to get face time with as many people as you can, so make sure to work the room and get to know lots of different people throughout the night.

More Information

In case you missed the other articles in the How To Dress Professionally series, here they are: Business Dress Code Basics, How To Dress For A Job Interview, and What To Wear To Work (Or An Internship).

As always, let me know what you think of this! Would you wear these outfits to a networking event? If not, how would you dress? Hit the link below to post a comment!

Editor’s note: This post was originally published in 2008; it was completely updated and revamped in 2018 with new photos, outfit sets, and information.

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Drag queen shows are the rave in many major cities throughout the United States. A drag queen is a man who dresses as a woman. He may do so for his own personal reasons or he may be a drag queen performer. Regardless of the circumstances, dressing as a drag queen is all about making a statement. Heavy makeup, dramatic hair and outrageous outfits are necessary if you’re going to be a drag queen.

Shave any facial hair. Be careful not to nick yourself.

Apply your favorite moisturizer to your skin and allow it to absorb for approximately 10 minutes.

Use a makeup brush, sponge or your fingers to generously apply the foundation to your face.

Apply concealer to the areas that need a little extra help, such as under your eyes or any blemishes.

Apply a loose powder generously.

Use your blush brush and generously apply a bold-colored blush to the apples of your cheeks.

Apply an eye-shadow base to your eyelid and then generously apply a wash of eye shadow over the lid.

Apply a highlighter to your brow bone, then use your angled brush to apply a darker shade in the crease of your eye. Repeat these steps until you achieve your desired look.

Try on the false eyelashes before you apply the adhesive. If they are too long, carefully trim the ends along the spine until they fit your lashes.

Apply the adhesive to the lashes and carefully put them on your eyes. If you have light-colored lashes, apply a thin coat of mascara to create darker lashes.

Line your lips with lip liner. If your lips are small, line them slightly outside the lip line to create fuller lips.

Apply your favorite lipstick. For a glossier look, apply lip gloss on top of the lipstick.

Choose long and thick false eyelashes for your look. You can even choose glittery eyelashes. Keep an extra set of eyelashes on hand.

Say goodbye to that sexy, smoky eye, step away from the electric-blue eyeliner, and forget the false eyelashes. Your makeup doesn’t have to be bold to be beautiful. A natural look is simple enough for daytime and flawless enough for an evening out. When designing a versatile, everyday makeup look, choose classic shades that flatter your skin tone.

Prep Your Skin

Apply a primer or BB cream with a built-in moisturizer and SPF—go for an SPF 15 or higher. These multipurpose products prep, hydrate, and protect your skin in one step.

Conceal

Hide under-eye circles, blemishes, and hyperpigmentation with a concealer that matches your skin tone. Use a pointed concealer brush to dab the product on, then blend with your clean finger.

Professional makeup artists use color-correcting concealers to minimize inflammation and balance skin tone. To hide redness, opt for a green-tinted concealer.

Build a Base

Apply foundation to your T-zone and any problem areas. For sheer coverage, use your fingers to blend foundation into your skin; for more coverage, use a foundation brush.

If you were blessed with an even skin tone, show it off. Use a subtle tinted moisturizer instead of a complexion-covering foundation.

Set Your Foundation

Lightly dust loose translucent powder over your foundation to set it and leave a matte finish.

Add a Rosy Glow

Use a large soft-bristle brush to apply blush to your cheeks. Start at the apples and then sweep upward toward your temples.

Fill in Your Brows

Use an eyebrow pencil or cream to fill in sparse areas and create a well-defined arch. Focus the product on the upper half of your brow line for an instant brow lift.

If you have brunette or black hair, go a shade or two lighter on your brows. Blondes can emphasize light brows by going a shade or two darker.

Accentuate Your Eyes

Swipe a neutral eye shadow across your eyelids and up to your brow bone. For more definition, blend a darker earthy shade, like taupe or charcoal gray, into your eyelid crease.

Define Your Eyes

Apply black eyeliner on your upper lash line. Start drawing from the inside corner of the eye to the outer corner. Keep this line thin so that it works well from day to night.

Pump Up Your Lashes

Apply two coats of black or brown mascara. Hold the mascara wand, starting at the root of your eyelashes, and move it up in a zigzag motion to ensure every lash is coated.

Color Your Lips

Line your lips with a lip liner that coordinates with your lipstick. Then, use a brush to dab the color onto your lips in a downward motion. Choose a medium-hued color for daytime—think rose or coral—and add a layer of shimmery gloss to play up your lips for an evening out.

Lip color might inadvertently emphasize dry, chapped lips. Before applying the color, buff any dryness with a damp washcloth. Apply lip balm and let it absorb into your lips before adding any color.

A reader recently ask me on Twitter for examples of rugged-refined outfits.

If you’re not familiar with the terms “rugged” or “refined” as applied to men’s style then you need to read this article by Tanner Guzy over at Masculine Style.

The rugged-refined aesthetic is one of my favourite ways of dressing as it most accurately reflects my style.

If you’re interested in learning how to dress in this manner, here are some examples of how I like to pull this type of look off:

Rugged Shirt and Tie

Barbour jackets are one of my favourite rugged outerwear items. These jackets were originally made for rural life but have since been co-opted by city dwellers as fashionable street wear.

I’ve been encouraging my readers to incorporate the Barbour jacket into their wardrobes. The key to pulling a jacket like this off is masculinity. You’ve got have some testosterone in your body in order to wear it well.

One of my favourite looks is pairing a Barbour jacket with a shirt and tie. It’s a wonderful way to combine rugged and refined aesthetics.

Here’s how I’d do it:

This is a great masculine look for the office or any place that requires a business casual look.

Rugged Cardigan

Cardigan sweaters are typically seen as refined items that pair well with things like button up shirts, ties, blazers etc.

But they can also be worn with a more rugged aesthetic too.

Here’s an example of how you can wear one with a more blue-collar, work wear feel:

This is a great look for casual Fridays at the office that can also transition wonderfully for a night on the town.

Feel free to throw your favourite pea coat on as an additional layer if needed.

Rugged Suit

Is it possible to style a business suit in a more rugged fashion?

Absolutely.

Pairing a basic navy business suit with a chambray work shirt is a smart way to combine rugged and refined aesthetics.

This is an absolutely deadly look that can bring life to an often stodgy or stuffy business suit.

I recommend giving an outfit like this a go the next time you need to don a suit for a non formal event.

Rugged Chinos

Every guy should have at least one pair of quality chinos in his wardrobe.

Chinos are not only easy to dress up or dress down, but they can also be styled in many different ways depending on your personality and aesthetic (think sporty vs rugged vs rakish etc.).

Here’s how I’d wear a pair of chinos with a rugged-refined aesthetic:

This is a great look for the weekend when you’re meeting friends for lunch or have a date in the afternoon.

To winterize this look a bit more add a nice pair of gloves, scarf, and possibly even an overcoat/top coat.

Refined Field Jacket

A field jacket is about as rugged as it gets when it comes to men’s outerwear. After all, these jackets were a part of American military uniforms since the second World War.

Much like Barbour jackets, field jackets have now become fashionable street wear items.

The great thing about field jackets is that they can also be dressed up to

Here’s how I’d do it:

Again, this is a great look for the office or any occasion where you need to dress with business casual attire. The combination of the field jacket, Chelsea boots, and the braided leather belt will separate you from the masses wearing polar fleeces and squared toed shoes.

Final Word

If you’ve never thought of combining rugged and refined aesthetics I recommend you give it a shot. These “high low” looks are a great way to flex your style muscles and make yourself stand out in a good way.