Drape Vest: N.E.T (Taipei) | Silk Top, Bejeweled Bangle: Forever 21 | Jacquard Trousers: Zara | Brown Necklace: Yhansy (same as here) | Bag: Marc Jacobs | Snakeskin Kitten Heels: Manolo Blahnik | Watch: Rolex
I miss writing about fashion tips on my old newspaper column. I mean, I’m no fashion authority of sorts but I’d like to think I see certain things that most people don’t when it comes to styling. Unfortunately, I’m so heavy-laden with work that I can’t even squeeze a proper posting schedule much less write a newspaper article. It’s a good thing I forced my lazy butt to stop marathoning CW’s “Reign” and write!
So this was the outfit I wore to work recently and I really had no intentions of posting this set. It was a “spur of the moment” thing, where I wanted to look appropriately corporate without being too stuffy or boring. It seemed like such a simple outfit that I didn’t think it would be blog-worthy at all! However, upon upping this over on my instagram account, a lot of people started commending me–they were amused by my take of monochrome dressing; in fact, a lot of my friends and readers texted me and emailed me about my vest and footwear in this particular set, while the rest were saying that I nailed the office look.
Personally, I never perceived corporate dressing as a difficult feat. Apart from the mandatory lengths, it’s pretty much similar to conventional dressing. Then again, I never had the problem of figuring out what to wear on job interviews and I never really even bothered googling for pegs (I was never really the type to worry about situational dressing). So my word of advice? Don’t overthink it.
Most people have this particular misconception about corporate dressing… they all think it is bland and boring. I would agree to a certain extent, it is… if you let it. Having worked corporate for 5 years already, I firmly believe I’m in the position to debunk this myth. Let me show you a few valid points on how you can elevate an office attire:
- Focus on silhouettes – Nothing is as exquisite as an article of clothing that fits and flatters your body. The truth is, nothing fits perfectly unless it’s custom-made and even then, there’s a small room for error. However, if you know the types of cuts and designs that would work well with your body then go ham on it. Personally, blazers don’t look so good on me, I think it’s because I don’t really have the shoulder structure for it so I try to choose ones with build in pads or I opt for ones in bomber-jacket cuts.
- Adapt prints into your outfit – And by prints, I don’t mean those bold graphic digital designs–it can be as simple as printed stripes or polka-dots or embossed prints (like my jacquard pants). What makes an outfit attention-grabbing is when you can inject extraordinary details.
- Fabric trousers over denim – Most people who fear office wear are the ones who are super dedicated to denim–God only knows why. Denim is uncomfortable to me–they’re thick, humid, and they’re capable of crotch rape. On the other hand, trousers are usually made of light-weight fabric–this is the same umbrella that slacks fall under, but there are variety of cuts to match anyone’s comfort levels. I personally prefer the draw-string ones–kind of like sophisticated sweatpants.
- Make monochrome happen – And yes, they’re not for old people only. I think monochromatic dressing, in itself, is an art form–not a lot of people can nail it since it does fall prey to monotony ever so often but when done right, it can be very pleasant to the eyes and interesting. The thing I love about monochromatic outfits is that, it’s very attention-grabbing as a whole but of course, you have to remember to strike a balance or you might end up looking way too busy. My personal tip is to find a break–choose a non-color (ie: white or black) piece to put in between, or inject a variety of shades into the outfit.
- Avoid regular cotton fabric – Cotton is a very basic fabric, and it is always deemed as informal. To make your lives easier when it comes to office dressing, especially if your HR is stringent on the dress code, just avoid it. A lot of people are already aware that denim is a big no-no in the offices, but the same actually applies to cotton (contrary to popular belief). There are other alternatives like chiffon, silk, satin, or even spandex that you can choose without sacrificing comfort.
I would like to thank my L’oreal family for sending these beauty products over to me. To be quite honest, I have yet to try any of them but I’m very much assured of the fact that the products will deliver. L’oreal Paris has always been one of my favorite drugstore brands and I’ve never been disappointed by their line of products. For every Filipina out there, wanting to look good without making a dent in the pocket, I honestly recommend you try out L’oreal.
The first to try on my list is this V-Shaper, which essentially tightens and lifts skin up to 3 dimensions. Since I’m turning a year older very soon, I’d very much want to avoid any aging process happening to my face and I think this product not only prevents that, but actually gives an instant solution!
Apart from that I got this set of lipsticks as well. They are the “perfect nudes” according to their brand ambassadors (oh hello, forever girl crush Gong Li). I’m such a huge fan of nude lipsticks and they’re the most perfect colors for the office. My skintone usually favors the pinkish and peachish tones so I’m pretty sure I’ll have a ball with these!