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Ruffles for Work

Black Blazer

I love me some ruffles. Especially when wearing a suit, they are a nice feminine touch that softens the outfit’s strong lines. I don’t consider myself a girlie-girl (pink is practically an untouchable in my opinion), but I find myself unable to resist the pull of ruffles on the racks at the store. Ruffled skirts, shirts, dresses, shoes – they all need to be touched and investigated. So when I unwrapped this shirt last Christmas, you can imagine the pleased look on my face. Nice shopping, dear aunt!

Ruffles

Ruffles

Cute and playful, right? But still professional. The ruffles fill up the blazer so nicely. Now, I probably shouldn’t bring this up, but I made a little fashion faux-pas with this outfit… the blacks don’t match perfectly. The skirt and blazer were bought separately, are from different brands and are aging at different rates. If you look closely, you can tell that the skirt is a slightly lighter black than the blazer (it is about a year older). Of course, I could blame this all on tricks of the lighting, but… honesty is the best policy.

Happy Monday to all!

Ruffles

Meredith’s Look:

Shirt: Gap, a gift from my aunt

Skirt: Banana Republic, $40

Blazer: Zara, $70

Shoes: Cole Haan, $70

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Nail Polish Colors

Your nails – both fingers and toes – are two of the most important details of personal presentation that can make a huge difference in a professional setting. Although they seem minute, a nice set of nails can make a world of difference when you want to look polished and put-together. A big part of this presentation, though, is making sure that the color you choose is flattering and appropriate for the workplace.

We don’t treat fingers and toes the same in this category, mainly because Cubicle Chic thinks you can push the envelope with your toes much more than you can with your fingers. For example, you can get away with wearing bright blue on your toenails, but that is a definite no-no for finger nails at work (at least in our office). Below, we’ve outlined our current favorite colors for fingers and toes.

Fingers:

You Don’t Know Jacques by OPI, Photo Credit: I am Style-ish.com

Cubicle Chic is all about the gray lately. It’s different, but still neutral and understated. Last week we were both sporting the shade!

Chanel Nail Colour in Black, Photo Credit: Chanel

This is the shade that started the ubiquitous black-nail trend: Chanel nail colour. While we don’t think it’s worth $23 for a small bottle, we think it’s worth giving Chanel the credit 🙂

Essie in St. Lucia Lilac, Photo Credit: Essie

A subtle alternative to Essie’s infamous Ballet Slippers, this shade of St. Lucia Lilac is spot on for pre-Labor Day wear.

Toes:

Illegal Purple by MAC, Photo Credit: Raging Rouge

You don’t have to thumb through many September issues to realize that purple is IN. Cubicle Chic can’t get enough, so we are excited to see a variety of shades on the racks this fall. This particular purple is so deep and royally divine, we think it would look excellent on everyone’s toes.

Nabi Glitter nail polish, Photo Credit: Metropark

Lights! Camera! Glitter! Some may pass this up as teenage material, but we adore the look of metallics on toe nails. [One of the Cubicle Chic ladies was daring enough to sport gold glitter on her finger nails this week and it totally lit up the office ;)] But if you want to play it safe your workplace, layer this on your toes for an ultra-sparkly, disco look.

Ocean Love Potion Nail Polish by Sephora by OPI, Photo Credit: Bloggang.com

At first, we were skeptical about painting our toes green (read: nail fungus, ew!) but this color is so summery and fresh, we couldn’t resist. With a green that has a blue tint to it, you can’t go wrong.

We would also like to open up this topic to our readers – what are your thoughts on nail color for the office? What color or amount of sparkle would be crossing the line? Or is there even a line to be crossed? This is an especially relevant topic for the summer months since many offices relax their dress codes to include open-toed shoes. Is your sexy red polish too much peeking out of your peep toes? Let us know what you think!

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