Wednesday, May 10, 2017

The Girl Boss Series - How to Make Work-Wear Fun (The Blazer Edit)

The Girl Boss Series - How to Make Work-Wear Fun (The Blazer Edit)
I am one of those people, who gets chilly in office even when it is burning hot outside. When I am in a hotel, the room temperature is set to nothing less than 27-28 degrees. I would put off the AC in my room after 10 minutes (why cannot they put a timer for anything less than an hour?) Needless to say, I am a loner; my close ones prefer to leave me alone to occupy a better and colder room. Please tell me I am not alone in this?

Anyway, the point being, my work-wardrobe is full of shrugs, cardigans and blazers, basically anything I can throw over my outfit to keep me warm, and still look chic. But in addition to keeping me warm, they are wonderful to give a slightly more formal touch to the otherwise business-casual attire.

You know what else they come handy for? To cover up a not-perfectly ironed shirt. To give a formal feel when worn over a casual top (we all have our days when we don’t want to dress up for work)! AND, they can be worn with absolutely anything – pants, skirts, dresses. I also wear these to informal lunches with denim for a semi-formal look – a quick tip for the minimalist wardrobe.

Over the years, I have collected a good number of blazers in my wardrobe – you name a color and I would probably have it. But I feel for the starters, we should definitely have 2 colors in our collection – a classic black (duh!) and a light colored one – probably blush or a dusty pink one. That way we can ensure we have a contrasting color blazer for all outfits.

After my previous post on how to style ‘Indian Wear for Work’, in this one, I plan to talk about my second work-wardrobe essential – Blazers! (as if you haven't guessed already). Personally, I feel short ones go exceptionally well with the dresses, while the slightly longer ones are apt for skirts and pants. I was never able to get onto the below-the-hip long length blazer trend, though. May be because I am just 5’4’’? But allow me to talk you through the below two of my go-to work wear styles involving blazers.

Blazer with Pants

Red Blazer for Officewear

The Pants – For me, work-style is all about the comfort. And I am most comfortable in pants. Needless to say, you would see me wearing these 7/10 times when I decide to wear western business casuals. It is extremely difficult for me to find the perfect pair of fitted, narrow-legged, Ankle pants. So, when I find one, I pick it up – whichever color and how much ever expensive it is. The ones in this picture are from The Limited, are super stretchy, fit perfectly, and the hems end just at my ankle. These are dream; I don’t know what I would do when it wears out.

Pair a Red Blazer with Light Color Blouse to Work

The Blouse – I prefer to wear a light color blouse since they work so well with both dark and light color blazers. In fact, my mantra is to always go for the dark color pants, and light color blouses – so I am spoilt for option in that department. Most of my blouses are from Forever 21Zara and H&M. Occasionally, I would also find some nice pieces at Lifestyle Stores from brands such as CODE and Bossini.

Platforms are My Go-to Not just with This Style, But Every Other

The shoes – Heels are not really my thing; hence when I have to add that extra height, I always go for platforms. Good thing, they are in trend these days! This particular pair is from Forever 21. And a tan + black combination is my all-time favorite. These add so much height, and still is comfortable enough to enable me take the bus to work – A definite bonus!

Red Blazer from Nine West

The Blazer – As you might have noticed, I don’t shy away from wearing bright colors to work. Red, specifically, looks great with both black and lighter color trousers. I believe, if one has to experiment with colors at work, there are a few pieces you can play around with – blazer topping the list for me. I have seen folks wearing Red pants to work and blending right in as well, but that is probably too much for me – I could never pull it off!

This particular blazer of mine is from Nine West and I love the fact that it is not too short, yet not too long – perfect with pants that touch just my ankles.

Blazer with Dresses

These days, I am more into fit and flare dresses, rather than Skater ones, as I find them so much more comfortable. Plus, they complement my heavy bottom body type well. Since, the fit and flare dresses are technically more casual, I would put on a blazer to make it more work-appropriate.

Mint Color Blazer

The dress – To balance it off, when I go for a monochrome dress, I would experiment with the blazer. An example, the mint color short blazer with the black dress. However, when I wear printed dresses, I lean towards the customary plain black blazer.

Booties with Dress for Work Style

The shoes – I love how Booties look with dresses at work. Since I am not a heel-friendly person, I stick to these short block heeled ones.

My Favorite Givenchy Earrings for Office

Accessories – Nothing like a dainty earring to accentuate the confident feminine office look.

Isn't the Mint Green Color Amazing!

The Blazer – well, I prefer not-so-long blazers with dresses. I got this cool mint green blazer from Splash Fashions. Absolutely cannot get over this color!

To summarize, I would say my love for blazers started to grow the day I realized I could use them to instantly turn my casuals to business casuals, and even if I experimented with colors and prints, I would not be ogled at suspiciously at work!

Stay tuned for some more on this work-fashion issue. Meanwhile, if you haven’t subscribed to my blog yet, please put your email ID in the top right section and follow to stay posted about all future posts.

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