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This is the biggest mistake you can make when dressing 'business casual'

Le 30 mars 2017, 12:36 dans Humeurs 0

Perhaps you work at an office with a stated dress code, or you've received an invitation to an event with the request to dress "business casual."

But what exactly is a business casual dress code? It turns out the answer to that question is confusing for many. 

"This one is the murkiest for our customers and for other people we speak to. Part of the problem is that there are so many trends that are so casual," Dorie Smith, cofounder of women's workwear brand Of Mercer, recently said to Business Insider.

Last June, for example, JPMorgan sent out a company-wide memo encouraging employees to dress in business casual unless they were meeting with clients. Other firms like PricewaterhouseCoopers and BlackRock (which has had a business casual dress code since the '90s) followed suit in relaxing their office dress requirements as they sought to attract millennials, many of whom like to dress in athleisure in their spare time.

But the rise of athleisure and increasingly casual workplaces has led some people to don leggings and other inappropriately casual clothing items for the office. Since more and more people are wearing leggings and other performance-centric materials as they socialize and do errands on the weekends, it seems only natural that the look would bleed into the workplace. 

Leaning into that, according to the ladies behind Of Mercer, could be a big mistake. 

 "We've even gotten emails from HR at some of these firms that say, 'Help our analysts realize it's not OK to wear leggings to work,'" Smith said. "People go too casual."

You can, however, incorporate some elements of athleisure into your work wardrobe, like tailored pants that have some stretch to them -- just no sweatpants, yoga pants, or tank tops. 

"Our rule of thumb is to make sure you're dressing one step above everyone around you," Emelyn Northway, Smith's cofounder, said. "If people are wearing jeans, wear nice black pants instead. It goes a long way to making you feel good about yourself and to making other people feel like you know what you're doing."

Recent studies have shown that wearing nice clothes in the office can actually be an effective strategy -- dressing professionally can affect the way people perceive you, how confident you're feeling, and even how you're able to think abstractly.

The Of Mercer founders recommend going for a dress with a fit-and-flare silhouette or a wrap dress in a bold color. After all, you'll never hear a manager complain that someone dresses too nicely -- but you might hear about someone who's dressed down too much.

How to wear Beetlejuice stripes this Spring

Le 2 mars 2017, 09:46 dans Humeurs 0

Beetlejuice, Beetlejuice, Beetlejuice! Just like clockwork, stripes have returned to the spotlight as they do every Spring, but this time round they’re bigger and bolder than ever.

While the monochromatic trend may conjure images of everyone’s favourite veteran scaremeister, designers have taken it upon themselves to give the print a polished spin.

It’s official, traditional felon fare is in.

Super-sized, black-and-white bands that come vertical, horizontal, or a mix of both, the look that Michael Keaton made iconic will soon be making its way into your wardrobe.

On the runway, designers gave the look a fresh, high-fashion makeover with the likes of Gareth Pugh offering up a sculptural feast of shapes for his spring/summer 2017 collection.

The British designer used graphic optical art to evoke beams of light on sunburst-patterned looks that included structural two pieces and linen kaftan dresses.

Meanwhile, at Nina Ricci, the stripes were reworked countless ways – think banded gowns in silk taffeta, windbreakers, crescent shaped handbags and Eighties style tailoring. 

This was an era that defined Carolina Herrera’s collection too. In a debt to her inaugural 1981 collection, the designer rooted black-and-white candy-stripes on classically girlish strappy taffeta dresses, ball gowns, bomber jackets and denim.

Certainly, this trend is not for the faint of heart but, if anything, the runway certifies it as a fashion-forward alternative to monotone separates. 

Brave enough to go bold or go home? We recommend a striking two piece paired with a black silky cami or plain tee.

But, should a full-on striped look intimidate you, simply introduce small doses at a time and always remember to pare down your accessories.

Subscription service lets you remotely manage your own tiny farm

Le 16 janvier 2017, 09:57 dans Humeurs 0

Nowadays, a wealth of products are available at the click of a mouse for food lovers, with craft beers and hand-reared veggies delivered to their door but one company have decided to do things a little differently.

For around £65 month, you can now manage your very own piece of land and eat all the organic produce grown on it.

Brazilian based company Mandala da Montanha, was set up by Martin Schneesche and Alexandre Yokoyama in 2015 as a farm for selling home-grown food but, unlike other subscriptions services, it allows the consumers to be part of the farming process.

Tapping into the rise of the Millennials for whom convenience is King, this service lets people decide what they want to plant - from a variety of lettuces, beets, onions and spinach to more indigenous ingredients like scarlet aubergine and okra - and for a small fee, delivers it right to their front door.

There’s no doubt that Millenials’ ‘I know what I want and I want it now’ attitude is changing the food industry but the duo insist that Mandala is about much more than indulging people’s hankering for convenience.

“Being a little farmer sucks sometimes, because most people think that a lettuce head is always the same, which it is not. 

Distributors only want pretty vegetables, and always with the lowest cost possible. So we decided to sell directly to our clients, who value our products,” Schneesche told Munchies.

It also allows customers to know exactly where their food is coming from, how it was produced and fundamentally reduces food waste.

With their ten square metres of land, if someone produces an excess of food the owner can decide to trade the remaining harvest with another subscriber who has also over-produced their lot. 

What’s more, Mandala also offers classes to its subscribers in regenerative agriculture, tool handling, land management and cultural dealings at no additional cost.

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