Secondly, in case you didn't run to the newsstand like me, allow me to announce the big news that VV Boutique Style is in the Friday Fashion pages of the Edmonton Journal today! I've had an AWESOME project on the go for the past several months and finally get to share about it!
Last fall, I began a collaboration with the Chateau Lacombe Hotel to work with their managers as a consultant on affordable corporate style! I have had so much fun meeting with these ladies, going through their closets and taking them thrift shopping to help them achieve the classic, elegant and corporate style embodied by the Chateau. It has truly been a pleasure! I've learned so much and I believe I've achieved my mission of sharing the love of thrifting and helping women look their best. This adventure started back in November with Joanne's journey into thrifted corporate looks and has allowed me to work with talented Chateau managers of all ages, sizes and budgets. Here are some of the highlights:
My corporate shopping look included
$3.50 Gap ankle crops, white button-up $3.50, Lida Baday blazer $4, flats $7.70 - all from VV Boutique
Score of the day - not for work but awesome nonetheless!
Katie scored 18 pieces for just under $100!Nothing brings me back to the reality that I'm a tech amateur like a major malfunction! I am very sad! I had great pics of Eileen's feminine corporate style, Veronica's funky corporate style, and shopping trips with thrifted newbie Susan and new-to-her-role Victoria who found the most amazing perfect white suit! Not to mention Susan's COACH shoes for $17! I have no idea where these photos went. I moved them into a different album on my phone SO THAT I WOULDN'T LOSE THEM and now they're gone. Ladies, I'm sorry that your experience can't be shared in pictures here but let me assure you all that you looked fantastic and found great deals! Each one found several corporate basics including blazers, dress pants, shoes and tailored tops and blouses. With each manager, we focused on the "Rule of One" - choosing one aspect of your look to play with and keeping the rest classic corporate - and kept other corporate style guidelines in mind:
- always wear hosiery
- stick to closed-toe shoes
- replace cardigans with blazers
- look for structured fabrics rather than knit, cotton or jersey, with the exception of structured ponte knit
- fake a more structured look by adding a classic belt
- be mindful of cleavage from all angles including above!
- focus on suit pieces and neutral separates paired with button-up tops or blouses
- finish your corporate look with final polishing touches as you get ready, like pulling your hair back neatly, wearing some mascara and lip product and ensuring a subtle tidy manicure. Little touches go a long way!
Now to get ready for the Yeggies... where is my swan dress?!!