If you’re from the Caribbean you probably grew up hearing you only need brown and black work shoes. They go with everything right? When I first started working I believed that too and if you’re now starting out, you should have these basics. However, if you want your work outfits to have major impact, you should add some colour and prints.
Here are six pairs you should consider.
1. A black pump. This shoe will probably get the most wear since it will go with almost everything else in your wardrobe. Look for little details like straps, buckles and mixed textures which make black pumps a little more interesting.
2. A red pump. Try to keep the heel low and the shoe free from embellishment since the colour is already so attention-grabbing.
3. A printed shoe. My favourite is leopard print but you can go with another animal print like a snakeskin or zebra print or something more trendy like houndstooth. Keep the rest of your outfit simple.
4. A fun, unusual coloured pair. Maybe you’ll keep these work shoes for casual Fridays or rock them boldly on a Monday if you’re in a creative field. Either way, they’re going to stand out. Look for your favourite colour or one you’ve simply always wanted to try.
5. A nude shoe. Remember there’s no one colour called nude and the term refers to whichever shade closely matches your skin tone. This shoe will help to elongate your legs when you wear skirts or pants of the same colour. Think Olivia Pope.
$46 – dorothyperkins.com
6. Open toe wedges. If you live in the Caribbean or its summertime where you are, sometimes you’re going to want a break from enclosed shoes. As long as your office allows it, find a black or other neutral sandal with straps that aren’t too thin so you can show off those freshly painted toes.
I love the ease that dresses bring to my wardrobe. You should know by now I’m all about making it as stress-free as possible to create an outfit. Dresses take some of the work out since there’s no need to coordinate a top and a bottom. Just grab one, add shoes and a bag and jewellery and you’re ready to go. I suggest buying both simple, solid colour dresses and ones with more distinctive patterns or silhouettes. The latter for if you want to stand out and the former if you want a pared down look or a canvas for bold, fun accessories.
I know a lot of women feel like dresses can be limiting because you can only wear them one way but that’s far from the truth. Jackets, cardigans, necklaces, scarves and other accessories can easily help to switch up your simpler dresses. You can decide what to do with the dresses that are really memorable: rock them whenever you want and not care if people notice or only pull them out infrequently.
These are a couple of looks I rocked recently. BTW, I got the wrap dress from the Fleas on Fleek Pop up Flea Market for just $15 and it was extremely comfortable to wear. I’m thinking I need to get more wrap styles in my wardrobe.