October 18, 2015
A great work wardrobe is a magical thing: the confidence it brings can help propel you straight to the top of the career ladder. And luckily, you don’t have to reinvent the wheel every day. With a handful of wardrobe basics, you can put together an endless supply of classic, stylish outfits, leaving you to tackle the real business of kicking ass as a female professional. Even more luckily, you’ll find all of those wardrobe basics at The Mall at Millenia, Orlando.
The number-one go-to item for a working wardrobe is a pair of skinny black pants. Buy the perfect pair and this simplest of items can also be the chicest in your wardrobe. Masters of understated elegance J. Crew offer a flattering skinny cut in a slightly stretchy fabric, as well as a slim cut with a higher waist and a cropped leg. Pair either—or both—with a button-up shirt or a slouchy, silky tank and a blazer, and voila: a work outfit you can feel fantastic in every single day.
The perfect shirt to pair with those pants also awaits you on your next Orlando shopping trip. The key to a chic work shirt is texture: too starchy and you’ll feel like a buttoned-up 1950s breadwinner. But go with something silky or luxe and you’ll feel both formal and feminine—and a soft touch is also a great way to offset harder-edged blazers, pants, and skirts. Your favorite Orlando mall offers options: Ann Taylor’s elegant, silky camp shirt is available in blue, pale rose, and deep plum colorways; or try Banana Republic’s silk tux shirt for a modern spin on the a men’s classic. It’s available in gray blue, luminous peach, or off white.
Here’s the beauty of a dress on a busy day: no need to coordinate! You’ll thank yourself for adding a few work-appropriate dresses in block colors to your wardrobe. Check out Lilly Pulitzer’s Layton short-sleeve shift dress in Iris blue, Kate Spade’s stretch crepe A-line dress in sweetheart pink, and Chico’s Rosemary wrap dress.
Add a blazer and you have a wardrobe that’ll take you through any combination of boardrooms, meetings, interviews, and conferences. For a classic, slim-fitting style you can dress up or down, check out Brooks Brothers’s women’s stellita-fit wool jacket, or for a more relaxed silhouette, head over to Armani Exchange: the long pocket blazer hangs a little longer and looser, giving a more casual, modern feel.
Finally, since you never know when your next great idea will strike, you need the world’s most perfect notebook. You’ll find it right here at The Mall at Millenia: the Moleskine pocket volant notebook, as used by Hemingway, Matisse, Picasso, and van Gogh—in store now at Papyrus.
There’s never been a more exciting time to be a working woman in America. Come see us today for the perfect wardrobe for your rise through the ranks.