Look Good, Feel Great: The Psychology Of Clothing

(Pictured wearing Alice & Olivia dress, Maggie Lu shoes, Current Collection Earrings

What you wear is a message to others and to yourself about who you are. The “psychology of clothing” tells us that there’s more than meets the eye when it comes to the clothes you choose.

Wearing a pilot uniform shows that you’re a pilot. Putting on athletic clothes implies that you’re sporty and fit. Rocking bright red dress tells us that you’re daring and adventurous!

But the association between clothes and perception runs even deeper than that. What you wear directly influences your thoughts and behaviors. It also impacts how others perceive your personality and actions.

How does the psychology of clothes work? And how can you make this psychology work in your favor to be even more powerful, productive, and stunning?

Enclothed cognition

There’s a phenomenon scientists have dubbed “enclothed cognition.” This is simply the scientific term for the idea that clothing impacts how we think. The theory says the clothing we wear (or that others are wearing) actually changes our thought patterns.

And this isn’t anything new. Humans have been wearing clothing almost since the dawn of our existence. Although it began out of necessity and practicality, it quickly morphed into an art form and means of communication. For centuries, dress was the number one status symbol. It told people where you ranked in society, how much could afford, and what your profession was.

For example, certain colors (like purple) and fabrics (like silk) were reserved for the royal or elite classes. Workers would save up all of their money to buy a purple dress or accessory to try to improve their ranks. Clothing was not only a symbol of status but also a means for movement in a highly immovable society.

The same is true today. Clothes have become an engrained part of our society. What you wear signals to others who you are and where you belong in this world. It also tells your own brain what kind of behaviors and traits it needs to possess while wearing that kind of outfit.

Clothes impact how others see you

Whether or not we like it, “judgment” is a part of our society. People will make a split decision about you within the first 8 seconds of meeting you. Usually, this is impacted by your handshake, greeting, and clothing.

Someone will instantly size you up based on what you’re wearing—whether or not they’re doing it consciously. For example, you’d think someone carrying a Chanel bag has money while someone in ripped, dirty clothes might be struggling.

It goes beyond looking “neat and tidy,” though. Snap judgments based on clothing can actually make people view your behaviors and personality in a completely different way.

You’ve heard it before: dress for the job you want. And this is actually true! If you dress as though you were already in that role, people will actually start to naturally see you in that light. If they already envision you in that way, it’s not a far jump to hiring you or promoting you to that position.

The same is even true of dating. What you wear on a first date can tell the other person what kind of mate you would be. In fact, studies show that there are subtle cues in our clothing that subliminally hint at what kind of person you are.

For example, a woman in a form-fitting shirt and pencil skirt will appear more confident, successful, and a higher earner than those in even designer jeans and a blouse. Even subtle changes—like an extra button undone on the blouse—can create some sort of indicator or judgment in the other person.

This isn’t meant to scare you away from society or wearing what you want. But it’s important to realize that appearance does matter. You are a confident, beautiful, gorgeous woman— so don’t be afraid to reflect that in your clothing as well!

Clothes impact how you see yourself

Even more important than how others view you, what you wear can impact your own self-image as well. The image you create with your clothes can then actually direct your behaviors and actions.

The most popular example of this was a study using doctor’s lab coats. In the first part of the study, half of the participants were given doctor’s lab coats and the other half remained in their street clothes. Those dressed in white coats made fewer mistakes and focused better than those in their everyday clothes.

In the second half of the experiment, they gave everyone the same coats, but they told half it was a doctor’s coat and half it was a painter’s smock. Those who thought it was a doctor’s coat could again focus harder and longer than those in the painter’s smock.

Researchers speculated that this was because doctors are known to be attentive and detail-oriented, so those in the lab coats began to take on similar “doctor” traits.

They were embodying the expectations of the outfit.

This isn’t the only study that shows people “live up” to the ideas of their outfits. A study in Social Psychological and Personality Science found that those who wear formal business attire feel more powerful and in control of a situation, especially when going through a cognitive processing experiment. They also showed higher levels of intellect and creativity—even if they were on the same level as their casual-wearer counterparts. A study in the Journal of Experimental Psychology even found that wearing a suit gave you an edge in an argument over someone in sweats or casual clothing.

How can you “dress the part?”

Clothing can change how we act and how others feel about us.

So how can we subtly “manipulate” situations based on what we’re wearing? How can we use fashion to our advantage?

  1. Wearing “power clothing” makes you feel more confident and domineering. This can improve your motivation, productivity, thinking, and negotiation skills. “Power clothing” consists of a well-tailored suit, like a blazer with pencil skirt and heels. Check out my work wardrobe essentials to instantly get a boost of professional confidence!
  2. Wearing casual clothes can make you more friendly, personable, and creative. That makes “casual Fridays” a great day to innovate and brainstorm with your team or to start that new art project you’ve been thinking about.
  3. Throwing on your gym clothes can actually motivate you to workout and make healthy choices. It not only works as a reminder, but it actually puts you in the mindset of “healthy living.” Throw your gym clothes on first thing in the morning before running errands and you’re more likely to hit the gym on your way home. (Psst… wearing red to the gym can actually make you more motivated than wearing blue.)
  4. Wearing a uniform instantly puts you in that mindset. For example, if you put on a lab coat, you’re more likely to be attentive and focused. If you put on a trucker uniform, you’re more likely to be determined and “driven.” This is true for children as well. That’s why a lot of schools require uniforms; a uniform creates a more formal setting of learning, which adds value to the education itself.
  5. Designer clothing has actually been shown to create a more “high-class” attitude. When wearing luxury clothing, it’s shown that you’re more likely to make strong financial decisions—but you’re also less likely to contribute to other people.
  6. Even the colors that you wear can impact your mood. Cheerful colors can boost your body and energy, while darker colors create a more relaxed and low-stress feel. If you’re having a bad day, throw on your brightest color and it can instantly improve your mental state!
  7. Don’t neglect your undergarments. Wearing high-quality underwear or lingerie under your clothing “just for yourself” can actually make you feel and act more powerful, confident, and outwardly sexy. Remember that dressing is for you!

Conclusion

What you wear doesn’t define your value as a human being. But there is an important psychology of clothing that we need to be aware of. It’s important to understand how your clothes impact your thoughts and actions—and how others perceive those thoughts and actions based on what you’re wearing as well.

How do your clothes make you feel? Let us know in the comments below!

How To Rock The Fall Color Blocking Trend

(Pictured wearing Wolford turtleneck bodysuit, L.K. Bennet skirt, Vintage Classic Fendi  Baguette)

Color blocking has been in and out of the fashion scene for a few years, but now it’s back with a new twist. This spring, we saw color blocking with gorgeous pastels and bright neons. Now, the popularity of color blocking is following into autumn as well, this time with rich colors, monochromatic shades, and pairing patterns.

What does fall color blocking look like for 2018 and how can you get in on this gorgeous, confident trend? Read on for color blocking 101 and inspiration to incorporate this look into your wardrobe.

What is color blocking?

Color blocking is typically the union of multiple solid colors together. A single outfit or garment is divided into “blocks” of color, usually ranging between two and four contrasting colors. It’s similar to patchwork, where different materials and colors are sewn together in a deliberately asymmetrical way.

I love color blocked styles because they make matching a breeze. You have a lot of bold colors working against each other, which makes it easier to mix and match. You don’t have to worry about matching the exact hues or shades, because you’re already pairing together unlike colors.

Think of color blocking like purposeful mismatching!

What are the fall color block trends?

There are three key trends for color blocking this fall: monochromatic blocks, contrasting fall hues, and print blocking. Let’s delve into these exciting new looks!

Monochromatic blocks

Color blocking is usually about pairing contrasting colors. This juxtaposition of color is what makes these “blocks” so appealing to the eye.

However, this season we’re seeing a new type of color blocking that doesn’t use contrasting colors. Instead, we’re finding one color in varying tones. This monochromatic (“one color”) style is a gorgeously subtle way to indulge in the fall color blocking trend.

This works by matching different hues or materials together within the same color family. For example, a dress might pair a bright red with a dark maroon with a pastel pink. Or you might have a similar red hue that has blocks of velvet, suede, and cotton in different blocks.

Monochromatic blocks are a great way to try out color blocking if you’re not used to daring, intense outfits. You can opt for a single color that you love (and that looks great on you), and then block with variations of that same pigment. Try out different fabrics and materials too. It creates a textured look that is highly flattering and eye-catching.

The hottest monochromatic colors of the season are purples and reds. For purple, try out everything from lilac to lavender to violet. For reds, don’t be afraid to go bright and bold this season. Interestingly, some designers have even started pairing these two hot colors by mixing red with purple through an underlay of brown tints.

Contrasting fall hues

Everyone knows and loves the rich colors of autumn. Deep browns, yellows, oranges, and reds remind us of the warm embrace of the season. Other gorgeous fall colors include camel, navy, charcoal, and beige.

Want help contrasting fall hues? Here are some favorite fall color combos:
• Coffee (dark brown) and rhubarb (reddish purple)
• Mustard yellow and tangerine
• Eggplant (deep purple) and burnt orange
• Cornflower blue and army green
• Fire truck red and purple
• Light navy and gold

Color Combo Favorites Carmen Lopez Current Boutique

Denim is a typical autumnal fall material. Dark denim matches beautifully with most fall colors, and it will keep you warm in the brisk air. Interestingly, denim is coming into the block trend as well. Some designers are pairing different washes of denim in jackets and pants to create a unique vibe that’s unique from the typical denim look. You can even pair dark jeans with a light wash jacket for a quick and easy color block look.

I love the look of blocking different types of denims with a few prints and bold colors. The contrast will grab attention with surprise and delight.

Print blocking

Color blocking usually includes colors, but pattern blocking is an incoming trend for fall. Mixing and matching patterns, especially animal prints, is a bold way to go against fashion conventions into something more courageous.

You might have one pattern in lots of colors. For example, you could have one block of vertical red and blue stripes, another of horizontal green and purple stripes, and a third block with diagonal red and purple stripes. The overlap of colors unites the blocks while still creating daring contrasts.

Print blocking also pairs multiple patterns together. You could have one block of stripes, one of polka dots, and one of a solid color. It could even have one block of cheetah print, one of zebra, and one of neon pink.

It takes a confident, graceful woman to pull off this look. Throw on a smile and start your strut, and you’ll be able to pull off this print blocking with ease!

How to wear color blocking

The best part about fall color blocking is its versatility. You can wear a color blocked dress or shirt, or you can go subtler with accessories or makeup. For the fall season, gloves, scarves, and hats are even being “blocked.”

Try out a color blocked scarf with a little black dress to pair the classic and the trendy. Or go for a color blocked hat with beige trench coat. You’ll love the way the accent colors create a strong statement against your wardrobe essentials.

I especially love the look of color blocked platform heels. These have a different color on the front, heel, and sole. Some even include animal prints as well. This stunning contrast instantly draws the eye, making it perfect for work or for play!

Wrapping up fall color blocking

Don’t be afraid to take on color blocking and make it your own! With the monochromatic look, you can pair your favorite pieces together in a stunning singular color palette. With print blocking, you can throw on all of your favorite animal prints from a decade ago. And with contrasting fall hues, you’ll be able to indulge in the richness of the season, cozying up with your favorite sweaters, accessories, and autumnal colors.

How do you wear the color blocking trend? Show off in the comments below!

How To Wear Animal Prints

CARMEN LOPEZ HOW TO WEAR ANIMAL PRINTS(Pictured wearing Prada Sunglasses, Blank NYC Leather Jacket, Vince T-shirt, 7 For All Mankind leopard pants, Paul Green Booties)

We’re going wild for animal prints this Fall and Winter 2018. Animal prints aren’t new to the fashion scene, but they tend to reappear in new, unique styles every few seasons. For 2018, animal prints are making a bigger splash than we’ve seen in recent years. Instagram influencers, magazine editors, and celebrities have been sporting the animal prints for months, and it’s enduring through the fall and winter season.

The 2018 goal of animal print fashion is not to make the pattern the center of attention (as it was in previous seasons). Instead, you want to use animal prints as a subtle layer with an air of chic luxury.

Animal prints are a great way to stand out in the urban jungle. They’re eye-catching without being overstated or garish. There are endless print options, so you can show off your own style while staying on-trend. Plus, they’re an easy way to upgrade and enhance any outfit.

How can YOU channel your exotic side and rock the animal prints this 2018?

Types of animal prints

Leopard print is the most popular animal right now. Leopard rosettes typically have dark, irregular-shaped circles with a different color inside. (This is different than cheetah print, which is solid black spots.) Leopard is a popular print because it’s highly versatile, as the spots can come in multiple sizes and colors. Plus, the leopard print instantly reminds us of the “big cat,” which gives a sense of magnificent majesty.

Zebra is another popular print. It’s fun and flirty, which makes it a great option for everyday wear. Zebra stripes add dimension to your outfit in a delicately understated way.

Tiger has become increasingly more common in recent seasons. Like leopard, the tiger print emits a sense of royalty and grandeur. This is a luxurious print that can be subtle and elegant or bold and audacious.

Snake and alligator are popular prints for accessories, like bags and shoes. A snakeskin print bag has become a luxury staple for every girl’s closet!

Choose the animal print that speaks most to you—or get different pieces in different prints!

How to wear animal prints

1. Pair with neutrals

Animal prints today have become the “new neutral,” because they are themselves made of neutral colors. Leopard and tiger are often browns and blacks and zebra is black and white. This makes them compatible with other neutral colors, and they’re easy to match with other colors and styles.

For example, a zebra print cardigan pairs perfectly with a black blouse and dark denim. A leopard scarf looks great with a white blouse and tan pants.

You can even add another accent color with your neutral palette for an extra pop. Add red heels with that zebra cardigan look for a bold statement. Put that leopard scarf over a hot pink blouse for a sexy “wow” outfit.

Today’s animal prints aren’t as daring as they once were. They’ve become subtler, which means you have more flexibility with the rest of your outfit.

2. Mix and match prints

A surprising and exciting trend from 2018 is the mix-and-match of animal prints. We’re seeing leopard print blouses with zebra heels. Designers are sporting snakeskin bags with tiger dresses.

We expect that mixing and matching animal prints will be especially trendy this autumn and winter. We’ve been seeing it in Vogue, and stylists are grabbing all the animal prints they can. This is because mixing and matching animal prints creates a warm, exciting look that’s great for cooler months.

It doesn’t have to be hard to mix and match animal prints. Follow the typical rules for pairing patterns and you’re ready to go. Check out our 4 easy tips to mixing and matching patterns.

3. Try out different tones

Multicolored animal prints used to be big in the early 2000s, but these audacious colors are mostly out now. Today, animal prints come in neutrals that make them elegantly refined.

But you still have endless options. Not only can you try out different prints, but each of those prints comes in different tones and sizes. You might have a leopard print with large, faded spots or smaller, darker spots. You could have a zebra print with deep slashes of black or short marks of grey.

Try out different tones for different styles. Lighter tones tend to create a more minimalist style, while deeper shades lean towards the bold. Pastel animal prints are also becoming more popular.

Pairing different tones together is a great way to mix and match prints to create your own unique style!

4. Wear head to toe

Because of the neutrality of animal prints, it’s okay to wear one or two prints head to toe. Animal dresses are especially popular this season.

If you’ve got a bold sense of fashion, a full animal print outfit can put you on the prowl.

What’s not hot? Animal print pants. They’re not usually flattering, and they’re often too bold for the more subtle elegance that designers are going for with the animal trend today.

5. Focus on accessories

Animal print accessories are a must this season. From leopard print scarves to snakeskin bags to tiger print shoes, animal accessories are an amazing accent piece for any outfit. Cat-eye leopard sunglasses are particularly hot this season.

We especially love animal print accessories for workplace style. Not all workplaces are okay with bold animal prints, but accessories are usually appropriate for work. Plus, they give you an extra shot of conviction and boldness that can help you dominate any project you’re working on.

If you’re new to animal prints, starting with an accessory or two is a great way to get comfortable with bolder patterns and styles.

6. Keep it faux

Fur is still a luxury, but it’s not as trendy as it once was. Furs can be highly expensive, hard to care for, and bad for the environment (especially if made with an endangered species).

But nowadays you can find faux prints that are equally as luxurious and beautiful as real coats. You can get that feminine glamour without harming nature or breaking the bank.

If you do opt for real fur, make sure it’s ethically sourced. You also want to learn the care instructions, so you don’t damage or ruin your fur investment.

7. Put on your confidence

You can rock any style if you believe that you can. The key to wearing a bold pattern like animal prints is your confidence. Whether you’re starting with a print accessory or going head-to-toe in a print, it’s all about how assured and certain you are. Don’t be afraid to let the world hear you roar.

So throw on your animal skins—and feel great in your own skin!

How do you like to rock the animal prints? What’s your go-to exotic style? Let us know in the comments below!

15 Work Wardrobe Essentials For Every Boss-Lady

 

Carmen Lopez(Pictured wearing Theory White Button Down, Ferragamo pumps, Current Collection Stud Earrings and Karen Millen pencil skirt)

You’ve heard it before: Dress for the job you want, not the job you have.

I’d like to add: Dress for the woman you want to be, not the woman others want you to be.

That’s because it’s easy to fall to pressure or follow the pack in the workplace, especially when it comes to fashion. For decades, women had to dress to fit in with a man’s world. But now, women are ruling the workplace—and rightfully so! We want work fashion to be functional and comfortable while still professional. We want outfits that make us feel strong, not self-conscious.

When dressing for an interview, remember: power and polish. When you look like a million bucks, you’ll feel like a million bucks. A quality outfit will make you feel confident and strong, which can help you nail that interview. Most businesses, whether conservative or trendy, require a put-together appearance. They want you to embody the professionalism of their brand.

Designers have made it so easy to shop for work-wear clothing now, even creating full lines dedicated to professional fashion. Theory is very popular with our consignment shoppers and is our #1 seller for work wear. Theory is known for simple, neutral palettes with gorgeous silhouettes that look good on just about every body shape. Ted Baker has conservative cuts of clothing appropriate for work, but they also tend to have fun and more stylish pieces available as well.  Karen Millen offers a wide variety of dresses, pantsuits, and skirts that are perfect for year-round work-wear. When in doubt, try Zara. For appropriate fast fashion, Zara can help you find gorgeous blazers and skirts in their business section.

Here are 15 Work Wardrobe Essentials For Every Boss-Lady that will make you look and feel like a professional powerhouse. These versatile basics are perfect to dress up for the boardroom or dress down for happy hour.

15 Work Wardrobe Essentials For Every Boss-Lady

1. White button down

The simple white button down is a business staple because of their simplistic elegance. You can pair it with a pencil skirt for a more professional look, or you can tuck it into dark jeans with a blazer for a more casual workplace ensemble.

Every woman should have one plain white button down in the closet that isn’t too tight or too sheer. Check out Theory for the classic white button down.  If you want a more casual look, don’t be afraid to have an array of button downs in your closet. Blouses with a few ruffles, a unique collar, or a small print can add a little flair to your work attire. I especially love the sleekness of a white silk button down with a black collar.

2. Black blazer

A fitted black blazer is all you really need to turn any outfit into workplace attire. The blazer can take any casual piece—even a t-shirt or tank top—and make it look more professional.

Make sure your blazer is well fitted. If it’s too big, it will lose that professional feel. If you want a less conventional blazer, go for something that’s longer (rather than bigger). This can create the trendy oversized appearance without looking frumpy.

Office tip: Keep a blazer at work. If you spill coffee on your shirt or have a wardrobe malfunction, you can throw on a black blazer to stay professional and fresh.

3. Short sleeve dress

A simple short sleeve dress is one of the easiest work wardrobe essentials. You can wear it by itself in the summer, and the sleeves maintain the professionalism of the outfit. In the winter, you can throw a blazer over it to dress it up. It’s great for days when you have a big meeting, because it’s lighter and more breathable than a typical suit.

Color tip: Usually black is the simplest option for the workplace. But with a short sleeve dress, I love going for a bold solid color that can spice up your daily routine. Even better, choose a dress that matches the color palette of your company’s brand. You’ll start to embody the brand and show a new layer of commitment to your work through your style!

4. Pearls

Pearls are the quintessential feminine accessory. A pair of pearl studs or a pearl string necklace can instantly add a layer of charm and class to your look. Think Audrey Hepburn and Marilyn Monroe.

Did you know there are actually different colors of pearls? White pearls are the strongest most classic color, so I recommend each girl invest in a string of white pearls. There are also pink, black, lavender, gold, and chocolate pearls as well. If you love the look of pearls, different colors, textures, shapes, sizes, and jewelry pieces are a great way to expand your accessory array.

5. Pumps

Comfort is key, which is why we love pumps for the workplace. The platform makes them easier to walk in, but you still get the beauty and power that comes from the stiletto. Even if you don’t need to wear heels every day, it doesn’t hurt to have a go-to pair of pumps for a big meeting or a job interview.

Black tends to match with most workplaces clothes. However, we also love a pair of nude pumps because they’re casual and professional at the same time. Nude pumps work especially well to dress up work jeans.

Care tip: Clean your pumps with petroleum jelly to keep them fresh and shining. Get more clothes care tips here.

6. Loafers

On those days where heels aren’t wanted or necessary, you’ll want a pair of professional loafers. Ballet flats and sandals are often too casual for some offices, but loafers and oxfords can be a happy medium between professionalism and comfort.

We recommend black loafers with a black or brown sole. Avoid white soles, which look too casual and can get dirty quickly. Loafers are a great way to show some of your style in a subtly stunning way!

7. Pencil skirt

A knee-length pencil skirt is a staple in the work wardrobe essentials. A pencil skirt hugs the hips to show off a gorgeous silhouette of your lower body. It’s not only attractive and put-together, but it’s also incredibly sexy and powerful. Tuck in a blouse and pair with heels for an outfit that looks good on every woman.

Tip: Choose a pencil skirt that has a small slit in the back between the legs. The slit shouldn’t be too large (which can be unprofessional), but a small slit allows for more movement so you don’t end up walking akward down the halls.

8. Tote bag

A quality tote bag is practical, polished, and chic. With lots of space and pockets, you can organize your papers and business cards while still owning the city with your sophisticated style.

Look for tote bags that have a zipper pocket for your laptop or tablet. We especially love Kate Spade totes at Current Boutique because they’re large, lightweight, and super stylish. Throw them over your shoulder for functional fashion!

9. Cardigan

A warm, versatile cardigan is a must-have for every professional’s closet. Like a blazer, it can instantly dress up a more casual outfit. But a cardigan can also dress down a fancier outfit, so it can help ensure you always fit right in with the “business casual level” of those around you.

Besides, a cardigan is one of the most comforting pieces of clothing you can own. It’s like a warm embrace that will motivate you to ask for the promotion or soothe your more stressful moments.

Tip: Go for a black cardigan to match with your jeans and pencil skirt. Colored or pattern cardigans can sometimes be too much for the workplace unless the rest of your outfit is completely neutral.

10. Diamond studs

Diamonds are a girl’s best friend because they accentuate your facial features and instantly draw the eye. You’ll be the envy of all of your coworkers with a pair of quality diamond studs. Diamond earrings can actually make your face pop, highlighting the jaw and cheekbones for a natural glow.

Tiffany & Co.is a great option for diamond jewelry that is high quality but won’t break the bank.

11. Silk blouse

Silk is a breathable, gorgeous fabric that can instantly upgrade any outfit. Whether you’re wearing a white silk blouse or a red silk scarf, you’ll transform your ensemble instantly.

Silk is lightweight and soft, so it’s perfect for layering. You can go from the heat to the AC without breaking a sweat. Plus, it doesn’t create static, so it won’t cling, crease, or wrinkle easily. You can throw it on before work without worrying about ironing or steaming!

12. Black pants

Black pants are one of the most versatile items in your closet. These work wardrobe essentials can be paired with a white button down for a chic look or a graphic tee for an expressive ensemble.

Fit tip: Tight, black “editor” pants used to be trending. But it’s so hard to find pants that fit well without being too baggy or too tight. So opt for a looser pant that crop at the ankle. This is professional while still relaxed and casual—and incredibly comfortable too!

Want an idea? Athleta’s Brooklyn Ankle Pant is loose and comfortable, but it tapers from the knee down for a slim and professional look. They’re perfect for work, play, or travel.

13. Dark denim

Business casual almost always includes dark denim. That means a pair of dark wash, low rise jeans are a must for your work wardrobe essentials. Pair with a blouse, blazer, and pumps for a commanding and stylish outfit. Or pair with a sweater for a laid-back, warm look.

Make sure your jeans fit well, taper at the ankle, and don’t have any rips or fading. Keep professional jeans simple in color and cut. Learn how to care for your denim here.

14. Ponytail holder

This is the least expensive—but arguably one of the most important—work wardrobe essentials. A power ponytail is an instant way to show you mean business. By pulling the hair out of your face and slicking it back, you create a polished look that dominates any boardroom.

There are two popular types of ponytail holders now that won’t damage or crinkle hair. L. Erickson ponytail holders are made from a soft fabric that hold hair in place, but the elastic doesn’t damage hair. Invisibobble hair rings have also become popular because they grip hear while creating a delicate, elegant up-do.

Don’t forget that your hair-do can completely change the look of your outfit!

15. Accent piece

Everything on this list has been essentially “neutral.” But don’t forget to show a little bit of your own style in there!

We love the “accent piece.” If you’re wearing a plain shirt, throw on a large and audacious necklace.  If you’re wearing a white blouse with a black blazer and black pencil skirt, throw in a pair of red shoes if you’re feeling bold. (P.S. Red is considered a dominant color, which makes it great if you’re selling a product or idea.)

An accent piece shows off your style and confidence. You’re not afraid to stand out in the workplace, because you’re comfortable with the amazing woman you are.

Remember that clothes are a representation of you. What you wear should show off who you are—which is a strong, hardworking boss who’s ready to take on the workweek!

What are your work wardrobe essentials? Let us know in the comments below! 

11 Classic Wardrobe Essentials You Need To Own

Be timeless and modern with these 11 classic wardrobe essentials you need to own!  

Every outfit needs a staple piece to anchor it. No matter your style—classy or edgy, feminine or casual—there are certain classic wardrobe essentials and basics that work for every look.

Besides, don’t you want more room in your closet? Isn’t it curious, whether you are living in a small studio in NYC or a three-bedroom in the Midwest, a woman’s closet never feels big enough. Owning a few key essentials can help you minimalize your closet while stepping up your style.

So here are my 11 wardrobe essentials you need to own that will make your everyday-style simply chic. You could be heading to work, to the gym, or to a party, these fashion must-haves will be your ultimate go-to pieces for every occasion.

1. White Tee

There’s nothing more versatile than the classic white tee. You can throw it on for everyday use like working out or running errands, you can wear it underneath a blazer for a casually professional look, or you can spice it up with your favorite accessories for a night out on the town.

Go for a high-quality white t-shirt, like you would find with Vince. You can easily buy a bunch of cheap white tees, but you’ll only get a few uses out of them before they start to show wear and tear. You’ll waste your money and add more textiles to growing landfills.

A high-quality white tee is the ultimate wardrobe essential because it will be in for the long haul and won’t pill or lose its shape.

2. Denim Jacket

Jean jackets are the easiest layering piece that you can grab on your way out the door. They’ll pair with any outfit, and they function beautifully in every season—warm in the winter and cool in the summer.

Have you ever noticed your denim jacket grows with you? Most jean jackets are loose and relaxed, creating a casually gorgeous look.

Plus, denim is a sturdy fabric, so it’s perfect as a travel partner jet-setting the world or across the city. Perfect for only the most adventurous and independent ladies!

Don’t feel like carrying your jacket?

Wrap it around your waist for a ‘90s throwback or throw it over your shoulder for an instant confidence-booster.

3. Hoop Earrings

Hoop earrings have been a staple accessory for almost a century, but their style has evolved through the decades. Hoops are a vogue basic that can completely change the look of an outfit. These statement pieces turn a simple tee shirt and jeans into a dressed-up ensemble fit for any occasion.

Gold and silver will always be fashionable. Whether you’re going for vintage style or modern geometric, a quality metal can instantly update your aesthetic. We recommend having one pair of gold hoops and one with silver, which can be your go-to pieces when you’re looking to spice up any outfit.

4. The LBD

The little black dress (LBD) is classically simple, and it flatters every body type. Black never goes out of style thanks to its effortless elegance. You could wear the same gorgeous LBD every night for a week, transforming your look with different accessories and shoes.

What’s the best kind of LBD to add to your wardrobe essentials? Any dress you feel comfortable in! We at Current Boutique particularly love a black dress with short sleeves, because it can look appropriate in a board meeting or out with your girls.

Browse our favorite little black dresses for under $100!

Travel tip: Always travel with a little black dress! It’s versatile and easy, and it looks great in vacation photos.

5. Pumps

Pumps are professional and refined, and they’re perfect to lengthen and slim your legs.

I especially love pumps because of their comfort. You get the sultriness of the stiletto, while the platform base adds support for your strut. Active, powerful women need a shoe they can move in—and platforms are perfect for the job.

You’ll want two types of pumps in your closet. Black pumps are sophisticated and easy to care for, so they’re perfect for work or nighttime. Nude pumps are versatile and casual, enriching just about any attire.

Check out these tips and tricks for walking in heels!

Care tip: Choose patent pumps. They’re easy to wipe off and shine up.

6. Dark Denim

Denim trends are always changing: light-wash jeans come and go and ripped jeans are in then out then in again. But dark denim has always remained a staple in the denim world.

Dark denim pants are an easy go-to no matter what’s trending. A pair of dark-wash jeans pairs well with a tee, blouse, or blazer to create just about any look you’re going for.

What denim fit is right for you?

Opt for mid-rise dark denim when possible. Mid-rise slims your waist and emphasizes the butt, and it’s a good middle ground between high- and low- waist cuts that come and go with the seasons.

The main types of cuts are skinny, slim, straight, boot cut, and relaxed. Go with the style that you feel most comfortable in. Slim and straight styles are usually more timeless, but it’s up to your personal style!

Fit tip: Not sure if your jeans fit? They should feel comfortable on your hips without a belt, and you should be able to pinch about 1 inch of fabric on either side of the thigh.

7. Cashmere Cardigan

Cashmere is one of the most valuable fabrics to have in your closet. It’s made from the softest type of wool, making it one of the most luxurious wardrobe essentials on this list.

They say clothes make the woman. If you want to feel powerful and confident, you have to dress with panache. Throwing on a soft cashmere sweater will instantly brighten your spirits and put you in a wealthy, ambitious mindset.

Plus, cashmere is one of the warmest fabrics. It’s thick enough to protect you from the cold in even the toughest climates, but it’s light enough that you won’t look or feel bulky. And cashmere will actually keep its shape for years without stretching for fading. Check out more cashmere fun facts here.

Color tip: Opt for a neutral color that you can throw over any dress or blouse for a warm, luxurious aesthetic.

8. Striped Tee

Stripes are an underrated wardrobe essential that work just as hard as the LBD or denim jacket. They’re a neutral pattern that mixes well with other prints and solids. Stripes can create a look that’s edgy or classy, skater or surfer, youthful or ageless.

Choose a striped shirt with neutral colors like beige, white, and black, which work well with any pants (including dark denim).

Check out our classically-trending prints and stripes here.

Do horizontal stripes make you look bigger?

Sometimes. Lots of thin horizontal stripes can make you look wider because of the way they draw the eye across your body. But thick, bold stripes won’t add any weight—they can even make you look slimmer!

Besides, it’s not the pattern that makes the woman—it’s the confidence!

9. Trench Coat

The trench coat is a chic fundamental. It always looks polished, whether it’s thrown over jeans, a maxi, or a pair of sweats. Plus, it does its job at protecting you from the elements with style and beauty.

How do you choose the right coat for your closet? Take specific note of the length, buttons, and collar. These are the basic aspects of a trench coat that determine its look. Search around—the right trench coat will pop out to you!

We personally like a nude trench coat because it lightens any outfit, and it works well in both summer and winter. You might not want to wear a black overcoat in the heat.

10. Black Blazer

A black blazer is the perfect piece to pull your outfit together. Pair with a pencil skirt for work, a crop top and jeans for a shopping spree, or a red dress for a night on the town.

Plus, every body-type looks good in a black blazer. The wider shoulders and tapered waist create a slimming look that will make you look as confident and powerful as you feel! The blazer is the ultimate in chic basics.

Fit-tip: A classic blazer should fall just above your waist. But we also love the look of an oversized blazer, which can add a new dimension to your look.

11. Investment Bag

An investment bag is not just a wardrobe essential, it’s a life essential. A quality bag not only instantly upgrades your outfit, but it can also make your life more accessible. Plus, it will last for years without ever going out of style, saving you money on other bags you’d just through away.

Our favorite part about an investment bag is that you’ll bring it with you everywhere. It stores all of your goodies—and all of your memories! You can even hand down your experiences to others, since the value of the bag will last for decades.

What are your wardrobe essentials?

How many of these wardrobe essentials do you own?

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