This post focuses on colour. Anne is from Canada, so she spells words funny. But there’s nothing funny about the advice she’s about to dispense. Unless you’re not a fan of fun. She’ll be trying on textures, lengths, headwear, etc. in the coming months.
“Two hundred thousand a year and you’d swear she shops in the men’s section.”
And so goes the conversation of the office-dwelling ex-fashionistas.
To them, the thought doesn’t compute:
Smart, well ahead of the career curve and very well-compensated, with a wardrobe fit for an ‘80s cop drama.
What is it about the world of fashion that alienates so many – leading them so close to the cliff’s edge that the only safe place resides in the middle of a deserted tundra, devoid of all colour and texture?
But it doesn’t have to be this way!
While the world of fashion is absurd at times – and at others, beyond even that – it is also incredibly inspirational. If you look at it correctly.
The runway is not a safe zone – it’s a play zone.
Leave your not-for-me attitude under the dresser and consider – just for a moment – that the runway outfits you may consider over-the-top chic could actually be your best starting point for the kind of office wardrobe that you’ll truly be excited to wear.
What better time than now – with fashion season off to a raging start – to consider the sartorial possibilities waiting just beyond your skeptic thoughts?
It’s hard you think?
Pish posh, I say.
It’s easier than you think.
Here’s what I mean:
The Look: Atelier Versace Spring 2013 Couture – Look 24
The Insight: Bright colours are your friends.
The How To: To make brights A-OK office wear, consider swapping out your boring basic blacks with basic brights. Leave pattern and texture out of the picture for now, instead letting the colours be the shining star of the outfit. Pair with neutral shoes and the ever-reliable boyfriend blazer to bring it together. Keep accessories to a minimum and master the art of barely-there makeup to avoid looking overdone.
The Result: Confident, refreshing, and anything but boring.