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October 28, 2014

Skirts & Dresses: Professional & Feminine Can Co-exist

The “Ally McBeal” days of a barely visible skirt at the office are behind us, thank goodness. And the new longer lengths, from knee length to midi (at the calf) look fresh and sophisticated. From sheaths to dresses with peplums, a-line to pencil skirts, we are delighted by the professional options out there. The days of having to wear pants to look appropriate at the office are long gone…and this season, fashion proves it.
Let us know what you think in the comments below. Check back tomorrow for the best skirts and dresses for after 5, and Thursday for the top casual picks of the season. Whatever the occasion, we’ve got you covered.
http://www.clubmonaco.com/product/index.jsp?productId=45602676
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Club Monaco - Delphine Wrap Dress
Delphine Wrap Dress
Club Monaco
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Oh, this wool Club Monaco dress is the perfect update to a wrap dress AND a sweater dress - ideal in a non-conservative work place. The midi-length (hitting around the calf) is a fresh update, and it’s so flattering, too. The slit in the skirt plays perfectly into the swingy skirt, keeping it from looking too heavy. You shouldn’t need to wear anything underneath, but you can certainly add a cami. Pumps and booties look great with this, but we do love the 70’s vibe of a taller boot, as shown. It doesn’t come with the belt shown, but a wide wrap belt  looks great, as does an unexpected rich brown (pair it with brown boots).
http://www.shopbop.com/devi-sheath-dress-black-halo/vp/v=1/1501054060.htm Black Halo - Devi Sheath Dress
Black Halo - Devi Sheath Dress
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Black Halo - Devi Sheath Dress
Devi Sheath Dress
Black Halo
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Black Halo is known for their contemporary fitting sophisticated pieces – especially their dresses. This sheath is made to show off a woman’s curves, but you truly don’t need the perfect figure for this to look good – it just makes you look that way, with carefully placed seams and a beautiful cut. The brushed grey suiting material and high neckline are the finishing touches that makes this a sophisticated option for work, and that client dinner later. If you’re not wearing tights, a camel or nude pump looks fresh and polished, while black works with tights or stockings.
http://www.neimanmarcus.com/Lafayette-148-New-York-Short-Sleeve-Peplum-Dress/prod171900028_cat12110765__/p.prod Lafayette 148 New York - Short-Sleeve Peplum Dress
Lafayette 148 New York - Short-Sleeve Peplum Dress
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Lafayette 148 New York - Short-Sleeve Peplum Dress
Short-Sleeve Peplum Dress
Lafayette 148 New York
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Another clean and sophisticated option, this one in a more modern fit from Lafayette 148 New York. The peplum does just what it’s supposed to do – conceals hips and tummies and makes waists look tiny. And creates a timeless look, reminiscent of the 40’s, but fresh for today. The short sleeve and extended bateau neckline are great for the office, and great for someone who doesn’t like to show off her arms. The polished dress is professional and sleek – pair it with nude, deep brown, even dark burgundy pumps, though black certainly works, too.
http://shop.nordstrom.com/s/theory-jahneem-a-line-skirt/3805125 Theory - Jahneem A-Line Skirt
Theory - Jahneem A-Line Skirt
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Theory - Jahneem A-Line Skirt
Jahneem A-Line Skirt
Theory
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The combination of an a-line shape in a midi-length (just at the calf) is a professional update for the skirt this season. And we are completely in favor of this interpretation from Theory. The brushed stretch flannel shows off the simple style, and gives it a timeless quality. It’s a contemporary fit, but not too small, with an ease in the hip. The tonal look of a grey sweater is beautiful. But anything from a simple white blouse, black turtleneck or even a pretty pastel top look stylish, yet classic.
http://www.neimanmarcus.com/Elie-Tahari-Larissa-Diagonal-Pleat-Combo-Skirt-Skirts/prod174660055_cat12110764__/p.prod Elie Tahari - Larissa Diagonal-Pleat Combo Skirt
Elie Tahari - Larissa Diagonal-Pleat Combo Skirt
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Elie Tahari - Larissa Diagonal-Pleat Combo Skirt
Larissa Diagonal-Pleat Combo Skirt
Elie Tahari
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We talked about the pretty trend of pleated skirts in our Clothes & Conversation this week. And here, Tahari’s skirt has a grey tweed front panel with a diagonal pleat - a nod to the trend - and raw edge finish. But the rest of the skirt is a simple black a-line, making it a perfectly sophisticated take that is ideal for work. Complete the look with the coordinating jacket (which can also be purchased through the “shop it” button) or wear it on it’s own with a black blouse.
http://shop.nordstrom.com/s/tahari-seamed-a-line-dress-regular-petite/3501047 Tahari - Seamed A-Line Dress
Tahari - Seamed A-Line Dress
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Tahari - Seamed A-Line Dress
Seamed A-Line Dress
Tahari
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Tahari is always a great resource for work wear, so we couldn’t resist including this dress, too. Available in black and sophisticated grey as well, this cobalt blue is a fresh pop of color to liven up any work day. The fit is easy, another perk for a long day at the office. The shorter a-line shape is great with tights and boots, and the elbow length sleeve works almost all year round.
http://www.nydj.com/aubrey-chevron-double-knit-dress/d/2961_c_142 NYDJ - Aubrey Chevron Double Knit Dress
NYDJ - Aubrey Chevron Double Knit Dress
Did you know NYDJ – famous for their modern fitting jeans – has branched out to dresses and skirts this season? With the same amazing fit and same criss-cross internal panel to slim and flatter. Like the jeans, they recommend ordering down and a size, and we’ve found the same to be true. Oh, and the price? Equally amazing. Now that we’ve got all that out of the way, let’s talk about how pretty this dress is! The ponte fabric has a small chevron pattern to it, giving it an almost tweed-like effect, which makes it ideal for the office. Add a black wrap if your office gets chilly.
http://www.neimanmarcus.com/Trina-Turk-Felicia-V-Neck-Tweed-Panel-Dress-trina-turk/prod173850403___/p.prod Trina Turk - Felicia V-Neck Tweed Panel Dress
Trina Turk - Felicia V-Neck Tweed Panel Dress
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Trina Turk - Felicia V-Neck Tweed Panel Dress
Felicia V-Neck Tweed Panel Dress
Trina Turk
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The tweed panels on the front and back of this Trina Turk dress have such pretty color flecks in it. It gives life to the professional fabrication, while keeping the look completely sophisticated and office appropriate. The black sides and waist band create an instantly slimming illusion to this contemporary fitting dress. The v-neck is not deep at all, and the 3/4 sleeve looks great on everyone. Black legwear and pumps complete the look. You really don’t have to do much more – let the beautiful fabric be the highlight.
http://shop.nordstrom.com/s/donna-morgan-print-jersey-popover-dress/3810842?origin=category&BaseUrl=Work Donna Morgan - Print Jersey Popover Dress
Donna Morgan - Print Jersey Popover Dress
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Donna Morgan - Print Jersey Popover Dress
Print Jersey Popover Dress
Donna Morgan
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We are always excited by a good Donna Morgan dress find – you can’t beat the price, and the modern fit in a large array of sizes works for so many ladies. This dress not only showcases menswear inspiration in the plaid and exploded houndstooth print, but it has a cropped overlay – another trend of the season. At this price, it’s a perfect place to try a new trend.
http://www.nydj.com/jersey-animal-print-skirt/d/3181_c_107 NYDJ - Jersey Animal Print Skirt
NYDJ - Jersey Animal Print Skirt
Well, we certainly can’t talk about skirts for work without talking about pencil skirts. NYDJ has a fun animal print pull-on skirt, in the same modern fit and slimming fabrication and technology that their jeans are known for. The print is small, so it flatters and isn’t too bold. It also uses black, so you can wear a black blazer, sweater, or blouse with it.
https://www.jcrew.com/womens_category/skirts/alinefull/PRD~B5590/B5590.jsp J. Crew - A-line Skirt
J. Crew - A-line Skirt
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J. Crew - A-line Skirt
A-line Skirt
J. Crew
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As we've been talking about the fresh new midi-length, J. Crew has done a version of a pencil skirt that is just right for the office. This red is so smart, but it comes in a classic black, as well. It has a higher waist, which offsets the length beautifully and looks great with a tucked in blouse or simple tank and cardigan. Not only does it come in a large array of sizes, it's even offered in petites, so the longer length will work for everyone. Pair it with heeled tall boots or pumps.
http://shop.nordstrom.com/s/santorelli-wool-crepe-pencil-skirt/3780153 Santorelli - Wool Crepe Pencil Skirt
Santorelli - Wool Crepe Pencil Skirt
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Santorelli - Wool Crepe Pencil Skirt
Wool Crepe Pencil Skirt
Santorelli
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And now, for the classic pencil skirt, perfect for the office year after year – from Santorelli, of course. The modern fit and beautiful wool crepe is an investment in your work wardrobe that you will go back to year after year. J. Crew also has a beautiful wool pencil skirt, that comes in all your staple work colors.
http://www.shopbop.com/double-layer-crew-dress-susana/vp/v=1/1587434136.htm Susana Monaco - Double Layer Crew Dress
Susana Monaco  - Double Layer Crew Dress
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Susana Monaco  - Double Layer Crew Dress
Double Layer Crew Dress
Susana Monaco
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A shift dress that's not fitted through the waist, but still looks stylish and modern? Yes, please. Let's start by saying this is an above-the-knee dress - it needs to be, to balance the looser, layered style - but it will not be this short on most of us. The model is 5'9" wearing an XS. This Susana Monaco dress is ideal for those days when you just can't deal with smoothing undergarments or piecing together an outfit. It does it for you. It looks like a top and skirt, but it's really a dress made of a weighty jersey that looks great in the professional medium grey. Put this on with black tights and boots and you are all set.  Add a chunky necklace or large cuff for some added flair.
 

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