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Leather is the word of the day, as we conclude a series of posts inspired by the InStyle article 5 Ways to Wake Up Your Work Wardrobe. And here is InStyle’s advice for workplace wear: Incorporate Leather — Make skins safe for the office by choosing unexpectedly feminine shapes, darker tones (bright shades might be too kooky), and refined textures. Even a single piece of leather jewelry will inject edge.
Of the 5 trends InStyle wrote about, as a business owner, I have the hardest time seeing this one as office friendly. I’m not saying it can’t be done, I would just say to proceed with caution. The safe way to go is with accessories… leather shoes, handbags andbelts are a given. Think about how to expand your leather accessories by changing from a gold or silver watch band to an updated leather one or, as InStyle suggests, try leather jewelry which can look quite sophisticated. I like this House of Harlow leather drop necklace and crystal and leather bangle bracelets.
In home decor, leather seems to be making a comeback. As we blogged about a few months ago for our client, Drexel Heritage, leather in bold greens and mustards are hot in decor. See Traditional Home‘s leather faves in our post called Fashion Forward.
Am I being narrow-minded about the office attire? What do you think? Leather pants for a client meeting? How about a fitted leather jacket for a client event? Workplace fashionistas, let’s hear what you have to say!