Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Working on a Wardrobe

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Working on a Wardrobe

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Q: I am a graduate student in social work at Washington University. How can I revamp my weekend wardrobe to build a casual business look? What does casual business mean?

A: Take the basic khaki pants you probably own and dress them up with a silk shirt, silk T-shirt, velour shell or tailored shirt, advises Kathleen Lemp, senior merchandise manager at J.C. Penney's West County Center store. Then add a blazer with a pin or scarf or a sweater vest. Finish the look with a belt that's dressier than plain leather, such as patent or tortoise shell.

On your feet, wear a loafer with a heel or a low-heeled pump - perhaps in a crocodile-patterned leather - and thin, patterned trouser socks. When you are meeting with clients or making a presentation, opt for a dressier look with wool, twill or gabardine pants. What's too casual for work? Denim shirts, pull-on, stretch, denim or corduroy pants, T-shirts and sweat shirts. The best way to build the right look may be to wait until you land a job, then ask a company executive for do's and don'ts. Many firms have specific rules. For example, J.C. Penney insists that women wearing pants also wear a matching jacket. Q: What should I wear to exercise at my gym, now that I've resolved to get off my excess pounds? A: You have lots of choices. Missy DeMatteo of Speedo Athletic Fitness at the St. Louis Galleria suggests a one-piece cotton unitard that fits like a tank or jogging shorts paired with T-shirts. She also likes a new material called Fabricsuede that's thin and very breathable. …

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