Monday, May 20, 2013

7 Business Wardrobe Essentials when you are over 25 and on a budget By Kim Turner

“What you wear is how you present yourself to the world, especially today, when human contacts are so quick. Fashion is instant language.”
—Miuccia Prada

1. A black dress that is versatile enough that you can take it from the office to an after-work affair. Try a sheath dress. Paired with a cardigan or blazer it is work-appropriate, and without that top layer and paired with jewelry it is perfect for an after 5 cocktail party.

2. You might think you don’t need a suit since your office is business casual but when you want to make a power move during your next presentation, nothing adds credibility like a woman in a power suit. Go for blue, black or grey and it will work in the office as well as for your next interview, because a woman with that much power is definitely on the move.

3. Choose bottoms that have versatility and style but if you want them to last past one season, avoid buying trendy options -- at least until you have the basics covered. These classic colors paired with various tops will get you tons of looks: navy, brown, black, charcoal and tan. P.S. Avoid wearing jeans to work unless you just don’t care.

4. Unfortunately, it has to be said "DO NOT wear halters, deep V-necks, sheer blouses, racer-backs and anything showing midriff into the office. Start with a few basic button-downs and a gorgeous blouse for a dressier look.

5. Blazers, vests and sweaters are all considered third layers. Look for pieces that are structured to give you a more polished look for the office.

6. I suggest a bag that holds your computer and all of your other items. It could be a back pack or leather carry-all. Just don’t go for the college backpack as those days are well behind you.

7. If you can only afford one pair of shoes, buy black pumps. The heel should be the height that is best for you, so if you only need one inch that’s great, but don’t do more than four inches. Spend as much as you can on great shoes. They will last for a long time as long as you take care of them (that means find a good cobbler).

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