By Huma Rashid
I got yet another email from a reader that referred to my last post here, where I discussed making shorts work-appropriate. This one is kind of in the same vein, in that Melanie wants to know if there’s any way for her to show up at work wearing her favorite sequin-embellished tank top.
I’m not going to sit here and scold all of you for even daring to think of wearing tank tops to work. Hardly! I’m actually a huge fan of lacy camisoles, and I love wearing them under brightly colored cardigans. One of my fellow law students has a similar love of corsets and bustiers, and admits that she’s been known to show up to court or work wearing a bustier over a collared dress shirt, under her suit jacket.
The point is, there are always ways to gussy up your favorite articles of clothing that would usually be too sexy for the work place – like tank tops, camisoles, and, yes, corsets and bustiers.
So I found a pretty embellished tank and created an outfit around it that would absolutely be work-appropriate.
I picked a pair of skinny dress pants that hit the ankle, no lower. They’re like work-appropriate skinny jeans! I know a lot of you really dig the skinny jean trend that’s been around for…forever. It sure seems like forever, at any rate, doesn’t it?
I paired them with this studded/sequined tank. It was one of the better ones I could find in our price range. Feel free to go with one that’s more heavily sequined, because what we’ve done here in this outfit is really dress it down, so a more glittery tank would still work.
I dressed the sparkly tank down by picking a long, modest cardigan in the same color. I absolutely adore this varsity cardigan from Delia’s. And to finish off the outfit and add a pop of bright color, I picked these purple flats. I wanted to find studded flats, but these were the best I could do for our price range. Check out the embellishments, though – they’re kind of studded. It ties in with the tank and pulls it all together.
To accessorize, consider throwing on a silver bracelet or two, and a gold one, to tie into the buttons and just add some interest. It’s totally on trend to mix the materials of your bracelets (bronze, gold, silver, leather), and here, I’d go with two silver and one gold.
And there you have a fool-proof way to dress down sequins so you’ve got an ensemble that’s low-key but polished enough for the office!