Power Red

Thursday, April 26, 2018

         Colors evoke emotion and they hold so much meaning because whether we are aware of it or not, we associate colors with feelings and memories.  For example, most people see yellow as a bright and welcoming color because it reminds them of the sun.  I recently read an article that stated that when you understand the meaning and symbolism of each color, you can match your clothes to your intentions for the day.  I'm not sure if that's true, but I've found that red is just one of those colors that makes me feel like a boss.  Every time I sport a crimson dress or even ruby-colored accessories, I feel more confident and put-together.  

       Since red symbolizes excitement, energy, love, strength, and power, I wanted to showcase this bold color in a striking ensemble.  Pairing these statement-making pants with a checkered blazer is my definition of a power suit.  Showing up and looking like you mean business, doesn't mean that you have to wear a boring uniform.  Long gone are the days of extreme shoulder-padded blazers, fitted pencil skirts, and pantyhose.  Today the way women define "work chic" is absolutely inspiring, so here's my take on that working woman uniform.  I present to you my, "Don't mess with me, I'm a boss" look.  You can never go wrong with a black, white, and red color combo, right?   

        Here, I styled a checkered blazer with a white tank bodysuit and a pair of high-waisted flowy red pants.  Black and white is the classic ultimate classic duo, especially when it comes to business attire, but the red adds a bit of fun to the outfit.  Also, here's a little fashion tip: Wearing a bodysuit is an easy way to keep your ensemble looking neat, sleek, and polished.  You don't want to have to constantly check to see if everything is in its right place and keep having to tuck in your shirt, especially at a job interview or at work.  

        As I did with the color combination, I chose a vintage accessory for a touch of classic chic, as well as an array of minimalist modern pieces.  Just by looking at the photo above, can you tell which accessory is the vintage accessory?  If you guessed the snake belt, then you are correct!  My aunt gave me this amazing sterling silver belt and I instantly fell in love with it.  If you know me, you know I adore vintage pieces because they are one-of-a-kind, and they are usually made well because they have endured the test of time.  Although my aunt wore this belt in the 70s, I think it looks so contemporary and fresh.  
         To sum up the look, I chose a simple black purse, silver earrings, and silver bangles.  Oh, and I cannot forget my round sunglasses.  Let me tell you, these Balmain shades were a style steal.  I purchased them from Ross for $70!  Can you believe it?  I feel like Stacey Bendet every time I wear them, so needless to say, these are now one of my favorites.  

       Since I am a part-time assistant teacher and I work from home the rest of the week, I certainly don't need to dress like this on a daily basis, but this is the outfit I'll be sporting on my next business meeting.  For all you working ladies out there, how do you define business chic?  I would love to know in the comments below!  And as always, I am sending you lots of love from my heart to yours!    

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Blazer: Veronica Beard (Similar Here)
Pants: Leith (Similar Here)
Bodysuit: Leimere (Similar Here)
Platform Heels: Steve Madden (Similar Here)
Purse: Topshop (Similar Here)
Belt: Vintage (Similar Here)
Sunglasses: Balmain (Similar Here)
Earrings: Lucky Brand (Similar Here)
Bracelets: Cookie Lee (Similar Here)



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