The side effects of winter snowstorms and cold weather may still be part of your daily lifestyle, but spring season is right around the corner and you’ll need to update your office wardrobe ASAP. Fashion magazines are already showcasing some of the hottest spring 2011 fashion trends straight off the runway, and many of these looks can be incorporated into your office wardrobe. You don’t have to do undergo a complete closet overhaul to make the most of this season’s trends either – a few key pieces can revive your cold-weather wardrobe and get you in the mood for warmer months ahead.
Here are some of the best bets in spring 2011 fashion trends for your office attire:
It’s still too early in the season to wear an all-white ensemble or white pants, but you can get away with some white accessories. White purses, handbags and totes embellished with silver or gold accents are right in line with the “resort style” leading this season’s runway trends, and will add modern and chic twist to any outfit. If you don’t want to carry a white handbag, consider wrapping your hair in a white or polka dot scarf, wearing a shiny white belt or wearing white enamel jewelry instead.
Trouser Style Pants
Wide-leg pants – not flare or bootcut varieties – are back in style this season, and you can dress up for the office with a pair of tailored, trouser-style pants to pull off this look. Just remember to wear these with a fitted top or you’ll end up disappearing in the fabric. Wide-leg, trouser-style pants paired with a turtleneck sweater, v-neck top or a fitted blazer are perfect for the office as we transition into the warmer-weather months. Add a splash of color with some bold red, green or aqua accessories to liven things up for the spring season.
Tap into your romantic side with a ruffled blouse in cream, light pink, beige or other neutral color. These blouses are great for adding a feminine touch to an otherwise “masculine” ensemble, and can be layered with a blazer or cardigan at the office. Wear a ruffled blouse or tank under your suit, or with a form-fitting pencil skirt.
If it’s still a bit too cool for wearing a sleeveless or cap-sleeve dress, usher in the season with a flowy dress paired with black stockings and a pair of ankle boots instead. This can be a great way to lighten up your look for the season and you can layer it with a cardigan or wraparound sweater if the office stays chilly. Look for long and flowy dresses with miniature flower prints if you have a long and lean frame, and stick with non-printed, bold colors if you have a heavier frame. Remember that prints do draw attention to your body and some larger prints can make you look heavier. If you prefer a slimmer, streamlined look, stick with simple cuts and one color from head to toe.
Knee-length pencil skirts in tan, beige and even olive or moss greens are perfect “transition” pieces for spring. These office-friendly basics can be paired with your winter sweaters, cardigans and other heavier tops, and you can still wear black stockings with heeled booties for a few more weeks. Stick with pencil skirts made with a stretch, lightweight material so that you can continue wearing them through the summer months.
Add a few of these key pieces inspired from the Spring 2011 fashion runways to your office wardrobe. From tailored trouser-style pants to long and flowy dresses, choose a few basics that complement your personal style and personality, and also flatter your figure.