In Loving Memory of My Husband 1952 – 2017
After taking some time away from my blogs after the death of my husband, I have decided to dive back in full force, to do what he knows I love most and am more compassionate about…fashion and everything about it. So to my late husband, James…this is for you.
So, This Month in Fashion takes a look at styles from Calvin Klein and Tommy Hilfiger in improving office attire and weekend wear for the woman not limited to being over 40, for the woman looking to rediscover her looks or looking to create or improve her current style, and the woman whose gone through a traumatic experience and is looking to rejoin society.
What I have learned from my husband’s passing is sheltering myself away from everyone is not helping me deal with him being gone. It is being too caught up in my head with my thoughts — feeling angry that he’s left me alone, feeling mad that I can’t bring him. After spending so much time doing that I was feeling the impact that it was causing me to lose site of the fact that I have to be strong for those he left behind — his children, my daughter and granddaughter and his grandchildren. With that — I want Styled By Rene to be a place to help women bounce back from traumatic experiences. Live the life the so want to live and without hesitation.
Fashion helps me to focus my mind and attention on other things. It helped me to keep from losing site of myself. It is helping me deal with his passing by hoping to help others stay in their lane.
With that said, This Month in Fashion is formed. Let’s dive in, shall we?
In this edition of This Month in Fashion we are going to talk about office attire, weekend wear, and after 5 styles for, but not limited to, the woman over 40.
The Right Suit The Right Impression: In today’s work place the dress code policy is still one that — although continues to change in some companies — is pretty standard across the board in terms of what is considered appropriate and not appropriate. And what you wear to an interview still speaks volumes and is the precedence for setting the right impression.
So, let’s talk about that first — what you wear to an interview. If you are looking to return to the workforce, or you are entering the workforce for the first time, what you wear is the platform for giving the right impression in addition to being on time, and matching what your resume says about you. It set you apart from everyone in how you deliver yourself as the total packet.
Over the years interviewing has had its bar raised with the ongoing changes to the economy and in how employers are hiring. The criteria in their selection process is highly established to go above and beyond their normal expectations in what they are looking for in what they consider to be the right candidate. So what you wear has to be professional on a corporate level, but shows you have personality.
Tommy Hilfiger delivers when it comes to putting together the right ensemble for the interview. Because I am planning to move out of state, I chose to start rebuilding my professional wardrobe because I want to show that I can represent a company on both the level of personality and appearance.
I chose the one button twill blazer, the boot cut dress slacks in the navy blue. I got away from the classic black stepping out of my comfort zone, and while I also looked at styles from Calvin Klein, it was Tommy Hilfiger that had what I was looking for both in style and in size.
Next I paired the blazer up with the bootcut dress slacks. I also added to the collection a pair of the classic straight legs slacks to give a different style and look. For the shoes, I added a pretty light beige and white printed sleeveless top and finished the look off with a pair of light beige high heel pumps for the polished professional office look.
I always say the shoes are what delivers a bad ass ensemble, especially if it is coordinated perfectly. The best thing about these two pieces is you can switch them around with a white blouse and black high heels or white high heel pumps and create a strong professional look.
Your shoes should be a heel height comfortable for you to wear. And remember you are not going to the club so try to keep your heel height about around 4 to 4 1/2 if not lower. You do not want to appear to be struggling to walk in your interview.
These shoes by Delicious CINDY-S are not only the perfect color, but also just the right height for the bootcut dress slacks to finish off the look. You are ready for your interview and if you deliver the perfect interview what you wore will definitely be highly talked about.
Now let’s talk about the dress code. In all my years of working I have never seen anyone sent home because they failed to follow company policy in what says about the dress code until 2016 when an employee was sent home because her dress (or skirt) was deemed too short and too tight. Let’s be clear on what standard dress code police is. Specifically it speaks to the level of professionalism that includes dress pants, skirts, dresses, blazers, ties, dress shoes, vests, sweaters and nylons. Business casual generally states you can wear unripped jeans with no holes, blazer, shirt, tie, and shirts with no logos or sayings, whereas casual is the same as business casual just without the blazer and ties.
Companies put a great deal of time and effort into determining what the company policy states about the dress code and how employees are reprimanded by not following it.
Weekend Wear for Summer Fun: Putting together a summer wardrobe is always fun. There are always new styles and designs each year and this year my summer ensembles were largely inspired by one of my all time designers, Calvin Klein who did not fail to deliver in terms of what I was looking for in the best summer ensembles for both work and weekend wear.
This month my summer outfits were largely inspired by Calvin Klein. I kicked off my CK collection with the soft fully lined printed floral pants that caught my attention one afternoon during visit to Macy in search of something to wear when I returned to work. Blue is my ultimate favorite color so naturally I gravitated to them to see if they were in my size, and wouldn’t you know it…they were. They have a draw string fully lined all the way to the bottom. What I love about these gorgeous pants is that they are not just catered to weekend wear but can also be tailored for office wear with the right combinations.
With that said I paired these pants with the solid blue halter top. They are very comfortable, I thought these were the best way to return to work as well as create the best weekend ensemble.
The embellishment adds pizzazz and drama to the look especially when you add some sassy high heel sandals to the equation. The top has a pleated front and hits just at the hips.
The high heel sandals I added were the right color blue. I looked at what other colors worked well — the blue worked the best. Now if you chose a different color top then you would choose a different color sandal according to the color. You often have to be careful when wearing print pants because not all color shoes work with them and not all styles work either so coordinating is key.
Consider a strappy sandal — something similar to what I have selected here.
This was the ensemble I wore when I returned to work. So far this is one of my favorite summer outfits — kept me cool during the warm temperatures, I was stylish, and I was turning heads.
It didn’t stop there.
With a birthday coming up, I had spent weeks trying to find the best birthday outfit to wear — turning 50. I looked at different outfits, tried on different styles, and each time coming up short. Just when I was about to give up and settle for a pair of jeans and a regular shirt once again Calvin Klein came through once again with their floral print designs and this time ready for the weekend and a day in Catalina.
I picked up a Macy’s style exclusive, Calvin Klein’s floral print wide leg pants. Dubbed Celestial, these pants have bold floral print color with a mid rise, tie at the elastic waistband, and they are airy and delightful.
These pants can also be coordinated with a pair of high heel sandals, a snazzy top and you have created a summer ensemble for the office. For the weekend, I am taking these pants down just a bit giving the a more weekend look.
These are another addition to my floral collection as well.
For my birthday weekend I will be wearing CK’s layered T-shirt. I like this top because it does not look or feel like your average regular T-shirt. It is soft, has a layered look, and is a perfect combination with the pants.
So as you can see this summer season is all about prints and patterns nicely worn with the right solids.
I am all about coordination when I decide to put together ensembles for the weekend because everything has to be done just right.
But what would a perfect outfit be without the right shoes? With this ensemble I decided to switch things up a bit and go with a pair of sandals by Tommy Hilfiger. I like the overall signature look, the heel, and feel.
They had black, but the blue stood out better and they were on sale imagine that. The one thing you want to keep in mind when you are putting together looks whether for the office, for the weekend or if you are going for an after five night out, you have to keep in mind coordination, what looks good on you and know your body type to get the best looks that are just right for you.
- CK Floral Soft Floral Lined Pants: $79.50 (on sale for $31.73)
- CK Studded Halter Top: $59.50 (on sale for $22.93)
- CK Floral Wide Leg Floral Print a Macy’s Exclusive Style: $79.50
- CK Layered Look T-Shirt: $49.50 (on sale for $22.89)
- TH Twill One Button Blazer: $119 (on sale for $69.99)
- TH Modern Bootcut Pants: $79 (on sale for 46.99)
- TH Classic Straight Leg: $79 (on sale for $56.94 includes additional 15% discount if you use take advantage of the sale on Sunday 08/06/17)
- TH Kandess Block Heel Sandals: $79 (on sale for $55.30) comes in white, tan, black, blue, and red
In The Next Edition – September: Next month we’ll take a look at what’s new for the fall/winter seasons and what styles are seeming to be the most popular. We’ll explore new looks in boots, and what we need to be prepared for in terms of the cold and wet weather.