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May 26, 2015

The Anatomy of a Work Outfit: Ladies’ Warm Weather Addition

We want to celebrate the season, but we also see a lot of people get carried away (usually resulting in a memo to the office at large with reminders about dress codes), and that’s not the way to go, either. You can be sure to avoid that mess, with today’s outfit anatomy. This breakdown will ensure you have all the key components to get through the season in modern – and appropriate – office style.
Let us know what you think in the comments below. Check back tomorrow (Wednesday) as we break down 2 after 5 outfits and Thursday for the anatomy of 2 casual outfits that will give you all the key pieces you need for the season ahead. Whatever the occasion, we’ve got you covered.
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BOSS Hugo Boss - Khara Jacket
Khara Jacket
BOSS Hugo Boss
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The Professional Layer (The Core Piece of the Outfit). A patterned blazer is not always easy to find, but it does make for a great work staple if you work in a conservative office. The deep navy and white pattern of this BOSS Hugo Boss jacket will go solid pants or skirts in those colors, as well as tan. The open front and notched stand collar is nice for the warmer weather, so you can look polished, while leaving your jacket open. It also gives you some versatility to play with the top you wear underneath, since it presents such a clean line. The fit is modern, so you’ll feel comfortable no matter how long your workday ends up.
http://shop.nordstrom.com/s/boss-bashiva-sleeveless-poplin-shirt/3718749 BOSS Hugo Boss - Bashiva Sleeveless Poplin Shirt
BOSS Hugo Boss - Bashiva Sleeveless Poplin Shirt
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BOSS Hugo Boss - Bashiva Sleeveless Poplin Shirt
Bashiva Sleeveless Poplin Shirt
BOSS Hugo Boss
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The Top. A white sleeveless top that is office appropriate is a key piece for a summer work outfit. The princess seam detail of this BOSS Hugo Boss top is clearly flattering, and allows you to take your jacket off with confidence – your outfit will be just as polished and professional with or without it. The tailored look is perfected with hidden zippers on the sides, so the shirt perfectly skims your figure, keeping you looking neat and pulled together while still wearing your top untucked. The open clean lines of the patterned jacket we featured in this outfit play perfectly with the sleek lines of this top.
http://www.saksfifthavenue.com/main/ProductDetail.jsp?FOLDER%3C%3Efolder_id=2534374306439435&PRODUCT%3C%3Eprd_id=845524446466113 Lafayette 148 New York - Cropped Bleecker Metropolitan Stretch Pants
Lafayette 148 New York - Cropped Bleecker Metropolitan Stretch Pants
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Lafayette 148 New York - Cropped Bleecker Metropolitan Stretch Pants
Cropped Bleecker Metropolitan Stretch Pants
Lafayette 148 New York
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The Bottom. Like Hugo Boss, Lafayette 148 New York does timeless work pieces like no other. The coordinating modern fit makes these cotton pants, with a hint of stretch, the perfect bottom for this jacket – and a staple in your summer wardrobe all season long. The side zip waistband looks great with the featured top as well, since it will lie smoothly underneath it and not add any bulk. The slightly cropped length, at just above the ankle, is professional yet updated looking so you can wear them with confidence at any office.
http://www.saksfifthavenue.com/main/ProductDetail.jsp?FOLDER%3C%3Efolder_id=2534374306624262&PRODUCT%3C%3Eprd_id=845524446726507 Cole Haan - Bethany Patent Leather Pumps
Cole Haan - Bethany Patent Leather Pumps
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Cole Haan - Bethany Patent Leather Pumps
Bethany Patent Leather Pumps
Cole Haan
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The Shoes. You should have a timeless nude pump that will go with everything, including everything in this outfit. These Cole Haan patent heels certainly fit the bill, yet have an updated look with their pointier toes and still comfortable heel height.
http://www.saksfifthavenue.com/main/ProductDetail.jsp?FOLDER%3C%3Efolder_id=2534374306622889&PRODUCT%3C%3Eprd_id=845524446755337 Vince - Vince Signature Collection Medium E/W Tote
Vince - Vince Signature Collection Medium E/W Tote
The Finishing Touch Accessory. Vince’s new collection of handbags represents the line’s always modern and timeless aesthetic, making this tote a new staple for work. It comes in several colors, and this nude is a top pick for its effortless summer style – and of course, it will complete a timeless work look like this one. The easy, open interior allows you to throw your stuff in with ease. It accommodates files and even most laptops, in their padded cases.
http://www.equipmentfr.com/shop/new-arrivals/jody-dress-army-jacket Equipment - Jody Dress
Equipment - Jody Dress
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Equipment - Jody Dress
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The Dress (The Core Piece of the Outfit). A shirtdress makes for easy office dressing, and the army green color of this cotton one from Equipment plays up the stylish military inspirations of the season in a wonderfully work appropriate way. With free shipping and returns from Equipment’s website, you can feel safe ordering this one – but once you have it, you surely won’t want to send it back. Equipment’s known for their beautiful shirts and modern fit, so a shirtdress from them is an easy choice. While it’s shown buttoned up, we suggest wearing it open as you would any shirt – especially if you have a larger chest. If you prefer a sleeve, Alice + Olivia’s shirtdress has the same feel, and can be worn with everything else in this outfit.
http://www.bergdorfgoodman.com/Vince-Lightweight-Knit-Long-Belted-Cardigan/prod108000181/p.prod Vince - Lightweight Knit Long Belted Cardigan
Vince - Lightweight Knit Long Belted Cardigan
The Professional Layer. Vince’s textured linen cardigan is a great alternative to a blazer for a more creative work environment. The longer length works stylishly with the shirtdress in this outfit, and it looks just as good with slim pants or jeans and a simple tank. And it’s just a great staple to have in your wardrobe. Sure, the easy fit and fabulous Vince quality is always a crowd pleaser, but this is a gem you’ll reach for with everything for summers to come. This style comes in XS-XL, so if you can’t find your size through the ‘shop it’ button, try Vince’s website. Both sites we’re sending you to offer free shipping & returns.
http://shop.nordstrom.com/s/michael-kors-wide-leather-ring-belt/3989469 MICHAEL Michael Kors - Wide Leather Ring Belt
MICHAEL Michael Kors - Wide Leather Ring Belt
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MICHAEL Michael Kors - Wide Leather Ring Belt
Wide Leather Ring Belt
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The Stylish Accessory. The dress we’re featuring in this outfit comes with a fabric belt, but with an easy change to a leather one, you automatically get an even more polished look. This Michael Kors belt not only adds style, it does a better job of accentuating your waist and slimming your hips than a simple fabric tie can do. It’s a dress trick we always recommend.
http://www.anthropologie.com/anthro/product/accessories-jewelry/36007961.jsp#/ Lena Bernard - Heartwood Collar
Lena Bernard - Heartwood Collar
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Lena Bernard - Heartwood Collar
Heartwood Collar
Lena Bernard
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The Finishing Touch Accessory. A piece of jewelry is a great way to add that finishing touch to your outfit. Play up the earthy tones of this outfit by adding this bold wood choker. Handmade by a fabulous LA jewelry designer, this necklace pops the neckline of this shirtdress when it’s worn with the first couple of buttons open, as we suggest. It also looks great with a simple white tee and jeans.
http://www.zappos.com/joes-jeans-roscoe-brown-leather Joe's Jeans - Roscoe Sandals
Joe's Jeans - Roscoe Sandals
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Joe's Jeans - Roscoe Sandals
Roscoe Sandals
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The Shoes. These chunky Joe’s Jeans sandals have the rugged balance for this outfit that not only plays up the army green color of the dress, but the details of the leather belt. They look great with jeans and maxi skirts, too, so you’ll love having them in your closet.
 

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