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  • January 15, 2010

    Do my Shoes and Handbag really matter?

    Yes.  That’s the quick answer. Your entire image is important. Neglecting one of these aspects sends a message that you may neglect other things in your life as well. This does not mean you need to purchase designer brands, just that these items should be as polished as the rest of your outfit.

    Sometimes shoes just need a new heel or quick cleaning to make the grade. You also have to consider the details of the shoe itself. Is it casual or professional?  With the abundance of fashion sneakers and ballet flats, the line can get wavy. Look for styles with a real sole. Avoid the rubber styling where it rounds over the toe or sides. These are usually too casual for a business casual office. Even heels can appear overly casual with decadent patterns or in the form of strappy sandals. We are big proponents of wearing shoes that are right for your lifestyle. Here are three different styles that all have professional appeal. Ballet Flats, heels, and wedges.

    Lovely People Judy   Jessica Simpson Rosse Unisa Mylos 2 Pumps

    These ballet flats have a slight peep toe with sophisticated layers of brown suede and chocolate leather.  A sleek pointed toe wedge is versatile. The heel on these is under 2″ making them comfortable enough for everyday.  For added interest we went with a two tone pump in ivory and black as our last selection. Any of these styles will look polished and professional with your work wardrobe.

    So you understand that you wear your shoes all day and they are important. But you stash your bag in your cubicle drawer and don’t understand who sees it. What about when you need to carry it into a meeting, attend lunch with your boss, or dash out to a networking event? These are three prime examples of when others will see it. Not to mention walking in and out of the office everyday. 

    If your lifestyle makes it difficult to change your bag to coordinate with your outfit, we recommend selecting styles that are more versatile.  Of course black, brown, and red usually get all the attention here. But if you wear a lot of neutral shades olive may work great for you.  Here are a few bags we recommend for everyday and just about any work related occasion.

    Leather Top Zip Computer Tote (Closeout) Canvas Oversized Satchel Ridgedale  Top Zip

    If you need to carry your laptop on a daily basis, this leather tote is chic and professional. Grey is another great neutral and currently a trending color. In a classic satchel with leather trim it has sophisticated appeal. For a smaller option we went with a two tone shoulder bag. Subtle color variations give the bag depth while the overall styling is quite simple.  These three styles were found at ebags.com.  Shop eBags Overstock Sale – Extra 15% Off our Best Winter Deals! Hurry, Ends 1/18

    Like you really need an excuse to shop for shoes and handbags!  Take the time to evaluate how each style will fit into your work wardrobe and your lifestyle. Cosmetic bags making switching handbags easier if you prefer to have more unique styles. There are many different combinations that can make your look effortless and chic. Just remember, your handbags and shoes matter but they don’t have to match!

    November 25, 2009

    Workchic Winter

    As always, your appearance is an entire package. In the winter this includes not only your handbag, but your winter coat, scarf, and gloves. Keep your professional image solid with fresh accessories and a tailored coat. Here are a couple Workchic looks we love for the season.

    Target Winter Accessories

    We started our winter shopping trip at Target where this grey plaid coat is only $59! It pairs perfectly with Merona accessories like this satchel and cashmere cable knit gloves. Continue pulling berry shades out of the plaid with a soft fringed scarf.  Even the boots, part of your look all day, tie into the jacket in a warm caramel color.  This will look Workchic over your business casual trousers or add a little color to your business suit.
    Merona® Women’s Wool Topcoat – Gray Plaid
    Mossimo® Black: Boa Scarf – Purple
    Merona® Cashmere Cable Knit Gloves – Charcoal
    Merona® Satchel – Red
    Women’s Glaze by Adi High Heel Ankle Boots
     

    Fossil Winter Accessories

    Our second look is from Fossil, where we started with a pristine white peacoat and let the leather appliqued bucket bag take center-stage. Though the vintage crochet look hat and contrast t-strap pumps did help. If you can look this chic before you remove your coat, just think of the possibilities with the rest of your outfit!
    Berkley Peacoat

    Rida Hat

    Fifty-Four Whitney Multi Bucket Handbag
    Oval – Robin
    Sunglasses
    Roxanne T-Strap Pump

    Both of these winter styles will have you looking Workchic from the moment you step out your front door. Just think of the impression you’ll make if an impromptu meeting has already begun at your desk. Instead of looking disheveled, like maybe your running late, command a presence.  Show up flawless and ready to get down to business!

    Shop Fossil.com now and get Free Standard Shipping Over $100. Happy Shopping!


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    November 4, 2009

    Inspire your Work Wardrobe with Vintage

    Shopping at ModCloth.com is like hitting you favorite vintage boutique and finding everything is in your size.  They feature designers that use vintage to inspire their collections. Plus they offer a true vintage section for those that prefer the originals. We spent some time on their site selecting the most work appropriate items for you.

    Since we love the chic simplicity of dresses, we started there with styles perfect for the season.  The second sleeveless dress would look chic under a brightly colored cardigan.

    The Concise Shirtdress Michelle Dress

    This time of year we are all looking for new and unique sweaters. Pair one of these vintage inspired styles with your trousers or denim at the office.

    Houndstooth Party Sweater Vintage Sugar Plum Sweater

    For a vintage touch, there is no better place to play then with shoes and handbags!

    Style Charming Flats Meringue Peep Toe in Black Forest

    Treasure Chest Purse The Fabulous Purse

    Keep shopping Modcloth.com to update your work wardrobe with unique vintage inspired pieces.


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    November 2, 2009

    Tropical Fall Style

    Personally I love fall colors and layering on sweaters and blouses for the dropping temperatures. But, after a week in the Caribbean, this year I’m not quite ready to give up on tropical colors and bursting florals.  So the search is on for the perfect cozy and bright work wardrobe compliments.

    Women: Women's Scoop-Neck Cable-Knit Sweaters - Tahiti Lagoon Women: Women's Button-Shoulder Sweaters - Yellow Stripe Women: Women's Faux-Gem Buttoned Cardigans - Endless Summer

    Old Navy has cozy sweaters in bright colors that will cheer you up and beat the chill.  These three styles run for $25 to $30.

    Sabina Les Silk Printed Scarf Women: Women's Floral-Print Gauze Scarves - Black Floral SilkRoadSpirit.com Zebra Scarf

    To make these styles even more interesting we found scarves to compliment them.  They also create the layering effect we all love this time of year.

    Women's shoes & accessories: LeSportsac Window Shopper Tote - Splash Women's shoes & accessories: Orla Kiely Classic Shoulder Colour Stem - Cranberry Women's shoes & accessories: Rafe New York Cristina Clutch - White

    A bag is such an easy way to add a little summer fun to your outfit.  We found these styles at Piperlime.com

    We’ve shown you How to Wear your Florals into Fall in previous posts. So don’t pack them away yet and keep having fun with color. It makes drab winter days so much more fun!


    Filed under: General — Tags: , , , , — Jennifer @ 7:00 am

    August 6, 2009

    Learn Why We Love Avelle and Save 25%!

    You may know them as Bag, Borrow, or Steal, but Avelle.com is one of the hottest places to find designer accessories and add them to your wardrobe for a week, a month, or longer.  We have partnered with Avelle to give you 25% off your first borrow!  Enter code WORKCHIC25 at checkout and receive 25% off!  Plus you now get Free Standard Shipping on all orders.  This includes the return at the end of your rental.  That’s not all- As a new paid member all new membership dollars get instantly credited to go toward a rental item. You can use the credit on their first rental item or save it for later.  Wow! That’s a lot of benefit to start borrowing luxurious handbags and accessories. Let’s start shopping!

    Avelle started with handbags, so we’ll start there too.  Thin totes are one of the top trends for fall. They are chic and ideal for carrying paperwork to and from the office. For a traditional style we like kate spade ‘Kent’ Quintessa Tote; for a more unique twist try Alessandro Dell’acqua ‘Agnello/Gros’ Tote, or go bold and swap the colors in a Tory Burch ‘Nico’ Lux T East-West Tote.

    You may only think of borrowing jewelry for a special event, but there is no reason not to rent a stylish necklace or watch to give your work wardrobe a little extra kick.  Ever dream of having your own CC logo around your neck? Wear this Chanel Signature Pearl & Stone Necklace over a simple blouse or sweater. Work with an office overseas or traveling to another time zone? Use Philip Stein Infinity dual time zone watch to keep track of the time here and there.  Try something different and experiment with a Kara Ross 2 Petal Flower Cocktail Ring.

    Lately we have been inspiring some of our styles from vintage and Avelle has a nice selection of vintage handbags and jewelry for us to rent. For example this Limited Edition Louis Vuitton Vintage Monogram Pastel Clutch would easily slide into a tote and has it’s own sophisticated style.  Adding a Miriam Haskell Vintage Beaded Dome Bracelet gives any professional outfit a little sparkle. Our last find, Hermes Vintage Leather Origami Envelope Clutch, says polished professional.

    What are you waiting for? Avelle.com is giving you so many great reasons to borrow now:
    1- Free Standard Shipping each way
    2- New membership fees can be credited toward your first purchase
    3- Save 25% off your first rental with our code: WORKCHIC25

    So what are you waiting for? Workchic sale ends August 31st. Go borrow some chic accessories to update your work wardrobe today!

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