There are a lot of basics in my wardrobe, a lot of neutral pieces that go together just fine, and make dressing easy. But, as I wrote about in a previous post, the basics-only outfit can definitely lack ooomph. To keep my wardrobe economical and still interesting, I ask myself in the groggy weekday morning, “what would make this outfit sing a happier tune?” My previous example was of an ultra-casual tee-and-denim-skirt look. Here is a Polyvore I put together for a work outfit. My workplace is fairly casual:
I started with a slim khaki skirt and a feminine top. I cheated a little for visual puposes: I would probably wear a navy or ivory top instead of this pretty turquoise one. OK, I am a color-coward, at least when it comes to my main pieces. Oh, and this top is not in my budget either!
For the office, I need a little cover up, but instead of a blazer, like this
, I chose a soft knit. Either would be fine, and definitely adds some polish. The bag is (forgive the cliche) To Die For, but I could better afford the one below. I like a light or printed bag for summer, even though they don’t hold up to heavy use as well as the winter bags.
The jewelry is the easiest and most creative part for me. I love the earrings and cuff shown. They are “investment pieces” but I could just as happily do these:
I wouldn’t do my trademark pendant with this ruffled blouse but with a more plain tee, I might call in Mr. Owl:
The booties really make this outfit special, IMHO. Since I sit most of the day, they would probably be OK comfort wise. But on a walking day I would probably switch out to a nice wedge sandal. I’d better spring for that pedicure stat!
How do you pump up your basics for your work looks? Do you love color?
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