Ditch The Suit

Is your work wardrobe stuck in a rut?  Do you tend to wear a matching 2 piece suit-most likely bought as a set? Bor-ing!  With so many amazing options to keep your work style looking fresh, polished and professional there’s no excuse for looking matronly versus updated.  Here are some tips to keep you at the top of your game and looking good while playing!

It’s A Cinch

A belt can change your entire outfit from boring to fabulous! This simple sheath dress and cardigan are instantly updated by keeping the cardigan open and accessorizing with a snake belt. Get this look from Banana Republic.

Be A Wardrobe Mixologist

Let the men in the office wear a boring 2 piece gray suit. Jazz up your style with color and texture like this one from The Limited. Don’t be afraid to mix different pieces, colors and textures together-you’ll be surprised to see how they can create a modern, polished and powerful look!

Wrap It Up

Every woman, regardless of her age, should own a well made, matte jersey wrap dress like this one from DKNY.  It’s a great business staple that can go beyond the office.  Keep it simple with a fabulous structured handbag and closed toe pumps for the office or dress it up with open toe, strappy heels and a clutch for a night out on the town.  It’s a basic item that is a power house both in and out of the office.


Pair trend-right slouchy pants with a modern take on the traditional tweed jacket like this Kate Spade outfit available at Bloomingdales for a really fresh look for the office.  Keep your accessories simple and clean for a really polished look.  It’s OK to take traditional items and wear them with modern pieces-it will keep you looking fresh and on point!

Work Those Pants

Take those basic black pants from your boring 2 piece suit (only if they FIT properly and the hem hits the bottom of your heels) and create a sophisticated outfit like this one from Speigel by pairing it with a silk blouse, print scarf and simple trench coat.  When you show up for work wearing this on Monday, you’ll look like you run the joint!

Comments +

  1. I am a new reader and I really love this post! I live to mix things up and re-invent myself several times a year…I may get a few concerned glances when I drop off my kids at school, but who cares! You only live once and I am certainly not going to be boring!:)

  2. The Retail Diva says:

    Thanks Elizabeth and welcome to SWTV! Keep mixing it up and re-inventing that wardrobe!

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