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Skinny Business, Pt. 1: The Case of the Crop Top

“The Business Fashionista” is AZ Big Media’s fashion blog for the business-minded. It examines the dos, don’ts and musts of the modern fashionista who wants to stay in step with the latest trends in the workplace.

How long would it take you to find someone wearing a crop top on the street, in the nearest Starbucks or at Target? The answer: a few minutes at most. Straight from the 1980’s, crop tops are invading cities everywhere.

Crop tops are becoming a staple in a lot of women’s wardrobes — from high schoolers to a moms of three. Crop tops have become so popular that there are maybe only a few apparel stores where you can’t buy one.

It’s a versatile piece of clothing. You can wear one to the gym, on a date or underneath overalls. However, that doesn’t mean they’re appropriate for every occasion. So, what about the office?

The answer is yes and no.

When the word crop top pops into someone’s mind, the last thing they associate it with is work attire. It’s true that crop tops were not created for work, but a business fashionista knows the exception. It comes down to knowing what type of crop top to wear so it flatters your figure without revealing too much.

In general, the golden rule is to match the right crop top with the right high-waisted pants, skirt or shorts. If you think that covering your tight black crop top and jeans combo for casual Friday with a blazer or cardigan is genius, you’re wrong.

To be clear, there are various types of crop tops and the skin tight, super short ones you see girls wear to the gym or around a college campus will never be work attire. Other types of crop tops are longer, structured and less fitting. This type of crop top is the kind you can attempt to wear to work.

As a general rule, avoid crop tops in the workplace. Rules are meant to be broken, though, and there may come a time when that gingham crop top is calling your name. In this case, always stick with high-waisted bottoms (no shorts) and you should be okay.

If you find yourself skeptical about the idea of wearing a crop to work, here are some do’s and don’ts.

DO:

  • Embrace layering the crop top over a sweater like the one below from Banana Republic.Screen Shot 2014-09-16 at 5.12.17 PM

 

  • Pair box-y crop tops with midi skirts like Keri Russell as seen on InStyle.com.

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  • Wear other color crop tops beside black (spice it up a bit) similar to this crop top from Francesca’s.

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DON’T:

  • Channel your inner 16 year-old self
  • Wear a crop top if your not comfortable
  • Expose midriff
Vanessa Renee

Dress to Impress at Work: Style by Vanessa Renee

Unfortunately, most of us spend 40 plus hours a week in the office, and the way we dress makes a huge impression towards how people perceive us. If you want to get to the top, you better dress like you are already there.

These work outfits are colorful, unique, and professional. Most importantly, all of these outfits will definitely get you noticed at work! I want to show you some fierce ways for dressing to impress using something other then the typical, plain old black and gray attire. I hope these styles will inspire you to create some of your own work looks!

Outfit 1

 Neutral

I am in love with this outfit. It is extremely classy and stylish in my eyes. Ashley is wearing a tan Banana Republic skirt, paired with a Forever 21 striped button down blouse. Her necklace is a recent purchase from TJ Maxx, and I layered it with a Vanessa Renee side cross necklace from www.vanessareneestyle.com. She is carrying a Michael Kors work bag, and wearing nude pumps from Aldo. Nude pumps should be a staple in your wardrobe. If you don’t already own some, immediately go invest in a great pair! (right)

Outfit 2

 Trendy

This outfit is a little funky, but right on trend! Ashley is wearing a navy skirt from The Limited. Additionally, I dressed her in a plaid top from H&M, Tory Burch flats, a black Michael Kors watch, and chunky gold bracelet from TJ Maxx. The statement pearl necklace is from Stella Dot, and is the perfect touch of feminine that this outfit needs. We layered it with the Vanessa Renee side cross necklace from www.vanessareneestyle.com. The last pop that this outfit needed was the red messenger bag from Dillards. You can also carry a more neutral color with this if you tend to be a little more reserved. The best part about this outfit? You can throw on some navy or black skinny jeans and make it casual for after work fun! (left)

Outfit 3

 Stripes

White is a huge trend for spring right now, and these tailored slacks from The Limited are a good work staple to have. I paired these white pants with a classic light pink, striped Brooks Brothers button down for an ultra professional look. Always remember that vertical strips can be very flattering, especially when being paired with bold white pants. Also, I added a touch of chic pearls to complete this look. This look could be great for a work conference, seminar, or luncheon. You will definitely make a great impression! (right)

Outfit 4

 

 Feminine Leather

Leather has been a huge trend this year, and can be pulled off in a classy way when paired with the right pieces. I thought this Chiffon feminine pink top from Nordstrom Rack balanced the leather out perfectly. I used one of the statement necklaces from my www.vanessareneestyle.com website to tie the look together. (left)

Outfit 5

 

Nautical

This look is a mix of the Spring nautical trend with a pop of color. This is a Nordstrom savvy skirt, and is paired with a striped navy collared shirt from Forever 21. A popular trend right now is buttoning blouses all the way to the top to look extra sleek. As you can see, stripes are really in this Spring and can create a ultimately flattering look. (right)

Vanessa Renee

Work-to-Play Wardrobe

3 Must-Haves For Your Summer Work-to-Play Wardrobe

It’s that time of the year again — summertime in Arizona. Grueling, sun-filled days and long steamy nights. No guilt attached for orchestrating an impromptu happy hour with friends or co-workers to replenish after the days drudgery.

With this enduring season officially upon us, putting together a versatile, elegant work-to-play wardrobe can be a challenge. To save you frustration and time, we’ve listed three affordable, must-haves for your summer wardrobe, along with trendy examples of how to wear and accessorize each selection.

These easy-to-achieve looks will take you seamlessly from day to night, without breaking a sweat!


The Floral Blazer

Day

This piece will look great paired with just about anything. But for a polished, professional look, try a sleek black or grey pencil skirt (or even a pair of loose trouser shorts) matched with a flowing, brightly-colored tank. Finish the look with some strappy, nude sandals or peep-toe wedges.

Night

Ditch the blazer, and showcase your brilliant tank top. Add that “wow” factor by applying a vibrant lip (reds and pastels are very in this season). When it comes to spicing up your outfit, accessorizing is simple and very effective. A cute, sequined clutch or a chunky, turquoise necklace will do the trick.


Cropped Pastel Pants

Day

If you’re even remotely attuned to fashion trends, than you’re no stranger to the pastel cropped pants craze. There are several different variations of this pant (a trouser and a more casual approach), and either would work great for the office.

Pair the pant with a sleek, earthy-hued racerback. Throw on some comfortable, glossy flats, and add some loose, beach wave curls to top off the look.

Night

Bring this look to the next level by replacing your reliable flats with a pair of metallic espadrilles or bright, patent-leather slingbacks. Add a bold, delicate necklace and a shoulder bag to complete the outfit.


Bold Print Dress

Day

The luxury of a bold print dress is that you can find just about any shape or cut, making it incredibly easy to flatter any body type. Take this dress to work by adding a featherweight, short-sleeved cardigan. A pair of neutral booties adds polish and keeps the focus on the dress pattern.

Night

Retire the cardigan and throw your hair up into a messy, braided bun. Add a set of bold earrings (be sure they don’t conflict with the pattern or color of your dress) to seal the deal.


Where to look for your work-to-play wardrobe:

Thanks to the present popularity for such items, many local stores, including H&M, Gap, Forever 21, J.Crew, Banana Republic and Nordstrom, have mastered these chic, unique pieces.

Resort Wear

Resort Wear Fashion For Everyday Style

We may not be regular jet-setters or packing our bags for a vacation in Saint Tropez, but that doesn’t have to stop us from incorporating the effortless and inherently versatile flow of resort wear fashion into our everyday outfits.

Resort wear has come a long way since matching Hawaiian shirts for couples and rainbow hibiscus flowers scattering our vacation threads. Now seen across the globe on any given day, resort wear fashion doesn’t have to stereotypically represent sought after beach vacations.

Characterized as “nautical,” resort wear can also be called “cruisewear.” Designed with the affluent touch of sailing of the shores of Capri or jet setting to the Caribbean, this lively trend has graced the runways of New York, Paris and Milan inspired by the faraway coastal islands and exotic escapes of our dreams.

Easy, breezy

Resort Wear: Kate Spade purse from Nordstrom Graciously welcomed into our wardrobes, resort wear 2012 incorporates influences of this spring’s lively mixed prints, color blocking, shades of neon and pastel and vivacious bold art-deco-inspired graphics. Materials typically range from no-fuss light cottons, poplin and silk, to microfiber and straw accessories.

No longer just reserved for the sunny beach get-away, resort wear has Resort Wear: Pleated Dress from Les Nouvelles held onto its easy maintenance requirements — which can partly explain why this trend is loved year-round. Typically designed for being stuffed away in suitcases, resort wear is by nature light, breathable, easy to pack and clean with little to no ironing necessary.

For the ladies

Women’s resort wear fashion can range from playful loose skirts and tops, to full-length evening dresses with room to breathe — perfect for that hot, Resort Wear: Bugatchi Uomo Shirt from Nordstrom Arizona summer creeping up on us. Additionally, accessories are often brightly animated with large hats, sunglasses and open-toe heals or strappy sandals. To go along with this casual trend, loose hairstyles like messy curls are perfect for both day and night.

Men’s resort wear

Men’s resort wear fashion incorporates fun colored short and pants with boat shoes and a light dinner jacket for the evening. For a dose of St. Moritz style, light white trousers, a striped Resort Wear: Sperry Top-Siderscollard shirt and rubber-soled loafers complete a resort wear-inspired men’s outfit.

With unique looks designed for function, brands such as J. Crew, Banana Republic and Tommy Bahama have pioneered this bold trend. More recently, other leading designers such as Chanel, Michael Kors, Anna Sui, Prada and Oscar de la Renta have been hot on the pursuit of stylish resort wear fashion.

For more resort wear fashion, shop locally at:

Lindsay Lou

6107 N. Scottsdale Rd., #C-14
(480) 443-2522
lindsaylou.com

Michka Unique Trends

8787 N. Scottsdale Rd., #144
(480) 607-0032
michkatrends.com