My goal for styling Allison was to give her a wardrobe that lit her up from the inside. That gave her confidence to speak up and share ideas to establish her in a presence of leadership.
Allison has been in her role as a financial analyst for 3 years. She has hopes this year to land a big promotion. Her work record is stellar. But working in a large department she sometimes feels looked over by her superiors.
Like her, most of Allison's coworkers wear the "banking uniform". Which is typical professional pieces in shades of navy, black, and gray. Think blouse, trousers, pencil skirt, and blazer.
The dress code for her department is business casual which gives her the freedom in color and pattern choices as long as the pieces are traditional in structure.
Allison's work wardrobe was leaving her feeling stifled and bored. She wanted to branch out and add color to her wardrobe, but she felt overwhelmed and afraid of going to far, or worse not enough and still feeling apathetic about her style.
During her consultation I ask Allison:
What do you need your wardrobe to do for you?
Her answer was:
"I need to look professional. But without being stuffy. I need color. My clothing for work needs to set me apart from my peers. To advance in my career I need to stand out and not get lost in the crowd."
From her strategy session we determined my goal for styling Allison was to give her a wardrobe that lit her up from the inside. That gave her confidence to speak up and share ideas to establish her in a presence of leadership.
Not all style icons fall in the celebrity category. Many people are inspired by their Instagram feed. This was the case for Allison. When talking about all the color that fills Carrie's feed Allison lit up.
"How Carrie plays with color and pattern. When scrolling through Instagram her posts always catch my eye. You just know that people take notice of her and want to know more when she walks into a room."
Statement making accessories-jewelry, bags, and shoes
Mix of bold and delicate colors-primary, jewel tones, pastel
Only a few neutrals mixed in-black, navy, olive
Allison's Style Strategy Summary:
A boldly feminine work wardrobe of classic shapes that get her noticed for all the right reasons. Intentional mix of colors and patterns that show off her confidence and intellect, and accessories that "go" not match.
-Tops-Blouses and sweaters that fit without being too tight in solids and patterns
-Bottoms-Pencil skirts and slim cut trousers in solids and patterns
-Dresses-Sheath and Aline dresses that hit at or below the knee in solids and patterns.
-Completers-Blazers, Jackets, and Cardigans that add color and texture
-Shoes-Classic pumps in a mix of neutrals
-Jewelry-Office appropriate statement pieces
-Handbags-Structured "carry-alls" in neutrals
Most people think monochromatic means dressing in one shade of a color, but that's not true. With this look there are 3 shades of the same color in the jacket, skirt, and blouse to create contrast. The blush tone accessories work as a neutral. The classic structure of the pieces give the conservative balance to the more modern color palette.
Look Two: Discord Colors
Discord colors are colors that that clash. They catch your attention when worn together. You are not going to be missed in the red and fuschia combo. The pointed toe shoe and statement earring keep the color palette cohesive and add visual interest.
Look Three: Analogous
Analogous combos are colors that are next to each other on the wheel creating a softer look. The green, blue, and yellow in this outift are all the same in intensity none brighter or softer than the others. This creates cohesion that shows respect for the work place in a more fashion forward look than your might see on your peers.
Allison's style strategy is all about creating looks that represent her confidence in her identity and how she wants to be seen while showing respect for her conservative workplace.
Are you like Allison and getting dressed for your 9 to 5 bores you?
Pick yourself a color palette and add these 5 pieces to give your wardrobe the confidence boost it needs,
1. Colorful Power Suit- Wear it together and break up the pieces to crate multiple looks.
2. Blouses + Tops with Visual Interest- Stick to your color palette and play with textures, patterns, and cuts.
3 .Neutral Ladylike Shoe- Keeping your shoes neutral, closed toed, and classic gives your overall look a conservative foundation.
4. Neutral Structured Handbag- Metallic pieces with hard edges-think triangles or square.
5. Office Appropriate Accessories-Keep your jewelry you wear to the office delicate when your clothing makes a statememt.
There are so many options to add color to your work wardrobe.
When doing so alway remember to choose a color pallette of 3-4 colors and 2-3 neutrals and edit your current wardrobe into capsules before shopping. When you are ready to shop use your color palette to guide you in adding office appropriate pieces to your capsules to create complete looks.
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