21 Days of Skirts and Dresses – Day 4 – Takin' Care of Business

Today's outfit is a departure for me - I generally don't wear browns because of my coloring. As an Image Coach and Consultant, I love working with women to help them find their best colors. I had no idea back then that the colors you wear could make a difference in how you were percieved, that they could make you look older than your years (sometimes this is a good thing) or that they could send an impression of wealth and authority.

This journey has been fun – figuring out ways to incorporate a skirt or dress into my daily attire has made me think, consider, ponder – what exactly do I have in my closet? I’ve been fortunate to work from home 4 days out of 5 for the last year or so, and that can, admittedly, make you a little *ahem* LAZY with regard to getting dressed every day. I had to break into my business clothes for one day a week only, and while at first I loved it, now I’m at the point where I really MISS getting dressed for work and that’s one reason why I’m enjoying this challenge so much!

Suited for Business!

Today’s outfit is a departure for me – I generally don’t wear browns because of my coloring. As an Image Coach and Consultant, I love working with women to help them find their best colors. I found mine many years ago when a friend gave me the gift of a Image Consultation and Color Analysis as a birthday gift. I had never before considered what the effect of color might be on my appearance. I knew that color made SOME kind of a difference – and I knew basic “rules” like you wore darker colors (navy blue, brown, black) to funerals, a white shirt was always good to have and you never wore white to a wedding.

I had no idea back then that the colors you wear could make a difference in how you were percieved, that they could make you look older than your years (sometimes this is a good thing) or that they could send an impression of wealth and authority. I liked color, but had no real idea how to make it work for me. I also knew that occasionally I would wear certain colors and get more compliments than at other times, but the full picture was not clear.

I worked from home this day, and wore one of my favorite casual items – a red, gold and white dashiki that I bought many years ago. I had a late meeting to go to for my city’s Democratic Town Committee, and needed to be dressed up more for that meeting. I was (hopefully) going to be endorsed as their candidate for Registrar of Voters, so I chose my outfit deliberately.

The Tobacco brown jacket (different than chocolate brown because of the amount of black in the color) was an online find from New York and Company. I hadn’t worn it a lot because it’s a new colorway for me – I don’t wear a lot of brown. Brown is generally considered a “warm” color (more yellow-based) instead of a “cool” color (more blue-based). The addition of black in this fabric, which darkened and “cooled” it, made it workable in my wardrobe.

The pale brown blouse was a very recent find (in fact THAT day) at T.J. Maxx, one of my favorite discounters. The blouse itself was sheer and short-sleeved, and came with a matching camisole that rendered it acceptable for daywear. The clean lines of the blouse were enhanced by the hidden placket which covered the buttons. This is a great way to keep your attire less distracting. Because of the way I’m built (full-busted) I tend to dress in a manner that does NOT emphasize my bustline.

The leopard pencil skirt I’m wearing is one of my new favorite pieces – I found it at PinUp Girl Clothing – and I absolutely LOVE the look. It’s got a moderate amount of stretch and is slightly high-waisted, and incorporates a lot of black in the print, which made it perfect for my wardrobe. My recent increased level of attention to my workouts has put this skirt into heavy rotation in my work wardrobe.

Put these three items together, accented with gold jewelry, and you have an unmatched suit that will also make you stand out in a crowd. I took two more conservative garments (the jacket and blouse) and amped up the style of the outfit with the pencil skirt. It’s not hard to do when you know your best colors and are also willing to take a couple of risks.

If you’ve never had a color analysis done, or don’t know a lot about color and the effect it can have on your image, I encourage you to visit my website and get your copy of “Color and Its Effect on You” – it’s a no-obligation download available to members of How to Love Your Reflection. Click HERE to get your copy today and start creating YOUR color plan!