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How to Stay Stylish While Working from Home

How to Stay Stylish While Working from Home

Recognizing that working from home is likely a shift in routine from your normal; to help prepare for these changes in our everyday lives, the Style Team here at Queen Anna wants to help you remain stylish and chic even when working remotely at home all while taking the proper precautions to preserve the health of you and your family. Because we know that when you feel good, you do good.

We know, we know,  it's super tempting to stay in your pajamas all day. While that may happen the first few days, even that gets a little old and stale. It’s important to still feel good and confident while you’re working at home. 

Figuring out what to wear while working from home for several days in a row may be a new concept for you, so our stylists have you covered. We’re sharing our top tips on how to stay stylish and build a mini wardrobe capsule while working remotely from home.

Decide the #mood of your day 

Do you have a virtual meeting with your team? Do you have administrative work to do for most of the day? Do you have a virtual conference call? Determine what type of day you want to have. Is it #comfy, #needalltheconfidence or #slayallday. It still stands that clothing is an expression of how you feel or want to feel. This works for your style while working remotely at home too.

WFH Casual Chic vs. WFH Virtual Presence  

WFH Casual Chic is for the days you are mostly solo without back to back virtual conferencing or team meetings. The goal is to make you feel put together enough to be productive, yet comfortable enough to be in your own home.

Here are a few pieces that work great for WFH Casual Chic:

WFH Virtual Presence Style is for the day’s other people will see you. While of course, you do not run your life on the opinions of others, you consider how you may want to show up in different settings. Let’s say you have a virtual meeting with your team, a virtual conference or maybe it’s a really important sales call, this would be the time to select pieces of clothing where you want to channel more power, credibility, and confidence. 

Create your WFH Capsule 

You can avoid overwhelm and decision fatigue by creating a mini-capsule for your work from home attire. This would be about 7-10 clothing and accessory pieces that you can mix and match together to create your WFH outfits. The way to build it is from the bottom layer up (beyond undergarments). Select about 3 tops, 1 bottom, 1 dress (or another bottom), 1 jacket and 1 accessory. You can choose a color theme that allows these pieces to mix and match together. Check out an example of a wardrobe capsule below.

We hope this guide helps you while you are navigating the unplanned work from home days. If you have any questions or would like help to build your WFH Capsule, send us a quick note at clientservices@queenanna.co    

Shop the “Work From Home” and “Video Conference Style” Collections. 

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Office Fashion: 4 Workwear Pieces to be 9 to 5 Chic

Office Fashion: 4 Workwear Pieces to be 9 to 5 Chic

A new year brings new looks to both your personal and workwear wardrobe. This year we invite you to add a few new additions to your "business casual" collection. We've rounded up four pieces that allow you to up your office style game by injecting new trends and styles that make you feel confident and work for your body.

Trench Coat

One of the most practical items in your closet. The classic trench coat effortlessly transcends seasons and is a key piece of work clothing. Typically seen as a topcoat, this season take it a step further with a sleeveless trench. This playful take on a classic look allows for a patterned blouse to be paired underneath, or if long enough rock the trench as a dress - just add a pair of shoes!

We love this new sleeveless trench coat by J.ING. Featuring an oversized collar, double-breasted closure, and a belted waist, this trench is just as flattering as it is fun.

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J.ING Exposure Sleeveless Trench Coat

For those in need of a full-sleeve coat check out this dreamy lavender raincoat by SOIA & KYO. The large hood creates a dramatic effect on the shoulders and the stretch-cotton, water repellent fabric will keep you dry on those rainy days.

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SOIA & KYO Mist "Arabella" Rainwear Coat

Blazer

A tried and true staple, give your blazer game an update. This season we're looking at vibrant jewel tones, silks and satins, and exaggerated shoulders - all of which make quite the statement.

First up, a classic and clean blazer by Amanda Uprichard. Truly a timeless piece that will go the distance in your closet. The crisp ivory is perfect for spring and easily pairs with all of your favorite trousers, plus it makes those vibrant work shirts pop!

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Amanda Uprichard Shawl Collar Blazer

Next, we can't get enough of this yummy hue! LA-based Allen Schwartz created the most modern (must-have!) suit for the season. Made with a matte satin in a teal blue, this suit is sure to command the board room.

Wear the blazer or pant separately - they're stunning on their own. Paired together, the oversized fit of the blazer and the wide leg trouser make it an extremely comfortable choice for 9 to 5 chicness. For those who love a classic full suit this one's for you.

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Allen Schwartz "Wesley" Blazer and "Ty" Wide Leg Pants

Looking for business attire that will make a statement? Vogue suggests a monochrome suit look or an oversized black blazer. Classic.

Leather Jacket

If you've read any of our previous blog posts, watched our series Q&A with QA or if you follow us on social media @queenannaliving then you know that we love a good leather jacket.

At Queen Anna, we carry Bano eeMee's collection of leather jackets and vests. The Canadian leather designer is known for its ethically-sourced and beautifully made leather goods.

A piece that you'll treasure forever, many wouldn't think of a leather jacket as typical workwear, but don't rule it out just yet. This year go beyond the classic moto jacket silhouette and look for a leather jacket in a blazer cut, tunic or even a crop.

A couple of our Bano eeMee favorites include a striking silver perforated jacket with three-quarter sleeves and hidden snap detailing and a collared crop jacket in a rich teal with snap buttons and side slit detail. Both stunning, both oh-so-different. The tunic is ideal for popping on over silk shell and slim-leg pant, while the cropped jacket can be worn over a sheath dress.

For an off-duty weekend look pair your leather jacket with your workout clothes and go from yoga to brunch and beyond. You can't go wrong!

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Bano eeMee "Ayla" Jacket

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Bano eeMee "Kor" Jacket

Shirt Dress / Duster

Rounding out our top workwear picks, the shirt dress. As Net-A-Porter also shares, the shirt dress should be on your wear to work radar this year.

Perfect for the warmer months in the office, a silky sleek shirt dress is effortlessly chic. It's a one and done look that fits into your summer lifestyle.

Our top pick is this bright citron short sleeve shirt dress by One Fell Swoop. With a tie waist and midi-length, it's both flattering and office appropriate. Pair it with your favorite espadrilles or wedges during the week or dress it down on a casual Friday with your go-to sneakers.

Another option, create a totally new look by wearing the shirt dress as a duster over a simple t-shirt and slacks. We're all for versatile pieces that work for you.

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One Fell Swoop Forme Short Sleeve Shirt Dress with Tie 

How many pieces of clothing do you actually wear in your closet? It might be time to consider building a capsule wardrobe. If you're looking for assistance, let our stylists help you navigate the world of women's work attire.

Specializing in contemporary women's clothing, here at Queen Anna we're here to help you build a stylish and practical everyday wardrobe. Stop by our North Loop boutique or shop online at queenanna.co and enjoy free shipping.

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5 Must-Have Pieces for your 2020 Capsule Wardrobe

5 Must-Have Pieces for your 2020 Capsule Wardrobe

It's a new year and with that, we usher in a new decade. This year we look to the 2020 clothing trends to identify our latest closet must-have pieces and what, if anything, should be added into the rotation.

When building a capsule wardrobe there are a few things to consider... What do I already have? What do I have that needs to be replaced? What do I need to add to my closet entirely?

If you're looking to create a capsule wardrobe for the first time, check out our recent post on how to get started with a capsule wardrobe and build off those initial timeless pieces.

Now, if you're looking to refresh your current closet, let's jump right in. Here are five pieces to add to your 2020 capsule wardrobe.

Travel-Friendly Blazer

Jet-setters rejoice! We have found the ultimate travel blazer. Wish Australia's collection of travel-friendly blazers are equally comfortable and stylish. Plus, their tailored, slim-fit design doesn't add bulk to your look.

From the board room to the airport lounge, these jackets look polished and professional without sacrificing comfort.

Wish Australia Persuit Jacket

Updated Trench Coat

A top 2020 fashion pick, the updated trench coat. While a classic trench coat is always a good idea, this season look for a sleeveless trench (like this beauty from J.ING)  that can be worn multiple ways - add tights or leggings and wear as a dress or pair with a turtleneck and trousers for a chic workwear look.

J.ING Exposure Sleeveless Trench Coat

Remix the Classic T-Shirt or Sweater

Every closet must-have a basic white t-shirt, even better, the softest white t-shirt. Our favorite basic t-shirts are from Commando.

Made from luxurious European model blends, their selection of tank tops, t-shirts and long-sleeves will take you from season to season. We love the Commando Covet Oversized Tee in the winter. It can easily be worn under your favorite cardigan or on its own due to its drapey look.

For those that have already found that perfect white tee, opt for updating your white button-down shirt, a wardrobe staple.

Covered in the classic white shirt department? Take inventory of your sweaters. Neutral hues in cashmere are the perfect way to get you through the cold weather months and great for transitional temperatures. If you're looking for something a little bolder, check out a classic crewneck cut in a color blocking or two-tone pattern.

Either way, you can't go wrong. Both the classic crewneck sweater and t-shirt are must-have wardrobe-essentials.

Maison de Papillon "Ronika" Colorblock Sweater

Silk Dress

Fashion trends come and go, but the LBD is here to stay. This year invest in a timeless piece that can be layered, worn alone, dressed up, dressed down... the options are endless with a silk black dress. With a flattering length that hits just below the knee, this dreamy Maison De Papillon tank dress can be worn all year round.

Maison de Papillon "Therese" Silk Slip Dress

Leather Pants

Joggers, cropped flares, leggings, trousers, you name it, we love it when it comes to leather pants. As one of the main 2019/2020 clothing trends, leather has taken over.

A seasonal favorite here at Queen Anna, pleated leather trousers. Complete with pleats and leather-feel the J.ING Yooni Faux Leather Cropped Trouser provides all of the chic. The edgy pants pair perfectly with a simple turtleneck, button-down blouse or sweater.

Really loving leather? Level up your look ever further by mixing and matching leather separates - throw on a faux leather moto jacket, or accessorize with a leather micro bag for a fun winter outfit.

Feeling good about your winter style and the capsule wardrobe you've built for the season? Look ahead to spring styles, including an updated denim jacket (dark wash denim, anyone?), vibrant fluro pieces and leathers in pretty spring shades.

As always, shop our curated selection of women's clothing on queenanna.co, in our mobile app or visit our North Loop Minneapolis boutique.

 

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Holiday Shopping Made Easy: A Thoughtfully Curated Holiday Gift Guide

Holiday Shopping Made Easy: A Thoughtfully Curated Holiday Gift Guide

As a mother of four, a wife and a business owner, I can understand the pressures of the holiday season. It's that time of the year when you have children's activities at school, work obligations, deadlines, and the list continues on from there. With the holiday season officially here, I wanted to share a simple solution to your holiday shopping needs. 

Philanthropy, sustainability, and women empowerment are at the core of our brand and it is with great joy that this year, we're making it easy for you to shop purposefully and with ease as we highlight the brands housed within Queen Anna that align with our brand philosophy. 

You will find each of them listed here within our exclusive 2019 Holiday Gift Guide.

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I know that I am not the only one that gets excited when I find out that Oprah has released her list of “favorite things” - it’s like she has taken the stress out of thinking of holiday gifting for you. Queen Anna has also done that for you but taken it a step further... and added access to expert personal shoppers who can give you first access to what we have at Queen Anna but can also take your holiday gift list and personally shop for you. 

Understanding how deeply important your time is, we wanted to assist our clients by making their holiday season less stressful. Our Luxury Concierge Service is made available to you and is something you won’t want to miss out on. We want to assist you in keeping your holiday jolly and bright!

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Lastly, don’t forget to download the Queen Anna android and iOS app so you can take advantage of all of our holiday festivities sales and promotions this holiday season.

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Happy holidays and happy shopping!

Sincerely,

Nicole

 

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Exclusive Guest Writer: One Posh Closet

Exclusive Guest Writer: One Posh Closet
Queen Anna House of Fashion doesn't just carry the most unique clothing pieces in the Midwest, they also house their own luxury concierge service business. One Posh Closet was created with the intention to provide a service to help busy women on-the-go find pieces that not every person walking down the street owns.  Continue reading

Jump Into Spring! 8 Jumpsuits For Any Occasion

Jump Into Spring! 8 Jumpsuits For Any Occasion

Get a jump start on restocking your closet this spring with one of the season's hottest trends - jumpsuits, playsuits, rompers, we'll take them all please! 

After dealing with the frigid cold temps and snow (SO much snow!) that has blanketed most of the midwest this winter, we're ready to shed some layers. Spring can be quite volatile with the temperatures ranging from winter chill to summer heat, and to ease ourselves into the sun-shiny days ahead we suggest streamlining your ensemble by opting for an all-in-one option. 

Jumpsuits can be easily styled on their own or paired with your jacket of choice depending on the occasion. Top it off with pair of booties, sneakers or dare we say sandals?! Too soon? 

Without further adieu, here are eight jumpsuits for every occasion to snap up this season. 

Wear to Work

Your alarm goes off and you've hit snooze one too many times. What do you do? Throw on a jumpsuit, a piece of statement jewelry or spring scarf and a blazer. They're just SO easy. You're out the door looking perfectly put together in no time. 

Keepsake Navy "Luminous" Jumpsuit, Queen Anna House of Fashion

Faithfull the Brand Sainte Marie Jumpsuit, Revolve

Runaround Weekend

Pull yourself together after a long week by popping on a jumpsuit that does all the work for you. From brunch with the ladies to weekend errands and everything in-between, go for a bold color or utility detail, because why not? It's the weekend. 

Amanda Uprichard Pink Lacquer "Merritt" Jumpsuit, Queen Anna House of Fashion

Boyish Jeans The Guy General Denim Jumpsuit, Intermix

Night Out

Look perfectly polished for an evening out with friends or date night by slipping on a jumpsuit in a luxurious fabric, such as velvet or a one-and-done long sleeve option with wrap detail. All that's missing are a pair of statement heels. 

Caara Olive "Bryantt" Jumpsuit, Queen Anna House of Fashion

Ripley Rader Navy Blue Plus Size Long Sleeve Jumpsuit, Queen Anna House of Fashion

Elegant Evening

Spring galas and weddings are just around the corner. As jumpsuits and their popularity continue to rise the formal options are becoming just as favorable as traditional LBDs and eveningwear. We're here for the one-piece trend, it's reminiscent of an elegant tuxedo with the structure and detail. We invite you to give it a try.

Allen Schwartz Magenta "Calla" Bustier Jumpsuit, Queen Anna House of Fashion

Self-Portrait Off-The-Shoulder Ruffled Satin Jumpsuit, Net-A-Porter

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The Art Of Leather: Exclusive Designer In-Store Appearance

The Art Of Leather: Exclusive Designer In-Store Appearance

Fashion Week Minnesota is just a few weeks away! With the upcoming festivities we’re pleased to announce a special in-store event on September 27, “The Art of Leather” with Canadian leather designer, Aleem Arif - the gentleman behind the brand Bano eeMee. 

Arif's designs are contemporary and one-of-a-kind. All pieces are crafted from genuine leather which is sourced by a by-product of the food industry. Bano eeMee specializes in using vegetable dyes to color their pieces as well as certified chemicals. They’re for the benefit of human health, as well as the environment. Another factor to admire is that Bano eeMee is using fashion to create fair-work opportunities all around the world. In addition, their pieces radiate street style! The jackets pair perfectly with dresses, denim, heels, or sneakers – a fit for all 

"The Art of Leather” is a FREE event and accommodates both men and women. You will have the chance to customize your very own jacket. This includes the color, lining and hardware. Another added feature is the opportunity to receive your jacket just before the Spring/Summer 2019 collection makes its debut in stores. Please RSVP on our Facebook page or in-store. We look forward to sharing this exclusive event with you and Fashion Week

 

 

 

 

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