Closet Makeover on a Budget

By Jamie Taylor

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How many images of beautiful closet arrangements are on your Pinterest board?

I probably have dozens and always wished to have a dream closet of my own, but I never actually put the pins to use. I wanted to organize my closet, but do it on a budget! Closet organizers from IKEA, California Closets and other furniture stores are amazing, but too expensive, so I took matters into my own hands (with some help from my hubby, of course!).

I found closet racks from Home Depot, which were very sturdy and definitely worth the investment. I also had my mom help me go through my clothes and I, must say, “the cleansing process” took a long time. My rule was, if I had not worn it in a year, then off to donation basket it goes. This helped me create more space for new clothing! :)…Read More
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The Real September Issue

By Courtney Parker

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It’s that time of the year again—the September issues of all of the greatest magazines have finally hit the shelves. New York Fashion Week is just around the corner and it’s signaling that fall is almost within reach. It’s time for cooler weather, for the leaves to start changing color, and for you to shift your work wardrobe into the autumn season.
Just because the seasons are changing, it doesn’t mean that you have to leave absolutely all traces of your summer wardrobe behind. Pencil skirts play a pivotal role in every working woman’s wardrobe and they seamlessly transition from season to season creating a feminine and flattering silhouette. Pairing them with a menswear-inspired top to balance out the tone of your ensemble. Also, don’t put away those floral patterns you’ve enjoyed all summer just yet. Incorporate some floral pieces in darker hues, like burgundies, dark blues and deep purples to match the new season.

Tights and stockings are a must-have accessory for the impending autumn weather. They will aid in turning the wrap dresses, sheath dresses, and skirts you have been flaunting all summer into ensembles that will continue to work for you as the temperatures start to drop. Scarves are going to be another go-to accessory for this season given that they’re stylish, available in a multitude of colors and patterns, and warm enough to offset the slightly cooler weather of the season…Read More

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5 Items that Add Baggage to your Closet

By Molly Tullis

…and what to replace them with! Let’s face it, all of our closets get cluttered, especially if you aren’t in the regular habit of cleaning out clothes. The general rule in fashion when you do your spring-cleaning is that, if you haven’t worn it in a year, it goes! Some small exceptions can be made, such as formal wear that may not come out once a year, but stick to the rule strictly.
After recently spending a few months abroad, my suitcase was actually lighter when I came back. How? If I hadn’t worn it more than once while on the trip, I pitched it. Here’s the top five things you really should look into donating or throwing
away!1. Formal wear that won’t be reused. I’m talking about prom dresses, bridesmaid dresses, and theme party events that called for a specific dress or look. Let’s face it, you aren’t Katherine Heigl in 27 Dresses, who will “tailor it and wear it again!” Cut down on the clutter in your closet by getting rid of these. You can even donate your old prom or formal dresses to an amazing charity.

What to Buy Instead: Invest in a high-quality, staple formal piece! For most of you, this is going to be something like an LBD.

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2. Anything you wore in high-school. You aren’t the same person that you were in high-school. In my case, I’m really thankful for that! Anything that you wore back then probably isn’t even trendy anymore. I know that everything comes back into style, but some trends, I can guarantee, aren’t going to come back (Scrunchies?). If they do, you’ll be better off buying a better fitting, fresher version of the trend.What to Buy Instead: Get a new trend-savvy piece! Ponchos have been huge for fall recently, like the one in Burberry’s AW14 campaign. Get one as summer winds down…Read More

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3 Ways to Wear Chambray

By Adri Cisneros

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We hear time and time again of those must-have wardrobe pieces that can get you through any day and when it comes to your work wardrobe you definitely want to make sure you have pieces that will make getting dressed easier. That’s exactly why a chambray shirt is an essential. It certainly works for the weekends, as well, but it looks just as professional when styled with tailored blazers, trousers, and skirts. Depending on your dress code, you should just keep in mind, which way to style it for your office. The main starting point is picking the wash of the chambray-darker is more formal and lighter is more casual. With this in mind, here are three ways to style a chambray shirt.

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1. Keep it simple

Turn to a favorite bottom like a great skirt and tuck in the chambray shirt for a polished look. Adding some great accessories is what brings a great finish to your work look…Read More

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Evolving Interview Attire

By Brittany Michele

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First impressions are everything, especially when it comes to interviewing for a new job. Years ago, planning your outfit for an interview was pretty standard and simple. Women opted for a suit, whether it was a skirt or a pant suit. It most likely was in the color black, gray or navy, and there was definitely nothing fun or fashionable going on when planning this look. To accessorize your suit, women would throw on ordinary black pumps and call it a day. Interviewing attire was simply mundane and boring; until now.

Currently, women can take more risks when they dress for interviews. It is not to say that you should sport mixed prints, crop tops or fringe, but it is possible to show off your fashionable side during the interview process. After all, you want to make a proper and lasting impression on your potential new employer.

Patterns and Prints

If you are going to wear prints, make sure you balance that statement piece with something quieter. For instance, wear a printed blouse tucked into a black pencil skirt with nude pumps. If you are going to wear a printed or patterned skirt, wear a neutral colored blouse to top off the look. You can add a pop of interest to your outfit and still be interview-appropriate…Read More

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Summer to Autumn Work Dress

By Mana Smith

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Summer is coming to a close. The stores are full of fall fashion and, in some places, the weather feels like Mother Nature is really anxious for her first Pumpkin Spice Latte of the year. You begin wistfully packing away all your summer clothing, BUT you should probably keep that dress out. You know, the one, you look amazing in and don’t really want to pack away. Well lucky for you, I can show you three ways to wear it for Autumn without looking like you’ve lost your mind or forgot to check the weather.

The first step is tights. Get a good pair of super dark ones. HUE, DKNY or American Apparel all have great opaque options.

Then, if your work allows it or has regular casual Fridays, wear your favorite Chambray under your dress and pair it with some really cute Loafers. Roll the sleeves up and slip on a simple bracelet and you have a complete work and weather appropriate outfit.

If your work is more formal, you can go for the obvious option and pair it with a Blazer. I adore the Boy Blazers from J.Crew. To make it a little less obvious, throw on some leather Chelsea Boots and you are ready. Finish the outfit with some dainty stud earrings…Read More

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Transitioning Your Work Wardrobe

By Alecia Smith

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We’ve been talking a lot about Fall and transitioning your wardrobe for the cooler weather, but the main question for most of us still remains: how do we transition ourwork wardrobe? You’ve seen the articles about what trends are going to be popular for Fall – shades of grey, deep reds, tweed, athletic wear, wide leg pants, leather, etc. But how do you wear these trends to work and remain work appropriate? Well, the great thing about these Fall trends is that you can wear almost every single one to the office. Less skin means more ways to make the trend office appropriate. Here are a few ideas on how you can style Fall trends into your office wear!


1. Buy a deep red pencil skirt or wide-leg pair of pants.  This is an amazing way to incorporate the deep rich colors of fall into our work wardrobe. You can never go wrong with a pencil skirt in the office and by wearing a deep red pair of wide-leg pants, you get to show off two Fall trends in one!  Pair either of these with a white button up or silk blouse and you will be one of the most stylish employees in your office!

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2. Leather is going to be a big trend this Fall and Winter. A great way to incorporate this into your work wardrobe in a less obvious manner than a leather jacket is to wear a leather skirt! Pair this with a fabulous blouse and you will be Fall trend perfection!

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Throw and Go

By Maria Kang

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Are you always in a rush? Consistently stumped on what to wear all the time? These easy “throw & go” pieces are what every woman “on the go” needs to look fashionable while saving time and effort.

1. Jumpsuits

Jumpsuits are back and they are a key item this summer and for the upcoming Fall. Jumpsuits are great when you don’t know what to wear (especially when you’re in a rush) since you can just slip them on and voila!
When buying a jumpsuit or a romper, consider one in black that’s structured and dressy, something that is versatile and you can wear to work or on a night out.

2. Shift Dress

Shift dresses are another great easy piece that can be worn to the office or out on the town. The fact that they are a boxier/looser fit, makes them very easy to just throw on and go. This type of cut draws attention away from the tummy and it’s flattering on most body types.

3. Make your own one piece

Use all the solid plain shirts and you don’t wear very often to create your own one-piece look! Pair these basics with a matching solid color or patterned trouser and tuck in your  shirt. Add a belt and it will give the illusion that it’s a one-piece jumpsuit. For example, If you have a black top and black trousers you rarely wear, pair them together and make it appear as if you are wearing a jumpsuit. Black on black always looks super chic…Read More

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10 Pieces to Invest In

By Kate Dunphy

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While I appreciate a good trend (loving that the ‘60’s are back in a major way this Fall), I’m a big believer in investing in classic pieces that can effortlessly segue from season to season, year after year. The initial dent in your wallet might cut into your daily Starbucks habit, but I can guarantee that purchasing timeless, well-constructed pieces will pay off in the long run. So, without further adieu, here is a list of ten essential items every working woman should own:


A White Button Down. Sure, you can purchase this basic shirt anywhere, but it definitely makes a difference when you buy one that is of quality material that will stand the test of time. A white button down should always look crisp and fresh. Think Carolina Herrera.

A Black Blazer. A blazer should fit you like a glove. The right one will go with everything from pants, skirts, dresses, to jeans. It’s eternally feminine, flattering, and it instantly polishes up any look.

Black or Nude Pumps. A neutral pump is an obvious choice, but choosing one that is stylish and functional is the key here. I usually opt for a pointy toe pump because they are perpetually chic.

A Structured Neutral Tote. I love a pop of color, but for everyday use, a neutral tote is the wiser choice. When you’re rushing out the door in the morning, it’s a no brainer. A quality bag is a must when you use it five days a week, plus it’s the finishing touch to any ensemble…Read More
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LBH: Little Black Handbag

By Emma Walker

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The key to a successful day at the office is when your outfit transitions to a successful night on the town. We all know the struggle of wanting to be in bed at a reasonable time, so not wanting to waste time in running home and swapping bags (who knew how much your bag accumulates throughout the day?) is a given. My favorite time saver (and life saver) is the LBH or my little black handbag.

What is this secret you may ask? The bag itself! Picking a bag that works with a suit AND that killer jeweled mini you have been waiting to wear. My go to is a bag like this one from Forever 21. The quilted look is sophisticated and fun. The gold in the chain is easy to match and adds some unintended jewelry to an office look.

I styled two different outfits that show how this bag can be work friendly and a fashionable accessory… Read More

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