Why Telling Yourself You Can't Pull It Off Is a Lie

Forewarning: content includes stylist rant

While everyone else is talking about spring trends, festival looks (please make it stop), and “new season new you” messaging, I decided to take a different approach and ask that you stop telling me and yourself that you can’t pull something off. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve been complimented on something I wear only then to be followed with, “but you can pull that off, I can’t.” You know what the only difference between me and that person is? I actually just liked it, tried it, and put in on. Yes, it’s that easy to pull something off.  With this being said,  I understand that people may not always know how to incorporate things into their wardrobe which is why I'm able to be a personal stylist in the first place, but that's a whole other topic.

I love my clients. Part of the reason I’m so happy doing what I do is because I’m a social person and the more time I spend with someone, especially in the intimate area of their personal style, the more I get attached and understand their emotions when it comes to how their wardrobe impacts their everyday life. I observe their current state, try to empathize with what’s holding them back from looking and feeling their best, and then coach them through breaking out. My face to face services are the most productive in doing this because I physically get to force them in trying something out of their comfort zone. And, when they try something new and realize that they actually love it, it significantly boosts their confidence and attitude because they have a sense of accomplishing something they really didn’t think would work for them.

Where am I going with this? Pull it off! If you like something, try it before you convince yourself it isn’t for you. For the record, this doesn’t mean trying to wear a crop top you saw on a 23-year-old if you’re 52 (unless you’re Elizabeth Hurley). Fashion should be fun, not boring. Specific looks don’t belong to specific people. Get inspired by what you see and apply it to your personal style. Yes, it may feel strange at first like getting a new haircut, but you'll get over the awkwardness as the new look starts to settle in. Also, remember this is about trying something you like, but are not yet comfortable with, not trying to force things you don't like into your wardrobe. There is a difference, but the prior is as easy as just putting it on and heading out the door.




Easy Outfit Formulas For Busy Days

Believe it or not, some of the busy professionals I work with have great style and do their own shopping. They have quality pieces in their closet and check all the boxes when it comes to having sufficient options in each category (pants, denim, blouses, dresses, etc.) So what do they need from me? Creativity. The number one thief of creativity when it comes to developing your personal style and wearing an outfit you feel good in each day is time. My clients don't have the time to sit there and play dress up, nor have they organized their closet in a way that will enable them to easily browse everything they own in order to come up with the best way to style their various pieces. 

So, how do they overcome this obstacle? Outfit formulas. Outfit formulas are basically outfit outlines that allow you to mix and match different pieces in your wardrobe to create a uniformed look- one that suits your personal style and is practical for your every day life. I recommend creating at least three formulas for a busy week ahead. Consider which pieces you feel like wearing and are most suitable for your agenda. Below are three easy and chic combinations. 

Dress + Jacket + Booties/Boots

style tip:  add opaque or sheer stockings for colder weather 

style tip: add opaque or sheer stockings for colder weather 


Pants + Top + Blazer + Flats/Heels

style tip:  add statement earrings for a bolder look 

style tip: add statement earrings for a bolder look 


Skirt + Camisole + Cardigan + Flats/Heels

style tip:  skirts are supposed to highlight the smallest part of your waist. make sure the waistband fits you around the waist instead of sitting too low on your hips

style tip: skirts are supposed to highlight the smallest part of your waist. make sure the waistband fits you around the waist instead of sitting too low on your hips

As you can see, breaking down your wardrobe into categories and outlining your outfits really help to visualize and plan looks. Also, these formulas can be used over and over again depending on the inventory in your closet. Who says you can't wear a dress and a jacket every day if that's what you like?  There are endless outfit formulas you can create, but remember that your formulas should emulate your personal style and every day life. Maybe jeans, a t-shirt, and slides fits your casual work environment more than a trouser and blazer would. You can have one formula for an entire week and choose the individual pieces you want to insert into the equation, and don't forget to add accessories to complete the look (belts, bracelets, necklaces, earrings, scarves, etc.).  The point here is to utilize each component of your wardrobe to create versatile and stylish options that will make your mornings more efficient and give you more time for coffee!

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Awesome Brands You Need to Know About

New York City is supposed to be one of the most diverse cities in the world, but I can't help to notice that sometimes everyone looks the same. Thanks to fast fashion chains offering the latest trends at affordable prices on every block, people here tend to move through the "in" looks together in waves. As much as I love Zara, I honestly avoid it as much as possible because I risk running into one too many twins on the street. I love the question, "where did you get those?" almost as much as, if not more than, someone complimenting my outfit. Even fashion bloggers are starting to look the same to me and are constantly wearing the same brand and products as all the others. Gucci slides, anyone? (yes, I'm guilty too)

Here are a few of my favorite brands that are unique, offer great products, and are sure to make people question where you're shopping.  I plan to feature at least four under the radar brands at least once a quarter so let me know what you think!

Dori Csengeri

These jewelry pieces are absolute show stoppers! I receive compliments every single time I wear my Dori earrings. I have three pairs and I can't wait to get more. Dori's unique jewelry is impeccably hand embroidered in Tel Aviv with silky textile cords, handmade glass cabochons, natural gemstones, Swarovski crystals, and leather. She is inspired by textile design, art, and her love for color. I discovered this brand through a good friend of mine who was selling them at her boutique and have been hooked ever since. They are worth every penny and look great with everything from ball gowns to jeans and a t-shirt. 

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Bandits Swimwear

Born and raised in Maryland like me, Bandits Swimwear is one to watch. What I love about this brand is how versatile the pieces are. Not only can you mix and match a variety of their products to create a look that fits you best, but you can also repurpose the one-pieces as bodysuits and their tops as sports bras, crop tops, or bralettes. Founded and designed by Stephanie Meni, each and every Bandits collection is complete with pieces you can take beyond the beach. Bandits Swimwear sources fabrics for superior quality, design and fucntionality from different countries, however, its signature solid fabrics come straight from Italy. 

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entreDonovan is a women's custom clothing company that focuses on work wear. This company is great for women who have a tough time finding clothes that fit them properly right off the rack. The custom process begins with a high tech 3D body scanner that captures thousands of points of data to ensure the finest custom fit. From there, you're able to select from a large variety of styles and fabrics. While their site isn't that intriguing and the styles can come off as a bit boring,  I've actually visited the showroom and can vouch that there are plenty of options available for someone looking for clothes that are more fashion forward and contemporary. I would consider entreDonovan for staple items and pieces you may want to invest in if you do have to dress corporate for your workplace. Each piece is pretty basic and can be mixed and matched so many different ways depending on the  look you want to achieve. 

Make sure to let me know if you're interested in a custom appointment since I have a relationship with the owner of the company and can guarantee you're taken care of!

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Moon River

Based in Los Angeles, Moon River is a specialty women's lifestyle brand inspired by the song "Moon River" in the movie Breakfast at Tiffany's. The label is known for its clean, natural, and vintage-inspired aesthetic, representing the style and sensibility of a woman with a free spirit crossing the world in style. The reason why I think Moon River is great is because they offer very small amount of product that truly reflect who they are. I also think that they offer a little bit for everyone who is looking for something feminine, boho, trendy, casual, or pieces on the dressier side. Not to mention their price point is very wallet friendly for the quality you're getting. 

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Please keep me posted on great new brands you discover as well so I can  feature them in upcoming posts! If you have any questions about incorporating any of the brands above into your current wardrobe, let me know. I hope your new year is off to a great start and I can't wait to offer you some great things coming up in 2018! 


FORWARD by elyse walker





Wardrobe Updates for 2018

There are many things to reflect upon when approaching a new year. Whether it be good or bad, there is just no way of escaping the pressure of thinking about what you'd like to improve in your  life for the year ahead. 

Going back to my first blog post about your relationship with personal style, a quick wardrobe refresh and style update may be the perfect (and painless) thing you need to get started on making 2018 the best year yet (so cliché, I know). Respect how you look each and every day because you deserve it, and remember that how you portray yourself is the message you're sending to the world. So, what do you want to say?

Here are four wardrobe swaps that I dare you to make for the new year ahead in order to get started on creating a wardrobe you enjoy:

In:  pops of color

Out:  all black everything

What is it with black in the winter? As if winter isn't depressing enough, I have to go outside and see a sea of people in black puffers. I have a white, down jacket that really stands out and I love it! Try incorporating some color into your outerwear. Most people navigate to black because it goes with everything, but you'd be surprised at how color matches majority of your wardrobe and can enhance your overall look. If color is too much for you, try wearing gray or beige instead. 


In:  dramatically textured knits

Out: boring sweaters

Have fun with your knits! Anyone can go buy a basic crew neck sweater from J.Crew, but why stop there?  A great sweater can create a polished and cozy look for the winter. Opt for unique textures, such as thick cable knits, or unexpected stitching like in the mens sweater below. Buying a basic color sweater with unique texture or detail will also most likely have a longer shelf life in your closet since you won't tire of it as quickly as printed options such as stripes and fair isle styles. 


In:  fun denim

Out: leggings with everything

Sorry, guys, this one is for the ladies. I can admit that I am guilty of trying to wear everything with my two pairs of black leggings once winter hits. I even buy things with the intention of it covering my butt so I can wear it with leggings and boots. Let's expand our horizons together, shall we? Over the past few seasons, there has been a lot of play with denim- embellishments, distressing, raw hems, cropped silhouettes, and more. Let's try some out! Pair them with a great sweater (as mentioned above) and some cute booties and ta-da! We have a chic winter look.   



In: sharp blazer

Out: bomber jackets

I'm not saying bomber jackets are out of style here, but depending on the look you are going for a well tailored blazer or sports coat can really upgrade your look. Most people associate a blazer with work wear, however, it's one of the most versatile and chic pieces you can own. You can dress it up or down, but no matter how you style it, it will always add polish and sophistication to your outfit. There are also endless variations in the types of colors, prints, silhouettes, button details, and fabrications available so you can choose whichever style fits you best. Don't be afraid to invest in this piece either since it's a definite wardrobe staple you'll have forever. 

No matter what you decide to wear in 2018, I hope that you accomplish all that you set out to do. Each year is truly a roller coaster ride bringing highs and lows of all sorts, but it's what you take from those experiences that matters. Here's to growth and positivity in the new year. 



2018 Holiday Gift Ideas

I'll admit it. I hate buying presents for other people. It's the process that I don't like- trying to figure out what they like balanced with what they need and want at the same time. However, the act of giving around the holidays is what makes the season so special and watching someone open a present you selected for them with huge smile is one of those moments that makes it all worth it. 

With the overwhelming amount of gift guides circulating out there, I thought I'd advise on a few things I think would make a great gift option for someone special in your life to hopefully help ease the struggle of figuring it all out yourself. 


Rodan + Fields

The lash boost product is one of the best stocking stuffer ideas! Lash boost has been one of the hottest products in the beauty/skincare industry this past year, but most women are hesitant to purchase it themselves because of the price (one eyelash extension cost at least $80 so the price is actually great). With raving reviews from publications and everyone that uses it, you can't go wrong with this one if she is into beauty and skincare.

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Great Shoes or Handbag

Women love receiving a designer pair of shoes or a luxe handbag as a gift. Adding another item to their collection is exciting and it makes it even more special receiving it from someone they love. There are so many options out there depending on your budget and her personal style, so you shouldn't have too much trouble finding the perfect one that doesn't break the bank and makes her happy. If you're totally clueless on what to get her, plan a cute shopping afternoon where she can choose her own gift and end the day at a great place for lunch or dinner. 


Spa Day 

Going to the spa is a treat. Most women rarely find the time or want to spend the money on treating themselves to a couple hours at a beautiful spa. Giving the gift of relaxation is a no brainer. 


Beautycounter Gift Set

These body sets make really great gifts, especially if you experience winter climates. Not only do they provide her the products to create her own private spa day, but they are free from all harmful chemicals and ingredients and only use elements that are certified organic, natural, or naturally derived along with the safer synthetic ingredients too. 

Personalized Goodies

I loved personalized gifts only because growing up I could never find anything with "Gianna" on it. Personalization also shows you put some extra thought into the gift. Try to keep an eye open to see if she needs a new make up bag, clutch for the weekends, phone case, etc. and then find a cute company, like Monpurse, who makes stylish items you can personalize for her. 




Alcohol Subscription Box 

If your man appreciate quality cocktails and enjoys mixing it up at home, then this makes a great gift idea. He will receive a box of goodies (depending on what type of subscription best fits his interests) each month over a 6-12 month timeframe which will allow him to play mixologist as well as receive a few more presents even after the holidays are over. 


Shaving Kit

Men rarely treat themselves to quality skincare products that can actually have an impact on their lives. Introduce him to a nice shaving kit that can help improve his skin and make shaving less of a chore. 

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Apple AirPods 

If he hasn't already purchased the new AirPods, then these will make a great stocking stuffer. I love mine and most people that transition will never go back to being wired. 


Quality Winter Accessories 

Similar to the quality shaving essentials, most men don't pay attention to quality accessories especially when it comes to wintertime. Treat him to a nice cashmere hat, gloves and scarf set to keep him warm through the holidays and winter season ahead. 



Men tend to appreciate experiences over things. If he is a sports fan then buying him tickets to see his favorite team play is easy. But if he doesn't really enjoy sports, then think outside of the box to come up with another idea like concert tickets or research an event you feel would be fun to do together- wine tasting, cooking class, brewery tour, etc . If you want to go big, plan a surprise weekend getaway! 


I hope you have a wonderful holiday with your friends and family! Remember that the season is about much more than presents. Take the time to live in the moment, reflect on the past year and give thanks for what's to come. 

Fashion and Style in Asia

I just had the opportunity to spend two weeks in Asia visiting Tokyo, Hong Kong, and Singapore. I’m a cultural traveler as in I’m more interested in the people, food, and local activities versus site seeing and discovering each city’s Times Square (understanding there are some sites you HAVE to see).  As a stylist and someone who works in fashion, it’s natural of me to dissect the style of every city I visit. Hong Kong and Singapore were more westernized and housed a lot more expats than Tokyo, so while their street style didn't exude the same uniqueness, it still had a few similar characteristics. 

Below are three ways I would categorize the fashion of the Asian cities I explored:

Minimalist, yet Cool

Asian fashion appreciates clean lines, textures, and quality fabrications. I noticed that a lot of people dressed very simple, but the silhouettes of their outfits were balanced in a very cool way- think over sized trench layered over a t-shirt and culottes, a monochromatic look layered in a comfortable but chic way, or a slip dress layered over a long sleeve t-shirt and paired with sneakers (see more here about styling slip dresses). They master the basics of dressing, but adjust simple staple items to fit their personality and make them their own. 

Feminine and Conservative

The style was very conservative in Asia which somewhat ties into the first observation. There was actually one American girl I saw who was wearing a tube top and cut off jean shorts that stood out like a sore thumb. Even in the heat, they dress very neat, put together, and feminine. They appreciate the bows, embellishments, lace, etc. that adds girliness and flirtation to clothes. The brand that I think really resonates with this category of style in Asia is Miu Miu- sophisticated and ultra fem.  Think of something you’d wear to a fancy country club brunch and that’s how a good amount of Asian women like to dress everyday. 

Graphic and Bold

On the opposite side of the spectrum, we have the Harajuku crowd. Harajuku is known internationally as a center of Japanese youth culture and fashion. This style includes just about everything from mixing bold colors, layering graphic prints, platform shoes, neon hair, knee high socks, ripped fishnets, and more! Now depending on where you go, you won’t see too much of this, but it is significant enough to be associated with Asian fashion and something that is unique to the Japanese culture. It is mostly adopted by the tweens and teens so perhaps it’s a phase before they progress into the other two categories above? Or they just rock it all life long?

Observations of the culture around you can be great inspiration for your own personal style. I encourage you to learn how to adopt things that you see and love for yourself. There is always room to try something new! Never be afraid to be surprised. Who knows, you might find blue hair looks great on you ;) 

Are Clothing Subscription Boxes Right For You?

Subscription personal styling and shopping services are popping up everywhere, and while they are a great idea and most likely satisfy your need for efficiency, are you really getting what you need when it comes to fulfilling your personal style and having a wardrobe you love?

There is something to be said about these companies given Stitch Fix has raked in nearly $1 billion in sales and recently filed for an IPO. They set out to solve a consumer issue and it seems like a lot of people had this particular one. Bingo!

So why would someone hire a personal stylist or shopper when they can pay $20 to get a box full of items curated from their style profile and measurements delivered straight to their doorstep? Check out three of my top reasons below on why a more tailored experience might be right for you:

Live Interactions are More Valuable

Working with a stylist or shopper in person provides a more valuable experience. There are several layers to someone’s personal style that may not become as transparent through an online questionnaire or phone call.  Los Angeles stylist, Lauren Messiah, stated in a NYT article discussing this topic, “What I do for women as a personal stylist, a lot of it isn’t even about the clothes. Working with a stylist is more about figuring out who you are, and then dressing yourself accordingly.”  Working with someone in a personal setting really allows you to dive into your goals, intentions, and problem areas that will allow you to create solutions for developing your best wardrobe possible.

It’s Not a Numbers Game

When I first got the idea to start my own business, I started looking for “stylist” jobs just so I could keep something more consistent while still gaining the experience I wanted. I noticed that so many companies now have shifted the title “sales associate” to “stylist”, “style advisor”, “personal stylist”, etc.  I also have talked to several people who have worked for these box companies and say that it is very numbers driven and they are expected to hit quotas and sales goals each month.   While it's only smart for a large company to set up these type of goals for their “stylists”, I can only imagine that the stress of hitting a number could impact someone’s ability to truly understand their customer's needs and wants and focus on providing them the best experience possible.  This is part of the reason I charge flat rates for all of my services. I want to enjoy the time with my client, get to know them, and make sure I fulfill exactly what they hired me for- not to check my watch every half hour or notice them doing the same.

360 Point of View

You learn someone's objectives from observing their current state and developing an understanding of where they want to go. Most people hire a personal stylist or shopper because they are unhappy with their current situation, but how can you impact the status quo when you don’t know what it is? Working with someone in person allows the stylist or shopper to see the whole picture. I often will go into client’s closets to see what they currently own and come up with the best recommendations for items needed to enhance their current wardrobe and overall look. Having this insight allows me to do my job better, and having a deeper understanding of my client's problems and goals as a whole will help me provide them with a more customized and beneficial experience.  

With all of this being said, the subscription model does work well for a lot of people hence the success of these companies, but it’s important to have the right expectations and understand the experience you’ll receive versus working with someone one-on-one whose sole focus is YOU. 

Mens Top Styling Tips

“A well-tied tie is the first serious step in life.”
– Oscar Wilde

Men, don't be afraid to have great style or to make it a priority in your life. There are so many ways you can upgrade your go-to flannel shirt and jeans look. While you don't have as many options as women, there are a lot of ways you can enhance your everyday look and my favorite way is through the art of layering. 

Pants aside, let's focus on a few easy ways you can style your tops, add some cool shoes and call it a day. Below are three of the most important elements you should have in your closet when it comes to layering for the fall. Feel free to layer one piece or layer them all. A jacket looks great over a cardigan, a cardigan looks great under a vest, a vest looks great under a jacket, and the formulas go on.  Feel free to layer which ever way suits your personal style and is appropriate for the current weather. 


While this may seem obvious, I don't think many men realize how a jacket can impact their outfit. With options ranging beyond the average sport coat, you're able to mix and match different jackets with different shirts to help create a versatile wardrobe. Try opting for styles you haven't tried before and see if you like them. Play around with wearing a jacket over a button down versus a t-shirt and figure out which combinations you prefer. As you can see from the examples below, a cool jacket can even make a white t-shirt with jeans look good. 


Sweater weather is upon us and cardigans are one of my favorite items for men. They come in so many different varieties- light weight or heavy knit, button down or open front, shawl collar or collarless- and also prove to be a great alternative to a jacket. See below on how you can layer over items ranging from a white t-shirt to a suit for those days you prefer something a bit more cozy and comfortable. 


Vests are a great way to add some warmth without the bulk and you can pretty much layer it over anything including a sports coat, suit, and sweaters. They are also great to layer under lighter jackets if you need the additional warmth, but would rather not make it the main attraction. Vests are a great way to transition lighter, fall jackets into the winter and always add a bit of an unexpected twist to an outfit which makes them cool and effortless.

Interested in learning more about simple ways to upgrade your personal style or how to layer up for fall? I'm always here to chat! Contact me at gianna@blenderstyle.com with any questions.

Updating Your Summer Dresses for Fall

If you know me well, you are aware that I love Frank Sinatra. There's nothing like listening to "Summer Wind" as I walk down the busy streets of Manhattan during a hot summer day. But, at the risk of being a buzz kill, summer is coming to an end and don't you hate when a new season creeps up on you and suddenly it feels like you have nothing to wear? You’re a bit tired of the clothes you wore last year and there are so many new trends and styles that you can’t wait to factor into your wardrobe, however, finding the perfect pieces that are purchase worthy is time consuming and by the time you feel you have enough fall clothes, it’s time for winter then spring. 

Summer dresses are a great item that you can reinvent for the fall season, and below I provide some great examples on how you can repurpose them to fit into your fall closet without having to start all over again.

Slip Dresses

Slip dresses have been a fashion favorite for the past couple of years due to their versatility, subtle sexiness and comfortability. They are one of the easiest layering pieces you can own. For fall, you can simply layer under light outerwear like a denim jacket, leather jacket, or blazer, and pair with booties. Also, try layering it over a form fitting long sleeve t-shirt or a turtle neck for a tailored look. One really cool way to layer a slip dress is over a sheer top because it still keeps you covered in all the right places but adds a little more style by adding the unexpected sheerness.



Flirty Mini Dresses

This one is my favorite.  With the feminine trend holding strong over the past couple of years, we’ve been seeing a lot more flirty dresses that are made with chiffon and silk fabrics, have billowy silhouettes, ruffle trims and cute patterns. Given a good amount are bohemian inspired, you can find them in earthy tones and neutral colors that easily carry over to fall. Pair them with thigh high boots, booties, or a block heel with tights. Layer them under a fur or faux fur vest for colder days and add a wide brim fedora if you're feeling like a real fashionista.



Work Dresses

Assuming you work in a more business casual dress code environment unlike the casual work place I discussed in my previous blog post, jackets are key here. If you stick with a simple color palette when it comes to your work wear, then it should be easy to transition from season to season while adding accent pieces here and there. Simply layer your dress under a blazer or duster jacket, or pair with patterened tights and a close toe block heel, ankle bootie or flat.  To add more style to your outfit, opt for bold accessories like a statement necklace, earrings, or a killer work bag. Shoes are also another great way to jazz up a simple work look. Try ones that come in a unique fabric (velvet is huge!), a metallic, or play around with unique embellishments like studs and chic buckles.

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Alexa Chung, stealthelook.com.br

Maxi Dresses

This one takes on very similar recommendations to the slip dress and flirty mini dresses. It can be layered under fall jackets (a leather jacket over a maxi dress is one of my favorite combinations) or layered over t-shirts and turtlenecks. I often prefer booties with maxi dresses to help balance out the longer silhouette, but if you have a cool slit in your maxi dress then try it with a knee high or over the knee boot for an unexpected peekaboo moment. 



If you have any questions on how to repurpose your wardrobe in any way, I'd love to talk with you! Contact me anytime at gianna@blenderstyle.com and don't forget you can sign up for my Digital Daiquiri service for only $89 while spots are still available. 

How to Dress Better for the Casual Work Environment

Work clothing is like toiletries. You hate spending the money on them, but you have no choice. A lot of companies these days are adopting a more casual dress code where the A-line pencil skirts and suits are a thing of the past. While this causes many employees to jump for joy, it also disrupts how they get dressed every day, and makes them think a little harder about what they are putting on in order to balance the casual with the cool. 

I've taken a few components of work dress below and offer recommendations on how you can adjust it to be more contemporary, professional and stylish. 

The Pants

Casual work environments are now allowing denim as part of their dress code, however, I find jeans to be a bit boring. Unless they have some amazing distressing, or make my butt look like J.Lo's, I'll pass for the most part. On the other side of the equation, the typical work pant often leaves you dissatisfied because they aren't flattering, come in a weird cut, or are too cookie cutter. Here are some tips on how you can implement alternatives to both jeans and the classic work pant:

  • Opt for a black pant with an unexpected twist like this one with the front zipper to add a little more style.
  • Try a looser silhouette like a striped culotte. Pair with a small block heel if you aren't that tall to help balance your proportions and the extra fabric.
  • Pair silk joggers with a nice top and chic loafers or heels to make it more office appropriate.
  • Leather always gives your outfit an instant upgrade. I recommend pairing leather pants with loose blouses for the office since most of them fit tight like a legging. Try them in another color besides black if you're feeling extra bold.
from left to right: Zip Front High Rise Black Pant- Elizabeth and James, Intermix on SALE; Striped Culotte- Soulmates, Dillards; Silk Jogger -Target; Leather Pants-  J Brand, Bloomingdales


The Jacket

I love a good blazer. I feel like I got a six figure raise every time I wear a tailored blazer and strut down the street with my big sunnies. They are classically great, but why stop there? There are so many jacket options right now that can help you keep your wardrobe diverse and versatile - bombers, dusters, jean jackets, leather jackets - all ranging in multiple styles.  Also, the blazer is such a staple item that has been reinvented over and over again that you can find it in some really cool options that include textures, double breasted buttons, all different colors and patterns, long or cropped, the list goes on. Below you'll see that you can pretty much layer a jacket over anything ranging from a striped t-shirt to an oxford button down or turtle neck.  Reimagine these looks without the jacket. Pretty boring, right?


from left to right: Leather Jacket- VINCE on SALE; Linen Blazer- J.Crew on SALE; Embroidered Bomber- Forever 21; Duster Jacket- Helene Berman, Nordstrom

The Dress

Step away from the J. Crew shift dress. Femininity had a big comeback over the past few years and we are seeing a ton of ruffles, lace and embroidery. These are only a few examples of the type of details you can look for when searching for the above average work dress. Silhouette is another key player here. Don't think that maxi dresses are just for your beach getaway. Layered under a leather jacket, it can be a very chic work look. Also, try playing around with what fits your body best. Fit and flare, drop waist, shirt waist, sheath and wrap dresses are a few types to begin with. Even the slightest detail like a unique sleeve on a simple dress can make all the difference. 

from left to right: Drop Waist Dress- MINKPINK, Shopbop.com; Wrap Dress- DVF; Shirt Dress- Missguided; Lace Maxi Dress- Free People, Shopbop.com

The Shoe

I could write a novel on this one. Leave the gym sneakers at home (yes, I see this a lot).  Remember, you're still coming into an office setting. And if sneakers are your jam, there are so many brands out there that make cool, casual sneakers versus the ones you'd work out in. Also, if you're a city girl like me, flats are your best friend, but that doesn't mean you need to sacrifice style. There are so many options for you to choose from in order to step up from the classic ballet flat that include alternatives such as metallics, embellishments, and unique fabrications, to name a few. Also, don't rule out one to two inch block heels, which I actually find to be more comfortable than flats sometimes. This will provide you with an even wider range of comfortable options when considering stylish shoes for work.  And depending on your outfit (going back to the striped culotte), having a little extra height can help balance out your entire look. 

from left to right: Velvet Mule- Rebecca Minkoff; Embellished Ankle Strap Flats- Aquazzura; Metallic Loafer- Nine West, DSW; Casual Sneaker- Adidas

I will be writing more on work style in future blog posts, but if you have any questions about updating your work wardrobe, please don't hesitate to reach out to me anytime at gianna@blenderstyle.com. Also, don't forget my Digital Daiquiri service is now available for only $89! Sign up is easy. Just click here.