Are wrap dresses professional enough to wear to work?
Of course, wrap dresses are professional when worn in plain corporate colours such as grey, black, brown, beige or red. Wear them in solid colours or tone-on-tone fabrics. The length really depends on how much leg you want to show, but it is fine if it is about knee-length. Wrap dresses sometimes tend to be tricky when it comes to showing cleavage, so be careful. They look great with a lightweight cardigan worn over it. It is better to stick to medium to heavy fabrics as light fabrics tend to be transparent and wispy. Almost any kind of shoes go with wrap dresses, such as pumps or open sandals, but I feel closed shoes are better at work. Wear open-toed shoes only if your feet are impeccably pedicured. To strike a balance, wear a pair of closed-toed slingbacks, which look elegant with skirts and dresses.
How can I make the most of end-of-season sales? It always seems impractical to buy woollen garments in the summer and vice versa. And even if you buy them to use next season, they are almost always out of style.
The key to effectively using end-of-season sales is to look for classic pieces instead of trendy styles. Chances are that things that are overly trendy will go out of style very quickly. Classic shirts, trousers, round-necked knits, zip-up or buttoned-down cardigans in colours such as black, brown and khaki are what you should most often pick up. If shopping at a summer sale, look out for pieces made from medium to heavy fabrics.
The trick to making pieces you buy in sales seem like they are always in fashion is to pair them with something different every time you wear them. Wear them with different bags or shoes or match them with a shirt or trouser which is trendy that particular season. That will give them an edge and you won’t look like you’re wearing buys from five seasons ago.
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