The other day, I read an article about how this pandemic could change fashion trends: https://www.instyle.com/fashion/coronavirus-will-change-fashion-depression-era-style
One trend stood out to me: Our workwear will become more “sharp”.
This is hard to believe given that offices have instilled a casual dress code over the past decade or so. Just last year my office added “fashion sneaker” to the list of acceptable footwear. I have a friend who works for Reebok, and they can wear active wear in the office. Not to mention, every retailer has changed their marketing to the “Stay at home”, “cozy”, “loungwear” customer in reaction to people staying at home due to the pandemic.
So- do I really think we’re going to do a 180* when this is all over?
I am definitely looking forward to dressing up for work again. I don’t know how long that desire will last once I am back in the office, but I am inspired to throw together some “sharp” outfits in honor of this article.
Below are 4 sharp ways to style a khaki pant (this pant also reminds me of the last trend in the article – ditching gendered work clothing – channeling my inner Rosie the Riveter).
1- With a Bright Color and a Glass of Champagne
Khaki’s are as neutral as a pair of jeans, so we should wear them with as much versatility as we would our go-to denim. However, more often than not I see them paired with black and white. And I understand (check out my next 3 outfits for proof)! But a bright color like hot pink shows the world that your khaki’s deserve an invite to the party, too.
I recommend sticking to rich colors. If you have a warm skin tone: orange, tomato red, eggplant purple. If you have a cool skin tone: emerald green, cobalt blue, or teal. And I believe every lady should wear hot pink!
2- With a Detailed Sweater on Top and Mini Van of Kids
I’m a few days shy of turning 27, so what I’m about to say has very little credit and will warrant eye rolls from the moms out there who are wrangling children from the breakfast table to school to the playground to piano lessons to the dinner table to the bathtub to bed.
But I can’t help but hate the phrase, “I’m lucky enough if I have time to take a shower.”
And I understand that I can’t even begin to understand: I once babysat for 5 days while the parents were on vacation, and on the fourth night I went to bed at the same time as the kids: 6:30pm. And then I was lucky enough to get to go home!
But mamas – even if you haven’t showered in 3 days, you still find the minute every morning to get dressed. It takes the same amount of time to throw on this outfit as it does to throw on a pair of jeans and a sweatshirt.
So don’t be a disheveled mom, be a a boss mom!
P.s note that even these shoes are flat and comfortable. You don’t even waste 30 seconds on a buckle!
3- With a Blazer and a Conference Room
A blazer with khaki’s is a sharp step up from a blazer with a pair of jeans, but not as steep as a blazer with a pencil skirt.
This could be a good look for your first big meeting back in the office. So much of feeling confident and powerful is in your non-verbal communication. Body language and the way you dress.
…Okay- there’s scientific evidence for body language, I just firmly believe in the effect of a good outfit.
4. With a White Top and a Readiness to Take on the World
This is about as easy as it gets. White on Khaki is a classic combo, whether it’s a white blouse or a white t-shirt. The pair is forever versatile: pink pumps for a party, sneakers to run up and down the sideline cheering on your athlete, a pair of loafers for the office. Layer it with a jean jacket, a black blazer, or a colorful cardigan. This outfit can take you anywhere you need to go to accomplish anything on your agenda.
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