WORKING WOMEN AND THEIR WARDROBE

Working Women's Wardrobe

 

October is a month of celebration. It’s the start of Fall, the beginning of the holiday season, and a month full of great causes like Breast Cancer Awareness. Considering all the greatness that October holds, I want to add to the fun! This month I will be focusing on working women entrepreneurs and their inspiring attitudes towards business and life!

 

I usually don’t limit my styling ideas to a capsule wardrobe… But when it comes to being a busy working woman, sometimes simple and fool-proof is necessary. So instead of saying my entrepreneur ladies need to stick to a 30-something piece wardrobe, I want to show you a few key pieces from each category I think help the working professional’s life go round!

 

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OXFORD  |  TANK TOP  |  DENIM  |  TEE SHIRT

 

Talking about tops can really only lead to one thing… or in this case four! Every woman needs a white oxford in her wardrobe that she can pair with any pant or skirt. Add in a denim for a more casual look or to mix up your slack game, and end with the best two basics, a tee and a tank, for the PERFECT combination.

 

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BLAZER  |  DENIM  |  LEATHER  |  CARDIGAN

 

Though I do live in Texas, I find a great need for outerwear. It is good for mixing up an outfit and ideal for going from meeting to meeting as a busy professional. Add a little spunk to your wardrobe with an embroidered leather jacket or a longer cardigan!

 

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TEE SHIRT  |  PROFESSIONAL  |  CASUAL  |  COCKTAIL

 

Dresses are a great way to create an outfit without having to do too much thinking and compiling. I love a basic tee-shirt dress paired with heels or something a little more frilly like this lace number for your dinner meetings. As a working woman running her own business there is no telling where my day-to-day will start or finish. Having these classic options with such a wide range is key to your style success.

 

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JEANS  |  SKINNY LEG  |  WIDE LEG  |  SKIRT

 

When it comes to pants, I always tell clients a few things. First off, don’t shy away from skirts! It is a garment I don’t feel we go to often, but is an essential that really can dress up a look when needing something fresh and being on a time crunch. Jeans are also a thoughtful option considering the audience you are working with. Being an entrepreneur means we don’t always have to stick to the work office rules! You can dress jeans up and have an approachable look for new client meetings or more casual events. Hallelujah for that. Wink.

 

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HEELS  |  PURSE  |  CLUTCH  |  NECKLACE  |  STUDS

 

Accessories are of course the most important part of any outfit. They are considered the finishing touches for your daily dressing routine. First things first, find a comfortable black heel. It partners with every outfit and will save your feet! Understated jewelry like this necklace and earrings are great for keeping your look fresh yet put together. Ladies, always carry a clutch in your work bag to transition quickly from day to night!

 

 

 

To tie it all in, here are a few looks made from all the fabulous items above!

 

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Stylishly yours,

 

Jen Young

Reduce, Reuse, REPLACE!

 

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TOP  ||  SANDALS  ||  HEELS  ||  PURSE  ||  YOGA PANTS

 

Ever used a tube of mascara and stopped to think, “Have I really had this for over a year?!” A good thing to know when it comes to fashion and beauty routines is how often we need to replace things {p.s.—it is every three months for mascara}!

 

There are no hard and fast rules but these are merely some tips and guidelines I use:

 

1.} I always tell clients to adopt the practice of buying the best quality you can afford and take care of the items you purchase. Consider your price per wear–the amount you spend on an item divided by the number of times you wear/use it over the life cycle it lives in your wardrobe. For example, I recently spent $195 on Tory Burch sandals which I have already worn them 3 times a week since purchasing them in June. My price per wear is considerably lower due to how often I am putting that investment piece on rotation in my wardrobe. That is the goal!

 

So besides investing in this summer’s (and every other season in Texas) top sandal, what else should be on your list?

 

Replace Bras

 

2.} Invest in classic pieces like fun oxford tops, good jeans, and a staple dress. Defining your core style will help with this. Along with basics, always consider the proper undergarments as noted in my recent blog post, When Bad Bras Happen to Good People. By adopting an essentials based wardrobe, you will be less likely to spend money on trendy things that go out of style and more on things that have staying power in your every day rotation.

 

3.} A little tip I like to share to maximize your wardrobe is to get things altered as your body and the trends evolve. When you consider reinventing hemlines and changing out buttons on older jackets,  sometimes you can salvage key pieces without breaking the bank. Don’t spend more than 20% of what the garment originally cost to make it work for you.

 

4.} When it comes to replacing shoes, like a classic pump, consider how many times you wear them? You should be wearing your shoes enough that you can see the change but not so long everyone else can too. No more walking around on missing heel caps and putting up with broken buckles. Wear shoes until they show physical wear and tear and then consider replacing them. There is also no shame in rehabbing “loved shoes.” Take them to your local Shoe Hospital and see what can be done to save a torn heel or worn out foot pad.

 

5.} We all love workout gear, but we don’t always love the price tag. While investing in Lululemon or Outdoor Voices, you will gain a better shelf life than going somewhere like Target. I like to shop places like Marshalls or T.J. Maxx for name brands at a lower price. Remember, you don’t want to look homeless when you are working out, and please COVER YOUR REAR. I ain’t got time to view your whale tail. It is hard enough to get myself to a gym, much less be greeted by your hiney.

 

6.} Last but never least… Handbags! To keep handbags fresh and extending their lifespan, change and clean them out on a weekly rotation. Know if you buy good quality bags you can always re-sell them later. Rebagg is a great resource I provide to consign high end items if you are interested! I also adore my local resource Fashion Reloved.

 

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Don’t just stop at Rebagg, there are so many options for letting go of the things you are replacing or recycling. Here is a list of my top picks for resale, consignment and donations:

 

Resale Shops

  1. Moss Designer Consignment
  2. Buffalo Exchange
  3. Still in Style
  4. Turquoise and Pearls

 

Online Consignment

  1. Thred Up
  2. The Real Real
  3. Tradsey

 

Donation Centers

  1. Texas Reach Out Ministries
  2. South Austin Pregnancy Resource Center
  3. Dress For Success

 

For other questions on shopping smart, what to replace, or to dig even deeper with my new SHOPPING SERVICE, email me! jen@foreverstyled.com

 

 

Stylishly yours,

 

Jen Young

Looking Lovely At Lunch

Ladies Who Lunch

 

Ladies who lunch, this one is for you!! Are you on the board of a charity, or a part of your local country club? If so, you have probably been to a luncheon. And you have probably been stumped at what to wear.

Being inspired by the upcoming Butterfly Brunch, where I am creating a Runway Styling Experience to benefit the Lake Travis Education Foundation, I wanted to give a little insight on the matter!

Here are a few tips on how to lunch in style from yours truly:

 

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DRESS {like photographed dress} / PURSE / JACKET / NECKLACE / BRACELET / RING

  1. KNOW YOUR CROWD. There are many types of luncheons, and nothing worse than showing up to one under dressed. If you are going as a guest, always ask your friend what the attire will be like. Know if you are heading to a spring dress kind of place or somewhere you should be dressed more business professional.
  1. PLAY IT SAFE WITH COLOR. I like to tell clients it is best to play it safe with color in a situation like luncheons. Don’t go too bright, neon is something to stay away from. But also, try to step away from the black section of your wardrobe. Wearing pastels is the perfect way to stand out while fitting in.
  1. THINK OF WORK AND PLAY. Most ladies going to lunch are working it into a busy schedule. You have to be dressed to go back to your 9 to 5, or head to your next meeting. While carrying a clutch to something like this is a great idea, some times it just isn’t practical. If need be, bring your bag, just make sure it’s one that fits with what you are wearing, and not that old clunky one we all can’t seem to let go of.

 

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DRESS {like photographed dress} / PURSE / JACKET / NECKLACE / BRACELET / RING

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PURSE / EARRINGS / SUNNIES / BRACELET

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SHOES / DRESS {like photographed dress} / PURSE

Stylishly Yours,

Jen Young

Professional Wardrobe Essentials Under $100

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DRESS // COAT //  BLOUSE // PENCIL SKIRT // MIDI SKIRT // PANTS // TOTE // BLAZER // POINTY TOE PUMPS // LOAFERS // SANDALS // BLACK WATCH // BELT // EARRINGS

The Nordstrom Anniversary Sale is still going on {until August 8th}, and this is a great time to stock up on professional wardrobe essentials under $100. While you might already have several core pieces for your “going out” attire and weekend loungewear, have you really considered how you want to present yourself at the office?  It is imperative that you make sure your essentials are covered first as you prioritize your shopping dollars.

I have selected a few core pieces to consider that won’t break the bank, but will also give you incredible flexility as you round our your professional wardrobe.

Being the best dressed doesn’t have to cost you an arm and leg either. Take advantage of this incredible sale featuring some of my favorite pencil skirts, blazers, staple heels, accessories, and more.

If you need a little more inspiration for additional ideas to enhance your professional wardrobe, check out Nordstrom’s advice  HERE! Filling in these prized pieces that are under $100 is the worth your shopping dollars and will ultimately enhance your personal brand and overall image.

Here are a few other goodies to consider as you build a core base for your professional wardrobe: 

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Stylishly Yours,

Jen Young