Black turtlenecks are all the rage this season. They’re not exactly a new thing, but everyone is wearing them under everything. While I’m far from a trendsetter, I tried this a handful times of last winter. While it sort of worked a time or two, it often didn’t fee right. I must have been doing something wrong.
This year, I’m determined to get this business figured out. I’ve ripped from magazines (because I’m old school like that sometimes) tons of styles layered over black turtlenecks. After I experiment a bit, I might just put together a post about how to make this work. (No promises, just thinking out loud here.)
In any case, I’m sharing this outfit with you the same day we’re sharing our spins on this combination in the Get Your Pretty On Work Wear Style Challenge. As part of the challenge, we share our outfits in a private Facebook group, so I can’t show you all the awesome interpretations and ideas from everyone else. But I can honestly say I’ve been really impressed with the experience.
To be totally honest, I wasn’t sure how much I’d get out of it. I’ve been blogging about (mostly) style for two and half years now. I’ve learned a thing or two about what works for me. (Thank goodness, because I’ve invested a heck of a lot of time experimenting.) My biggest incentive for participating in the challenge was to better understand it and know whether it made sense for me to encourage you to participate.
Despite my experience though, Alison, the sponsor of the challenge, has offered some great ideas. I’ve created several outfits I hadn’t seen in my wardrobe before, some with pieces that have been sitting in my closet for many months.
At least for the Work Wear Challenge, the pieces and style are classic and everyday. Nothing is too trendy, eccentric or unusual that one might feel far out of their comfort zone. Alison did stretch some women in this challenge with the incorporation of red shoes, but that was the craziest it got.
I really liked this! I have pretty classic taste, so this was right up my alley. Also, the style tips and ideas will carry over into future seasons and years. Not a single piece in this capsule will feel outdated anytime soon.
Beyond the style tips and outfit formulas, the Facebook group is really pretty cool. It’s a positive environment where tons of women share their style spins on a “capsule-like” wardrobe Alison offers and give encouragement to others with their style adventures and successes.
Also, many women who struggled to love their style have shared two very poignant sentiments in the Facebook group. Not only have they saved money learning how to be more diligent and thoughtful while shopping, they also gained confidence feeling more stylish and pulled together at the office. Isn’t that pretty cool?!
After my enjoyment with this Work Wear Challenge, I’ve decided to participate in the Fall Style Challenge as well. The Fall Challenge promises incorporation of some more recent trends, like flannel and fringe. But knowing Alison’s style that she shares on her blog, I have no doubt it will incorporate the right amount of “trendiness” for me and most everyday women! She’s shared two sample outfits (in the graphic below), and they’re both up my alley.
While the outfit ideas are more casual, I plan to put an office spin on them to make them appropriate for work. Alison’s already shared that I won’t be the only one in the department!
If you’re on the hunt for some focused and effective style lessons, consider joining the GYPO Fall Style Challenge. Early bird registration opens today and includes a $20 discount off the full price. Head on over to check out more details about exactly what the style challenge includes, as it’s far more than a PDF of three weeks of outfit suggestions.
I’m headed over now to sign up! I hope to see you in the private Facebook Group soon!
P.S. It’s definitely not too late to sign up for this year’s Work Wear Challenge. We’re on Day 5 of 15. But even if you sign up now, you still get all the outfit ideas, Facebook group inclusion, and other perks for those who’ve been at it since Day 1.
Turtleneck – Eddie Bauer | Blazer – Express | Jeans – Nine West (thrifted) | Heels – Guess | Clutch – old, Chicago boutique