Sleek Layers.

DSC_0649

Being a millennial in 2016 means a few things. It means that I will continue to embrace this 90’s comeback with a white-knuckled grip (I can’t be the only one who dreams of wearing my choker to a NSYNC reunion!),  I find inspiration, and often distraction, in being a multi-platform social media user, and I often feel conflicted between looking professional in the workplace and compromising my personal style.

DSC_0617

Jacket | Turtleneck | Dress | Boots (sold out, similar here and here)  | Sunnies | Pout (Shade: Honey)

There are definitely certain pieces that will never be office appropriate and it’s important to know your office culture when dressing for work.  Personally, I find the key to effortless workplace dressing is layering. Not only does it come in handy while the weather is in transition, but layering also allows for the transition of more weekend outfits to workplace wear.

DSC_0576DSC_0593

I like to start off with a solid, form-fitting base layer, in this case, a black turtleneck. To me, turtlenecks are such a classic, beautiful staple, and this version from ASOS is lightweight enough to wear any season. It’s important to start off with something tighter so that you don’t end up looking too bulky.

DSC_0536DSC_0633

Second, I like to mix prints, textures or silhouettes.  Here, I chose this slip-style metallic midi dress from Zara. This dress could also be paired over some skinny jeans and pumps for a completely different night-out look.  If your second layer is looking a bit bulky, try cinching your waist with a belt.

DSC_0572 DSC_0657

Last but not least, let your accessories set the tone of your overall outfit. I opted for an edgier look, so I added all black accessories and a moto jacket for that tough-girl glam you know I love.

DSC_0542DSC_0555

I threw my hair back into this flirty, feminine pony and topped my pout with Smashbox Be Legendary Lipstick in Honey. When I’m at work, I rarely have time to touch up my makeup, so it’s important I choose a low maintenance color. This lipstick hydrates my lips, stays on smooth and it’s creamy texture makes it easy to retouch before a meeting.

What are your favorite layering combinations?

xo Nicole

 

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *