KristaniA is another one of my favorites and has been over a long time. With a whopping 1100+ fan base, it’s obvious that she’s doing something right. It’s hard to believe that someone with a 9-5 Accounting job can stay so chic practically everyday. Since I just recently graduated with my first Bachelor’s degree and will enter the workforce real soon, I decided to ask for some tips on how to dress chicly at work.
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1. As a chic career women, do you have any tips for fellow fashionistas who are afraid to wear trendy pieces in the office?
K: "I think the key is to NOT go over the top with these so-called “trendy” pieces. Your office wardrobe depends on your company dress code. I’m lucky that my company doesn’t really care about what I wear as long as I look presentable. This gives me more freedom on how I dress myself up for work :)"
A. Stick to the more feminine/elegant trendy pieces, such as pastel- and primary-colored tops and bottoms, lace and silk materials, cotton will do, too. Don’t go for anything body conscious (pencil skirts don’t count), short, shredded, cut-outs, huge arm holes, basically anything that looks “street style”.
B. Find inspirations from the runway collections of Marc Jacobs, Chloe, Lanvin, Prada, and even Chanel. These designers create and put together trendy pieces that are still office-friendly.
C. You can wear prints (leopard, floral, polkadots, stripes) to work but pair them with solid-colored counterparts. For example, you can wear a leopard blouse with a pair of black cigarette pants (such as the GAP’s Premium Line pants).
D. You can keep the outfit simple but DO make a statement with your footwear! When I say “make a statement”, I don’t mean A.Wang’s “dominatrix” Hanne Leather Boots or Jeffrey Campbell’s “gogo dancer-inspired” Lita Boots. Opt for a modern elegant style, like the most coveted Miu Miu’s mary-janes, YSL’s Imperiale and Tribute pumps, or Christian Louboutins pumps. Unfortunately for myself, I don’t have the funds to shell out on these gorgeous designer shoes. So, I like to find cheaper alternatives at Aldo or Forever 21. “Trendy” shoes at a fraction of the designer’s price, who can resist?
E. If you don’t like wearing heels, a pair of flats with embellishments or bows would do just fine. Make sure you wear them with a pair of skinny/straight-legged bottoms or a skirt which length hits just above your knees to create a longer and leaner proportion. Stay away from kitten heels – they’re just (in my opinion) ugly.
F. Wear statement jewelries, like chunky/bib necklaces, bangles, or cocktail rings.
G. Invest in blouses instead of the usual button down shirts. Blouses are more modern and chic yet versatile.
H. Last but not least, don’t wear the trendy pieces altogether in one outfit. It’s all about moderation because you’re working in a professional environment, not strolling down the street in hopes of getting your picture taken by a street style photographer. You can save that for the weekend.
2. What is your go-to work outfit? Do you prefer wearing skirts/dresses or pants at work?
K: “My work outfits really depend on the weather since Toronto’s Summer can get REALLY hot and the Winter can get super cold. In the Summer, I like to wear skirts and dresses (with the exception of pants when it’s raining). My go-to work outfit for the Summer is definitely a nice dress that I can take from day to night. One-piece outfit is hassle-free and you don’t want to wear something complicated when it’s scorching hot outside. In the Winter, I like to wear a pair of dark skinny jeans tucked in knee-high heeled boots and layered tops. For me, office outfit is comfort first, fashion second. Office hallway is not a runway, though I like to strut on my way to the restroom sometimes.”
3. I just learned that you’re also going back to school for a Fashion Merchandising Certificate program. What do you plan to with that certification?
K: “Yes, I’m going back to school and I’m very excited! I know a lot of students are complaining about going back to school in September, but seriously, school is 10 times better than work! You’ll see! Anyway, I have always wanted to study fashion, but unfortunately, I suck at sketching. So, Fashion Merchandising is really the next best thing for me. I’m planning to use the certification to switch my career path from Accounting to Fashion. I would love to be a fashion buyer one day (like Rachel in Friends – I’m a sucker for that show!!) I’m aware that I will have to start from the very bottom and make my way up to ultimately become a fashion buyer. I’m okay with that as long as I know I’m on the right path and loving what I’m doing. Wish me luck!”
4. Everyone loves versatile pieces, but most people tend to separate work clothes and weekend clothes. Which pieces in your closet do you think works for play and work?
K: “Luckily, my personal style works for both play and work. Although I maintain two different sets of wardrobe, I often find myself digging into my weekend closet to look for a piece that I can wear to the office. Monochromatic-colored blouses/tops are the most versatile ones. You can dress them up with a pair of dress pants or a modest-length skirt for work and dress them down with a pair of denim shorts or a floral mini skirt for the weekend.”
5. What trend are you most excited to incorporate into your outfits in the Fall?
K: “Oh no, this is hard since I don’t follow fashion trends closely…But Fall is definitely my favorite season of the year, both weather- and fashion-wise. I’m looking forward to layering my clothes and adding more earthy-colored pieces, like olive, rustic brown, charcoal, burnt orange, dusty rose, to my closet. I’m still looking for the perfect pair of cargo skinny jeans (preferably in army green or olive). I also plan on investing more in silk blouses and loose sweaters. For footwear, I’m thinking wedges, wedges, and more wedges.”
1. Bags or Shoes? Shoes
2.Chocolate or Vanilla? Chocolate (but my favorite is strawberry)
3. Heels or Flats? Heels
4. Stripes or Floral? Stripes
5. Tea or Coffee? Coffee (although I’ve started to reduce my consumption)
For more of Kristy, check out her blog, Monochromachic
For more of me, check out my blog, Transient Withdrawal