[Reposted from the article originally published in the Marin Independent Journal.]
1. Project professionalism in the workplace with jackets and blazers, particularly when meeting a client or presenting to a group. A “boyfriend” or “cropped bouclé” style is timeless and always looks good. A jacket with an interesting silhouette or detail allows for a more casual image for a more creative industries. Try a play on a “military” silhouette, a ruffled lapel or interesting stitching or bold color.
2. For a softer look, replace your jacket with a cardigan. A draped style balances slim pants, a cropped style with flared pants provides a long leg line or pair a slim, hip-length style with a pencil skirt and belt for a polished look.
3. If your job allows you to wear denim, chooise styles free of fading, details or rips. Newer silhouettes such as flared or full-leg denim in a darker or a light blue wash can work as a trouser pant. Just add a pretty blouse, a jacket and heels to finish the look.
4. Pants and trousers are on-trend right now and there is a style for every body type. Invest money in well-fitting pants in neutral colors such as gray, black, navy an camel that will last over time. Straight styles look good on everyone, flared styles minimize hips, and a style cropped at the ankle will show off great shoes.
5. Accessories easily update a tired work wardrobe. Add a statement necklace or long pendant necklace to update a pantsuit or separates. Choose a caged style heel or platform pump to transform a simple dress and make a style statement. A bold cuff bracelet enhances clothers with “minimalist”, clean, simple lines. A soft scarf raped around the neck can loosen up tailored pieces or dress up a simple knit top.
6. Keep your own “stylist kit” to look pulled-together and for wardrobe emergencies. An instant shoeshine sponge will polish shoes with one quick swipe before heading out the door. Hollywood fashion tape will keep a blouse in place and from being too revealing. Use a lint brush to keep darker colors free of lint and a sweater de-piller will keep your cashmere sweaters like new — tools to keep you looking boardroom ready.