Stepping out of your comfort zone with your wardrobe

How many of us can describe our personal style of dress in less than five minutes? While it might be a mix of fit, colors, length, and possibly a few designers; we all can pretty much define our personal style in a quick conversation. However, have you taken a closer look at your wardrobe to realize that the majority of your closet is a) predominantly of one shade of color, or b) there is not much variety in the styles or patterns? We tend to be creatures of habit and while there is nothing wrong with that, sometimes it’s good to step out just a tad out of your comfort zone and experiment a bit with different styles. Fashion is ever changing but your style is unique and you should be able to learn how to incorporate various pieces into your wardrobe and make it fit. No matter your style, here are three tips on how to step out of your comfort zone:

  1. Add color: let’s face it, our closet is mostly full of clothes in our favorite color and various shades of said color! Next time you’re shopping, conscientiously pick a color that is opposite to those that you tend to gravitate towards. If you tend to wear dark colors, start by picking a white article of clothing or a pastel one and slowly move towards something brighter over time. Rome was not built in a day, and neither will your acceptance of bright colors. At first, it will be best to try to simply pair a dark color with a lighter one until you feel comfortable with lighter tones.
  2. Experiment with fabrics: curious about the leather look but unsure that you want to wear a pair of leather pants? Try a pair of pants with leather trim! Find an article of clothing that incorporates an edgier fabric without being too out of your comfort zone. Whether it is lace, leather, or crinoline, just be sure to keep the rest of your outfit simple so that the statement piece stands out best.
  3. Accessorize: the best part of accessories is that most of the time they are less expensive (unless your statement is diamonds), and are even easier to incorporate in your outfit. Accessories are also an economical way to keep up with the trends. Remember when neon colors and leopard prints were the rave? Imagine if you had flooded your closet with tons of pieces from that trend? However, if you purchased a neon pink belt, you’re still able to pair it with a cute outfit without looking “fashionably outdated”.

Overall, the goal should be for you to continually find ways to keep your wardrobe looking stylish and trendy all the while taking risks and stepping out of your comfort zone. It’s nice to occasionally take part of a trend without compromising your personal style. In the end, you want to be comfortable in whatever outfit you pick, and knowing how to properly include a few of the latest fashion trends into your wardrobe is key to establishing your own style.

Have fun!


Summer Fashion Favorites

Summer is in full mode and if you live in a southern state like I do, you are now dealing with 85 degrees at 9am! Being from the Caribbean, it is naturally my favorite season and over the years, I’ve gotten the list of summer must have fashion items down to a science! While we all know that in the summer, the main idea is to have a closet that is “heat ready”, some of the items on the list below might surprise some of you!
– Sunglasses: especially if you are constantly outdoors, you will soon realize that a pair of sunglasses will no longer serve as a fashion statement but rather is a necessity. They will help shield your eyes from the bright rays of the sun and facilitate vision when walking towards it.
– SPF lotion: no, it’s not only for beach days! If you are going to be outdoors, you definitely will want to protect your skin. One should always be using SPF lotion throughout the year but in the summer time, we tend to be outdoors a little more as we travel and vacation, so be sure to put on the extra protection.
– Hair tie: if your hair reaches your neck, then you definitely will need a hair tie. You can quickly remove the hair from your face, neck and back when the heat starts to really strike midday. And if you are like me and your hair is sensitive to humidity, then you already know that leaving your house without a hair tie (year round lol) is a no no. I try to keep one in every purse along with some hair pins but if you find this to be too tedious, try keeping a couple in your glove compartment in your car or in a drawer at your desk in the office for easy access.
– Shorts: probably the biggest indicator for the warm months (if you live outside of Florida), shorts are a definite must for the summer. My suggestion to facilitate your summer wardrobe is to have the following three colors: neutral, denim, dark and you will be all set! To make sure that you have even more of a variety in your wardrobe options, be sure to select three different styles and length.
– Tank tops: can’t have shorts without the summer tanks! Lighter colors while they may be easier to get soiled, they help keep your temperature cooler. They are probably the easiest investment for the season (aside from flip flops) as there will be constant deals throughout the summer at retailers such as Old Navy, Target, Forever XXI to name a few.
– Comfortable flats: we tend to walk a lot more in the summer as most of us tend to go on vacation and travel. A pair of comfortable flats will come in handy. Be sure to select a neutral color so that you might match them with most of your wardrobe.
Overall, the idea is to be sure that you are comfortable as summer usually equals vacation for most of us. You want to be adequately prepared to face the heat and comfortable to explore any new destinations that you might decide to discover this summer!


Undergarments Please!

Have you ever seen a beautiful outfit on someone and was totally distracted from the outfit because the person was wearing the wrong type of undergarment with it? I have seen this type of infraction so many times that it’s pretty much the norm and I am no longer surprised. However, this will never make the sight attractive and for this reason, I’d like to share some basic tips about some of the biggest wardrobe faux pas that have unfortunately become too common:
– Bra: your bra is your best friend ladies! It helps your breasts defy gravity by providing support. Wearing the wrong bra with your outfit will prevent you from looking your very best. Here is one major suggestion that every woman should do: have a professional measure your chest so you can have your true size! This will make a major difference when you wear your clothes. Some women go their whole adult lives wearing ill fitted bras and as a result their breasts continually want to pop out of the top and when wearing a form fitted shirt you see a clear indentation separating their breasts. This does not make for a pretty sight, so ladies, on your next trip to the mall, stop by the underwear store of your choice and ask for a professional to measure you. Specialty stores such as Victoria Secret and Soma Intimates will not only provide you with your measurements but they will give it to you in writing along with all of the models that come in your size. This is a free service and you are not obligated to make purchase if you are not inclined to.
– Bra Straps: if you are wearing an outfit that has a racer back or is a halter top, please be conscious and make the effort to wear the appropriate bra with the outfit. Whether it is a strapless bra or a racer back bra, please do the necessary so that every person passing you does not need to know that you are fond of your new cheetah print bra! If you are unable to afford these specialty bras, you can invest in some bra clips and easily convert a traditional bra into a racer back bra. For a sleeveless outfit, if you are comfortable with going without a bra and simply use pasties to conceal your privacy, then by all means do so!
– Underwear: this has become the worst offense out of all undergarment offenses! Whether it is the sight of underwear mark under a spandex outfit, or the clear sight of the prints of underwear under a light colored attire, this infraction is not only very distracting but it also lowers the value of your attire. Be sure to carefully select your underwear when preparing your outfits and always stock the following types of underwear: seamless, dark colored, and flesh colored. If you are comfortable with thongs, I would also suggest the same types as well in thongs.
Ladies, we invest too much time (and money sometimes) in our outfits to let the look be ruined by wearing the wrong undergarments. In my opinion, having the right undergarments that fit properly already is half of the final look! And finally, my advice is to ALWAYS look at yourself in the mirror prior to leaving your house and try your best to catch any faux pas.


Dressing Appropriately for the Office

Do you stress about planning your outfit for the office? Are you tempted like me to simply create your own uniform so that selecting your work clothes is no longer a daily task of remembering what you wore the past few days and also making sure that whatever it is you choose is appropriate? Here are a few key items that I have found very important over the years that have helped me ensure that my work attire never becomes a human resources issue:
Fit of your clothes – make sure that your clothes fit comfortably. Comfortably means that you did not have to squeeze yourself into them and that the closure (zipper or buttons) can easily complete its function of CLOSING the outfit and it does not stop half way! Your buttoned down shirts should not have any gaps showing after you’ve buttoned your shirt. If your bra and/or skin is visible through the gaps, or you are required to wear a tank top under the shirt, it’s time to go a size up! And if the shirt properly fits but there is too much space in between the buttons, you should invest in some double sided tape strips to use when wearing this shirt if you are truly attached to it.
Length of your clothes – this does not only apply to ladies and it’s not only for the obvious pieces of clothing! Gentlemen, your tie (if you wear one) should always meet with your belt without passing it. The tie should not stop at your navel and it should not reach your zipper either. Pants, for men should cover your socks and those are to be seen only when you sit or cross your legs and a glimpse should appear. Ladies, long pants should reach the top to the middle of the heel of your shoes so that they do not create a hazard as you walk but your shoes are adequately covered. Dresses and skirts are to fall right above your knees at best. If they are up to 4 fingers above your knee, I strongly recommend that you wear a pair of tights (if weather permits) to avoid being a distraction in the office or opt out of the option altogether. While it is ok to opt for a sleeveless top or dress for work, straps are never ok to wear in a professional setting and a sleeveless outfit should have a band that is at least three inches wide and allows you to wear proper undergarments. If the width of the band over your shoulder is less than three inches, I strongly suggest that you wear a cardigan or a jacket over the dress or top and keep it on while roaming around the office and for meetings.
Style of clothing – sometimes, just because all of the previous conditions are met, does not mean that the outfit is work appropriate. The following should NEVER be worn to in an office setting: beach dresses, maxi dresses, tops or bottoms with logos, workout outfits including track suits, yoga pants, and sneakers.
Accessories – while accessories help elevate one’s outfit, they should never be so present that they become the focus of your outfit in a work setting (unless it is simply a nice accessory that is out of the ordinary). You should keep your accessories to a minimum and please leave the matching of your purse, shoes, and accessories for your Saturday night outings.
Hairstyles – some of us consider our hair to be an extension of our outfit and it is understandable to want your hairstyle to match your outfit however, please keep in mind that your hairdo for the wedding you attended on Saturday is most likely not appropriate for the office on Monday if it added a few inches to your height. Be sure to keep your hair groomed and clean and be mindful of your colleagues when using treatments in your hair.
Overall, I’ve come to live to this rule that I was told by a member of HR close to ten years ago “If you would not feel comfortable wearing it to your grandmother’s house, you should not wear it to the office”.
I hope these guidelines will help you the next time you are looking for your next outfit for the office. For some tips on great ideas of outfits for the office, follow me on Pinterest by clicking on the widget on my site or simply going on this link:
Have fun!

Staple pieces your career wardrobe

Whether you have a walking closet that rivals the celebrities or you are right out of college and are on a budget, there are staple items that the career glam girl’s wardrobe needs. From a job interview to an office presentation, these items are necessary for the glam girl to make her mark on the world.
1) Black pumps – these are to be a good pair of leather black pumps with a comfortable heel and no platform. These shoes are your formal wear shoes whether you are heading to job interview or to a formal work event, you can’t go wrong with these.
2) Pencil skirt – this skirt of a modest length (just above the knee), made out of quality material is a go to skirt just like the pumps for any formal event. To make it easy to pair, keep the color of this skirt dark and neutral such as grey, black, or navy.
3) White blouse – another quick go to item for any formal event, be sure to get a good quality so that the fabric does not deteriorate.
4) Cardigan – a quality cardigan of a solid color that can easily be thrown over camisoles and create a professional look.
5) Camisoles – these affordable items paired with different bottoms and with a cardigan or blazer over create a very polished and professional look.
6) Blazer – last minute meeting? No problem, you thrown on a neutral colored blazer over your top or dress and you instantly create a more business appropriate outfit. Be sure to get a well tailored blazer with an open collar.
I hope that these items will help you create a flexible wardrobe that is both glam and professional.