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February 24, 2015

Simplifying This Spring’s Trends: Top 10 Ladies’ Work Essentials

This week's Clothes & Conversation is all about doing little updates to our existing wardrobe to feel modern, without having to do a whole overhaul. And Incorporating some fresh, seasonal style is just as important for work as it is in our non-work clothes. We present ourselves as professionals, but it would silly not to acknowledge that looking appropriate, modern, and just generally pulled together always helps. And while it may not always seem obvious figuring out how a trend can be “workplace right”, that’s what we’re here for.
Let us know what you think in the comments below. Check back throughout the week. Tomorrow (Wednesday) we’re interpreting these trends for an evening out. And Thursday, it will be all about how to wear these Top 10 Spring Trends for any casual day. Whatever the occasion, we’ve got you covered.
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Theory - Adar Open-Front Vest
Adar Open-Front Vest
Theory
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1. The Feminine Suit. In a season where the suit is “back” for women, we have some amazing options that play up fluidity and ladylike lines that feel updated and look great. As we mentioned in this week’s Clothes & Conversation, Theory is having a wonderful season – with contemporary work-ready pieces, like this incredible take on the suit. Instead of a structured blazer for the warmer months, this long vest creates a professional finish that isn’t oversized or too slouchy. It can be worn with a crisp white button down shirt, like the white Vince one we’re showing here (#4) or with a simple tee or tank. The coordinating wide leg drawstring pant is fluid, effortless, and creates a polished finish that is comfortable and still work-right. The easier fit of this open vest and drawstring pant give women with lots of different body types the opportunity to feel great, and look great. The beetroot color is a beautiful play on marsala, Pantone’s color of the year. Pair it with any neutral shoe, from nude to black. (And don’t forget to wear these pieces separately, too, creating several work outfits.)
https://www.jcrew.com/womens_feature/NewArrivals/shirtstops/PRDOVR~C1228/C1228.jsp J. Crew - Collection Silk Secretary Blouse
J. Crew - Collection Silk Secretary Blouse
2. The ‘70’s Inspired Blouse. There’s no denying the return of the ‘70’s. And we look for the interpretations that are fresh, but don’t appear to “period-looking” so you’ll always feel appropriate – especially at work. The relaxed bow and pinstripe fabric of this silk J. Crew blouse is perfect under a navy blazer, but looks really fresh under a light color, too – pair this with a crisp white suit or skirt for a powerful look, with nude pumps. The versatile silhouette is just as beautiful on its own, and J. Crew’s modern fit looks great on everyone. This blouse will be great in the fall, too, so check out the pretty solids, like ivory and navy, in 00-16, too.
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Theory - Sprinza Cropped Wide-Leg Pants
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Theory - Sprinza Cropped Wide-Leg Pants
Sprinza Cropped Wide-Leg Pants
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3. The New Pants Silhouette. Simply, the perfect spring work pant. These Theory pants have great weight to them– it’s a 3-season fabric, so they look like they are worth every penny, and then some. The waist is updated with a higher rise, but not too “fashion high” and they have a stylish flare - not a wide billowy leg, so they are both polished and elongating. The leg is cropped but not a culotte – they hit a couple inches above ankle (Petite ladies, any local tailor can help with that, and you won’t loose the shape of the leg.) The overall combination is updated without being too trendy. And since shorter pants are all over the fall runways, you’ll still be wearing these as the seasons start to change. They also come in a sophisticated blushy neutral. We love them with heels, but if you are more comfortable in flats, that works, too.
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Vince - Poplin Tunic
Poplin Tunic
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4. The White Revival. With the importance of white this season, it’s a great time to invest in a new white button down. Vince’s update in a longer, tunic length gives us all the versatility needed for the season. The poplin fabric has a crisp finish, but with a bit of spandex for a long day of comfort at the office. Vince’s easy fit means you don’t have to worry about pulling across your chest, like some button downs. (And if you’re looking for an XL, Saks Fifth Avenue carries it.) The look is light and airy. While it works with any of your core work pieces, play up the white by pairing it with Lafayette 148 New York's white side-zip skinny pants.
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Tory Burch - Brigitte Shirtdress
Brigitte Shirtdress
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5. The Bold & The Beautiful. Prints are more important than ever this season, from florals to ginghams to stripes that are sharp and crisp for a graphic feel. This Tory Burch is a fresh interpretation for the office. One of our favorites of the season, the small and tight print is the key to successfully wearing an all-over print for the office. It reads almost solid. And Tory Burch’s modern fit (up to size 14) interprets the shirt dress for curvy to straighter body types. The fabric is lightweight – roll the sleeves up or leave them down. It even looks great with a navy linen blazer or wrap cardigan over it. While it can be worn completely buttoned up as shown, we like it slightly unbuttoned. You can even change out the belt for a tan leather one and timeless pumps. DVF also has an amazing green printed dress, if you prefer a wrap-style.
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Frank & Eileen - Eileen Long-Sleeve Poplin Blouse
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Frank & Eileen - Eileen Long-Sleeve Poplin Blouse
Eileen Long-Sleeve Poplin Blouse
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6. The Fresh Color Story. Frank & Eileen is a limited-distribution brand of fine button down shirts – that’s all they do, and they’ve got it down. Fabrics are from Italy, and they’re made here in the USA. For women, they have 2 core fits. Barry is the more contemporary fit (trim, but not tight), and Eileen is their new, more relaxed fit that is perfect for the warmer months ahead, and our pick today. They have a way with color, and are spot-on with their saturated pastels this spring. We’re featuring our favorite blue, but with such a gorgeous array of options, you’ll want to stock up. The button placement is perfect for women of all chest sizes, and while the body is not overly fitted, its also not too long, which we really like for the office – it tucks in to your favorite pants without any added bulk. The fabric is super soft, and so polished looking.
https://www.jcrew.com/womens_category/blazers/regent/PRD~B9318/B9318.jsp J. Crew - Regent Blazer
J. Crew - Regent Blazer
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Regent Blazer
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7. The New Look of Denim. Denim works its way into lots of silhouettes this season, and J. Crew’s chambray blazer is a professional take that will have you reaching for it over and over. In regular, petite, and tall, J. Crew’s modern fit and single button style (great for larger chests and smaller ones, alike) is amazing on all body types. Just like a good pair of jeans, this blazer has a lot of versatility. It is great over white as shown, but looks just as good over black or even navy. We especially like it over a printed shirt, a pop color sheath dress, and can even be worn with dark denim. It’s going fast, and with J. Crew’s amazing pricing, it won’t be around long.
http://shop.nordstrom.com/s/pedro-garcia-perforated-suede-tote/3786309 Pedro Garcia - Perforated Suede Tote
Pedro Garcia - Perforated Suede Tote
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Perforated Suede Tote
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8. The Day Bag. Yes, suede is appropriate for spring and summer, ladies. Suede’s soft and slouchy texture plays perfectly into the more relaxed feeling of the season, especially with the perforated detail. Don't let that deter you - nothing is going to fall out or be too visible. It's just a fun, light way to do suede. It even has a removable pouch inside – ideal to keep your essentials in & grabbing it for a quick coffee or lunch run. In a neutral dark tan (or grey, which you can view through the ‘shop it’ button) you’ll be able to wear it with everything. It has lots of interior room, and is smartly designed with rolled straps that are comfortable and durable. Pedro Garcia’s suede is soft and supple, yet still designed with enough structure to look polished for work.
http://couture.zappos.com/loeffler-randall-milla-black Loeffler Randall - Milla
Loeffler Randall - Milla
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9. The New Shoe Height. This season, shoes are taking on all heights – platforms, wedges, skinny heels, gladiators that lace up the leg…and sometimes the best height is no height at all. Loeffler Randall’s simple flats are so comfortable, and the fact that they are so pretty doesn’t hurt, either. The pointy toe updates the style, and looks great with cropped pants, as well as the wider legs of the season. The scallop edging also makes them light enough looking to wear with skirts and dresses. Simply timeless.
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Gorjana - Three Disc Necklace
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Gorjana - Three Disc Necklace
Three Disc Necklace
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10. The Final Touch. This season has us drifting toward the look of layered necklaces – especially with the more open necklines of the season. This Gorjana triple chain is just right for the office. No flash, but a whole lot of style, this delicate necklace is just the feminine touch to a crisp button down shirt or a simple v-neck or scoop neckline. You may have collected some fine jewelry over the years, but this piece will give them a run for their money.
 

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