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Style Tips for the New 9 to 5

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For years, all women wore to work was power suiting. Lots of black and grey filled their closets, along with lots of gloom. As years pass, work places are adopting a more fun way of dressing, and I’m all about it. If you work in an environment in which everyone dresses up in suits all the time, do not let me steer you away from owning a perfectly tailored modern suit. This is a staple and will serve you for years, worn together and also broken apart as separates. But if your work attire landscape has become a little more casual, then this is the perfect time for adding in some unique pieces and putting some color in your life!

Lately, I have had quite a few clients who want to update their wear-to-work wardrobes. These shopping trips include a sprinkling of casual wear too, but the 9 to 5 looks have been a major focus. In theme with what I have been shopping for recently, I thought I would share my view of The New 9 to 5.

Tip 1: Look for conservative colors such as black and navy that you can pop with brighter colors of yellow or red. Red and navy is a great combo and more conservative. The black and yellow combo has now emerged as a modern color combo. Take a chance and you might actually like it!

Tip 2: Try stripes and polka dots. Whether they’re on top or on bottom, bold stripes are a great way to add a sophisticated print to your day. Don’t be afraid of horizontal stripes. They aren’t all bad, I promise. If you aren’t quite sure about it, try it on. And polka dots are always a classic.

Tip 3: Embrace white and red as your new neutrals. I especially love all of the white third pieces that are available right now. These colors are perfect for spring and summer weather and both will pump up the volume on any look. I especially love a great white blazer. If you don’t have one, it’s time.

Tip 4: If you work in a business casual environment (where jeans are optional), don’t forget about all the new styles of denim that are available. Dressed up with a heel, denim can look just as put together as a pair of pants! My favorite style for spring is the cropped flare jean. I am going to be honest with you; at first, it’s going to feel like an awkward length. But when you pair it with a pointed toe pump it shows off that slim ankle of yours and elevates the look. Plus, fun denim styles are the perfect way to take your daytime look to night in a snap!

Written by: Abby Wood

Abby Wood is a wardrobe stylist and style blogger in Kansas City, and her education in design plus retail experience make her an expert in fit, fabric, style and trends. Her professional experience in fashion began with an apprenticeship with a bridal designer, shifted to creating and showing her  own line, moving up to management and training at a retail level and now professional styling as an independent consultant. Abby loves to help individuals develop and evolve their own sense of style.  /  @abbywoodwear  /