The Fashion Friday Take on Lace in the Office

Last week in Defining Casual Friday With Style ( ), we explored the rules for using patterns in the workplace.  Today’s casual Friday lesson poses a simple question. Is a lace top appropriate for the office environment? The answer is a resounding yes. If lace is styled correctly, it can be completely office appropriate. First, think about color. If you are making a statement with texture, in this case the lace, avoid also making a statement with color. Choose a neutral color like black or tan to round out your look. In the case of lace, avoid a color like white even though it is technically is a neutral. White lace always comes off looking like a wanna be bride or a 1980’s streetwalker. Either way neither look is office appropriate. In this case, I chose a black lace top as the basis for my look.

I chose the bolero style jacket as my layering piece because of the inverted shape. When you are petite, it is important to find ways to add height whenever possible. In this case the jacket structure adds to the illusion that I am taller than 4’11. I completed the outfit with my trusty trouser jean. This wardrobe staple is a must have for every woman. The trouser jean will serve you well on Casual Friday as well as evening occasions where dress code rules are in question. It is always better to overdress than to underdress when there is doubt, and the trouser jean is simple to dress up. To dress up a trouser jean simply add a blazer and a collared top and you are style ready.

Casual Friday is a great opportunity to set yourself apart from others in the office. A stylish appearance shows that you care about yourself and your position within the organization. Style is power and if you follow these simple guidelines you can catapult yourself to the top of the office food chain.


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 November 15, 2012, in Affordable, Bargain Shopping, Casual Friday, Fall, Fashion, Fashion Friday, Fashion Trends, Shopping, Style, Stylist and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 13 Comments.

  1. I love the lace top, anything which is in that gothic style is so on trend at the moment and it’s such a great look! I saw you on the blog hop, such a great idea! I already subscribe to your blog 🙂 If you’d like to check out mine which is a mix of fashion and beauty with some lifestyle please visit I would love more subscribers!

    Lots of love from Ireland,

  2. Love this outfit, it’s definitely my style!

  3. Oooh, I love that! Awesome! The necklace is really lovely with the lace.

    Thanks for linking up with the GtKY hop! Hope to see you again next week =)

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