March 30, 2014

Style Your Work Week - Fashion From Monday to Friday

Do you ever have days where you feel like a hot mess, maybe on a Monday morning after a particularly busy weekend where you didn't get to bed until after midnight and snoozed your alarm 10 times? We've all been there, and on days like these, not one of us has the time or the creativity to put together a stylish ensemble anyway.

It is, however, totally possible to have a whole week's worth of fabulous outfits, with very little time or effort involved. The key is to plan ahead! This is especially important if you have children (the mamas out there know what I'm sayin') because your time is both precious and elusive, but really there's no reason why even the busiest mom should look frumpy at work.

The first step is inspiration. My favourite thing to do in order to get my creative style juices flowing is to go to one of the many fashion resources out there; runway look books via www.style.com, street style fashion, style blogs, print media, retailer websites, etc. (this list is endless) I find that looking through different perspectives on how to combine clothing and accessories, to really influence the way I dress myself. This does not mean that you should go out and literally buy every item of clothing you see and copy their look completely, but rather to interpret the essence of the look they created, and put together an outfit with what you already have in your closet.

The second step to looking your best is imagination. This may sounds silly, like something a little kid would do, but allot of the outfits that I come up with are first created in my mind. When I first started planning my outfits, it didn't come to me so easily but with practice and with the right style influences, it became second nature. I learned to think about what I would like to wear, starting with either a specific item of clothing  or a colour scheme and build on that. Style is something that comes very natural to some people but it's also something that you can learn and that we are all capable of achieving. Your style may be very different from mine, fashion is diverse and allows for the individual to be just that: individual. So feel free to customize to your tastes.

The third step is to have an idea of what you will wear on each day ahead of time. If you wait until the last minute to decide what you're going to wear (especially if you don't do well under pressure) you will not enjoy the process of dressing and you outfit may not look as good as it could. So take some time on Sunday evening to plan for the week or a few minutes before bed each night to lay out your clothes (just like when you were in school) and you are sure to have your co-workers and other commuters wondering why you look so put together on a Monday.

The fourth step is to always, always, always trust your instincts, and do not ever be afraid to wear something avant guard, even if you think people may talk about it (if they are talking about you it may mean that they admire your bravery to think outside the box fashion-wise). I've said it before and I'll say it again, it's not all about the brands that you wear, what's more important is how you put things together that will make your look a hit or a miss. Also, never underestimate the power of accessories to turn more conservative clothing into something more innovative.

Every day this week I will be posting an outfit idea suitable for work (assuming you dress up for work) so stay tuned! If you want to stay updated on these posts, please sign up for my email notifications or follow me on Twitter or Bloglovin'.


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