How to Wear Spring Trends to Work

 4 Spring Trends Translated for the Office

Like a spring bouquet from your garden, it’s not necessarily what you pick that matters, but rather how you display your pickings.  Here are four top trends for Spring 2015 and how you can bring that runway style to your own desk or boardroom.

Sheer

Spring 2015 Trend: floral

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Real Life (Sheer-sleeve blouse, WorthNewYork.com)

Clearly (no pun intended), there are garment parts that are best not worn “see-through” to the office.  For work, look for above-the-bra-line sheer insets in blouses and tops.  You’ll get peek-a-boo effect without inappropriate exposure. Sheer sleeves make the trend work worthy, as well.

Floral

Spring Trends 2015, floral pump

Real Life (Corso Como pump, Bloomingdales.com)

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Spring Trends 2015 floral

Real Life (Print sheath, WhiteHouseBlackMarket.com)

Small floral prints make for a more office-appropriate choice,.  If the blossoms are large, look for those that are more subtle:  more subdued colors or a mix of fabric so the florals don’t cover the entire garment piece. Large, bright florals suggest a relaxed, “garden party” vibe. Okay if, well, you’re going to a garden party, — or outdoor summer wedding, bridal shower,…)  As an alternative to clothing, consider a low-key, floral print pump to spruce up a solid-color, office-worthy sheath dress.

Culottes

Spring 2015 Trend: culottes

Real Life (Ella Moss culotte pant, Bloomingdales.com)

Spring Trends 2015, culottes

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Choose narrow, close-to-the-leg versions and pair with a tailored jacket and pumps to create a grown-up take on this pant/skirt hybrid.  Be careful if your office dress code says “no cropped pants.” If it appears, to someone else, more like a cropped pant than a skirt, it’s likely not your choice.  An alternative: a shorter, fuller version that looks more like a skirt than a pant.

Gingham

Opt for a subtle variation on the classic checked pattern. A gingham inset is less overwhelming than an all-over checked pattern. Choose a sheath dress topped with a tailored blazer for an understated professional message.

Spring 2015 Gingham

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Spring 2015 Gingham

Real Life (Out of Office Dress, ModCloth.com)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Patty Buccellato Image CoachPatty Buccellato Image CoachPatty Buccellato, is an image coach and founder of Refined Images. She brings extensive knowledge and expertise to her work with men and women individually, as well as with corporate employee groups. Patty established Refined Images in 1994, and while her studio is based in Rochester Hills, Michigan, you’ll find her serving clients throughout North America in their homes, offices — and, yes, even in shopping malls! To get your FREE copy of Patty’s “How to Shop Like a Stylist,” visit www.RefinedImages.net or contact Patty.

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