I used to be one of those people who thought if the clothing didn't have detail or personality to it, it wasn't for me. If it's too simple, it's boring and I'll never wear it. This was fine until I had a closet full of pieces that would only work with one other thing, and soon became tired of wearing that same combination. Talk about boring! I have since learned the "beauty of basics" from Judith Rasband. These are clothes with simple lines and shapes and generally minimal patterns. I love that they don't attract a lot of attention to themselves so I can easily change how they look to fit my mood and occasion. They don't get boring quickly because they are so versatile. They have become my WARDROBE WORKHORSE pieces and will also serve you well. You won't regret investing more into these pieces because you WILL WEAR THEM MORE! They actually allow more freedom to be creative! Which of these basic clothing style have you tried? Which would you like to try?
Here are few boss options in basic styles from the list above...
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What's in a Jacket? Instant Street Cred
After speaking at a conference on Friday, I was approached by a man who was in the audience. He was in the minority in this particular meeting and the presentation had been focused more on the hundred or so women there. He had been standing up in the back of the room the whole time. He looked like someone in charge, he was dressed more formally than the other men there, wearing a sport coat and dress shirt. So I was expecting some kind of reprimand for something...although I wasn't sure what. Changing my clothes on stage maybe? Discussing what the word casual really means in the dictionary? Or my high school friend's experience with ripped jeans? But no, I was pleasantly surprised when he said he resonated with my message. Straight out of college, he began working for the D.A.'s office. In his first meeting with the office staff, wearing his pressed shirt, tie and jacket, he was met with comments like "check out the new guy" and "you must be new here". Everyone is the room wore cotton knit polo shirts and khaki pants. For this young straight outta college kid, a jacket and tie were his way of looking more mature and capable despite his young age. He kept on with this look because as he said, "I have always looked younger than I am. Others take me more seriously when I dress up." Within the year, he was put on the D.A.'s close team, promoted over the knit polos in the conference room. He had no idea what he was doing, but learned fast and became the D.A.'s right hand man. Despite the lack of experience, his appearance instilled confidence in others who felt he must be capable. He learned at a young age how a jacket can expand your visual boundaries and create a more professional, "I'm serious about my job" appearance...aka street cred. Are you looking for an update in the jacket department? Here you have my top picks for jackets this Fall with a more relaxed style: (See the complete catalog for women here and men here.)
There's more where this came from. See the full catalog women here and men here. Looking for something other than a jacket to boost your image? How about a custom, unbiased approach? Let's chat!
Image consultant and personal stylist. Dani is happily married, the mother of 3 charming children, and an Aussie named Josie Wales.