It sounds simple, but there is a definite difference between the two.
Being fashionable is not something you want to be at work. Fashions come and go, but elegance and class will always stay. This is why when you’re updating your work wardrobe, don’t go for the most exciting pieces, or the clothes you see on the models – it never turns out well in the workplace.
You need to start looking at the models in the ,magazines and the mannequins in the shops and really analyse what they are wearing. You need to pick apart those outfits and look for what are the ‘staple’ pieces. The staple pieces in your wardrobe aren’t going to be the bold patterns, interesting fabrics and textures. They are going to be the classic cuts, colours and fabrics.
I always buy my staple pieces first and then add the more ‘exciting’ or more ‘on trend’ pieces later. That way, if fashion changes (which is always does, every season) you haven’t blown your whole budget on pieces you cant wear time and time again.
Sometimes you might be tempted to buy the beautiful jacket or dress, but you have to ask yourself why. If you aren’t absolutely sure that you’ll be able to wear it next season, then don’t buy it. Spending money on fashions is just money wasted when you are shopping for a corporate wardrobe. I leave my fashion or splurge money for pieces I can add or subtract or wear casually out of the office. For more about accessories and the little things, click here.
Being classy and elegant is timeless and will never go out of fashion, so put down the ripped jeans and start looking for classics pieces. Keep icons like Coco Chanel, Grace Kelly, and even Kate Middleton in mind when you’re shopping.