Top Notch Style

A sure-fire way to gain entrance into the top-notch style club is to place your wardrobe dollars in the right category. By far the biggest investment that needs to be made in any wardrobe is in tops. These are the items that people remember the most, therefore it is important to have a wide variety of options.

A must have in every wardrobe is a go to dress shirt. It is important to find one that has a flawless fit for your body type. When selecting the dress shirt that will be the basis of your work wardrobe there are several factors to consider. First of all ensure that you choose the proper size in terms of small, medium, large, and extra-large. If the shirt is too tight then it can impact the overall impression you convey in an office setting and actually hold you back from promotion. If the shirt is too big then it actually looks sloppy and can give off the impression that you do not care.  When trying on a dress shirt first look at the front where the buttons button. You should not have to struggle to button the buttons. Turn to the side in the mirror, if your button panel does not lay flat then you have on the wrong size.  If the shirt is puckering, then the size is too small. If it has too much slack and wrinkles, the size is too big. Next, look at the sleeve length. Make sure that the edge of the sleeve brushes the wrist bone. If you find a shirt that fits through the bust but where the sleeves are too long, that is an easy fix. You actually have two options. You can turn the sleeve up and button from the inside which creates a french cuff. If that’s not a look you care to sport, then your local seamstress can adjust the buttons and sleeve length for minimal costs. Once you have identified the dress shirt that fits the best the time has come to think about color. Off course everyone needs a basic black and a crisp white, but what other colors are important? This would be the perfect opportunity to incorporate whatever the season’s hot color is.  This season, that color is mustard. By paring a tailored dress shirt with jeans and boots for fall you exude  classic style. You could also pair that with a black suit for the office and show your fashionable side to your peers.

Next, make sure your wardrobe contains at least on wrap-around top. These tops are universally flattering and provide an immediate point of interest to any outfit. Another essential piece is a great long-sleeved cotton tee. Pair a cotton tee with jeans and a great scarf for a casual day with the kids or an all day shopping trip with the girls. These are just a few options to get your fall wardrobe started off with a bang. Feel free to give a shout out to your favorite fall top.


About @mfashforward

I am a fashion obsessed working mom of twin teenagers. I have spent my career in the retail industry dressing others on a daily basis. Now, I must strike a delicate balance by remaining fashion forward and having my teenagers still acknowledge my existence. Follow me on a journey into my fashion world.

Posted on September 27, 2012, in Affordable, Bargain Shopping, Fall, Fashion, Fashion Trends, Shopping, Style, Stylist, Uncategorized and tagged , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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