Back to the Office in Our Business Casual Wear

Business Casual for Women

Within any Minx’s work wardrobe there is array of subtle personality shifts and levels of professional formality. We dress depending on our anticipated day: will there be an important meeting? Will we be dashing from work to a date, to the grocery store, to the airport? Will it be a high powered day at work or a laid back and more casual one?

Optimus Prime Gave Us this Mission for Our Work Wardrobe

Transformer Sweater, THML

There is very little that can compete with the understated elegance of a pullover sweater. Here we have our Transformer pullover sweater. It is fun, fresh and functional! The geometric, four tone, color block design creates the perfect combination of modern edge and classic nostalgia.

Transformer Sweater, THML

Pullover sweaters looks great with trousers and skirts that hit at the natural waistline. They are just as easily paired with a lower rise bottom when layered over a oxford style shirt, tunic, or under layer tank or tee. We love the pullover sweater to go over a short dress as well, as we highlighted in our recent post about how to build a wardrobe. The diversity of styles that this pullover sweater can achieve, not to mention the striking resemblance that the geometric design has with Optimus Prime’s emblem, truly makes this the Transformer sweater!

How to Put Together a Business Casual Outfit

Sheer Tori Tunic, Fun 2 Fun

What is really meant by business casual? There is no one definitive answer. However, there are some basic guidelines that we stand behind. One cringes against the perfunctory image of Hawaiian Shirt Fridays. Or does one? Good food for thought: how to update the Hawaiian shirt. Let’s file that away for now, put it under the category: the fun fashion challenge we bestow upon all you Minxs. But, in all seriousness, casual work attire can truly only be a few notches down the causal ladder from everyday work attire.

Transformer Sweater, THML

Again, The Importance of Shoes for Office Fashion

Let us not forget how paramount shoes are to any outfit. Ultimately, what image your outfit conveys hinges on what shoes accompany it. Even when we wish this wasn’t true: it is.

Here we have our work causal attire paired with slip-on sneakers. It conveys more of a weekend appeal in truth. Even if your work attire is causal, a Minx might want to make a slightly more professional statement with her shoes. Perhaps flats. Not a huge change in comfort, but quite noticeable in perception.

Gibsin Perforated Sneakers, Dolce Vita

Then, as a Minx heads out of work, and off on a weekender adventure, she can reach into her overstuffed and always loyal shoulder bag, and swap out the flats for her trusty sneakers.

Locked and loaded this Minx is ready for her work casual look to transform. Like Optimus Prime, she is ready to duck out of her giant robot form and sink into the comfort of her semi truck form as she tears down the highways into the glow of the Friday evening sun!

Find parts of this look on Minxasheville.com and the rest in our downtown Asheville boutique!

Transformer Crewneck Sweater, THML – $75
Sheer Tori Tunic, Fun 2 Fun - $38
Harmony Wide Leg Capris, Wells Grace – $40
Pony Hair Side Satchel, Minx
Gibsin Perforated Sneakers, Dolce Vita – $67

Big thanks to our newest contributor Amelia Brommer for the post, Paola Nazati Photography for the images, and Breanna for modeling!

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Suit Up in Our Favorite Work Wear

What to Wear to Work

There are two great times during the calender year in which to slip into a new self: early fall (ingrained in our psyche from years of first days of school) and January (the start of the new year.)

As 2014 wrapped up so did many work and school projects. Now with the holidays behind us many of us find ourselves on unbroken ground. What is the next step and, as we prepare to take it, how shall we present ourselves?

Business Attire for Women

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It’s hard not to look towards media for inspirations for our wardrobes now and then. This is a brilliant idea for any Minx stuck in a rut or any Minx looking to shake their style up a bit.

This outfit gives a hearty nod to both the Madmen era of office wear, with this fabulous bright pink jacket, and to the 9 to 5 era, with the deep blue blouse and black tailored trousers. All offices are different and business attire comes in many different styles, but what Minx wouldn’t love to channel Joan or Dolly while choosing what to wear to work?

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Office Wear as a Functional Costume

Sometimes we need a suit of armor before we go out into the world. When the stakes are raised, as they are when our professional or academic persona is on display, then the need for a impenetrable suit of armor is in even higher demand than usual.

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Pretend for a moment, if you will, that you have been cast in a play as Valkyrie. Imagine striding out onto stage, lights blaring in your eyes. A wall of hidden critics just on the other side of the curtain of blackness that hides the audience form view. “Be a Valkyrie” is your only direction, but you are in your normal cloths and you feel nothing like a Valkyrie. Now mentally dawn your Valkyrie costume: busty full length dress, braids as thick as your wrist hanging down to your waist, and a great horned hat. The hat is so heavy with metal and horns that you must walk erect just to keep from collapsing under its weight. Add a spear and shield and suddenly it is perfectly easy to believe that you are on your way to Valhalla!

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This is the power of clothes, why we love them and hate them. They create an energy around us. Clothes are an extension of our inner selves. Every Minx knows that they are not a simple one dimensional self, they are multi layered. A well built wardrobe expresses all of your sides. Don’t let your work self suffer from hastily chosen or safe options for the office. Let this winter be the time you consciously choose how to let your work wear strategically help mold your professional look. Carefully explore how presenting the true you in the office you can positively change your work experience!

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Find this look in our downtown Asheville boutique!

Fuschia Jacket, Minx- $111
Tate Crop Top, Wells Grace- $53
Ramone Cropped Pants, Gentle Fawn– $90
Intaglio Earrings, Extasia – $73
Vintage Chain and Pearl Necklace, Serefina – $92
Pumps, Dolce Vita – Model’s Own

Big thanks to our newest contributor Amelia Brommer for the post, Paola Nazati Photography for the images, and Meagan for modeling!

Susana Monaco, The Perfect Travel Companion

Travel Clothes

This is the time of year that mailboxes fill up with magazines and catalogs championing resort wear and bathing suits. Regardless of if you are the type who actually goes to a resort or gets the chance to wear a bathing suit before that special groundhog fails to see his shadow, it does give us all pause to think about the possibility. The possibility of movement, of new experiences and places, and of what we will be wearing in these new situations!

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Wardrobe Essentials

Every time a Minx packs for a vacation, even a quick weekend get away, she is utilizing the basic skills of building a wardrobe. A micro wardrobe, if you will, but a wardrobe nonetheless. If one looks at wardrobe building through the small and accessible lens of vacation packing it becomes clear that the key factor in choosing an item is its versatility.

Sendra Boots

The Susana Monaco Dress

Our number one item of essential clothing is the short dress. Here we chose a Susana Monaco dress. We don’t often like to pick favorites, but this high quality frock has timeless style, doesn’t fade, pill, stretch, wrinkle or stain! It is an amazing addition to any travel wardrobe.

Susana Monaco Dress

The Short Dress as one of the Classic Wardrobe Essentials

Why we love a simple short dress: Firstly the basic proportion creates a naturally feminine and flattering look for multiple body shapes. Secondly, a simple short dress has an effortless wearable quality that makes it the perfect foundation item of clothing on which to build a number of different outfits and looks. When we are tasked to create a travel wardrobe that fits within the confines of a suitcase we want articles of clothing that can mix and match. We need them to fit into a number of different locations and situations along with us.

Susana Monaco Dress

Three Ways to Style a Susana Monaco Dress

 

Here we have our Susana Monaco dress paired with three different tops, three different pairs of shoes and three different statement jewelry pieces. Each pairing creating a very different feel ranging from professional, to casual, to evening. Don’t forget that the dress worn alone is a fourth look! The goal of building a wardrobe is to create a collection of clothing that fits your body and your life.

Susana Monaco Dress Don’t feel hampered by the options that we have put before you: have fun building your own wardrobe with your own unique style! Other options abound: You could incorporate belts worn at the true waist or forgo the pullover look and pair your short dress with a cardigan or a smart jacket during the colder months. Also note that we have our looks styled with bare legs, but a short dress loves a good pair of tights or leggings, especially before it warms up a bit. It is truly a must have year round wardrobe essential! Bon Voyage Minxes!

This look can be found in our downtown Asheville boutique!

Our favorite wear anywhere dress, The Inverted Pleat Dress, Susana Monaco- $181
Escher Pleated Crop Top, Dance and Marvel – $54
Isabella Chain Necklace, Julie Vos  – $261
Cropped Heart Sweater, Press– $110
Heart Bangle, Diament Jewelry- $24
Evan Cap Sleeve Lace Blouse, Wells Grace – $58
Penthouse Pumps, BC- $62
Marisa Handmade Leather Boots, Sendra – $441

Big thanks The Battery Park Book Exchange for the lovely location, our new blog writer Amelia Brommer, Meagan for modeling and Paola Nazati Photography.

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Beat the Blues in Winter Pastels

Winter Trend: Pastels

Pastels have been creeping into hair color trends for a several years. Most of you have noted the soft shades of pink and purples, reminiscent of Easter and macaroons, in the locks of the bolder fashionistas and school girls alike.

The quality is dreamlike. Even though it is playing on fashion forward trends, it creates a beautiful hand tinted photographic effect that feels nostalgic. However, regardless of how beautiful pastel hair might be in theory, it does not always translate to a wearable look for many women, whether it’s due to comfort zones of personal style and practical reasons such as workplace dress code. Thankfully, winter 2015 fashion trends have a huge pastel component. Now the eye catching shades will be worn in pastel clothing!

Pink Trousers

How to Wear Pastels

Pastels can be incorporated into the whole outfit, utilizing layering and really having fun with playing up different tones and shades. On one hand, one could really forget themself within this trend and end up playing out a childhood fantasy of an updated Care Bears meets My Little Pony. But being a Minx, they also could embrace this trend in a slightly more grown up manner.

For a more understated look, choose one item of clothing from your ensemble to be pastel, as we have done here with the pale pink trousers. Instead of playing on layering different pinks, we chose to finish the outfit off with soft greys and neutrals. The grey of the blouse and the soft neutral of the Subtle Luxury sweater give the look a romantic feel. The pastel trousers are integral, but not overwhelming.blush_trouser-1

Winter Trends for Women

January is the perfect time to try out new silhouettes as the year transitions away from the holiday season and sets its sights on the Spring. If a wide trouser is too much volume, try a voluminous top. The draping of a Subtle Luxury sweater is unsurpassed. The soft cashmere is luxurious! It is truly a practical item to incorporate into 2015 closet for it will keep you on trend and warm.

Subtle Luxury Cashmere Sweater

Accessories your Pastel Clothing

If you are really in love with the pastel color palate you may be tempted to embrace it both in your wardrobe as well as in your jewelry collection. Here we have opted for a more toned down look, again going with pale, natural tones for our large beaded statement necklace.

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The Play Between Pastels and Texture

One of the nicest qualities of an article of clothing that is a lighter hue is the way pale color helps the texture to pop. The lace of the blouse, the ribbing of the sweater, the pleats of the trousers, all of these details are as visible as they are because of this visual phenomenon. The same outfit in black would absorb light and come off as shapeless.

As you have began to play with bringing pastels into your winter 2015 fashion keep an eye on how you can play with texture!

Parts of this look are available online, the rest can be found in our downtown Asheville boutique!

The Scalloped Edge Crop Top– $45
Cashmere Cocoon Cardi in Barley, Subtle Luxury– $225
Beaming Sky Necklace, 31 Bits  – $42
Gold Anaconda Ring, Marcia Moran– $86
Perfectly Pink Wide Leg Trousers,- $67
Penthouse Pumps, BC  – $62

Big thanks The Battery Park Book Exchange for the lovely location, our new blog writer Amelia Brommer, Hillary for modeling and Paola Nazati Photography.

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