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<<Mission Blog Home Posted: 03-15-2019

There are five main reasons why I love spring:

  1. Flowers are blooming.
  2. New fruits and vegetables are in season.
  3. The temperature warms up.
  4. The sun shines brighter.
  5. It’s time to transition a neutral work wardrobe into one full of color and patterns!

Of the reasons above, the last one is my absolute favorite – it allows me to truly express myself on a day-to-day basis and unleash my fashion-focused creativity. It’s also affected by the other four reasons – the warmer bright sun and colorful fauna and food inspire and spark my aesthetic choices.

Although being in the workplace does take up most of our weekday time, that doesn’t mean that the mere office environment is a reason to suppress one’s style. This season, there are a multitude of ways to express oneself and experiment with current trends without looking like a head-turning Versace runway model in the workplace.

Whimsical Neck Scarves

Sometimes, rocking a necklace can be a bit heavy and hot during a sticky spring day. That’s where this accessory can be of assistance. A small retro scarf can be the perfect neckwear to elevate an outfit that feels empty at the collar.

Neck scarves come in a variety of shapes, colors and patterns for $5 and under from Goodwill – so no matter what your aesthetic is – there’s fun neckwear gem for you.

I personally was first inspired to try this accessory for a spin after watching the current episodes of Queer Eye for the Straight Guy, when many cast members wore these with everything from blazers to t-shirts.  


Is it too light? Is it too light? The answer is no. This Spring 2019 trend has a place at work that will have coworkers providing you praise.

Although I wouldn’t recommend wearing an all lavender outfit to a formal job interview, there’s a way to add lavender into a business look with pizzazz. Why not rock it in the form of bauble chunky earrings? How about a flowy circle skirt?

Pops of this shade of purple will vibrate under the bright sun, making you feeling good and confident, similar lavender’s calming scent.

The Bold Blazer/Trouser Combo.

As you transition your wardrobe from winter to spring, think about how those weekend blazers and trousers can make their way into your weekday work look cycle. Liquid leather pants paired with sequin blazers may not be the way to go, however, those boldly patterned floral blazers can become more versatile with the right accessories and shoes.

If you do have some non-glitzy yet colorful statement pieces like pants and jackets in your wardrobe, think about pairing them with neutral shoes and trousers. For example – if you have some hot pink slacks sitting in your closet – perhaps a slick black blazer and gold/black loafers will make the look more subtle. You may already have neutrals sitting in your closet already, but head to Goodwill if you’re lacking in that arena. Each item missing in your closet will cost you less than $10 each, I promise.

The same goes for those statement items. If you want to add more visual complexity to your looks via vintage and contemporary items, Goodwill has a plethora of unique pieces in all sizes. I myself found Chanel and Yves Saint Laurent blazers for under $10 each! I wear these from time to time at work, and always receive many compliments.

As Robin Williams used to say, “Spring is nature’s way of saying, ‘Let’s Party!’” So why not get a little creative and express your stylish spring self (while maintaining professionalism) with workplace attire?

Working Capital, Goodwill mission blog author
This article was written by: Carolyn Becker
Digital Communications Manager

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