Jul 20, 2010 12:40 PM
Ashley S. wrote, "Outblush! I recently graduated from college and got a job in the "real" world. The only problem I'm having is figuring out fun and fabulous, yet still professional clothing to wear everyday! I'm finding it harder than I thought to find interchangeable pieces for my body shape. I am very small up top (size 2/4) and a little bigger on bottom (size 8). Any idea's would help! Thanks so much."
Ashley, with your figure, it's best to go for darker, more neutral bottoms - straight leg or bootcut trousers, or a simple a-line or pencil skirt that hits at the knee - paired with a fun top. We'd suggest avoiding sleeveless tops or super loud prints, unless you've got a really casual office, until you get a handle on the general office vibe. It's also never a bad idea to stock up on some basic button-down blouses in a few colors, and you can always add flair with some great heels.
PS - Some great basic places to shop for 20something workwear? J. Crew, Ann Taylor Loft, Target, Banana Republic, and Nordstroms or Macys.
1 - BR Monogram Silk Pleated Ruffle Top ($69)
2 - Floreat Blushing Avian Blouse ($98)
3 - 7 For All Manking Long Sleeve Silk Ruffle Blouse ($59 on sale)
4 - ASOS Contrast Trim Blouse ($42)
5 - Lauren By Ralph Lauren Aaron Solid No-Iron Shirt ($59, in 3 colors)
6 - Cable & Gauge Scoop Neck Flutter Short Sleeve Ruffle Tee ($48, in 3 colors)
7 - The Limited Drew Plainweave Bootcut Pant ($69)
8 - Gap Classic Pencil Skirt ($49)
Frustrated in your search for that perfect leather handbag, red stiletto pump, or whatever makes your heart go thump in the night? Send us a request and we might do the shopping work for you in a future Personal Shopper feature!