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October 21, 2014

Lady in Red: Embrace the Power Color for Work

Red is a power color. Yes, it can conjure up images of sexy dresses, but that is really just a form of power, isn’t it? And when we’re at work, power is a commodity. As women in the workplace, this can sometimes be a touchy subject – when are you powerful and when is it perceived as crossing the line. Well, that’s heavy stuff for another conversation. What we can talk about today though, is the COLOR red and how to wear it for work to look professional, stylish…and yes, powerful. What you do with that is up to you.
Let us know what you think in the comments below. Check back tomorrow for our red picks for after 5 style and Thursday for the best shades of red in casual pieces. Whatever the occasion, we’ve got you covered.
http://shop.nordstrom.com/s/boss-davisa-belted-dress/3765095
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BOSS Hugo Boss - Davisa Belted Dress
Davisa Belted Dress
BOSS Hugo Boss
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What an ideal work-friendly take on the red trend…from BOSS Hugo Boss, of course. The modern fit and stretch ribbed wool are comfortable for a long day at the office, while the architectural seam detailing and black patent belt (included) are timelessly stylish and slimming – creating lengthening lines and a tiny waist. Sure, black patent pumps will look great with this, but leather absolutely works, too.
http://www.saksfifthavenue.com/main/ProductDetail.jsp?FOLDER%3C%3Efolder_id=2534374306418059&PRODUCT%3C%3Eprd_id=845524446731544 Vince - 3/4 Sleeve Dress
Vince - 3/4 Sleeve Dress
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Vince - 3/4 Sleeve Dress
3/4 Sleeve Dress
Vince
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This Vince dress has a subtle boucle to the material, giving this otherwise simple dress, some great texture. The deep wine color (“shiraz” is the perfect name for it) really shows it off. This dress can be dressed up with a pair of heels, but gets an edgy vibe if you wear a pair of booties and a chunky necklace. This is an easier fit, as many Vince styles are. If you are between sizes, size down.
http://www.neimanmarcus.com/Lafayette-148-New-York-3-4-Sleeve-Center-Pleat-Sheath-Dress/prod173000310_cat13770760__/p.prod Lafayette 148 New York - 3/4-Sleeve Center-Pleat Sheath Dress
Lafayette 148 New York - 3/4-Sleeve Center-Pleat Sheath Dress
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Lafayette 148 New York - 3/4-Sleeve Center-Pleat Sheath Dress
3/4-Sleeve Center-Pleat Sheath Dress
Lafayette 148 New York
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Not only do we love the color – a true red that looks good on most skin tones – we absolutely love the style. Lafayette 148 New York has done wonders with the stitch work, creating an almost cummerbund effect that gathers the pleats to create a super slimming waist definition that also flatters the hips, while concealing any tummy bumps. As always, they’ve thought of every detail, creating that same pleat detail on the ¾ sleeve. The stretch wool is comfortable to wear all day, and you can certainly head straight out to dinner in this one. The simple red will look just as good with nude or camel pumps as it will with black. You can even do a deep burgundy shoe for some fun. Oh, and check out the great price.
http://piperlime.gap.com/browse/product.do?cid=64310&vid=1&pid=439729002 Parker - Wasp Blouse
Parker - Wasp Blouse
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Parker - Wasp Blouse
Wasp Blouse
Parker
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Parker has a way with fluid, silk blouses in contemporary yet easy silhouettes that look great with skirts or pants for any day at the office. The fabric of this one is just gorgeous – one of our favorite prints of the season. They’ve combined navy, red, and deep wine for a watery floral that just reads beautifully. The deep and moody color palette looks great with black or charcoal grey. The long sleeves and looser fit of this collarless button-down work under a blazer or on its own.
http://www.trade-mark.com/forme-turtleneck-sweater.html?___store=default Trademark - Forme Turtleneck Sweater
Trademark - Forme Turtleneck Sweater
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Trademark - Forme Turtleneck Sweater
Forme Turtleneck Sweater
Trademark
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Have you heard of Trademark? If you haven’t yet, you will. The line just launched this past year – from the daughters of Chris Burch (the man behind C. Wonder) and stepdaughters of Tory Burch – and is full of wearable, simple pieces that are perfect for work. This turtleneck is a perfect example of the line. It’s a clean style, but they’ve added a notch to the turtleneck, giving it a touch of unexpected style that elevates this turtleneck. The colors are beautiful – it comes in this rich burgundy, as well as a true lipstick red, and black. The silk and wool blend is very soft and lightweight – you may want to wear a cami under it. It’s a modern fit, not super slim, and looks great with wide leg trousers, like these from – who else – Tory Burch.
http://www.neimanmarcus.com/Lafayette-148-New-York-Long-Sleeve-Cardigan-With-Crepe-Peplum-Snapdragon-/prod170950386_cat13770760__/p.prod Lafayette 148 New York - Long-Sleeve Cardigan With Crepe Peplum
Lafayette 148 New York - Long-Sleeve Cardigan With Crepe Peplum
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Lafayette 148 New York - Long-Sleeve Cardigan With Crepe Peplum
Long-Sleeve Cardigan With Crepe Peplum
Lafayette 148 New York
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It’s the ribbed crepe peplum of this Lafayette 148 New York cardigan that is going to win you over. The cherry red color will help seal the deal. The style is so flattering, in a viscose material that has a soft drape and hand. The style accentuates your waist, while concealing and flattering your hips. A slim or straight pair of black trousers will complete the look and create a very polished finish.
http://www.milly.com/shop/sweaters/lace-jacquard-turtleneck.html?___store=default MILLY - Lace Jacquard Turtleneck Sweater
MILLY - Lace Jacquard Turtleneck Sweater
This contemporary fitting jacquard turtleneck from MILLY is subtle in style, but beautifully unique. The colors of deep merlot red and black are so dark that the lace floral pattern takes a second to notice. But once you do, you won’t want to stop looking. The solid black trim on the cuffs, hem and neck completes the look – as will any black bottom. (Or continue the wonderful pattern with the matching flared skirt, which you can buy that through the “shop it” button, as well.).
http://shop.nordstrom.com/s/eileen-fisher-open-merino-cardigan-regular-petite/3759517 Eileen Fisher - Open Merino Cardigan
Eileen Fisher - Open Merino Cardigan
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Eileen Fisher - Open Merino Cardigan
Open Merino Cardigan
Eileen Fisher
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This open cardigan is a great blazer replacement for any day at the office, and the mid-tone muted red is easy over anything – a white, black, cream or nude top with black, camel or grey pants (and of course, dark denim). We especially like pairing this Eileen Fisher merino wool over a simple sheath dress, with tights and boots. It adds just a bit of color, but makes the outfit that much more comfortable for a long day at the office.
http://shop.nordstrom.com/s/niczoe-block-pattern-v-neck-cardigan/3817786 Nic + Zoe - Block Pattern V-Neck Cardigan
Nic + Zoe - Block Pattern V-Neck Cardigan
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Nic + Zoe - Block Pattern V-Neck Cardigan
Block Pattern V-Neck Cardigan
Nic + Zoe
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Nic + Zoe’s relaxed fitting cardigan has all the right details for a flattering and tailored look for the office – ribbed inset at the waist to slim, flattering hip length to conceal, and simple button closure that starts below the bust line which works no matter your chest size. The wintery red coordinates beautifully with the black in the sweater’s pattern, and makes it easy to match to any black underpinning and pants. It’s in cotton, which is also a nice alternative to the usual wool and cashmere for fall/winter.
http://www.saksfifthavenue.com/main/ProductDetail.jsp?FOLDER<>folder_id=2534374306622829&PRODUCT<>prd_id=845524446753557 Rebecca Minkoff - Bowery Tote
Rebecca Minkoff - Bowery Tote
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Rebecca Minkoff - Bowery Tote
Bowery Tote
Rebecca Minkoff
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Whether shades of red are “in” onw season or not, a burgundy leather tote is timeless. Rebecca Minkoff has even added a detachable wallet, which is endlessly useful during the work day – perfect to grab-and-go for that coffee run or to get lunch, without having to bring your whole bag. The bag has a magnetic closure, which is great for public transportation, but is roomy enough to hold some folders and a smaller laptop. DVF has a bit smaller take on a tote in a deeper, delightfully rich burgundy.
http://www.shopbop.com/lawford-tassel-loafers-jeffrey-campbell/vp/v=1/1592484968.htm Jeffrey Campbell - Lawford Tassel Haircalf Loafers
Jeffrey Campbell - Lawford Tassel Haircalf Loafers
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Jeffrey Campbell - Lawford Tassel Haircalf Loafers
Lawford Tassel Haircalf Loafers
Jeffrey Campbell
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We couldn’t believe the price of these loafers, once we saw how well made and sophisticated looking they are. But Jeffrey Campbell has found a way to create a natural haircalf loafer with a rubber sole at a completely reasonable price. And they are comfortable. The wine color looks great with denim, camel, navy, charcoal grey…there’s a reason men wear cordovan shoes as a neutral…because they are. While these come in a sleek black, too, you’ll get tons of use out of the wine. And they are just a little more special.
 

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