Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Something Professional

After reading my last post about my somethings (needed or wanted) for Fall/ Winter, a friend of mine confessed that she needed something professional . She just started to teach English in a private language agency, and is in need of a professional wardrobe. That made me think about what pieces could become hits at the work place.
I have not worked much in my life (and by work I mean in a cubicle at an office). And all the places I worked did not have a strict dress code. Therefore I would always be casual. However, that did not stop me from thinking about clothing items I would love to have when I start working. I can say that I know a thing or two about a professional attire (but I am no expert) and here are the things I think my friend would need:

- Tailored jacket
A nice and well cut jacket will always be in style no matter what. It is a great way to look professional without going the suit route. Moreover, a good jacket goes well with every other clothing item. The extra plus is that it can be dressed down on weekends with jeans. Next has a great selection but a bit pricey. Try the ones at Nissen.co.jp or Forever 21. Or if you want to save, reuse your jacket from your suit (if it still fits)

Forever21 Jacket for 2200Y

- Nice pair of slacks
Cargo pants and jeans are fun but they are not for work. And I despise shorts for the office. Find yourself a nice pair of slacks that flatter your figure. Classical looks are always trendy. And If you absolutely want to wear denim for work, go for the dark wash instead (no acid wash please). I always go to Zara to find myself a nice pair of slacks. You cannot go wrong with their designs.

- Skirts
I do not wear many short skirts but I think that an A line skirt or a pencil skirt can be very practical and stylish. Think about your proportions for the length of the skirt but also about the work dress code. I think that the 7 inches mini skirt that "Amanda" used to wear on Melrose place is a definitive no -no!

This one is on sale at Zara Motomachi for 990Y (I want it soooo but does it fit my casual life?)

- Dresses
No maxi dresses ever. Go for either dresses that come to the knee or the ankles, some that are structured like the Jumper or a sheath dress, or for the flowy type a la DVF.

Jumper dress at nissen.co.jp for 5990Y

H&M dress for 1490Y

Two toned dress from nissen.co.jp for 1990Y

- Shirts or blouses
Button down shirts are a staples for work but I think that blouses can also be a fun alternative, particularly colorful ones or the ones with nice prints.

H&M blouse for 2990Y

H&M blouse for 1190Y

- Cardigans
Ladies forget that they can still look professional wearing cardigans over dresses and blouses. It is more comfortable than wearing jackets. Personally I am into wild prints when it comes to cardigans but I do appreciate the one toned.

Love this combination seen on Baila magazine

- Shoes
A pump with a heel is a must. It makes you look professional. Avoid wearing sandals. Peep toes are also great. I prefer kitten heels when it comes to the office. I could never understand why would anyone like to parade at work with 6 inches heels. If the heeled shoes are too much for you, there is a wide selection of flats shoes that are cute yet sophisticated enough for the office.

Kitten heels available at Abc Mart Motomachi for 2990Y

This season's biggest trend: heeled loafers at Esperanza for 6990Y (but you can find cheaper at Vivre Yokohama for 2000Y)

- Bag
Every girl needs a statement bag. And every professional women needs a good bag that would reflect her personality but also keep all the things she may need for work. I would definitely go for black for this, but a pop of color is always fun. Just do not grab a sequined clutch for work.
Some ladies in Japan always go for designer's bag when it comes to work. I saw many Marc Jacobs, Coach, Prada and even Hermes tote. However, you can get a bag anywhere for a good quality for way less. Shimamura has a great selection from 2000Y and up. And if really you want that designer thing, check "recycling shops" (thrift shops), you can always find that jewel you covet for a very reasonable price.

I hope this was helpful to my friend but also to all other ladies who are stuck with the suit option for work.

Saturday, September 10, 2011

Somethings for Fall/Winter

Is it that time of the year yet? You know, the time when shops are already displaying Fall, Winter outfits even when outside it is still hot and humid. I mean, why? Why on earth would I buy a coat when my mind (an entire body) is melting? Judging by the actual weather, it will be very hot until October, therefore, I am in no rush to check Fall, Winter outfits. Besides I am not shopping till November, therefore there is no need for this post. But I will do it anyway, just because I am bored and I like to plan for what's ahead. So here is another Fall/ Winter wish list that I may or may not follow (old habits die hard)

Something dotted:

I have noticed enough dots on my fave shops to realise that dots will be big the next season. I searched everywhere in my closet but I cannot find any single thing that is dotted. I used to own a jumpsuit but I never wore it because I could not style it. Now it is on its way home to be purchased by some more fashion forward lady (I hope).
I want something dotted but this time I will stick to simple pieces that can be easily styled like a shirt, or a dress. I saw a nice little one at Fam's market last week: a beige dress with brown dots for 390 yen. I loved it but since I am not shopping I let it go. I guess that with luck it can still be there in 3 months but what are the odds? I could always go for this blouse at H&M. By the time my shopping curfew will be over, this baby may be on sale.

H&M Blouse

Something striped:

Really? Again? Don't I have enough stripes in my closet? My answer no: I still need a striped cardigan (multicolor please!), a navy and white striped tee, a green and white striped tee, a striped skirt, a striped draped cardigan and my ultimate must for the next season an A line striped dress like this:

H&M Striped dress

Something warm and colorful

Behold the colorful coat. I so wanted one last season but the prices and the style I found did not please me. I am no longer compromising when it comes to shopping so I am still looking for something stunning and affordable. Anything in the orange, red, purple, electric blue will do.

Zara double breasted coat for 10.000Y

Something capy (or a poncho)

I have not found my poncho yet. Last year, I waited so long for H&M to lower their prices on the poncho that by the time they did all of them were gone. I do have a cape that I can turn into a poncho but it is not in a color I can easily style. I want a poncho in light brown or camel. A capy coat is also another option. Imagine how sophisticated I would look in these:

Trench style classical cape coat available @ rakuten.jp for 10.000Y

Something granny:

I love Granny sweaters. I want one that will keep me warm all season long. I could wear it everyday. I may try in thrift stores like 390 Mart that have American sizes because anywhere else is pretty much too small for my taste. I want something huge. I am dying for this one in this commercial

Something army:

The military trend is not dead, at least not in my book. And since last year I let go the chance to own an army green parka, I think I may try at it again this year. Bold design, dark, warm and affordable are the criteria. I am also thinking about getting an army green vest..I am into vests lately.

Something pleated:

I will not be done until I find my colorful pleated skirt this Fall. I waited all Summer and I am done waiting. I drooled over the blue all Summer, but for Fall, I may switch for the red orange?! Pleated skirt here I come.

Pleated skirt at Galstar.jp for 1290Y

Something heely

I am done wearing flats everyday. I want something heely, comfortable to run errands. I think that a pump with low heels will do. And I want it to be colorful and in Suede. However I can't seem to decide between royal blue, grey, pink or orange.

Platform Suede pumps available @  Galstar.jp for 1999Y

And the new heeled loafers are also tempting.

Something designer

I have been lusting over this bag ever since I saw one of the mums at my son's swimming class. What is not to love about this bag. It is huge, is bright orange and the price range is ok for a designer's bag. It is on my wishlist for my bday. Can I convince the hubby to invest in it?

The Jaden tote for 8000Y @ Rakuten

the logo classic tote for 9000 Y @rakuten.co.jp


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