We are reaching that time of the year where bundling up every morning and every time we step outside is getting quite old. Of course if you are an East coaster suffering through this brutal winter you might have actually reached that point some time ago. Although we can’t tell you that it’s over, we can tell you about the good things this time of year brings: sales!
Merchandise has slowly been trickling to the sale racks for the past few weeks and at this point those racks are quite packed. Many think shopping these sales this late in the season is pointless, but really it is the perfect time to stock up on basics and signature pieces, after all it will be winter again in 10 months.
Take a look at your closet and identify what pieces you’re missing or need replacing and head out to find them for less than retail. Obviously neutral colored pieces are a safe, smart purchase, but you can go beyond that and find more pieces that will transition well into spring. Look at the upcoming color and pattern trends and keep them in mind while you shop; some of these will easily carry into winter later this year.
Skirts and dresses, especially neutral colored ones, are great pieces to purchase during these sales. Remember that not all cuts are equal and you might want to stay away from super trendy silhouettes. Pencil and straight skirts are a good choice, but avoid pleated and circular skirts. And as far as dresses go, you might want to steer away from full skirt dresses and go for easier to wear wrap and shift dresses.
Another great item to stock up during these sales is one of our favorite items at Freshionable, blazers. We love them because they dress up any outfit and can be incredibly comfortable depending on the fit. The tip to finding pieces, like blazers, that will continue to work is to opt for the more classic and simple cuts. Avoid shoulder pads, overly structured blazers, or cropped blazers and jackets, as these could age the pieces quite a bit. Instead, go for classic or boyfriend cuts which are easier to wear and are great staples to add to your wardrobe.
Finally, remember your style and stay true to it, as that is the best way to be comfortable and fashionable throughout the seasons.
This spring, pastels and prints have dominated the runways, which we are pretty pumped about. Although we see pastels and new prints pretty much every spring, this year’s prints cover a wide spectrum, ranging from classic tartans and houndstooth to floral prints to abstract and geometric prints. Even better, these prints are being splashed onto blazers, pants, shoes, and handbags. While most of us are used to incorporating prints into tops beneath a black blazer for the office, we are challenging ourselves (and you) to think outside the box. Here are two tips for wearing prints in the office this spring:
For printed pants: Wearing printed pants to the office is a little daring, but it can be done in a tasteful and professional way. Choose a tailored, skinny leg printed pant and pair it with a solid blouse, neutral colored shoes, and simple jewelry for a more refined look. Or, if your office is a little more relaxed, grab a pair of silk printed pants. Pair these with a colored top and a statement necklace or try a textured blouse with a blazer and statement earrings.
For printed blazers: Whether dressing for the work week or casual Friday, the printed blazer works for any day. Paired with denim, solid trousers, a skirt, or a little black dress, the printed blazer instantly adds that extra pizzazz you’ve been looking for.
However you decide to incorporate print into your outfit, we hope you have fun with it and that it adds a little something special to your day!
2014 Fashion Trends
January is a great time to reassess your wardrobe and do a little cleaning–out with the old and in with the new! We can’t help you clean out your closet, but here are some thoughts about what to replace your old garments and accessories with.
- Statement sweater: Whether is a bold design or print, this year it’s all about making a statement with your sweater. The good thing is that options abound, with more and more designers who are making them.
- Nail art: Okay, so the general rule is that your manicure for the office should be subtle and understated and nail art never really seemed to fit that category. But now, with so many different designs ranging from wacky to chic and subdued, it’s time to look into some creative nail art.
- Midi skirts: Mid calf length skirts have been seen all over the runway and thankfully, this style can translate to the office perfectly. → Read more
As Thanksgiving quickly approaches, most of you are busy preparing for visiting or entertaining family. While this time of the year can be really hectic and stressful, it’s always nice to spend time surrounded by family and friends. As we’re preparing for various versions of celebrating the Thanksgiving holiday, we find ourselves reflecting on the things we are thankful for this year. Foremost, we are thankful for our friends and family, for each other, and for the success of Freshionable this last year. On a less serious, but equally important note, we are thankful for the apparel, shoes, and accessories that allow us to create endless fresh style possibilities in the office and outside. Here are a few essential wardrobe pieces that we’re thankful for this season.
The shift dress, like this one available on Freshionable, is an amazing addition to any career woman’s closet. Slimming and structured, this dress is flattering on all body types. The great thing about the shift dress is that it can be dressed up or down with ease to fit a variety of work or casual situations. As the holidays roll around, the shift dress can easily be dressed up or down with accessories for various parties, family gatherings, and holiday events.
The White Blazer → Read more
The first ever Hawaii Fashion Month (October) is here! Freshionable is excited to be part of the month’s activities and will be hosting an event on Thursday, October 17th from 5-9 PM.
Our founder, Jenny, will be sharing some highlights from her new book, Dress For Success: A Fashionista’s Guide to Career Style, and master makeup artist Jonathan Freitas will be sharing tips on how to find your perfect color (clothes & makeup!) based on your skin color. The seminar will be free, but attendees are encouraged to register to ensure their spot in the class. All attendees will receive a complimentary copy of her book.
For more info on Jenny’s book, visit her book website!