Here it is. The thing I bought which was wrapped in a brown bag. Dramatic! I can’t wait to pull an all black look :’)
Brown paper bags to carry your shopping buys.
My sister and I went shopping last week and at this little shop where I unexpectedly found something I had always imagined myself wearing they give you a plain brown paper bag to carry your shopping items. I liked it, non-laminated, no prints. I didn’t even mind that it didn’t have handles. I had seen more and more recently small, individual bread shops wrapping their customers’ bread in brown paper bags, and now fashion, too, fashion items go into brown paper bags. I have a suspicion this is some sort of a trend, but hopefully it will turn into something real, just like that in the time before humans-created-plastic-bags.
Will snap a picture of what’s inside this bag and show you.
Gone were the days when suits were just… suits. Everything was supposed to be neat and fitted. The jacket was heavy at the shoulders, almost tight at the waist and its hemline hit high at the hipbones, and under the jacket it was always a fitted white shirt. If this sounds familiar to you then you might have been ignoring all those changes happening in the fashion world. Pity, because a lot of them only do good to us. Think about suits that will earn you the expected respect from clients/partners without conforming to conventions, suits that give you more comfort and femininity. That should be the new efficiency at work.
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1. Underneath the jacket: there are a lot more options today besides the old-fashioned white shirt, form-fitted and in crisp cotton. Remember we are women and we have femininity to show off, so we don’t wear suits the way men do. A nice blouse or a simple T-shirt will do the job with easy elegance and materials like lightweight cotton, lightweight linen, silk or viscose make it much easier for layering and help soften the look. A lingerie-style tank top, to many office women, can be an instant no-no, but if you are in a position where “you rule” do try this for its comfort and effortless quality.
2. The coordinating business: a coordinating suit doesn’t have to be just black and grey and boring. I like the modern takes on it, like a loose and longer jacket (hemline just covering the cheek of your bum), a double breasted jacket worn without a shirt underneath, or wide-legged pants. Bright colours and prints also breathe life into tedious business meetings.
3. Off the coordinating business. The blazer is a clothing item so powerful and versatile you will find it in any fashionista’s wardrobe, but if you can’t find it yet in yours do invest in at least one with a sleek cut. Paired with black jeans, it will hop with you easily between meetings looking more relaxed than “corporate”, i.e. tired and pressured. A good thing about a blazer is that you don’t have to hunt down a good tailor for it, from mainstream to luxury, brands today offer great choice of styles and qualities, you only have to pick what looks best on you.
So that’s about the suit. I hope you will find something. Until next week.
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