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how to wear gray without fading away

Gray is a neutral that is often hailed as being softer than black but just as versatile…which is true, but I think it can very easily look deadly boring as well.

(sometimes even a little dingy or dirty…nobody wants that.)

Here’s five outfits I’ve styled starring the sibyl everyday bag, with five ways to wear gray that will highlight your style, not make you fade into the background.

 

choose a print

 

The best way to make any outfit interesting is to choose a print, of course! Think how boring this outfit would look with a plain t-shirt and a plain cardigan.  The sibyl everyday bag isn’t printed, but the design stitched in has the same effect…much more eye-catching than solid gray.

This outfit is also a great example of the versatile style of the sibyl everyday bag  – even though it has a very sophisticated air, it works just as easily with super casual weekend wear.

 

choose interesting tailoring

 

By “tailoring” I mean both the style and shape of a garment, as well as how it fits. Wide leg jeans are definitely coming back in style, but you don’t see them everywhere yet – you’ll still stand out in a crowd of skinny jeans and baggy, boyfriend-style jeans. When you don’t blend into the background, it’s so much easier to feel confident and stylish!

You can’t beat Haider Ackermann for interesting tailoring, and this jacket is so eye-catching that it almost has to be in unassuming gray to really show off the design. Way more interesting than a more conventionally styled top!

 

choose interesting texture

 

Texture can elevate any outfit in the same way a print does – by adding visual interest, and providing a little escape from the ordinary.

It’s why I added stitched details to the sibyl everyday bag, rather than just creating a bag in solid gray and solid red.

Texture can be added to plain fabrics with techniques like embroidery or applique, or can be a part of the fabric itself, like the eyelet lace of this top (or the nubby texture of wool tweed, for example).

 

choose outstanding accessories

 

 

It is absolutely okay to have your handbag (or some other awesome accessory) be the star of your outfit!

These pants are pretty amazing on their own (the interesting design details is what does it), but imagine for a moment plain gray trousers, and this feature-less black top. Pretty dull, and not something that’s going to help you feel confident and stylish when you wear it.

But add a great handbag like sibyl and some gorgeous pearl jewelry, and it’s a completely different story!

This is the whole concept behind a capsule wardrobe, of course. The key to making your capsule wardrobe work is having versatile, interesting accessories that work for lots of different looks!

 

choose to not wear gray at all

 

 

 

Remember friends, coordinating and matching are not the same thing! This outfit is a great example of how neutrals can be mixed and matched together indefinitely. It’s also another great example of making your handbag the focal point of your outfit.

The gray and red are actually the accents of this outfit, rather than the starting point. With everything else black and white, the bright red of the sibyl bag really stands out!

 

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stripes go with everything, part 3: a new take on chevron

chevron stripes

 

Chevron stripes have been trendy long enough for them to start looking tired, don’t you think? Which is why lately I’ve been kind of obsessed with the curvy, wavy chevron that I drew on the cassandra tote…a little bolder and much more interesting than the chevron stripes you usually see.

This suede miniskirt is another new take on chevron, and is the basis of a great early fall outfit for the office. The texture and clean lines make it appropriate for the office, the color and bold print make it effortlessly stylish.

The extremely bold statement jewelry and leather booties mean that you don’t need anything more complicated than a simple sweater on top, and you are ready to stand out among all the beige and gray! This is a great outfit to wear if you have a presentation to make at the office, and you need every eye in the room on you.

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Click here to read the next part in the series, about an unexpected way to wear stripes!

 

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how to wear a miniskirt to the office

It’s been a while since I’ve had an office job, but I still remember the near-daily angst of what to wear to work.

Then there was the guilt when you bought something that wasn’t work appropriate. You were being impractical. Shame!

What if I told you that you could still wear your fun clothes to the office? It’s all about the styling!

This post is all about how to wear miniskirts to the office. Whether you are fresh out of college or on your 20th anniversary in the workforce, you can absolutely wear a cute little skirt to work without looking inappropriate or feeling silly. Check it out:

 

choose clean lines

how to wear a miniskirt to the office

 

Regardless of how casual or formal your workplace is, you always want to look professional. Miniskirts are already so cute, wearing one with frills or pleats or other fussy details can make you look too cute, even in a very casual office environment. A skirt with clean lines like a pencil or A-line shape is easy to wear and looks professional.

I styled this outfit with the regina tote bag, because it’s mandala-style design is pretty but not cutesy, which is perfect for the sophisticated look you’d want at the office.

You want to look like a boss, not a cheerleader!

 

choose tailored details

miniskirts at the office

 

There’s a reason suit jackets almost always have notched collars or folded lapels – tailored details like that effortlessly make a garment more formal and more serious.

This same little skirt paired with a plain sweater would be instantly unworthy of the C-suite, because it would lack the tailored details that signal “I am someone to be taken seriously.”

Elegant, high-impact accessories like white jade jewelry and the gloria tote further lend themselves to your serious look.

 

choose rich textures

how to wear a miniskirt to work

 

Tweed is a traditional choice for business wear, because it has a long history of being quite serious and formal. It’s pretty impossible to look silly in tweed. But it’s also incredibly interesting and fun to wear: it comes in so many colors and patterns!

The anjelica tote is made of high-relief denim quilting and red ultrasuede, the kind of rich textures that coordinate perfectly with a tweedy skirt and jacket. Together, they’ll definitely help you look more CEO than schoolgirl.

 

choose to express yourself

how to wear miniskirts at the office

 

There’s no reason you can’t be office-appropriate and still feel confident and happy! Don’t think you have to cramp your personal style to look professional.

This is an outfit that I would personally wear to the office, because I love that color green, and I love bold floral prints. I also love mixing florals with strong graphics, like the wavy chevron on the cassandra tote.

(Despite the more flamboyant designs, this outfit still totally works for the office: the clean lines, the embroidery on the skirt and stitching on the bag, and the pleats and cuffs on the the top hit all the points I mentioned above.)

What are the hallmarks of your personal style? What colors and patterns make you happy when you wear them? What kind of garments and accessories make you feel confident when you put them on?

If you need help figuring it out, I’d love to give you some ideas! Get on the Insider’s List to get this type of inspiration sent right to your inbox, along with sneak peeks of my newest designs, and ideas on how the things I make can fit into your everyday wardrobe.

 

 

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