Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Building Basic Work Wardrobe

Zara shirt, Ann Taylor skirt, Eliza J blazer, Argento Vivo earrings
Mark Jacobs handbag (similar here), Chanel pumps (similar here)
I have always considered myself a minimalist. It is probably because of my European upbringing, and because we did not have malls where I was growing up. By the time I moved to the U.S. and climbed above the poverty level, my minimalist habits were imprinted too deeply, and I never developed the habit of packing my closet with too many things. 

I am happy to be a minimalist because less stuff means more money for each of the few things I need. I definitely prefer quality things ~ they are well made, always stylish, and long lasting. Smaller wardrobe requires some planning, however.

When it comes to office wear, we all want to look fabulous but don't want to break the bank. I mean, office wear does not come cheap, and we still want to have money left for nights and weekends! 

So, this is what I do when I'm building my office wardrobe:
I stay away from suits - suits are expensive and, unless suits made of wool, I find it difficult to mix and match suits' tops and bottoms with other pieces. So, basically, one suit is one outfit. The best I can do is to change shirts and scarves. 

I look for well fitted classic style separates ~ a few dresses, tops, bottoms, cardigans, and jackets. I choose classic style because, no matter where the fashion wind blows, it is always in style and chic. I pick colors that would allow me to mix and match the pieces into different outfits ~ black, nude, white, grey, red... 

I accessorize the outfits with inexpensive scarves and fashion jewelry. I look for shapes and colors that are in at a given moment.  Whenever I can, I pick bright colors to brighten up the beige, black and grey outfits. When picking the accessories, I am not very picky in regards to quality. Seasonal pieces have a short life and becomes old news really fast. 

Last, but certainly not least, 
I look for fabulous shoes. The way I see it, shoes are always the most important part of the wardrobe. I mean when a woman walks down the street in a pair of sexy heels, who would care to notice the rest of her outfit?!  I don't have many pairs of shoes, but the ones I have are fabulous, and I have a special place in my heart for every single pair!  

I hope this is helpful! And please share your tips on how you build your basic work wardrobe!!

xo, Zuma A.

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