Classy in Stripes.

Now that you have “met” all three of us, and have read about what the heart and soul of ethreeone. is all about, let’s finally talk about the clothes!

Photos by Christie.

[ FITDEETS | Skirt: Jacob. | Blouse & Blazer: H&M. ]

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Before I get into the meat and potatoes of this post (don’t mind my Mennonite background), I want to take a few sentences to thank our very first readers for the support and encouragement over the past few weeks. The launch went better than we could have imagined, and we felt incredibly supported by our networks. We even had people from the public reaching out to the blog who just wanted to tell us we are doing a cool thing! Within the first week, we had over 1000 visits to our site -so thank you, thank you, thank you!

For today’s ‘fit, I chose one of my favorites that I consistently wear to networking events or to work. For business outfits, it’s so easy to want to cling onto our black or white pieces, as they are often the “safe” choice. I am definitely guilty of this. I subconsciously am always drawn towards shopping for black and white or wearing it. I am not saying that there’s anything wrong with these shades, but I want to encourage all of you (and myself) to branch out a little and add some color into your outfits!

I first bought this skirt from Jacob (sad they are going out of business) last summer as I fell in love with the structure and simplicity of it. Normally I am not the biggest fan of stripes, but in this case, I bought the skirt for the sole reason that the colorful, striped pattern rendered a unique option compared to the conventional “black pencil skirt”. Again, there is nothing wrong with a black skirt as I do think it is a staple that I will talk about in weeks to come. Next came trying to find pieces that would compliment the skirt and not take away from it.

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The key when adding color to your outfits is to keep it still looking professional. I cringe when I see girls wearing super vibrant pieces such as hot pink, bright yellow, or neon green. This is why I often stick with pastel colors or rich colors such as navy or royal blue and burgundy to keep things subtle and classy. When all clothing items in your outfit are different colors, it is essential to somehow tie them all together. As you can see, this outfit plays off the colors in the skirt so that the tops do not take away from it. The off-white blouse and navy blue blazer match perfectly with their respective stripe on the skirt, which allows the outfit to come together flawlessly. A tip that I am happy to share: take the clothing item that you are trying to match with you when you go shopping! You may think you know what colors you need to find, but as I’ve learned the hard way, there are definitely more than 50 shades of grey and all the other colors. Consequently, the most frustrating thing is realizing that you are off by a couple of shades (which you obviously don’t want).

Thanks again for reading yet another ethreeone. post! Let me know what your favorite color is to incorporate into your business outfits in the comments section below or any tips and tricks you have when adding color! Remember to keep coming back each Wednesday to hear from one of “The three.” and stay tuned as we introduce our very first guest blogger next week!

Until next time, work hard and be nice to people!

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