Ever had a day when you absolutely LOVED your outfit? Today was that day for me! As I’m going through life (developing my professional resume, dating, etc.) I’m realizing just how important it is to look presentable.
Your outfit says a lot about you. Especially in the professional space, how you dress and carry yourself will determine what opportunities are presented to you … and which ones aren’t. I’m fortunate enough to work at a job where I can take certain fashion liberties. It’s not required of me to wear just blues, blacks, and grays. I’m stretching such freedom as far as I can.
I’ll be real… I’m not fashionable. I don’t follow trends or insist on buying name brands. I work too hard for my money to give it all to Marc Jacobs.
But I am stylish. I know what works for me. I know what colors I love blending together, and I know the looks I fit me. And I know how much is in my bank account. I work with my budget, not against it.
As the standards for “professional” continue to transform, I’m crafting my style to merge into millennial corporate culture. Vivid colors against basic backdrops. A little snark here, a little spunk there. But classy, altogether.
Take a look.
Very rarely do I match. I always blend. I go with tones that merge well together without exactly “fitting.” And I always cool it down with a basic backdrop. Gold, yellow, red, and teal don’t match, but with a black base, they merge together. My sheer charcoal tights further cool down the outfit, while still throwing in a splash of chaos.
My shoes are particularly spunky. I got them from Heart & Sole for $60. When I brought them, I had no clue how I’d wear them. I’m proud to say that this combo came together at 6am while I was running late for work with a cup of coffee tight in hand.
My red and gold necklace was purchased from a darling street vendor in Brooklyn. I’m forever thankful for the $10 discount he gave me. Yellow and gold don’t match, but they merge well forming a subtle yet solid backdrop for the red. The red in my necklace then brings out the red in my shoes.
I didn’t bother to play up the teal. It’s not a color I like, so I didn’t want it to be the center of my outfit. It’s a quick pop that invites impressions without stealing the show.
I’ll continue posting some of my favorite style outfits. It’s important for women, especially women of color, to know how to work the millennial corporate space.