Every week, I receive an e-mail from a woman in her 20s/30s who is thinking critically about fashion for the first time. They often tell me that they never really thought about what they wear until they entered the working world and realized that presentation is a significant part of professionalism. But dressing well isn’t a mystery. In fact, it can be decoded into a simple equation.
This is very similar to the train of thought that I use when getting dressed. I find a piece that’s event appropriate and that I want to wear, and I work from there. Want to see the formula in action?
Skirt: H&M Pencil Skirt ($25)
The top outfit is a good mix of neutrals and brights. The jacket brings in an impactful color, and the other items keep it simple. If you’re concerned that the bright pink would be too much, try my favorite color combination and go with a dark navy jacket.
The bottom outfit is a business casual or semi-professional outfit. I used the scarf as the primary accent mixing the grey, tan and black tones to create a complete outfit. I also went with flat shoes for a more relaxed, but still structured, look.
If you choose to wear a dress as your basic piece, then your completing piece (a belt, a scarf, a blazer) is next and the accessories follow after.
The formula is the foundation of a well-composed outfit. So next time you don’t know what to wear, instead of being overwhelmed looking at everything in your closet, choose one piece and build from there.