Dress to Impress: The Work Wardrobe

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Since I started back full time at work downtown, I have had to polish off my wardrobe. That includes blazers, dress pants and pencil skirts. I can’t complain, since I love this posh style, but it can get a little repetitive. I certainly can’t afford a new outfit every day! That’s crazy! Today, I am going to talk about how to keep your professional wardrobe fresh and new without buying piece after piece. Here are three top tips that I use to create looks and recycle clothing for work:

Keep the inspiring flows going. Not everyone can come up with 100 outfits using the same pieces week after week…let alone come up with them in the morning when you need to leave in an hour for work. Let’s be honest…it is pretty hard to pick out an outfit to begin with, let alone remember if you have already worn it. Through whatever method works for you, keep looking for fashion inspiration. Whether it is scrolling through fashion boards on Pinterest, or buying the newest copy of Elle or Vogue on a regular basis…make sure that you keep fresh ideas in your head. That way, in the morning, when you open your closet and ponder what to wear…you will be able to tap into those sources to make the choice a bit easier.

Buy the staples. It’s common knowledge that a woman’s work wardrobe should include some of the basics. Every woman should own a pair of black dress pants, in my opinion. If you work in the private sector and you need to look professional, then that can be your go to piece in your wardrobe that will tie an outfit together. Dress pants can be paired with a nice blouse of any colour. That is your professional look right there…it’s as simple as that! Here are some other staples that I feel should be included in any professional’s wardrobe: nude heels/flats, black heels/flats, black dress (conservative enough for work), blazer, pencil skirt.

Colour, colour, colour! Just because you work in the business world, does not mean you have to wear black and grey all day, everyday. I try and incorporate one pop of colour (if not more) in my outfit every day. Not to say that wearing all black isn’t okay, because it definitely is. I have ensembles that have no colour in them at all, but you want to make sure that you mix it up a bit. Accessories play a huge role with this tip…if you want to maintain your conservative look, but not be washed out, add coloured accessories and you are set!

I hope those tips helped a bit when picking out your wardrobe for the private sector. Although I love the professional look, I love to be fun and wear prints and wacky colours, but you don’t want to be too wacky in a work setting. You want to keep it fun, but keep it professional at the same time. People need to take you seriously when you are talking business…dress to impress! I pulled some looks off Pinterest to inspire, check them out:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Four Month Touch point: My Blogging Experience so far

Instead of reviewing my favourite brands, talking about style icons, or breaking down outfit details…I am going to get more personal on “Pearls and Polkadots” today. Saturday marks four months since I launched this blog. It feels like yesterday that I was setting up providers, getting my theme set up and beginning to get into my ‘posting groove’ as I call it. It is sometimes hard to make time, multiple times a week to get a post up, especially when you have no idea what to post next! As the months have gone by, it has gotten a little easier, but I have to say, writer’s block is always a problem.

Going forward, I have set a goal for myself. Now that school has let out for the summer, I will have my evenings free to prepare posts and get them up the next morning. I am aiming to post roughly three times a week! Five days is a little hectic, and once is not enough to keep momentum. Through blogging communities and my blogger friends, I have gathered a lot of tips to promote “Pearls and Polkadots”, and have got some great plans for the future! If you have joined me for this journey I am on (by subscribing to the right), than you will be experiencing everything as I experience it as well!

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Early Planning Stages of “Pearls and Polkadots”

If you don’t know my story, then here it is: I opened an Instagram account apart from my personal account about eight months ago called “@mystyyle” (follow me!). I would post my outfits of the day and mainly use the platform to get inspiration from other style bloggers. I didn’t think of starting a blog until a blogger suggested I do so on one of my photos. At first, I thought it was a crazy idea…what do I have to say to the world? Who would read my posts? I would have written the idea off completely, except I started gathering more followers, likes and an overall following. I didn’t blow up over night, but I did have a steady increase of people joining my network. It started to become more and more logical…why wouldn’t I start a blog? It would be an outlet, somewhere to focus my interest and really express myself.

So I did.

It has been four months of heaven and I have to say, it never gets old. The blogging community is always full of new people, fresh ideas and support that you wouldn’t believe. Everyone believes in everyone, which is so refreshing! It has been an interesting and positive road so far and I can’t wait to see what the future holds!

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Outfit Details: Mother’s Day!

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11194486_887715744623254_7065757134448883502_oBWhat a fun and short weekend it was! That’s usually how weekends go, right? Short. My weekend has run a little long this week since I woke up this morning feeling awful and sick as a dog. The good news is, is that I was up and about for Mother’s day and had the most wonderful day ever! My family and I woke up on Sunday morning, had breakfast as a family and spent the majority of the morning having my Mom open her gifts. After that, we spent the day at home together and then met my Grandmother for dinner! It was a lovely day.

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My Mother’s Day look highlighted one of my favourite, casual dresses from Old Navy. I found this in the clearance section, so I don’t know if there would be any left, but they have similar styles selling right now! What is great about this dress, is that acts as a neutral that you can pair with bright pops of colour. That is why I paired the dress with my bright blue mark. by Avon statement necklace. It really ties the outfit together. My mark. by Avon hat is from last year, but a floppy felt hat looks amazing with this fun dress. To top it all off, I wore my nude covered heels from Avon. They are the ‘Cushion Walk’ line which means they are super comfy (and they are).

It was a great weekend, great Mother’s Day and one of my favourite looks!

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April: Looking Back

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April has come and gone, which means school is out, work is beginning and summer is just around the corner! The snow has finally melted completely off my lawn and I awaken to birds chirping every morning now! This is my favourite time of year because finals have ended and I have so much freedom. I kick off my summer break reading list, relax on the weekends and coordinate even cuter outfits than I can in the winter! My all time favourite season!

This April, we saw lots of fun prints, simply put together threads and completely comfortable looks (which everyone loves). Towards the end of the month (entering finals), I got a little more casual, but the looks I have chosen to look back on in this post pulls from a variety of different styles of outfits of the day. I love pearls, which I always wear (the JCrew pearls, top left hand corner, are the best), mainly because they go with almost everything. I wore a lot of stripes and polka dots, because why not? I love fun patterns and these are two of my favourite patterns ever made.

I have to point out my apple sweater separately because this is probably the best sweater I own. Being a teacher in training, this sweater fits me perfectly. It is made by JCrew Factory, and I got the last one (unfortunately). However, JCrew always has fun motif sweaters (animals, fish, etc.).

Finals are over! Summer vacation has begun! Four months of student freedom!! See ya later April.

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March: Looking Back

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Today we are looking back at the month of March! As we approach spring, I am starting to bring out the bright colours, light sweaters and jean shirts. Although fall is my favourite season, I love the spring colours and seeing the flowers bloom in light of the April showers. The best thing about spring is that colours show in all different ways – through flowers, leaves, rainbows, and clothing. I have taken it upon myself to try a world of new colour combinations this season! Cobalt and chocolate being one of my recent combinations. For those of you who do not know what cobalt is, think of a very deep royal blue. It is a hot colour this season (although not pictured in my picks of the month), and I have tried it out (outfit shown below). This is an outfit I threw together very last minute yesterday for teaching.

3/30/15 | Shirt, Old Navy | Pants, JAG | Boots, mark. by Avon | Necklace, Icing |

Other looks that I have tried this past month include camo, stripes, fun blazers and other pieces that I have gathered over the winter in anticipation of nice weather! Now, all we need is to get to the summer season so I can pull out the dresses (can’t wait!!). I have snagged a couple of great pieces for this coming season…now all I need is for the weather to shape up! As my kiddos are singing these days…”Oh Mr. Golden sun…please shine down on me!”

Happy Spring!

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