Wear to Work Wednesday: BetaBrand Dress Pant Yoga Pants

 Have you ever heard about BetaBrand?! I was introduced to the brand awhile back by a good friend of mine and I have to say, I’m impressed. 

Betabrand is a company that creates clothing designs based on ideas from its customers. So for instance, if you have an idea for an innovative piece of clothing (perhaps a pair of pants that doubles as a skirt…it can be anything!), you write to the company and tell them about it (you could also draw it if you have design abilities). They will then post the idea on their website and let customers vote on which ideas they like. They even have crowdfunding as a pre-order option for your favorite items that usually give you a hefty percentage of a discount. Once the product is funded, it sells to the general public. So, in a way, the customers are the designers and vice versa.

The BetaBrand piece that I’m totally lusting after right now is this pair of Boot-Cut Dress Pant Yoga Pants. The idea behind these pants is that they look like dress pants for work…so much that you can actually wear them to work…but they are also stretchy enough to be comfortable all day long like yoga pants. I’m in love with the Navy colored pair simply because that’s my go-to neutral color for dress pants. They also come in black, grey, brown, herringbone, pinstripe, and more. Oh! And they have cropped length, legging style, and straight legged versions too! 

I feel like these could change my life at the office…maybe I’ll wear them to the gym too! J/K – but you could!

Would you wear these oh-so-comfy pants to the office? Let me know in the comments below! 

XO,

YPF

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Wear to Work Wednesday: BetaBrand Dress Pant Yoga Pants

 Have you ever heard about BetaBrand?! I was introduced to the brand awhile back by a good friend of mine and I have to say, I’m impressed. 

Betabrand is a company that creates clothing designs based on ideas from its customers. So for instance, if you have an idea for an innovative piece of clothing (perhaps a pair of pants that doubles as a skirt…it can be anything!), you write to the company and tell them about it (you could also draw it if you have design abilities). They will then post the idea on their website and let customers vote on which ideas they like. They even have crowdfunding as a pre-order option for your favorite items that usually give you a hefty percentage of a discount. Once the product is funded, it sells to the general public. So, in a way, the customers are the designers and vice versa.

The BetaBrand piece that I’m totally lusting after right now is this pair of Boot-Cut Dress Pant Yoga Pants. The idea behind these pants is that they look like dress pants for work…so much that you can actually wear them to work…but they are also stretchy enough to be comfortable all day long like yoga pants. I’m in love with the Navy colored pair simply because that’s my go-to neutral color for dress pants. They also come in black, grey, brown, herringbone, pinstripe, and more. Oh! And they have cropped length, legging style, and straight legged versions too! 

I feel like these could change my life at the office…maybe I’ll wear them to the gym too! J/K – but you could!

Would you wear these oh-so-comfy pants to the office? Let me know in the comments below! 

XO,

YPF

Tuesday’s Tops: The Limited Wrap Look Top

  Here’s a great top for you to try out. It’s The Limited’s Wrap Look Top, which they sell as an online exclusive. A great wear-to-work piece, this top would go lovely with slacks or a pencil skirt and an optional blazer. I particularlylove the 3/4 length sleeves. The top comes in a variety of colors so you can choose the best one for you! And the best part? It’s going for only $27.96 today. 

The Limited: Wrap Look Top

What great tops are you finding out there for work right now? Any great deals? Let me know in the comments below!

XO,

YPF

My Favorite Things Monday: Where to Shop

 

Happy Monday!  Did we all conquer the day?Shopping Girl

So…where should a Young Professional shop?  Well, it depends on your budget, clothing size, body shape, fashion preferences, level of formality at your workplace, etc… So for today, let’s just look at some of my personal favorites.  We’ll add to the list as time goes on, and end up with a fabulous comprehensive list suitable for everyone!

New York & Company

New York & Company is one of my favorite stores to shop at when I need a pair of pants (as we’ve discussed before). They are easy for me to get in and out of, and if you sign up for their coupons, you can get pretty good deals.  Sometimes they’ll have a buy one/get one half off sale.  They also periodically have “City Cash” deals where you get $15 off of $30 the next time you shop (within a specified time frame).  I’ve also bought some really lovely dresses from NY&Co – one of which I even wore to a family funeral this year.  (Not the happiest of thoughts, I know, but it gives you an idea of the level of confidence I place in some of the items I’ve purchased there.)  Long story short – I’d call New York & Co. a great place for the Young Professional to shop because they are pretty budget-friendly, and great for pants and dresses.

The Limited

I’ve only recently gotten into shopping at The Limited.  I don’t now why it took me so long to jump on this bandwagon, but I walked in there one day and practically bought out the whole store.  I love that they have many classic options that are conservative enough for the workplace, but not so conservative that I feel like a little old lady seasoned woman.  This is a great place to get your suiting basics: pants, blazers, dresses, and skirts that match.  They will also hem your pants for free if you have a Limited card.  Something that I love about this store is the level of personal service that you get.  While prices are a step up from New York & Co., I’d say you get a bit more attention as to pulling items in different sizes while in the dressing room, getting outfit suggestions, etc.  So in that regard, you do get what you pay for.

Lands’ End

Lands’ End is (as far as I know) an online-only company that is affiliated with Sears.  I started buying from them a couple of years ago when I wanted some basic short- and long-sleeved tees to wear to work (with or sans a blazer).  My favorite things to order from them are their knit tees and “fit & flare” dresses.  A lot of their clothing has a little bit of stretch in them, which I luurve.  They frequently have sales and coupons for the budget-conscious.  Oh!  And they’re also great for outerwear: coats for the frigid winter.  My heavy winter coat is from them.  It’s still available, though in limited colors since it’s been available for a while: Lands’ End Tulip Coat.

White House Black Market

White House Black Market is exactly what it sounds like: it specializes in white and black clothing.  The idea behind this, I think, is that you can create a “uniform” of sorts for yourself.  Keep your key pieces (pants, blazers, skirts) very basic (i.e. black and white) and add in pops of color here and there, thus making it easier to create outfits.  While this isn’t necessarily what I want to do (as I’ve previously discussed – I try to stay away from wearing too much black because of my fair coloring), it could be very useful for someone who looks great in bold black and white.  Something that I love about WHBM is how they feature just one special color each season.  Last summer, it was a beautiful minty/jade green that (to me) was super gorgeous. Add that to your black and white, and boom! work outfit ready to go.  Or be like me and just look for those colorful pieces to add to your already colorful wardrobe.  Whatever floats your boat.  WHBM is certainly the priciest store on this list, but trust me when I say that their attentive customer service and overall quality of clothing are worth it.

What are your favorite stores to shop for Young Professional clothing?  Share in the comments below or via the contact form here.

XO,

YPF

 

Fashionable Find Friday: Office-Appropriate Brown Knee-High Boots 

Winter is coming is here, and my feet are cold! Somehow I am finding myself without a pair of brown boots that are office-appropriate. I have black ones, but they don’t always go with everything. Not only do I need them to be brown, but they have to be dressy (which for me means shiny and free of gaudy/heavy buckles, belts, studs, etc.) and flat, because I want something I can walk in.

After much searching, I am torn between two pairs. The first is this Eric Michaels Newton boot. I love, love, looooove this pair of boots. They are the perfect shade of brown for me, and they have some great gold detailing that makes them nice and dressy for the office. I think they’d go great with dresses, skirts, and pants. My only concern is, are they too much with the zipper on the outside? I love that they’re the teensiest bit quirky, but are they conservative enough for an office environment? I want something classy that will withstand the test of time.

So with that being said, I also found this other lovely pair of boots: the Ecco Adel Tall Zip Boots. These I love for their practicality. They are beautiful in their simplicity: no frills, quirky details…just straight forward and understated. Nice and shiny so they pass the “dressiness” test.  A big plus is the extra zipper on the inside that allows you to have a little extra calf room if you need it.

 

Ack! I can’t decide! What do you think? Dressy detailing or perfect practicality? Help me before it’s too late!

What winter shoes are you lusting for right now? Tell me in the comments below!

XO,

YPF

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Wear to Work Wednesday: Ponte Blazer for $19.98

You might be starting to figure out that I love everything Ponte. If you haven’t discovered it yet, Ponte is a double-knit, stretchy fabric that is great for work wear. It fits well (due to the stretch), can be laundered in the washer (instead of needing to be dry cleaned), and doesn’t wrinkle as much as other pieces.

I have a couple of Ponte blazers myself (including the grey version of this one!), and they are so great for those days where you need to look business casual, but don’t want to feel “stiff”. If you’ve never tried one, you’re in luck! This fabulous Ponte blazer can be found at Sam’s Club for only $19.98! Super affordable for the young professional. It comes in four different colors in sizes S through XL. You can find it at the link here: Sam’s Club Ellen Tracey Ponte Blazer.

What blazers are you finding out there right now?

XO,

YPF

My Favorite Things Monday: Dressing Your Truth/Color Analysis

Hi everyone! Did we all have a fabulous holiday? Are we all exhausted? Are we all stuffed with too much food from all the festivities? Are you ready to ring in the New Year? Am I asking too many questions? *achem*

Anywayyyy…One of my most favorite things right now is color analysis. If you’re use never heard of this, I think you’re in for a real treat. But beware, once we’ve opened this door, you may become a tad obsessed with it. Well, I did anyway. Here’s my story:

I grew up with two sisters, one older, one younger. Both of them have very dark brown hair, ivory skin that easily tans to olive, and brown eyes. They both look great in stark black, royal blue, classic red, and bold purple. Consequently, I too thought that these colors looked good on me. Granted, I had no choice but to wear some of these colors simply due to the fact that I inherited a lot of hand-me-downs from my older sis. The problem, however, looking back, is that NONE of these colors complement my natural beauty whatsoever. But it took me until adulthood to really figure it out. For goodness’ sake, even my parents shared my sisters’ same naturally “bold” coloring. I was definitely the odd one out color-wise, with my super blonde hair (that eventually turned mousy-goldish-brown), freckled fair skin that burned in the sun, and green-blue-grey-hazel-whatever-colored eyes.

As I grew older I started to realize that something just wasn’t working. I felt shabby in these clothes of mine, and I didn’t know why. After all, they looked great on everyone else in my family, why didn’t they look good on me? I experimented with a variety of looks and, while I started to make progress, once I entered the workplace full time, I began to think that in order to look more professional/”grown-up”/put together/someone to be taken seriously in the office, I needed to be more neutral with my color choices. At this point, I read something online about women wearing only black and white at work, and just making that their “uniform” so that they always looked put together. Yeah. I tried it. I look back on those pictures and wonder what I was thinking. I once again looked “blah”. Professional, yes, but…blah.


Enter Dressing Your Truth. This program was introduced to me by my hubby’s aunt several years ago. While not a color analysis program in the traditional sense, this course was a springboard into a long journey that led me to where I am today: confident in my ability to go shopping and pick out clothes/shoes/accessories that will look good on me simply with a glance through the racks, instead of trying on outfit after outfit only to leave the store feeling defeated with a handful of items that may or may not match anything that I have at home.

The idea is that you learn how to pick out clothes based on your true nature as a person. For example, as a Type 1 in the Dressing Your Truth system, I am “fun and animated” versus my Type 4 sisters who are “bold and striking”. So, once you have established your Type, you can then buy clothes in the appropriate styles and colors for you. The best part is that you don’t have to buy the clothes from the Dressing Your Truth store, you can buy them from anywhere! This program helps you to easily recognize what pieces are your Type so you can reveal your inner beauty on the outside.

If you go to an interview dressed as someone who is an independent, swift-thinking go-getter, but in reality, you’re more of a detail-oriented, slow-paced decision maker, you’re probably going to give your potential bosses the wrong impression. It will make them think that perhaps you’re not genuine because you don’t present on the outside the person you are on the inside. This program will help with that.

So while Dressing Your Truth isn’t a color analysis per se, I think that you will find it will give you some clarity into who you are, so that you can delve further into creating your own personal style from there. If you try it, let me know what you think!

Have you found a color analysis or similar program that works for you? Share in the comments below!
XO,

YPF

P.S. I’ll be writing about traditional color analysis as time goes on, so please stay tuned!

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