Dressing for Work
June 18th, 2014
Summer is here, which always brings up everyone’s favorite question – is it appropriate to go sleeveless in the office? This is a debate that seems to come up every year, and there is truly no answer that is right or wrong for anyone. But by following a few guidelines, you can easily discover if you should bare arms or not.
First and foremost, you should always reference your company’s dress code, or a supervisor, when it comes to questions of proper attire. If it clearly states in your handbook that sleeveless is a no-go, then it’s best to respect the rules and save your tanks for the weekend. In addition to the stated dress code, office environment is another factor to consider. If you work in a more conservative environment, like a law or consulting firm, we find many women show up to meetings in a cardigan or jacket. In more creative and relaxed environments like tech and advertising, it’s more common to see women walking around in sleeveless tops. In the end, do what makes you feel comfortable. If you like to bare arms in the comfort of your own office but prefer to layer up for meetings, that is the way to go. Many women we’ve spoken to said seniority is also a factor. If you’ve put in years of hard work at a company, and you feel confident you’ve “earned” the right to go sleeveless because everyone is already aware of your credentials, we say go for it.
Whether you can walk around the office all day with a sleeveless top or need to wear one under a blazer, silk is always the way to go. Not only does it look professional, it’s the perfect fabric to take your look from day to night. Silk is a natural fiber, so it will also keep you cool, even on the hottest days. Our sleeveless tops come in a number of rich hues so you can truly make your working wardrobe your own. And with our Ready Select program, you can customize them with the silks of your choice.
May 18th, 2014
To say linen is one of our favorite fabrics would be an understatement. Equal parts luxurious and utilitarian, this natural fiber is soft, breezy and easy to care for. Plus, it never goes out of style. In fact, it’s always present in spring collections and was seen on the runways from the likes of Hermes and Michael Kors this season.
We especially love linen blends because they’re effortlessly luxurious. They’re tailored enough for the office but can easily be incorporated into a weekend wardrobe as well. Our linen silk blends are perfect for travel, whether it’s for business or pleasure, because they don’t wrinkle and keep you cool even as summer approaches. A linen/silk blend blouse is the perfect accompaniment to a suit this time of year. Pair one with your favorite pair of dark denim, and you have an easy, casual evening outfit that still makes you look like a pro.
We know women want options, which is why our linen/silk blend blouses are available in custom colors. Is a linen suit on your list of summer must-haves this season? A piece can be custom designed in your favorite silhouettes like pants, blazers and dresses. And truly, these pieces aren’t just for the office. A linen dress is perfect for a garden party, and a lightweight blazer is necessary for a breezy evening on the beach. Our impeccable tailoring combined with the timeless look of linen means you’ll be wearing these pieces for years to come.
All photos via Style.com
October 24th, 2013
You’re on the Board of Directors of your company or organization, and it is time for your quarterly meeting. Decisions need to be made, points driven and you must be on your A game. An air of confidence and authority is necessary if you want your voice to be heard. Incorporating wardrobe elements that command attention, yet don’t distract from the points you’re trying to make are key in running a successful meeting. With these three key outfit components, you can’t go wrong.
Power Blazer: A true power blazer is based on three main components: quality, construction and functionality. Superior fabrications, impeccable tailoring and thoughtful touches, such as a lipstick pocket, are necessary in making you feel your very best. Make sure it fits perfectly to avoid fidgeting in the meeting – you should be ready to go the second you walk through the conference room door.
Pencil Skirt: You are a strong female leader, and no piece of clothing says that more than a pencil skirt. It should be fitted but not too tight, and hit either right above or below the knee. Wearing a skirt says you are confident in a room full of men and aren’t afraid to show your powerful feminine demeanor.
Pop of Color: You don’t want to show up in an orange suit, but your outfit should stand out among a sea of black and navy to command attention. Choose a color that complements your outfit and skin tone – it should be working with you, not fighting against you. A bright silk blouse is a great way to go. Not only will the natural fiber keep you cool, its multifaceted luster will guarantee all eyes on you without distracting from what you’re trying to say.
September 16th, 2013
Fall has finally arrived and we are so excited in the GNY Showroom — the coats, the colors, the Italian wools! It is definitely one of the most fun seasons to be able to experiment with style while still staying chic and elegant at the office. Today I want to share my favorite Fall office style secret: layering. Learning how to stylishly layer is important because the temperature varies so much in the coming months that you always want to be comfortable and appropriately dressed for the weather. Imagine the wardrobe nightmare it would be to show up to a work lunch in a warm weather dress when the temperature decides to drop fifteen degrees in the afternoon. Shivering is not chic. Here are a few tips to pulling off the perfect layered outfit:
Layer with light fabrics
The lighter your fabrics, the more you can layer while still getting the same amount of warmth and protection from your work attire. Plus, you’ll be able to adjust the amount of clothing you have to fall’s temperamental temperatures. Try a camisole under a silk blouse, then add on a light jacket and a scarf. If it is extra chilly, wear a light cardigan under your jacket, or a fun fall cape over it. Lighter fabric layering also adds style and interest to your look without adding any extra bulk.
Build a collection of foundational pieces that work together
Layering is more fun when you have an arsenal of pieces to work with. Treat it like you’re putting together a puzzle — all the pieces are different, but together they come together to make a beautiful unit. A good way to start building a layering foundation is by finding your favorite color or fabric family. Like neutrals? Then try to get quality separates in different but complementary shades of nudes, browns, blacks, greys, blues, whites, and soft colors. Into colors? Try a range of bright colors that are all in the same family, so that mixing and matching comes easily!
Don’t be afraid to be bold
The best part about layering is that it is non committal. Thought you liked that cardigan over that blouse this morning, but then you see yourself in the windows at work and decide you hate it? No problem. Just take it off! Since you have other layers to work with, your outfit still looks elegant and put together. This isn’t like July where you are only wearing a simple sheath dress. So be bold — try out that new printed scarf or those dazzling earrings. Fall is the time for setting a new fashion footprint.
What’s your favorite Fall fashion style tip?
August 1st, 2013
We are constantly hearing everyone, and we mean everyone, say breakfast is the most important meal of the day. And we totally agree – a healthy meal is the best way to start the day, especially during the work week. But just how beneficial is this morning ritual? We found a very handy (and tasty looking) infographic from OnlineColleges.net that explains exactly why you should be chomping on fruit and scrambled eggs before embarking on your morning commute. The verdict? People who eat breakfast are both smarter and skinnier. But don’t believe us, check out all the breakfast facts in the handy infographic below and discover why you should make a change if you’re waiting until lunch to eat your first meal.