Building a work wardrobe can be both thrilling and daunting. For those like myself who doesn't have the luxury of a huge dressing room, the top priority is bound to be multi-functionality, versatility, the ease to mix-and-match; and of course, to achieve this without compromising your style.
The broad principle to remember is:
Load up on basics, focus on cut, go easy on the patterns, and indulge in a few showstoppers.
Top - Reformation/ Pants - Club Monaco / Shoes - Stuart Weitzman / Jewellery - Dior
Always consider your budget, work environment, taste and lifestyle. Don’t feel like you have to rush out and buy them all at once! Invest in quality, classic pieces that you are going to wear or use regularly (for me, that's shoes, jewelries and bags), and mix them up with high-street and more inexpensive style pieces to stay in trend (which you might not wear it after a year).
This checklist, with tips on fabric and style choice, will hopefully help you in building a collection of outfits that fits all sorts of professional and social engagements x
1. Pick your base neutral and consider the overall colour palette.
Colour speaks a lot about you. So your task here is to pick a base neutral; probably black, navy, gray, or beige. This ensures your clothes will go together and can be a huge time saver every morning! Take into account what colours are your favorite items, and the accessories you currently have.
Then, pick two or three colours for accents. For me, vivid colours like cobalt or red work well. But you can always choose softer ones like light blue or mint.
International Women's Day was almost a month ago, but powerful women never stop inspiring each other.
And before we get out there and kick ass, there is no harm in throwing on the perfect power suit.
Tailoring is power.
A woman in a suit is the embodiment of authority, of control, of strength, and simultaneously a confirmation of all that is chic. This year, we see so many runway styles that played with extreme proportions, patterns, and volumes, which we can all agree are impactful but not very wearable.
So I thought I'd round-up of the best pantsuits to own this Spring to save you some trouble (You're welcome) ;)
The Comeback Classic
Double breasted wool blazer with a twist from Balmain - think padded shoulders, impeccable tailoring, and lion-embossed gold-tone metal buttons. Or you can opt for a blazer without buttons from Tibi for an effortless look.
These trousers from Brunello Cucinelli are cropped and perfect to match any black blazer. Yep, sorry, no jeans.
On me: Helmut Lang - I love the slim but straight cut and the paneling/pocket details that give it a 'boyfriend' feeling.
Kids from Chinese families know to dress in shiny traditional red this festival to please their parents and relatives (for the red packets, of course!), While we are obviously too old to take on that outfit, there are ways to style festive colours which do not involve looking like mascots.
1. Try wearing a darker shade of red like burgundy, plum or maroon, and pair it with white or black.
2. Play up the details and accessories for a more festive look.
3. Wear all-red (wisely) by mixing textures and shades.
4. Glam up with red lips.
Make sure to try out a few reds to see which one suits your skin colour!
Thanks for reading my first blog post ever!
Starting a blog has been one of my new year resolutions since *forever* that gets repeated on the list year after year. But my up-coming birthday serves as a wake-up call that tells me: if not now, when? So this blog is created as a present to myself, and I hope you all would enjoy reading.
January always signals starting things that you've been planning to do. Many of you may have "find a (new) job" on your list of 2016 resolutions. Dressing right for the interview is ultra important - not only does it make you more confident, it may also impress your potential employer.
Some tips to dress for positive impact:
1. Wear heels, but practise walking in them
2. Ensure your clothes are cleaned and pressed
3. Keep things simple: avoid wearing perfume or cologne, wear minimal jewellery and neutral makeup (and don't forget to check your nail color)
4. When in doubt, err on the side of being slightly over dressed rather than showing up looking too casual.
5. If you wear pants, it should fit properly without being too tight; If you wear a skirt, make sure it covers your thighs when you sit.
6. Carry a small handbag rather than a tote
7. Dress in a professional palette (depending on the job nature). My personal favourite, fail-proof combination is beige with black or white.
Some items that I love:
J. Crew Martie pant - high waisted and cropped makes it super petite-friendly (also available in petite sizing!)
Jimmy Choo pumps in nude (as shown below) - definitely my power heels
Tiffany & Co Tiffany T bangle