By Kate Jacobsen
Illustrations By Linda Cassady
Photos from New York Magazine
For the past month, your favorite fashion blogs and publications have been inundated with Mercedes Benz Fashion Week coverage starting in New York, then moving to London and Milan and finally ending in Paris. Statement hats, glossy leather, embellishment, sheer and cut-outs, fur, over-sized structured coats, winter white, printed pantsuits…where does one even begin? Fashion week can be overwhelming in-and-of itself, but the real question is, “How do you effectively translate Fall’s biggest trends into your work wardrobe?”
Here at TheWorkingWardrobe.com, myself and Linda Cassady, TheWorkingWardrobe Illustrator, have been working vigorously this past month to research and analyze some of the hottest trends so that you can bring the runway straight to your work wardrobe. I am going to review three Fashion Week trends to take to your work wardrobe. I will also provide key styling tips that will easily translate these trends to an office near you.
Trend #1 | Winter White:
Yes, we have been spoon-fed the slogan “Don’t wear white after Labor Day ”, but who said that you can’t wear ‘winter white’ after Labor Day? Alexander Wang, Philip Lim, Proenza Schouler and more frosted the runway by donning models in the signature ‘winter white’ this February. In all honesty, when you are at the top of the fashion pyramid you have free reign to break and rewrite all of the rules. This one gives white an entirely new name.
To bring winter white to the office, please refrain from grabbing the standard Oxford white button-down shirt and invest in an all-white suit. To keep with the trends, wear a blazer with structured shoulders – but instead of oversized, make sure it’s more tailored. A single blazer can only incorporate so many trends. The white blazer can be paired with any solid or patterned pencil skirt or pant. It can also be utilized to take any solid or printed dress to a new professional working status. Here, the blazer is styled with matching fitted tuxedo pants. The pants include black panel detailing and are cropped to show off a pair of statement shoes. To add to the sleek, modern feel and to really make the ensemble pop, wear a black and white patterned button-down shirt.
When you walk into the office be prepared for a jaw-dropping welcome from your co-workers. If any of them try to give you a hard time about the whole Labor Day thing, simply reply, “I’m wearing winter white,” and strut away.
Trend #2 | Fur/Leather
Forget leather and lace and embrace leather and fur. Designers like Christian Siriano, BCBG Max Azria and Rolando Santano contributed to the strong leather showing at NYFW, while almost every designer incorporated fur on the runway. It made appearances on bags, as hats, as trim or as an entire coat.
I am asking you to throw all of your leather and fur misconceptions out the door now. No, you don’t have to be affiliated with rock-and-roll or Sturgis to wear leather. No, you don’t have to be super luxurious or going to a black-tie affair to wear fur. Yes, you can wear BOTH to the office. Here’s how!
Leather dresses may suggest dominatrix and leather pants are still a little much for the office. The perfect compromise? A black leather pencil skirt. This skirt will become your go-to when you have those after-work events or outings. It is the quintessential day-to-night piece. The wildly popular and runway favorite high-collared white button-down shirt serves as the perfect mediator, allowing for the leather skirt to pass dress codes. To take this outfit from drab to fab throw a fur vest on. Put the finishing touches on your outfit by adding a statement necklace and an oxblood skinny belt for a punch of color. Knee-high boots are the obvious pick for your shoes as you don’t want to show too much leg with an outfit that is already somewhat pushing the envelope.
This ensemble will have you looking stylish, feeling fashion forward; and most importantly, it is office-appropriate! All items can be effectively mixed and matched with other pieces in your wardrobe to put together even more stellar outfits. Now isn’t that economical?
Trend #3 | Blanket Textiles
Blanket textiles are warm, casual, comfortable and quite cute. They are hands-down the ultimate fall item. As stylish and effortless as blanket textiles may seem, are you constantly keeping them in the closet for weekend wear because you are worried about them being too casual for the office? These too, are items that can easily be made work-appropriate with the right styling.
To convert your favorite blanket textile into your work wear, simply rely on another Fashion Week trend – mixing patterns –to come to your aid. To get the outfit started, put on your favorite woven plaid pants and a black turtle neck, which is probably a standard look for everyone in your office. The exciting part is that your outfit isn’t completed. Slip on your striped blanket textile sweater, add a belt to give you shape, grab your leather shearling bag, then you are ready to go!
Did you find this article helpful? If so, please stay tuned for the next issue of TheWorkingWardrobe.Digital coming to a computer screen and tablet near you this May. I will be reviewing trends from not just New York but ALL Fashion Weeks with new, fresh styling tips for your work wardrobe. Consider this your preview!