Bra Size Suits!

I had not planned on posting this week since I’m off in the Caribbean celebrating my first wedding anniversary (yay!), but it is a horribly stormy night so we’re tucked in snugly in our little suite. While browsing some fashion and business blogs I came across this awesome new company that I couldn’t wait until next week to share: Quincy!

The brilliant ladies over at Quincy have developed a new way to size clothes based on bra size! I have to say, this is really welcome news to someone who is quite curvy (super busty, small waist…my body interpreted “hourglass” on a whole new level). I typically buy blazers 1-2 sizes up to accomodate my bust and then have to deal with making the waist fit (tailoring, belting, etc.). PLUS, these fantastic, fashionable tops (right now, bottoms coming soon it seems) are slightly flared at the hip since, as their research indicates, most women are one size larger on the bottom than on top. I am exactly that. And I suspect many of you fit this profile as well!

They currently offer jackets, blouses and dresses and it looks like they plan to offer skirts, pants and suiting soon. Their pieces are very on trend, including a peplum blouse¬†and a FANTASTIC burnt orange blazer (if you read my last post then you know I probably won’t be able to resist giving that one a try), but aren’t so trendy that these won’t be investment pieces you can wear for several seasons. Since their return window is small (14 days from date you receive your merchandise), I plan to wait until I get home to shop with them, but you can bet I will be placing an order to check this out soon!

Hope this is a helpful little tip to some of you! Do you have any favorite suiting shops for ladies professional attire? Has anyone already checked out the Quincy goods?

~The Biz Beauty


How To: Wear the Color of the Year

I love fashion and following trends and USED to think I had to leave all my trendy looks for weekend dressing. Luckily, I’ve learned how to incorporate touches of seasonal trends into my everyday conservative work wardrobe! I recently wrote about incorporating the Tangerine Tango color of the year (Pantone 17-1463) into my wear to work manicure by using a color that hints at tangerine in Essie’s A Crewed Interest, but there are many other ways to brighten up your workday with a splash of tangerine!

Consider adding a simple, staple wardrobe piece to your closet in a trendy color, like a blazer or pencil skirt. Whenever I incorporate bright colors into a “large” piece of clothing (beyond accessories) I typically only consider solids, or patterns where the bright color is not the dominant color. While I think it’s generally acceptable to incorporate brights, even an occasional neon, into a professional look, you don’t want to overdo it. I put together the following Polyvore set with a few ideas for working bright orange into a weekday look.

How To: Wear Tangerine to Work

Another great way to incorporate trendy colors into your office look is with some great office accessories! Pantone releases a great coffee mug and journal each year covered in the color of the year. I think having one of these on your desk in a great way to liven up a drab workspace!

Pantone Color of the Year Journal

Pantone Color of the Year Mug

And finally, my big weakness this year, the Sephora + Pantone Universe Color of the Year Collection. I was a madwoman and purchased nearly everything released in this collection!! I am a firm believer that bright, bold makeup is totally OK for the workplace, as long as it’s done “right”. Wear a bold lip with subtle eye makeup, or wear a bright, shimmery cheek color with a nude lip. Pulling trendy colors into your makeup routine is one of the easiest, cheapest and most fun ways to rock an on-trend office look.

Sephora + Pantone Universe Color of the Year Collector’s Edition Set

Sephora + Pantone Universe Color of the Year Lip Gloss Set

Sephora + Pantone Universe Color of the Year Nail Enamel Set

Hopefully this has given you a few ideas for working this super happy and fun color into your wardrobe in 2012! How do YOU like to pull trendy colors into your workplace wardrobe?

~The Biz Beauty