As spring officially blows its tepid temps across the outback, our closets whisper for airy, flowing clothes that embrace the season. But flirty frocks and splashy floral prints aren’t necessarily appropriate for the office. How do you lighten up your work wardrobe and remain professional? Take a cue from the Spring/Summer 2015 runways and integrate these key office-friendly pieces into your wardrobe.
Trade the drab sweater sets and stuffy jackets for the season’s trendy sleeveless blazers and vests. Drape a sleeveless tuxedo jacket or long vest over a silky blouse so that after work, you can shed the outer layer on your way to happy hour or an al fresco dinner date. For a polished look that mimics a suit, match the jacket colour (all black or all white) with a pair of slim-fitting pants and pumps.
Switch up your neutral handbag for one with a punch of feminine mystique. From soft peach and blush to vibrant purple and orange, the uplifting hues of spring brighten up your look and your mood. To keep your image professional and put-together, look for lush spring hues from designers like Coach that offer the luxury and craftsmanship to carry you through many seasons to come.
Show some toes with a wide-heeled sandal. The Zoe Report calls block heels the “quintessentially ’60s” look for spring that perfectly complements a simple tank dress or blazer. We call them comfortable, stylish and totally office appropriate. The most office-friendly styles have a wide band across the toes and ankles.
Women of all body shapes and sizes can rejoice in the season’s return of the midi skirt. The spring runways showed styles in everything from full to fitted, geometric and floral patterned and solid coloured. Whatever look you choose, be sure the length is at its most flattering. According to stylista Lauren Conrad, the trick is making sure that the skirt hits your mid shin and not your calf.
Pack away your tweed trousers and lighten up with floral or geometric print cigarette pants. Artful prints with brushstrokes, digital designs and art pop colours are especially in this season, according to CorporateFashionista.com. Pair high-waist floral pants with your sleeveless blazer or a solid-coloured silk blouse. Keep it office appropriate with sleek pumps and understated accessories.
If you have just one trendy splurge this spring, go gingham. From tightly woven checkers in soft pastel colours to large, bold black and white checks, gingham is the season’s shining star. Gingham dresses, pant suits and skirts dressed up many a spring runway this season. For a business-casual work look, pair a solid-coloured A-line skirt with a crisp, cotton gingham shirt tied at the waist and T-strap heels, as shown in Glamour.