ways to wear: color at work
Color was big in 2011. And the fashion editors are saying color will continue to be big into the spring. Since they’ll be around for a while, let’s figure out a way to put those brights to work at the office.
I own a lot of orange-red because I find the color very easy to match with other colors, and you get a lot of bang for the buck in terms of drama. I focused on that color in this post, but any of these looks would work well with other brights that might be sitting in your closet. If you’re shopping for some color, try cobalt, mustard, or fuschia–all versatile brights that pair well with neutrals.
Nice ‘n Easy
I’m a lawyer, but I’m a plaintiffs’ lawyer, and plaintiffs’ lawyers generally don’t like to look like we spend too much money on our clothing, or that we think about clothing at all. So I can get away with more casual looks at the office. The outfit below comes in handy when I’m bloated and/or can’t bear the thought of heels.
J. Crew sells a merino version of the boyfriend sweater above but it retails for almost $90. I bought the sweater at Forever 21 in three colors for less than $50 total. “But they’re polyester, Yoona.” For $50, I don’t care if they’re made of plastic ketchup bottles. And let me just say this: if anyone at work is standing close enough to you that they can tell that your sweater is made of polyester, that’s not right. Just my legal opinion.
My husband generally doesn’t notice my clothing, unless it looks new or expensive. But he notices every time I wear a pencil skirt, so I try to throw him a bone and wear one from time to time. This one is my favorite. J. Crew is making pencil skirts in all sorts of colors, in wool and “double serge” cotton, which is apparently fashion-speak for “hideously overpriced.” If you want proof that J. Crew never changes their clothes, please note that the skirt below was purchased four years ago. There’s something comforting in that, I guess.
I imagine if you’re one of those lucky SOBs who have a creative job, or even better, if you’re your own boss, you could dress like this even when it’s not Friday. For the rest of us, the colored jeans probably have to wait for casual days. But boy, given my investment in colored jeans, I spend a lot of time trying to figure out how to dress them up and disguise them for work.
A note on the jeans. First of all, they were on sale at Nordstrom for $99.90 but all I paid was $20 after cashing in a Nordstrom note and a gift card. I imagine that’s not that interesting to you, but I feel like I should get a shopping medal. Secondly, I’m a J Brand girl, but these AGs are something else. They are made of a thicker denim that holds like a dream. I’ve worn them for four consecutive days and the knees haven’t bagged out. That’s like, unheard of. And I love the color, which is a deep green-blue. The perfect foil for orange-red!
How are you wearing brights at work?