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Buying clothes for babies is not at all easy to do. In fact, you will normally end up making a really bad choice simply because you do not think about the important factors of interest. What is really important is to be sure you conduct a really good research. At the same time, there are various factors you will want to take into account as you buy the baby clothes. Keep in mind that everything counts from style to finances. Always think about the following when you buy baby clothes.
By far one of the factors that are dismissed but that are really important is comfort. You want to be sure the considered baby clothes are as comfortable as possible. When they are not comfortable the child will not feel well when they wear the clothes. Babies naturally have sensitive skin so you want to avoid the possibility of getting rashes because of choosing clothes that are not comfortable.
When you are creating a blog or you compose a song, you are interested in it being appreciated by someone. The same thing is with the baby clothes. However, what many forget about is functionality. This is true when buying practically anything at the moment. Adorable clothes are not great when they will not be worn as the baby feels miserable when doing that. Remember that since you buy clothes for babies, snap crotches are normally recommended.
This is where most parents get it wrong. Baby clothes end up being really expensive since the child is growing and you end up constantly having to buy new clothes. When you buy it is important to be sure the right size is chosen, all based on age and characteristics. Baby gender is also of importance in this case, especially when buying unisex clothes.
It is really important that you think about the placements of snaps, bows and buttons when you buy baby clothes. Delicate materials can be present so you should be sure functionality and comfort is guaranteed. This would be impossible when the buttons are improperly placed.
Last but not least, style will be a factor parents have to consider when buying baby clothes. All babies and parents love stylish outfits. Fashionable babies always seem to be cuter. Just be sure functionality and comfort are never neglected because of style considerations.
All the factors we mentioned above are really important when you buy baby clothes. It is important that what you buy is appropriate, comfortable and you should never mainly think about how much money you are going to spend. This would be a huge mistake. Look online for different opportunities if you have budget problems or you simply want to see what is now available and what is not. You can find something you knew nothing about.
My husband was analyzing the budget I made for our vacation trip to a beach resort. It was going to be our honeymoon and our first vacation together. We got married during a transitional phase at work for both of us, and we had to postpone our honeymoon. That was fine, because we were going at the end of winter. What better time for a trip to where the sunshine is bright? Anyway, he was looking at the flight, rental car and hotel expenses. He was looking over the other amounts I budgeted. He asked me what the resort wear category was. I explained to him that I did not want to go to a beach resort unless I had the wardrobe for it.
He was just going to pack two pairs of swim trunks and a pair of old flip flops for his beachwear. I explained to him that we were not going to look like beach bums at a beach resort. I told him that the resort wear budget also included items for him, including a couple new pairs of sandals and flip flops. He took a look at what I picked out for him, and he liked it.
Whether you’ve received some ill-fitting clothes for Christmas or Hanukkah with no gift receipt, or you’re just excited to kick off the new year with a purge of old clothes, it’s likely you have some clothes on your hands that don’t fit you very well.
Don’t resign yourself to an overcrowded closet or wearing unflattering clothes, though. Whether you’re an expert seamstress or a dud at DIY, or even if you just want to make some extra cash, here are seven easy and creative ways to reuse these clothes.
1. Reuse old t-shirts to make pillows
Our favorite thing about old t-shirts is how soft they are — why not put that to good use by making them into pillows? Just cut off the sleeves, fill them with pillow stuffing, and sew up the bottom. If you aren’t handy with a needle and thread, you can even duct tape the opening for a quick fix. Pillow stuffing is cheap to buy online or at most craft stores, or if you’re trying to get rid of even more t-shirts, you can stuff your t-shirt pillow with more rolled-up t-shirts.Bonus: if pillows aren’t really your thing, consider making a quilt!
Quilts are great for using up old clothes or other fabric. And if all the different squares don’t match, it doesn’t matter! Quilts look better the more diverse they are.
2. Treat your pet to an adorable outfit
Those old jeans may not look cute on you anymore… but there’s no way they wouldn’t be cute on your puppy. If you’re not an ambitious enough at sewing to make dog pants, try something easier: pop a small t-shirt onto a mid- to large-sized dog, or cut up fabric to use for a dog bandana.
3. Turn sleeveless shirts into bags
A tank top becomes a tote bag
Sew the bottom of a tank top together and you have a perfect shopping bag with a little extra personality. Bonus points: save the environment even more by saying no to shopping bags. If you live in a state where they charge for shopping bags, count this a money saver as well!
4. Turn tattered clothes into headbands
Headbands, bandanas, or other hair pieces are a snap to make. Just cut a long strip of fabric or a square out of your favorite shirt or skirt, and you’re ready to go. Whether for going out, running, or just cleaning the house, an extra bandana or headband to keep your hair out of your face can always come in handy.
5. Take tight or short clothes and turn them into a sexy Halloween costume
Is that flannel shirt a little tight? Pair it with some short jorts for a sexy cowgirl look — just because it’s not work appropriate doesn’t mean it’s not perfect for Halloween. Other good costume ideas for too-small clothing include: sexy boy scout or girl scout, sexy teacher, or sexy librarian.
6. Sell them for some extra cash
You’d be surprised — selling your clothes at second-hand clothing stores can add up to a pretty decent pay day. While you’ll often only get a few dollars for each piece, you never know which old items might suddenly be in demand again, or even be considered vintage.
7. Donate them to the needy
Because nothing feels better around the holidays than sharing with those less fortunate, why not give away old clothes to the needy? Goodwill or the Salvation Army have drop off locations all over the country, and it’s a great feeling to know that the clothes that no longer fit you may look just perfect on somebody else.
The manner in which men dress has been common fodder for sitcoms for quite some time now. From Tim Taylor’s “Suit in a Bag” to Barney Stinson’s never-ending “Suit Up” sessions, men are seemingly always coming under fire to making odd fashion choices.
While these faux pas are good for a laugh while watching TV, you never want to be caught on the receiving end of such laughter in the real world. No matter if you’re attending a fancy dinner or simply going to the store for some bread and milk, you should always pay close attention to what you’re wearing, and what it says about you to a passersby.
1. Not Adhering to a Dress Code
This is number one when it comes to men’s fashion faux pas. Dress codes are not a suggestion – they are a requirement. From streetwear to black tie, you should always know exactly how you’re expected to be dressed whenever you leave your home.
You should never take liberties when it comes to a dress code – especially in your workplace. For example, if your office requires smart casual with a tie, you better make sure you have a tie on at all times. You might be tempted to leave it at home every once in a while, but doing so will make others believe that you don’t think you need to follow the rules. It sounds fairly innocuous, but you really don’t want to give your employer any reason to think you’re a rebel.
On the other hand, sometimes dressing too well can make you stand out just as much as dressing down. If your office dress code is business casual and you come in every day wearing a suit and tie, you might come off as a little pretentious. Similarly, if you’re too dressed up when attending a specific occasion, the host may think you have some place better to be after you leave his gettogether.
Either way, if you’re unsure of how to dress for a specific occasion, ask a friend or colleague before you make any assumptions.
2. Wearing Socks With Sandals
Seriously: What’s the point of wearing sandals if you’re going to wear socks under them in the first place?
Apparently, in the past few years, certain celebrities have been trying to make wearing socks with sandals a thing. Thankfully, though, it really hasn’t caught on.
Not only does it simply look ridiculous, but it also makes no sense from a logistical standpoint. You usually wear sandals on the beach or by the pool, right? And you do this because it makes it easier for sand to slip away from the crevices of your footwear, right? So why would you want to complicate the whole process by adding a layer of fabric that will ultimately make you uncomfortable?
If you’re going somewhere in which it’s acceptable to wear sandals, do yourself a favor and leave your socks in the drawer at home.
3. Wearing White Socks With Dress Shoes
Speaking of sock faux pas, if you’re out of high school you probably shouldn’t own too many pairs of white socks in the first place. And you definitely should never wear white socks to any occasion calling for dress shoes. Aside from the fact that white socks simply look out of place when worn with dress shoes, there are many reasons you should go with blue, black, or brown socks when dressing up.
It’s easily noticeable when white socks get dirty. If you scuff your shoe on them, or if they’re soap-stained, people will see it. On the other hand, if you just wore black socks, these minute scuffs and stains would easily have gone under the radar.
White socks are most commonly synonymous with gym socks. Even if they are technically clean, it’s just disrespectful to show up to someone’s wedding or other rather formal affair wearing the same articles of clothing you wear while working out. You wouldn’t wear sweatpants to a similar occasion, would you? Just because your socks aren’t as obvious as the rest of your clothing doesn’t mean you can get away with it.
4. Wearing Clothing That Doesn’t Fit
You might have thought baggy clothing looked cool on you in 9th grade – and you were wrong. You also might have thought that tight-fitting white T-shirt you started wearing after you started working out made you look muscular – and you were wrong.
In both of these cases, you’re sacrificing comfort for what (you think) looks good. Jeans that are too loose are tough to get around in. Sleeves of shirts that are too big can get caught on just about anything. Shirts and pants that are too tight are incredibly restricting. You can’t look all that cool if your clothes are getting in the way of your body’s natural movements.
Wearing clothes that don’t fit might stem from the fact that you hate clothes shopping, so you never try on before you buy, and you never return anything as long as it’s “good enough.” But if you put in a little effort up front into what you wear, you’ll end up being as comfortable as possible each time you put on your new outfit.
We’re a world of shoppers. We like to keep up with the latest trends. But do we ever really think about what damage our shopping habits are having on the planet? Do we ever stop to think how buying that $10 dollar t shirt has affected the person making it? We’ve become accustomed to fast fashion that’s extremely accessible and cheap. But it comes at such a greater cost to others. Think of who made that shirt, how much they were paid, and their working conditions. It’s a subject we simply cannot ignore any longer.
But things are changing. Slowly but surely. There’s a load of amazing fashion brands out there that are upping their game and helping to change the face of fashion. These are the brands that value sustainability, ethics and helping others as their main ethos. Whether it be through sourcing sustainable materials or donating profits to charity, these brands are making changes. So next time you go shopping for a new tee, pair of glasses or even shoes, check out these amazing companies that are giving back:
1. Ivory Ella
Ivory Ella is a fashion brand which donates a portion of their profits to help the elephants. 10% of your purchase goes straight to savetheelephants.org which aids the research, prevention and awareness of the ivory trade. The brand has currently raised over $135,000 dollars, impressive huh! Delivery is currently only available within the U.S but the brand say they will be opening up to international orders soon. I hope so because I’ve got my eye on this cute necklace!
2. ASOS Africa
ASOS are the e-commerce giants of fashion, and home to hundreds of amazing brands. It’s no surprise then that they introduced a line that appeals to those with more ethical values when it comes to their clothing. ASOS has now released eleven collaborations with SOKO, Kenya. Proceeds from the collection help to boost the workforce, which is predominantly women, enabling them to afford schooling for their children. Their latest range is currently on sale!
Selling great quality basics, Elagantees is on a mission to employ 500 women from Nepal to manufacture their clothing. So why Nepal? Sex trafficking is a huge problem there, and thanks to the Nepali Rescue Project, over 20,000 women victims were returned last year. Help to fight the trafficking by supporting this brand and their mission to put a stop to human sex trafficking and get more Nepal women into legitimate work.
This is one that will be on most people’s radar, but also one that is definitely worth mentioning! Toms has pioneered the way as a sustainable, giving brand. Their unique business model works on a ‘one for one’ basis. For every pair of shoes Toms sell, they donate a pair to someone in need. So next time you want a guilt free pair of casual shoes, you know where to head. You can find out more about the brands incredible charity work here.
5. People Tree
Sustainable clothing and fair-trade fashion are what stands at the heart of UK brand People Tree. They aim for their supply chain to be 100% ethical and fair trade. People Tree collaborate with groups such as the Bombolulu workshop which empowers physically disabled people. People Tree also partner with a group in Nepal, which provides jobs for more than 2,500 women. Check out their latest Eco Edit.
6. Miki Moko
Miki Moko is a relatively new fashion glasses brand. They operate with a unique business model where the customer chooses the price they want to pay for their frames. Pretty cool huh? From the chosen price, 50% of that goes straight to charity! Miko Moko currently supports the Nepal Youth Foundation which helps to rescue indentured girls and return them to their families. The brand has loads of fashionable prescription glasses online but these are my personal favourite!
Sevenly is an apparel brand which ‘exists to bring funding and awareness to the world’s greatest causes’ now if that’s not a reason to buy a new tee, what is? Each week Sevenly supports a different cause, and you can even see how much has been raised on the live homepage counter! Check out the brands new arrivals section which is updated regularly.
Known for their amazing collection of bags, FEED was founded in 2007 with the simple idea of creating a brand that could engage in fighting world hunger. Just one of their Feed Kenya Bags can provide 370 school meals for children in Kenya. So far, the brand have provided an outstanding 87,683,710 meals.
9. H&M Conscious Collection
It’s a good sign when the high street notices and adopts the call for sustainable fashion. The H&M conscious collections feature garments used from organic materials which support sustainability. Prices still reflect H&M’s affordable fashion, but without sacrificing the planet. This jumper is a must have for autumn!
For unique Fairtrade jewelry, Made is your answer. Each piece is hand crafted by artisans, dedicated to using environmentally friendly materials. Sustainability is important to Made and they extensively use reclaimed metals. Investing in employees is also extremely important to the brand, they employ over 60 men and women from developing communities in Kenya. They’ve also collaborated with some pretty big names, Tommy Hilfiger, Louis Vuitton and Topshop to name a few. The dainty trio necklace is top of my wish list!
So what are you waiting for? It’s time to get shopping! It’s helping a good cause after all.
Just over a month ago, I ran into a friend at a CES event. While I see this friend around town once in a while, this was the first time I’d seen him in a non-casual setting since Blogworld 4 months earlier. After exchanging the usual pleasantries, he asked me an odd question: “Is this like your conference party outfit?”
Indeed, I was wearing the exact same clothes I’d worn to the event four months earlier. Since he doesn’t usually see me dressed up, it stood out enough for him to remember. But that’s not the real point, here; the real point is that I have few clothes suitable for “adult” gatherings.
I have a suit, of course, for weddings and funerals. (I haven’t had a job interview in 9 years, but if I did, it would be suitable for that, too.) And I have my day-to-day clothes, which aren’t awful but which aren’t anything to brag about, either. Functional casual, basically: jeans and khakis, an assortment of button-front shirts, some cotton sweaters.
As a college professor, there’s not a lot of pressure on me to dress up. If anything, it’s just the opposite. For one thing, I interact regularly with younger people, mostly teenagers (I teach 100-level courses), and being too formal creates a barrier between my students and me. That might be ok in business or law (think John Houseman in Paper Chase) but for my classes and my teaching style, some level of rapport is crucial. For another thing, my fellow professors don’t exactly set the sartorial bar very high – and there’s a certain sense of bohemian “me-against-The-Machine” attitude expressed by violating “corporate” standards of dress.
But mostly I dress the way I do because I’ve never really learned how to dress otherwise. Like a lot of my fellow geeks, fashion just wasn’t on the radar for me. Fortunately I have a brother who has always been very fashion-conscious, and he’d take me in hand every few years when my fashion sense got too out of touch with reason and social acceptability.
Well, my friend’s off-hand comment was a wake-up call for me. I mean, I’m a grown man – I should have more than one pair of slacks and one shirt nice enough to wear to an industry event without embarrassing myself! So I set out to educate myself on some fashion basics – what shoes go with what kind of trousers, how to distinguish various sorts of dress shirts, and so on.
I did what any true-blooded geek does when he or she wants to find out about a new topic: I googled it. But what I found was scattered, often contradictory, and for a newbie like me, downright confusing. A lot of the information out there is tied to specific social contexts: the workplace, the nightclub, and dating, mainly. And a lot of it’s quite vague – the answer to most questions is “it depends on your personal style” which I’m sure it does, but what if you don’t know your personal style yet?!
With some perseverance, a few trips to department stores, and the help of friends on Twitter, I managed to assemble the following rules. As with all rules, they’re meant to be broken – but only by people who know how to break them. For the rest of us, this is a pretty good primer on basic men’s fashion.
1. You eventually want to own three suits. Your first suit should be either navy blue or gray, possibly with a light chalk stripe (like a pinstripe, but softer), and in an all-season, medium weight. Either of these colors will fit into most social settings. Your second suit should be the one you didn’t get the first time around. Your third should be black – not for funerals, but for black tie affairs. If you work in a field where suits are the norm, you’ll probably want more than three; once you’ve covered the basics, you can move on to more distinctive suits (pinstripes, different weights, unconventional colors, etc.).
2. Suits are made of wool or cotton. Higher thread counts signify higher quality, but are ironically not as durable, so stick with something mid-range. Ask the salesperson to help you with this. (Yes, ask the salesperson. Suits are not self-serve.) Synthetic fibers need not apply.
3. You never button the bottom button. Apparently, Edward VII got fat and couldn’t button his vest over his belly, so now nobody does. On a three-button jacket, you button the middle; the top button is optional. If you have a jacket with 4 or more button, you obviously know what you’re doing already.
4. A gentleman carries a handkerchief in his front breast pocket. You don’t have to get fancy, just fold it square to fit and have 1/4” to 1/2” sticking out the top. Then proffer it as needed. And wash it after.
1. Don’t wear your sleeves too short or too long. 1/4” to 1/2” of cuff should show beyond your jacket sleeve.
2. Shirts with button-down collars are not dress shirts. They’re sports shirts, so wear them with a sports coat. Polo players used to button their collars down so they wouldn’t flap up in their face while they played. (Are you beginning to sense a theme here? Fashion rules are largely dictated by what English gentleman and nobility did generations or even centuries ago. Sports coats? You wore them during sport, i.e. hunting. Regimental stripes on ties? They indicated your regiment in the British military. And so on.)
3. If you unbutton your collar, remove your tie. You can wear a suit or sports coat without a tie – just ask Obama – but wearing a tie with an unbuttoned shirt looks sloppy.
4. You can unbutton the top button always (provided you’re not wearing a tie), the second button usually, the third button only on disco night at the Rollerama.
15 Must-Have Items For Men To Look Fresh And Professional
1. Wear your pants at your natural waist. Too high and you look like Grampa, too low and you look like a high school kid. Your waistband should sit 2-3 inches below your belly button.
2. Pants should almost touch the ground without your shoes on. Jeans can be a little longer, since they shrink a bit when you wash them.
3. One pleat, maximum. If you’re a big guy, like I am, you learned somewhere along the line that pleats are slimming. They’re not. At best, they look like you’re a big guy trying to look slimmer; at worst, they actually make you look heavier because they pull out across you, broadening your appearance. In any case, the job of a pleat is to maintain that crease sown the front of your pants. For pants without that crease (and many with it), pleats are unnecessary; for pants that need the pleat, they only need one.
4. 1” to 1 1/2” cuffs. Or not. There’s nothing wrong with cuffs, there’s nothing wrong with no cuffs. They are understood, however, to be an older man’s style – not in a bad way, think sophisticated, experienced, distinguished, and conservative. For younger men, a cleaner line is generally preferred.
5. A useful piece of trivia for the American abroad: in British English, “pants” are underwear. So if, for instance, you are in London and get invited out and maybe your trousers are dirty from work, don’t say “I’d love to go out, I just need to go home and change my pants first.” And if someone should ask, “Why, are your pants dirty?”, don’t say, “Yeah, I always get my pants dirty at work.” You will be laughed at. Er, I assume.
1. Pay attention to your shoes. Everyone else does. It’s hard for the non-fashion-maven to tell a more expensive suit from a less expensive one, a high-quality shirt from a medium-quality one, and so on. But everyone can tell cheap or poorly cared-for shoes. Buy the best ones you can afford, and take care of them. Polish them regularly (a few swipes with a wax-infused polishing cloth is often all it takes) and store them covered if you won’t be wearing them for a long time. Shoe trees, it turns out, are important: they not only hold the shape of the shoe but the cedar ones absorb moisture (and thus odors) which helps preserve the leather. (Aside: women tend to pay a lot of attention to men’s shoes. Keep that in mind when a) dating, and b) interviewing for a job.)
2. Shoes are made of leather (besides sneakers). Anything not made of leather you can consider a non-shoe. Leather breathes and adapts to the shape of your foot. The soles don’t have to be leather, but the uppers do. (True story: as a young man, my brother was a car salesman here in Vegas. In the summer, the tarmac could get well over 150 degrees F. Standing out there with leather-soled shoes could give you second-degree burns! So they wore rubber soles, which melted after a month or two and had to be replaced.)
3. You need more than one pair of shoes, but not too much more. Black oxfords (lace-up dress shoes), black loafers (slip-on shoes), brown oxfords or loafers, and you’re set (not counting your athletic shoes, of course). A pair of ankle-high boots in black or brown can substitute for the loafers. Ox-blood (burgundy) shoes are harder to find but in theory go with everything. You can pretty safely ignore white shoes.
4. The shinier the shoe, the dressier. Matte-finish shoes – nubuck (that pebbly leather), suede, and distressed leather shoes are automatically compatible with jeans or khakis; shinier shoes might still go with jeans but it depends on the rest of your outfit, the dressier you are the shinier your shoes can be. If you can wear them with a suit, you probably can’t wear them with jeans, and vice versa.
5. Shoes should be the same tone or darker than your pants. This is all the rule you need to know when trying to figure out what shoes to wear. This is why you never wear brown shoes with black trousers, but you can usually wear black shoes with brown trousers. When in doubt, wear black.
The most basic and most worn piece of clothing in a man’s wardrobe is surely a pair of blue denim jeans. Its popularity is because of its comfort, style and colour. The number of outfits that can be worn with a pair of jeans is infinite, which is why it is also the most versatile piece in the wardrobe too.
A pair of denim jeans can be worn in so many different ways that most outfits are incomplete without it. Whenever you run out of options, a pair of denims is the only thing you can fall back on and it will never fail to impress. Having said a lot about the popularity of blue jeans, it is only right that we tell you how it is a must-have for most outfits.
Top Outfits That Are Incomplete With A Pair Of Denim Jeans
1. Plain White T-shirt + Blue Denim Jeans + White Sneakers
2. Green Half-Sleeved Henley + Blue Denim Jeans + White Sneakers
3. Black Polo T-shirt + Blue Denim Jeans + Brown Formal Shoes
4. Navy Blue Henley T-shirt + Blue Denim Jeans + White Sneakers
5. Grey T-shirt + Waistcoat + Blue Denim Jeans + Burgundy Formal Shoes
6. Plain White T-shirt + Checked Shirt + Blue Denim Jeans + White Sneakers
7. Plain White T-shirt + Black Bomber Jacket + Blue Denim Jeans + Brown Boots
8. Plain White T-shirt + Denim Jacket + Blue Denim Jeans + Red Sneakers
9. Grey T-shirt + Black Leather Jacket + Blue Denim Jeans + White Sneakers
10. Checked Half-Sleeved Shirt + Blue Denim Jeans + Brown Formal Shoes
11. Blue Denim Shirt + Blue Denim Jeans + Brown Formal Shoes
12. Printed Shirt + Blue Denim Jeans + Brown Sneakers
13. Checked Blue Shirt + Tie + Blue Denim Jeans + Burgundy Formal Shoes
14. Plain Sky Blue Shirt + Tie + Blue Denim Jeans + Brown Formal Shoes
15. White Shirt + Brown Checked Blazer + Blue Denim Jeans + Brown Formal Shoes
16. Black T-shirt + Blue Blazer + Blue Denim Jeans + White Sneakers
The summer season is slowly coming to an end. However, that doesn’t mean you should store your warm-weather essentials just yet—some of your favorite staples can seamlessly transition from summer to fall. To that end, we picked out three of our favorite pieces from the closing season—the slip dress, T-shirt, and printed skirt—and asked Jodi Arnold, Eloquii’s creative director, to share her expert tips on what we should buy for fall to mix with these lightweight faves.
1. ADD ANOTHER LAYER TO YOUR SLIP DRESS
We love the stark contrast of a lightweight slip dress paired with a warm separate. Arnold suggests layering a fine gauge turtleneck under your dress. For an alternative look, layer the sweater over the dress for a sweater-and-skirt look.
2. TOUGHEN UP YOUR T-SHIRT
A T-shirt is a classic that will forever be a year-round staple. The possibilities are endless but for a perfect fall look, Arnold suggests mixing the casual with the luxe. “Try knotting the tee at the waist and drape a cropped moto jacket over your shoulders,” she says. “Pair with a skirt that either hits at or just below the knee.”
3. ADD TEXTURE TO A PRINTED SKIRT
Whether your summer print of choice is a gorgeous floral or bold stripes, you can count on a crewneck sweater to ground the airy piece. “Taking a skirt into fall is a breeze when paired with a fisherman sweater,” Arnold says. Tuck it in or wear it out and belt it at the waist. This sweater in particular comes in more than 10 shades and can pair nicely with the busiest of motifs.
Nothing to wear to work? Never again. To create the perfect 9-to-5 wardrobe, we assumed the role of sartorial scientists and grouped all workwear essentials by category before setting out to figure out exactly how much real estate they should take up in your closet. Behold, a percent-by-percent breakdown of everything you need. We suggest investing in a healthy balance of office-friendly staples and building that up with layering pieces and style statements, so that you’ll get out the door in minimal time with maximum polish. Study up on each category and scroll through to shop out your dream work wardrobe.
20% OF YOUR WORK WARDROBE: STYLE STATEMENTS
Dressing for a job doesn’t mean you have to leave your fashion savvy at home. Your outfit is an integral part of your professional brand, and mixing in a few personality-packed pieces not only will make you feel more like yourself but also can make a distinct impression. The trick is to strike a balance that says you’re uniquely chic but doesn’t provoke side-eye from your boss. Classics with a twist never fail—think a new silhouette in the form of an asymmetric skirt, or a classic blazer made a bit less conservative with an updated floral print.
40% OF YOUR WORK WARDROBE: BUSINESS BASICS
There’s truth to the saying, “Dress for the job you want,” and nothing looks more put-together than smart pieces that fit you like a glove. You don’t have to spend a fortune, either—just seek out solid dark-hued items in breathable fabrics that don’t wrinkle easily (test them out by sitting down in the dressing room for a few minutes, then stand up to check for any crazy creasing). The most important thing is that you take pretty much all of your off-the-rack finds to a good tailor who can transform them into custom-crafted treasures.
25% OF YOUR WORK WARDROBE: LAYERING PIECES
These are the building blocks of your wardrobe—the background players that work overtime so you can mix and match separates with ease on hectic mornings. The goal is versatility: Shopping for them shouldn’t feel exciting but more like the retail equivalent of opting for a salad instead of fries. Stick to simple shapes and colors with very little print, and buy across all seasons. That means stocking up on everything from cozy sweaters to lightweight tees. And if you find a piece that fits you perfectly, don’t hesitate to snap up three.
10% OF YOUR WORK WARDROBE: COCKTAIL ATTIRE
Sometimes your 9-to-5 wear just won’t cut it for client dinners or office parties. Pick up a few items that put an elegant twist on your everyday uniform, such as satiny, pajama-y black pants or a silk top to wear under a blazer. Statement heels also pack a punch, along with delicate (yet impactful) sculptural earrings. When you really need to go for it, bring a knock-’em- dead dress and change in the bathroom.
5% OF YOUR WORK WARDROBE: OUTERWEAR
Common pitfall: You put together a bulletproof ensemble only to ruin it by layering a puffer jacket or schlumpy coat on top. Save yourself from this fate by investing in a long number to wear with suits and a sophisticated camel wrap style to cinch over skirts. And if you don’t own a trench already, get on it. It does wonders to compensate for frizzy hair and a grumpy attitude during a downpour.
Let’s just get this out of the way: Yes, Pretty Woman featured Julia Roberts working the corners of Hollywood Boulevard in a pair over-the-knee boots with a skintight cut-out dress and, no, we don’t endorse trying the same ensemble beyond Halloween. But after logging several, infinitely more respectable years on the runway and street style scene, the thigh high design has clearly redeemed itself. Where pre-Rodeo Drive makeover Vivian gave you one bad way to wear it, fashion can offer up dozens of chic and sophisticated alternatives.
Our favorite option of the moment? Teaming super tall footwear with skirts of all lengths (even short ones—more on that below!) in lieu of tights, especially when the two pieces contrast in an interesting way. Think of a lace and embroidery-clad Cara Delevingne on her Suicide Squad tour, her famously long stems encased in black suede, or Selena Gomez in March of 2015, who updated the old school denim mini by swathing two thirds or her legs in stretchy black fabric. Now it’s your turn to get in on the action! Scroll down for 6 skirt and over-the-knee boot formulas that feel so right now.
1. H&M SKIRT & SCHUTZ BOOTS
Making this combo work for the office is all about the right balance of full coverage and conservative elements: menswearish fabric, blocky heels, bottoms that pass the fingertip test. Patent finishes and pointy toes need not apply.
2. TOPSHOP SKIRT & YEEZY SEASON 2 BOOTS
Don’t let the prim-and-proper shape and girlish color fool you! Teamed with a leggy silhouette and rugged shade of forest, a blush mini has plenty of swagger.
3. BALENCIAGA SKIRT & SAM EDELMAN BOOTS
Anchoring an abbreviated hemline with rough-and-tumble details—rounded toes, lug soles, and matte leather are all good things to look for—let it feel more streetwise than sultry. (Editor Tip: This under-$70 mini from Zara is a less expensive, but equally awesome, way to finish this look.)
4. ZARA SKIRT & KENNETH COLE BOOTS
As spring’s ’70s-inspired craze continues straight into fall, take advantage by combining thigh-skimming footwear in tan suede—for a splurgier option, Saint Laurent just came out with this fantastic pair—with a retro-chic pleated midi.
5. JACQUEMUS SKIRT & ZARA BOOTS
Repeat after us: the frillier the skirt, the sleeker the boot. And if the fit hits extra high on your leg, aim for an asymmetrical finish or side slit to show the additional length off. (This Vince Camuto design would be a great way to go.)
6. ISABEL MARANT SKIRT & STUART WEITZMAN BOOTS
A brilliant way to take this trend into the weekend: with snuggly sweater textures and flat, window shopping-friendly soles.