Summer Office Style Ideas

Summer Office Style Ideas

Lightweight maxi. Think thin with this. Thick is NEVER good – go for cotton or lightweight material. Don’t go for materials that make you sweat like silk or chiffon. ALTHOUGH – I did purchase an adorable silk maxi (Tibi in photo, cannot find mine online anywhere but it was only $89!) this summer that I am super excited to wear for a special occasion.

NEVER go to work without a sweater, cardigan or light jacket because of potentially freezing conditions from Air Conditioners due to people who sweat. Just keep this in the closet in case. 🙂

Keep an umbrella in your desk & at home.

And always remember to replace it when you remove it for the rain. Totally SUCKS to be caught in the rain when you aren’t wearing cut-off shorts and a tank at the beach with your besties! (So cute, BTW) but for the weekendsssss! Fave umbrella from Soul.

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Conservative/Dressy Sandals

Wear flip flops and get fired – simple as that. NEVER OK (in my opinion). I have seen some dressy thong sandals that are OK to wear possibly? (Depends on how casual your office is… I can wear them at my office for sure, I just don’t).

J. Crew Rio Metallic Sandals
J. Crew Rio Metallic Sandals

Even like the “sneakers with really cute dresses” has been HUGE right now. I’m embrace this look constantly because I absolutely LOVE it… (Post to follow).

sneakers and dresses

Generally speaking – plain black sleeveless dresses are a fabulous bet.

Never out of style, no matter the season! These pieces can be moved from season to season quite easily with the right accessories. Think a piece of antique jewelry, light flowing/patterned scarves, sandals and cross-body bags to dress up your plain staple dress.

Dresses – not too short for work! Depends on your outfit and again, how dressy/casual/corporate your office is.

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Zara.com – Major sales right now!!
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Zara, again. Just wore this to a dinner but can be great for work with a sweater or blazer. LOVE.

Def check out Zara‘s summer sale going on right now – amazing outfits for work!

Shorts – If you are brave enough to go here and your office allows this – it MUST be styled properly! Cut-offs?! – NONONO! Tailored, with a cuff or pleats are perfect. Black is always OK. Tasteful simple patterns in neutrals are also on point.

Printed Soft Shorts – Working in Fashion?!(sorta…) – LOVING THESE! So comfy – I gotten away with these with a blazer at work. Do this for SURE.

Working in an office with primarily women, I have the pleasure of seeing everyone’s unique and awesome sense of style. Edgy and clean, simple and crisp, easy yet detailed, intricate and planned perfection. The stylists and buyers that come into our showroom are my favorite thing about my new position. Even people watching in Soho – some people can literally make the most random pieces pulled together so freakin’ chic.

Sidenote: BLOWDRYING your hair is basically a waste of time in the humid city of New York. Easy hair tutorials to come in future posts. Look for them soon!

Summer is a great time to experiment with your wardrobe and try some new trends out so go get it girrrrrrrrrl.

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How To Tackle: Marshall’s or TJ Maxx or Nordstrom Rack

Store’s like Marshall’s & TJ Maxx are great for a few things – basics & trends you don’t want to spend a lot of money on.

Basics like black shirts, black dresses, black anything, OBV. White t-shirts, random work clothes? Not your jeans, probably. Current trends maybe like pastels, or like mules. It’s also perfect for disposable clothing or “going out clothes.” Shitty tops or dresses that you’ll wear once because you can only wear something out once, basically. But you don’t really mind because it was under $30, better yet, under $20 so who really cares?! But you’ll actually receive a bunch of complements on this crap, leading you to re-purpose this low quality piece of crap purchase probably several times. WIN, WIN!

Step 1: Be mentally prepared. Don’t go in thinking exactly what you’re looking for is going to be there. It’s not. Actually, exactly what you don’t need but have a crush on will be there. Nice and expensive.

*TIP*: Know your budget before you enter. If you have $100 to spend – know that. Know what you’re searching for. And if you have an open mind – just try to stick to your budget. That is why you’re shopping at Marshall’s now, isn’t it?

Step 2: Drink coffee or tea beforehand, so you’re alert. And not sleepy. And can move quickly in front of the snoozers (old ladies, 30-somethings with baby strollers, bratty menacing children).

*TIP*: Go early in the morning. Be the first person to enter when the doors open. To avoid: “the snoozers.”

Step 3: First round of try-on’s – grab 2 sizes (if available). Do a full sweep of the store. You’ll learn that I never commit to anything until I’ve seen everything at least once. AKA – doing a sweep or a full lap. I do this at bars for certain, but I also do this while shopping. Never fully commit until you’ve seen it all.

Step 4: Be prepared to give away all of your prized possessions (other than clothing that can be tried on) to the dressing room attendant. This means shoes, belts, bags, any other random objects that you picked up along the way. If it’s a Home Goods/Marshall’s – you’re fucked. Don’t even look at the Home Goods stuff until you’ve finished with your Marshall’s try-on’s.

Step 5: Wear easily changeable clothing. Dresses are great – slip on shoes like ballet flats or sandals are perfect. Less that you have to take off and put back on the better!

Step 6: Divide & conquer. Decide what is a “Must Have,” a “Maybe” and a “Definitely Not.” Put them in piles or on different hooks in the fitting room. Separate and get ready to leave the dressing room for round # 2.

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Definitely – Like this!
Nope! Doesn't Fit! Don't Like. Sorry Charlie!!!
Nope! Doesn’t Fit! Don’t Like. Sorry Charlie!!!

Step 7: Give the attendant your Def Not’s – hang on to your maybe’s and must have’s. Do one more lap around the store to find anything else that you may have missed or things to go with the items that you’re deciding to purchase.

Step 8: Hit the dressing room again if necessary (but literally, try to avoid this so you don’t risk thoughts of suicide).

Step 9: Get the fuck outta there! Hit up the line as soon as humanly possible because in any moment you’re going to have a severe anxiety attack, as you’ve been in this disorganized crazy store for over 30 minutes. Being that you planned ahead and went early or late night (prime shopping hours), the line should not be very long. While waiting in line, decide how you’re going to pay for your purchases and have your form of payment basically ready to go.

CRAZINESS!
CRAZINESS!

Step 10: Be nice to the cashier, pay for your shit and leave the premises. Breathe the fresh air in the parking lot like it’s your last breath of air on this earth. You’ve made it through, girl. You fucking did it. You’ve conquered Marshall’s / TJ Maxx – and you’re still alive. And you purchased something to wear for tonight or tomorrow night. Good freakin’ job, girl! Congratulations. You now deserve a cocktail so head home and immediately pour one.