At work, when I’m told to dress nicely for a presentation or dinner I usually dread it. Dressing professionally or semi formally for work usually means wearing a trousers and blazer or an annoyingly conservative dress. I have gotten creative in the past and I usually like what I’m wearing, but I don’t love it. But recently, I found a new outfit that can cross between a formal presentation and a work event. Ladies, meet your new alternative to a pant suit or a boring dress – color coordinated separates.
I have to admit, I didn’t come across this outfit completely on my own. Recently, Redfin’s Director of PR wore this outfit when Redfin went public. I saw it and thought, oh my god that has to be Max Mara or from the coveted 2nd floor of the downtown Nordstrom store. I did some asking around the office and found out the outfit came from Zara! So naturally, I bought it.
Color coordinated separates are an easy and chic alternative to dressing in a suit, pencil skirt, or dress. To avoid looking like you’re wearing a pair of teal nurse’s scrubs, here’s some tips to finding the perfect color coordinated separates.
1. Look for special details
The wide leg and tie waist instantly sold me on this outfit. While the color made a statement, the structural details of the pieces make the look more dynamic and interesting. Search for monochrome outfits that have interesting details or structure that don’t distract from your body.
2. Make sure it fits
Nothing will kill your monochrome outfit faster than if it doesn’t fit properly. Wearing all one color can be a little tricky. Luckily, if the outfit is tailored and accentuates your body you won’t get lost in the color.
3. Ensure the color is flattering
If you’re going to rock one color, make sure it’s perfect for you! There is no way this outfit would look good on me if it was pale yellow or a bright orange. Choose a color you know, love, and always kill it in.
4. Accessorize properly
Utilize your accessories to set the tone for your outfit. Grab an office tote, neutral shoes, or a watch for a perfect work look. If you’re going out at night, rock a statement shoe, clutch, or earrings.
What are your favorite alternatives for wearing a suit?
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