Each morning as I walk down the streets of downtown Washington, DC on my way to work I can never get over the massive sea of safe, neutral outfits that I encounter. I love neutral colors (black, navy, gray, khaki, white) as much as the next person, possibly even more, but one can still dress professionally across the rainbow. The key to using color is to limit it to one statement piece in the outfit, whether it be a coral shell under a navy suit , a red pussybow blouse tucked into a khaki pencil skirt, or colored tights underneath a gray dress. Here are some of my favorite bright and colorful pieces to incorporate into your workwear.
Pair any of these options with clean, tailored neutrals for a polished yet individual look. The Trelodie blouse in Curry would be stunning with a black pencil skirt, opaque black tights, a nude or black heel and a statement cocktail ring. The Belted Jersey dress could be finished with black patent round-toe pumps or black suede booties as the temperatures begin to drop. Color can, and should, be a part of your professional wardrobe as an expression of individual style while still looking entirely capable of getting the job done.
Read the next post in this series: "Dress for Success: The White Shirt."