Monday, November 9, 2009

Guest Blog: Basics

This guest post was written by Jennifer and Melissa of Workchic helps dress women for work by offering suggested outfits, fit guidelines, tips and tricks on how to look professional, feminine and chic. Check out the Workchic blog for tips and trends!

This time of year we need all the layering pieces we can get and cardigans are no exception. They are a key work wardrobe basic that can be worn with just about anything. We even keep one at the office so that we can still look Workchic when we are chilly. Unfortunately the one we keep on our chair does not usually hold up as long. Before we go any further, take a look at yours and make sure it’s still in professional shape! Now you can also inventory your closet when you get home. We recommend seeing what color cardigans you have and how they mix and match into your wardrobe. Then fill in the blanks. To show you how to style cardigans into your work wardrobe we put together three outfits.

We mixed tones of camel and coral to create this look for your office. It can go more casual with 5 pocket corduroy or to business casual with a trouser cut. This outfit also shows how you can take your favorite sleeveless blouses from summer and work them into winter styles. Just add a cardigan and you are ready to go.

Shades of gray are a hot trend for the season. Mixing in cobalt blue offsets the subtle nature of the look. Layer a cardigan over any dress to keep it comfortable and professional. This outfit is ideal for a business casual office.

Buffalo plaid is all over this season, make it appropriate for work by using it minimally in a scarf. Then pull the color through into patent ballet flats. Here we used the cardigan as a blouse instead of a layering piece. Button it up, tie on a scarf, and layer on bangles. Paired with your favorite blue jeans it is perfect for a casual day at the office.

Now you have seen three chic ways to layer cardigans into your work wardrobe. While a black cardigan is probably a good thing to have, there are many other neutral shades that can update your look. Make sure when you chose cardigans you play to the colors in your closet. Stay tuned to learn more about updating your basics and keeping your work wardrobe fresh with

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