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  • May 24, 2010

    Find the Perfect White Blouse in your Size

    I was so inspired by the white blouse we showed from Charles Tyrwhitt this morning, I searched out a few more in different size ranges. As you know, basics are a key building block of your work wardrobe. A white blouse is at the top of our list. Since it’s practically summer, we think it’s time to pick up a style that’s a little less basic. Each of these pieces will still achieve the polished finish of your classic long sleeve style, but feel fresh for summer.

    Macy’s selection of petites was well rounded with an amazing number of prints. Of course our hunt is for white blouses today, so we selected Alfani Petite Top, Stretch Cotton Rosette Trim BlouseINC International Concepts Petite Top, Cap Sleeve Zip Front, and Jones New York Petite Blouse, Cap Sleeve Pleated Georgette each with their own unique details.  Add a skinny belt in black or a summer pop color to the Alfani funnel neck top.

    White Pleated Cap Sleeve Top

    Lane Bryant was the perfect place to start for plus sizes. Sateen short sleeve buckle shirt has flattering shirring at the bust and buckles at the sleeve hem. We were also blown away by the Grecian draping on this Icon Collection draped woven top. A quick stop at Torrid revealed this White Pleated Cap Sleeve Top with tuxedo detailing.

    Buttermere Blouse Banana Republic Tall eyelet bib top Banana Republic Tall 3/4 sleeve safari shirt

    Visiting the Tall Girl Shop we found some nice blouses amongst the Long Tall Sally collection. Buttermere Blouse has embroidery details, lace hem, and back tie to create a flattering waistline. At Banana Republic, Tall eyelet bib top is 100% cotton in a flowing silhouette. We also found Banana Republic Tall 3/4 sleeve safari shirt with rolled cuffs.

    These blouses can mix and match within your wardrobe to create Workchic looks all summer long.  Here are a couple more finds in regular sizes.

    Short Sleeve Pleated Shirt Paper Cotton Short Sleeve Wrap Blouse


    Short Sleeve Pleated Shirt
    from Anne Klein is nicely contoured and available in regular and petite sizes. Jones New York Paper Cotton Short Sleeve Wrap Blouse is playful with a voluminous bow.

    Happy Shopping!

    Business Casual Asymmetrical Blouse

    While shopping Women’s wear at Charles Tyrwhitt., we came across this chic asymmetrical blouse. Crossover neckline is flattering and front and back darts ensure a sleek fit.

    White Cross Over Short Sleeve Contemporary Shirt

    We adore this contemporary styling for a wide range of business casual offices. How would you style it with your existing work wardrobe?

    April 14, 2010

    Workchic Basics: Summer White

    Wearing white is almost synonymous with summer. There are some basics we recommend for every woman’s summer work wardrobe. These pieces will make hot days seem just a little bit cooler and make for easy layering. Plus vibrant necklaces, printed skirts, and stunning sandals simply glow against a solid white canvas. Here are some of our must haves for the season.
     
    1- Short Sleeve Blouse

    A flutter sleeve blouse like, DKNY Jeans Top, Short Sleeve Pleated Blouse for $64, is perfect for summer.
     
     
    2- Long Sleeve Blouse

    Charter Club Blouse, Long Sleeve Fitted with Polka Dot Accents has a touch of whimsy. Available for $34.98. Multi-Button Classic Shirt is $44.50.
      
      
    3- T-shirt

    Scoop Basic Tee has a fitted silhouette and is available for $24.50.
      
      
    4- Layering Tank

    Ruffle Seamless Tank adds a touch of feminine style for $29.50. Exclusively Misook Scoopneck Tank is constructed of machine washable, wrinkle-free synthetic yarn with the look and feel of silk and the durability of wool.
     
       
    5- Demi-cami

    Second Base Sarah Demi Cami

    Sara Demi-Cami from Second Base is perfect for layering under low cut dresses and blouses. Available for $29.

    Each of these pieces will be easy go-to solutions all summer long. Stay tuned for more Workchic basics to keep your work wardrobe polished all year round.

    February 10, 2010

    Basics: Back in Black Pants

    We all know the importance of those go-to black pants. What we also all know is, sometimes they can be impossible to find. Melissa and I have been struggling with these ourselves lately. Sometimes you try on 20 pairs and don’t find a single one that fits!

    So what’s the solution? And how can you make shopping for the perfect black pants easier online? We have a few suggestions.

    The first step is to identify which fit is most flattering on you.

    Different Pant Fits

    We find a boot cut or straight leg to be the most universally flattering. You want a nice line falling from the hips. A flare will work better with heels then flats. Wide and skinny legs can look trendier. If you like either of these looks, we recommend having them as an option and also having a more traditional cut to balance your selection. This way you won’t be limited in the morning to blouses that work with those styles.

    Secondly, know your size. We have created a universal fit chart to help guide you in the right direction. Since each brand cultivates their own measurements, we’ve also provided quick links to some of our stores. You will find more companies publishing not only their fit charts, but also garment measurements, customers review on fit, and even tell you what size the model is wearing. Tobi is a great example of a website giving you all this info and more. We found these Theory Max C Trousers that come in black as well.

    Theory Max C Trousers

    Third, consider the fabric options. Do you want wool lined pants, or summer weight cotton? This will also affect the fit. A lined pant tends to smooth and shape, but will also be more costly to tailor. A lighter weight or fitted style with stretch worn to tightly can show details you may not want your co-workers to see. You may need to adjust your sizing to avoid any mishaps. Dressy Stretch Bootleg Trouser from Jones New York has a contoured waistband for optimal fit. You can also reference a fabric glossary on their site to help you make your purchasing decision.

    Dressy Stretch Bootleg Trouser

    Armed with this information you can quickly eliminate those styles that will not be right for you. Then it’s time to go shopping. Here are a few styles we love in different categories and fits.

    Banana Republic Womens Black Petite 215 Martin Classic Trouser Pant

    Petite
    Banana Republic Womens Black Petite 215 Martin Classic Trouser Pant

    Plus
    Lane Bryant Right Fit Lafayette pant

    New York & Company Women's Brown, Red 7th Avenue Bootcut Pants - Tall

    Tall
    New York & Company Women’s Brown, Red 7th Avenue Bootcut Pants – Tall

    For more Workchic styles visit our pants section and sort by price, office environment and size to find your perfect style. Stay tuned for more tips on utilizing your basics to create chic outfits for your office.

    January 30, 2010

    I’m Running Late! Can I let my appearance slide?

    We all have our days. Sometimes you don’t want to get out of bed, let alone dress to impress. We understand. That’s what we’re here for- to take the stress out of getting dressed for work. Even when you don’t want to put in the effort to look presentable, you should have a couple of simple outfits that always look polished and chic. After all, you never know who will be standing behind you in the line at Starbucks.

    So how do you achieve truly effortless style? It comes back to your basics. They will be a lifesaver time and again, even if you are running late to the office.

    One of our favorites is the little black dress, always classic, always chic. And it’s one piece! It doesn’t get much easier then that! All you need is shoes, maybe a necklace, grab your favorite bag and you can leave the house.

    Not a fan of all black? A printed dress can have the same impact without even adding accessories.

    For another last minute option, you should always have a pair of black pants ready. They go with just about anything. If you’re truly having a bad start to your day, shimmy into these pants. Then we have two options for cheering yourself up so you can start your day with confidence. Our first choice would be to wear your absolute favorite shirt (graphic tees do not apply) under a blazer to add a bit of professionalism. Option two is a basic blouse or tee and pile on the necklaces. A little glitz is sure to wake you up. Again a blazer or cardigan can take this look from casual to office appropriate in the blink of an eye.

    Don’t let running late ruin your day. Instead try one of these simple suggestions to turn your morning around. Presenting yourself professionally is always important. It will also lift your spirits so you are more prepared to take on the day. This month we have focused on ways you can reinvent yourself the Workchic way. Don’t let one hectic morning come between you and your Workchic style. Organize your closet so that these outfits are ready and waiting for you.  Good Luck and Happy Shopping!

    The Limited Stores, LLC

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