5 Things You Shouldn’t Wear to the Office and 5 You Should

 

Whether we like it or not, our appearance says a lot about us. This is especially true in professional settings since our appearance sends a message to co-workers, managers and customers.

If we want to demonstrate that we are confident, competent and ready for work, we need to dress that way. Different work environments call for different styles of dress.

If you’re in a creative industry you may be able to get away with more flamboyance and edge than the average office worker.

But if your office is pretty traditional, you need to stay in line while showing off some style.

Five Dos and Don’ts of Office Fashion

1. Don’t show too much skin. You don’t have to dress matronly or boring but you shouldn’t look like you’re going to the club.

Do pick stylish pieces but ensure that necklines and hems are modest and clothes are tailored and fitted rather than tight.

Dress available at jcrew.com

 

2. Don’t wear ill-fitting or stained clothing. Nothing says unprofessional and unprepared for work like sloppy dressing.

Do buy quality clothing that fits well. Shop at stores that offer free alterations or find a good tailor if your sewing skills aren’t up to scratch. Make sure that hems and sleeves hit where they’re supposed to.

Necklace available at nordstrom.com.

 

3. Don’t over accessorise. Chandelier earrings will probably be distracting when you’re giving a presentation. The clang of bangles is almost guaranteed to annoy co-workers and huge cocktail rings can get in the way of your duties.

 Do opt for simple, tasteful classic pieces. Small silver or gold bobs, diamond studs and pearl necklaces are safe options.

Bag available at boohoo.com.

4. Don’t wear excessive labels. It’s great if your job allows you to afford high end luxury items but try not to flaunt obvious brand names and logos on a daily basis. On the other hand,  don’t carry clear knockoffs either.

Do buy high quality, classic staples. The shape and quality of the item will speak for itself without you having to announce it. If you’re on a budget, buy simple no-name pieces.

Pump from shoedazzle.com.

5. Don’t wear sky-high strappy shoes, flip flops or any other footwear more suited to weekends or after hours.

Do try to find pumps or peep toe shoes in a comfortable height with interesting textures and colours.

Do you find it easy to show off your style while at work? Let us know how you strike a balance in the comments.

*This post was originally published on October 13, 2013 and updated on June 22, 2018.*

Your Summer Wardrobe (via Pompasette Brunch Party)

 

“If yuh ready fi di summa let’s go
Shout it out and let mi know”

With all due credit to Beenie Man, of course.

Being ready for summer means knowing what you’re going to wear for carnival events, parties, cruises and lazy days lounging by the pool or beach.

Once again this year, the Pompasette Brunch Party served up endless options from Barbadian and Caribbean designers. The fashion lovers who gathered at the Barbados Museum and Historical Society recently had more than their fill of swimsuits, casual wear and resort styles.

My extensive recap is set to come in Easy Magazine so this post is really all about giving you some options to choose from as you go about your summer prep.

Express Bikini

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Butterfly Allumini


Juice Apparel

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Candi Fab

 

Marie Collette

Lisa’s Fabrics

Nieuw Look

Suga Apple Swim

Renee Wu Designs

Sunshine868

Always Leid

 

Vintaj Life

Ole Luck Love

Anna Rose Designs

Which designer do you plan to order from?

Barbadian lingerie designer launches second collection


Melanie Thorpe has done it again! The designer behind LaVern lingerie has launched her SS18 collection and it is hot! It’s clearly for bold women who are comfortable in their skin and unapologetically sexy. There are currently five pieces but two more will be added soon.

Melanie shared a bit about the collection with InMyWardrobe following a sizzling showing at the first edition of Bimhaus for 2018.

On her inspiration:

I can’t ever say I’m inspired by one thing per se when I create a collection. My designs always begin with a particular intention and the result never matches said intention. I believe I’m inspired by the process of sitting and sketching and seeing where it goes but there’s always a small detail in that first sketch that interests me and my repetition of that detail keeps my collection cohesive.

On the materials she uses:

I mostly work with mesh because it creates the most beautiful accents for lace. I also work with lace and I recently incorporated velvet and a small amount of printed stretch spandex into my designs. I’m experimenting with those last two materials!

On the LaVern woman:

I always envision a woman who doesn’t care what people think. I like fearless women. I always think about this quote when I think about a LaVern babe, ‘well behaved women never made history’

Yup, this collection is definitely for badass women!  We wait (not so) patiently to see the two additions to an already awesome collection.

 *Pictures by Reco Moore.)

Not too grown up to play dress up!