--Guest Post By Maria Elena
Getting dressed for work doesn't mean that you have to leave your personal style behind. As we’re head into fall 2012, fall office fashion has been on many designers’ minds, and has taken a prominent place in most of the runway shows this summer. These are some of the essential fashion pieces for men and women.
One of the hottest trends for women is the peplum dress. This dress has a flattering waistline with a younger look that can easily transition from work to evening. Dress this up for the office with a structured blazer and close-toed heels. The patterned pencil skirt is also a popular choice. While a bold pattern may not be appropriate for the office, choosing earthy tones with a solid blouse will make this an easy and classic look for fall.
For shoes, the ankle boot is one of the hottest new trends. Choose a black, grey, or brown boot in a classic style. This boot can be paired with dressy slacks or a longer skirt for a more work-appropriate look. Wear these boots with another one of these season's hottest trends, silk trousers. Silk trousers should be form-fitting without being too tight.
→ Buy the KORS Michael Kors Chelsea Ankle Boot, $375.00, at piperlime.com; shipping and returns are free.
The good news about fall is that boots are back in style! Riding boots with a more fitted calf are in this fall and, to the delight of professionals, this style of boot goes very well with office wear. Boots can be paired with dresses, skirts, or pants and the fit of the riding boot is an easy fashion choice for most women.
→ Buy the Enzo Angiolini Zeric Riding Boot, $99.50 (was $129.00), at piperlime.com; shipping and returns are free.
For accessories, belts and tights are good staples for any closet. While bright belts are a popular choice, they may not always be appropriate for office wear. Belts in purple and maroon are good options without being too flashy. For tights, choose olive green or a dark purple for a fun, upbeat look while at work. Professional fall fashion doesn't have to be boring and by taking advantage of earthy tones, it's easy to look good while also being professional.
→ Buy the Wolford Individual 20 Tights, $46.00, at wolfordshop.com.
Men’s Fall Office Fashion
Men’s fall fashion is less bold and has been moving into a simpler style with clean lines and silhouettes. Patterns this fall are more restrained, with masculine cuts and more attention on the man, rather than on the clothes. Men should choose simple suits with flattering cuts. Corduroy blazers are one of the more interesting trends and these are perfect for casual Fridays. You could even pair them with chinos for a less formal work atmosphere.
One must-have item for men this fall is the desert boot. This simple boot is versatile and comes in earthy tones as well as black and grey. A comfortable shoe choice, it can be worn to work and even for going out on weekends. It is one of this season's hottest trends for men and can be paired with dress pants for work or worn while running errands.
→ Buy the J.Crew MacAlister Brickman Boot, $168.00, at jcrew.com.
These are some of the professional fall fashion trends for both men and women. Earthy tones are always a good choice for fall and mixing brighter pieces with solid pieces is a great way to balance a wardrobe and look good for the workplace.
Maria Elena is the public relations and marketing manager for Ardour LLC. We focus on fashion wear, fragrances and personal care. We not only compliment your style. We applaud it. You can connect with us on Facebook at http://facebook.com/Ardour2012