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March 24, 2015

Spring Color: A Breath of Fresh Air, Even if the Windows Don’t Open

Playing with color at the work place can feel tricky, but it doesn’t have to be. Even if you work in a conservative office, there are professional ways to add some updates to your outfits that will look appropriate – both for the office and for the new season. And if you work in a more casual or creative environment, looking suitable is still always important. Playing with this season’s pretty citrus colors (check out “Clothes & Conversation” for a break down on those) in one item - like a blouse, skirt, jacket, or shoes - and pairing it with a neutral coordinate can be just the trick. Or a simple dress in an updated print or color with nude pumps reads as simple yet powerful. A good rule of thumb is to stick with silhouettes that are office-right, whether that’s trousers and a blouse, a shirtdress, or jeans with a tank top and blazer or an easy sweater. Then, you can have some fun with the colors and fabrics. Shall we get started?
Let us know what you think in the comments below. Check back tomorrow (Wednesday) for the best ways to incorporate some spring color into your after 5 looks and Thursday for the top casual picks. Whatever the occasion, we’ve got you covered.
http://shop.nordstrom.com/s/equipment-slim-signature-silk-shirt/3514646
http://shop.nordstrom.com/s/equipment-slim-signature-silk-shirt/3514646
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Equipment - Slim Signature Silk Shirt
Slim Signature Silk Shirt
Equipment
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This silk blouse from Equipment is a staple in many of our work wardrobes – and for good reason. This silhouette, called the “Slim Signature” is tailored enough to layer under a blazer, but definitely not fitted so it can be worn on its own with a pencil skirt or trousers for a professional look. This jewel blue is a beautiful shade that looks wonderful with most skin tones. But this blouse comes in many, many colors so click through the ‘shop it’ button to choose from the pretty pastels of the season and some basic neutrals. Note: If you choose one of the paler colors, we recommend a nude cami underneath.
http://www.neimanmarcus.com/Theory-Sprinza-Wide-Leg-Cropped-Pants/prod177000097/p.prod Theory - Sprinza Wide-Leg Cropped Pants
Theory - Sprinza Wide-Leg Cropped Pants
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Theory - Sprinza Wide-Leg Cropped Pants
Sprinza Wide-Leg Cropped Pants
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This Theory flared cropped pant is the perfect spring work staple. We’ve talked about it before in black, and this pale peachy blush can be treated as an equally beautiful neutral alternative. The weighty fabric hangs really well – no clinging or fear of the pale fabric being too thin. (Note: they are a bit big on the model. The waist actually sits closer to the waist than shown, which is much more flattering.) Theory also offers this gorgeous color in a slimmer, cropped fit. Both look great in a tonal monochromatic look with a Theory’s blouse in a lighter shade. But you can play with the neutral aspect and wear them with a burgundy/marsala vest and white tank. And, of course, you’ll never go wrong with a simple white or chambray blue button down shirt. Just make sure the length hits a couple of inches above ankle, whether you choose simple flats or a great pair of heels. (Petite ladies, any local tailor can help with that, and you won’t loose the shape of the leg.)
http://www.saksfifthavenue.com/main/ProductDetail.jsp?FOLDER%3C%3Efolder_id=2534374306614004&PRODUCT%3C%3Eprd_id=845524446779390 Nanette Lepore - Brocade Discover Blazer
Nanette Lepore - Brocade Discover Blazer
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Nanette Lepore - Brocade Discover Blazer
Brocade Discover Blazer
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Finding a patterned blazer that still works back to black for spring can be a challenge, but Nanette Lepore’s pink and black/white brocade is a real stunner. The easier contemporary fit and shorter length gives it a sleek, tailored look that is not too fitted. You can see from the picture that it works with both black and white. We suggest going with one or the other to really let the jacket stand out – a simple black shell and trousers or a pencil skirt; or, do it all in white. You will get plenty of use out of this jacket for work, but the detailed fabric makes it a great option for a dinner or dressier brunch, as well.
http://www.dvf.com/dvf-carrie-ceramic-a-line-dress/D913802M15_CORE%2B.html Diane von Furstenberg - Carrie Ceramic A-Line Dress
Diane von Furstenberg - Carrie Ceramic A-Line Dress
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Diane von Furstenberg - Carrie Ceramic A-Line Dress
Carrie Ceramic A-Line Dress
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We adore the simplicity of this Diane von Furstenberg dress. The slight a-line silhouette is not only flattering and concealing, just skimming the body, it is also cool and comfortable for a long day at the office or a sticky commute on a warm day. We find that it hits between mid-thigh and just above the knee on most women, unless you are quite tall, so it is appropriate for work. The exposed back zip gives this timeless dress a modern touch that is just right. This dress also comes in a pale nectar coral that is just as spring-ready. Both will take you from the office to drinks with ease. Add a scarf for a fun little flare, and nude pumps will complete the look. If you prefer a short sleeve, DVF offers a ruched body dress that is simply flattering.
http://shop.nordstrom.com/s/lafayette-148-new-york-yvonne-linen-shirtdress/3937728 Lafayette 148 New York - Yvonne Linen Shirtdress
Lafayette 148 New York - Yvonne Linen Shirtdress
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Lafayette 148 New York - Yvonne Linen Shirtdress
Yvonne Linen Shirtdress
Lafayette 148 New York
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Shirtdresses are an ideal option for the office once the weather warms up – they are lightweight, but still tailored looking. And Lafayette 148 New York’s linen version is a beautiful shade of springtime blue that is universally flattering. The shirttail hem and pleated back are nice finishing touches to substantiate the dress. While it comes with a self-belt, we like to add a wide leather belt instead, for a just a dash more polish. Complete the look with simple pumps, flats, or a great pair of sandals.
https://www.jcrew.com/womens_category/blazers/regent/PRDOVR~B8430/B8430.jsp J.Crew - Linen Regent Blazer
J.Crew - Linen Regent Blazer
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J.Crew - Linen Regent Blazer
Linen Regent Blazer
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We love J.Crew’s Regent blazer for lots of reasons, with the first and most important being its wonder fit. In 000-16, Petite to Tall, there is a size for most everyone. And the single button closure works for all chest sizes – no pulling if you are large busted or sagging if you are smaller. While we’re talking about color today, and there are many to be found through the ‘shop it’ button, the color white can’t be overlooked this season. The linen fabric really lends itself to the clean neutral and gives this jacket endless versatility. A great price for a blazer, you’ll get to wear this with color, like the Vince pants we’re showing, a patterned dress, or your favorite pair of jeans – any style. This jacket will make everything work ready, and you’ll still love to wear it on the weekends.
http://www.saksfifthavenue.com/main/ProductDetail.jsp?FOLDER%3C%3Efolder_id=2534374306418061&PRODUCT%3C%3Eprd_id=845524446743333 Vince - Boyfriend-Fit Straight-Leg Pants
Vince - Boyfriend-Fit Straight-Leg Pants
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Vince - Boyfriend-Fit Straight-Leg Pants
Boyfriend-Fit Straight-Leg Pants
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If you work in a creative environment, or are looking for a casual Friday option, Vince’s boyfriend pants in this pretty blue grey will surely become a favorite. While they have the comfort of a slouchier fit, the slimmer leg and trouser pockets give them a more polished look, which is why we love them for the office. A driving moc or pair of heels will look great with them, as will any top – a simple tee, a polo, a sleeveless silk blouse, or a button down. You can wear any neutral with them, but don’t be afraid to try some color like a bold yellow sweater or a pretty floral blouse.
http://www.neimanmarcus.com/NYDJ-Rosella-Stretch-Knit-Ruched-Dress-nydj/prod177560180___/p.prod NYDJ - Rosella Stretch-Crepe Ruched Sheath Dress
NYDJ - Rosella Stretch-Crepe Ruched Sheath Dress
NYDJ is known for their slimming technology that makes their jeans a must-have for a lot of women looking for a modern fit and a little comfortable help to bring out the best in their figures. (Is anyone NOT looking for that?) And they’ve started bringing that same contouring fit in the belly, hip, and butt area to dresses. We love this spring red for a day at the office and then right out to dinner. The v-neckline doesn’t plunge low, but is very flattering. The ¾ sleeve is a nice alternative to sleeveless or short sleeves, and the ruching is, of course, what steals the show. It creates a beautiful hourglass shape. For the office, wear simple nude pumps and then switch them out for a metallic strappy heel for the evening.
http://www.shopbop.com/sleeve-neck-shirt-dress-dkny/vp/v=1/1592987622.htm DKNY - 3/4 Sleeve V Neck Shirtdress
DKNY - 3/4 Sleeve V Neck Shirtdress
A contemporary option, also in a cheery summer red tone, is DKNY’s silk shirtdress. This is so easy, and so stylish. It is lined, so you don’t need to worry about unnecessary cleaning or the silk being too sheer. Throw this on and you are work ready, with flat sandals or a pair of heels. Add some gold jewelry to play up the red.
http://shop.nordstrom.com/s/lafayette-148-new-york-cotton-boatneck-top/3883797 Lafayette 148 New York - Cotton Boatneck Top
Lafayette 148 New York - Cotton Boatneck Top
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Lafayette 148 New York - Cotton Boatneck Top
Cotton Boatneck Top
Lafayette 148 New York
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So many shades of blue and green are just lovely this season – and Lafayette 148 New York’s aquarium is one of our favorites. We highlighted a dress in Clothes & Conversation, and we had to point out this simple white top, too. For your favorite white pants or skirt, the modern fit and gorgeous quality make this top more than a just a simple tee. It is polished enough for the office, on its own or under a blazer.
http://www.shopbop.com/molly-double-tee-cooper-ella/vp/v=1/1592144875.htm Cooper & Ella - Molly Double V Tee
Cooper & Ella - Molly Double V Tee
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Cooper & Ella - Molly Double V Tee
Molly Double V Tee
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This blouse combines 2 shades of pinky-coral so you don’t have to do it for yourself – we know it can be tricky. But Cooper & Ella, a fairly new contemporary line that specializes in blouses, got it just right. Note: The v-neck is not as low as it appears on this model – the fit is contemporary, but easy. It looks wonderful with a chunky statement necklace, like the one we featured in Clothes & Conversation to bring out the pink neckline and can be worn with trousers, a suit, or a pair of crisp white flare jeans. If you are looking for an XL, Cooper & Ella has their own site, also with free shipping.
 

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