Style Resolutions: How to Rock a Mini Dress on the Daily
When you think work appropriate, a mini dress probably doesn’t make it onto your list of office essentials. But the slightly short number can totally work with just a few simple tweaks. Pair it up with a tailored pair of trousers and an elegant silk scarf for a look that is perfectly pulled together. To complement the edgy skirts-over-pants style, complete the getup with modern mule sandals, a bright pink lip and a few sleek baubles.
Zara Printed Cutout Dress ($30) + & Other Stories Perforated Leather Tote ($150), J.Crew Ryder Pant ($98), St. John Metal Plate Leather Belt ($150), Charles Keith Slingback Lucite Heels ($63), Halston Heritage Printed Silk Scarf ($66), Need Supply Co. Rose Gold Screw Ring ($105), Tory Burch Perfume ($85), Givenchy Le Rouge N205 Couture Edition 15 ($36)
Parties are the perfect place to rock a mini frock, but to infuse the dress with a sophisticated edge, sleek accessories are key. Look to clean lines and polished pieces that make a big impact without overwhelming your look. A sleeveless blazer, structured clutch and pair of modern sandals will do just that. Don’t forget about an eye-catching shade of lipstick, a must-have item for a night out on the town.
Zara Printed Cutout Dress ($30) + Inge Christopher Hardwood Clutch ($188), The Mode Collective Triple-Threat Leather Heel ($188), Bauble Bar Maldives Ear Jackets ($28), Yves Saint Laurent Rouge Pur Couture Vernis à Lèvres Glossy Stain in Orange de Chine ($36), Mango Linen-Blend Pocket Vest ($50)
Go a little retro by pairing up your mini with a ribbed turtleneck top. Then add on a few funky, on-trend accessories like Dr. Martens kicks and a printed backpack for a touch of personality. For a little added dimension, color block bracelets and a bold nail lacquer are where it’s at.
Zara Printed Cutout Dress ($30) + OPI Hawaii Nail Lacquer Collection My Gecko Does Tricks ($10), Cord Bracelet Set ($13), Wildfox Grande Dame Deluxe Sunglasses ($199), Topshop ’90s Knitted Ribbed Crop Top ($40), Dr. Martens Flat Sandals ($101), Tory Burch Kerrington Backpack ($375)
What pieces in your closet deserve more attention, but stump your style game? Tell us about your trickiest wear-again garments in the comments below and we might feature them in our next Style Resolutions post!
Getting the word out about your brand takes time, drive, and ingenuity. And it doesn't come easy for many entrepreneurs. As part of our collaboration with Office Depot, we're chatting with Selfmade alum Taylor Morgan McPherson, founder of Sustainable Sparkle Bar, about ways in which she scored press as a solo startup brand and what she learned from Selfmade to take her brand marketing up a notch.
B + C: How did you know Sustainable Sparkle Bar was your business to start?
Glitter has always been my thing, so when I started my event company I decided to make it my niche. I started telling people I threw glitter-themed parties where people would get sparkled with glitter body art and makeup. Six months after that I applied to my first festival and to work with SUR restaurant in West Hollywood.
B + C: What's one strategy that's helped you start your business?
I honestly can't say that I've had a specific strategy that I've followed when it comes to getting my business off the ground. I have a PR background so I was just constantly pitching new business and posting on social media.
B + C: What's the biggest challenge you face as a small business owner?
I would say creating a stable income and revenue stream. With a seasonal, event-based business it can be very up and down.
B + C: What was your most valuable takeaway from Selfmade?
The relationships I made and the push to start an email database.
B + C: How do you stay motivated?
I love what I do and I believe in myself 100%. Staying motivated isn't the hard part. Pushing myself to do the work and staying accountable is the hard part.
B + C: What's your best organizational tip? Do you use any apps that help you manage your business?
I keep multiple to-do lists, hand-written and digital. I also tell clients and partners that I will have something to them by a certain time or day so I have to stick to it.
B + C: What's one piece of advice you would give to female entrepreneurs on the brink of starting?
Just do it, take the leap. And don't worry about what anyone else says to thinks.
B + C: Who inspires you in the entrepreneurial space?
Issa Rae, I'm so inspired by everything that she's created being a creative and a black woman. It's my dream to have my own show one day based on my life and where I give advice and talk about the world. She's doing it and making people laugh and giving people joy. And it's based in LA. Watching Insecure only further cemented my dreams of wanting to live in LA.
B + C: How did you hear about the Office Depot scholarship?
One of my friends that I met through Camp No Counselors saw an IG ad for it and nominated me.
B + C: What has receiving the scholarship to Selfmade done to help you start/grow your business?
It's completely helped me level up and take my business to another level. Selfmade helped me host my first virtual event and taught me how to set up my website to sell tickets to events and get RSVPs.
B + C: How have Office Depot services or products helped you accomplish more in your business?
I got new cards to send in all of my orders with my discount code on them. I also bought a really cool 4K camera that I now use for my social media.
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Head to Office Depot's Selfmade page to check out even more amazing business resources (and discounts!) to help you accomplish more on your entrepreneurial journey. These offers are available for a limited time only, so be sure to take advantage of all this goodness while supplies last. Want to join the next Selfmade cohort this summer? Check out all of the scholarship details right here.