I spend a lot of time working with corporate clients, and that means I need to spruce up a bit more than when I work at home. The most important thing for me when choosing office wear is to find some great pieces that I can mix in a variety of different ways so that I end up with several different outfits, but don’t need to buy a ton of separates. Here are a few tips to finding office wear that mixes and matches easily.
1) Choose a color scheme – You want to pick a color palette that works well together, and that does involve some planning. Go to a store and try on a variety of pieces and find tones that look best with your skin color, tone and hair color. Leave a little flexibility here for change of season; you may prefer darker shades in fall and winter, and lighter shades in spring and summer, and that’s fine.
2) Brand loyalty makes this easier – You can, of course, shop around. But the easiest way to make sure all of your pieces work well together is to buy them from the same store. It may be boring, but you know all of your separates are cut to work together and are of the same color tone. The worst thing is to buy a piece you think is the same gray or brown that you have at home, only to find you were mistaken. If you are loyal to a brand, you can also use a personal shopper or even just speak with a clerk at the store and let them know what pieces you have at home you are hoping to coordinate with.
3) Use a dress as a base layer – Some people are afraid of buying dresses to use as a mix and match separate, but I love them because they mean one more outfit. If you choose a dress with a form fitting top and a basic neckline, you can easily add another layer to it and no one will be the wiser. I particularly like to do this with translucent tops that I love, but can never figure out what to wear with them. But remember if you have a high neckline, or a cowl neck, this won’t work with anything other than a throw sweater.
4) Keep a consistent base color – If you want to match up your separates, try to keep one consistent base color and add splashes of color with add-ons like sweaters and shirts. This way you know that all of your items can easily mix and match.