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5 tips on what to wear for your office christmas party

Office christmas parties are a great way to bound and share the christmas cheer. Choosing an outfit however can be a difficult task. You don’t want to come across as a bore to your colleagues and clients, but you don’t want to go over the top either. Hopefully the following guides will make your decision a lot easier.

Wear a jumpsuit

Jumpsuits are chic, very comfortable and can easily go from work to eveningwear. Go for a solid colour, strips or a small print.

Wear a dress

choose a dress that has a metallic finish or is sequinned. Dress it down with simple accessories.

Pants with a Chic top

Pants are a great way to go from work to a work event. You could pair a plain pair of pants either a black, grey or beige with a top. Wrap blouses are a great choice, since they are comfortable and are good at hiding a tummy.

Wear a skirt

You could opt for a feminine skirt. Pair it with the simple white shirt or a fitted top. Choose from a knee length pencil skirt to a flared 80’s style skirt. Just make sure you wear a nice pair of high heeled pumps.

Add some shine

If you’re on a budget, opt for a simple black shift or a black pant suit but dress it up for the season with pretty jewellery or a glitzy clutch. You could also add a pair of statement shoes to complete your look.

How to pack sensibly for a holiday

Traveling is all about being free and enjoying new experiences. Therefore, packing light will give you the freedom of not having to worry about too many of your belongings, while you are off exploring. Here are a few tips on what clothes you should pack.

The three each rule – This rule will allow you to pack three of any clothing. For example, if you pack three tops, you can wear one, wash one and you still have another to wear for later. For smaller items like underwear, look at packing five pieces.

Lightweight, quick-drying clothing – If you are visiting a tropical country look at packing light items that will dry quickly. Like cotton T-shirts, linen shorts, harem pants, and sarongs.

For cooler climates – If you are traveling to a cooler climate, pack one warm jacket, one long sleeve top and a rain jacket with your usual bottoms.

Shoes – One or two pairs of shoes should be more than enough for most trips, just make sure they are of a neutral shade so that they pair well with your clothes. Look at a pair of thongs and sandals when in a tropical country and a pair of flat pumps and boots for colder climates.

Remember that shopping is also part of traveling and it can be nice to wear what you buy when on holiday. Packing light will also give you the chance to invest in a few items and you will have enough space to bring your pieces back home.

 

The four secrets to nailing your office dress code every day

Dressing for work can be difficult, even when you have the most extensive wardrobe. Sometimes you may find yourself asking if your office casual is too casual or if your full suit is too formal. Here are a few tips on how to nail your office dress code every single day.

Denim (creative casual) – If you choose to wear denim to work, always pair it with a block coloured top in a neutral shade. To make your outfit office friendly add a blazer. Black is a good choice, but if you are careful with your pens and your cup of coffee, white is a fresh fun choice too.

Slacks and tops with no blazer – A pair of black slacks is a good work wardrobe staple. Pair yours with a navy top that is modest and one that can be tucked in or worn out. Brighten the outfit with a fun watch and a long chain.

Informal attire made work friendly – You may think that your striped black skater dress is not work friendly. However wear a white shirt underneath and a black waist belt and you’ve taken your outfit to the boardroom.

Suits – Suits are traditionally office friendly. Modern suits are more comfortable and are made with lighter fabrics. Choose a pant suit in black, with a loose fitting blazer that can be left open. You can wear a white shirt underneath.

Clothing essentials for your college wardrobe

Cutting down your wardrobe can be a great way to save money and get more wear from each piece. Here are some tips that will help you create a college wardrobe that will never leave you looking for items to wear.

A few good pairs of jeans – You should invest in at least four good pairs of jeans that fit well to create a strong base for your wardrobe. Look at dark washes like black, blue and gray, plus one pair each in a medium and a light wash.

Denim shorts – A pair of light denim shorts are a good investment for warmer months.

Leggings – Leggings are a good wardrobe staple as they can be worn with a long top, cardigan or under a dress/skirt coupled with boots. Go for a standard black pair as they can be paired with almost anything.

Basic tops – Tops in white, black, and gray in different cuts are affordable and can be worn with anything. Look at tank top in, V-neck, long sleeve, and t-shirts styles in each of the colors above.

Professional outfit – Often at university, you will have to have one outfit that is suitable for presentations, to attend conferences and for networking events. A crisp button-down shirt with pants or a knee-length black shift are both versatile options.

Sweatshirts – Sweatshirts are a must as they will let you be super comfortable and warm when you have late night library sessions, or you need to lounge about in your room.

Crop tops – For nights out at a bar or a pub, a crop top is a comfortable, easy option. You can dress up your crop top with a skirt and a pair of heels or sandals.

How to clean out your closet?

If you aim to create a wardrobe that is stylish, clean and organized, here are simple steps that will get your closet ready.

What to keep – Your wardrobe basics like your best winter jacket, favorite blazer, and high-quality staples should be stay. You should also preserve a good quality LBD that fits well for special occasions. Carefully look at your on-trend items an assess if they have been worn in the last year and place things that have not been worn for a while on to one pile.

Say goodbye to – If you have items that still have tags on for over six months, look at donating them or selling them online. The other items that should go are clothing that looks worn out or discolored. Clothing which is ill-fitting should also be added to your donate pile.

Get organized – Start organizing your closet by buying slim, nonslip hangers that will hold your tops, coats, and bottoms. You should then arrange everything so that it faces one direction to save you space and to give you a better idea of what you have. Then look at categorizing your items according to type like tops by sleeve length, skirts, shorts, pants, dresses, and warm clothes. Then sort your wardrobe by color, light to dark. Look at only hanging items that you will wear within a season and pack everything else in storage bins by season. Make the most of the closet space you have, by adding cubbies or hooks.

 

How to make the most of your wardrobe?

If you are one of those people who never has anything to wear and are always bored with your outfits, here are some great tips to help you make the most of your wardrobe.

Organize your closet – Organizing your closet is the best way to know exactly what you have inside. Look at sorting all your clothes into piles and decide on what you want to keep or donate. If you have non-formal clothing that you haven’t worn for over a year because you don’t like the way it fits, consider giving it away. Once you have an idea what you want to keep in your wardrobe, organize your items by color, garment or occasion.

Find inspiration – Finding your style can take a bit of research. The best way to start is to look at internet combos that you like to wear. You should create a folder that includes multiple combos to help guide your shopping decisions.

Play dress-up – Wear a few combos before you start your work week or before an event. Taking some time to consider your options and what works best for you, will help you understand your style and help you use what you have in your closet.

Round out your wardrobe – Most wardrobes will be missing essential staples. Essential staples are great as they will help you get more wear from your current pieces and also make it seems like you have a more extensive wardrobe. Make a list of what staples you need, and look at buying a few pieces each month.

 

Wardrobe essentials for busy moms

Essentials in a mom’s wardrobe are a must as they help working moms to look their best when they need to get out the door in a hurry. Here are some key essentials that every mom should own.

A pair of great fitting jeans – Every mom should own at least one pair of fitted jeans that fits them perfectly. Since a good pair of jeans can be worn for almost any occasion, look at a pair in a dark wash that is wearable for both casual and formal events. Slimmer moms should opt for a couple of skinny jeans, while plus-size moms who carry weight on their hips can look for straighter legged jeans to balance proportions.

Cardigan – Cardigans are comfortable and flattering. Look at a super warm boyfriend sweater or a traditional cardigan that can be worn with a belt.

Tees and tanks – A few basic tee and tanks will help you mix and match your outfits with ease.

A white button-down shirt – A white button down shirt is great to wear with jeans, shorts or pants. Look at a button down that fits you perfectly and one that has less detailing to offer more versatility.

A structured blazer – A structured blazer will help you add interest and warmth to your favorite T-shirt or dress. Look at a form-fitting blazer that is the right length for your height and shape.

 

Things to buy after Christmas

Christmas can be a time of shopping and winding down after a busy year. However, if you find yourself regretting your purchases after you see the boxing day sales, here are some tips on what you should hold out for until after Christmas.

Winter clothing – Winter clothing at the height of winter, will be expensive. However, if you hold off until January or June, you will realize that most of the expensive winter clothing is almost 50% off.

Toys and small gifts – Once the holiday rush is over, retailers that sell cosmetic sets, toys, spa gift baskets and much more opt to place these items in clearance bins to make room for new stock. Use this time to buy gifts for kids and adult birthdays gifts later on during the year.

Decorations – Christmas décor is useless after Christmas. If you are looking at changing your Christmas look, consider buying your Christmas décor just after Christmas.

Fitness products – The fitness industry counts on people spending on gym memberships and fitness gear as the new year approaches. Look for discounts on DVDs and fitness equipment. You should also look at second-hand equipment as most people will sell their old equipment to make way for new purchases.

Food – The demand for foods like baking supplies, wine, cheese and seasonal flavors of products are a lot less after Christmas is over. Look at stocking up on these items for a few months ahead or freeze your favorite cookies and cakes for a special event.

4 Dresses To Wear With Religious Accessories

A-Line Dress: These beautiful dresses have a high cut neckline that is perfect for wearing longer religious necklaces. You have your pick of silver and gold, they pretty much go with almost any color. Try pairing an a-line dress with a shawl, cardigan, or long line cardigan for cooler weather and your favorite flats or leather sandals.

Sheath Dress: This type of dress is often designed with flowy cap sleeves, has a higher neck cut, cinches in at the middle with elastic, and then drapes down. Look for a fun print or get it in a solid color. Pair the sheath dress with inspirational Jesus jewelry like a longer necklace or a ring to bring your outfit together. Add a pair of black mary jane flats, mid rise boots, or gladiator sandals.

Shirtdress: This dress is sleeveless and has a V-shaped neckline that will look great with a short length necklace and pair of earrings. You can’t go wrong with funky prints, stripes or solid colors. If you’re wearing a dress on a colder day, try pairing a shirtdress that has a print design on it with a solid colored cardigan and for a solid colored shirtdress you can try a printed cardigan. Depending on the weather, wear it with strappy sandals, mary janes, or heels.

Asymmetrical Dress: If you’re a fun and vivacious gal, you’ll love the asymmetrical dress. Lots of designers will do an intentionally lopsided single shoulder dress and another version that is a wrap dress with a tie. This dress typically has a V-shaped neckline created by the overlap of the wrap and looks best when paired with long length Christian Jewelry like a gold or silver necklace and pendant. Throw on a pair of heels, wedges, or sandals if the weather’s sunny.

Four tops that flatter your arms

Arms can be a problem area for most women as it is a difficult area to train and a very easy area to put on extra pounds. If you are working on your arms or looking for a trick to make your arms look smaller here are four types of tops that you should consider adding to your wardrobe.

V neck tank – A V-Neck top is a universally flattering neckline that women of all shapes and sizes can wear. V-necks are great because they show off one of the leanest parts of the body that is the collarbone and décolletage, which draws the eye upwards. To make you look even slimmer look at a V neck that hits your hip or slightly below. Finish this look with jeans and high heels.

Asymmetrical sleeves – Asymmetrical sleeves are all the rage and only exposes one arm, making your arms seem longer. Look at sleeves that are long or one that stops a little below your elbow to flatter your arms even further.

Cap sleeve – Most peoples widest area will be their shoulders. Therefore a cap sleeve will cover this area and will give you a chance to show off some skin. Cap sleeve also give the illusion of broader shoulders, which can balance a silhouette and give the illusion of a slimmer waist.

Flutter sleeve – This wide sleeve makes anybody’s arm seem slim and long. Opt for styles that follow the natural curve of your arm and go below your elbow. Dress your top with a distressed denim and flats for a casual, bohemian look.

 

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