This week I was on a class trip to the windy city—Chicago! The purpose of the trip was to learn about different businesses and job titles in the apparel industry. On this trip my classmates and I were very busy taking a tour of the Von Maur headquarters, helping Anthropologie make their holiday floor displays and, of course, we saved some time to shop! In between enjoying Giordano’s pizza and drooling over the fabulous displays at AllSaints Spitalfields, we were attending numerous appointments to help us network with leaders in the fasion industry. This means we've been outfitted in business casual dress for almost a week. While sometimes business casual can become repetitive, one of my classmates knows just how to spice up an outfit while keeping it professional.
This Fashionista uses all elements of an outfit to tie together a cohesive theme of professionalism. Sticking with a signature black dress and shoes holds a formal connotation while the purple jacket has a playful, fun effect. What truly holds the magic in this outfit is the jewelry. Pearls are considered semi precious gems; they are such a classic, timeless representation of beauty. Incorporating pearls into an outfit polishes up an look instantly. However, the shape of this necklace and the arrangement of the pearls add a more modern spin, keeping the outfit on trend and up to date. The Fashionista’s necklace is from J.Crew; here are some others I found at Topshop and Piperlime. Her supporting accessories, a gleaming Michael Kors watch and a simple gold ring reading “lucky,” create the wholeness of the outfit.
Business casual is a method of dressing we all need to master for some occasion in our lives. But never fear! A youthful, playful business casual look is possible, as proven by this week’s Fashionista.
Spotted: Tory Burch combined a business look with a non-traditional use of pearls in her fall 2012 ready-to-wear collection.