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September 4, 2013

Sarah Stright-Hartley: New moms, ‘Labor Day Rule’ and workplace style


NEW CASTLE — Q: Do I have to stop wearing white after Labor Day?

No! No, no, no, no, no. This is definitely an old-fashioned rule. One of the most popular color stories every year for winter is a monochromatic white look. True, keeping white pants clean in the winter slush can get a little difficult but if you're willing to risk it, it's still a very clean and crisp look.

Or take it in a different direction and wear an oversized white sweater and white accessories. Either way, don't move this color to the back of your closet just because of a date on the calendar.

Q: How can I stay on trend but professional while working in a male-dominated field?

A: Being trendy in a professional environment can be tough. Add in working in a male-dominated field and wanting to be taken seriously and it becomes even harder. No, coated denim, sheer shirts, and thigh-high boots probably won't work for your office, but rest assured that there are plenty of ways to work trendy pieces into your look and express your style.

In the picture to the right, I've put together a couple ways to show off trendy pieces while at work. In the first outfit, a standard suit look becomes infinitely more interesting when you spice up your accessories. An on-trend oxblood colored bag, a leopard print heel — whatever makes you feel like you — rock it in an accessory. That way you still look professional but with special touches.

In the second outfit, the idea is to keep the overall feel of a suit but to choose pieces that are a little more special, like the peplum blazer. If your office is strictly corporate, this may be a little too unconventional, but the interesting look of the blazer paired with the wide-leg tweed trousers is on trend and still professional looking. Keeping the rest of the look relatively frill-free lets your one or two special pieces stand out.

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