Floral patterns at work

I noticed that whenever I receive a compliment on an outfit, it is mostly when I’m wearing something unexpected. People, in general, notice things that are outside of their perception of “normality”. The same reason why everyone notices a red dress at a party – it is bright and shakes up your senses.

Same works for unexpected patterns or even clothes worn outside of their intended venue. Now, you have to be extra careful with that because a ballroom gown in the grocery store will definitely draw attention but it’s also guaranteed to get you a lot of weird glances. Playing the “slightly off” game, however, could be super-fun and grant you the right kinds of “whoa”.

Floral patterns are slowly making an entrance into the corporate world. But majority of women still reserve flowery dresses for a more casual weekend wear. The olive dress I found recently successfully breaches this gap, in my opinion. The color is neutral enough without being boring, and it could easily be paired with almost any color jacket. I, obviously, go with the bright choice 🙂

Have a colorful week everyone!
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Five ways to wear a military vest

I am a huge fan of layering pieces. Any outfit, in my opinion, looks more sophisticated and put together when multiple layers come into play. Think of a white t-shirt, for example… it’s nice and crisp but it looks plain on its own. Try layering it with a blazer or a vest and you have yourself a fashion outfit (plus or minus various accessories and awesome shoes). Speaking of vests – they are some of the most versatile pieces of any wardrobe. They provide layering flexibility on warmer days when a jacket or a blazer may be too warm to wear.

Recently I found a great military vest that I’ve already worn on multiple occasions. It has all the attributes of a perfect layering gem – it’s neutral in color, made of natural quality fibers (cotton with a tiny addition of spandex), features a cinched waste that gives it a flattering shape, and it fits just below the hip for the effortless but elegant look. With this vest, the outfit combinations are infinite and here are 5 to get your started:

1. In the Office 

The trick is not to go completely “blah” with any neutral clothing and especially when it serves as a top layer. A longer vest, like this one, with nothing to pop underneath will completely consume your outfit, so go with brighter colors. Plus, colors are always fun! 🙂 I paired the vest with a pinky-purplish skirt and a mint silky blouse for a more feminine look.

 Outfit details: Banana Republic vest, J. Crew Factory skirt, Elie Tahari blouse, M. Gemi Cammeo pumps, Target Cut-out handbag

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