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Stylize Your Work Attire

The benefits of accessorizing your wardrobe

Fashionable work attire … does it exist? Many of us have fallen into the trap of wearing neutral-color, button-down blouses and black pencil skirts day after day. Neutrals are safe and professional, yet so dull and mundane. It’s time to color your wardrobe and make a statement about the competent, career-driven powerhouse that you are!

Accents of Color
Don’t rush out to buy a fuchsia blouse just yet. Neutral clothing provides a nice canvas for bold colorful pieces, making the stand-out colors the focal points of your outfit. Any non-neutral accessory, big or small, instantly brightens your look. A green skinny snakeskin belt from Kenneth Jay Lane is simple yet sophisticated and does the job while also defining your waist. Jewelry is also an easy way to add color to your outfit. However, you’ll want to avoid anything too distracting, such as jangling chandelier earrings or enough rhinestones to blind your coworkers. Keep it simple. A large bangle or a cuff bracelet is a clean alternative to wearing many small bangles or a charm bracelet. The beautifully designed coral-and-turquoise J.Crew mosaic cuff bracelet is a perfect accessory for your bare wrist.

Commute in Style
Pumps, boots, flats … they all come in vibrant colors. With shoes, you have many style options to choose from. The red leather Coach Loiss flats, with buckle embellishments, are made for you if you stand or walk around often. Meanwhile, the classic leather Mary Janes from J.Crew, unique in buttercup yellow, give height to those shorter in stature. A modern structured bag completes your chic look. Not only does it look fashionable, but it’s professional and organized. The new, red Dooney & Bourke Hayden bag is sleek and eye-catching; the green Madeline leather tote from Coach is more understated but still stylish.

Be bold and unafraid to wear color! Primary colors (red, blue and green) tend to be safer, but if you want to be adventurous, go out and buy that fuchsia blouse—or belt, necklace, shoes or purse. Investing in key accessories enables you to wear the clothes you already have while still looking stylishly fabulous. Next time you go shopping, breeze past the clothing section and head straight for the accessories. You don’t need more skirts or blouses to change your look—a great accessory alone makes your outfit seem fashionably new!

• Kenneth Jay Lane Belt:
www1.bloomingdales.com/catalog/product/index.ognc?ID=103763&CategoryID=3631&PageID=3631*1*24*-1*-1*6

• J.Crew Cuff Bracelet:
www.jcrew.com/catalog/product.jhtml?id=prod92704231&catId=cat280225

• Coach Flats:
www.coach.com/content/product.aspx?product_no=10596&category_id=900

• J.Crew Shoes:
www.jcrew.com/catalog/product.jhtml?id=prod88554231&catId=cat280215

• Dooney & Bourke:
www.dooney.com/OA_HTML/ibeCCtpSctDspRte.jsp?section=24763

• Coach Madeline Tote:
www.coach.com/content/product.aspx?product_no=10530&category_id=1362

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