Archived article: Hot Colors and Trends for Spring

Do you have this Spring’s hot color?  As you may have noticed, when shopping this Spring, many bright colors and bright colored jeans are in the stores right now.  Colored jeans are big this year with bold bright colors.  Of course pastels are always a hit for Spring, but have you noticed specifically which colors are hot for 2012?

earthtone colors for Spring 2012

Pastels this year are subdued and muted so they have a more earthtone look.  Beige tones, tans and whites are hot. Black and white is a classic look each Spring and quite abundant this year.

orange/ coral

However, the big bold spring color this year is orange.  The orange coral tone is popular.  Perhaps you have noticed this color this year as you have started your Spring shopping. Have you also noticed different tones of orange?  Orange adds a pop of color to earthtones and muted pastels.  Even if you don’t like orange, you could pick up an orange lightweight scarf to wear with a tank top under a chiffon see through blouse. A pop of orange color will keep you current this year.

Add orange with earthtones this Spring/Summer.


Casual Dressing in the Workplace

Do you think fashion in the workplace has become too casual?  In recent years, more and more companies have been laid back with the attire they require their employees to wear.  With the growth of dot com companies and social media, we have seen more and more people arriving to work in jeans.  What do you think?

Is casual Friday a thing of the past?

Mark Zuckerberg, May 2007

Image via Wikipedia

Casual day at work used to be on Fridays.  Do you have casual day at work?  When did casual day begin anyways?  Isn’t it casual day every day now?

More and more, we see in the workplace young people going to work in a t-shirt and jeans.  Take Mark Zuckerberg of Facebook for example.  He gives corporate speeches in his casual clothes.  Since when do millionaires wear faded jeans at a corporate event? (Should I have said billionaire?) Modern day CEO’s have lengthened casual day to casual week.  Do we really work better in casual clothes?

My first big job in a corporate setting was like attending a fashion show every day.  A suit, shirt, tie or dresses were all part of a regular day.  In the early nineties, our company began providing internet access to employees and shortly thereafter came casual Fridays.  Yet, casual Fridays did not include jeans and a t-shirt.  We just dropped the suit for a day.  I was more comfortable.  My work didn’t improve though.

Most young people today do not even own a suit, unless they need to attend a wedding or a funeral.  They need to run out and get one, or better yet, just wear black pants and a charcoal button down top.  It costs less.  Maybe in today’s recession buying a suit for a young person is too much.

Do young people know how to dress up today?  Were they taught guidelines on what to wear and when?  This must have happened during the dot com bubble.  What if the internet never took off?  Would young people be wearing ties and jackets at work today?

It’s nice to see that the restrictions of a formal dress code at work have been dropped.   However, now, do we need new guidelines for the work place?  Perhaps the guidelines would look like this:

  • Leave the ripped jeans at home in the closet
  • Drop the ripped t-shirts also
  • How about a clean t-shirt free from swears
  • Don’t wear flip flops in the snow
  • Shorts aren’t quite right when it’s 10 degrees outside
  • Perhaps pull up your pants, at least to the hips
  • Yellow really doesn’t match teal

Do you have something to add to this list?  Perhaps the funniest outfit you’ve seen on someone at work belongs on this list.

The best way to dress is to remember that your appearance can make or break your success.  You can dress like a multi-millionaire CEO after you have made your millions, but while you work your way up the ladder, remember, people will remember how you looked during an interview more than how you performed on the job if you don’t dress appropriately.

The start of casual day has groomed a generation of young people with new traditions in the workplace.  Perhaps these younger people will start having Dress Up Fridays.