behind the Capsule Wardrobe
Did you ever
have a “I have absolutely nothing to wear to work” moment? Ever been late for a
meeting or work, because of wardrobe malfunction, and your bedroom spattered
with clothes? Is your closet also full of clothes, but you cannot find anything
to wear with your new pencil skirt? Of course you have, we all have. The
Solution is - A reliable, classic collection of timeless pieces that can be
called on in any fashion emergency, whether you cannot find anything to go with
a new skirt or need a neutral accessory to tone down a striking dress, the
capsule collection is every troubled girls friend. Getting dressed should not
be a shore, and if it really turns out to be a time consuming problem you
should sit down and rethink a little. A girl needs a (work)wardrobe that
functions above all.
Susie Faux, who came up with the concept in the 1970s, the ideal capsule
wardrobe consists of two pairs of tailored trousers, a shift dress or a pencil skirt for more formal
occasions, a well-fitting jacket, a coat, and a casual
or smart cardigan. As for the shoes, we ladies ought to have one
pair of flats and one with a sensible heel, and two kinds of
- a small formal one and a larger bag for every day use.
this small list, you can probably go back to your closet and find a few of
these items already! Now you just need to be smart about creating one that
works for you.
with eye on the ‘work wardrobe’ that you choose two business suits for women,
one skirt suit and one trouser suit in basic colours, which can be matched with
other pieces. This will prove greatly versatile for any working woman.
The capsule is
essentially the backbone of your wardrobe that should always work. It has to go
with everything and should be based on timeless, best quality items (cotton,
cashmere, and silk), with the most flattering cuts and tailored to especially
fit your shape. Just think that those pieces are a small investment that will
transcend fashion trends. If you think having a capsule wardrobe is dull, think
again. It is the secret of the savvy. You can liven up your selection with colorful,
less expensive, trendier accessories - think of the fun you can have with jewelry,
scarves, shoes and bags!
When it comes
to colors we advice natural colors. Depending on the season you might want to
pick darker ones for the cold season, and lighter ones for the warm season.
What it comes down to is understanding who you are and how you live your life.
Tags: Business suits for women, Career clothing, what to wear to work, how to build a professional wardrobe
Work Wardrobe – Shift Dresses
were actually born of the ‘undershirt’ or also known as a chemise. The exposing
of the inner layers of clothing allowed the development of the shift dress,
introduced by the French who pulled out the inner garments and used them as the
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The Shift dress
has been popular throughout the decades, but had a few periods of highlights.
Its silhouette is most iconic of the 1960s “mod” look, when it was worn by such
public figures as Audrey Hepburn, Mia Farrow, and Twiggy.
made a comeback in the mid-1990s when business wear became popular, and at this
time were most often layered over a turtleneck or t-shirt and worn with knee
socks. Since then the classic design has not left the stage.
The shift dress
is still associated with timeless style and sophistication, and is often worn
by First Lady Michelle Obama. The shift dress was previously associated with US
presidency when former First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy adopted it as her own
signature style, paired with pearls, gloves, and a pillbox hat.
Today, the dress
is hugely popular with current style icons, from Jennifer Aniston to Sarah
Jessica Parker, everyone seems to be loving them.
At the office
of the shift dress is key to its popularity. Although shift dresses can come in
various sleeve lengths and hemlines, the classic shift dress is sleeveless,
knee-length, and features a high collar or boat neck
It can be dressed
up or dressed down, and can be adapted to wear in any season. The simple
styling of the shift dress makes it a versatile piece, lending itself to a
variety of fabrics and accessories.
hugely popular with this dress, especially when worn for the office or
business. Due to the short sleeves, it is ideally paired with a blazer or
cardigan, and remains remarkably comfortable. Also, because of its simplicity, it can be paired with
jewelry to give it a unique look.
The fact that
they are not form-fitting and that the waist is not emphasised, they allow
women to move around freely without constraints.
lines of the dress allow for it to be produced in many materials, colours and
prints. For the basic office wardrobe the main choice would be a black, grey or
navy blue version of the dress.
It’s the perfect
dress to wear for a quick shift from desk to drinks.
the shift dress is ideal for anyone who needs to look professional, or works in
an office. Besides that, it is perfectly flattering for any body type.
than hugging the body, it narrows down every shape and size and takes you from
an early morning meeting to cocktail hour with ease.
If you are
looking to upgrade your work wardrobe, a shift dress is a great investment, not
only will you be able to pair it with many items you already have in your
closet, but you will also look great for the job.
As the first working week of the New Year ends, new research from Mintel finds that more and more women are dressing to impress, as they return to the office in style.
Underlining the renewed emphasis on dressing for the job you want (or the job you want to keep) exclusive consumer research finds one in ten (10%) female workers has bought smarter work clothes in the last 12 months in order to get ahead at work. And today, as many as one in four (24%) working women say they don't mind paying more for good quality work clothes.
Michelle Strutton, Senior Consumer Analyst at Mintel said:"It seems the sobering effect of the recession has brought an end to dressing down in the office to some extent. Despite the pressures being felt by UK clothing retailers in the current economic climate, officewear, and formal officewear in particular, is proving to be a light amid the rest of the market gloom."
"Both working consumers and the unemployed are buying smarter clothing to give a more professional image and help secure employment or avoid redundancy. What is more, the high number of working women has created a work culture that is now more conscious of fashion trends in officewear than ever before." Michelle adds.
Within the womenswear sector, the average annual spend on a suit rose around 3% between 2006 and 2008 to reach over £120, driven by fashion trends and the need to look good in a competitive job market. Meanwhile, average annual spend on blouses and tops which often accompany suits rose over 5% over the same 2 year period to reach over £60.
"Longer working hours and commute times are seeing the importance of the working wardrobe increase as consumers spend the majority of their day, and indeed their week, in office attire." Michelle adds.
Overall, just over a quarter of all British workers only wear formal clothes to the office, with ties worn by just 22% of men. While jeans are worn by one in five workers, accompanying them with casual footwear such as flip-flops or trainers is a no-no and these are worn by just one in 20.
"Looking forward, a continued focus on stylish yet professional clothing that is both affordable as well as high quality is expected to drive value sales for the clothing industry. It is also likely to shape the fashion for office working wear in the future as well." Michelle concludes.
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