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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!

Greylin Silk Trousers, Neuw Silk Tee, Seychelles, and Loschy

Although the seasons have changed, the year’s biggest pants trends have not.

Whether they’re sporty, modern, pleated, or plain, jazzed up jam pants are here to stay. So, if you haven’t given it a go, nows the time to bite the bullet and work some the updated trousers into your wardrobe. Give them one spin around the block and we’re sure you’ll never look back.

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Wondering how to wear them?

With such variety, it is easy to find a pair of printed pants to work into your office wear. Just opt for a sophisticated and subtle print in a muted color- and of course, it doesn’t hurt if they’re in a luxe fabric, like this beautiful silk pair from Greylin.

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Matching and (sometimes) mismatching prints is part of the fun, so don’t be afraid to play with your pairings! If you want to play down the print, try putting your pants with a simple, neutral top. We chose to keep the fabrics consistent and the colors compatible with a silk t-shirt from one of our favorite lines, Neuw.

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And remember- understated doesn’t mean boring. Even if you’re going for minimal, there is always a way to accessorize!

We’re loving inventive and elegant work from indie brand Loschy designs. Handcrafted from interesting materials like printed paper and vinyl, these unique pieces are just the thing to help transform you into the fabulous fashionista we know you can be!

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You can shop this look in our downtown boutique.

Chevron Silk Pants, Greylin – $117
Silk Tee, Neuw– $106
Dolman Cropped Sweater, RD Style– $78
Embroidered Leather Necklace, Loschy – $
Electrify Suede Pumps, Seychelles – $103

Thanks to Grace for modeling and Paola Nazati Photography for photos!

Your Uniform Re Envisioned by RD Style

Is there anything quite as quintessentially charming as a school-girl inspired plaid print? Every fall, we find ourselves drawn back to this familiar pattern- and this year is no different. We’re crazy over this muted plaid pencil skirt from RD Style. Pair it with a sweater in a sophisticated shade and a sleek modern wedge for an updated uniform that is perfect for any age! RD Style Plaid Skirt Colie Wedges Dolce Vita Rd Style Sweater and Skirt RD Style SweaterYou can shop this look in our downtown boutique.

Burgundy Scoop Neck Sweater, RD Style– $84
Grey Plaid Pencil Skirt, RD Style– $66
Matte Black Statement Earrings, Minx – $18
Colie Wedges, Dolce Vita – $242

Thanks to Grace for modeling and Paola Nazati Photography for the beautiful images.

 

Pleated Pants, Yes!

Need a fresh look for the office? We think Costa Blanca’s Dove Grey Front Pleat Pants are just what you need to shake up the old slacks and a top look. The front pleats, slim leg, and hip ankle-length make these pants a current, yet work-appropriate choice. Paired with our Everyday Sheer Tunic and a statement necklace from David Aubrey, you’ll be dressed for success. For an even more polished look, top it all off with a great blazer; the Minxie definition of the “power suit”!

Parts of this outfit are available online and in our downtown boutique.

Front Pleat Pant in Dove Grey, Costa Blanca – $58
Lace Tank in Peach, Costa Blanca – $30
The Everyday Sheer Tunic in Ivory – $38
Acrylic Beaded Necklace, David Aubrey – $92
Semi precious stone ring, Gamine – $66
Brushed Cube Tiny Stud Earrings – $12
Gilda Glitter Heels in Nude, Chelsea Crew (in-store & online) – $62

Thanks to Breanna, our guest model and Paola Nazati Photography.

Liz White Designs for Fall

We started carrying Liz White’s designs last spring and have just put out her offerings for fall. We’re loving this 70’s inspired ivory knit dress of hers. It pairs perfectly with our Miranda t-straps and a simple pair of earrings. Isn’t it nice to have such lovely local options?! Continue reading